Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Tributes

While I was away we mourned the loss of two identities, one in the entertainment world and the other a children's literary favourite. Elizabeth Taylor. What can you say? When it comes to famous, they don't come much bigger than Liz. Icon, celebrity, actress, on-screen (and off-screen) lover, using her pulling power for good, addict, personality. There are so many words that can be used to describe the woman who first hit our screens in National Velvet and later tore up the movie and tabloid world with her exploits. The Libraries hold over 20 biographies and pictorials on her life as well as over a dozen of her movies so that you can relive some of her magic. Diana Wynne-Jones. For those that don't know, this author had a devoted following as the writer of children's fantasy novels, the most famous of which was probably Howl's Moving Castle. The UK Telegraph obituary calls her "40 or so books maintained a remarkably high standard in both inventiveness and the elegance of their prose" and several were adapted for television and film. She received numerous awards, including a World Fantasy lifetime achievement award and a rennaisance on the back of the popularity of the Harry Potter genre. This is the link for the full list of her titles held at the Auckland Libraries. Rest in peace ladies, knowing that you have bought joy and magic into the lives of many.

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

What I found in the Hawkes Bay

I'm back! Did you miss me? Did you even realise I was gone or did my clever scheduling of blog posts during the two weeks I was away convince you I was as busy at my desk as ever? The reality is that I have been away for a couple of weeks (which is a very long time when you consider the overflow in my email inbox), the best part of which was a week in the Hawkes Bay taking in the sights and flavours, particularly at the 2011 Horse of the Year Show.

Which is where I stumbled across a fabulous new book which was launched at the Show. It looked sooo good that I didn't even bother to put in a request for it through the library. I bought a copy right there and then. As you would expect in this environment, it is equine in nature.


The horse in New Zealand : attitude & heart by Carolyn Mincham is packed full of information and stories, photographs and reproductions of New Zealand artwork to show just how the horse fitted into our lives, both past and present. Horses at war, at work and at play are all covered as well as chapters about women on horseback.


Although it is based on the author's Masters thesis, don't be misled into thinking that this is a dry text book. Carolyn is passionate about the horse and her subject (I met her so I am totally confident in saying this) and this passion leaps off every page in a book horselovers young and old will be proud to read. If you don't believe me, you can road-test it by checking out the copy held by your local library.


You can also hear Carolyn's Radio New Zealand interview by clicking this link or read the Rural Living article on her here

Friday, 25 March 2011

Super Special Top 5 for Friday Part 2

Here's part two of the Super Special Top 5 for Friday. This week we are covering off the other two sections in the New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards 2011.

Introducing Young Adult Fiction
Ebony Hill Anna Mackenzie. Publisher Random House New Zealand Target age 12+. Sequel to The Sea-wreck stranger. Vidya - a city in ruins - and Ebony Hill: two halves of a community trying to find a way forward from the tragedy of the past. But theirs is not the only way. In a battle for survival, is endurance enough? Is there more than one kind of courage? As conflict rages, Ness and her fellow islander Ronan must come to terms with themselves, with each other and with their attitudes towards violence and belonging. Will they be strong enough to survive the decisions they must make?.
Fierce September Fleur Beale. Publisher Random House New Zealand. Target age 12+. Book 2 in the Juno of Taris series. Juno and the Taris inhabitants must leave their dying island to live on the Outside, a seemingly hostile place. Juno enjoys the new freedoms and choices now available to her. But Taris doesn't give up its hold so easily, and she is shocked to find the island held more secrets than any of them knew.
Guardian of the Dead Karen Healey. Publisher Allen & Unwin Target age 14+. At her boarding school in New Zealand, Ellie Spencer is like any ordinary teen: she hangs out with her best friend, Kevin; obsesses over her crush on a mysterious boy; and her biggest worry is her essay deadline. Until everything changes... In the foggy woods near the school, something ancient and deadly is waiting.
The Limping Man Maurice Gee. Publisher Penguin Group (NZ) Target age 10+. Book 3 in the Salt series. When Hana's mam chooses to swallow frogweed poison rather than die in the great witch-burning in People's Square, Hana flees the burrows before she too is taken. Deep in the forest she meets Ben, son of Lo, and the two journey back to the burrows to find a way to destroy the Limping Man before his evil consumes the world. But first they must discover the secret of his strength.
Smiling Jack Ken Catran. Publisher HarperCollins Publishers. Target age 12+. Robert lives in a small, prosperous rural town where his father is a respected and trusted pillar of the local community. When Robert's father and uncle are killed in road accident his comfortable world rapidly begins to unravel. With so much to deal with, he barely thinks about the evil grin on the playing card Jack found at the site of the accident. Until the second death, and the third, when once again Jack's leering malicious grin is found nearby. As Robert realises he never knew his father, those people his father betrayed turn against him, and he is forced to look deep into the shadows that are closing in if he is to get out alive.

