Tuī and Pūngāwerewere desperately need names and we think that you are the best people to name them. We would love you to come up with some great names. So when you’re in your local library this week getting some books to read, come up to the counter and we’ll write down your suggestions, along with your name and a contact number and put you in the draw to win prizes! The competition close this Rātapu (Sunday) the 17th of Mahuru (September)so be quick and next week we’ll let you know who the lucky winners are. Ka kite anō!
Kia ora koutou – next week is a great reason to come in and explore the library’s te Reo collection. Māori Language Week 11 – 17 September has some fantastic events kicking off with the Wellington parade from the Cenotaph to the Central Library – well the Civic Square, but we are practically the same place.
Celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo at your library by making a zine about your pepeha; who you are and where you come from. You will go home with a te Reo introduction you can use again and again.
Come to one of our free workshops:
Wednesday 13th September, 3:15-4:00pm at Ruth Gotlieb, Kilbirnie Library
Thursday 14th September, 3:30-4:30pm at Island Bay Library
Saturday 16 September 10 – 11am at Wellington Central Library
All materials are provided, just bring your creativity and curiosity. All rangatahi and whanau welcome.
Nau mai, haere mai!
Can’t get enough of the movie, Moana! Well, brace yourselves a special edition of Moana, (Moana Reo Maori) returns to movie theatres… again, completely redubbed in Te Reo!
To celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo – Maori Language Week (11th to 17th of September) there will be free screenings of the film, Moana in Te Reo Maori at cinemas in Wellington during the weekend of the 16th and 17th of September.
Check out screening times at:
A great event to bring the whole family to enjoy a Disney Classic and learn, or brush up on your Te Reo Māori.
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. I’m sure many of you have already been reading some of the finalists along with getting clips on your HELL Pizza Wheels!
The day starts with 3 fantabulous 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: “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!
Come along and join in our special storytime to celebrate Matariki at Johnsonville Library this Friday 23 June at 6pm.
Liz will be sharing stories, musical instruments and songs in this interactive session that celebrates this special time of the year.
This is a free session for children up to 10 years and will run for about 30 minutes.
As the nights draw in and the days get shorter it’s time to snuggle up and share stories with friends and family. Step back in time and discover the myths and legends of long ago that helped shape Aotearoa. Listen to the legends of Matariki and how those stars came into being so that next time you look up at the night sky it will have a whole new meaning for you.
This is the time to celebrate the Māori New Year and we would love you to join us for a special Matariki story time. Come and write a wish on a star and hang it up for the New Year – wishes for your family, peace in the World or your best friend. What’s your wish going to be?
Star Wishes from the 19th – 30th of June at Wellington City Libraries
Matariki Story Times:
Tawa: 1st June 6pm
Brooklyn: 19th June at 6pm
Central: 21st June 6pm
Kilbirnie: 22nd June 6pm
Johnsonville 23rd June 6pm
Khandallah: 29th June 6pm
Keep looking at the blog for more about Matariki!
Kia ora tamariki! That means ‘hello kids’! This week in Aoteroa New Zealand we celebrate a very special event that doesn’t happen anywhere else in the world: Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, Māori Language Week.
When English speakers began arriving in New Zealand over 200 years ago, Māori was the main language spoken, and many settlers had to learn te reo so that they could trade with the Māori people.
However, as more Pākehā (white skinned) came to our country and Māori people learned to speak in English, te reo was used less and less.
At school, Māori children were often encouraged to speak in English only, and some were even punished for speaking in their native tongue.
By the mid-late 1900s (about 50 years ago), very few New Zealanders were able to speak fluent te reo, and people became concerned that the Māori language was dying out.
As a result of this, te reo Māori was recognised as an official language of New Zealand in 1987, and Māori Language Week was started the same year to help promote the language and encourage the use of te reo Māori in everyday life.
Nowadays, te reo is a well known aspect of Māori culture and an important part of New Zealand’s history. It is taught in schools and kindergartens, and children can even go to special schools called Kura Kaupapa that only speak in te reo.
The use of Māori words in everyday life is also much more common, and you have probably seen signs in te reo around your local community, at the library and at school.
But even though we have made some really great improvements over the last 30 years, we still have a long way to go. You can do your bit by using te reo this week.
Here is a useful phrase to get you started:
Q. ‘Kei te pehea koe?’ (How are you?)
A. ‘Kei te pai!’ (I am good) ……….Or you might also be ‘harikoa’ (happy), ‘pouri’ (sad) or ‘hemokai’ (hungry).
Check out our Māori language books on the library catalogue!
Matariki, the Māori New Year, means ‘tiny eyes’ or ‘eyes of god’ and is celebrated in June when a small group of stars called Pleiades rises above the horizon, bringing the old year to a close and starting a new year.
According to myth, when Ranginui, the sky father, and Papatūānuku, the earth mother, were separated by their children, the god of the winds, Tāwhirimātea, became so angry that he tore out his eyes and threw them into the heavens.
Various Māori tribes celebrated Matariki at different times. Some held festivities when Matariki was first seen in the dawn sky; others celebrated after the full moon rose or at the beginning of the next new moon. The full moon was celebrated in Wellington on June 6 this year, making the start of Matariki.
Matariki is celebrated for the rest of month, and different tribes and Iwi celebrate the New Year in a variety of different ways. Traditionally, Matariki was a time to finish storing food for the winter, weave new clothing and baskets, listen to the stories of our ancestors, and learn about the natural world.
Nowadays, New Zealanders are more likely to get together with family and friends, talk about Māori myths and culture, look at the stars through telescopes, and watch kapa haka performances.
You can find out about Matariki events in Wellington at the Matariki Wellington website.
Pirates, orcas and penguins leap from the pages of the 22 books picked as finalists in the 2015 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
2015 is the 25th year of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, and the judges have just announced a great line up of finalists. These are the best books written by New Zealanders in the last year, so best you go and grab them off the library shelves.
Do you want to help choose the winners in the NZ Children’s Book Awards? Be part of the Children’s Choice voting and have your chance to vote for the NZ books you think are the best.
Construction by Sally Sutton and Brian Lovelock
I Am Not a Worm by Scott Tulloch
Jim’s Letters by Glyn Harper and Jenny Cooper
Keys by Sacha Cotter and Joshua Morgan
Little Red Riding Hood . . . Not Quite by Yvonne Morrison and Donovan Bixley
Ghoulish Get-Ups: How to Create Your Own Freaky Costumes by Fifi Colston
Māori Art for Kids by Julie Noanoa and Norm Heke
Mōtītī Blue and the Oil Spill by Debbie McCauley
The Book of Hat by Harriet Rowland
Under the Ocean: explore & discover New Zealand’s sea life by Gillian Candler and Ned Barraud
Conrad Cooper’s Last Stand by Leonie Agnew
Dragon Knight: Fire! by Kyle Mewburn and Donovan Bixley
Monkey Boy by Donovan Bixley
The Island of Lost Horses by Stacy Gregg
The Pirates and the Nightmaker by James Norcliffe
I Am Rebecca by Fleur Beale
Night Vision by Ella West
Recon Team Angel: Vengeance by Brian Falkner
Singing Home the Whale by Mandy Hager
While We Run by Karen Healey
Hoiho Paku by Stephanie Thatcher
Ngā Ki by Sacha Cotter and Joshua Morgan (Translated by Kawata Teepa)
Did you know that Prince George will receive a copy of each of the winning books? He’s going to have an amazing collection of great NZ books!
The winners will be announced on the evening of Thursday, 13 August at Government House in Wellington.