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Large scale ANZAC display at the Central Library


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For the past year, in the lead up to the Centenary of the Gallipoli landings, Wellington City librarians have been producing a series of contributions highlighting various aspects of our collection where you can find resources related to this major historical event. Our latest addition, inspired by a recent blog post http://bit.ly/1DNZ48J about Charlotte Le Gallais, one of the nurses who went to Gallipoli on the Maheno hospital ship, is a large scale exhibition about her story, highlighting the various online resources available for history and ancestry research. Come to the Central Library and discover her fascinating story.

You can also contribute your family stories in our “Scrapbook of Memories” kept by the display. For more resources on WW1, browse our series at www.wcl.govt.nz/ww100


Fiction Ebooks Recent Picks for April

This is a selection of the brand new fiction ebooks that you can borrow from our Overdrive elibrary.  Not only are these titles brand new to Overdrive, they’re also brand new to the library – some even available before our print copies!  Below are the newest blockbusters from bestselling authors Greg Iles, Alex Barclay and Barbara Taylor Bradford, as well as the latest from Still Alice’s Lisa Genova, newly translated works from Patrick Modiano (the winner of 2014′s Nobel Prize for Literature) and an ebook exclusive from Stuart MacBride.

Overdrive cover Martin Marten, by Brian Doyle (eBook)
“Dave is fourteen years old, eager, and headlong.  Martin is a pine marten, a small, muscled hunter of the deep woods. Both of these wild animals are setting off on adventures on their native Mount Hood in Oregon, and their lives, paths, and trails will cross, weave, and blend. Martin Marten is a braided coming-of-age tale like no other, told in Brian Doyle’s joyous, rollicking style. Two energetic, sinewy, muddled, brilliant, creative animals, one human and one mustelid—-come sprint with them through the deep, wet, green glory of Oregon’s soaring mountain.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Sometimes the Wolf, by Urban Waite (eBook)
“Sheriff Patrick Drake tried to lead an upstanding life and maintain some financial stability until his wife passed away. He did okay for a while, singlehandedly raising his family in a small mountain town. Then he was hit with money troubles, fell in with some unsavoury men, and ended up convicted of one of the biggest crimes in local history.Twelve years later Patrick is on parole under the watchful eye of his son Bobby, who just happens to be a deputy sheriff in his father’s old department. But trouble isn’t done with the Drakes – and a terrifying threat boils up from Patrick’s old life.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Inside the O’Briens, by Lisa Genova (eBook)
“The breathtaking new novel from the author of STILL ALICE.  Joe O’Brien is a Boston cop; his physical stamina and methodical mind have seen him through decades policing the city streets, while raising a family with his wife Rosie. When he starts committing uncharacteristic errors he attributes them to stress. Finally, he agrees to see a doctor and is handed a terrifying, unexpected diagnosis: Huntington’s disease. Not only is Joe’s life set to change forever, but each of his four grown-up children has a fifty per cent chance of inheriting the disease. Inside the O’Briens is a powerfully true and tender elegy to the resilience of the human spirit.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Cavendon Women, by Barbara Taylor Bradford (eBook)
“1926. One stately home’s future lies with four very different young women… the Ingham family gathers at Cavendon Hall, the great house in Yorkshire that has been their family home for centuries, summoned by the Earl. With them are the Swanns who have served the house for generations – and know all their secrets. The estate is under threat: the aftermath of the Great War has left Cavendon facing ruin. Four young women from both sides of the house will be the ones to shape its future.  They will change the estate’s future for good or ill as the roaring twenties burn towards the Great Depression.”  (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Killing Ways, by Alex Barclay (eBook)
“In her most shocking case yet, FBI Special Agent Ren Bryce takes on a depraved serial killer fueled by a warped sense of justice. A master of evasion, each life he takes ramps up Ren’s obsession with finding him. Then one victim changes everything and brings Ren face to face with a detective whose life was destroyed by the same pursuit.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Night Night, Sleep Tight, by Hallie Ephron (eBook)
“From the award-winning author comes a mystery tinged with Hollywood glamour, set in a town where fame and infamy are often interchangeable, Los Angeles, 1985. When Deirdre Unger makes the drive from San Diego to Beverly Hills to help her father put his dilapidated house on the market, she’s expecting to deal with his usual kvetching and dark moods. But she gets a lot more than she expected. . . . In a cruel Sunset Boulevard–in a twist, Deirdre arrives home to find her father facedown in his too-small swimming pool—dead.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Ring Roads, by Patrick Modiano (eBook)
“Ring Roads is the story of a young Jew, Serge, in search of his father, Chalva, who disappeared from his life ten years earlier. He finds him trying to survive the war years in the unlikely company of black marketeers, anti-Semites and prostitutes, putting his meagre and not entirely orthodox business skills at the service of those who have no interest in him or his survival.Ring Roads is a brilliant, almost hallucinatory evocation of the uneasy, corrupt years of the Occupation and  is both cruel and tender.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Bone Tree, by Greg Iles (eBook)
“The electrifying second installment of the NATCHEZ BURNING trilogy by No.1 New York Times bestseller, Greg Iles.  Former prosecutor Penn Cage faces the crisis of a lifetime. His family has been torn apart and his father made a fugitive after being accused of murdering an African-American nurse. Now, Penn has unwittingly started a war with the Double Eagles, a violent faction of the KKK who know more about Dr. Tom Cage than Penn ever did. Tracking his father through Natchez and beyond, Penn is targeted by criminals and corrupt police whose power reaches the top levels of state government – people who will stop at nothing to prevent the truth from coming out.”  (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Dressmaker of Dachau, by Mary Chamberlain (eBook)
“Spanning the intense years of war, The Dressmaker of Dachau is a dramatic tale of love, conflict, betrayal and survival.  London, spring 1939. Eighteen-year-old Ada Vaughan, a beautiful and ambitious seamstress, has just started work for a modiste in Dover Street. A chance meeting with the enigmatic Stanislaus von Lieben catapults Ada into a world of glamour and romance. When he suggests a trip to Paris, Ada is blind to all the warnings of war on the continent: this is her chance for a new start. Anticipation turns to despair when war is declared and the two are trapped in France. After the Nazis invade, Stanislaus abandons her. Ada is taken prisoner and forced to survive the only way she knows how: by being a dressmaker.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover 22 Little Dead Bodies, by Stuart MacBride (eBook)
“A short novel from the No. 1 bestselling author featuring his most popular characters, Acting DI Logan McRae and DCI Robert Steel. It’s a been a bad week for acting Detective Inspector Logan McRae. Every time his unit turns up anything interesting, DCI Steel’s Major Investigation Team waltzes in and takes over, leaving CID with all the dull and horrible jobs. But when the dead bodies start turning up, one thing’s certain – Logan’s week is about to get a whole lot worse…” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Genes & vitamins, all part of the equation – New Health books in April