Introducing Non-Fiction
The Kiwi Fossil Hunter's Handbook James Crampton & Marianna Terezow. Publisher Random House New Zealand Target age 8+. Kids are fascinated by dinosaurs, and love the idea of the fossils they have left behind. New Zealand has a rich fossil record which is accessible to the amateur fossil-hunter in locations around New Zealand, including shells and plant remains as well as the bones, teeth and other remnants of ancient reptiles, birds and fish. This book features locations throughout New Zealand where fossils can be found, and includes lots of photos
The life cycle of the Pukeko Betty Brownlie. Publisher Scholastic New Zealand Target age 6+. Uses images and educational text to describe the life cycle of the pūkeko.
Sensational Survivors Sandra Morris. Publisher Walker Books Australia. Target age 6+. An ancient land isolated by vast oceans, New Zealand is home to many fascinating creatures. From a prehistoric reptile to one of the world's largest insects, you'll discover some of the most unusual and impressive species on our planet
Who's Cooking Tonight? Claire Gourley & Glenda Gourley. Publisher Penguin Group (NZ) Target age 12+. Based on a popular website, www.itsmyturntocooktonight.com, Who's Cooking Tonight? is a one-of-a kind cookbook, written by a teenager especially for other teenagers.
Zero Hour: The Anzacs on the Western Front Leon Davidson. Text Publishing Company. Target age 13+. The First World War was only meant to last six months. When the Australians and New Zealanders arrived at the Western Front in 1916, the fighting had been going for a year and a half and there was no end in sight. The men took their place in a line of trenches that spread through Belgium and France from the North Sea to the Swiss Alps.

Don't forget there is also a People's Choice Award which gives you the chance to win as well. Call into the Library to check out the books and pick up your voting card. Or go online to the NZ Post Book Awards website.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Writer's Read-in for Christchurch.

As the world appears to implode around us with the News filled with civil war in Libya and the triple whammy of disaster in Japan with earthquakes, tsunamis and nuclear meltdown, it is easy to forget and have moved on from the fact that one month ago disaster struck in our own backyard. And the reality is that while those events are just as heartbreaking, there are still people hurting down in Christchurch and we can't lose sight of that.

Auckland Libraries and the NZ Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) have got together to provide a fundraising event for all the booklovers in our community.

On Friday 25th March (this Friday) right around Auckland we are having an Writer's Read-in. 140 authors will read in libraries in two sessions (1pm and 6pm) and for a gold coin donation you can come along to listen to them and meet them. Proceeds go directly to the NZ Government Christchurch Earthquake Appeal.

Here are the authors that are reading in Libraries in our area (all at 6pm)

Orewa - Joyce Irving, Jannette Wood, Evan Andrew, Karina Kayes
Whangaparaoa - Jack Ross, Jenny Harrison, Robert Bolton
Warkworth - Kelly Ana Morey, Maria Gill, Lorraine Orman, Stephen Barker, Ann Smith

For the full list of authors reading around Auckland go to the Auckland Libraries website and look for Christchurch Fundraiser.

Monday, 21 March 2011

KIWI KIDS KIDDING AROUND

Have you been into the library and seen the posters for our new competition to support the Rugby World Cup 2011 yet? Well - what are you waiting for? There are heaps of great prizes to win and you could see your joke up in lights at some of the Rugby World Cup Games in October.

KIWI KIDS KIDDING AROUND is a children's joke competition to support Rugby World Cup 2011. It runs from the 1st of March for three months and involves children between the ages of 5 - 14 making up their own own jokes. Entry forms can be picked up at libraries or printed off the interim website. The competition is also promoted on the Council Website.

