November 27, 2008

National library update

Recommended websites from National Library seminar.

o Digital New Zealand

o Directory of New Zealand Libraries

o Publications New Zealand

o Index New Zealand

tip - Try searching for eg. "colin McCahon" + " http" to get resources with urls to follow up - good for students who visit at last minute and can access recommended website from home.




o Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand

(Link to the New Donald McLean archive - great example of use of metadata from
various repositories)

Of special interest to me because I saw the gifting of treasures trunks of McLean records and memorabilia (photos, letters, check books) to the Napier Museum in 2004 thanks to Mr. A Scarfe who completed his masters thesis about McLean and Maraekakaho. He is now close to completed a book. I studied with Mr Scarfe at Massey from 2000-2003, attending extramural block courses in Albany and Palmerston North so am interested to read more about the primary sources now available widely thanks to the collaboration of many people. Great maps, photos, full text letters from 19th century in the national library manuscripts-pictorial-website.

o See also (Home page)

o And try search for National Union Catalogue from here.

o Google Books

o World Cat

Introduced to new accronymn ==> GLAM: Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums!

November 09, 2008

New Zealand Election Results.

What is the Takitimu Festival ? Takitimu Festival 2008

What is the Takitimu Festival ?

A huge international celebration is being planned for November that will bring together over 1500 performers and artisans from the South Pacific and New Zealand showcasing the traditional and modern arts and culture of Takitimu.

Who is expected to attend ?

Thousands of descendants of the Takitimu canoe from the Islands of Samoa, Rarotonga, Fiji and Tonga are expected to meet their distant New Zealand Maori relatives, for the first time at the 5 day event.

Ngati Kahungunu , the host of the inauguaral celebration, has invited other Takitimu iwi to join them including Ngati Kahu, Ngai Tahu, Te Aitanga a Mahaki and Ngati Ranginui.

Kingi Tuheitia, the Maori King has accepted an invitation to attend and will be joined by Tumu Te Heuheu, Paramount chief of Tuwharetoa and other Maori and Pacific Island leaders.

Why Celebrate ?

It's the first time in 500 years, descendants of the Takitimu canoe have come together to strengthen their communal ties, and it's set to be a reunion to end all reunions. The public are welcome too.

What's Been Planned ?

•· Powhiri by 2,000 strong welcoming party

•· Five stages of entertainment in song, dance, music and comedy including major acts

•· Spectacular nightly pageants by with a cast of hundreds

•· Massive fireworks display

•· Indigenous Food & Craft Village, art trail and exhibitions

•· Kiddies Zone

•· Forums in alternative healing, star navigation, arts marketing, ta moko, films and more

•· Early-morning wananga includes Takitimu whakapapa, history, waiata and karakia from each area of the waka

When and Where ?

12 to 16 November 2008, Waikoko Gardens, Hawke's Bay Showgrounds, Kenilworth Road, Hastings. $30 for a 5 Day Pass. Under 5 free. $30 for a Single Day Pass.

Also one associated event I am attending ==>

Kahungunu Hikoi Whenua Whanau Challenge.
Saturday 15th November.

The Challenge is to walk up Kahuranaki Mountain

Kahuranaki te Maunga * Ngati Kahungunu te Iwi * Takitimu te Waka

Varying Levels to Suit Everyone

level 1 2.4 km
Level 2 4.4 km
Level 3 6.0 km
Level 4 8.0 km
Level 5 9.0 km

Starts Kahuranaki Rd, Havelock North 7.30 - 1.00pm. Approx 310 attendees. Registrations necessary.

Proudly supported by Hawke's Bay Health Providers.

November 07, 2008

Rules for scholars of the Vatican Library. Some good ideas!

Rules for scholars of the Vatican Library (Not complete, also translated from Italian to English via google language tools so the errors in the translation are my responsibility with the limits of my google translation!) I enjoy to see how the rules work in a big institution, with restrictions on what you can bring to the library, advice about your computer, and the rules that are necessary to keep things functioning effectively. I would like to visit, one day. It would be great to visit as a scholar as described below.

Index for consultation

I. Nature of the Vatican Library
II. Tasks of the Vatican Library
I. Admission
II. Obligations of scholars to the Library
III.Rules for the frequency of the Library
IV. Standards for Sale Consultation
V. Safety standards
VI. Penalties
VII. Reproductions
VIII. Copyright
IX. Discharge of liability
X. Hours

Foreword to the Regulation Rules
I. Nature of the Vatican Library
The Vatican Library is the Pope's library, set up, according to the intention of Nicholas V, "pro communi doctorum virorum commodo" (short of 30 April 1451) and the thought of Sixtus IV realized that, "to decorem militantis Ecclesiae , Fidei catholicae augmentum, eruditorum quoque ac litterarum studiis insistentium virorum commodum et honorem "(bull of 15 June 1475).
In the centuries since its foundation was open to eminent scholars and was open to qualified scholars in 1883 under Leo XIII (see letters Saepenumero considerantes, August 18 1883, and Augustum sanctis-simumque munus, 1 Oct 1888), which facilitated the procedures Admission at the same time, he prepared, of the Vatican Secret Archives. .
The Library is in close contact with "the exercise of the government and the ministry of the Apostolic See" (John Paul II, Address of 15.I.2000), it is one of the bodies of ancient origin, "while not doing the proper of the Roman Curia, however, provide various services necessary or useful "to the" Supreme Pontiff, the Curia and the Church Universal and in some way connected with the Apostolic See. " "As such, the Library will hold" according to its laws As the establishment and administration "(Apostolic Constitution. Pastor Bonus of 28.VI.1988, Arts. 186 and 190).
The Vatican Library remains inalienable property of the Supreme Pontiff, which is its sovereign provision that it is open to consultation. The Vatican Library, therefore, not a library of public law. It has the character of specialized library in the philological and historical subjects: the back-respectively, even in those theological, juridical and scientific. It is reserved for scientific research work, based on the study of manuscripts, printed matter, coins and medals, prints and other graphic and cartographic material.
II. Tasks of the Vatican Library

