Lockdown Distractions: Pressreader

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A world of free newspapers and magazines awaits you at your fingertips, with our online Pressreader service which gives you same day access to full-page replicas of newspapers & magazines from Aotearoa New Zealand and around the world in 60+ languages, and featuring  more than 7,000 of the world’s best publications.

This amazing free online collection of electronic magazines and newspapers spans the globe. The selection of newspapers goes from our very own Otago Daily Times to The Phnom Penh Post from the Shanghai Daily to Le Figaro .The newspaper selection is staggering and regularly updated.

The range of magazines, in both subject and languages, is equally impressive from the digital art magazine ImagineFX to The New Zealand Listener  from Beyond Gender to the French cat lovers magazine Félins pour l’autre. From magazines about animals & pets, music & cars, crafts & hobbies, boats & aircraft to magazines about cinema, television, computers and all points in-between,  there is something fascinating to read on that subject in Pressreader.

To access this fabulous free Library Lockdown Distraction all you need is a valid library card. Click here to go straight to our Pressreader resource.

Inside story, tales of people’s lives

Truth is stranger than fiction… these tales are shockingly, delightfully and intriguingly true. Access our online resources for your invitation into the lives of people well and lesser known. Accounts of the crew who survived the mutiny on the Bounty are delivered by a direct descendant of Fletcher Christian in Men Without Country. Boy on Fire is Nick Cave’s creation story and here in Aotearoa people look on their place in our community through lives framed by tragedy and courage, discussing the problematic and delightful aspects of life.

These titles are available through Libby/Overdrive and Borrowbox; download the apps to play or read on a compatible device or listen and read online. Enjoy!

cover imageBoy on Fire : The Young Nick Cave / Mark MordueRead by James O’Connell
Boy on Fire is a fascinating social and cultural biography, a vivid and evocative rendering of the people, time and places that went into the making of Nick Cave – from the fast-running dark river and ghost gums of Wangaratta and the punk scene that hit staid 1970s Melbourne like an atom bomb, right through to the torn wallpaper, sticky carpet and manic energy of nights at St Kilda’s Crystal Ballroom.” (BorrowBox)

Overdrive cover Men Without Country, Harrison Christian (ebook)
A mission to collect breadfruit from Tahiti becomes the most famous mutiny in history when the crew rise up against Captain William Bligh. Lives dominated by a punishing regime of hard work and scarce rations, and deeply divided by the hierarchy of class. It is a tale of adventure and exploration punctuated by moments of extreme violence – towards each other and the people of the South Pacific. Christian provides a comprehensive and compelling account of the whole story – from the history of trade and exploration in the South Seas to Pitcairn Island, which provided the mutineers’ salvation, and then became their grave. (Overdrive description)

cover imageHusna’s Story : My wife, the Christchurch Massacre & My Journey to Forgiveness / Farid Ahmed Read by Hazem Shammas
“The couple had been praying when a gunman burst into the mosque. He shot and killed 51 people that day and injured many others. In this audiobook Husna’s husband, Farid Ahmed, tells Husna’s story, including the day of the attack. Farid describes the selflessness and bravery with which Husna lived her life. Husna’s husband, quite remarkably, forgives the alleged killer. Farid’s philosophy of forgiveness, peace and love is an example of how faith and humanity can be tools for navigating even the most horrific of tragedies.” (BorrowBox)

cover imageGotta Get Theroux This : My life and strange times in television / Louis TherouxRead by Louis Theroux
“In 1994 fledgling journalist Louis Theroux was given a one-off gig on Michael Moore’s TV Nation. Gawky, socially awkward and totally unqualified, his first reaction to this exciting opportunity was panic. But he’d always been drawn to off-beat characters, so maybe his enthusiasm would carry the day. Or, you know, maybe it wouldn’t . . . Filled with wry observation and self-deprecating humour, this is Louis at his most insightful and honest best. The audio edition contains an exclusive additional chapter.” (BorrowBox)

Overdrive cover Where We Swim, Ingrid Horrocks (ebook)
Where We Swim ranges from solitary swims in polluted rivers in Aotearoa New Zealand, to dips in pools in Arizona and the Peruvian Amazon, and in the ocean off Western Australia and the south coast of England. Part memoir, part travel and nature writing, this generous and absorbing book is about being a daughter, sister, partner, mother, and above all a human being living among other animals on this watery planet. (Overdrive description)

 

cover imageA Conversation With My Country / Alan DuffRead by Alan Duff
“A fresh, personal account of New Zealand, now, from one of our hardest-hitting writers. Returned from living in France, he views his country with fresh eyes, as it is now: homing in on the crises in parenting, our prisons, education and welfare systems and a growing culture of entitlement that entraps Pakeha and Maori alike. Never one to shy away from being a whetstone on which others can sharpen their own opinions, Alan tells it how he sees it.” (BorrowBox)

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The Girls Who Stepped Out of Line
, Mari K. Eder (ebook)
The Girls Who Stepped Out of Line are the heroes of the Greatest Generation that you hardly ever hear about. These women who did extraordinary things didn’t expect thanks and shied away from medals and recognition. Despite their amazing accomplishments. Retired U.S. Army Major General Mari K. Eder wrote this book because she knew their stories needed to be told—and the sooner the better. For theirs is a legacy destined to embolden generations of women to come.  (Overdrive description)

cover imageThe Last Days of John Lennon / James PattersonRead by Matthew Wolf, K.C. Clyde
“Enriched by exclusive interviews with Lennon’s friends and associates, including Paul McCartney, The Last Days of John Lennon is a true-crime drama about two men who changed history. One whose indelible songs enliven our world to this day, and the other who ended the music with five pulls of a trigger.” (BorrowBox)

 

 

 

Lockdown Distractions: eLibrary materials

 

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For our latest Library Lockdown Distraction, we are pointing our search light at our most popular, free online lockdown distraction –  Overdrive/ Libby (Libby is Overdrive’s simplified site and app).

We have several other free electronic eBooks, eAudiobook and eMagazine services, including:

PressReader: Same day access to full-page replicas of newspapers & magazines from NZ and around the world in 60+ languages.

BorrowBox: eAudiobooks & eBooks (mainly eAudiobooks) from Australia’s leading provider — over 3500 titles

Bridget Williams Books: Over thirty years of award-winning NZ history and social issues publishing from Bridget Williams Books, in four collections.

However, Overdrive / Libby is our largest free electronic eBook, eComic, eAudiobook and eMagazine collection with over 50,000 titles available. There is a wealth of wonderful content contained within this electronic wonder; it almost goes without saying that there is enough thrills, spills, entertainment, education, and enlightenment contained within this site for years of distraction and it is constantly updated. It also has specially curated lists and easy to follow introductory videos for newbies.

The service is aimed at the very widest possible library audience from pre-schoolers to  adults, from fans of Peppa Pig to scholars of the works of Yuval Noah Harari ( and all points in-between). By design it has something for everyone, and in the widest variety of e-formats. All you need to access this vast free resource is a valid library card. Below is a selection of just eight totally unconnected titles which we hope will illustrate this fabulous service’s diversity and depth.

 

Overdrive cover Peppa Pig’s Family Computer, Peppa Pig (ebook)
“Mummy Pig is working at home on the family computer but Peppa and George want to play ‘Happy Mrs Chicken’. Can Daddy Pig come to the rescue and fix the frozen computer? Read more in this charming piggy tale.” (Overdrive description)

 

 

Overdrive cover Homo Deus, Yuval Noah Harari (Audiobook)
“Yuval Noah Harari envisions a near future in which we face a new set of challenges. Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century and beyond – from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: how can we protect this fragile world from our own destructive power? And what does our future hold?”(Overdrive description)

 

Overdrive cover The Infinity Gauntlet, Jim Starlin (ebook)
“Collects Infinity Gauntlet (1991) #1-6. The Mad Titan Thanos has seized control of Infinity Gauntlet and with it near-omnipotent power! Who can stop this deadly new overlord? All of Marvel’s top heroes star in this epic of cosmic proportions!” (Overdrive description)

 

 

Overdrive cover National Geographic Magazine, undefined (Magazine)
“Amazing discoveries and experiences await you in every issue of National Geographic magazine. The latest news in science, exploration, and culture will open your eyes to the world’s many wonders.” (Overdrive description)

 

 

Overdrive cover The Fall of Light, Sarah Laing (ebook)
“Rudy is a successful architect, but life is not as happy as it should be. His work leaves him artistically frustrated, his wife and two young daughters have moved out of the house he designed for them, and his pushy young associate is vying for design supremacy. When a Vespa accident puts him into hospital and forces him to recuperate at home, he looks in danger of losing everything, but it is then that his repressed artistic yearnings start to make their presence felt, not just in the glass creations he begins to craft, but also in his strange, vivid dreams.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover North & South, undefined (Magazine)
“North & South is New Zealand’s premier monthly current affairs and lifestyle magazine, specialising in long-form investigative journalism, delivered by award-winning writers and photographers. North & South also showcases New Zealand ingenuity and creativity, explores the country and profiles its people. It is a touchstone of New Zealand life.” (Overdrive description)

 

Overdrive cover Charlie Tangaroa and the Creature from the Sea, T K Roxborogh (ebook)
“On a beach clean-up, thirteen-year-old one-legged Charlie and his half-brother, Robbie, find a ponaturi – a mermaid – washed up on a beach. An ancient grudge between the Maori gods Tane and Tangaroa has flared up because a port being built in the bay is degrading the ocean and creatures are fleeing the sea. This has reignited anger between the gods, which breaks out in storms, earthquakes and huge seas. The human world and realm of the gods are thrown into chaos.”  (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien (Audiobook)
“Dwarves, elves, goblins, trolls, dragons and wizards – these are the ingredients of J.R.R. Tolkien’s wonderful fantasy. The hero of the tale is Bilbo Baggins, a home-loving unambitious hobbit who is suddenly thrust into what turns out to be the biggest adventure of his life. Guided by Gandalf the wizard, Bilbo and a company of dwarves set out to destroy Smaug the Magnificent, a ferocious dragon who guards a treasure hoard. Their journey contains many dangers, and in facing them the reluctant Bilbo’s great resourcefulness and courage surprises everyone – not least himself!” (adapted from Overdrive description)

eBook Temptations

Recently added to our Overdrive collection of eBooks is a selection of well-known prize winning authors and debut novel writers. Lionel Shriver tackles the question of mortality in a carousel of possibilities facing an aging couple. First time novel from Emily Austin utilises warmth and deadpan humour, as her morbid, queer, atheist protagonist stumbles from an advertised church therapy session into unexpected ecclesiastical employment as she searches for answers on how to live with death. Our other first time author, Gustaf Skordeman, introduces a Swedish police detective Sara Nowak. This juggernaut of a thriller calls the reader to question all versions of the truth.