Completed entry forms need to be dropped into your local library. The first four children to drop off their entry/entries at each community library will be rewarded with a McDonalds Hat and a burger voucher.

CONDITIONS
Children must be between the age of 5 and 14 years of age and must be library members
Jokes must be no longer than 80 characters [not including spaces]
The joke must relate to either rugby, Kiwiana, cultural or a mix of them
Jokes must not use swear words or be insensitive to cultures.
The joke should be original

Oh - did I forget to mention the prizes? The prizes on offer are:
Ultimate winners joke in large scale art installation at TelstraClear event Centre at the time of the rugby festival (RWC)
4 x bikes from Bike Barn (2 x larger, 2 x smaller bikes including helmets)
Auckland Hogs (for a couple of vouchers for kids to ride on a hog (Harley Davidson that is ...not a large black pig!!)
McDonalds caps and vouchers for the first four entries at each community library.

So get your thinking caps on and drop your entries back to us as soon as you can to be in with a chance to win the McDonalds caps and vouchers.

Friday, 18 March 2011

Super Special Top 5 for Friday Part 1

It's a massive Top 5 for Friday this week, with not just one list, but two. This week we are counting down the five finalists in two of the sections of the New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards 2011.

Introducing Picture Books
Baa Baa Smart Sheep Mark Sommerset & Rowan Sommerset. Publisher Dreamboat. Target age 3+. Little Baa Baa is bored so he decides to play a practical joke, telling Quirky Turkey that the pile of round, brown things on the ground are "Smarty Tablets". Who is smarter, sheep or turkey?
A Dog Like That! Janene Cooper & Evie Kemp. Publisher Duck Creek Press. Target age 2+ . All dogs should be like this! Everybody tells her how dogs should be, but this girl knows better. This is a story about a little girl and her unruly, loveable best friend. Local author.
Hill & Hole Kyle Mewburn & Vasanti Unka. Publisher Penguin Group (NZ). Target age 3+. Hill loves being a hill, but sometimes he wishes he could feel the earth breathing beneath him. Hole loves being a hole, but sometimes wishes he could see the sun rising. Their friend Mole is happy to help and soon Hole is a hill, and Hill is a hole, but what at first seemed wonderful turns out to be not so great after all. Will they find a solution to their problem?
Marmaduke Duck and the Marmalade Jam Juliette MacIver & Sarah Davis. Publisher Scholastic New Zealand. Target age 4+ . Down in the woods, not far from the sea, Marmaduke Duck found a grapefruit tree. What luck! cried the duck. How lucky I am! I'll take some and make some marmalade jam. The smell of Marmaduke Duck's marmalade jam cooking draws a lot of other animals to his river.
The Moon & Farmer McPhee Margaret Mahy & David Elliot. Publisher Random House New Zealand. Target age 4+. A heart-warming story - with lots of fun wordplay - about a grumpy farmer whose animals keep him awake at night singing and dancing by the light of the moon. Eventually he is won over by the moon and the animals and learns how to be happy.

Introducing Junior Fiction
Finnigan & the Pirates Sherryl Jordan. Publisher Scholastic New Zealand. Target age 7+. Wildbloode the Wicked is the fiercest, most ferocious pirate in all the seven seas. All she wants is for her nephew to follow in her footsteps. But Finnigan's not interested in piratical pillaging. All he wants to do... is dance!
The Haystack Jack Lasenby. Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Target age 8+. Maggie's growing up during the Great Depression without her mother in the little Waikato dairying township of Waharoa.
Hollie Chips Anna Gowan. Publisher Scholastic New Zealand Target age 8+. Hollie Chips is an unusual girl. Not just because she has one blue eye and one brown eye... but she just cannot tell a lie, no matter how small. So when she finds out that the unscrupulous Barry Buckscud has been lying to her and her neighbours, she plans to get even.
Shadow of the Boyd Diana Menefy. Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Target age 8+. Historical novel based around the events of the Boyd masscre in which two young boys, a Māori and Pakeha, find their friendship stretched to breaking point.
Tussock Elizabeth Pulford. Publisher Walker Books Australia Target age 9+. When a family is struck by tragedy a little hope is all that is needed. When Kate and Madeline's father goes missing on a routine local flight, family life is thrown into chaos. While the close rural community help the family deal with their grief, Kate lights a lamp every night in the window of the old tin hut on the hill in the hope that it will help her father find his way home. Madeline invests her hope in building a replica of the fabled stone man. But it is the appearance of the troubled Troy that brings comfort to Kate in the most unexpected way. To Kate, Troy seems nearly as lost as her father and the mystery surrounding him and also the stone man leads Kate into dangerous territory.

