Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Holiday reading books ready now

From I love Delray beach

Come in to the Whitireia Porirua Library and see our Christmas Tree and browse a selection of holiday reading books.
Own photo

and our new books on display (but available for loan) now

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and newest journal issues (for in library use only)

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We are open Mon-Fri 8am til 5pm until Friday 18th December 2015,
then re-open at 8am on Monday 11th January 2016.

Monday, November 23, 2015

End of term hours this week

From Santa Ynez Wine Country

This is the last week of 'term hours' at Porirua campus library for 2015.

Library document
Library document
We hope you have enjoyed our longer opening hours over the last few weeks of the year.
Please send any feedback to library@whitireia.ac.nz

Monday, November 16, 2015

Good luck for exams!

From UNB Library website

Good luck to all students with end of year exams. 

We hope you try your best and apply all the knowledge learned over the past year.

Just a reminder that computers and quiet study spaces are in high demand at the moment. 
Please respect everyone’s academic needs during this period of quiet study time.

Congratulations to anyone finishing their qualification this year.

From University of Michigan -Dearborn

Well done and best wishes for the future.

Monday, November 02, 2015

Study tips

From A Polyglot Mum

We are in the last few weeks of the academic year, and some of you are studying for exams, others have assignment to finish.

Here are some study tips for managing your time and stress.

Check out this book in our library:

From publisher's website
This great series:
From Library catalogue

And these books about exam prep too.

And don't forget we have fiction books too, for when you need a break from the study!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015


From Spanishdict.com

Thank you all for getting our blog to 10,000 views!

This is where you are all from:

From Blogger stats page

We have been posting more regularly and are glad that people are reading what we have written.

Please join our online community by entering your email address in the 'follow by email' box.

Are there any topics that you would like us to write about?

Monday, October 12, 2015

Welcome back - Term 4 2015

From ClipArtHut

Welcome back to all students (and staff that had a holiday).

Porirua campus library's term time opening hours are:
Monday 8am - 8pm
Tuesday 8am - 8pm
Wednesday 8am - 8pm
Thursday 8am - 8pm
Friday 8am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 12pm

Kapiti campus library's term time opening hours are:
Monday 8am - 4pm
Tuesday 8am - 4pm
Wednesday 8am - 4pm
Thursday 8am - 4pm
Friday 8am - 4pm

Auckland campus library's term time opening hours are:
Monday 8:30am - 8pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 8pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 8pm
Thursday 8:30am - 8pm
Friday 8:30am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 1pm

We look forward to seeing you in the library soon.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Porirua city turns 50! #Porirua50

From Porirua50.org.nz
October 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of Porirua becoming a city.
Whitireia's first and largest campus has been in Porirua for almost 30 years.

Porirua city mayor, Nick Leggett, talks about the celebration: 

From Youtube

The All Blacks wish Porirua a Happy Birthday:
From Youtube

And so do our Whitireia students:
From Youtube

You can find out more about events on this Facebook page #Porirua50

Monday, September 21, 2015

Library news - Spring break hours

From Clipgid.com
Spring break holidays are coming up! 

Porirua campus library holiday hours are: Monday to Friday 8am - 5pm. 

We are closed Saturdays in the holidays, so that will be Saturdays 26/09/2015, 03/10/2015, and 10/10/2015.
If you are needing somewhere to study, we would suggest your local public library.

We will be back to normal hours on Monday 12th October 2015.

From Clipgid.com

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Celebrating Tongan Graduation

Malo e lelei,

Part of the Pirate code is to honor our families for all the support the give us, especially when we graduate.!!!

Last week there was a Whitireia Graduation Ceremony held in Tonga.
Below is an email and pictures sent from one of the students:

Hi All,
I want to thank you all for all your help. :)
Words may not be enough but may God bless you all.
Here are some photos of the day, it was so exciting and all was beautiful.
Malo 'aupito,


We would like to congratulate all Whitireia graduates, and wish them well for their future careers.

Monday, September 14, 2015

More tips from Pirate Pete

From Talk like a pirate day

From Public Domain Vectors 

Ahoy me hearties,
International talk like a pirate day is this weekend, something that librarians around the world like to get involved in.
You can find out more about it here.

Part of the pirate code is being able to sing, hopefully better than my singing pirate parrot here.
It might help if the words rhyme, so take a leaf out of the pirate bird's book and get ye a rhyming dictionary. And better yet, it's FREE from the library!