The task of the Library, which is both institution and conservation research institute, is primarily to guard and preserve with all care the cultural treasures entrusted to it, it also has the following duties:
1. increase the manuscript collections, printed and numismatic with purchases, exchanges and gifts, according to the subjects represented in the funds and the purpose of the institution;
2. conduct the study and promote knowledge of this material through the work of ordinary and extraordinary staff and through publications;
3. make available to qualified scholars from around the world, with the necessary caution, both originals and reproductions in various forms of relics preserved, with every possible assistance and appropriate scientific and technical research, constantly updating the tools and assistance necessary or useful in this work.
Hence the commitment of the Library to create the conditions that allow scholars to study properly allowed the material to them. The library is completely free to select scholars prior to and following on the basis of compliance with Regulation below, considering as an ideal place for study and research an environment of strict silence, respect for people and the place that welcomes.
The Rules below serves primarily to ensure that students admitted working conditions worthy of a place of study and research, so scholars are invited to read it carefully and scrupulously respect the rules.
The Library, while offering to scholars, as far as possible, hospitality decent, is aware that the building and the old structures do not allow a space availability and convenience of working with all the latest library.
Limits on the availability of consulting the material can be represented by the temporary unavailability of documents (because being restored, the cycle of pest control in public exhibitions or the like), their failure to inventory, the precarious state of conservation or other reasons at the discretion of the Prefect of the Library. All material can be consulted and studied only in situ into the salt.

Regulation Rules for Scholars

I. Admission

They are frequently admitted to qualified researchers and scholars from around the world, without distinction of race, religion, origin and culture, especially teachers and university researchers or institutions of higher learning, and other erudite people, known for their licenses and scientific publications. The conditions for admission are the availability of seats, adequate preparation, documented and guaranteed by renowned academic institutions. It requires, as per tradition, to indicate the research project. Are not normally admitted students. Exceptionally can grant entry to graduate students preparing a thesis for a doctorate research or able, for example, philosophiae doctor (Dr. phil. / PhD) students and graduates who are in particular need to consult manuscripts, other material stored in the Library only. To be eligible, they must submit a letter of malleveria and the Library reserves the right to ensure that they have the expertise and experience necessary to treat the precious material with due care. For them, the deadline for acceptance of the card is a few weeks earlier, as established by the annual schedule of the Library. Scholars wishing to consult numismatic material must not only be in possession of the card for admission, in advance of their visit Numismatic Director of the Cabinet.
Allowed to scholars is issued a card that entitles the holder to enter the Vatican City through the Porta Sant'Anna. The card is personal and can not be sold to third parties. The loss of the card must be reported immediately to the Office of Admissions Library. The holder of the card responds personally for damages caused by misuse of the card. By accepting the card and signing the form of Admissions, the scholar undertakes to comply with these Rules, which receives a copy.
They must therefore be produced for admission to the library the following documents:
1. A letter of recommendation (especially for scholars who request admission for the first time) or evidence of academic qualification, the Library will retain the original or copy it;
2. a valid ID which shows the residence, the Library makes a copy.
3. at its option (but also for students), the Library will require a letter of malleveria.
II. Obligations of scholars to the Library

Scholars admitted to frequent the library agrees to:
1. observe these Rules;

2. treat all stock entrusted to them, especially the manuscripts and old printed, with the greatest respect and with extreme delicacy, and preserving the relics from any type of damage;
3. to send a copy to the Library of publications concerning the material consulted or received for playing, especially if the contributions appear in collections and magazines not owned by the Library.

III. Rules for the frequency of the Library

1. General rules of conduct General rules of conduct
Firstly the ADMITTED Library scholars are obliged to strictly observe the silence not only in the halls of study, but in all of the interiors, and to carry out their conversations always in the garden or in the bar of the Library. It is forbidden to disturb, in any way, the activity of study and work, such as studying and talking loudly or using noisy equipment.
Scholars must have a suitable clothing to the dignity of an ancient institution of culture and education. Mobile phones must be switched off at the entrance. Mobile phones must be switched off at the entrance. It is strictly forbidden the use of any electronic means of communication in all indoor Library. All students are strongly advised to present themselves and always behave in a manner appropriate to the decorum of the place. In particular, it is prohibited to take an attitude, individual or group therapy to the dignity of the institution. Photographs, films, sound recordings and any other type of reproduction are not allowed. It is strictly forbidden to introduce cameras in the library of any kind, cameras, mobile phones with embedded digital cameras, recorders, dictaphones, scanners and digital or other similar equipment that can reproduce material in the Library or photograph the rooms or the building. It is strictly forbidden to carry and use in Library scissors, knives, blades, razors, matches, adhesive paper, adhesive tape, glue, bottles of ink, correction fluid, and generally any kind of liquid and any other object or substance that may damage the collections of the Library. Scholars admitted in the Library are required to follow, without discussion, the provisions given by the staff of the Library.
In all the local interior of the library is forbidden to smoke and eat and drink. Smoking is permitted in the garden, food and drinks can be consumed only in the bar of the Library. Access to the deposit of manuscripts and other stores library is closed to the public. It is also prohibited without permission to enter the premises where they have established offices and staff to use equipment and materials allocated to staff of the Library. Finally, it is not possible to access the Library all'Archivio secret, nor vice versa, if not through the main entrance of the two institutions.

2. Access to the Library
The scholar admitted to the frequency of the Library, joining in: - In Porter:
a) return the card;
b) withdraws the key with the number
c) For your deposit locker coat, umbrella, bag and all that is irrelevant to the study; - In the Hall of Manuscripts consulting room or in consultation with Print: -
d) return the key to the bench
e) writes the name printed on a sheet of presence next to the number corresponding to the key;
f) chooses the place of study that seeks to occupy exhibition;
g) returns to the bench and writes the number of the place of study next to their name.

At the end of the working session and when to leave the library, even if you plan to return for the day, the scholar:
- In the Hall of Manuscripts consulting room or in consultation with Print:
a) return the manuscripts, printed stock and withdraws the key;
- In Porter:
b) shows the books of personal property carried/brought with him;
c) withdraws dall'armadietto objects deposited;
d) return to the key goalkeeper
e) receives in return the card.