Are our genes killing us? Is there anything we can do about it? Are vitamins supplements really essential to our health or just another commercial ploy? Can we heal through yoga? These questions are some of the many that are the subject of this month’s titles.

Syndetics book coverPandora’s DNA : tracing the breast cancer genes through history, science, and one family tree
“Would you cut out your healthy breasts and ovaries if you thought it might save your life? That’s not a theoretical question for journalist Lizzie Stark’s relatives, who grapple with the horrific legacy of cancer built into the family DNA, a BRCA mutation that has robbed most of her female relatives of breasts, ovaries, peace of mind, or life itself. In Pandora’s DNA , Stark uses her family’s experience to frame a larger story about the so-called breast cancer genes, exploring the legal quandaries, scientific developments, medical breakthroughs and ethical concerns that surround the BRCA mutations, from the troubling history of prophylactic surgery and the storied origins of the boob job to the landmark lawsuit against Myriad Genetics, which held patents on the BRCA genes every human carries in their body until the Supreme Court overturned them in 2013.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverVitamania : our obsessive quest for nutritional perfection
“Health-conscious Australians seek out vitamins any way they can, whether in a morning glass of orange juice, a piece of vitamin-enriched bread, or a daily multivitamin. We believe that vitamins are always beneficial and that the more we can get, the better –and yet despite this familiarity, few of us could explain what vitamins actually are. Instead, we outsource our questions to experts and interpret ‘vitamin’ as shorthand for ‘health. The one thing that experts do agree upon is that the best way to get our nutrients is in the foods that naturally contain them.  Vitamania reveals the surprising story of how our embrace of vitamins led to today’s Wild West of dietary supplements and investigates the complicated psychological relationship we’ve developed with these thirteen mysterious chemicals.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLow FODMAP diet : food shopping guide
“Fructose malabsorption is a medical condition which can cause symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Foods that contain excess fructose and fructans are a problem for people with fructose malabsorption. This very helpful pocket book size product guide is the only comprehensive list of suitable commercially available foods sold in Australia. The guide includes background to the low FODMAP diet and many helpful colour photographs of food products throughout. Written by Dr Sue Shepherd, dietitian specialising in fructose malabsorption and irritable bowel syndrome.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRe-humanizing medicine a holistic framework for transforming your self, your practice, and the culture of medicine
“What starts as personal dissatisfaction in the workplace can become personal transformation that changes clinical practice and ultimately changes the culture of medicine. Physicians and professionals train extensively to relieve suffering. Yet the systems they train and practice in create suffering for both themselves and their clients through the neglect of basic human needs. True healthcare reform requires addressing dehumanization in medicine by caring for the whole person of the professional and the patient. Re-humanizing Medicine provides a holistic framework to support human connection and the expression of full human being of doctors, professionals and patients..” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSlim by design : mindless eating solutions for everyday life
“Behavioral economist and food psychologist Brian Wansink offers a radical new philosophy for weight loss. The answer isn’t to tell people what to do; it’s to set up their living environments so that they will naturally lose weight. He demonstrates how schools can nudge kids to take an apple instead of a cookie, how restaurants can increase profits by selling half-size portions, how supermarkets can double the amount of fruits and vegetables they sell, and how anyone can cut plate refills at home by more than a third. This entertaining, eye-opening book offers practical solutions for changing your everyday environment to make you, your family, and even your community slim by design.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe whole life fertility plan : understanding what affects your fertility to help you get pregnant when you want to
“A proactive and comprehensive guide to help you understand and preserve your fertility options. Does stress affect your fertility? Should you be worried about chemicals in your lipstick? Should you avoid materials made with plastic? How does diet affect your chance of conception? Should you be eating only organic food? Does acupuncture increase your chances? How old is too old? In The whole life fertility plan, Kyra Phillips and Dr. Jamie Grifo answer all your pressing questions about fertility health-and address things you didn’t even know to ask-whether you’re planning to wait to have kids or are starting the process now. Educate yourself about what affects your fertility so that you can get pregnant when you want to. ” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe digestive health solution : your personalized five-step plan for inside – out digestive wellness
“This interactive book enables you to have better digestive health for life! When your insides are working properly, all of you is so much healthier. Under the guidance of expert naturopath and communicator Ben Brown, you will explore the mind-body connection, food intolerances and the keys to a healthy digestive system before learning how to address your health issues and quality-of-life needs with a five-step plan that is uniquely yours. The author is a passionate communicator and knows that it doesn’t take a lot to help people dramatically reduce digestive discomfort. ” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverLupus Q & A : everything you need to know
“A revised and updated edition of the bestselling resource for lupus patients, their families, and medical professionals, Lupus Q&A is the go-to guide for sufferers of a chronic autoimmune disease that affects more than 1.4 million people in the United States alone. Characterized by achy joints and skin rashes, lupus often mimics other diseases, making it tricky to diagnose and treat. In this completely revised and updated edition, Dr. Robert Lahita and Dr. Robert Phillips–leading experts on lupus–discuss topics in a clear, concise, and easy-to-follow Q&A format.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe Swift diet : 4 weeks to mend the belly, lose the weight, and get rid of the bloat
“The microbiome is about to be the hottest thing in health. New research, for example, shows that lean people have different gut bacteria than heavier people. The Swift Diet will be the first to show women how they can tap into that research to lose weight permanently by eating to change their gut bacteria. But the promise doesn’t stop there–the Diet also helps heal the bloating, gas, constipation, and digestive distress that so often go with carrying extra weight. With its groundbreaking message and simple eating plan, The Swift Diet will be the one that finally heals your belly and gets the weight off– permanently.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverHealing yoga : proven postures to treat twenty common ailments- from backache to bone loss, shoulder pain to bunions, and more
“Healing Yoga unites medical knowledge with the practice of yoga to help treat twenty common conditions, including headache, weight gain, the common cold, scoliosis, PMS, stress, depression, and eight different types of back pain. Dr. Fishman shares techniques he has invented, refined, and validated with thousands of patients, including detailed pose instructions and accompanying photographs. He walks readers through not only healing but also diagnosis of specific medical conditions, especially back pain, when there is more than one source of trouble. Suitable for both beginners and experienced yogis, this book is an at-home guide to a renowned doctor’s expertise.” (Syndetics)