Try looking in the language section of the library under this secret pirate code: 423 RAN or in the music section under this secret pirate code 782.42 JAC

From Library Catalogue
From Library Catalogue

And remember to ask at the library desk if you need help finding them.

You can find out more about #talklikeapirateday here

See you next time, me hearties.

Monday, September 07, 2015

Renewing online

Have you received a reminder notice from the library? 
Did you know you can renew your library loans online?

If you forget your password you can click on the link below the login box to reset it.

When you are logged in to your account, click on current loans to view the list:
If you want to renew individual loans, tick the check box beside each one and select renew selections.

If you want to renew all current loans, select 
renew all.

Results of your request(s) will show next to each item

Not all items can be renewed. You must renew items before their due date.

Most items can be renewed twice if there are no reserves on them.

You can find out more about our borrowing polices here.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Monday, August 31, 2015

About us - Rachel

From Whitireia staff file
Hello everyone,

I am Rachel, one of the Whitireia Library staff bloggers.

I have been working here at Whitireia as a Reference Librarian, specialising in Serials, for about two and a half years.
Before that I worked in various roles at our SMART Library neighbour, Porirua City Libraries.

I can help you with: finding journal articles in the library, and in online databases; APA referencing; searching for and evaluating resources for your study; as well as general library enquries. 

You can ask for me at the library desk, make an appointment via our library@whitireia.ac.nz email address, or see if i'm available on webchat.

Friday, August 28, 2015

National Poetry Day - Friday 28 August 2015

It's now officially National Poetry Day! 

How are you going to celebrate?

Would you like to read four NZ poems that fit in your pocket? Download and print here

Adrienne Jansen, one of Whitireia's Creative Writing tutors, is part of an event in Lower Hutt tonight called Poems of Place.Other events were listed on Monday's post.

The last poem of this series is by another award winning Creative Writing tutor, Hinemoana Baker.

You can find more of Whitireia's poetry published in our online journal, 4th Floor. 

Enjoy :-)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Thursday's Poem

Today's poem is also from Whitireia staff member Trish Harris:
By Trish Harris

Look with me
through the window
to the kowhai.
Its wayward branches
    dusty dots for leaves
    twigs full
    buds growing in secret

    working the sun
    into a new shape.

Look with me at the small
frame of the stamp

holding kowhai, manuka, rata
titoki, native flowering
for 1960s children
to collect.
   A flash of colour between
    album leaves.

Look with me
at today’s garden
away from the collector’s gaze.
the lack of leaves
is only that.

Leaves.  Seeds. Flowers.

A tree will listen to the earth
before it faces the sun.
Like a separate universe
it will keep growing.

See with me
the signs of conversion.
   springing soon
   through the frame.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wednesday's Poem

From National Poetry Day blog

Today's poem is from Whitireia staff member Trish Harris:


By Trish Harris 

At the counter we form
a communion queue
bodies ready to receive their Sunday blessing.
The woman in front
has long, straight legs, and long dark hair.
A Silver Fern, probably.
A collection of children jostle for position
and she hugs them all—
a big farewell for a small absence.
Time-out for her and the mall for them.

In the pool everything changes—
noise pitches up and down
like liquid leaping off bodies.

Swimmers find their lanes: fast, slow, medium.
Where is erratic I wonder?
I aqua-plod, going the wrong direction
in a friendly kind of way.
Do I see the man coming?
His wide hands ploughing through water
both of us determined to stay close
to the edge.
We swerve, miss.
Sun glares off the surface.
The pool attendants watch.

In the changing room, everyone has
has lost their buoyancy
except a child who says to her mother:
Because I came out of you, didn’t I?
We cover our shapes before
she starts on us.

Back past the counter
the Silver Fern has gone
and the man with wide hands, now dressed
walks past without looking.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Tuesday's Poem

From National Poetry Day blog
Donna Banicevich Gera, another Whitireia Creative Writing tutor, would like to share her poem:
By Donna Banicevich Gera ©2013

He told me it was his job
handing out soap, so
each Sunday he’d stand out front of the homestead
in the most desolate of places

where workers received a cake a week, feet shuffling,
eyelids down
while he walked the line, reaching up, placing a single ivory bar
in each open palm.

I wondered how that
affected a child, when
societies shifted, and people changed, when a
small boy became a man

remembering, a dry blink of vast plains with
golden grasses,
familiar faces, frozen in dark, parched

when he’d followed the forgotten rules, born
hanging in his past,
bleak, scorched,
smouldering thoughts.