IV. Standards for Sale Consultation

1. 1. General
The sale is insured service to scholars. The monitoring is done with the use of technological tools. In every room there is a specific own rules. The scholar is required to bring with it the minimum necessary to carry out the work of study or research, and at the time to deliver the key, notes to the staff room of the existence of material that does not belong to the Library. The scholar answered personally entrusted the life of the material, should immediately examine the relic to its delivery, and report immediately any damage to the staff room. This measure serves not only to safeguard the collections of the Library, but also to protect the scholar from unjust claims. In the absence of an alert by the scholar is to assume that he has been working in good condition. In case of loss or damage must compensate for the entire cost of restoration or new purchase and its restoration. The Library reserves the right to adopt appropriate measures to compensation for damage to the scholars who are responsible for damage. The observance of silence in the halls is a conditio sine qua non that must be absolutely guaranteed. In all consultation rooms is strictly prohibited introduce overcoats, umbrellas, bags, briefcases, closed plastic bags of any kind, even transparent; the few items that the scholar brings with it must be outside of any envelope. Are allowed personal computers without custody, the paper strictly necessary, tabs open, zoom lenses, meters tape non-rigid (plastic or soft cloth). Not, that what was said generally to all circles of the Library (for example with regard to food, drinks, mobile phones): - Reserve the posts read and fill them more than necessary; - Improper use in furniture, equipment and environments;
- Study or consult manuscripts, printed in two or more persons; - Consult material entrusted to another scholar and vice versa forward to other material entrusted; - - Consult the material entrusted with their hands dirty - Write, even in pencil, relying on handwritten, printed or other documents of the Library
- To highlight signs or even a pencil, in manuscripts, in printed or other material; -
- Follow ligatures, watermarks or any other material.
For the use of special tools reading (Wood lamp, reader watermarks, microfilm and microfiche, CD-ROMs, etc.) Scholars should apply to the Employees of Sala. There are of course allowed only consultations microfilm, microfiche, CD-rom etc.
2. Sala consultation room consultation Manuscripts
Permanence in Room Manuscripts is justified only by consultation of the manuscripts; not allowed to attend the Hall just to see manuscripts printed. In Sala allowed only the use of erasable pencil. It is prohibited to stylograph pens, ball markers, markers, colors and any other type of instrument for writing or mark that leaves indelible trace.

Nobody can take away a manuscript from the room or transfer a manuscript from the consulting room to room adjacent Manuscripts or "Hall of inventories."

For manuscripts stored in Manuscripts Deposit: scholars can take three manuscripts in the morning (between 8.45 and 12) and two in the afternoon (between 14 and 16).The documents stored in the Archives Section must be requested by 12:00. Request and consulting manuscripts must be contextual course, is not allowed to request that the manuscript be in the room and after a period much longer than expected for removing the manuscript from the Deposit. Each scholar shall have only three manuscripts simultaneously; the request of the other two manuscripts may be permitted only after the return of two manuscripts. The scholar can bring to the table a manuscript at a time, and only in special cases, the need for the collation of texts and scriptures of confrontation, request permission to bring to the table two manuscripts simultaneously. For consultation or reading the code must remain always resting on the lectern and kept open by setting the sheets by the relevant poles.....

See link to Vatican Library at right...

November 04, 2008

From the newsletter, 3 November 2008


Armistice Day (90th anniversary)
After four terrible years the First World War finally came to a close
with the signing of the Armistice on 11 November 1918. Parades were held
throughout the country, though the spread of the influenza pandemic
dampened celebrations at home and abroad:

Melbourne Cup
A quick overview of NZ's participation with links to some of our
greatest moments - includes a quiz:

Influenza Pandemic (revamp)
We've substantially expanded our feature on the influenza pandemic to
mark the 90th anniversary. Between October and December 1918 New Zealand
lost about half as many people to influenza as it had in the whole of
the First World War. No event has killed so many New Zealanders in such
a short time:


Movember - check out our Men and their moustaches topic (featuring a
moustache timeline!)

Le Quesnoy 90th anniversary
On 4 November 1918 the New Zealand Division saw its final action of the
First World War.

The Election:
Election Days

Road to MMP

Maori and the vote


We've recently relaunched our South African ('Boer') War embarkation
database with more sophisticated search options:

We hope you enjoy reading these features.....


Armistice Day and digital collaboration
Wednesday, 12 November 2008, 10:53 am
Press Release: National Library Of New Zealand

11 November 2008

Commemorating Armistice Day through digital collaboration

The First World War was one of the most disastrous events in human history. New Zealand experienced the highest per capita casualty rate than any other country with 16,700 dead and over 40,000 wounded.

The coming of peace on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918 brought relief and Armistice Day on 11 November has since become a time of commemoration.

To mark this occasion two new internet tools using the latest web technologies are being released, so that all New Zealanders can access and interact with digital content about New Zealand at the end of the First World War. These tools are the first results of collaborative projects developed as part of Digital New Zealand, which is managed by the National Library in its role of collecting and preserving New Zealand’s documentary heritage and ensuring it is accessible to all.

The Coming Home search widget, developed with the National Digital Forum, will show how previously undiscovered New Zealand digital content can be found with new search tools. This forward release of the widget is currently being tested by content partners and can be viewed in its early stages at

John Garraway, National Digital Forum says “This widget will enable New Zealanders anywhere to connect with our history and understand how this has informed the nation we have become. It provides local and global access to a selection of digitised treasures and memories held by libraries, archives, museums and galleries throughout New Zealand. All National Digital Forum members have been asked to feature the widget on their websites from Armistice Day and we are encouraging more content to be added as it gets digitised for people to discover.”

Digital New Zealand’s second project, a video mixing tool called the Memory Maker, is being hosted on the Auckland War Memorial Museum website. This Memory Maker will enable visitors to craft their own expression of what Coming Home means to them by remixing photographs, graphics, film clips and music provided by members of the National Digital Forum, then share this new footage with friends and family.

John Truesdale from the National Library says “Digital New Zealand will offer all New Zealanders interactive access to a variety of rich taonga, resources, knowledge and stories from a range of organisations, communities and individuals. It will make New Zealand content of all types more discoverable, accessible and usable”.