The question of what really matters in life comes to us from Japan 1937, in the first time english translation of How do you live? Author Genzaburo Yoshino takes a young man on a journey of discovery.  Becky Chambers’ new Monk and robot series ventures into this territory asking, “in a world where people have what they want, does having more matter?”

And so close to Mary Shelley’s birthday is a rendition of the gruelling eleven days it took to produce her. Told from the perspective of Mary Wollstonecraft’s midwife, Love and Fury, details the constraints and prejudices of the late 18th century.  Explore the renown and newly discovered with your library card. Enjoy!

Overdrive cover Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead, Emily Austin (ebook)
“Meet Gilda. She cannot stop thinking about death. Desperate for relief from her anxious mind and alienated from her repressive family, she responds to a flyer for free therapy at a local church and finds herself abruptly hired to replace the deceased receptionist Grace. A blend of warmth, deadpan humour, and pitch-perfect observations about the human condition, Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead is a crackling exploration of what it takes to stay afloat in a world where your expiration – and the expiration of those you love – is the only certainty”.  (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover How Do You Live?, Genzaburo Yoshino (ebook)
“Publishing in English for the very first time, Japan’s beloved coming of age classic on what really matters in life. The streets of Tokyo swarm below fifteen year-old Copper as he gazes out into the city of his childhood. Struck by the thought of the infinite people whose lives play out alongside his own, he begins to wonder, how do you live? Considering life’s biggest questions for the first time, Copper turns to his dear uncle for heart-warming wisdom. As the old man guides the boy on a journey of philosophical discovery, a timeless tale unfolds, offering a poignant reflection on what it means to be human”.  (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover A Psalm for the Wild-Built, Becky Chambers (ebook)
It’s been centuries since the robots of Earth gained self-awareness and laid down their tools; centuries since they wandered, en masse, into the wilderness, never to be seen again; centuries since they faded into myth and urban legend.
One day, the life of a tea monk is upended by the arrival of a robot, there to honour the old promise of checking in. The robot cannot go back until the question of “what do people need?” is answered.  But the answer to that question depends on who you ask, and how.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Should We Stay or Should We Go, Lionel Shriver (ebook)
“Both healthy and vital medical professionals in their early fifties, Kay and her husband Cyril have seen too many of their elderly NHS patients in similar states of decay. Determined to die with dignity, Cyril makes a modest proposal: they should agree to commit suicide together once they’ve both turned eighty. Weaving in a host of contemporary issues – Brexit, mass migration, the coronavirus – Lionel Shriver has pulled off a rollicking page-turner in which we never have to mourn deceased characters, because they’ll be alive and kicking in the very next chapter.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Love and Fury, Samantha Silva (ebook)
“August, 1797. Midwife Parthenia Blenkinsop has delivered countless babies, but nothing prepares her for the experience that unfolds when she arrives at Mary Wollstonecraft’s door. Over the eleven harrowing days that follow, as Mrs. Blenkinsop fights for the survival of both mother and newborn. Wollstonecraft’s urgent story of loss and triumph forms the heartbreakingly brief intersection between the lives of a mother and daughter who will change the arc of history and thought”. (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Yield, Tara June Winch (ebook)
“The yield in English is the reaping, the things that man can take from the land. In the language of the Wiradjuri yield is the things you give to, the movement, the space between things: baayanha. Knowing that he will soon die, Albert ‘Poppy’ Gondiwindi takes pen to paper. August Gondiwindi has been living on the other side of the world for ten years when she learns of her grandfather’s death. Her homecoming is bittersweet as she confronts the love of her kin and news that Prosperous is to be repossessed by a mining company. Determined to make amends she endeavours to save their land.”  (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Geiger, Gustaf Skördeman (ebook)
“The landline rings as Agneta is waving off her grandchildren. Just one word comes out of the receiver: ‘Geiger’… For decades, Agneta has always known that this moment would come, but she is shaken. She knows what it means. Retrieving her weapon from its hiding place, she attaches the silencer and creeps up behind her husband before pressing the barrel to his temple. The extraordinary murder is not Sara Nowak’s case. But she was once close to those affected and, defying regulations, she joins the investigation. What Sara doesn’t know is that the mysterious codeword is just the first piece in the puzzle of an intricate and devastating plot fifty years in the making.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Songbirds, Christy Lefteri (ebook)
“Nisha has crossed oceans to give her child a future. By day she cares for Petra’s daughter; at night she mothers her own little girl by the light of a phone.
Nisha’s lover, Yiannis, is a poacher, hunting the tiny songbirds on their way to Africa each winter. His dreams of a new life, and of marrying Nisha, are shattered when she vanishes. No one cares about the disappearance of a domestic worker, except Petra and Yiannis. As they set out to search for her, they realise how little they know about Nisha. What they uncover will change them all.”  (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Personal Librarian, Marie Benedict (ebook)
“A remarkable novel about J. P. Morgan’s personal librarian, Belle da Costa Greene, the Black American woman who was forced to hide her true identity and pass as white in order to leave a lasting legacy that enriched our nation, from New York Times bestselling author Marie Benedict, and acclaimed author Victoria Christopher Murray.  The Personal Librarian tells the story of an extraordinary woman, famous for her intellect, style, and wit, and shares the lengths she must go to—for the protection of her family and her legacy.” (Overdrive description)

 

 

Local Fascinations

While we have time to investigate and contemplate our homes, backyards and local walks, we notice things our eyes and minds may usually gloss over. Our online catalogue has some great aids for this new burst of exploration.

From things that creep to those that take flight, creatures that flash across our sight are beautiful or mundane.  The selections below begin on the subject of the housefly, ubiquitous, annoying and a doorway into the world of small winged insects. Onto a fragile beauty, the mirror image wings that delight to inspiration in encouraging our birdlife. Almost unnoticed, New Zealand reptiles and amphibians might reward some searching a little more deeply into their local environment. Transform your living space at home if it’s all getting a little too familiar, and delve into to some home projects, brewing up a new delight or renew some well-worn favourites.

There’s a bumper store of knowledge available through your online access to our eBook, downloadable Audiobook and eMagazine collection, visit our eLibrary page to discover more.

Overdrive cover Super Fly, Jonathan Balcombe (ebook)
In Super Fly, the myth-busting biologist Jonathan Balcombe shows the order Diptera in all of its diversity, illustrating the essential role that flies play in every ecosystem in the world as pollinators, waste-disposers, predators, and food source; and how flies continue to reshape our understanding of evolution. No matter your outlook on our tiny buzzing neighbors, Super Fly will change the way you look at flies forever. (adapted from Overdrive description)

 

Overdrive cover The Language of Butterflies, Wendy Williams (ebook)
They are smarter than we think – some species have learned to fool ants into taking care of them. What draws us to these creatures so intensely? Science journalist Wendy Williams investigates butterflies across the globe, their habitats and those dedicated to studying them. She examines the ancient partnership between butterflies and humans, and the ways we depend on them today – from a bellwether on climate change to a source of life-saving medical technology. (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Reptiles and Amphibians of New Zealand, Dylan van Winkel (ebook)
Illustrated with photography, this is the definitive field guide to all of New Zealand’s tuatara, geckos, skinks, frogs, marine turtles and marine snakes. New Zealand’s list of reptiles and amphibians is growing with new discoveries, even as 80 per cent of species are at risk of extinction. This will be the only field guide to cover all currently recognised reptiles and amphibians and will become a go-to book for anyone interested in New Zealand’s unique wildlife. (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Nature’s Best Hope, Douglas W. Tallamy (ebook)
Douglas W. Tallamy’s first book, Bringing Nature Home, awakened thousands of readers to an urgent situation: wildlife populations are in decline because the native plants they depend on are fast disappearing. His solution? Plant more natives. Because this approach relies on the initiatives of private individuals, it is immune from the whims of government policy. Even more important, it’s practical, effective, and easy—you will walk away with specific suggestions you can incorporate into your own yard. (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Design a Healthy Home, Oliver Heath (ebook)
The ideas and solutions included in this book have been devised with easy implementation in mind. Optimise lighting in your home by using reflective surfaces for a brighter space, follow a ventilation checklist to replenish the air in your home and remove pollutants, or unlock the powers of a tech-free bedroom for a better night’s sleep. Introducing colour, pattern and texture to your home, adapting and creating zones, as well as bringing the outdoors in and maintaining your houseplants. (Publisher’s description)

