Wahine Disaster – 53 Years Later

Wahine sinking in Wellington Harbour

Wahine sinking in Wellington Harbour. Dominion Post (Newspaper): Photographic negatives and prints of the Evening Post and Dominion newspapers. Ref: EP/1968/1647/14-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22327912

On the morning of 10 April 1968 one of New Zealand’s worst recorded storms hit Wellington. This storm produced freak winds of up to 230 km per hour around Cook Strait. The Christchurch–Wellington ferry Wahine was driven onto Barrett Reef, at the entrance to Wellington Harbour.

When the ship hit the reef, one of its propellors was knocked off and an engine was damaged. The Wahine could no longer be steered properly so it drifted into the harbour before leaning to starboard (nautical term for the right side of a ship). Because of the heavy list (another nautical term for a ship leaning dangerously in the water), only four of the eight lifeboats could be launched, and most of the inflatable life rafts flipped in the savage seas.

The Wahine finally capsized at 2.30 p.m. Most deaths occurred on the Eastbourne side of the harbour, where people were driven against sharp rocks by the waves. Of the 734 passengers and crew, 51 died that day, another died several weeks later and a 53rd victim died in 1990 from injuries sustained in the wreck.

It remains one of New Zealand’s worst maritime disasters, after the wreck of SS Penguin in 1905.


Want to know more?

Wellington City Libraries Heritage pages have got loads of info, photos and footage from that fateful day: https://wcl.govt.nz/heritage/wahine

Other useful sites are:

Many Answers

Museums Wellington

Christchurch City Libraries


Want to read all about it?

No safe harbour / Hill, David
“Stuart and his twin sister Sandra are coming home to Wellington on the ferry. Stuart knows he’ll enjoy the trip – he’s a good sailor. But it’s April 1968 and the ship is the Wahine. As the tragic events unwind Stuart and Sandra must battle to stay alive. A vivid and compelling picture of the Wahine’s last hours.” (Catalogue)

 

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Top 10 Children’s Comics Summer 2018

There are some fantastic new additions to some great comic series here in the library.  It’s great to see they have been so popular with readers over summer.

Bad Guys author Aaron Blabey is heading into the movie making business! Yes his award winning talents have caught the eye of DreamWorks Animation who have brought him along for the ride as executive director.  One of my favourites of his is The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon.  I know it sounds serious for a funny writer and illustrator of books but it’s good!

What was your favourite comic over the Summer? Let us know in the comments. In the meantime, here are the Top 10 most popular over summer:

  1. Garfield, by Jim Davis
  2. Big Nate, by Lincoln Pierce
  3. Amulet, by Kuzu Kibuishi
  4. Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz
  5. Smurfs, by Peyo
  6. Pokemon, by Hidenori Kusaka
  7. Tintin, by Herge
  8. The Bad Guys, by Aaron Blabey
  9. My little pony, by Ted Anderson
  10. Adventure time, by Ryan North

Top 10 Childrens eBooks October 2017

Did you know there is a Scottish version of the David Walliams book Mr Stink? Translated by Matthew Fitt it’s called Mr Mingin, so you can  decode the way they talk in Scotland.  Your brains are marvellous things and in a few paragraphs it will all start to make sense.  And you’ll have some great words to try out on your family and friends =)

  1. Harry Potter series, by J. K. Rowling
  2. Diary of a Minecraft Zombie, by Russell Robinson
  3. The Volcano of Fire: Geronimo Stilton and the Kingdom of Fantasy Series, by Geronimo Stilton
  4. Gangsta Granny, by David Walliams
  5. Mr Stink, by David Walliams
  6. The Boy In the Dress, by David Walliams
  7. Ghosts, by Raina Telgemeier
  8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid, by Jeff Kinney
  9. Warriors series, by Erin Hunter
  10. The Heroes of Olympus series, by Rick Riordan

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With the aid of Ghost Club, Angeline and Edgar must find out who the ghost is so they can help her. But first they have to convince their principal that kids can be ghost-catchers too, and they have to avoid Travis the bully, who is spying on them – causing trouble wherever they go.

 

New Non Fiction for August – Maths and Science from Usbourne, Science Crackers and many more series.

Having trouble with Maths and Science at school? Here are some new books that can help.

New Non Fiction on Mathematics:

The Usborne Illustrated Dictionary of Maths.

Mathematics is the study of the relationship between size, space and quantity using numbers and symbols. If you are struggling with maths at school, then this is the book for you. This book contains over 500 definitions of all the key terms and concepts; more than 300 useful illustrations and diagrams; over 100 worked examples; comprehensive cross-referencing and detailed index and internet links for recommended websites. This book covers all areas including arithmetic, algebra, fractions and measurement. The book is divided into four areas which covers sections on numbers; shape, space and measures; Algebra and handling data.

 

Maths Dictionary by Carol Vorderman.