Digital New Zealand is a collaborative project led by the National Library and funded by the New Zealand Government. It was established as part of New Zealand’s Digital Content Strategy. For further information about Digital New Zealand visit

‘Coming Home’ will continue to be commemorated until March 2009 with events, talks, movie showings, exhibitions and recitals throughout the country.
The National Library Gallery exhibition Welcome Sweat Peace: Returning home after the Great War, 2 December 2008 to 14 March 2009, draws from the collections of the Alexander Turnbull Library to show how New Zealand was transformed during and after the conflict.

Other organisations participating in 'Coming Home' include the National War Memorial, Archives New Zealand, Army Museum Waiouru, Ministry for Culture and Heritage, New Zealand Film Archive, the Royal New Zealand Returned Services' Association, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Royal New Zealand Defence Force, Armistice in Cambridge and local councils.
For more information go to

Or see this national library blog post with coming home search widget and some more useful background and descriptive information about the Coming Home project ==>

October 31, 2008

Keeping Kids Safe Online, from the facebook blog - See also

Yesterday the President signed into law the KIDS Act of 2008, "Keeping the Internet Devoid of Sexual Predators." This law takes an important step in dramatically reducing the opportunities to harm children online, by requiring all convicted sex offenders provide their email and instant messaging addresses as part of their registration with the National Sex Offender Registry. Websites can then voluntarily use the KIDS database and determine how matches would be handled.

At Facebook, we've long barred registered sex offenders from our service. Currently, we work cooperatively with individual states' attorneys general to check users against state-registered sex offender lists. Unfortunately, we both consistently find that these registries lack the essential email and IM data for comprehensive and rapid screening. The process is also less efficient and less effective than anyone, especially concerned parents, would like, which is why we're such ardent supporters of the KIDS Act Registry.

Our goal is to connect people online in a safe and secure environment. We'll add the KIDS Act registry to our many existing safeguards and use the database as vigorously and comprehensively as we can. Specifically, we will check new users at sign-up and review existing users as regularly as the technology allows. Anyone on the list will be prevented from joining Facebook. Anyone already on Facebook who is added to the list will have his or her account disabled forever. End of story.

We see KIDS as an important tool to prevent inappropriate outreach from ever occurring. The penalties and consequences for registrants violating KIDS' provisions are so severe, we hope they'll deter potential predators from coming online altogether. This is a vital step in protecting children online, and it is by no means the end of our efforts. We will continue to enhance our partnership with law enforcement to find and prosecute sexual predators who violate this new law with fake names, addresses or handles.We're constantly looking for innovative approaches, both internally and in full cooperation with law enforcement, to screen and block any individual or group who would use our service to hurt or exploit a child. We believe that safety innovations matter as much as innovations that make our service exciting, fun and useful. Our ability to assure the former strengthens our ability to deliver the latter.

As for what comes after this step, this an industry-wide concern that calls for industry-wide approaches. It's imperative that other websites and services that count minors among their most important users proactively, creatively and responsibly confront this challenge. Predators seldom hesitate to exploit gaps and vulnerabilities in efforts designed to protect children. This challenge requires a new consciousness by entrepreneurial and established companies alike. Protecting children is a global concern, not merely a domestic one.

Chris is hoping that the KIDS Act can be a model for international cooperation in addressing how to effectively deal with sexual predators online.

October 10, 2008

Primary students use laptops for reading and writing

Learning English - Words in the News

08 October, 2008 - Published 12:34 GMT

Laptop learning in Italy

Children at a school in Italy have today begun an experiment to replace all their books with personal computers. The pupils involved will each be given a special laptop that contains their entire curriculum. From Rome our correspondent Duncan Kennedy reports:

Listen to the story
Until today, the Don Milani di Rivoli elementary school in central Turin was like any other. Children turned up, got out their books and pens and began the process of learning. But now, in what's being described as a unique experiment, 60 fifth-grade pupils and a number of third-graders, will start using computers only.
The mini-laptops, which run Windows software, all have a full curriculum programmed into them. The pupils will use the computers to do all their reading and writing. Security systems within the laptops mean the children's access to the internet is strictly controlled. The machines weigh less than a kilogram, can be dropped from a height of 1.5 metres and are waterproof.

Instead of spending the equivalent of 700 dollars a year on books, the laptops, built by the Italian company Olidata, cost less than 400 dollars. One of the teachers involved in the scheme says that, for the first time, schools will be able to verify in a scientific way how a computer alone can improve the learning process. The experiment, which has the backing of parents, is due to last a year.

Duncan Kennedy, BBC News, Rome

Listen to the words
elementary school
a school that provides the first part of a child's education (usually for children aged 5 - 11)

turned up
here, came to school

a class or group of classes in a school where all the children are of a similar age and/or ability

all the subjects taught at a school, college, university etc. The word 'curriculum' can also be used to mean the same as 'syllabus', i.e. the topics or books studied within a subject

access to
here, ability to surf/search/use

are waterproof
cannot be damaged by water

the equivalent of
the sum of money that amounts to/equals

involved in the scheme
taking part in the experiment

to verify
to prove that something is true or not

support, encouragement

September 27, 2008

New Blog URL

Dear Readers and Friends,

I have decided to update my blog's url.
Under Publisher I have changed my name from to==>

Please do update your shortcuts and favourites!

The way it works is you pay $15 a year (NZ dollars=US$10) for the .com.

The old url continues to feed viewers to the new one.

So right now my blog is in transition

"Your blog's new address is Since it takes time for this new address to be available all over the Internet, you can still get to it at

Your new address should work for everyone after at most 3 days. At that time we will redirect your readers from your old address to the new one."

I decided to change it because more people were viewing my blog and I didn't want them to think I had any problems. Like Hey Whats Up Helena. Do you have any issues? (Excuse the library pun)...
Please do visit my web page :).

It is so easy to make this change with blogger these days. Hope this helps.

Best regards,


September 22, 2008

New Zealand Online Collections and Repositories

Searching for the right image for your publication or website. From PHANZINE - Newsletter of the Professional Historians' Association of New Zealand/Aotearoa Vol. 14 No. 2, p.15, August 2008.

