Saturday, 29 November 2008
Santa is busy next weekend when he visits Warkworth and Helensville, Friday 12th he is in Kumeu, 13th December he is in Maungaturoto and on the 19th he visits Wellsford. Hopefully you will be lucky enough to catch up with him so you can deliver your list and convince him that you have been good this year.
In the meantime if you are not getting your glad rags on to go to the Dinner in the Tunnels tonight, what about these activities:
Rodney Oceania Festival at Aquatic Park in Parakai starts with a karakia by the kaumatua of the Ngati Whatua people today at noon followed by kapahaka, entertainment, stalls and plenty of Pacifica food. It's certainly a beautiful day for it.
Stanmore Bay School has their Gala today from 10am so if you in the Whangaparaoa area get along for all the usual wonderful attractions of a school gala.
The annual Mahurangi College PTA Christmas Gift Fair is on this Sunday from 9am to 2pm at the College Hall. As well as checking out the Christmas goodies, take time for the homemade devonshire tea.
And finally for all those with a touch of tartan about you - Happy St Andrews Day for Sunday.
Ka kite ano
Friday, 28 November 2008
While the blue waters of the Mediterranean are a far cry from the frozen slopes of Mount Erebus, and the cliche "history repeating itself" would be stretching things too far and taking away from the enormity of the loss of life on Erebus, this crash happening on the 29th anniversary of the Antarctica disastr is (as Air New Zealand executive Rob Fyfe said this morning) "poignant". Our condolences to the families. For more information on todays tragedy go to http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/top-stories/5176780/nzers-feared-dead-air-nz-crash/
Here is the framework of the original post I prepared.
On Wednesday 28th November 1979, Air New Zealand Flight TE901 crashed into the side of Mount Erebus in Antartica during a sightseeing flight. This still ranks as New Zealands biggest air disaster with the loss of 237 passengers and 20 crew. Today is the 29th anniversary of the disaster and around New Zealand especially, but internationally also, families and friends will be remembering their lost loved ones. The losses included several Rodney residents.
More information about this New Zealand event can be found in the internet at several excellent sites including at Christchurch City Libraries and Te Ara (The Encyclopedia of New Zealand). Rodney Libraries have several resources specifically referring to Mount Erebus (click on the words to go to our catalogue). If you are wanting to know more about air disasters around the world, carry out a subject search for Aircraft Accidents.
Bill Manhire was commissioned to compose a poem for the 25th anniversary of the disaster in 2004. It was originally read by the late Sir Edmund Hillary.
EREBUS VOICES - The Mountain
I am here beside my brother, Terror.
I am the place of human error.
I am beauty and cloud, and I am sorrow;
I am tears which you will weep tomorrow.
I am the sky and the exhausting gale.
I am the place of ice. I am the debris trail.
I am as far as you see.
I am the place of memory.
And I am still a hand, a fingertip, a ring.
I am what there is no forgetting.
I am the one with truly broken heart.
I watched them fall, and freeze, and break apart.
Yet we were loved and we are lifted
Yet we were loved and we are warm.
We broke apart.
Yet we are here and we are whole.
Thursday, 27 November 2008
Join at your local library this summer and we’ll show you just how much fun reading can be. The Summer Reading programme is free and places are always in hot demand. Feedback from parents is always positive and many say they see real progress in their children’s reading over the holiday period. For all school-age children Summer Reading is a great way to keep up the reading habit and develop a lifetime love of reading.
Registrations open on 6 December at all libraries except Helensville. Helensville registrations open on 8 December. Places will be allocated on a first come basis. It is important that both caregiver and child attend to register. At registration the child will receive their "Superheroes READ" pack and be on the way to completing their summer reading mission. At each of the four report-ins they will receive a surprise incentive and when their reading mission is completed they will receive an invitation to the Superheroes finale party where they will be entertained by our local Superhero Storyteller - Stu Duval.
Be sure to register early as places are limited. We can't wait to see you!