Overdrive cover Loved Clothes Last, Orsola de Castro (ebook)
This book will equip you with a myriad of ways to mend, re-wear and breathe new life into your wardrobe to achieve a more sustainable lifestyle. By teaching you to scrutinise your shopping habits and make sustainable purchases, she will inspire you to buy better, care more and reduce your carbon footprint by simply making your loved clothes last longer. Following Orsola’s practical tips to lavish care and attention on the clothes you already own will not only have a positive environmental impact, but will be personally rewarding too. (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Kombucha & Co, Felicity Evans (ebook)
Kombucha and other fermented drinks are great for gut health, but they’re expensive to buy and you can’t be sure of the quality. But it’s easy to make your own kombucha when you know how. From kombucha to kefir, ginger beer to honey mead, learn to confidently make your own fermented drinks and transform your health from within. Fermentation guru Felicity Evans has you covered with step-by-step instructions to make a range of 50 delicious flavours of gut-friendly probiotic drinks, including troubleshooting tips and inspiration for alcohol-free happy hour at home.  (Overdrive description)

 

 

 

Whakangungu Kaipōkai Tuarangi i Ngā Whare Pukapuka o Te Whanganui-a-Tara

I mōhio rānei koe ko te tau 2021 e tohu ana i te 50 tau mai i te taunga o Apollo 14 ki te Marama?  Ko Apollo 14 te haerenga angitu tuatoru ki te marama, ā, i rongo hoki i te taumaha o te noho hei haerenga tuatahi i muri mai o te haerenga wairuatoa a Apollo 13 (tā Tom Hanks). Ahakoa i poua tēnei haerenga i runga i tētahi raupapatanga whakamātautau, i mōhiotia kētia mō te haerenga i tākaro hahau pōro ā-marama ngā kaipōkai tuarangi!

Rima tekau tau i muri mai i a Apollo 14, kua tata anō te tangata ki te hoki anō ki te Marama, inārā e takatū ana a NASA ki te haere ā te 2024 hei wāhanga o ngā whakaritenga o te haere ki Mars.  Ā, ahakoa kua tōmuri rawa pea ki te whakarite tūranga mōu i runga i te rerenga 2024, ehara i te mea e kore e piki te hiahia mō ngā kaipōkai tuarangi i muri nei!  Engari ehara i te mahi ngāwari te whakangungu kaipōkai tuarangi: ko te nuinga o ngā kaitono angitu e whiwhi ana i te tohu Paerua i tētahi kaupapa STEM, ā, kua tautōhito mō te whakatere torohaki.  Me tutuki hoki i a koe te whakamātautau ā-tinana.

E hiahia tonu ana koe ki te tū hei kaipōkai tuarangi?  Mēnā ae, kua tae mai koe ki te wāhi tōtika!  Mā tēnei rangitaki koe e ārahi ki ngā mea e hiahia ana kia tīmata i a koe tō mahi tuarangi–mā ngā rauemi e wātea ana mā tō mematanga ki ngā Whare Pukapuka o Te Whanganui-a-Tara!
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AKORANGA

Ko te huarahi tuatahi hei whai pea māhau hei kaipōkai tuarangi ko te whiwhi tohu Paerua i tētahi o ngā kaupapa STEM: pūhanga, pūtaiao koiora, pūtaiao ōkiko, pūtaiao rorohiko, te pāngarau rānei.  Engari ko tēhea hei whiringa?  Kei raro nei ētahi akoranga whakatakinga ki ngā take e kitea whānuitia ana i ēnei kaupapa–i ahu katoa mai i te LinkedIn Learning a ngā Whare Pukapuka o Te Whanganui-a-Tara.

PŪHANGA: Karetao Hiko me te Pūmanawa UiPath

PŪTAIAO ROROHIKO: Hanga Papatono me te JavaScript

PĀNGARAU: Ariā whakauho me te Mathematica 11

Engineering fundamentals : an introduction to engineering / Moaveni, Saeed
“Mā Engineering fundamentals e āwhina i ngā kaipānui ki te whakapakari i ngā pūkenga whakaoti rapanga me tētahi tūāpapa totoka o ngā mātāpono whakapū e hiahiatia ana kia tū hei kaipūhanga tātari, aro ki ngā taipitopito, ā, hei kaipūhanga auaha hoki.  E whakaohooho ana i ngā ākonga mai i ngā kaupapa pūhanga maha, mā tēnei tuhinga e akiaki i ngā ākonga ki te tū hei kaipūhanga me te whakarite i tētahi tūāpapa totoka o ngā mātāpono whakapū me ngā ture ōkiko.” (Urutautia mai i te Rārangi)


WHEAKO RERE RANGI

Kua tau tō mahi STEM?  Koia koia!  Ko te huarahi ināianei kia whiria hei kaipōkai tuarangi ko te rapu wheakotanga whakatere torohaki!  E tautuhi ana a NASA kia nui atu i te 1000 hāora tō wā rererangi, nō reira kia wawe tonu te tīmata.
Ahakoa e kore e taea tētahi raihanga urungi rererangi mā ngā Whare Pukapuka o Te Whanganui-a-Tara (ā, taihoa ake nei!), he akoranga whakangungu mō te whakatere i ngā waka raumamao e wātea ana mā te LinkedIn Learning.  Kei roto i tēnei ngā take pēnei i te mātauranga o te rere, tae noa ki te mātai i ngā tohu huarere!

URUNGI RAUMAMAO: Takatū mō te tiwhikete

No man’s land / Sullivan, Kevin
“I runga i te rerenga ririte o QF72 mai i Singapore ki Perth i te 7 o Whiringa-ā-nuku 2008, i korapa ngā rorohiko rere matua, ko te otinga ka tūpou whakararo te rerengai, te ihu i te tuatahi, ki te Moana o Īnia – e rua ngā wā.  E rere manakore ana te Airbus A330 e waha ana i te 315 pāhihi me te tiramahi, me ngā tōpana tōrara e tōkiri ana i ngā tāngata e ngā mea katoa kīhai i herea ki roto i te tuanui o te rererangi.  Nā ngā pūkenga me te mauritau o tautōhito US Navy Top Gun Kevin Sullivan, kāpene o te rerenga kōtua, i taea e ia te whakahaere anō i te rererangi.” (Urutautia mai i te Rārangi)


HAUORA

Ana mā tō tohu Paeroa me tō wā rerenga i raro i tō tātua, e pai ana tō tirohanga mō tētahi tūranga i te puni kaipōkai!  Engari kotahi anō te mea hei whakaarotanga: te whakapakari tinana!  Tuia ki te tirohanga kounga, pēhanga toto horopū me te tāroaroa i waenga i te 157cm me te 190cm, me whakahaeretia ētahi raupapa whakamātautautanga.  Kua eke ki te wā ki te whakatikatika mā ēnei aratohu mai i a Gale Health and Wellness.

RONGOĀ TUARANGI: Whakataki Whānui me te Hāereere me te Kai Tōtika

PŪTAIAO AROTINI: “Ngā Whakamātautau me ngā Whakatīwheta o te Kura Tuarangi”

WHAKANGUNGU: Whakapapakaritanga kaipōkai e 20 mineti

MatchFit : the complete manual to get your body and brain fit for work and fit for life / May, Andrew
“Ko tēnei pukapuka whakaohooho te tōpūtanga o ngā wheako rua tekau tau a Andrew May hei kaiaka toa, hei kaiwhakapakari hoki mō ētahi o ngā kaiaka toa o te ao; te mātai i te tinana me te roro; e mahi ana i te taha o ngā tūmomo apataki maha pēnei i ngā kaiaka toa; me te wheako mataora.” (Urutautia mai i te Rārangi)


ĒTAHI ATU

Kua tata rā koe ki te eke hei kaipōkai tuarangi: he āhuatanga iti noa hei whai.  He nui ngā wā e kauhau ana ngā kaipōkai ki ngā marae, nō reira me whai pūkenga anō mō te kauhau tūmatawhānui.  Tae atu ki te reo Rūhia?  Me ako hoki koe i tērā (māna kua tū kē koe hei kaipōkai Rūhia).  Kaua e māharahara: Kei ngā Whare Pukapuka o Te Whanganui-a-Tara te whakautu, e taea ai e koe te oranga pai o te oranga kaipōkai–haere rā!

NGĀ REO O MANGO : Te Ako Rūhia

KAUHAU TŪMATAWHĀNUI: Aratohu ataata

Speak easy : the essential guide to speaking in public / Eyre, Maggie
“Neke atu i te 30 tau te tautōhito o Maggie Eyre hei kaiwhakangungu pāpaoho, mātanga whakawhiti kōrero, kaiwhakaata hoki.  I roto i a Speak Easy, ka kawea e ia te kaipānui i runga i te tukanga katoa o te kauhau tūmatawhānui, me ngā ūpoko e kapi ai ngā mea katoa mai i te reo o te tinana, te mana o te reo tae rā anō ki te whakahaere i te hunga whakarongo me te whakahaere hoki i te hunga pāpaoho.  He pukapuka whaitake, whaimana hoki, e hāngai ana mō ngā tāngata e whakarite ana mō tētahi whakaaturanga pakihi, tētahi kauhau rānei i muri o te hākari.” (Urutautia mai i te Rārangi)

Astronaut Training at Wellington City Libraries

Did you know that 2021 marks 50 years since Apollo 14 touched down on the Moon? Apollo 14 was the third successful lunar journey and faced the added pressure of being the first trip after the unsuccessful Apollo 13 (the one with Tom Hanks). While the mission was based around a series of experiments, it is mostly known as the trip where astronauts played lunar golf!

50 years after Apollo 14, humanity is almost ready to return to the Moon, with NASA planning on making the trip in 2024 as part of wider preparations for visiting Mars. And while it may be too late to book yourself a place on the 2024 flight, that doesn’t mean there isn’t going to be an increased demand for astronauts in the future! Astronaut training isn’t easy, though: most successful applicants have a Masters degree in a STEM field and extensive experience flying jets. You also need to pass the physical.

