19 September 2014
11 September 2014
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Whangia ka tupu, ka puawai
That which is nurtured, blossoms and grows
Christchurch City Libraries hold many taonga. Ngā Pounamu Māori Collection is one of them. Filled with history, art, mahi toi, te Reo Māori, tikanga, kaupapa, whakapapa, politics, moemoea, traditions, kōrero, whānau me pūrākau.
Each library has someone who is the kaitiaki of that librarys’ Ngā Pounamu Collection (Ngā Kaiāwhina) and we recently shared some pukapuka from this collection.
This is what was on show. Quite a variety indeed! We hope there will be some discovery moments for our blog readers as you venture into this awesome collection.
- Native Land Court 1862-1887: a historical study, cases and commentary / Richard Boast, 346.043 BOA – fascinating history, history of the Maori Land Court and over 100 principal cases including text and introductory commentary explaining the case and its significance.
- Ora Nui, Maori Literary Journal – collection of different works from different authors, great starting point. (Available as an free downloadable eBook).
- Choosing a Māori Name for your baby / Miriama Ohlson – transliterations and traditional names.
- Māori Agriculture, Elsdon Best – Interesting reading in context. A good start but does need to come with a proviso, also available online. Library disclaimer: Elsdon Best has come under criticism over some of his work.
- Apirana Taylor – poet, short story and novel writer. A Canoe in Midstream
- Parihaka the art of passive resistance,- edited by Te Miringa Hohaia, Gregory O’Brien and Lara Strongman – well written and capturing interest
- Ben Brown< “amazing” performance poet.
- Hone Tuwhare Tuwhare – poetry made into music. Not by wind ravaged (Parihaka)
- Te Rongoa Māori / PME Williams
- Tikao Talks / Teone Taare Tikao – a must read! Traditions and tales as told by Teone Tikao (Rapaki) to Herries Beattie. Related information can be found in Tī Kōuka Whenua.
- A Booming in the night / Benjamin Brown and Helen Taylor – beautiful!! Childrens. More from these two.
- Ko Wai E Huna Ana? / Satoru Ōnishi – Childrens, Te Reo Māori publication
- Toddling into Te Reo(series), reprinted 2014 by Huia Print – Childrens – nice to have the translations at the back, good to let parents know about this, colourful and thoughtful
- He aha tenei? / Sharon Holt – Childrens Reo Singalong Written in Te reo Māori and includes translation and CD.
- Five Māori Painters / 759.993 – gorgeous!! See the exhibition and interviews.
- Matters of the Heart / Angela Wanhalla – A history of interracial marriage in New Zealand. Evocative of the time periods, good for seeing family connections
- The last Maopo / Wiremu Tanai Kaihau Maopo – WW1 commemorations, letters that he sent home to a friend about his experiences as part of the second Maori contingent in WW1, personal story woven into it. 2014 publication
- e Whai / Briar O’Connor – the art/activity of making string patterns – fun, informative and nostalgic.
More recommendations from Ngā Pounamu Māori.
Whaia te iti kahurangi ki te tuohu koe me he maunga teitei
Aim for the highest cloud so that if you miss it, you will hit a lofty mountain.
20 August 2014
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I struggle to love maths. Distant memories of being made to stand in front of class and recite my times tables as a child still haunt me. Of course my maths learning took place in the dark old days when the most fun you could have was putting in certain numbers on your calculator and turning it upside down so it would spell “BOOB”. We have moved on from there so let me introduce you to something much more fun. Britannica SmartMaths Practice aims to improve confidence in all areas of maths using a game like interface with six different levels depending on age and skill. It covers topics such as:
- Numbers: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and percentages;
- Shape and Space: curves, angles, quadrilaterals, triangles, circles and symmetry;
- Algebra: elementary and complex equations;
- Measures: length and distance, time, money, perimeter, area, volume and speed;
- Data Handling: pictograms, block graphs, charts, statistics, probability, coordinate geometry.