Wednesday, 26 November 2008
The "Pay fines and charges" button will only display if there are charges on the logged-in library card. If you'd like to know more about this please talk to a staff member at your local library.
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
source The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary
Why am I telling you this? The newest Toastmasters Club in New Zealand is the Rodney District Council corporate Club "RDC Raconteurs" (and it includes several Rodney Libraries staff which is why it gets a mention here). Welcome to a fabulous international organisation which promotes and helps develop communication skills for everyone to use. From the nervous father of the bride who hopes to only have to get up and speak once in his life (for each daughter) to those that need the skills every day for job interviews, business presentations and negotiations.
Never heard of Toastmasters? It all started in 1924 in America but has now spread around the world. Where public speaking is up there in the top five fears most people have, Toastmasters aims to take that fear away by giving people confidence, skills and encouragement they need to succeed. But it's not just about public speaking. So many of the skills learnt at meetings can be applied in everyday conversations and situations, from the ability to listen to being able to think on your feet and express yourself well.
Of course, there are heaps of resources in the library to help you out with this as well. But sometimes you also need to put it into practice. Do a subject search under "public speaking" or check these out.
Speak Easy: The essential guide to speaking in public (Maggie Eyre), a New Zealand author with an endorsement by former Prime Minister Helen Clark.
Presentation SOS: From perspiration to persuasion in 9 easy steps (Mark Wiskup)
The complete wedding speech guide (Andrew Byrne)
101 great answers to the toughest interview questions (Ron Fry)
There are now four Toastmasters Clubs in Rodney. In addition to the RDC Raconteurs there is also Warkworth, Hibiscus Coast and Silverdale-Orewa. Plus we have many more clubs on our borders in West Auckland and on the North Shore. If you are interested in finding out more about how Toastmasters go to the New Zealand website (http://www.toastmasters.org.nz/) and see if there is a club near you. All community clubs welcome visitors.
Monday, 24 November 2008
In New Zealand most violence by men against women takes place in the home - with an average of 14 women a year killed by their partners or ex-partners. Each year there are over 3,500 convictions recorded against men for assaults on women and one in five women will experience sexual assault or sexual interference at some point in their lives.
Pick up a ribbon from displays at various locations around the District on Tuesday November 25th. The displays will provide information about family violence, balloons for children and most events will include free sausage sizzles and performances from local student groups.
These events are happening:
· in Helensville outside Woolworths,
· in Wellsford outside Postie Plus,
· in Warkworth next to Lee & Hart’s Pharmacy,
· in theWhangaparaoa Plaza, and
· in Orewa, on Moana Ave, outside the Orewa library.
All events will begin at 11:30 am and end at 3:30 pm.
Information about Help for Families
There are a number of local organisations who can provide support for women and families experiencing family violence.
Hestia Womens’s Refuge provide community support, advocacy and emergency accommodation to those affected by family violence. They can be contacted on 0800 321 361 to reach the emergency paging service.
Rodney Stopping Violence Services provide violence prevention programmes and counselling for men, women and children and can be contacted on 09 425 8130.
What you can do
- Wear a white ribbon to show your support.
- Challenge attitudes and behaviour which condone or tolerate violence.
- Encourage others in your organisation, family/whanau, community, street or workplace to wear a white ribbon.
- Organise a local event to speak out against violence towards women.
- Spread the word about the White Ribbon campaign and its aims.
Friday, 21 November 2008
Wednesday, 19 November 2008
There's no getting around the fact that books can be expensive. So here's an idea. Why don't you test out the latest book or author at your library first. For instance, if you want the new Alex Cross series title Cross Country by James Patterson, you have several options. You can put in a request for it and go on the waiting list, if you see it on our Express Select stands (available at most of our libraries) you can rent it for a week for $5 or you can wait until the fuss dies down and in the meantime, re-read one of this prolific authors other books from those available across the district.
This is a great way to see if you like an author or a title, before you decide it is a must have for the shelves of your home library. So if you see something in a catalogue over the next five weeks as we count down to Christmas, check it out first at your local Rodney Library. You can even do this from home, simply by logging onto our website www.rodneylibraries.govt.nz and searching the catalogue.
