Join us for the launch of Homeless: Poems by John Howell

It is with much pleasure that Wellington City Libraries will be hosting the launch of Homeless, poems by John Howell on Tuesday 10th October at 5pm in the Central Library, Victoria Street. John is graciously donating all profits from the sales of this publication to Te Hāpai, DCM.
The Nota Bene choir and musicians from the DCM will be performing.
Homeless has been published by Mākaro Press and can be borrowed from Wellington City Libraries, or purchased online at or by email from

An interview with John and more information about the event can be read via the Dominion Post online. We do hope you can join us for this exciting event.

Homeless book launch

No Kidding Book Launch – Monday 9 March 6pm

Syndetics book cover We are pleased to welcome to the Central Library Wellingtonian born and bred author Yvette Adams, now living in Australia. Recipient of numerous awards including winning ICT Woman of the Year for Australia in 2013, Yvette  is now launching her second book No kidding! : why our kids know more about technology than us and what we can do about it, receiving overwhelming interest in Australia.

“Your kids know way more about technology than you, and it’s time you did something about it. Today’s kids are intuitively able to use every device, app, game and social network handed to them. Just give a tablet or a smartphone to a toddler and watch what happens. But as life speeds up, and we are busier than ever being good parents the technological gap between parents and kids seems to grow exponentially. We expect the Government and the education system to do something about it, the fact is, kids desperately need their parents to understand the technology they are using and to embrace the technology themselves. There is no point in fighting technology or ignoring it. This book is aimed at helping you get started with technology and to understand how it can actually help, and not hinder your family life through many practical applications. It will also serve as a valuable resource to teachers, career advisors, grandparents and other influencers of children who realise the world is changing and are prepared to step up and do something about it. Written by Yvette Adams, a mother of two, who never thought in a million years she’d work in IT, she now gets a real kick out of helping people fall in love with technology too.” (Syndetics)

Join us on Monday 9 March from 6pm at the Central Library to discuss this fascinating subject.
Refreshments will be served and we ask you to register your intention to attend here: It is totally FREE.

More about the Author:
yvette_adams_1354759125_68Yvette Adams is a serial entrepreneur and proud mother of two children aged 8 & 11 years.
Around being a busy mum, since the birth of her second child in 2007, Yvette has built a thriving business from home, and now has several staff, 30 contractors and 5 trainers, and operates out of a commercial warehouse she owns in Maroochydore, Queensland.
The Creative Collective is a creative services and training agency that helps people achieve online success through the building of websites and digital marketing strategies as well as an extensive array of online and offline training; and having assisted thousands of small businesses across Australia, she is now looking to help the millions of parents struggling to understand the impact technology is having on their families lives, and how to embrace it, not fear it.
A multi-award winning business woman, in just her first year of business Yvette won the Queensland Small Business Champions Young Entrepreneur award and has since gone on to win or be a finalist in numerous other local, regional and national business awards including winning the Commonwealth Business Owner of the Year at the Telstra Business Women’s Awards in 2010 (Queensland and the Employer of Choice and the Entrepreneurial Award at the Women in Technology Awards 2012. In 2013 she was recognised as ICT Woman of the Year at the National iAwards.

She is regularly called on by the media as a spokesperson and for commentary and writes regular columns for a range of publications and has a blog, which can be read at


He Hononga : the launching of “Once were Pacific” by Alice Te Punga-Somerville

Last Thursday I headed across to Waiwhetu Marae, to attend a new phenomenon – a “launch without a book”.

Alice’s book – “Once were Pacific : Māori connections to Oceania” has already sold out both here in New Zealand and also in Australia. What an achievement, Alice!

However, all is not lost – come to Wellington City Libraries – hooray – we have two copies, but only one for lending.

A large crowd of Te Punga whānau renewed their turangawaewae, friends, whānau, fellow-workers from Victoria University, and students of Alice came to support and farewell her, and right there in the mix was a group of overseas students (passers-by who came to experience a ‘marae visit”).

Ka nui ngā mihi atu ki te hau kāinga mō te pō whakangahau. – he kahurangi nō mātou a Alice, hei uri o tēnei marae.

So we gathered to tautoko Alice and her overview of indigenous literature –“ texts of poetry, fiction, theatre, film and music” , alongside “instances of performance, journalism and scholarship” (back cover), which build on the connections of Māori as indigenous people, not only to the land, but, also (here’s a new thought) to the sea – the Pacific Ocean, and hence the connections to the Pacific people, both overseas, and in New Zealand.

(Aha – note that subtle play on words – “Once were Pacific” v. “Once were warriors”).

It was fitting that Tupaia has a place in this book.  It was he who guided Captain Cook to the Pacific Ocean for the Transit of Venus, in 1769, and became a unique interface – a Pacific connection –between Māori and European.

Included in this book are Pacific-based writers such as Vernice Wineera, and Evelyn Patuawa-Nathan, and Aotearoa-based works, writers, collaborations and connections with – Whale Rider, Hinewirangi, Ihimaera, Chantal Spitz, Apirana Taylor, Patricia Grace, Karlo Mila, Alistair Campbell, Rongo (newspaper), concepts of Nesians, Polynation.

On the night of the launch, strands of hononga, resting safely in the skilful hands of Rawinia Higgins and Hugh Karena were extended by the skilful kōrero of Rachel Buchanan and Alice, herself.

Aspects of Alice’s strong personality were revealed in kōrero from Lydia Weavers, the Mafileo boys brought us to attention with a passionate haka, Megan, sister of Alice, read a taster from the book, and Michel Tuffrey described his artwork on the cover.

I was swept along on Alice’s journey, and sorry when she eventually finished her presentation, but wish her well as she departs (shortly) in the footsteps of (“Na to hoa aroha”) Peter Buck, across the Pacific to the University of Hawai’i, Manoa.

Go well, Alice.

Whaia e koe ki te iti kahurangi : ki te tuohu koe, me maunga teitei

Seek the treasure you value most dearly : if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain.

Ann Reweti


(Photographs by Nick Sevian)

Double Book Launch

Wellington City Library is pleased to host at 5.30 p.m. on Thursday 27th October 2011, the launch of two new poetry publications by Wellington poets.

Syndetics book coverMen Briefly Explained by Tim Jones is his third volume of poetry. He has also published two books of short stories and was an editor of Voyages: science fiction poetry from New Zealand, an anthology successfully launched last year, again hosted by Wellington Central Library.

cover imageTongues of Ash by Keith Westwater was the winner of the Interactive Publishers award for First Book. He is a freelance writer, whose clients include the Earthquake Commission, The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand and other Government ministries.

“Beyond the Dark Journey” launch – meet the authors

book coverCome along and meet some of the authors of the new book  Beyond the Dark Journey. In this book eight young people, all former refugees, share their stories not just about their journey here but also their experiences of settling into Aotearoa New Zealand. A special and extra feature is the addition of poems composed by the same writers. This book is dedicated to the courage of all refugees who live in New Zealand – for their suffering and displacement from their homeland.

After the reading, there will be copies available to borrow from our library collection, and order forms if you want to purchase your own copy ($25).

This event is proudly hosted by Wellington Refugees as Survivors and Wellington City Libraries.  All welcome!

Where: Central Library
When: Wednesday 16 March 6-7pm