Stuck on sums or multiplication? Need a hand with homework? Then this is the book for you. This book takes you through everything you need to know to get ahead in primary school maths. Read all about. Also check out by Carol Voderman,  

Easy Peasy Times Tables. This book takes you through basic times tables up to ten, with an owl calculator that lets you check all the answers. Good for younger children.

What is Maths by Tracey Steffora.

Want to know how you use maths in everyday life? This is the book for you. This is a fantastic picture book that introduces young children to the basic concepts in Maths and how maths is applied around the world. This book covers all basic areas of maths, including shapes, patterns, adding, subtracting and measuring. Also includes notes for parents and teachers. Recommended for a junior level.

Edgar Allan Poe’s Pie by J. Patrick Lewis

Poetry + Math = A tasty treat!

Like puzzles? Want to brush up on Maths, English and poetry at the same time? This is the book to read! Renowned poet, J. Patrick Lewis borrows themes from famous poems and flips them on their head to create humorous verses and riddles in a collection of math-based problem-solving parodies. The poems included by by famous poets including Edward Lear, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson and Edgar Allan Poe. This book do include all answers to the poem/math problem.) Information about all poets whose poems have been assembled in this book is also included.

New Non Fiction on Science from the Usbourne series:

What’s Chemistry all about by Alex Firth and Dr. Lisa Jane Gillespie.

What’s inside an atom? Which chemicals make us happy? Why does water change into steam? You will find all the answers to these questions in this new book from the Usbourne series. You will find out what chemistry is about; how it works, why chemistry is useful and a whole lot more! There is also lots of cool experiments to carry out. Recommended for a junior and intermediate level.

 

 

 

 

What’s Physics all about by  Kate Davies.

Why is the sky blue? How did the universe begin? Where does electricity come from? You will find all the answers to these questions in this new book from the Usbourne series. You will find out what physics is about; how it works, why physics is useful and a whole lot more! There is also lots of cool experiments to carry out. Recommended for a junior and intermediate level.

From the Science Crackers series:

Bubbling Biology by Steve Parker.

Why do some plants have flowers? What is the largest living thing? How fast can a shark swim? You will find all the answers to these questions in this new book from the Science Crackers series. You will find out how plants, animals, and microscopic organisms live, grow and survive. There is also lots of cool experiments to carry out.

Fizzing Physics by Steve Parker.

What shape is a magnetic field? How can you see with sound? How many colors are in a rainbow? You will find all the answers to these questions in this new book from the Science Crackers series.  Discover the incredible facts behind colour, sound and energy.

Awesome Astronomy by Raman Prinja.

How many stars are there? How can you talk to aliens? What happens when a start explodes? You will find all the answers to these questions in this new book from the Science Crackers series. Discover the incredible facts of how you can study the night sky and learn about its billions of stars and galaxies.

Kids’ Review by Samuel

39 Clues #1: The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan

Two orphans who think that they are nobodies, find out at their grandmother’s funeral that in their family name – Cahill – there lies more power and mystery than in any other. The power-source is scattered around the globe in a form of 39 clues(thus giving the series its name). Amy and Dan Cahill think they have what it takes to find the clues. Do they? Do you? This is the first book in the heart-racing and explosive 39 Clues series. 4 stars.

Review by Samuel of Karori

Kids’ Review by Samuel

Conspiracy 365 #1: January by Gabrielle Lord

Accused of shooting his uncle, and putting his younger sister into a coma, innocent teen fugitve Callum Ormond’s life is spinning out of control! Ever since his dad went to Ireland, bad things keep happening to Cal. Chased by two power hungry criminal gangs, sleeping in drains, and with only two friends whom he can rely on, Cal really knows what life is like on the run. A great book for reading ages 10-13. Peace Out. 5 stars.

Review by Samuel of Karori

Kids’ Review by Emily

Warriors Book #1: Into the Wild by Erin Hunter

I love this book. It is the first of the fantastic Warriors series. Rusty is a kittypet. He has strange dreams about going into the forest at the edge of his owner’s property. He meets Greypaw first, then Bluestar, leader of ThunderClan. He joins the clan, and you should read what goes next. 5 stars.

Review by Emily of Newlands

Kids’ Review by Emily

Chronicles of Ancient Darkness #1: Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver

It is the kind of book you want to read. It is set ages ago after the ice-age, but before, let’s say, our time. It is the first book in the series and it is really good, with drama and nail-biting tension. It’s the kind of book that you would sit in a chair and read. It’s the kind of book that’s awesome. 5 Stars.

Review by Emily of Dunstan

More 39 Clues

39 cluesSo you like The 39 Clues series? You were sad when it ended? You want more?

Get excited because there is a new 39 Clues series coming out this year.

The Cahill family thought they were the most powerful family the world has ever known… but they were wrong! The Vespers have been waiting in the shadows and now it’s their time to rise.

Vespers Rising is a new, and the last, book in the 39 Clues series and is due out in April 2011. This book will finish off the 39 Clues series and introduce the new series Vespers vs Cahills that is due to start in August 2011.