“Nui Nui Rangatira”: Dr George Evans with author Helen Riddiford

2015 is a year of many anniversaries.

But this week there is a wonderful opportunity to upgrade your knowledge of Wellington history with the story of the arrival of the first New Zealand Company settlers and their impact upon tangata whenua – a huge change in the structure of life at Te Whanganui-a-Tara, 1840.

Today at 1 pm, Helen Riddiford will outline her story of the coming together of these two cultures as portrayed through her recently published book: A Blighted fame : George S. Evans, 1802-1868. (VUP, 2015)

Helen’s presentation:

index ‘Nui Nui Rangatira’: Dr George Evans, his role in the New Zealand Company and his Relationship with Māori”

Colonial founder ; the story of Hiakai and the creation of te reo Māori grammar book (London, 1837-38); accomplished speaker of the language; the unfolding legend of Ruhia Porutu, Thomas McKenzie & Dr Evans’ partially-built house (1840) ; defender of Māori under British law (1841) ; and other events.

In the recounting the story of George Evans, we discover unfolding snippets of Māori interaction and encounters with a new way of life amongst the New Zealand Company settlers. 2015 is also the 150 year anniversary of Wellington as the capital city of New Zealand This is a fine chance to hear and understand acoming together of two cultures and thebackground stories to the making of Wellington city.

Nau mai, haere mai ki tō tatou whare
Wellington City, Central Library
Friday 17 April, Ground Floor, 1 pm

Mindfulness, grief and self-love – New Self-Help books in April

Lessons from this month’s selection include:

How to find your true self behind the performance of relationships,
How to integrate mindfulness in your life, at work and at home,
How to be more tolerant and accepting of yourself,
How to deal with grief when your parents pass away.