Still want to be an astronaut? If so, you’ve come to the right place! This blog will guide you through everything you need to get started in your space-based career–with resources available via your Wellington City Libraries membership!
Read this post in Te Reo


STUDY

The first path you could take to becoming an astronaut is to earn yourself a Masters degree in one of the following STEM fields: engineering, biological science, physical science, computer science or mathematics. But which one to choose? Below are introductory courses to topics commonly found in these fields–all sourced from Wellington City Libraries’ LinkedIn Learning.

ENGINEERING: Robotics and UiPath Software

COMPUTER SCIENCE: Programming and JavaScript

MATHEMATICS: Core concepts and Mathematica 11

Engineering fundamentals : an introduction to engineering / Moaveni, Saeed
Engineering Fundamentals helps readers develop the strong problem-solving skills and solid foundation in fundamental principles they will need to become analytical, detail-oriented, and creative engineers. Motivating students from all engineering disciplines, this text encourages students to become engineers and prepares them with a solid foundation in fundamental principles and physical laws.” (Adapted from Catalogue)


FLIGHT EXPERIENCE

Got your STEM career all sorted? Nicely done! The next step on the road to astronaut selection is to get yourself some experience flying jets! NASA specifies that you need at least 1000 hours flying time, so best get started as soon as you can.

While you can’t get a pilot license directly through Wellington City Libraries (yet!), there is a training course for remote flying available via LinkedIn Learning. This includes everything from the physics of flight to how to read the weather!

REMOTE PILOTING: Certification Prep

No man’s land / Sullivan, Kevin
“On routine flight QF72 from Singapore to Perth on 7 October 2008, the primary flight computers went rogue, causing the plane to pitch down, nose first, towards the Indian Ocean – twice. The Airbus A330 carrying 315 passengers and crew was out of control, with violent negative G forces propelling anyone and anything untethered through the cabin roof. It took the skill and discipline of veteran US Navy Top Gun Kevin Sullivan, captain of the ill-fated flight, to wrestle the plane back under control.” (Adapted from Catalogue)


HEALTH

With your Masters degree and flight time under your belt, you’re looking good for a spot at astronaut camp! But there’s just one more thing to consider: physical conditioning! As well as requiring excellent vision, reliable blood pressure and a height of between 157cm and 190cm, you’re going to need to go through a series of other tests. Time to start prepping with these guides from Gale Health and Wellness.

SPACE MEDICINE: General Introduction and Travel and Nutrition

POPULAR SCIENCE: “The Trials and Torments of Space School”

TRAINING: 20 Minute Astronaut Workout

MatchFit : the complete manual to get your body and brain fit for work and fit for life / May, Andrew
“This inspiring book is the culmination of Andrew May’s twenty years of experience as an elite athlete and fitness trainer for some of the world’s best athletes; studying the body and the brain; working with a variety of clients including elite athletes; and life experience.” (Adapted from Catalogue)


OTHER

You’re so close to becoming an astronaut: there are just a few more little things. Astronauts find themselves talking to a lot of crowds, so public speaking skills are a must. Oh, and Russian? You’re going to have to learn that too (unless you’re already a cosmonaut). Don’t worry: Wellington City Libraries has got you covered, so you can live your best astronaut life–bon voyage!

MANGO LANGUAGES: Learning Russian

PUBLIC SPEAKING: Video Guide

Speak easy : the essential guide to speaking in public / Eyre, Maggie
“Maggie Eyre has over 30 years’ experience as a media trainer, communications consultant and performer. In Speak Easy, she takes the reader through the complete public speaking process, with chapters covering everything from body language and voice control to managing your audience and handling the media. Practical and authoritative, this is the ideal book for anyone facing a business presentation or an after-dinner speech.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Happy New Year – Personal Development courses

**UPDATE 10/02/2021 – Lynda.com is now LinkedIn Learning. Read more about the change.**

Happy New Year!! How about learning a new skill this year? LinkedIn Learning offers a huge variety of courses including Ukulele and Piano lessons, Photography 101, Drawing or all the computer based courses that the platform is already so well known for. Have a look on the traillers below and begin your personal development for FREE with your library card and PIN number.

Ukulele Lessons: Fundamentals by Daniel Ho


Drawing Foundations: Fundamentals
by Will Kemp

Audible audiobooks through BorrowBox

Did you know that Audible audiobooks are available to library users through Wellington City Libraries’ eLibrary app BorrowBox?

Download the BorrowBox app, choose Wellington City Libraries as your preferred library, enter your card number and pin — and you have access to over 400 Audible original audiobook titles!

Audible are ‘the largest producer and provider of spoken word entertainment, with genre-bending audible originals, and binge-worthy audiobooks’, and having sampled many of their meticulously recorded, carefully constructed audio productions, we think they do a wonderful job!

To set you on your way, here are 7 favourite Audible original titles available now through our BorrowBox service. Listen well!

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark /Gillian Flynn

For more than 10 years, a mysterious and violent predator committed 50 sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated 10 sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area.

Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the popular website True Crime Diary, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called the Golden State Killer. Michelle pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark – the masterpiece McNamara was writing at the time of her sudden death – offers an atmospheric snapshot of a moment in American history and a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and the wreckage he left behind. It is also a portrait of a woman’s obsession and her unflagging pursuit of the truth.

(Adapted from BorrowBox Description)

The Rosie result / Graeme Simsion

Hilarious and thought-provoking, with a brilliant cast of characters, The Rosie Result is the triumphant final instalment of the internationally best-selling series that began with The Rosie Project.
Until 12 years ago, geneticist Don Tillman had never had a second date. Then he developed The Wife Project and met Rosie, ‘the world’s most incompatible woman’. Now, having survived 4,380 days of marriage, Don’s life-contentment graph, recently at its highest point, is curving downwards.

Rosie has just returned to work and is struggling with an obnoxious coworker. Don, meanwhile, is in hot water after his latest lecture goes viral. But their real worry is their son, Hudson, who is having trouble at school: his teachers say he isn’t fitting in with the other kids.
For Don, learning to be a good parent as well as a good partner will require the help of friends old and new. It will mean letting Hudson make his way in the world and grappling with difficult truths about his own identity. It will also mean opening a cocktail bar.

(Adapted from BorrowBox Description)

The Body / Bill Bryson

Bryson turns his attention inwards to explore the human body, how it functions and its remarkable ability to heal itself. Full of extraordinary facts and astonishing stories The Body: A Guide for Occupants is a brilliant, often very funny attempt to understand the miracle of our physical and neurological make up.

A wonderful successor to A Short History of Nearly Everything, this book will have you marvelling at the form you occupy, and celebrating the genius of your existence, time and time again.

(Adapted from BorrowBox Description)

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle / Stuart Turton

Somebody’s going to be murdered at the ball tonight. It won’t appear to be a murder and so the murderer won’t be caught. Rectify that injustice and I’ll show you the way out.
It is meant to be a celebration but it ends in tragedy.

As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed. But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden – one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party – can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself, over and over again. Every time ending with the fateful pistol shot.
The only way to break this cycle is to identify the killer. But each time the day begins again, Aiden wakes in the body of a different guest. And someone is determined to prevent him ever escaping Blackheath …

(Adapted from BorrowBox Description)

Dishonesty is the Second-Best Policy / David Mitchell

But if you’re determined to give it a go, you might enjoy this eclectic collection (or eclection) of David Mitchell’s attempts to make light of all that darkness. Scampi, politics, the Olympics, terrorism, exercise, rude street names, inheritance tax, salad cream, proportional representation and farts are all touched upon by Mitchell’s unremitting laser of chit-chat, as he negotiates a path between the commercialisation of Christmas and the true spirit of Halloween.

Listen to this book and slightly change your life!

(Adapted from BorrowBox Description)

A Gentleman in Moscow / Amor Towles

On 21 June 1922, Count Alexander Rostov – recipient of the Order of Saint Andrew, member of the Jockey Club, Master of the Hunt – is escorted out of the Kremlin, across Red Square and through the elegant revolving doors of the Hotel Metropol.
Deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the Count has been sentenced to house arrest indefinitely. But instead of his usual suite, he must now live in an attic room while Russia undergoes decades of tumultuous upheaval.
Can a life without luxury be the richest of all?

(Adapted from BorrowBox Description)

Norse Mythology / Neil Gaiman

The great Norse myths, which have inspired so much of modern fiction, are dazzlingly retold by Neil Gaiman. Tales of dwarfs and frost giants, of treasure and magic, and of Asgard, home to the gods: Odin the all-father, highest and oldest of the Aesir; his mighty son Thor, whose hammer Mjollnir makes the mountain giants tremble; Loki, wily and handsome, reliably unreliable in his lusts; and Freya, more beautiful than the sun or the moon, who spurns those who seek to control her.
From the dawn of the world to the twilight of the gods, this is a thrilling, vivid retelling of the Norse myths from the award-winning, bestselling Neil Gaiman.

(Adapted from BorrowBox Description)

Your Lucky (eBook) Day is here!

Skip the waiting line and borrow the most popular eBooks and audiobooks with our Lucky Day eBook and eAudiobook titles!

Overdrive Lucky Day Promotional Image - It's your Lucky Day

These titles can be found, borrowed and read on a first-come, first-served basis through Libby — the award-winning, one-tap reading app from OverDrive (read more about getting started with Libby). The program is meant to be a bit like the serendipity of picking up popular titles off the shelf in a library.

