With the election looming, now would be a good time to find out what the issues are facing New Zealand. A good place to start would be our Critical Issues Collection from Bridget Williams Books.
First off before you vote for a new Prime Minister (technically we didn’t vote for Bill at the last election) you may want to read The 9th Floor: Conversations with Five New Zealand Prime Ministers. Based on the acclaimed RNZ podcast series, and including new material, The 9th Floor by journalists Guyon Espiner and Tim Watkin presents in-depth interviews with five former Prime Ministers of New Zealand. Geoffrey Palmer, Mike Moore, Jim Bolger, Jenny Shipley, and Helen Clark reflect on their time occupying the prime ministerial offices on the 9th floor of the Beehive. Their recollections are a fascinating record of the decisions that shaped modern New Zealand.
After reading this about some of New Zealand’s Prime Ministers, you then have the option of reading about some of the other top issues in the upcoming election. The Critical Issues Collection has tackled all the major topics including the environment, child poverty, housing, immigration, health and the economy.
The Critical Issues Collection is available in your library or by using your library card and pin. Find out more about this collection.
Bridget Williams Books (BWB) have a series of online collections that are now available at Christchurch City Libraries. This is a collection of high-quality New Zealand non-fiction books which make it an excellent starting place for any research into New Zealand hot topics. We already have the Treaty Collection, which is an excellent start for all Treaty of Waitangi research but now have four more brilliant BWB collections to peruse.
BWB Texts are short books on big subjects: succinct narratives from great New Zealand writers spanning:
- contemporary issues,
- and more.
The best thing about the collection is the size, short reads that you can dip into or read the whole thing.
The Critical Issues Collection provides full access to over 40 key books addressing the big issues facing New Zealand today:
- climate change,
- child poverty,
- the environment,
- financial crisis,
- and more.
The New Zealand History Collection provides complete online access to a major, authoritative resource – over thirty years of award-winning history and biography publishing from Bridget Williams Books.
The New Zealand Sign Language Collection has reference material alongside accounts of Deaf experience.
A great place to start learning about New Zealand’s third official language.
A collection of searchable electronic reference books on the Treaty of Waitangi from leading thinkers on this foundational document.