Tuesday, 18 November 2008
Local History Online is a combined collection of local history indexes of Rodney, North Shore and Waitakere Libraries. The Newspaper indexes cover selected articles in the community newspapers of Rodney, North Shore and Waitakere. The Image indexes cover digital image collections of North Shore and Waitakere Libraries. The indexes can be used to research a local event, historical building, or notable local person etc. Indexes are continually being updated.
Rodney Libraries index to the Rodney Times is still in its infancy. Indexing is occurring retrospectively and content will increase over time. The aim is to eventually provide access to the content of all issues of the Rodney Times.
Pay a visit and have a look around. Its all our history and worth a second look.
Monday, 17 November 2008
"The Arrival" By Shaun Tan, adapted by Red Leap Theatre, New Zealand
CREATED BY: Kate Parker, Julie Nolan, and Cast
What drives so many to leave everything behind and journey alone to a land where the future is unknown? This question inspired Shaun Tan's award-winning book, now lifted from the page in a wondrous, wordless stage production. Designed to captivate audiences of all ages, the show combines music, movement, puppetry and shadow play to send your heart and imagination on a journey of discovery to a land of flying ships, strange birds and travelling balloons.
This story of overcoming hardship, of humanity and of hope is a tribute to migrants and refugees throughout the world.
The Arrival is also part of the New Zealand Post Family Weekend. Developed through the Auckland Festival WATCH THIS SPACE initiative funded by Arts Regional Trust and ASB Community Trust.
Saturday, 15 November 2008
Anyway - if you are not already out taking advantage of the fact that the rain forecast hasn't arrived yet, get along to these two great Rodney events.
The Wellsford A & P Show - Saturday 15 November at Centennial Park, Wellsford. This show signifies the start of the A & P Show season in Rodney and as well as sideshows, animals and the indoor exhibits, there will be lots of other fun and entertainment as well.
Red Beach School Gala - Sunday 16 November at the Red Beach School, Hibiscus Coast. Another wonderful community event with lots of fun, bargains and entertainment. The Gala opens at 10am tomorrow morning.
Thursday, 13 November 2008
So as from NOW, all non-fiction DVD's have been reduced in price to $2.00 per week. That's down from $5.00 per week.
We are really thrilled to be able to announce this change which we know will be a big help to teachers and parents especially, as we have an excellent supply of documentaries on geography and historical events.
While we try to keep our non-fiction DVD's separate from our fiction (movies and tv shows), it doesn't always work. If you are not sure if your choice is fact or fiction, just ask one of the librarians.
Come in and see what we have on our shelves.
Joint presentation by Orewa and Whangaparaoa Libraries. A Literary Adventures event.
Laura Lee Guhrke
"From the publication of her very first historical romance, Laura Lee Guhrke has received numerous honors and critical acclaim for her novels and her writing style. She has been honored with the most prestigious award of romance fiction, the Romance Writers of America Rita Award, and she has received additional awards from Romantic Times and All About Romance. Romantic Times has proclaimed her, “One of the most natural voices in historical romance to be found today."
With a name like Bliss it was almost inevitable that Karina would become a Romance writer. For most of her working life she's been a journalist who wrote about travel for the New Zealand travel industry for close to a decade. She says "Now I have another job that on the surface looks glamorous and exciting. I’m a romance writer. Unfortunately not one of the ‘words pour out of me’ romance writers, but the ‘stare at the screen until your forehead bleeds’ variety.
Like motherhood, I thought it would be easy and it’s not."
Helen Kirkman has always written stories - at home, at school, during the lunch break at her local government job, on the back of an envelope in a queue at the bank…
The breakthrough came when Helen won the Clendon Award for best unpublished romance manuscript. Harlequin bought her story and she now writes colourful historical stories for their mainstream romance imprint HQN Books.
Helen’s passion for colorful history provides the perfect backdrop for the powerful emotion in her writing.