Syndetics book coverScary close : dropping the act and finding true intimacy
“In a conversational tone, Miller discloses thoughts about intimacy and how to find it: taking off the masks worn to hide the true self. The personality we show to the world often is that of a performer, created to hide who we are while trying to win approval and get attention, he says. Miller’s contemplations come as the result of courting his wife, Betsy, who changed his thinking when it came to relationships with women. Short chapters tackle topics that range from personal memories and experiences to practical advice about factors that affect people as they develop relationships.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book cover Mindful work : how meditation is changing business from the inside out 
“Big business often seems the reserve of ruthless money-grubbers desperately looking for a way to make their next buck. But a quiet revolution is reshaping the corporate world, as the world’s most dynamic entrepreneurs and businesspeople are starting to change how a successful business is run. A new breed of mindful managers are using meditation, yoga and other Zen techniques to focus on feeling good while making money – and using the money to do good too. Materialism is out and mindfulness is in. Featuring insights from high-level managers at Fortune 500 companies through to Google employees and the Dalai Lama himself, Mindful Work is an inspirational guide to mindfulness based in the realities of running a successful business.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe sweet spot : how to find your groove at home and work 
“In The Sweet Spot, Carter shares what she calls “the sweet spot equation,” a combination of strategies and practices for attaining happiness without giving up success, and for achieving success without compromising happiness. Using a simple formula, The Sweet Spot shows us how to take a brief recess, an inoculation against “The Overwhelm” and the key to converting stress into productive and creative energy institute daily micro-habits that free you up to focus on and enjoy more important things unplug from seemingly time-saving gadgets that can sap our strength, and use technology more strategically prioritize our relationships, making use of the hard science that points out how healthy connections help us thrive.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverTame your inner critic : find peace & contentment to live your life on purpose
“This book takes you on a journey of self-discovery, exploring the energy of your thoughts and turning the negative into positive. Discover how to use your innate intuitive abilities to heal these energies and discard judgments and criticisms that have built up over the years. Find your true north – your own internal wisdom that is connected to the divine and gives you guidance. With specialised exercises and meditations, this book shows you how to banish negativity, improve your relationships and realise new ways to share your gifts with the world around you.” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverI [heart] me : the science of self-love
“In this transformational book bestselling author David Hamilton fuses science with self-help to offer simple yet powerful strategies for learning to love yourself. Throughout I Heart Me, you will learn that loving yourself means more than feeling good about yourself or being kind to yourself – it’s about being self-confident, being able to express yourself without fear, being unconcerned about whether you’re liked, and living your own life – not someone else’s idea of what your life should be. With the most up-to-date research and findings on the subject of self-love, this book offers simple ways to achieve significant breakthroughs in your own journey to self-acceptance.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverBeyond willpower : the secret principle to achieving success in life, love, and happiness
“Based on more than twenty-five years of clinical experience, and rooted in science, ancient wisdom and proven therapeutic techniques, this programme will help you remove any personal obstacles so that you can achieve health, wealth, and relationship success beyond your dreams.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverEmpower yourself : daily affirmations to reclaim your power!
Following the overwhelming response to Treasure Yourself, Miranda continues to explore similar themes in her latest title, providing insight on what she believes it means for young, modern women to be empowered in all areas of life and how this can be achieved. For Miranda, one of the most powerful tools to facilitate change, both in her own life, and in the lives of others, is the use of positive affirmations. Here, she has written over 250 personal affirmations that can be used to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle, harmonious relationships, fulfilling career and happiness.”(Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverHealing the adult child’s grieving heart : 100 practical ideas after your parent dies
“Offering heartfelt and simple advice, this book provides realistic suggestions and relief for an adult child whose parent has died. Practical advice is presented in a one-topic-per-page format that does not overwhelm with psychological language, but provides small, immediate ways to understand and reconcile grief. The common challenges that face grieving adult children, such as helping the surviving parent, resolving sibling conflicts, and legal and financial issues, are addressed clearly and concisely.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverMidlife orphan : facing life’s changes now that your parents are gone
“The word “orphan” usually calls to mind the image of a child. But even self-sufficient adults can feel the pain of “orphanhood” when their parents are suddenly gone. Complicating the natural mourning process is the fact that this loss often occurs in our thirties, forties, or fifties — as we are raising our own children, watching them leave the nest, and facing other adjustments in our lives, from our jobs to our marriages to our health.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe big little book of resilience : how to bounce back from adversity and lead a fulfilling life
“Most of us set out quietly hoping for, and secretly expecting to live a happy, successful and healthy life. But life doesn’t always go to plan.The Big Little Book of Resilience is about developing flexibility, acceptance and self-compassion when those plans go awry. In this beautifully illustrated book, Matthew Johnstone guides the reader to an understanding of how resilience plays a key role in wellbeing. He offers an accessible roadmap to developing and maintaining resilience and how it can help you overcome and learn from difficult life events.” (Syndetics)

New Fiction Talking Books

This month’s picks take us from New York to California, and to the fantastical land of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Born of Fury.

Syndetics book coverThe snow queen / Michael Cunningham.
“Barrett Meeks, having lost love yet again, is walking through Central Park when he is inspired to look up; he sees a pale, translucent light that seems to regard him in a distinctly godlike way. At the same time, in Brooklyn, Tyler, Barrett’s older brother, a struggling musician, is trying to write a song for Beth, his wife-to-be, who is seriously ill. Barrett, haunted by the light, turns unexpectedly to religion, while Tyler grows increasingly convinced that only drugs can release his creative powers” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBorn of fury / Sherrilyn Kenyon.
“Hauk, one of the fiercest Andarion warriors ever born. Sumi is the best assassin the League has ever trained. When she is assigned Hauk as her target, Sumi is sure of her quick and easy success. However, things are never that easy and Hauk is far more skilled than the League thought. But she has her own enemies hunting her down and suddenly Sumi’s only chance for survival is to place her trust in the man she was sent to kill but is he just playing a game that could send Sumi to her grave?” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDelicious! [sound recording] / Ruth Reichl.
“Billie Breslin has traveled far from her California home to take a job at Delicious, the most iconic food magazine in New York and, thus, the world. When the publication is suddenly shut down, the colorful staff, who have become an extended family for Billie, must pick up their lives and move on. Not Billie, though. She is offered a new job: staying behind in the magazine’s deserted downtown mansion offices to uphold the Delicious Guarantee, a public relations hotline for complaints and recipes.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

New Travel books for April

There are books of many different travel experiences this month, and with the 25th April coming up, our first choice is a study and guide to visiting Gallipoli.
There are two books which include visiting atolls, which mentions the possibility that one of these atolls may soon be flooded, one about the High Line in New York City, one about the peoples of Israel and Palestine, and many more!