There is also a People's Choice award. Call into the Library and pick up a voting card or go online to the NZ Post Book Awards website.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Puffin Short Story Competition

We have just received this press release from Puffin and we know there are heaps of keen budding authors out there (especially after our Scribbles to Books New Zealand Book Month Events last week). So check out the website.

The Puffin Short Story Awards are back for 2011! We had some amazing entries last year and are looking forward to receiving another huge blast of creativity from our nation's future writers in the coming months. There are three entry categories spanning school years four to eleven and the winner in each category will receive an Apple iPad as well as 50 books for their school library!
Last year's winning stories and everything you need to get started are available on the webpage, so click the link and start getting creative!
Happy writing,
The Team at Puffin

As you will see from the website there are categories for Junior, Intermediate and Secondary school students, with fantastic prizes for both the author and their schools. Entries are now open and close on Friday 3rd June. The competition is held in partnership with The Storylines Children's Literature Charitable Trust and winners are announced at the Storylines Festival Day in August.

Monday, 14 March 2011

From Scribbles to Books

How do you take an idea and turn it into a book? That was the subject of the New Zealand Book Month events that were taking place around Auckland last week. It is a dream of many of us that those ideas that wake us up in the middle of the night might one day find themselves onto the shelves in a bookshop, but only a few of us take the next leap.

Maria Gill and Heather Arnold visited the Warkworth and Orewa Libraries to show us how their latest collaboration Call of the Kokako (coming out later this year) made the journey. This children's non-fiction book follows a similar style to their earlier collaboration Rangitoto and includes both fact and story to draw the reader in.
A packed hall of Warkworth Primary and Mahurangi Christian School students listened attentively as Maria showed us scribbled pages from her notebook, photos she had taken, people she had talked to and told us about the amount of research that she did. Heather then picked things up by showing us how she took those photos and turned them into the fantastic artwork that is part of the book. Along the way there were helpful tips for the budding authors and artists, a quiz or two and the opportunity for questions to be asked (and answered).
I have heard from colleagues around Auckland that the visits from authors and illustrators to their local libraries as part of New Zealand Book Month have been equally successful. Stay tuned here for any future events so that you can be part of it.

Friday, 11 March 2011

Top 5 for Friday - Celebrating Pasifika

The week of the Pasifika festival culminates this weekend with the main festival happening at Western Springs. But if you can't get there and still want a taste of the Pacific, here are some ideas (from a purely personal point of view today) of the resources available from your local library.
  1. The Silent One - Joy Cowley. A child is washed up in a basket in the Cook Islands. He is reluctantly adopted by a tribe as his being a deafmute is considered a bad omen. Isolated Jonasi, as he is named, befriends and gains a mystic communion with a white sea turtle. But the turtle is also regarded as a bad omen by the tribe and when Jonasi steps in to protect it, he is ostracized. This story is 20 years old now but it is timeless and is a great place to start out countdown. It has also been made into a movie which is available from the library.

  2. Vaka Moana: voyages of the ancestors : the discovery and settlement of the Pacific / editor, K. R. Howe. Published in association with the Auckland Museum to accompany the exhibition of the same name held at the Auckland Museum, 9 December 2006 - 1 April 2007, and touring internationally until 2011. Chapters cover: the human settlement of the globe; origin and traditions of Pacific peoples; important findings in archaeology, linguistics and genetic studies; traditional canoe building and sailing techniques; pre-instrument navigational systems; ancient Pacific voyaging and trading routes; the arrival of the West and its impact on Pacific peoples; the modern revival by today's Pacific peoples of canoe building and traditional navigation. This award winning Book (Montana New Zealand Book awards, 2007) is a special combination of information and glorious colour plates that inspire the reader and will impress anyone who sees it on your coffee table.

  3. Overnight sensations : hotels for the discerning traveler : Asia Pacific / Philippe Kjellgren. The title says it all and if that wasn't enough the picture on the cover makes you just want to lie back and imagine the waft of breeze as you enjoy the warmth with a cocktail in your hand. It's not just the Pacific, but I love leafing through things like this and dreaming so much it had to go on the list.