Browse our Lucky Day Collection

The easiest way to find available titles for both our adult and kids Lucky Day collections is to scan the homepage of either Libby or OverDrive for our special Lucky Day curated lists.

Because our Lucky Day titles turn over so quickly, it’s difficult to provide direct links to Lucky Day copies  (only the ones currently available will show), but examples of recent titles are best-selling fiction eBooks like Fair Warning by Michael Connelly, The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult and The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. Recent New Zealand non-fiction titles include Maori Made Easy by Scotty Morrison, Impossible: My Story by Stan Walker and Bella: My Life in Food by Anabel Langbein.

You can browse what’s available right now on our Lucky Day shelf. The list of titles will change as books are returned to the collection, so check back often.

Lucky Day titles are a bit different to regular lending copies. They are:

  • Available for 14 days (as opposed to 21 days)
  • Not able to be reserved
  • Not able to be renewed

For even more Lucky Day titles, try our Kids Lucky Day collections, full of the most popular kids authors and titles like Harry Potter, Diary of  a Wimpy Kid and David Walliams stories, sure to make you smile.

For more information on our Kids Lucky Day collections, read this excellent post from our Kids blog by our Children’s coordinator, Stephen!

 

 

 

Book Club eBooks now ready to read on Libby

I once facilitated a book group every month on a Friday afternoon at the wonderfully diverse Newtown library involving 8 book-loving, library users. We would discuss the ideas, plots, characters, sense of place and theme of each book like this would be our last, usually over coffee, tea and scones.

Now, that sense of communal engagement can continue on a larger scale with our first collection of always available digital Book Club titles through the eBook and audio-book reading app Libby.

Libby Book Club

We have hundreds of titles to choose from across adult fiction, Aotearoa, nonfiction, kids and teen audiences for discovery by book groups, for community reads, and fiery or friendly discussion. Expect thought-provoking reads across genres like mystery, science fiction, classic literature, poetry and award-winning fiction but also best-selling popular biographies, science and business nonfiction.

Here’s a quick selectors pick of 10 of some of the always available titles ready to read now:

  1. The Luminaries by Eleanor Cotton
  2. The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
  3. The Bitterroots by C J Box
  4. When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors
  5. Hera Lindsay Bird by Hera Lindsay Bird
  6. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty
  7. Te Koparapara: An Introduction the the Maori World 
  8. Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
  9. Monster series by Michael Grant
  10. Mophead by Selina Tusitala Marsh

For even more options try our carefully chosen selection of over 370 classic novels by Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, Leo Tolstoy, Charles Dickens – an entire pantheon of always available literary classics.

For more information on how to get started with the Libby app, go to our eLibrary page or contact us here for further helpful assistance.

NZ Music on Screen: NZ Music Month

Each year during May it is always New Zealand Music Month, but 2020 is an unusual one due to the COVID-19. It is forcing artists to find new ways of working and connecting with audiences, and there are a surprising number of things still happening. Check out the NZ Music Month official website as well as our Wellington Music blog and facebook. To celebrate and support New Zealand music and artists, we have selected some fantastic films available on Beamfilm and Kanopy. They include the documentary about Martin Phillipps (The Chills) and two iconic New Zealand movies (An Angel at my Table and Dean Spanley) for which Don McGlashan (Blam Blam Blam, The Mutton Birds) did the soundtracks. Be calm, kind and enjoy the movies!


The Chills: The Triumph & Tragedy of Martin Phillipps

Year: 2019
Length: 95 minutes
Directors: Julia Parnell and Rob Curry

Watch the full film here!

Martin Phillipps came tantalizingly close to conquering the international musical world with his band The Chills, but instead fell into decades of debt and addiction in his hometown of Dunedin, New Zealand. At 54, he’s been given a dire medical prognosis, forcing him to face his demons and realise his musical ambitions before it’s too late.


The Pa Boys

Year: 2014
Length: 90 minutes
Director: Himiona Grace

Watch the full film here!

A contemporary story with a strong message, PA BOYS, follows a Wellington reggae band as they embark on a tour ‘down north’, from Wellington to Cape Reinga. Staring Fran Kora (from the band KORA) and Matariki Whatarau (Go Girls, The Almighty Johnsons), PA BOYS is a story about life, death and music. As the band tours, their travels expose Danny (Kora) and Tau (Whatarau) to a spiritual history that cannot be avoided and when unresolved events from their past must be confronted it’s Danny who holds the key.


Topp Twins Untouchable Girls

Year: 2009
Length: 81 minutes
Director: Leanne Pooley

Watch the full film here!

The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls” is the first time that the irrepressible Kiwi entertainment double act, Jools and Lynda Topp’s extraordinary personal story has been told. The film offers a revealing look into the lives of the World’s only comedic, country singing, dancing, and yodeling lesbian twin sisters. As well as rarely seen archive footage and home movies, the film features a series of special interviews with some of the Topp’s infamous comedy alter-egos including candid chats with the two Kens, Camp Mother and Camp Leader.


Born To Dance

Year: 2015
Length: 96 minutes
Director: Tammy Davis

Watch the full film here!

Champion hip hop dancer, Tu Kaea, has the chance to audition for K-Crew, the best hip hop crew in the country, but he has to go behind the backs of his home crew and his best friend Benjy. Things get even more complicated when he starts falling for Sasha, the girlfriend of K-Crew’s leader. When Tu’s old crew and new crew clash, he has to make a decision that will change his life forever.


An Angel At My Table

Year: 1990
Length: 158 minutes
Directors: Jane Campion

Watch the full film here!

Jane Campion brings to the screen the harrowing true-life story of Janet Frame, New Zealand’s most distinguished author. The film follows Frame along her inspiring journey, from a poverty-stricken childhood to a misdiagnosis of schizophrenia and electroshock therapy to, finally, international literary fame. Beautifully capturing the colour and power of the New Zealand landscape, the film earned Campion a sweep of her country’s film awards and the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival.


Dean Spanley

Year: 2008
Length: 97 minutes
Directors: Toa Fraser

Watch the full film here!

A dog may be man’s best friend but in Dean Spanley it is also the key to reconnecting Henslow Fisk and his ailing father, Horatio. After attending a lecture given by a visiting Swami on ‘The Transmigration of Souls’, the Fisks run into eccentric Dean Spanley. Soon, Henslow discovers the Dean may be more connected to the Fisks than they could ever have imagined!

Resilience in a time of uncertainty and change

**UPDATE 10/02/2021 – Lynda.com is now LinkedIn Learning. Read more about the change.**

After this time in lockdown and working from home, owners and employees of workplaces may be finding their resilience waning. Hopefully these Lynda.com courses below may offer some good guidance and help.

Learning Path

Supporting Your Well-Being during Times of Change and Uncertainty
In this learning path, you can gain immediately applicable skills to support your well-being during times of change and uncertainty. Twenty curated courses cover topics such as practicing mindfulness and meditation; managing anxiety, depression, and stress; calming your mind; and restoring your body.

Embracing unexpected change
This 15 minute course explains how you can harness the power of change for your benefit, how to put change in the proper context, create the right perspective and ultimately become more resilient.


Course

Enhancing Resilience with Gemma Leigh Roberts
Being resilient will not only help you overcome challenges—it will help you thrive. Learn how to enhance your resilience with these tips. In this hour long course, Gemma Roberts shows how to create a proactive plan to build your resilience, maintain it in the face of challenges, and track your progress over time.


Learning Path

Developing Resilience and Grit
In the face of change and uncertainty, learn how to build your resilience and cultivate mental agility. Resilience and grit will help you to cope with change and create productive shifts in thinking and perseverance.


Course

Building Resilience with Tatiana Kolovou
Learn how to bounce back from difficult situations, by building your “resiliency threshold,” with these training techniques. In this half hour course, she outlines five training techniques to prepare for difficult situations, and five strategies for reflecting on them afterward.

#StayAtHome Film Festival: Louise’s Māori and Pasifika Picks

Our Kanopy and Beamafilm streaming platforms have a great selection of FREE content from Aotearoa and the Pacific. It’s always good to see our own cultures represented on the screen, so while we are still spending a lot of time at home grab the opportunity to watch some gems that have a Māori and Pasifika kaupapa!

This blog only highlights a small selection of films including emotional movies, documentaries, and a feel good gem about musicians and finding yourself. You will find more if you search ‘Māori’, ‘New Zealand’, or a specific Pasifika country within Kanopy or Beamafilm.

Go ahead and immerse yourself in the stories of Aotearoa and the Pacific!


The Orator

Year: 2011
Length: 106 minutes
Director: Tusi Tamasese

Watch the full film here on Beamafilm!

The Orator is a beautiful and emotional movie that was written and directed by Samoan film-maker Tusi Tamasese and shot entirely in Samoan on location in Samoa itself. Saili’s story is one of love and challenges as he learns he must stand tall, despite his small stature, to become a hero. Highly recommended.

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You can also watch Tamasese’s other feature film, One Thousand Ropes, on Kanopy.


Kuo Hina E Hiapo: The Mulberry is White and Ready for Harvest

Year: 2001
Length: 28 minutes
Directors: Joseph Ostraff, Melinda Ostraff

Watch the full film here on Kanopy!

Tapa cloth is a true artistic treasure of the Pacific. In Tonga it is called ngatu and this short documentary illustrates  ngatu’s symbolic importance and collaborative production. Beautiful and fascinating!

Discover More:

Our Te Moana-Nui-A-Kiwi/Pasefika popular topic page provides links to all sorts of Pasefika books and online resources.


Mauri

Year: 1988
Length: 100 minutes
Director: Merata Mita


Watch the full film here on Kanopy!

