Podcast – Disability rights and the NZ Disability Strategy

Speak Up Kōrerotia logoChristchurch City Libraries blog hosts a series of regular podcasts from New Zealand’s only specialist human rights radio show Speak up – Kōrerotia. This show is created by Sally Carlton.

The latest episode deals with Disability rights and the NZ Disability Strategy and covers topics such as:

This show includes an introductory interview with Nicky Wagner, Minister for Disability Issues, followed by discussion with Megan of the New Zealand Office for Disability Issues, Gary and Robbie from the NZDS Reference Group (in Wellington) and Sally and Shane from People First New Zealand (in Christchurch).

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Podcast – Human Rights and the Olympics

Speak Up Kōrerotia logoChristchurch City Libraries blog hosts a series of regular podcasts from New Zealand’s only specialist human rights radio show Speak up – Kōrerotia. This show is created by Sally Carlton.

With the Rio Olympics due to start next month, this episode discusses human rights in the sporting context and touches on subjects such as –

  • The portrayal of sportswomen in the media
  • Paralympics and breaking down barriers of perceptions of able-bodied and disabled people
  • Human rights abuses perpetrated in the lead-up to and during Olympic Games
  • Steps taken by the International Olympic Committee to redress these abuses
  • The world of elite gymnastics

The panel for this show includes Sally Carlton, Roslyn Kerr from Lincoln University, whose research looks at the world of elite gymnastics, Ashley Abbott from the New Zealand Olympic Committee, and Barbara Kendall, five-time Olympian and member of the International Olympic Committee. This discussion is preceded by an interview with William Stedman, New Zealand’s youngest Paralympian for Rio 2016.


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Podcast – Exposing human rights through (citizen) media

Speak Up Kōrerotia logoChristchurch City Libraries blog hosts a series of regular podcasts from New Zealand’s only specialist human rights radio show Speak up – Kōrerotia. This show is created by Sally Carlton.

Exposing human rights through (citizen) media discusses topics as wide-ranging as satellite technology, the Arab Spring and the struggle for independence in West Papua.

Guests: Steven Livingston (The George Washington University, The Brookings Institution and Carr Center for Human Rights Policy), David Robie (Pacific Media Centre at Auckland University of Technology) and undercover journalist Jaya Mangalam Gibson (Quad Cowork etc)


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Introducing Speak up – Kōrerotia

Speak Up Kōrerotia logoA new feature of the library blog is that we’ll be hosting a locally produced podcast about human rights called Speak up – Kōrerotia.

We’ll let Sally Carlton, the woman who puts the podcast together, explain what it’s all about.

Kia ora Sally, what’s your particular interest in human rights? What led you to working on this project?

I work part-time for both the Human Rights Commission and the Citizens’ Advice Bureau. With the Commission, I have been working mainly on rights in post-earthquake Canterbury, especially people affected by the red zoning decision. I do settlement support work through CAB.

These roles build on my interests and past experiences volunteering and working within the third sector, particularly with refugees. I spent 2011-2012 working for a policy institute in Kathmandu, Nepal, researching and writing about issues of human security, post-conflict democratisation, the reintegration into civil society of veterans, and divisions caused by gender, caste, religion, ethnicity politics and geography.

My PhD looked at the way in which French veterans use commemoration and the war dead to advocate for a certain way of life, particularly peace. All these experiences and interests feed into the topics selected for Speak Up-Kōrerotia.

What sort of topics are covered in the Speak up – Kōrerotia podcast?

As a radio show/podcast which aims to give voice to people affected by all kinds of human rights issues, the topics covered in Speak Up-Kōrerotia are very broad. We have looked at issues as diverse as race and identity, refugees, te Tiriti o Waitangi, discrimination, accessibility in the Christchurch rebuild, the role of (citizen) media in exposing human rights abuses, language and religion, domestic violence, and places of detention.

In the next six months until December 2016, we are looking to broadcast shows on human rights and the Olympics, the New Zealand Disability Strategy in the context of domestic and global disability rights, addiction, the built environment and climate change. Most of the shows have a domestic focus; however, some look at rights overseas or at the global level.

How often do you record episodes?

We record one show a month, which airs on Plains FM at 9pm on the third Wednesday of the month, and repeats on the third Sunday at 5pm. As well as these regular shows, we also produce “pop-up” shows every so often.

How do I find out more about the podcast, or get in touch about future episodes?

You can find more information on our Facebook page – this page serves to generate discussion about and between shows, and hosts resources related to the shows. You can also email us at speakupkorerotia@gmail.com.

The first of our Speak up – Kōrerotia podcast posts will be published here on our blog very soon and will be on the topic of “Exposing human rights through (citizen) media”.

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The other two eBook platforms – Askews and Wheelers

4391492We are very lucky at Christchurch City Libraries to be blessed with a trinity of eBook platforms. OverDrive, Askews and Wheelers all have their own individual characters and strong points. OverDrive with its sheer size tends to take the bulk of our eBook market. This is probably not surprising considering it is our largest, oldest (introduced 2008!), and most familiar platform.