  4. South Pacific [DVD videorecording] one ocean, 20,000 islands, a quarter of the world's water. The wildlife, culture and history of this immense ocean and its myriad islands are revealed in this series. Not the musical. If you are going to watch a DVD about the South Pacific you may as well make it one from the BBC and something that is as current as you can get. This 2010 two disc set ticks the boxes on both counts.

  5. The stuck there forever boat / Gillian Torckler ; illustrated by Bruce Potter. Tama's idyllic island life is changing. The surrounding sea is slowly flooding their land, the coral is dying and the fish have disappeared. Tama's family must move to a higher island, but his beloved nanny won't listen. What can Tama do to convince his nanny to leave? For my last choice today I am going picture book and local author. As well as talking about how climatic changes are affecting the islands, this book also has themes of family relationships especially with our grandparents.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Libraries helping Christchurch

After the catastrophic earthquake in Christchurch, more and more evacuees have arrived in Auckland and Rodney seeking refuge and respite. I know several families are already up here in the Warkworth area. If this is you and you are missing your library fix, we can help.

At Auckland Libraries we will:
1. Offer evacuees a full three-month membership. There is no charge for this membership. Just pop along to the local library and ask about it, bringing with you some form of identification if you have it.
2. Return evacuees’ books and items to Christchurch City Libraries for them. Christchurch Libraries have an amnesty on overdue items and advise the following on their customer blog
We have extended due dates of all items issued to 1 May 2011. Sorry if, in the meantime, you have had an automated email about an overdue item. We are waiving all fines incurred from the 22 Feb. We will keep you updated with information here, and from twitter @Christchurchlib. If you are from Christchurch watch this blog for information as at present they are asking that items be kept at home as they do not have the capacity to cope with returns.

Upcoming Christchurch Earthquake Fundraiser
In addition to the immediate help we can give above, the libraries and the NZ Society of Authors will jointly host a fundraiser on 25 March to further help with the recovery efforts in Christchurch. Watch this space for information.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Celebrate the Pacific

Auckland is home to more than 180,000 Pacific people and the Pasifika Festival is the best time to get involved and celebrate our diversity. Just like we did at Warkworth Library yesterday when I hosted a Pasifika storytime (with the help of Eileen from Northcote Library so that I didn't damage the Pacific languages in the same way I mangled Chinese for the Chinese New Year last month). We had an awesome time counting in Samoan (a great success) and singing Head Shoulders Knees and Toes (not so much so but we had fun trying).

The Pasifika Festival runs all week culminating in the huge Festival Day on Saturday 12th March at Western Springs. There is also an opening night concert lakeside on Thursday night from 7pm. Here is the link through the Auckland Council website with a list of events.

The Libraries around Auckland are also celebrating Pasifika. As well as more storytimes and rhymetimes, there are demonstrations, music, song and craft. Here is the link through to the library website to find out what is happening in your neighbourhood.

Or visit your library and pick up one of the brochures on offer.

Monday, 7 March 2011

It's not the Flu - just something like it.

We all seem to be rattling while we walk at the Library today. One recovering from bronchitis, one arrived at work with a box of tissues, one with the remnants of a very (very) bad cough and then yours truly with a sore throat and a runny nose that only just made it through storytime. The panadol, antibiotics and cough mixtures are doing overtime and the library keeps running. At least we have managed to do it in shifts as those that are recovering are back at work and those of us that have just started on the downward slide can stay away.

For myself, I was determined last week that I was just overtired and working too hard with too much still to do (a common complaint). However, after a reprieve that got me through the week and half the weekend, I woke up yesterday feeling like... Yuck. So I am off home with my box of tissues, some lemon honey and ginger drink and hopefully tomorrow will be better.

If the "so-called" winter coughs, colds and flu's have hit you early as well, here is a catalogue link to colds and flus which has everything on it from what they are, what the differences are and remedies from natural to medical.

And if I'm not blogging tomorrow - you will all know why. Have a good day.

Friday, 4 March 2011

Top 5 for Friday - A Dystopian Future

DYSTOPIA "an imaginary place where people lead dehumanized and often fearful lives" (Merriam-Webster online dictionary). Or (as I have seen defined elsewhere) a world where "things are as bad as it can get".