Merata Mita was the first Māori woman to write and direct a dramatic movie when she brought out Mauri in 1988. Set on the East Coast, Mauri stars Anzac Wallace (Utu) and activist Eva Rickard. This is a landmark film from a landmark Māori film maker.

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You can also watch Ngati on Kanopy, another ground-breaking  film from a Māori film maker, this time Barry Barclay.


Waru

Year: 2017
Length: 86 minutes
Directors: Ainsley Gardiner, Awanui Simich-Pene, Briar Grace Smith, Casey Kaa, Chelsea Winstanley, Katie Wolfe, Paula Whetu Jones, Renae Maihi

Watch the full film here on Kanopy!

Eight female Māori directors give us eight connected stories, each taking place at the same moment in time during the tangi of a small boy called Waru. This is a very moving and challenging film with all eight stories  subtly linked while following different female characters. All must come to terms with Waru’s death and try to find a way forward within their community.

Discover More:

A tangi is at the heart of Waru. If you want to learn about Māori protocols surrounding tangi, or other Māori topics, our Māori Information Resources page is an excellent place to start.


The Rain of the Children

Year: 2008
Length: 102 minutes
Director: Vincent Ward

Watch the full film here on Kanopy!

I love this film. Vincent Ward’s beautiful dramatic documentary explores the life of Tuhoe woman Puhi and her relationship to Rua Kenana and the community at Maungapohatu. Ward looks at the curse Puhi believed she lived under in an incredibly moving way, and the result is a jewel of a film.

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You can also watch Vincent Ward’s first film about Puhi, In Spring One Plants Alone, on Kanopy.


The Deadlands

Year: 2013
Length: 107 minutes
Director: Toa Fraser

Watch the full film here on Beamafilm!

Woo hoo! Revenge and action abound in Toa Fraser’s movie starring James Rolleston and Lawrence Makoare. You gotta love the use of mau rākau – a traditional Māori martial art – and a script in te reo Māori!

Discover More:

If you want to start learning te reo Māori our recent Resources to Learn Māori blog can help with all sorts of tips to get you started.


The Pa Boys

Year: 2014
Length: 90 minutes
Director: Himiona Grace

Watch the full film here on Kanopy!

My whānau love this heartfelt film about a musician and his reggae band on a road trip of music and self discovery. Francis Kora is wonderful as Danny who is unsettled, and then opened up to his culture, when Tau (Matariki Whatarau) joins the band. Music, landscape, laughs and love – beautiful and simple.

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The band in The Pa Boys sets out from Wellington where Danny lives. If you love the music scene in Wellington you can learn more about it on our dedicated Wellington Music page.

#StayAtHome Film Festival: Susannah’s Horror Picks

If you are looking for some scares and chills to take your mind off the real world, then consider these five horror features on Beamafilm. From classic early black and white German cinema, to a Chinese epic, and an Australian contemporary film, there’s lots to sink your teeth into!

(Not a library member yet? No worries! Simply sign up here and then check out Beamafilm and Kanopy, our fantastic film streaming services.)


The Cabinet of Dr Caligari

Year: 1920
Length: 75 minutes
Director: Robert Wiene

Watch the full film here!

As the Beamafilm synopsis describes: “Two men on a park bench discuss the story of Cesare, a sleep-walking circus performer under the control of the murderous Dr. Caligari. But all, of course, is not quite as it seems.” Often cited as the first true horror film, this is the quintessential example of 1920s German Expressionism in its use of symbolism, and symbolic acting. This black and white silent classic uses non-realistic sets, costume and makeup to portray the characters’ emotional states, exploring mental illness and madness.

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Combined Search: Did you know that the script for The Cabinet of Dr Caligari was based on the wartime experiences of writers Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer? Learn more about this fascinating film via our eLibrary Combined Search!


Nosferatu

Year: 1922
Length: 93 minutes
Director: F.W. Murnau

Watch the full film here!

Nine years before Bela Lugosi’s legendary portrayal of Dracula, Max Schreck starred as the Dracula-inspired Count Orlok in the German Expressionist film Nosferatu. Although the filmmaker’s tried to avoid copyright infringement, it was close enough to the source material for Bram Stoker’s widow to sue and have the original prints destroyed. It is also known for the addition to the vampire mythos that sunlight is lethal to vampires. This 1922 black and white classic of silent cinema is a masterpiece of atmosphere, and its influence can still be seen in popular culture nearly 100 years later.

Discover More:

OverdriveNosferatu may be one of the first works to be influenced by Stoker’s Dracula, but it’s definitely not the only one! Explore Dracula, Dracula’s Guest, Anno Dracula and more via Overdrive and Libby.


M

Year: 1931
Length: 110 mins
Director: Fritz Lang

Watch the full film here!

Director Fritz Lang’s other classic film (the first being Metropolis, which is also available on Beamafilm), and his personal favourite, M deals with the unpleasant subject matter of a child killer in Germany 1931. The title “M” is short for mörder, the German word meaning murderer. Beautifully shot in black and white with sound, and once again part of the German Expressionist movement, this is regarded as one of Lang’s finest films, and one of the best German films ever made. It features one of Peter Lorre’s most famous roles before he fled Germany and went on to achieve international fame in Hollywood in films such as Casablanca.

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Mango Languages: Did you know that director Fritz Lang made films in both Weimar Germany and also as part of the Hollywood system? Check out his German language productions (without the need of subtitles!) with a little help from Mango Languages.


Detective Dee and the Phantom Flame

Year: 2010
Length: 123 minutes
Director: Hark Tsui

Watch the full film here!

Not strictly a horror film, although you will find it under that category on Beamafilm, this is also an action/mystery/historical film with horror and supernatural elements. Set in 689 A.D in China, Detective Dee is called back from exile to investigate a series of fiery deaths. Featuring lots of acrobatic fighting, lavish sets, and special effects, it was so popular it has since spawned two prequels. This will appeal to anyone who is a fan of Netflix’s Korean series, Kingdom.

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Dragonsource: Did you know that our eLibrary includes Dragonsource, a database with hundreds of Chinese language magazines in both simplified and traditional Chinese?


The Babadook

Year: 2010
Length: 123 minutes
Director: Hark Tsui

Click here for the full film!

This Australian contemporary film is about a solo mother struggling to raise her son on her own. One day she finds a disturbing storybook called “Mister Babadook”, only the story and the monster within seem to want to come out of the page. The title, Babadook is an anagram of ‘A bad book’. Debut director Jennifer Kent has created a powerful film that explores the monster that is depression and loneliness.

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RBdigital: Want to know more about the latest horror films? Check out magazines such as Empire, Hollywood Reporter and Total Film via RBdigital!

eMagazines about home, garden and DIY

Have you used our eMagazines yet? We have an amazing collection provided by both Rbdigital and PressReader. Here is a selection of Home, Garden and DIY eMagazines available FREE through our eLibrary.

Gardening Australia [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

For those new to eMagazines on our website, instructions for using the RBDigital app are here.

homestyle [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

Mollie Makes [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

Backyard & garden design ideas New Zealand & Australia. [electronic resource] :
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

Good housekeeping [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

Homes & gardens [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

House beautiful [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

The kitchen garden [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

Gardens Illustrated Magazine [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

Dwell [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

The following two magazines are on PressReader. These are the instructions for using the PressReader app.

New Zealand gardener.
An electronic journal, available in PressReader.

Another New Zealand eMagazine from PressReader:
The shed : where dreams are made real.
An electronic journal, available in PressReader.

 

#StayAtHome Film Festival: Hannah’s Travelling Picks

Travelling introduces you to new places, new people and new cultures. However, as the world has gone into lockdown and travelling is at a standstill the only way to travel safely is vicariously through film. Thanks to the magic of film you can be transferred to somewhere outside of your bubble. Here are some films that incorporate travel and discovery that take you to France, Turkey, Spain, China, Australia and America. These films can be accessed on our wonderful streaming services Beamafilm and Kanopy!


Faces Places

Year: 2018
Length: 89 minutes
Country: France
Directors: Agnès Varda and JR

Watch the full film here!

This film is simply wonderful and is a real joy to watch. It follows the iconic film director Agnès Varda as she teams up with artist JR. They go to rural parts of France in a photobooth van and take photos of locals to print off on a massive scale to paste onto the side of buildings. They travel to small villages which is great to see as they go to places that you wouldn’t think to visit. Every local they meet is friendly and has a story to tell. It makes you appreciate the importance of listening and learning from people.

Agnès says, she wants “to meet new faces and photograph them so they don’t fall down the holes in my memory” which I can relate to as I take photos of everything as a reminder. There is a joyful playfulness to this film but there is also melancholy as Agnès wonders “if everyone that she meets will be the last”. This film celebrates and embraces life as they both marvel and wonder at every aspect and it makes you realise you need to appreciate life.

Discover More:

Beamafilm: Find out more about the artist JR by watching Inside Out The Peoples Art Project.

CIA World Factbook: Find out facts about France with the CIA World Factbook! This provides data and information on different countries so you can find out about key demographics, government, economy and more.

LinkedIn Learning: If you want to improve your photography skills then there are heaps of useful photography tutorials on LinkedIn Learning.


Kedi

Year: 2016
Length: 79 minutes
Country: Turkey
Director: Ceyda Torun

Watch the full film here!

This sweet and charming documentary transports you to Istanbul where there are an incredible number of stray cats roaming the streets which has been the case since the Ottoman Empire! One person in the documentary states that “without the cat Istanbul would lose a part of it’s soul” and throughout the film you can see how much of an impact the cats have on everyone. The people who take care of the cats show incredible displays of kindness, such as a café owner who donates all his tips to look after the cat who frequents his café. It’s amazing to see how cats can change and enhance people’s lives as one man states that the cats that he looks after helped him to recover from his nervous breakdown. I especially like how the camera shows you Istanbul from the cats’ point of view as they explore and wander through the city.