If you love your eBooks like me then please don’t forget that there are other options apart from OverDrive. Like two scrawny kids on the sidelines wanting to prove their worth to you Askews and Wheelers are waiting for their chance …

  • Askews: Britannia’s eBook collection with assorted British titles, authors and publishers. These titles are best enjoyed with a cup of tea and cucumber sandwiches while watching the polo. If you get nervous around horses and don’t like cucumber then a random couch with potato chips is just as useful.
  • 9781927262511Wheelers: As Kiwi as Billy T and just as entertaining with its New Zealand focused content and authors. It includes hundreds of titles including the West coast based mystery and Booker Prize winner The Luminaries and Dan Carter talking all about himself. I mean where else are you going to find a title like The Great Weta Robbery?

Remember size is not everything and these smaller gems can reveal a new world of literary content. All you will need is a library card number and password/PIN and a willingness to go off the eBook beaten track.

Festival love, exciting and new – Auckland Writers Festival 2016

After the second full day of public programming Masha, Moata and Roberta have got some highlights to share, and surprisingly have found great enjoyment from unexpected and unfamiliar quarters, finding new writers to enjoy.

Listen to part 1, highlights from the day (5 mins, 59 sec)

Listen to part 2, what’s on the schedule for Sunday (2 mins, 26 sec)

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First full day of festivalling – Auckland Writers Festival 2016

It was full steam ahead with all things literary today as we, your festival angels, attended sessions, took frantic notes, felt our brains get bigger, and tried to process it all.

Listen to our audio wrap up of our day in “festivalling” and what we’re looking forward to on Saturday.


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True tales of the festival – Auckland Writers Festival 2016

And we’re off!

With the schools programme portion of the Auckland Writers Festival wrapping up today, the public programme has now kicked off and my fellow festival-goer Roberta and I attended the gala event, True Stories Told Live: Altered States.

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The concept is a simple one. Gather a clutch of writers, give them a lose theme to work to, and let them have 7 minutes in which to weave a story but one that is true and personal. In keeping with the “Read the world” tagline of the festival it was an international set of authors – Carmen Aguirre, Pettina Gappah, Tusiata Avia, Peter Garrett, Joe Bennett, Herman Koch, Vivian Gornick and Jeanette Winterson – each with an entirely different take on the theme, different message, different style, and different sensibility.

They were all excellent though for my money Carmen Aguirre kept me hooked and Jeanette Winterson was heartfelt and humorous, but a nod must also go to Festival Director Anne O’Brien who set the scene beautifully by telling the audience just how important literature is and that “literate citizens build better worlds”. It’s not just about literature either, it’s about literacy too. Stirring words which were very enthusiastically received.

Roberta and I retired to our accommodations following the performance and had a chat about our faves and our picks for tomorrow which proves to be a day jam-packed with excellent author sessions.

Listen to part 1 (4 mins 29 sec)

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The ‘all in one’ Audiobook!!

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If you are an audiobook enthusiast you may be interested in trying one of Christchurch City Libraries pre-loaded audio-books called ‘Playaways’. Playaways are very convenient as you don’t need a disc player, MP3 player, or computer. About the size of a pack of cards, these convenient audiobooks contain an entire book and can fit into a purse or pocket quite easily, they run on a small battery. Great for listening to (with small headphones) whilst walking, working, relaxing and can be listened to whilst travelling by using a cassette adapter or plug into an auxiliary port in your car’s audio system.

This form of audiobook has several small convenient buttons to adjust, sound level, voice speed, a skip forward or back chapter button and a time remaining in chapter button and of course on/off button.

If you are feeling unwell or unable to concentrate to read a book, lie back listen and relax with simply  a touch of a button you can be taken into another world by an experienced storyteller.

Christchurch City Libraries have many popular titles. They are available for adults, young adults and children. To find Playaway audiobooks, keyword search using Playaway or subject search by Audiobooks.

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Next time you are at your library ask for a demonstration. Earphones are available to purchase for a cost of only $2.50.


American Sniper is our Big Library Read – 17 to 31 March

OverDrive has made the title American Sniper its Big Library Read and it will be available in both eBook and eAudiobook format from 17 March until 31 March 2016. You can put your holds on the eBook or eAudiobook now, and you’ll be notified when it is available.


American Sniper was one of the bestselling books of 2015. The New York Times bestselling memoir of a U.S. Navy Seal was even the source for Clint Eastwood’s academy award nominated movie. This controversial title is considered to be ‘a first-rate military memoir’ by Booklist. It details the effects of modern warfare on the writer, his fellow soldiers and his family. The author Chris Kyle is considered the most lethal sniper in US history. His fellow soldiers during the Iraq War, called him “The Legend”; meanwhile, the enemy feared him so much they named him al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head.


You can find out more on the Big Library Read page, where you can also listen to the Professional Book Nerds podcast interview with Taya Kyle, widow of American Sniper author Chris Kyle and the author of American Wife.

We have had a number of Big Library Read events here at Christchurch City Libraries. These events are sponsored by OverDrive (one of our main eBook and eAudiobook platform providers). Every few months they choose a title and make it accessible to absolutely everyone for a given period of time. The idea is to create one massive worldwide book club. As a librarian I love this concept!

If you haven’t taken part in what is basically a worldwide book club event then maybe this is the title that will change all that. See what you think …