Matapihi -

Matapihi now searches for images from the collections of fifteen institutions, including the Alexander Turnbull Library, Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kawanatanga, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland City Libraries, Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, Christchurch City Libraries, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand Electronic Text Centre, The New Zealand Film Archive Nga Kaitiaki o Nga Taonga Whitiahua, Otago Museum, Puke Ariki, The University of Auckland Library, University of Canturbury Library and University of Otago Library. Some institutions, like Archives New Zealand have added only specific collections to Matapihi, while other institutions such as the Turnbull have added their entire collections.

Timeframes -

Integrated into Matapihi is Timeframes, the Alexander Turnbull Library's online catalogue, which contains over 25,000 digitised images from the Library's collections - Turnbull Library Pictures, the Photographic archive, the Ephemera collection, the Prints and Drawings collection, the Map library and cartoon archive. When you are in Wellington you can flick through the Turnbull Library Pictures drawers on the ground floor - you never know what you'll find.

Tapuhi - http;//

If you still can't find what you are looking for amongst the Turnbull's digital collections, then Tapuhi is the next place to look. Tapuhi allows you to delve into the non-digitised collections, giving you the physical location of prints - usually to be found in Turnbull Library Pictures or the Photographic archive. Sometimes the catalogue record will just give you an indication of what treasures might be hidden - albums for example are often not fully catalogued due to the number of photos contained within.

Papers Past -

Papers Past now allows a full text search on 107,812 newspaper issues, dating from 1839-1920. You can view as a text document and also in the original newsprint format. The newspapers are printable and downloadable.

Auckland War Memorial Museum -

Auckland War Memorial Museum's collections databases are divided into three categories: human history, natural history and library services. If you are looking for historical photographs, head to the Library Services database. The new Library database website allows you to search for photographs under the advanced search function. If you are on the search for objects, have a look at the human and natural history catalogues. These have been further split into categories such as decorative arts, Korean collection, entomology and land invertebrates.

Te Papa Collections Online -

In the last couple of months Te Papa's art, photography, history and Pacific cultures catalogues have been made available through Collections Online (128,000 records). There are also around 16,000 Taonga Maori records available online. Be warned though - only about a fifth of these records contain images, so you are more than likely to come up dry when searching for objects in a general way (e.g. when searching for "shoes"). Searching under specific collections will yield more results than a general search - for example, the Photography collection holds a large cache of images, both historical and modern. Around 30,000 images are available online, and images are being added constantly as copyright and iwi clearances are obtained and more objects are photographed.

Another place to look for images is under specific exhibitions - Exhibitions
Exhibitions dating back to 2003 are searchable - many have their own mini site with images, or a showcase showing images from the exhibition. This is useful if you are sure you've seen that image/object somewhere before...

Puke Ariki -

Puke Ariki's online database allows you to search the artefact, pictorial and archive collections, drawing out a wealth of objects and images. Searching in the different collections is easy in the advanced search mode, and you can also search for only records with images. The online exhibitions also show case a variety of objects.

Auckland City Libraries Heritage Images Online -

Heritage Images Online showcases over 20,000 images from the Library's photographic collections. Also worth a look are the online exhibitions entitled Real Gold, which explore various themes and images from the collection.

Christchurch City Library -

A large collection of images is available online. You can search for images through their general library catalogue, by limiting your search to photographs. The Christchurch City Library has been very useful for finding early agricultural images, and contains a number of scans from newspapers, including the Weekly Press. The catalogue now brings up the actual image as well as the catalogue record for those images which have been digitised.

Pataka Ipurangi: Manawatu Memory Online

Launched earlier this year, Palmerston North City Library's new online image database is great. It includes a large variety of digitised images relating to the social, agricultural and business life of Palmerston North and surrounding areas. It is beautifully catalogued, with thorough key wording and details about the images where available.

Upper Hutt City Library

Launched under the title of Community Archives is the Upper Hutt City Library's online collection. The collection is made up of a wide range of original heritage material, including photographs, newspapers, archives, manuscripts, maps, oral history tapes, and other material relating to the history of Upper Hutt and its people. Almost 2,000 of the 2,500 photographs in the collection have been digitised and an advanced search allows you to search though either the digitised or undigitised collection. The photographs range form shops fronts to rugby teams.

The Fletcher Trust -

The Fletcher Trust manages the Fletcher Trust Collection of New Zealand artwork, and the Fletcher Challenge Archives of material from the former Fletcher Challenge Group. Both the art collection and archives are available online in digital form. The artwork collection includes works of a range of artists from John Kinder to Darcy Nicholas, as well as a vast number of ceramics. The archives include ephermera, documents and images relating to many facets of New Zealand's economic history. Companies such as Winstones, Wright Stevenson, Dalgety, Tasman Forestry and Fletchers itself are represented in the archive. Not all of the images are available digitally, but it is still a useful source, and covers a wider variety of themes than you might expect, including agriculture, employment, building, architecture, consumerism, rural life, shipping and technology.

University of Canterbury Digital Library -

Around 1000 images are available to view online as part of the University of Canterbury's Digital Library. They range from the Canterbury Frozen Meat Company collection to the Canterbury Mountaineering Club collection. This is just a small proportion of their 20,000 images, but it's a great start. The art collections are not yet available online, but you can also browse the documentary archives and architectural drawings collection.

Many more institutions out there have online material - this is just the start. Here are a few more:

* Wairarapa Archive -
Online catalogue available

* Hocken -
Online guides only available

* Tauranga City Libraries -
photographs/photo-gallery.aspx Around 6 000 images are available in their photo

* Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki -
Online catalogue available

* Dunedin Public Art Gallery -
Online Catalogue available

* Te Puna o Waiwhetu Christchurch Art Gallery -
Online catalogue available

September 07, 2008

Back Pain at the Office

Back Pain at the Office

It's getting to be so bad that by Monday afternoon, you're already tired of being at the office. You're not even thinking as far ahead as Friday. Just getting to today is going to be challenge enough.