Watch the video on the TV3 website
Corporal Willie Apiata is a rare mix of strength, confidence and humility. He says the act for which he received his Victoria Cross is just something you would do for your mate, and says the Cross doesn’t belong to him, it belongs to his entire team.
But for New Zealanders, he is the hero we can be proud of; the first Kiwi to win a Victoria Cross since WWII. And while we might know about his heroic dash to carry his commander to safety before returning to fight, there is very little that we know about him, his family, his upbringing, and his life outside the SAS. Until now.
Mike McRoberts talks to Apiata about medal thieves, the SAS, being a hero and suddenly being faced with becoming a national celebrity. And he finds out just how good Corporal Apiata would be in close-quarter combat.
Earlier in a year a full length documentary was produced. The library has it on DVD.
“Reluctant Hero”, the story which outlines Victoria Cross recipient Corporal Willie Apiata’s thrust into the spotlight of media and public attention from the anonymity of an NZSAS soldier. It details the initial days and months of Cpl. Apiata VC living with the award as well as a full re-enactment of the events in Afghanistan that lead to the recommendation and eventual bestowal of the VC.
Wednesday, 12 November 2008
Tuesday, 11 November 2008
(image from Flickr Kwok88 photostream)
At the time, New Zealanders joined in many parades and civic celebrations on November 12, the day the Armistice was officially announced here. In Auckland, Armistice Day celebrations were postponed until mid-1919 due to the influenza pandemic.
The Great War lasted from 1914 to 1918. Reports vary on the number of New Zealanders who died or were wounded. The total number of troops sent has been estimated at "10% of its 1914 population between the ages of 20-45."
There are over 500 public war memorials to remember those who fought in World War One. Typically they are in the main street of town. There are many variations - some have figures, others are obelisks. Not many civic buildings were built as monuments however the Auckland War Memorial Museum is an example of one. Some towns built gates such as the one at the entrance to the Wellsford Museum.
Army regulations allow the wearing of a small rose on uniform on Remembrance Day and Remembrance Sunday, in a similar manner to which poppies are worn on ANZAC Day.
To commemorate the 90th anniversary of Armistice Day, from October 2008 to March 2009, the return of soldiers to New Zealand is remembered in a series of events, talks, movie showings, exhibitions and recitals throughout the country.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
(Fourth stanza of Laurence Binyon's 'For the Fallen')
Up North in Warkworth we are welcoming Gail Dallimore who is our new Northern Libraries Manager. Gail has moved north from Wellington and is already into the swing of our busy library. Kia ora Gail, welcome to the team. Take the opportunity to say hi next time you are in the library.
Meanwhile, two of our Rodney Libraries Management Team were recognised at the LIANZA (our national body of Library Professionals) Conference and awards. Former Library Manager Beverley Fletcher was made a Fellow for for her outstanding and professional leadership and knowledge. Beverly has been involved in many aspects of special, National, and public library service through her various positions at Ruakura Research centre, National Library Hamilton, Auckland City Libraries and the Rodney District Libraries. Also recognised is Kris Wehipeihana who has worked for the past eighteen years in the field of public librarianship, at Waipa and Rodney District Councils. Kris is currently Coordinator, Services Development at Rodney Libraries where she focuses on strategic library services development across all libraries. Congratulations ladies.
Monday, 10 November 2008
Monday 10 Nov - The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas
Tuesday 11 Nov - The Devil’s Own War by John Crawford (ed)
Wednesday 12 Nov - On Top of Everything by Sarah-Kate Lynch
Thursday 13 Nov - Goldengrove by Francine Prose
Children’s book review with John Macintyre
Piano Rock: A 1950's Childhood – Gavin Bishop
The River Runs – David Hill
Kaimanawa Princess – Diane Haworth
WEEKDAY BOOK READINGS
NINE TO NOON 10.45am
Monday 10 to Friday 14 November
Unpublished short stories
Monday 10 to Friday 14 November
Allen Adair – Jane Mander; Eps 1–5 (of 12)
ALL NIGHT PROGRAMME 3.15am
Monday 10 to Sunday 16 November
The Wedding at Bueno-Vista – Shonagh Koea; Eps 8–14 (of 15)
And just to finish off, TV One’s Good Morning programme will be reviewing these books:
True stories – Elizabeth Knox
Disguise – Hugo Hamilton
The darkness looking back – Andrea Jutson
For the full article reporting his sudden passing, click here.
