Electronic Resources


The first thing that popped into my head when I played with this electronic resource is a song by the Clash – I fought the law and the law won… Having had a good play with LexisNexis – New Zealand Law I can understand why. The law is very serious and complicated and despite being in English seems to meander off into strange verbal territory. Like all good public libraries we provide the tools to help everyone to participate in our hallowed democracy.

With LexisNexis – New Zealand Law you can search the below resources:

  • Becroft and Hall’s Transport Law: are U turns ever a good idea?;
  • Laws of New Zealand: what you can and can’t get away with;
  • New Zealand Forms and Precedents: designed to provide a justification for every silly thing you have every done;
  • New Zealand Law Journal: lawyers talk;
  • Personal Grievances: a practical guide for employees and employers having a barney;
  • Privacy Law and Practice: why you don’t take naughty pictures of yourself;
  • New Zealand Resource Management Appeals: find out why a bloody big Bunnings is now blocking your driveway;
  • Wills and Succession: how to exclude your godawful children and give all your worldly goods to your dog .

This electronic resource can only be accessed in libraries due to licence restrictions. Have a look today so you know what to do if they come for you.

Please note: Material contained in this law resource much like information in our health resources – it is intended for informational purposes only and not to replace professional advice.

I’ve quite enjoyed rediscovering some old favourites on Freegal since we got it. Freegal gives us access to the “complete catalog of Sony Music Entertainment, in your home country, on the day of release”* as well as music from thousands of other record labels.

Shriekback - my colleague Donna’s fav album was Big Night Music, but the one we were all dancing to when I was young(er) was Oil and Gold (1985) – “Shout, push hammerheads!” They’re both ‘out of print’ and so not available on Freegal, but try Glory Bumps (2007) if you were a fan back in the day.

Cover of Glory Bumps by Shriekback

I just finished downloading Vs. from Pearl Jam (1993) which was stolen from our first house along with the best toaster we’ve ever had. That goat with its face pushed through the wire has always freaked me out a little. Freegal has several newer Pearl Jam albums as well.

Cover of Vs. by Pearl Jam

The first album I downloaded in full was Days Go By by The Offspring. Freegal have back to Ixnay On The Hombre (1997) if you feel so inclined.

Cover of Days Go By by The Offspring

Plus one for the hubbie – Angelic Upstarts, them of the 2,000,000 voices, Solidarity (2010) which turned out to be a concert album but I think proved acceptable. I’m currently grabbing Reason Why? (1992) for him too.

Solidarity - Angelic Upstarts

And last, but by no means least, Mr David Bowie. I hit Bowie in the disco phase, in fact downloading his latest album Reality for free via Freegal prompted me to grab Let’s Dance off the iTunes. Yeah, I’m a bit tragic that way but I find favourite old albums are like comfort food and I’ve had the flu.

Cover of Reality by David Bowie

You’ll find in some cases Freegal has a fair number of older titles if you’re looking to fill a few gaps, plus the more recent releases for an artist or band fondly remembered. I struggle mostly with weeding out the albums from the singles, compilations and other people’s covers – although they can be quite entertaining if you’re in the mood.

Christchurch resident library members can download music for free with their library card and password / PIN. What have you downloaded this week? Do tell!

Although today in Canada is yesterday for us, September 21 is Leonard Cohen’s birthday – a special one – his 80th.

Cohen is a Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, poet, and novelist. His work has explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships and his 13th studio album will be released tomorrow.

In 1957 Folkways Records released the “Six Montreal Poets” album with A.J.M. Smith, Irving Layton, Louis Dudek, F.R. Scott, A.M. Klein, and Leonard Cohen – all reading their own poetry on the record.  Leonard Cohen reads the following poems (recorded in 1957):

  • For Wilf and his house (1955)
  • Beside the shepherd (1956)
  • Poem (1955)
  • Lovers (1955)
  • The sparrows (1955)
  • Warning (1956)
  • Les Vieus (1954)
  • Elegy (1955)

All poems are from “Let Us Compare Mythologies

Listen to Six Montreal Poets.

Songs of Robert BurnsTraditional Songs And BalladsLucy StewartGreat Scottish BalladsThe English and Scottish Popular BalladsPopular Scottish SongsKilts On ParadeScottish Bagpipe TunesScottish Bagpipe MusicThe Singing StreetsEarly English And Scottish BalladsScottish Songs and Ballands [sic]

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 Journalcover for Ora Nui – 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
  • cover for parihaka - the art of passive resistanceParihaka 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.
  • cover for Ko Wai Kei te Huna?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
  • Cover of The Last MaopoThe 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.

 

cover for Mau Mokocover from huia histories of māoricover from Once upon a time in aotearoa

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.

Go to Britannica SmartmathsI 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!

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.

Have a gander at what Askews has to offer and see if you can expand your mind with the musings Gordon Ramsay or scare the stuffings out of yourself with Ruth Rendell.

Tally Ho chums!

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