In reality, it's not the people you work with who are getting you down -- they're tolerable, mostly, although there is that one dude in accounting. Where do they find these people?

It's not even your boss, who, if he knew even half as much as you do, WOULD be a shoo-in for Executive of the Year.

No, the biggest pain in your neck is actually located a bit lower. And it's really what's making working where you do seem a lot worse than it actually is.

Face it. It's your aching back that's sucking the joy out of your 9-to-5 existence and making you feel 10 years older to boot.

Sure, you've learned to tolerate the bad coffee, pointless meetings, and lame jokes in the course of your day. But you just can't tough it out when it comes to back pain, which can range from dull, nagging aches to those unexpected twinges that feel like you've been hit with a taser gun.

If it's any consolation, you're not alone. Million of people have low back pain at any given time. The bad news about back pain is that it not only lives with you all day at the office, but it also comes home with you at night. It may even dog your weekends.

How do you develop pain?

If you are experiencing back pain at the office, you may think that it is coming from all the sitting, standing, and lifting that you have to do. And, indirectly, it does. But it is actually more about how the body has to adapt to all the sitting, standing, and lifting than the activity itself. Let's take sitting as an example.

Because of the amount of time you spend sitting, your body must gradually adapt itself to that position. This happens in a number of ways. The first thing it must adapt to is how the weight goes through your hips and pelvis. Then, there is the way you sit -- upright, slouching, or something in between. Most importantly, it's what happens to the muscles while you're sitting. For example, your hip flexors will get tight from being in a shortened position, and your butt will get weak and flabby from being in a relaxed state.

That simple combination of tight hip flexors and weak glutes is called a "muscle imbalance." The result of these muscle imbalances will be postural dysfunctions of your pelvis and spine. These imbalances send both your spine and pelvis into abnormal positions, the combination of which can be devastating to a person with a healthy back and catastrophic for a person suffering from any form of back pain.

What can you do about it?

What you must also understand is that your imbalances are the result of what you do in your everyday life -- your workouts, sitting, the activities of your job, and your own personal habits. I'm not going to tell you to stop going to work. But what if you changed the way you present yourself at your desk?

* Instead of sitting at your desk, try kneeling. I kneel at least 30 percent of the time I spend at my desk. I have a small foam pad that puts me just high enough to type and see the monitor.
* I sit on a therapy ball -- and guess what? I don't sit still. I move my hips in every direction, which means I'm working on my core balance all day long.

Action steps to take

Because you have to work and because the quality of your life depends on your career, you need to be able to make the most of your situation. Let me give you just a few tips to help you through the day:

When I sit, I sit with my legs in all different positions -- sometimes bent, sometimes behind me, other times stretched out in front or even to the side of me, keep the legs moving.

Every 10 minutes or so, I will work my body in some way -- and, yes, that includes walking away from my desk. But more than that, I make it a habit to stand up when the phone rings. I also stand when I have to read something or when I'm rearranging the stack of stuff on my desk for greater productivity.

If your job requires you to stand all day long, be sure you have quality footwear and a neutral shoe insert. Our body mechanics start when our feet hit the ground. It is best if your feet are in the most neutral position possible.

One negative body pattern that many people fall into is to continually shift their weight from one foot to the other. The problem with this is that most people find eventually that one leg will be more comfortable than the other, and then that leg will get most of the weight most of the time. This will wreak havoc on the pelvis and spine. Better to put equal on each foot as much as you can, and learn to correct when you catch yourself shifting your weight or leaning on one leg too much.

A third obstacle on the job can be situations where you have to lift anything over 10 pounds repeatedly. Again, it's not the activity itself that puts you in jeopardy; it's your body's inability to tolerate the stress of the weight. In other words, you should be able to lift anything you want to and not have any difficulty doing it. The problem occurs when your body is suffering from the muscle imbalances and postural dysfunctions that we talked about earlier -- and you don't even know it.

So, when you lift that object and you get injured, think of it as the straw that broke the camel's back. Your body was already in a compromised state, and it just needed that last bit of stress to send you in to a painful condition.

It's an unavoidable fact of life at the office, and it can also play a role by causing your muscles to tense up, which makes you more prone to injury. Stress also lowers your tolerance for pain. In some cases, minimizing stress on the job can be a daunting task, but deep-breathing exercises, walking around the block, or even talking about your frustrations with a trusted friend can help.

In closing, I want to leave you with this message: Even though the workplace can be a hazard to your health, if you do find yourself having back pain, remember that your thoughts and your beliefs about your situation will have a direct impact on your ability to recover and how fast you recover. That's why it's critical to learn all you can about your condition and take action as soon as you can.

August 04, 2008

New Zealanders at the Beijing Olympics

New Zealanders at the Beijing Olympics

A record 182 New Zealanders will compete at the Beijing Olympics which
begin in less than a week's time. Amid the building excitement, we've
compiled the inspiring history of New Zealanders at the Olympics in the
century 1908 to 2008:

We include 16 Olympic stories covering topics from the pioneering
efforts of Harry Kerr, Violet Walrond and Arthur Porritt to the great
track triumphs of Lovelock, Snell and Walker, and the golden
achievements of our rowers, canoeists, equestrians and yachties.

The stories also cover the boycotts of the 1976 (Montreal) and 1980
(Moscow) Olympics, media coverage of the Games and a 'Best of the best'
list compiled by well-known sports writer Joseph Romanos.

The Classroom at
invites teachers and students to examine not only the place of the
Olympics in New Zealand's history but the many intersecting historical
events that have contributed to the international fascination with the
Olympics - the political wrangling, boycotts, controversy and tragedy.

Once you've read the history, an Olympics quiz tests sporting smarts
with 20 questions and a virtual gold medal for those who score over 80%:

New Zealanders at the Beijing Olympics

Topic Link on Library Page ==>

July 21, 2008

Mâori Language Week - Te Wiki o te Reo Mâori

This amazing exhibit, Raranga Atu Whakakitenga/Weave On Exhibition marks NZ Reo NZ Pride Maori Language Week and is now on at the Hastings Central Library until the 11th of August. This is a must see!! Absolutely fantastic work by all weavers involved. Such beautiful Taonga.