Discover More:

PressReader: Want to know more about cats? Then you should check out the magazine Modern Cat that is available for you to read on PressReader!

Mango Languages: Did you know that the title of the film Kedi is Turkish for cat? Learn some more Turkish words by heading to Mango Languages.


The Trip To Spain

Year: 2017
Length: 108 minutes
Country: Spain
Director: Michael Winterbottom

Watch the full film here!

This is the third installment of The Trip as comedians Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan play fictional versions of themselves and on this occasion, they take an adventure around Spain. Steve wants to follow in the footsteps of Laurie Lee and Cervantes and their route is heavily influenced by these writers. They drive around the country and this allows us to soak up the exquisite scenery, especially Malaga’s amazing coastline road. The impressions are non-stop as they compete to be the best Sir Mick Jagger, Sir Michael Caine, Sir Ian McKellan and Sir Roger Moore in a variety of fancy restaurants. If you are familiar with The Trip and The Trip to Italy then you’ll know what to expect but I still enjoy spending time with these two as their often cutting exchanges and quick-witted banter is fun to watch.

Discover More:

OverDrive: If you’re looking for new recipes to try out at home during lockdown, then check out this awesome Spanish cookbook eBook.

OverDrive: Want to read As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning by Laurie Lee that inspired the trip? Well you’re in luck as it’s available as an eBook here.

OverDrive: The other book that was mentioned a lot in The Trip To Spain is Don Quixote and this can also be borrowed from our extensive eBook collection.


The Nightingale

Year: 2015
Length: 96 minutes
Country: China
Director: Philippe Muyl

Watch the full film here!

In fast-moving, business-focused Beijing two parents Chongyi and Qianying are busy trying to make a career and don’t have enough time for their child Renxing who is glued to her iPad. The parents both have work trips at the same time, so Qianying entrusts Renxing to be looked after by her grandfather, who has previously lost her whilst under his care. Renxing and her grandfather are off on their travels to visit his village along with his bird, a nightingale. At first Renxing acts up, but they soon bond after getting lost in a luscious bamboo forest. Rural China’s scenery is breathtakingly beautiful. This film is extremely cute and lovely and the grandfather and granddaughter are engaging characters who have a beautiful rapport as they learn much from each during their journey.

Discover More:

Dragonsource: Take a look at Dragonsource for Chinese language magazines in both simplified and traditional Chinese for online reading.

Encyclopaedia Britannica: This is a treasure trove of interesting facts where you can learn more about the nightingale and specifically the Chinese nightingale too.


Dusty

Year: 1983
Length: 85 minutes
Country: Australia
Director: John Richardson

Watch the full film here!

The Australian countryside is shot stunningly in this film that is all about the bond between man and his dog. A dog gets sold to a farmer, Tom, who is told that the dog is pure kelpie but is actually part dingo. By day, Dusty becomes a trusty and reliable sheep dog but at night he does like to terrorise the sheep when his natural dingo traits come out. This causes tension on the farm as some people want Dusty dead whilst Tom has grown incredibly fond of him. The film shows how much humans and dogs can be attached to each other due to friendship and gives an insight into life in the Australian countryside.

Discover More:

OverDrive eAudiobooks: Want to know how to make your dog happy? Then listen to Cesar Milan’s Guide to a Happy Dog here.


Buddymoon

Year: 2016
Length: 79 minutes
Country: America
Director: Alex Simmons

Watch the full film here!

This silly comedy follows David and Flula as they go on what would have been David’s honeymoon hike. David has been dumped by his fiancé so his incredibly happy and enthusiastic German friend Flula decides to join the hike to cheer him up. Flula is a character that you’ll either love or hate–I love his eccentricities, strange logic and how excitable he is. David provides narration of journal entries from American pioneer explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and the comparison of Meriwether to Flula is a running joke. This is a sweet bromance film that is lots of fun. Their hike into the wilderness is incredibly shot and will make you yearn for an outdoor excursion which hopefully we can do again sometime soon!

Discover More:

OverDrive: This film is all about friendship and David and Flula are best friends in real life. If you want to carry on the theme of friendship with humour thrown in then take a look at these eBooks.

#StayAtHome Film Festival: Gus’ Picks for Weird & Thrilling Films

One of my favourite things to do on my Friday shift at the library is to pick through the DVDs before closing time and grab a film I’ve been meaning to see but have never had the time to check out before. While I can’t stroll through the aisles of Arapaki for the time being, exploring Kanopy and Beamafilm has been scratching that itch for me.

As someone who’s always learning more about the history of film-making and storytelling, I tend to gravitate toward strange, high-concept films and subjects; legacy directors who gained and spent multiple ‘blank checks’ over their careers to make their passion projects, festival films with off-kilter premises that become critical darlings, and weird thrillers that expand what kind of stories you can tell on a budget. These recommendations might not be what you would call ‘comfort viewing’, but I hope they can expand your film-viewing horizons as they have mine. Enjoy!


Swiss Army Man

Year: 2016
Length: 98 mins
Directors: Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert

Watch the full film here!

A critical darling at Sundance the year of its release, Swiss Army Man follows Hank (Paul Dano) as a man trying to get back to civilization with the aid of a talking, farting corpse named Manny (Daniel Radcliffe). It’s every bit as weird as it sounds, but Dano and Radcliffe’s performances buoy the film as the friendship blossoms between the two men and they help one another discover how to be human again, although it applies to one of them a bit more literally. The physical comedy is also a treat to watch, as Radcliffe forgoes the use of a dummy to do all of the corpse’s stiff, action-figure-like stunts himself. It’s a charming, bizarre, and surprisingly moving movie about how to come back from a period of self-isolation, make lasting connections with people, and rediscover how to live in the world again.

Discover more:

PressReader and RBdigital: If watching Hank and Manny’s trek through the California pines has you missing the joys of trekking the wilderness, both PressReader and RBdigital provide online access to hundreds of magazines including many on mountaineering, tramping, and more.

Overdrive: You’ll never have a better excuse to reread the series that gave Daniel Radcliffe his first big acting break; that’s why Overdrive has made the first Harry Potter book available for free in both ebook and audiobook form in multiple languages.


Enemy

Year: 2013
Length: 91 mins
Director: Denis Villeneuve

Watch the full film here!

Director Denis Villeneuve is more associated with his recent expansive science-fiction films such as Arrival, Blade Runner 2049 and the upcoming Dune adaptation, but there was a time where he worked on smaller thrillers, including the critically-beloved but little-seen film Enemy. Based off the novel The Double by José Saramago, Jake Gyllenhaal plays Adam Bell, a history professor who discovers an actor in a local film that appears to be his exact double. His actor doppelganger soon discovers Adam as well, as do each of the men’s wives. As their lives begin to intertwine, each one threatens to undo the existence of the other until the film crescendos into one of the freakiest endings to a movie I’ve ever seen.

Discover More:

Kanopy: Can’t get enough of Gyllenhaal? Kanopy also has his early hit Donnie Darko in both the theatrical and director’s cut.

Overdrive: Want to see what inspired Enemy? You can check out the works of Nobel Prize-winning Portuguese writer José Saramago on Overdrive.


Shin Godzilla (Shin Gojira)

Year: 2016
Length: 120 mins
Director: Hideaki Anno

Watch the full film here!

Taking a break from the reboot of his groundbreaking giant robot series Neon Genesis Evangelion, director Hideaki Anno revitalizes the Godzilla brand with Shin Godzilla, taking a more esoteric, body-horror approach to the classic kaiju (‘strange beast’). A huge hit in Japan and winner of seven Japanese Academy Prize awards, many Godzilla fans hold this as one of the best of the series. If you need to convince your housemates who aren’t as versed in genre films to check this out, the interesting twist to this iteration is that the human focus is on the government officials trying to react in real-time to Godzilla’s sudden appearance, rather than the military or a lone hero. What better film to watch now than one about a bureaucracy responding to a sudden evolving threat and using clever infrastructure solutions to mitigate harm and protect their citizens? These days, that’s a story I can get behind.

Discover More:

Kanopy: Kanopy has a range of cinema from Japan, including “ramen western” Tampopo, Studio Ghibli co-production The Red Turtle, and Tokyo Story (Tokyo monogotari), widely considered to be one of the best films ever made.

Beamafilm: Beamafilm offerings of Japanese cinema include Studio Ghibli documentary The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness and the art documentary Kusama: Infinity, which chronicles the work of Yayoi Kusama.


Good Time

Year: 2017
Length: 102 mins
Directors: Benny and Josh Safdie

Watch the full film here!

If you’ve seen and loved the Safdie brothers’ newest film Uncut Gems, it’s well worth your time to check out Good Time, their previous film from 2017. Robert Pattinson plays Constantine, a small-time crook who has to break his brother out of prison while avoiding the police and struggling to pay off a bail bondsman after a bank heist gone wrong. Flat-out from minute one, Constantine races the underbelly of New York City, churning through one unsuspecting ally after another in his desperate quest to reunite with the only family he has left. Robert Pattinson brings a raw and pitiable emotional depth to Constantine, and the Safdie brothers’ trademark use of first-time actors gives their version of New York a rough and lived-in feel.

Discover More:

Kanopy: Eager for more crime thrillers? Kanopy has you covered. Check out one of the genre’s classics, Alfred Hitchcock’s Dial M for Murder, or Joaquin Phoenix’s recent hit You Were Never Really Here.


Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World

Year: 2016
Length: 99 mins
Director: Werner Herzog

Watch the full film here!