Syndetics book coverGallipoli – 100 years : a comprehensive study and guide to visiting / Michael John Mathews.
“The comprehensive ‘one-stop shop’ to Gallipoli covering all aspects of the campaign and a guide to getting around. Low level aerial colour photographs, detailed colour maps and diagrams. Profile of military leaders, events leading to, submarines, aircraft, conditions, casualties, the three battlefield theatres and engagements in detail-Anzac, Helles, Suvla. Time line, VCs, six walks or challenges, measured guide covering all points of interest, how to get there, where to stay, being there.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverOn the high line : exploring America’s most original urban park / by Annik La Farge ; preface, additional text, and photographs, Rick Darke ; principal photography, Scott Mlyn, Juan Valentin ; art direction and design, Lorraine Ferguson.
“…When the High Line opened in 2009 it was expected to attract around 300,000 visitors a year. In 2013, more than four million came. A survey by Travel & Leisure ranked it #10 on a list of the world’s most popular landmarks. On the High Line, first published in 2012, is an engaging guide to everything a visitor sees when strolling through the park: the innovative gardens and their thousands of native and exotic plant species; the architecture, both old and new, industrial and residential; and a neighborhood whose colorful history includes the birth of the railroad, the Manhattan Project, S&M clubs, and the legendary Tenth Avenue Cowboy.” (adapted from Amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverBetween river and sea : encounters in Israel and Palestine / Dervla Murphy.
“…Dervla Murphy describes with passionate honesty the experience of living with and among Jewish Israelis and Palestinians in both Israel and Palestine. In cramped Haifa high-rises, in homes in the settlements and in a refugee camp on the West Bank, she talks with whomever she meets… Meeting the wise, the foolish and the frankly deluded, she gradually knits together a picture of the patchwork that constitutes both sides of the divide – Hamas and Fatah, rural and urban, refugee, indigenous inhabitant, Russian, Black Hebrew and Kabbalist to name but a fraction…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover#Followmeto : a journey around the world through the eyes of two ordinary travelers / Murad Osmann & Natalia Zakharova.
“The Follow Me project was created in 2012 based on the concept of showing the beauty and uniqueness of different locations around the world. It is a story told through the eyes of two ordinary travelers who attempt to portray local lifestyles and narratives by means of photography. Since the project’s launch on Instagram, it has become a worldwide Internet sensation, emerging as a leading news feature and gathering millions of views on social media and the news sites that covered it. In each stunning image, photographer Murad Osmann is led to a new location by his girlfriend, Nataly Zakharova.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMons : European capital of culture / Antony Mason.
“It’s no surprise that Mons was selected as a Europeoan Capital of Culture for 2015. The small, historic city, home to four UNESCO-listed treasures and within a short drive of four others, is the perfect short-stay destination. Wander through the streets of the old town, take a break in the Parc du Waux-Hall, and enjoy the new museums and art galleries being developed to celebrate Mons as European Capital of Culture” (Book jacket)

Syndetics book coverWeeds in the garden of eden / Barbara Unkovic.
“In 2005, author Barbara Unkovi visited Croatia where members of her family had been living for the last seven generations. On the island of Kor ula, the original home of her father’s family, she discovered her soul and began a new life in a peaceful, unspoiled paradise on the edge of the Adriatic Sea. Weeds in the Garden of Eden is a rich, absorbing account of her purchase of a 200 year old, uninhabited stone house in the timeless village of Ra i e; seasonal life amongst the lush vineyards and olive groves and her encounters with the tainted Croatian bureaucratic system… However, things are not always as romantic as they seem in the small traditional Croatian fishing village. Interfamilial feuds, superstition and long memories all create currents of unrest in this apparent paradise.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGatecrashing paradise : misadventures in the real Maldives / Tom Chesshyre.
“To many the Maldives not only symbolises “paradise”, but is paradise. It’s the dream destination: turquoise waters, white sands, palm trees, cocktails. Eyeing the drizzle through his office window one lunchtime, Tom Chesshyre impulsively bought a plane ticket. He had no hotel bookings, a long break from work, and a sense of “what the hell”. What better place to escape to than paradise? …he wanted to see the real Maldives… Until recently outsiders were banned from islands not officially endorsed as “tourist resorts”. But now 1,000 sandy shores had opened up in the Indian Ocean. Tom travels in a giant circle 600 miles around the many islands and atolls of the remote nation – the flattest on Earth – taking him to communities that haven’t seen an outsider for decades…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBritain from the rails : a window gazer’s guide / Benedict le Vay.
“A quirky and fascinating guide to Britain’s railways, Bradt’s Britain from the Rails is perfect not only as an entertaining armchair read but as a handy guidebook to help readers explore the country at a slower, more personal pace. This expanded and updated second edition has an attractive fresh design, clear maps and a new section on ‘Britain’s Secret Railways’. Full of fascinating titbits, weird accidents and odd characters, it is a thorough and humorous collection perfect for commuters and local history fans alike.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAround the world in 50 years : my adventure to every country on earth / Albert Podell.
“Podell first set his mind on traveling the world in 1964, when he quit his job at Argosy magazine and gave up his life as a bachelor in NYC… Invigorated by all the sights, experiences, and drama, Podell set his sights higher: to visit every country in the world before he dies. In this lively travelogue, Podell proves himself a worthy raconteur as he recounts his adventures… and visits the Pacific island of Tuvalu, a major arsenal during WWII that is all but abandoned and “will be the first country to disappear under the waves of the rising ocean.” Rounded out with the author’s frank advice for fellow travellers… as well as his solemn observations that climate change is very real and that “if the work ethic I observed in the Western world continues to weaken… we are history.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNepal trekking and the Great Himalaya Trail : a route & planning guide / Robin Boustead.
“With extensive sections to help choose a trekking region, this is a route and planning guide for anyone organising a trekking holiday in Nepal. It includes the most popular routes as well as the newest trekking areas plus the most extreme route of all, the 160-day Great Himalaya Trail. There are route guides to the following regions: Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Rolwaling, Solu-Khumbu (Everest Region), Helambu & Langtang, Ganesh & Manaslu, Annapurna, Naar & Phu, Mustang, Dolpo, The Far West.” (Syndetics summary)