My homework vocabulary:


Iwi: Ngati Kahungunu
Ngati Pahauwera

Mâori Language Week - Te Wiki o te Reo Mâori
21-27 July 2008

Want to know the history of Mâori Language Week? Find out at

The future of the Mâori language was the subject of a claim before the Waitangi Tribunal in 1985. Find out how the resulting decision helped the resurgence of te reo Mâori from late last century:

Now over 130,000 people of Mâori ethnicity speak and understand te reo Mâori. Read about the language’s decline and revival:

Learn 100 Mâori words every New Zealander should know, from greetings to place names. Read the word and its translation and hear to how it should be pronounced:

Once you've read all this, you'll be ready for the Mâori Language Week quiz!:

Hei konâ râ ! team

These updates are useful. I am archiving this here for myself and others who might be interested in these resources/taonga. Ka pai!

A te wa, Helena

July 18, 2008


World Youth Day is actually a week and involves the Pope's visit to Sydney.
Pilgrims/Tourists/Participants gather from all over the world. New Zealand is sending 4000 New Zealand youth.
My sister is attending this with her husband. Actually she was one of the 100 New Zealanders who attended in Italy three years ago in 2005. So I hope they and everyone attending have a great time. Preparation for the trip involved a lot of community work and fundraising so it is a great achievement to make this commitment.

Some online sites to visit include: (then click seasonal features, wyd)

So when I get some space I will check out these sites.

Helena (nz catholic newspaper)

World Youth Day

July 11, 2008

Keyword search - new data released at google

Hey Helena,

Google has just done it!

They have revealed the somewhat
secret search volume numbers that
they've been withholding for so

Now you can see exactly how many
searches a keyword phrase gets
right ON

Go here now to see the thread and
let me know what you think about
this startling news:

I'll look forward to seeing your
comments on the blog... ;o)

Best for success,

Jim Morris, Founder -- "Finds exactly
what people search for."

Thankyou for this update Mr. Morris. Helena
Friends view this link here ==>

More feedback:

Census Advisory update

An update to the latest Census Advisory newsletter is now available at:


1. Final days of 2011 Census content consultation

2. New Zealand: An Urban/Rural Profile Update

Find out about your local area at

July 08, 2008

Wages - median wages in New Zealand - this is due for update and release shortly. Below is last Junes summary.

"Earnings from wages and salaries" Last years figures from

Source: 'Profile of New Zealand 2008' this is found on the Main home page in the left column of home page, within this report there is a chapter on wages.

2007 (last year)

Average hourly earnings 21.41

Average weekly earnings 796.00

Median hourly earnings 18.00

Median weekly earnings 710.00

Embargoed until 10:45am – 4 October 2007

New Zealand Income Survey: June 2007 quarter – Media Release

Wages/salaries and investments drive increase in income

In the June 2007 quarter, the average weekly income for all people from all sources was $667, Statistics New Zealand said today. This information comes from the annual New Zealand Income Survey, which is run during the June quarter (April to June). The survey provides a snapshot of income statistics on people and households.

The $667 average weekly income (mentioned above) was an increase of 9.4 percent from the June 2006 quarter average of $610, and was the highest annual percentage increase since the June 2002 quarter. This change was mainly due to a rise in wages and salaries and investment income.

Increases in the number of wage and salary earners were similar for males and females, up 2.0 percent and 1.3 percent, respectively. For those receiving wage and salary income, the average weekly wage and salary income increased more for males (up 8.7 percent) than for females (up 6.0 percent). The larger increase for males was due to a combination of factors, including more males being represented at the higher wage and salary income levels, and more males in full-time employment.

Median (half receive more, and half receive less than this amount) hourly earnings for people receiving income from wages and salaries rose from the June 2006 quarter to the June 2007 quarter, up $1.00 to $18.00 (5.9 percent increase). Males increased by $0.97 to $19.10 per hour and females increased by $0.90 to $16.78 per hour. All industries and occupations experienced increases in both average (mean) and median hourly earnings compared to the same quarter of the previous year.

Over the year, average weekly investment income for those receiving investment income increased by 29.1 percent (to $137). Age groups with the highest average weekly investment income were the 60- to 64-year age group and the 55- to 59-year age group ($265 and $232, respectively). Both these age groups also received the highest average weekly investment income for all people.

Geoff Bascand
Government Statistician
4 October 2007.

More on salary rates ==>Update from Trademe jobs (please feel free to add comments for further sources):

Average salaries on the increase
Jul 25, 2008 11:28 AM

Average salaries in New Zealand have increased substantially, according to the analysis of 73,000 jobs listed on Trade Me Jobs in the first half of 2008.

"Since the last quarter of 2007, we have seen the average salary increase 3.7% from $55,583 to $57,664," said Trade Me Jobs head, Jimmy McGee.

"The labour market has definitely eased, with applications per job up 8% over that period . However, wage inflation was strong,'' he said.

IT continues to dominate the highest paid professions with IT architects, project managers and functional consultants, all averaging pay rates over $100,000.

"Outside of IT, the top five paid professions are doctors ($106,823), construction project managers ($95,378), engineering managers ($92,843), in-house legal counsel ($90,440) and financial controllers ($89,081)," McGee said.

Wellington remains the highest paid location, buoyed by the large number of public servants and service companies, followed by Auckland and new entrant New Plymouth. Regional and secondary urban areas such as Central Hawkes Bay and Timaru saw the greatest salary softening.

"We are seeing two distinct trends at present. Pay rates for unskilled and semi-skilled are flat, while pay rates for mid-level earners and the highly skilled are increasing at rates above the national average."

Unfortuneately this blogger, a Reference Librarian with six years experience and an honours degree plus all ongoing work based training receives less than the average wage for women. I received a small annual increase this month but the hourly rate still falls just below the average median wage for woman in 2007.