Werner Herzog is a director I’ve always wanted to check out but was only familiar with from terrible impersonations and his surprisingly frequent cameos in primetime cartoons. Lo and Behold is a great contemporary introduction to one of cinema’s most celebrated directorial voices (and what a voice!), following Herzog’s attempt to examine the history of the Internet, from its humble origins in American university campuses to its future potential for self-awareness. Herzog tracks down original Internet Protocol engineer Robert Kahn, hacker Kevin Mitnick, and a community of people in rehab for ‘internet addiction’, among others, to examine the transformative power the Internet affords us a species, while also looking at its precarity as a construct and how our reliance on it can be socially damaging. As more and more of us have to rely on streaming, social media and web conferencing to get by, Herzog invites us to consider just how valuable the internet is to us.

Discover More:

Kanopy: Kanopy has more of Herzog’s most recent works, including crime thriller Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, the Gertrude Bell biography Queen of the Desert, and the environmental thriller Salt and Fire.

PressReader and RBdigital: You can keep up with the latest science and technology news and magazines like New Scientist with both PressReader and RBdigital.


Exit Through the Gift Shop

Year: 2010
Length: 83 mins
Director: Banksy

Watch the full film here!

Cast your mind back to 2010, the heyday of street artists who turned the world into their canvas with their bold and politically loaded art and began to find mainstream success in gallery shows. A typical biopic this is not; Exit Through the Gift Shop follows not Banksy himself, but his filmmaker friend turned disciple Thierry Guetta, who first becomes embroiled in the street art community as a documentarian before deciding to become a street artist himself. Complicating matters is the long-standing accusation that this film was made as a hoax, as Thierry’s rocketing to success as a street artist can come off to some as too staged and polished for a real-life subject, a claim that has been repeatedly denied by the film-makers. Regardless of its veracity, after rewatching this in lockdown, I’m never going to take the streets for granted again.

Discover More:

Kanopy: Eager to learn more about street art? Kanopy recently added a new documentary chronicling the movement’s history, Banksy and the Rise of Outlaw Art.

PressReader and RBdigital: Both Pressreader and RBdigital provide online access to hundreds of magazines including many on art, illustration, photography and more.

Small books on big topics – check out the BWB Texts Collection

The BWB Texts Collection is one of the hidden gems in our online collections line-up that we LOVE and think more of you should know about.

Why? Well in a nutshell the collection brings together a diverse group of short and accessible eBooks on some of the biggest and most important issues facing New Zealand. Some of the topics covered include: the housing crisis, climate change, public health, child poverty and inequality. Dive in to discover stories, insights and analysis by some of New Zealand’s best writers and commentators.

The BWB Texts Collection is also easy to access and use. All you need is your Wellington City Libraries card and a device to read on — PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone. Ebooks have unlimited simultaneous users and are read in your web browser so there is no waiting or downloading – simply click on any title and read!

Some just released titles that you might like to check out are:

Imagining Decolonisation – contributors include: Rebecca Kiddle, Bianca Elkington, Moana Jackson, Ocean Ripeka Mercier, Mike Ross, Jennie Smeaton and Amanda Thomas
“Decolonisation is a term that alarms some, and gives hope to others. It is an uncomfortable and often bewildering concept for many New Zealanders. This new BWB Text seeks to demystify decolonisation using illuminating, real-life examples. By exploring the impact of colonisation on Māori and non-Māori alike, Imagining Decolonisation presents a transformative vision of a country that is fairer for all.” (from title description page)

The Climate Dispossessed: Justice for the Pacific in Aotearoa? – by Teall Crossen
“The world is heating up beyond the capacity of some countries to cope. Entire populations of Pacific islands are threatened, jeopardising the sovereign rights of these countries and the security of the region. This book explores what a just response to the risk of climate change displacement in the Pacific could look like.” (from title description page)

Transforming the Welfare State: Towards a New Social Contract – by Jonathan Boston
“Eighty years ago, New Zealand’s welfare state was envied by many social reformers around the world. Today it stands in need of urgent repair and renewal. One of our leading public policy thinkers asks: What might the contours of a revitalised ‘social contract’ for New Zealand look like?” (from title description page)

The Broken Estate: Journalism and Democracy in a Post-Truth World – by Mel Bunce
“A lack of knowledge about the world can be a very dangerous thing…Drawing upon the latest international research, Bunce provides a fresh analysis that goes beyond the usual anecdote and conjecture. Insightful and impassioned, this short book provides a much-needed assessment of the future for New Zealand journalism in a troubled world on issues of justice, tikanga, trade-offs, finance, futurism, adaptation, and more.” (from title description page)

Rebuilding the Kāinga: Lessons from Te Ao Hurihuri – by Jade Kake
Rebuilding the Kāinga charts the recent resurgence of contemporary papakāinga on whenua Māori. Reframing Māori housing as a Treaty issue, Kake envisions a future where Māori are supported to build businesses and affordable homes on whānau, hapū or Treaty settlement lands. The implications of this approach, Kake writes, are transformative.” (from title description page)

#No Fly: Walking the Talk on Climate Change – by Shaun Hendy
“What happens when a leading New Zealand scientist (and frequent traveller) rules out flying for a year? From overnight buses to epic train journeys, Shaun Hendy’s experiences speak to our desire to do something – anything – in the face of growing climate anxiety. #NoFly confronts the hard questions of one person’s attempt ‘to adapt’. Was this initiative merely symbolic? Did it compromise his work, his life? And has it left him feeling more optimistic that we can, indeed, reach a low-emissions future?” (from title description page)

#StayAtHomeFest: Aotearoa Road Trip–Day One!

We’ve all seen them: photos of deserted highways stretching through the country, not a car or truck in sight. While this emptiness is a testament to the great work being done to stop COVID-19, it can be hard not to imagine a time when you can once again venture out and re-discover the rest of the country.

But now there’s no need to wait! Thanks to the magic of our eLibrary you can join us on a road trip across Aotearoa, from classic sites on State Highway One to secret spots known only to the wisest, most road-wily librarians. So grab your road atlas, double-check your internet connection and prepare for an epic (virtual) road trip. Read on to begin!


Day One: Pōneke/Wellington to Taupō

Pōneke/Wellington

Population: 202,737
Weather: Probably windy

It may be the first day of your road trip north, but you can’t help having a quick look around the capital. So fire up your new electric car (click here for charging stations), grab your thermette and see what you can find!

Digital Attractions:

Glamorous Histories: Did you know that the site of Wellington’s Central Library was once home to Carmen Rupe’s Balcony strip club–and the legendary Red Mole theatre troupe? Discover more via Wellington City Recollect.

A City of Film: Wellington was chosen as a UNESCO City of Film in 2019, but it’s not just blockbusters that give the city it’s cinematic reputation. The 2013 documentary Gardening With Soul won Best Documentary at the New Zealand Film Awards and is set in Island Bay–watch it now via Beamafilm.


Kapiti Coast (State Highway 1)

Okay, now it’s really time to go. Luckily the traffic out of Wellington isn’t too bad, and you get a smooth run past Pukerua Bay and all the way up the Kapiti Coast–nice one! Your first destination is Whanganui, but there’s plenty to see before then!

Digital Attractions:

Range on the Right: The Tararua Range may look like an impenetrable wall of mountains and bush, but don’t be fooled–up to 150,000 people a year explore its slopes! For more info check out Wilderness, New Zealand’s most popular tramping magazine–and available at RBdigital.

Desirable Island: While adverts promoting Kapiti Island highlight its role as a bird sanctuary, the island has another, more strategic history–discover it via the Roadside Stories audio guides, accessible through Digital NZ and our eLibrary.


Whanganui

Population: 45,309
Weather: Not so windy

Well done, you’ve reached the first stop on your trip. Time for a quick coffee and a snack somewhere–raspberry and lime Fruju, anyone? You park by the river and watch it slide by. What’s waiting for you upstream?

Digital Attractions:

Te Awa Tupua: The Whanganui River has its own legal identity, with all the rights, duties and liabilities of a person! Learn more via NZ Geographic (or explore He Whiritaunoka through the Waitangi Tribunal).

Moturoa: Did you know that in 1868 there were rumours of abandoning Whanganui after Riwha Titokowaru’s victory at the Battle of Moturoa? Find out more in James Belich’s I Shall Not Die–described as “a riveting piece of historical writing.”


Forgotten World Highway (State Highway 43)

You continue on around the coast, stopping for a Fanta and a bag of Fruit Bursts in Stratford before turning onto State Highway 43–aka the Forgotten World Highway. It doesn’t take long for things to get a bit bumpy, and the Fanta suddenly seems like a mistake. But never fear, Taupō isn’t far off!

Digital Attractions:

Turning Green: If you’re feeling a bit car sick by now, distractions can help. And luckily BorrowBox has a range of fantastic audiobooks to help you out–including great local content!

Breakaways: 1989 was a tough year for a lot of New Zealand, not least the people of Whangamomona. So what did they do? Formed their own republic, of course! Past presidents have included Sir Murt Kennard and Billy Gumboot the Goat. Learn more about Billy’s reign thanks to the library’s combined search.


Taupō

Population: 23,900
Weather: Not so cold that you can’t swim

You made it to Taumarunui without being sick–an achievement! You celebrate with a suitably greasy lunch, then continue on to your destination of Taupō. Just enough time for a swim before dinner–congratulations!

Digital Attractions:

Beauty and Fear: Whether you want to experience terror or awe while you’re in nature, Taupō has you covered. If you just want to read about terror or awe, then Pressreader has you sorted, too–with NZ Adventure Magazine.

New Boots: Have you read New Boots in New Zealand yet? It tells the story of Gillian Orrell’s quest to walk all of New Zealand’s Great Walks–including the Tongariro Northern Circuit! Have a read of it via Overdrive.