Years later, when searching for his place
in the world
visions returned , rife with another life
another time

in a moment where - another way of looking
at a piece of soap was

Monday, August 24, 2015

National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day is coming up on Friday 28th August 2015 

There are events being held around the country to celebrate National Poetry Day.

Some local ones are at 
Te PapaVic BooksUpper Hutt Library, and Paraparaumu Library

Check out our New Zealand poetry collection from our catalogue, or SMART libraries.

Did you know Whitireia teaches Creative WritingWhitireia also publishes The 4th Floor Literary Journal, a selection of work written each year by students and tutors on the creative writing programme at Whitireia New Zealand.

Do you have a favourite poem?

Here's a link to one called 'Here we give thanks' by Mary-Jane Duffy, one of our Creative Writing tutors.

Friday, August 14, 2015

And the winners are . . .

From Booksellers NZ
The winners of the 2015 NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults have been announced! 

A special congratulations to Whitireia's very own creative writing tutor, Mandy Hager

Margaret Mahy Book of the Year
Young Adult Book Award
Singing Home the Whale

by  Mandy Hager

Penguin Random House

Picture Book Award
Jim’s Letters

by Glyn Harper and Jenny Cooper

Penguin Random House
Junior Fiction Award
Monkey Boy

by Donovan Bixley

Scholastic New Zealand
Non-fiction Award
Mōtītī Blue and the Oil Spill

by Debbie McCauley

Mauao Publishing
Best First Book
Māori Art for Kids

by Julie Noanoa and Norm Heke

Craig Potton Publishing
Maori Language Award
Ngā Ki

by Sacha Cotter and Joshua Morgan

Translated by Kawata Teepa

Huia Publishers

(translation of Keys, a finalist in the Picture Book category)
From Booksellers NZ

Have you read any of them? Click on the links above to search our catalogue.

Which is your favourite?

Monday, August 10, 2015

Pirates in the library?

From Talk like a Pirate Day
Ahoy, me Hearties, ……translation…. Hello my friends…..

pirates piracy sad tpb itznick pirate illegal downloads
Copyright © [2015] [Wallpapersfactory].

There is no need to be a pirate, lost at sea, drowning in a sea of information overload. Come to the library, where Librarians will train you in the art of raiding the library for resource treasure.

Would you like someone copying your work and getting the credit for it?
Copyright rules exist to recognise the work that the author and publisher put into the item, as explained in this short video:

Don't be an illegal pirate, you CAN photocopy part of that wonderful book!
There are different rules for print and online material, sask a librarian for help with filling your own legal treasure chest.

Monday, August 03, 2015

2015 NZ Book Awards for Children & Young Adults

The winners of the 2015 NZ Book Awards for Children & Young Adults will be announced on the 13th August 2015.

The finalists for Picture book of the year are:
by Sally Sutton and Brian Lovelock
Walker Books Australia
I Am Not a Worm
by Scott Tulloch
Scholastic New Zealand
Jim’s Letters
by Glyn Harper and Jenny Cooper
Penguin Random House
by Sacha Cotter and Joshua Morgan
Huia Publishers
Little Red Riding Hood . . . Not Quite
by Yvonne Morrison and Donovan Bixley
Scholastic New Zealand
Images via Booksellers NZ

Have you read any of these books?

Whitireia has many of these, others can be found at SMART libraries, and other NZ libraries.

Image from Whitireia Library Catalogue

Rachel's favourite NZ children's books is 'The witch in the cherry tree' by Margaret Mahy.

Which is yours?

Monday, July 27, 2015

Māori Language Week

Ko tēnei Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. This is Māori Language Week.
The theme for this year is ‘Whāngaihia te reo ki ngā Mātua’ - 'Nurture the language in parents.' It is also the 40th anniversary of Māori Language Week and the Māori Language Commission have created two commemorative posters, inlcuding the one below. 
‘40 Year Journey’
This poster engages the iconic image of Whina Cooper and her mokopuna from the 1975 land march, as they set off on the journey of a life time, now widely regarded as a flashpoint for Māori cultural reclamation. The northern matriarch’s protest was deliberately staged to coincide with the first Māori Language Day (later to become Māori Language Week). For Māori, land/whenua/pāpātuānuku and language/reo are inextricably linked. Alienation of one is an alienation of the other. This image is a reminder of our past and the long journey we have taken. It also reflects on the importance of parents and caregivers in nurturing the next generation.

So whāngaihia te reo (nurture the language) and karawhiua (give it a go).