To find his fiction on Rodney Libraries shelves, carry out an author search or click here.
Friday, 7 November 2008
Thursday, 6 November 2008
So often when we remember moments of history, it is the tragic that stands out. I still vividly remember where I was when I heard of the death of Princess Diana (a lazy Sunday afternoon at home) or where I was when I heard about the September 11 terrorist attacks (waking up in the middle of the night thinking I was listening to a new version of War of the Worlds). I have more difficulty remembering where I was for the achievements such as the release of Nelson Mandela (not sure), the first man on the moon (probably at school) and the felling of the Berlin Wall (?).
But I am going to remember yesterday. Driving home from a Conference feeling tired but inspired, I got a tingle when I heard the announcement and the speeches of McCain (in defeat) and Obama (in victory), both calling for unity, which I saw on arriving home, sent a tingle down my spine. One of my colleagues has a daughter in the States at the moment and she spent the day in a bar experiencing the event with Americans. She said she cried five times and received a note from an American War veteran thanking her for sharing the day with them. How cool is that!
So my challenge to myself, and to you, is the remember where you were when history was made yesterday, and to realise that history is being made all around us every day, for the people of the future to talk about and celebrate.
A Justice of the Peace can witness documents and certify copies. For more information about the role of a JP see Royal Federation of Justices' Associations and Ministry of Justice.
Wednesday, 5 November 2008
One of the hot topics at the beginning of November is Guy Fawkes night. This event commemorates the foiling of the Gunpowder Plot which was a plan to blow up the English Houses of Parliament in 1605. It’s traditionally celebrated with fireworks on November 5.
There are some new rules around buying and selling fireworks. The new rules include:
- Retailers may only display fireworks for retail sale or sell them for four days prior to and including Guy Fawkes Day; this is the period beginning 2 November and ending at the close of 5 November.
- You may only buy fireworks if you are aged 18 and over.
- Sparklers can now be sold only in retail fireworks packages together with other fireworks. They must not be sold separately. No more than 50 sparklers can be sold in any single retail package.
If you’re going to have fireworks at home then follow these safety tips from the Pyro Company website
- Read instructions on the fireworks before using them
- Use a torch to read the instructions
- Light fireworks in a wide open area away from anything that could catch fire
- Don’t give to small children to light
- Keep a bucket of water or garden hose handy
- Keep pets inside
- Don’t try to relight dud fireworks
- Keep fireworks away from open flame (in closed box)
- Burns need water for 10 minutes
Tuesday, 4 November 2008
Hit up some of these websites if you want to know more about this year's race or the history of the Melbourne Cup.
The Melbourne Cup at Wikipedia
The Melbourne Cup blog
Emirates Melbourne Cup 2008 website
Cup History from the Official Australian Cultural website
If you want to do some reading, you can always head to your local Rodney Library. Browse through both fact and fiction under a subject heading like "horse racing" (click on any of these subjects to show what books we have in which library) or just come in and wander through the shelves. For fiction you would be looking for authors such as Dick Francis, John Francome or Lyndon Stacey. On our non-fiction shelves around call number 798.4 you will find biographies of horses and their trainer/jockeys as well as overviews of the industry.
If you are handy to Warkworth on Tuesday afternoon, don your hat and gloves and head along to our own mini-Flemington, Bridge House for their Cup Day event which will be raising funds for breast cancer. It may not be too late to arrange a ticket. Email organiser Rachel Sutton Rachel.Sutton@piper.co.nz or phone her on 021-374-737
Now all I have to do is choose between Master O'Reilly and Red Ruler to cheer for.