Get ready for Matariki – 28 Pipiri (June)

Matariki – the Māori New Year – is on Saturday 28th June. There is a fab range of events in the next few days to celebrate.

Tonight (Wednesday 25 June) at 6.15pm A Tane me Ngā Whetu
Matariki storytimes at Upper Riccarton Library. Bring along your whānau to listen to stories about Matariki, learn a waiata, and have fun. Dress code: PJs and a blanket.

Matariki seminar: The sharing of Rongōa. A session on traditional Māori healing with a focus on Te Taiao (the environment). Presented by Joseph Hullen. Linwood Library at Eastgate, Thursday 26 June at 6pm.

And on Matariki itself – Saturday 28 June – it’s time for the Whanau Fun Day at Rehua Marae. It goes from 10am to 3.30pm. Our librarians will be telling stories at 11am, there will be market and kai stalls all day.

There will also be:

  • Korero/ Talks on Natural Resources and Planting
  • Wahakura – Traditional Sleeping Baskets for Pēpi – 10.15am
  • Native Planting – 1.00pm
  • Rongoa Garden – 1.40pm
  • Kapa Haka: Ngā Manu a Tane, Heaton Intermediate and Te Kotahitanga

Our libraries are celebrating Matariki with community crafts and displays. Here are some photos from around our ‘branches’.
Kete cabinet at Parklands Library Matariki display at South Library Matariki leaf rubbing at Hornby Library

CHAMPIONS! New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2014

Parents, caregivers, aunties, uncles, nanas, grandads, kids  … we are all looking for great books to read, and have read to us. And the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults brings together a bunch of brilliant books.

Read the article Vasanti Unka’s The Boring Book wins the New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year for a rundown of the awards ceremony on Monday 23 June.

The full list of winners of the 2014 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults is:

Cover of The Boring Book Cover of The Beginner's guide to hunting and fishing Dunger Joy Cowley (Winner) Cover of Mortal fire Cover of A necklace of souls Cover of The Three Bears Cover of Bugs

New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year and winner of Best Picture Book category: Prizes: $7,500 for the New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year and $7,500 for Best Picture Book The Boring Book by Vasanti Unka (Penguin Group (NZ), Puffin)

Best Non-Fiction: Prize $7,500: The Beginner’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing in New Zealand by Paul Adamson (Random House New Zealand)

Junior Fiction: Prize $7,500: Dunger by Joy Cowley (Gecko Press)

Best Young Adult Fiction: Prize $7,500: Mortal Fire by Elizabeth Knox (Gecko Press)

Best First Book: Prize $2,000: A Necklace of Souls by R L Stedman (Harper Collins Publishers (NZ), HarperVoyager)

Children’s Choice: Prize $2,000: The Three Bears…Sort Of by Yvonne Morrison and Donovan Bixley (Scholastic New Zealand)

Honour award: Prize $500: Bugs by Whiti Hereaka (Huia Publishers)

Māori Language award: Prize $1,000 (announced on 8 April) Taka Ki Ro Wai by Keri Kaa and Martin D Page (Tania&Martin)

 

Our own wonderful librarian Zac Harding was a judge, along with Ant Sang and Barbara Else.