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Last modified: 30 Nov 2022 2:25pm

a low angle image of Te Ara Ātea from the corner of the tamariki zone

Live music, story times, art and craft making, technology fun and treasure hunting will all be part of the celebrations at Te Ara Ātea on Sunday to mark a busy first year.

The multi-use community facility on Tennyson Street, Rolleston will be buzzing with a collection of its most popular events from the year for its first birthday party.

Events will run from 10am–4pm Sunday 4 December, starting with a sprinkle of magic in a fairy storytime, followed by the ever-popular NanoGirl bringing her exciting science and technology show at 11.30am. There will also be face painting, live music, technology, and the chance to make a woven pendant or try block printing.

Throughout the day a scavenger hunt will be running exploring the heritage items in the building, and during the morning there will also be sensory tables available and an art activity creating a Selwyn landscape.

It will be a great day to reflect on and celebrate the success of the past 12 months Te Ara Ātea Co-Leader Mat Logan says.

“It’s been a really busy year, with the place so full of people and so much happening. It will be nice to be replaying some of the hits, with things for everyone whether you enjoy listening to a story, making art, technology, science experiments, chilling with some live music, learning about our heritage, picking up a book, some food from the café or getting your face painted.”

In the past year there have been more than 164,000 visits to the building, over 900 workshops and programmes, and over 310,546 items checked out from the library collection.

In the past week Te Ara Ātea won a 2022 New Zealand Architecture Award for Interior Architecture, to go with the Canterbury Architecture Award it won during the year and the 2022 Creative New Zealand Award for Cultural Wellbeing at the Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) Excellence Awards.

For the full timetable of events visit