German novelist Gunter Grass dies

Syndetics book coverNobel Prize winning author Gunter Grass has died aged 87. A controversial writer, playwright and poet, he was also an accomplished sculptor and artist. His best known novel was his first published in 1962 titled The Tin Drum related the history of Germany during the first part of the 20th century, through the life of boy who refuses to grow up. This novel was adapted into an award winning film in 1979. Crabwalk, published in 2002 was his last novel.

The New Zealand Collection Presents: The Week in History 12th – 18th April

New Zealand’s first parliamentary elections were held in 1853, although at that time not everyone had the right to vote. This week’s selected topic comes from the Today in History page at nzhistory.net.nz. The New Zealand Collection is located on the second floor of The Central Library. Each week we feature topics in the This Week in History display in the NZ Collection and using available databases and the library collections to illustrate and provide additional information. This week the first of a two part blog as we remember the first Māori MPs elected to Parliament. Next week will highlight the historic alliance made in 1936 between Rātana and the Labour Party that was to greatly influence the Māori seats, but first 1868, and the establishment of the first four Māori seats.

April 1868 The First Māori MPs Elected to Parliament

Four Māori seats in the House of Representatives were established in 1867, initially for a period of five years. The innovation was in some part a recognition of Māori support for the Crown during the New Zealand Wars but also politically motivated as the Māori seats also served as a counterweight to new seats that had been created on the South Island goldfields. You can read the Māori Representation Act here at the Early New Zealand Statutes site by The University of Auckland Library.

Nomination day in all four Māori seats was on the 15 April. Frederick Nene Russell (Northern Maori) and Mete Kīngi Paetahi (Western Maori) were elected unopposed. In Eastern Maori there were two candidates and Tareha Te Moananui was elected after a show of hands. In Southern Maori there were three candidates and a poll was demanded. Held in June, this resulted in the election of John Patterson. From the Electoral Commission New Zealand website you can read more of the history of the Māori Seats and MPs here.

Mete Kīngi Paetahi
Mundy, Daniel Louis, 1826?-1881. Mundy, Daniel Louis (Christchurch) fl 1858-1875 :Portrait of Metekingi Paetahi. Ref: PA2-1176. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22876136
In the 1870s Hōri Kerei Taiaroa, the member for Southern Maori, argued unsuccessfully for an increase in the number of Maori electoral districts to five or even seven. He did succeed in getting legislation passed in 1876 that made the seats permanent unless they were abolished by legislation.
Hōri Kerei Taiaroa
Hori Kerei Taiaroa. General Assembly Library :Parliamentary portraits. Ref: 35mm-00131-e-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22864517
In 1986, the Royal Commission suggested that under MMP Māori would no longer need the Māori seats but it was argued against and as a result of the reforms that were introduced following the commission, the Māori seats survived. The number of seats would now increase or decrease according to the results (population numbers) of the regular Māori electoral option”. As a result in 1996 before the first MMP election, the number of Māori seats increased to five, the first increase in 129 years. In 2002, it went up to seven. There is a map on the Te Ara website that shows the boundaries of the Māori seats over the years here.
Whare Pooti
Front view of a meeting house at Te Whaiti showing Maori carving around the porch. A sign in the window reads ‘Polling Booth Whare Pooti’. Circa 1930′s
Meeting house at Te Whaiti. Original photographic prints and postcards from file print collection, Box 1. Ref: PAColl-5471-013. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22524369

To read a variety of opinions about Māori parliamentary seats I conducted a search using an index found on the library Gateway page here. You can find Index New Zealand in the drop-down menu and once you log on using your library card a search for ‘Māori Seats’ will give you a list of articles from Newspapers and magazines. You can filter the search if you just want journal articles and with this I found some interesting articles from Mana Magazine, New Zealand Geographic, The Listener, The Journal of New Zealand Studies and others. You can search for the journals held by the library on our catalogue and what years we hold. If you are looking for older copies that are no longer on the open shelves they can be retrieved for you from the magazine stack accessed from the 2nd floor. For example we have copies of Mana Magazine dating back to the first issue in 1993.

