On display: Highlights from the event at Ōtautahi Christchurch

The press offers some highlights of events in Ōtautahi Christchurch this weekend and beyond.

Anzac Day Services

The traditional dawn service will not take place in Christchurch this year, but people are encouraged to honor the sacrifices made by those who fought for their country.

Jim Lilley of the Christchurch Memorial RSA said people could lay a poppy on their local war memorial or stand silently at the end of their driveway at dawn “like many of us did in 2020 when the whole country was in lockdown”.

Although there is no dawn service, the Anzac Day Citizens Service in the Transitional Cathedral will be streamed live on YouTube for the public at 10am.

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A service will also be held at St Ambrose Church in Aranui on Breezes Rd at 11am. Half of the service will take place in the church and the second half will be at the new mast.

The world wars in miniature

A free exhibit will be held at St. Nicholas Church in Barrington on Monday, featuring four large dioramas showing scenes from World Wars I and II, Bapaume WWI, Caen, El Alamein and the Pacific WWII.

Many memorabilia will also be on display.

The free event is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Young and old came out to commemorate Anzac Day in central Christchurch in 2021 when the New Zealand community was Covid-19 free.

Talking HISTORY: Dear Alison – A New Zealand Soldier’s Story

Dr Simon Pollard will share details of a unique WWII diary, written by great-uncle Dudley for his favorite young niece Alison, at Kate Sheppard House and Garden from 2pm on Sunday.

Dudley Roberts Muff, 42, began a diary of his experiences and observations of life as a POW at Stalag 383 in Germany in July 1942. Over the next 33 months he filled the book with garrulous entries , sketches and stick drawings. , ultimately filling 55 pages.

He wrote it for his 4-year-old niece, Alison, who lived in Timaru, and Pollard discovered it in the Canterbury Museum collection in July 2007. He added an introduction and epilogue and had the diary, as well than a collection of Dudley letters and letters. photographs, published by Penguin Books in July 2009. Dear Alison won the LIANZA Elsie Locke Award, Non-fiction Book of the Year and the Children’s Choice Award, New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards (non-fiction).

Tickets ($2.50 to $5) must be reserved in advance.

Houseplant enthusiasts can add to their collection at Understorey's Plant Sale.

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Houseplant enthusiasts can add to their collection at Understorey’s Plant Sale.

Sale of plants

Understorey – a coworking, community and event space of The Green Lab on Hereford St – is holding a plant sale until Wednesday to help defray moving costs.

A wide variety of plants will be available, from small cuttings to established beauties, priced between $5 and $30.

They also accept donations of houseplants and cuttings.

Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo

Riccarton Players Inc’s first production of 2022 is Becky Shaw, a comedy about ambition, the cost of truth and the dangers of a blind date.

Gina Gionfriddo’s comedy features bad manners, a tangled story of love, sex and ethics between a quartet of men and women in their thirties.

The New York Times called it “as gripping as it is fiercely funny, like a big box of fireworks crackling and crackling across the stage.”

Becky Shaw opened on Wednesday and runs daily (except Mondays) at the Rangi Ruru Girls’ School Drama Theater until Saturday, April 30. General admission tickets are $25 and concession tickets are $22.

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The science of getting high

Jonathan Falconer, who describes himself as the world’s dumbest doctor, performs his sold-out Dunedin Fringe Festival show at the Good Times Comedy Club in Christchurch on Friday.

The Science of Getting High combines the fun of stand-up comedy with the gripping neuroscience of altered states and illusions.

Falconer has appeared on shows in the US, Germany and Australia, and recently starred alongside Kiwi comedy icons Ben Hurley and Urzila Carlson.

Tuesday Club, A Taster of Hunger and Ladies of Steel are among the terrific titles on offer at the inaugural Scandi Film Festival Aotearoa.


Tuesday Club, A Taster of Hunger and Ladies of Steel are among the terrific titles on offer at the inaugural Scandi Film Festival Aotearoa.

The Scandi Film Festival is coming to Christchurch

For the first time, a selection of the region’s latest films have been brought together for the inaugural Scandi Film Festival Aotearoa.

The festival, which kicked off on Thursday, features 10 films from Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway.

The lineup includes Norwegian action drama The Burning Sea, a biopic by Finnish artist Helene Schjerfbeck (Helene), Swedish comedy The Jonsson Gang, and Finnish and Danish comedy-drama Games People Play and Persona Non Grata.

Gasoline chiefs unite

Gasoline heads can get their fix when the Prowear Chrome Expression session returns to Ruapuna this weekend.

Chrome offers Passenger Rides, Roll Races, Shopping Sites, and Racing, Burnout, and Drift Sessions. Plenty of track time is promised and a passenger ride is offered so people can also cruise with their friends.

Chrome is at Mike Pero Motorsport Park on Fridays from 1-6 p.m., Saturdays from 9-5:30 p.m. and Sundays from 9-5 p.m.

Adam Hattaway, center, with his band The Haunters.


Adam Hattaway, center, with his band The Haunters.

Adam Hattaway and Tess Liautaud’s fall tour

Christchurch’s Adam Hattaway and French-American musician Tess Liautaud will bring their acoustic tour to Bons Bay Hall on Saturday, the Grant Hotel in Akaroa on Sunday and Six Ounces Cafe in Christchurch on Wednesday.

They promise an intimate evening full of stories, darkness and hope, with a set list composed mostly of their original songs.

Liautaud is a singer-songwriter who spent her early years between the eastern French city of Strasbourg and New York, including a few years in Liverpool, UK. She then became a regular in Parisian music before settling in New Zealand.

Meanwhile, local musician Hattaway has earned an international reputation for his sultry hooks, high-kicks and raw, emotional storytelling. He has released four studio albums with his band Adam Hattaway and the Haunters.

Tickets $20 at Under The Radar or available at the door.

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