Election Day Voting

Saturday 23 September is election day – and if you’re coming to Central Library to pick up your weekend reading, listening or viewing you can vote at the same time!
The polling booth in the Mezzanine Room closes at 7pm – Central Library closes at 5pm. If you’re not coming to Central today, there are many other polling booths around Wellington, visit the Electoral Commission website for details.

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Ballot box

Cast your vote at the library from 11th-22nd September

The New Zealand General Election is happening on Saturday 23 September – but you don’t need to wait until then to cast your vote. If you want to vote before election day, for any reason, you can. And if you haven’t enrolled yet, you can do that right up until Friday 22 September, and cast your vote at the same time.

From Monday 11 September, the following libraries have advance voting booths:

  • Central Library (Mezzanine Room)
  • Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library
  • Newtown Library
  • Miramar Library
  • Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library
  • Wadestown Library

These Wellington City Council-run community centres have advance voting:

  • Newlands Community Centre
  • Tawa Community Centre

Please visit the elections.org.nz website to check the hours that advanced voting operates, or to find out more information about this year’s general election.

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Ballot box

Law for Lunch: Enduring Powers of Attorney

Wondering if you need an Enduring Power of Attorney (‘EPOA’)?
Want to know what it does?

Come along at noon this Wednesday to a talk at the Johnsonville library to hear Julie and Graeme Withers of Withers Law and Sheila Reed from Age Concern discussing why having an ‘Enduring Power of Attorney’ is important, how to get one, and various ways to avoid any pitfalls.

All welcome, refreshments will be offered.

Law for Lunch: Money matters

National Poetry Day Celebrations this Friday

Syndetics book coverWellington City Libraries are pleased to be hosting Makaro Press poets celebrating National Poetry Day, this Friday 25th August at 1.00pm on the Ground floor of the Central Library.

Join us for this exciting event where 12 Wellington authors and poets will read from their work. Poets include: • Mary Cresswell • Lindsay Pope • Janis Freegard • Tim Jones • Harvey Molloy • Maggie Rainey-Smith • Keith Westwater • Pete Carter • Peter Stuart • Robyn Cooper • Helen Rickerby • Julie Hanify • Peter Rawnsley • Robin Peace • John Howell.

National Poetry Day is also being celebrated at Cummings Park Library, Ngaio with these two events:
Write and see: write poems responding to photos taken in our community, and see what others have written. Monday 14 – Monday 28 August.

Hear and read: on Friday 25th August, 7.30-9.30pm, come and hear poems by writers with connections to Ngaio and Crofton Downs, with Kerry Popplewell, Kate Spencer, John Howell, Janis Freegard, Carmen Downes and more. There will be an open mic and light refreshments.

More information on this annual event can be found at poetryday.co.nz

Feel Brave book event: Little Stories about Big Feelings

It’s hard to be brave sometimes as a child, and often as adults we forget what the world is like for children – shadows in the corners of rooms, strange noises, bullying at school, not being invited to a birthday party, no one to play with and the death of a grandparent are often part of their world. How do we help children as they confront these situations while growing up?

UK based NZ author Avril McDonald has come up with a wonderful series of books that follow the adventures of Wolfgang the wolf as he encounters these emotional situations. The Feel Brave book series is designed to help children understand their feelings and give them strategies and techniques they can use when feeling upset or anxious.

Avril McDonald, a former primary school teacher, is currently in New Zealand and has been touring schools with her books reading the stories and doing Feel Brave Wellbeing Workshops with the children. Discover the Feel Brave series for yourself when Avril comes to Wellington Central Library on Saturday the 26th of August. The Feel Brave books are officially for 4 – 7 year olds but all ages enjoy them. So come along and bring the children to this special Feel Brave event.

Where: Wellington Central Library
When: Saturday 26th of August, 10.30 – 11.30am

Law for Lunch at Newtown Library: WINZ Entitlements

If you’ve ever had issues with Work & Income, come to Newtown Library to listen to a lawyer and a benefit advisor, who will be discussing various tips on how to challenge their decisions and make sure you’re getting your full entitlements.

Come along this Wednesday 23rd August to hear Sarah Croskery-Hewitt a lawyer from Community Law and the Wellington Benefit Rights Service who will be presenting, discussing and explaining all these issues, offering accurate advice and answers to your questions.

All welcome, refreshments will be offered.

Credit and Debt – Law for Lunch this week

Come along to a seminar on Wednesday 16 August on the topic of credit and debt. Get the benefit of accurate legal information and practical advice and have the opportunity to ask your questions.

If you are:

  • Thinking of buying something on credit?
  • Worried you can’t keep up with your debts?
  • Would like to discuss your case with an expert?

This seminar is for you.

Our speakers, Kathryn Webb, from the Commerce Commission and Tim Barnett, from National Building Financial Capacity Charitable Trust,  will explain what to look out for when signing credit contracts and what to do if your debts are getting out of control.

All welcome! Refreshments will be offered.

This Monday, special pre-school storytimes and kids’ press conference!

All systems are go, down at Central Library on Monday the 14th of August as the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults kicks off with a day full of exciting events. These unique awards celebrate the wonderful writers and illustrators from Aotearoa who give us so many great books to read and help to shape our identity as a country.

The day starts with three fantastic storytime sessions featuring finalists from the Book Awards so come along to hear the stories being read by their very own authors and illustrators.

9.30am-11am: Storytime sessions 

9.30am: “My Grandpa is a Dinosaur” read by Richard Fairgray and “The Day the Costumes Stuck” read by Toby Morris. Both of these books are very funny and destined to become family favourites. What would you do if your Grandpa’s pants needed tail holes? Imagine if you couldn’t get your party costume off and your parents didn’t even notice!

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Earthquakes & Insurance – Law for Lunch is back this Wednesday

in this week’s session of the Law for Lunch series happening 12-1pm at the Central Library, Mr Boys, an insurance lawyer, will be talking about entitlements and claims processes after an earthquake disaster. Come along and hear an expert insurance lawyer discussing how EQC works, and what are the steps if you ever need to make a claim.

  • Learn your rights as a consumer and hear about the provisions of the Earthquake Commission Act.
  • What does EQCover provide to consumers after a major natural disaster? What do you do if your home is damaged?
  • Ask your questions about lodging an insurance claim – and how long do you have to wait before the damage is repaired?

it is a great opportunity to listen to an expert and hear useful tips on earthquake insurance. Refreshments will be offered. All welcome!

Law for Lunch – Equal Pay lunchtime talk

Are you facing tricky legal issues as an employee or employer? Do you have questions about your terms of employment, conditions of work and employment rights? This week’s session of Law for Lunch will have the answers to your questions.

We are pleased to have with us Steph Dyhrberg from Dyhrberg Drayton Employment Law, and John Ryall from E tū Union to present the topics.
Both have been involved in recent historic pay equity developments (John as Assistant National Secretary of the union representing aged care workers and Steph as counsel for the Coalition for Equal Value, Equal Pay).
They will be discussing the following:

The Equal Pay Act generally
Recent equal pay litigation
The equal pay settlement reached for care and support workers
Future issues these developments raise for equal pay claims.

Come along to the first session of Law for Lunch, on Wednesday, 2 August, at the ground floor of the Central Library to hear legal information from highly regarded experts in their field. All welcome!