You can also research many of these early Māori politicians on the libraries Tāngata Māori Database. This comprises a collection of articles on Māori people covering the years 1930 to the present day, many of them taken from the Dominion and Evening Post newspapers. The core of the material once formed the biographies file of the New Zealand vertical file collection. Ask at the second floor enquiry desk for help with this database or to locate the articles you find.

The New Zealand Collection holds a number of biographies of some of the early Māori MPs such as;

Apirana Ngata : e tipu e rea / Michael King.

Syndetics book coverWiremu Pere : the life and times of a Maori leader, 1873-1915 / Joseph Anaru Te Kani Pere and others.
“Wiremu Pere (Wi Pere) lived from 1837 to 1915, leading his tribes of Rongowhakaata and Te Aitanga a Mahaki through some of the most turbulent chapters of New Zealand history. He stood resolute against colonialism and entered parliament to stand up for his East Coast people, yet was astute in his business dealings and was compromised in the views of many Pakeha and Maori. This handsome book, illustrated with numerous photographs, whakapapa and maps, sets out the many sides Wi Pere’s life and times with a particular focus on his family life, parliamentary career and contributions to the East Coast.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNgapua : the political life of Hone Heke Ngapua, MHR / Paul Moon. “Hone Heke Ngapua (1869-1909) was one of the foremost Maori leaders of the past two centuries. He received enormous recognition as an MP, working alongside Carroll, Ngata, and Seddon, and emerged as the country’s first pan-tribal Maori leader. Paul Moon’s long-awaited first biography of Ngapua is as absorbing as the man himself, and fills a vital gap in the country’s history – especially its Maori history – in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

You will also find useful material about Māori in relation to government, treaty and leadership.

Syndetics book coverMāori and Parliament : diverse strategies and compromises / edited by Maria Bargh. “Maori and Parliament provides a comprehensive and enlightening context for understanding both the historical and contemporary relationship between Maori and Parliament and highlights many of the issues which would arise in any discussion of New Zealand constitutional reform. Maori and Parliament is a collection of nineteen presentations and papers from twenty-one academics, political commentators and current and former parliamentarians and is the result of the Maori and Parliament conference held at Parliament in May 2009.” (Syndetics summary)

To honour the treaty : the argument for equal seats/ by Simon Reeves.

Māori seats and constituencies and local authorities / Pita Rikys.

Syndetics book coverEffective Māori representation in Parliament : working towards a national sustainable development strategy / [author, Wendy McGuinness]. “Prepared by The Sustainable Future Institute, as part of Project 2058.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Treaty of Waitangi companion : Māori and Pākehā̄̄ from Tasman to today / edited by Vincent O’Malley, Bruce Stirling and Wally Penetito.
“Since the Treaty of Waitangi was signed by Maori chiefs and Governor Hobson in 1840 it has become the defining document in New Zealand history. From the New Zealand Wars to the 1975 Land March, from the Kingitanga to the Waitangi Tribunal, from Captain Cook to Hone Harawira, The Treaty of Waitangi Companion tells the story of the Treaty and Maori and Pakeha relations through the many voices of those who made this country’s history.Sourced from government publications and newspapers, letters and diaries, poems, paintings and cartoons, the Companion brings to life the long history of debates about the Treaty and life in Aotearoa.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSpeeches that shaped New Zealand : 1814-1956 / Hugh Templeton, Ian Templeton & Josh Easby.
“A collection of historically significant speeches by those who helped lead the development of New Zealand as a nation between 1814 and 1956.” (Publisherinformation)

Syndetics book coverThe spirit of Māori leadership / Selwyn Katene.
“Explores what leadership is, discusses different models and styles of Māori leadership, describes the qualities and approaches of Māori leaders and, using this knowledge, looks at the attributes and styles needed in future leaders. The book provides insights into and analysis of traditional and contemporary models of Māori leadership. From this, it identifies three connected themes: understanding what makes a good leader, the importance of people and relationships, and the need to formulate a strategic plan and examines four leadership models: transactional, charismatic, transformational and organic.” (Publisher information)

Parenting Recent Picks for April

This month’s recent picks (accidentally) include two hot topics.  Firstly, a handful of new books on sleep – which is certainly a subject many new parents are obsessed with! – so you can read up on all the new theories about how to finally get that baby to sleep.  Secondly, and at the other end of the spectrum, teenagers – a few new interesting titles on the challenge of parenting adolescents.  Along with the usual assortment of great new books, I’m sure you’ll find something to enjoy!  Also don’t forget to check out our wonderful magazine database Zinio.  At the beginning of March we added two new parenting magazines – Practical Parenting and Prima Baby.  Zinio provides access to the very latest magazines for free and they can be downloaded onto your computer, tablet or smartphone.  (You can learn more about it here).

And one more thing – due to the popularity of Baby Rock and Rhyme, the Central Library will adding another session time for parents, caregivers, little ones and babies. The new sessions will run on Thursdays at 2pm, starting from the 23rd of April. We look forward to seeing you there!