It is aimed at those aged 6-14 years of age with activities and quizzes, but I can tell you as a grown up of a certain age it was a revelation to me too! You can even earn badges and points that can be used to choose a different character to cheer you on. I don’t think maths would have been half as traumatic if I could have worked my way through a bright happy place such as this! Get those kids learning with this – and have a look yourself. You would be amazed at what you have forgotten!
11 August 2014
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Whoever said three is a crowd has not used our eBook resources! As of the 1st of August we have welcomed the arrival of Askews, a new British based eBook platform that intends to enthrall us all with its British based content that we have not be able to get elsewhere. To clarify our triple take on eBooks, we have:
OverDrive: Our first and largest eBook and eAudiobook collection which has a very American twang to its content;
Wheelers: As Kiwi as Billy T and just as entertaining with its New Zealand focused content;
Askews: Britannia’s eBook collection with assorted British titles, authors and publishers. Best enjoyed with a cup of tea and cucumber sandwiches while watching the polo.
Like all eBook platforms the idea is to find, download and enjoy. What is slightly different is that you cannot check in Askews eBooks early and you get to choose how many days you want to have the eBook out – as long as it is no longer than 21 days.
Tally Ho chums!
1 August 2014
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26 July 2014
Mid-July is here already, how much more winter can you get? I spent a whole day this past weekend where I never left the house. Well, I did go down the drive to get the paper, but that was hardly adventurous.
I quite like spending a day slouching about, not achieving much, not expecting to achieve much, but relaxing and unwinding and trying to cast aside the thoughts that try to surface on a Sunday, thoughts such as, “I can’t believe the weekend is gone so fast AGAIN.”
So what did I do? Slept in until 10, then threw some ingredients into the slow cooker to make pumpkin soup. A notion to eat Bacon Butties while reading the paper was satisfied as we had the crucial ingredients of bacon, bread and even the butty bit.
A check in on Facebook, my shameful addiction, took longer than I thought it should, along with the usual email mass deletion along with my background habit of randomly finding tunes on YouTube to listen to as I do other things.
I downloaded some songs I wanted to keep on Freegal, and checked my library holds, which seem to be stubbornly taking a lifetime to arrive. Librarians suffer from the same curse as many of our customers. You put a heap of items on reserve and then you wait and wait, then they all arrive at once!
I did a bit of reading; I’m almost finished I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore, which I suspect is not the author’s real name.
Lunch was pretty haphazard, then my husband and I settled in for a Breaking Bad fest. We are probably the only two people in the known world not to have seen this so far gripping series, and we have luckily avoided knowing what happens at the end of the sixth season.
I do enjoy looking out of the windows at the weather on a quiet weekend. If it is rainy and horrible, then I can feel cosy and grateful I have a warm house to settle into for the day. If it’s sunny and bright I look at the garden and try not to feel guilty for not being out sorting the garden.
The afternoon meandered on with not a lot of purpose. I made some scones in the afternoon, to keep our strength up, you understand, and for dinner we had some pumpkin soup.
And so the day was over… not much to show for it, but that’s OK with me, we felt relaxed and revived and ready for whatever the next week would throw at us…bring on next weekend.
21 July 2014
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OverDrive our popular eBook and downloadable eAudiobook platform has reproduced! No longer do kids and teens have to trawl through bodice rippers and murder mysteries, instead they can go straight to a collection aimed purely at their level and interests. Each has their own attributes:
OverDrive for Kids: Lots of princesses, ponies and pinkness, snot, trucks, and noise.
OverDrive for Teens: The highs and lows of body image, relationships and the occasional supernatural romantic conflict, adventure, death, and grunting.
The wonderful thing about eBooks and eAudiobooks for kids and teens is that there are no fines. Digital files are unchewable and are impossible to lose under the couch or under the landfill that makes up a teenager’s bedroom. They are also somewhat more interactive than print so keep kids and teens reading while maintaining a semblance of “street” credibility.
Have a look today and see what you think. You can get back to the main OverDrive collection by hitting the Home button to the top left of the screen.