I went to the first gathering (meeting sounds much too formal) of a new bookchat group for librarians and teachers on Wednesday evening. The aim is to talk children and young adult books, from picture books to faction to non-fiction. And by pure coincidence, most of the fiction bought along to the first meeting concentrated on one of the most popular themes that we see currently - the dystopian future. So when I was looking for a subject for the blog today, this seemed like a great place to stop. Here are five of the titles we discussed.


Resurrection – Mandy Hagar (Book 3 of Blood of the Lamb series). The characters escape the island and make the return journey to where it all started. I haven't read this book yet but have read the first two in the series and thoroughly enjoyed them. Maria told us that there is a powerful message of standing up for yourself and making a change.


Water Wars – Cameron Stracher. This book is brand new on the shelf and immediately stands out because of it's fantastic cover (don't get librarians and teachers started on the absolutely necessity for a good cover to attract children and teens to a book). Water is more precious than gold. So what does that mean when you find a previously unknown water source. Lisa found this had an easy style and wasn't too too hard. Teen fiction.


X-Isle – Steven Augarde. A gripping Dystopian story for teens. but very heavy content and Lorraine questioned it’s classification as children’s fiction (Anne & Lisa to investigate). Gripping for teens


The Book Thief - Markus Zusak. Powerful. Different point of view. Quite demanding so more recommended for advanced teen readers, possibly with some background knowledge.


Fierce September - Fleur Beale. The sequel to Juno of Taris and shortlisted for the 2011 NZ Post Children's Book Awards.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Welcome to New Zealand Book Month 2011!

NZ Book Month 2011 - Where we celebrate the power of books. The following is taken directly off the website for New Zealand Book Month. Auckland Libraries are joining in the celebrations so stay tuned and we will let you know what is happening and when.

Fiction or non-fiction, a book has the power to change your life. New Zealand Book Month is an annual campaign to encourage us all to celebrate books and reading. New Zealand Book Month is the perfect time to discover your next life-changing book, pick up a recommended read, share a favourite book with your friends and family, encourage colleagues to start a book club – and to meet some of New Zealand's finest writers at one of over 200 events right across the country during March 2011. There are so many ways in which you can take part in New Zealand Book Month. Here's how you can get involved:

Take advantage of our Books Change Lives $5 vouchers. New Zealand Book Month will be distributing four million $5 book vouchers during March 2011. Here's where you'll find out more about the voucher, and get details of how you can get hold of yours.
Find your nearest participating bookseller, from the 290 fantastic booksellers across the country that are participating in our Books Change Lives campaign.
Find a great New Zealand Book Month event near you, organised by one of our passionate and committed Book Month Activists.
Check out our book lists to discover your next great read. These "life-changing books" were voted for by our readers during October 2010. We're delighted to share their recommendations, and think you'll agree that there's something here for everyone.
Become a Book Month Activist for March 2012. Help plan, shape and put on events locally. In 2011 Book Month Activists will put on over 200 community events throughout New Zealand. Each activity helps bring books alive, and introduces the joy – and power – of books to new audiences. We’d love your help and welcome your assistance. And we’ll assist you with ideas, tools and perhaps we can even help arrange publicity and an author visit to your event! To find out more, simply register your interest with us.
Sign up for Bookmark, our free e-newsletter, keeping you up-to-date with events and activities during New Zealand Book Month.
Make a date in your diary – March 2011 – and join in New Zealand’s biggest national celebration of books and reading.The possibilities for celebrating books and reading are as limitless as your imagination.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Two minutes silence

Today marks one week since the world turned upside down and the earthquake struck Christchurch. In remembrance of all those who have tragically lost their lives, those who are still missing and those who are injured, we will be observing a 2-minute silence at 12.51 pm. This 2-minute silence is a chance for us each to take a moment, reflect on the tragic losses, and give thanks for those who are in Christchurch helping with the response.

Auckland City is encouraged, at each of our locations, to stand outside our buildings at 12.51 pm and observe the silence. For those of you based around Aotea Square, feel free to join the Auckland City Executive Leadership Team outside the Aotea Centre near the flagpoles. At Warkworth the main gathering is outside the Information Centre by the flagpole. Other libraries in Rodney will also be observing the two minutes silence, outside their libraries for those that wish to gather.