New Books of Interest

Syndetics book coverThe good sleeper : the essential guide to sleep for your baby–and you / Janet Krone Kennedy, PhD.
“A refreshingly straightforward method for training infants to become great sleepers for life, inspired by clinical psychologist Janet Kennedy’s popular psychotherapy practice, NYC Sleep Doctor.  For something so important, there’s too much conflicting information about how best to get your baby to sleep through the night and nap successfully during the day. This book is a straightforward, no-nonsense answer to one of the biggest challenges new parents face when they welcome a brand new baby home. Reassuring and easy to understand, Dr. Kennedy addresses head-on the fears and misinformation about the long-term effects of crying and takes a bold stand on controversial issues such as co-sleeping and attachment parenting”. (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe happy sleeper : the science-backed guide to helping your baby get a good night’s sleep–newborn to school age / Heather Turgeon, MFT, and Julie Wright, MFT 
“Many parents feel pressured to “train” babies and young children to sleep but kids don’t need to be trained to sleep, they’re built to sleep. Sleep issues arise when parents (with the best of intentions) over-help or “helicopter parent” at night–overshadowing their baby’s innate biological ability to sleep well. In The Happy Sleeper child sleep experts Heather Turgeon and Julie Wright show parents how to be sensitive and nurturing, but also clear and structured so that babies and young children develop the self-soothing skills they need.”  (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSweet sleep : nighttime and naptime strategies for the breastfeeding family / Diane Wiessinger, Diana West, Linda J. Smith, and Teresa Pitman.
“Sweet Sleep is the first and most complete book on nights and naps for breastfeeding families. It’s mother-wisdom, reassurance, and a how-to guide for making sane and safe decisions on how and where your family sleeps, backed by the latest research. It’s 4 A.M. You’ve nursed your baby five times throughout the night. You’re beyond exhausted. But where can you breastfeed safely when you might fall asleep? You’ve heard that your bed is dangerous for babies. Or is it? Is there a way to reduce the risk? Does life really have to be this hard? No, it doesn’t. Sweet Sleep is within reach. This invaluable resource will help you.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverChasing ideas : the fun of freeing your child’s imagination / Christine Durham.
“In this beautiful new edition of Chasing Ideas, Christine Durham shows how to help children be better, brighter thinkers. She encourages parents and teachers to discover the joys of discussing ideas with children and provides ways to show children aged 3 to 15 how to explore ideas, think, judge, make decisions and communicate more effectively – all important life skills for them to take into adulthood. This imaginative book helps adults and children to enjoy playing with ideas. Christine’s treasure trove of techniques, tips and activities will help children: Let their imaginations fly!” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverParenting your powerful child : bringing an end to the everyday battles / Dr. Kevin Leman.
“Powerful kids don’t just happen. They’re created. Whether loud and temperamental, quiet and sensitive, or stubborn and manipulative, powerful children can make living with them a challenge. But it doesn’t have to be that way.  “New York Times” bestselling author Dr. Kevin Leman offers a fail-safe action plan for redirecting power surges into positive traits that will prepare the powerful child for a successful, happy, productive adult life.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGratitude : a positive new approach to raising thankful kids / Dannielle Miller, B.Ed. with Vanessa Mickan.
“Do you want to teach your children how they can focus more on what they are thankful for, and less on the negatives in their lives? Children are not always very good at saying thank you or feeling grateful. That is because none of us is born understanding gratitude – we have to learn and develop it.  Gratitude is packed with practical, common-sense tips and hints that have been shown to work. It offers a positive new approach to nurturing thankfulness in children by making gratitude an everyday habit of family life.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLove in the time of contempt : consolations for parents of teenagers / Joanne Fedler.
“When it comes to teenagers, truth is way scarier than fiction. Joanne Fedler draws upon her own current experiences as the parent of two teenagers, as well as interviews with other parents of teenagers to explore some of the numerous issues that one confronts as a parent of a teenager. In Love in the Time of Contempt, she skilfully guides us through the myriad of issues that come before you – from their changing, developing bodies, drinking and drugs, sex, friendships, appearance, relationships within the family, attitudes and ethics, schooling and authority and more.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTeenagers 101 : what a top teacher wishes you knew about helping your kid succeed / Rebecca Deurlein, Ed.D.
“As a parent, you want to see your teen succeed in school and in life – and you do your best to help. But how do you know what will make a difference? In Teenagers 101 , veteran high school teacher Rebecca Deurlein examines how we can support our teens as they cope with the challenges of the modern world. In an age of instant gratification, how do they learn to work hard? How do they become self-reliant when Mom and Dad are quick to step in? How do they make the transition from kids to adults?” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Parenting yadults : how to set up your young adult for independence and success in life / Yvonne Godfrey.
“Is your young adult equipped to make it in the real world? This book contains the tools to ramp up your final parenting years, guaranteeing your 16-24 year old yadult enters adulthood confident, capable and motivated. Whether you’re in crisis mode, or things just need a little fine-tuning, you’ll discover: Simple, easy ideas to inspire your yadult to be self-motivated – instead of nagging. How to impart the right values without your yadult rolling their eyes at you. Why your parenting style may not be working and how to make a fast breakthrough. Foolproof ways to give your yadult the winning edge to get the job they want. Practical solutions to solving conflict and building a healthy relationship. How to outsmart your yadult’s weird, aggro or dysfunctional behaviour. How to guarantee family harmony using a contract that everyone will want to sign. The dangers of over-parenting – when helping could be hurting. Clever ways to protect your retirement fund and preserve your kids inheritance. How to know the right time for your yadult to leave the nest.” (Publisher description)

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