This has consistently been the case during my period of employment. It is unfortuneate that more employers are not guided by national statistical figures indicating average hourly pay rates. Particularly as a library is seen as a centre of education and advancement. I find this demotiviating. I do enjoy almost all aspects of my job but question how Council wage rates of this level are truely responsible. Particularly in a region where women fair worse in health statistics (such as breast cancer - Hawke's Bay is the worst region of all NZ health boards * I have read some excellent reports from skilled individuals working in this medical field here locally however) woman in a role such as mine should be getting a fairer deal. Valuing workers with fair pay should be a council priority as living costs increase. Imagine if I were to earn as much as the average males hourly rate - gosh - maybe then I would be getting a fairer deal. Is the alternative to change jobs? - but then council looses a valuable experienced educated worker. The pay scale needs updating and or my contract needs to be updated with a wage increase that reflects at least the average wage, but lets face it I am better educated that the average. Actually this is irritating as every 3 1/2 hour shift when the library opens on Sunday I earn $17.50 approx less than the average new zealand person earned for time per hour last year.

What actually can happen in a job that is well liked like mine is that people accept to little for too long because being in a Library is such a priviledge, dealing with people and literature of real value is a priviledge. However, I know this year when I needed to upgrade my pc I had real problems funding that. Imagine if over six years I had recouped that $17.50 dollars for every Sunday - I had worked and then had received the average national wage for as analysed by statistics New Zealand, why that would be the cost of a new lap top two times over. It might not be a laptop upgrade either maybe a dentist repair bill, an appliance repair bill, a rates bill, a new bike or the cost to sponsor a child in the developed world etc. Point is my labour should be rewarded, and my profession should not be undervalued. It 's important to think about why this is happening so I may talk to some more people about this. Of course there are other perks in a job that you need to weigh up in your overall satisfaction with employment conditions but I think that wage rates are important to get right and its true that if no one complains things stay static so I am doing some additional research of resources...


*Some sources I have found about low wages and support for workers include:

Brochures providing the following contacts:

Department of Labour: "For information on minimum employment rights or other employment relations issues visit or phone 0800 20 90 20(from the brouchure, 'Your minumum employment rights a guide for employees April 2007).

New Zealannd Council of Trade Unions Te Kauae Kaimahi: call O800 MY UNION 0800 698 646. See campaigns such as "to increase the minimum wage and end youth win decent pay increases for all workers and achieve a high wage economy.

The PSA(Public Service Association)

Pay and Employment Equity (PaEE) from the brochure:

Why is PaEE important?

==> Woman earn 14% less than men.

==> The gap is widening.

==> This means a woman will lose about $400,000 over her working life.

==> Women's skills, resources and potential are limited by the narrow range of female-dominated occupations.

My brochure also outlined;

Key reasons for the pay gap

Government's Five Year Action Plan:

Unions and employers will jointly review pay and employment equity

Gender Neutral Job Evaluation (GNJE)

Does Your workplace have a Pay Equity Issue

Plus from Building Better Businesses :

How do you go about motivating staff? Are there any benefits in motivating? Can you name say four simple techniques to gain improved motivation?

Motivation can be improved by offering staff tangible benefits, for example:

Shares in the company
Bonuses for performance
Free education courses to improve qualifications
Extra leave for study purposes
Free holiday somewhere
Dinner for two
Unexpected Gift.

Decent pay increases for all workers needs to be a priority for Council so that we can better move toward the goal of a high wage economy, with the associated health benefits and lifestyle benefits this allows. This months July 2008 increases don't reach the median hourly rate of New Zealand woman in June 2007, this is of course less than the average hourly rate of New Zealand woman in June 2007, the average hourly rate of New Zealand men and the median hourly rate of New Zealand men in June 2007.


July 06, 2008

Six Years of Sundays.

Today I celebrated working for six years as the Reference Librarian at my Library.
I was first employed to staff the Sunday shift in Reference as a new graduate in 2002
I must say I am proud to reach another yearly anniversary. I do enjoy the variety that this job brings and will go out to drinks with other staff members after todays weekend session.
There is the problem that maybe I need to begin a new topic (not so much a work diary?). Or maybe the solution is a new interface? I would like to begin a wordpress blog and I would like to put it on its own domain name - I know where to find the tutorial to do all of this.

Another new interface which I notice many of friends using, is Facebook.(
This seems more popular with people I know, than MySpace or Bebo. (Myspace is very music orientated whilst Bebo is mainly for teens with a video focus and bad colours)
However, in terms of Privacy it can be too intrusive and the minute by minute commentary can become kind of banal plus take up too much time. Sometimes better than a phone book to find a person's email address however, or if you really want to know their birthday (but when you have too many friends there can be too many birthdays!)

I just read a comment from another facebooker that, 'there are a lot of people trying to build their friends list like trophy hunters'. His advise was 'don't just add names. Take the time to build some relationships'. This can be business, social or family relationships. It's up to you because you have control of your privacy settings which I recommend that you really do explore carefully first up. But really it is an amazing tool for networking and has been popular globally. There are groups that you can join for education or politics, for example. Its over to you how clean you keep your pages and to avoid clutter whilst engaging the people you write for.
I think the blog is still best for the shorter article posted online for multiple readers.


June 28, 2008

Sound of Music at the Opera, Carpet Upgrade

Hi All,

The Week has flown by.
I am currently painting my corrogated iron back fence at home(Colour grey - dulux colour tory channel)it looks much better painted.

Attended the "Sound of Music" at Hawke's Bay Opera House. This was excellent show. With a fantastic lead almost a Julie Andrews double, custuming and stage props and overall theatrical effect were excellent. Great performance by the von Trap children.
Great work with the "doe, a deer, a female deer" vocals and the beautiful "doh re mi fa so la ti's " and favourite things and excellent voices, lights, colour and the almost 3 hours seemed to fly by. Fantastic work. I'm glad I got to go.

At the library there is continuing work with the library carpet upgrade. I think this gives the place a great lift so it has been a busy month for staff and patrons have been so patient which is great. Its good that the library has remained open throughout the month alloted to the carpet upgrade ( as I note the Taradale library is closing for 6 months this year for its upgrade). The colour of the carpet basically remains the same industrial blue, but it's definitely cleaner and brighter and now has library logos.
The new prepay Internet Caffe/Cyber Caffe with digitised log in and out is also working a treat for internet research.

Have a peaceful weekend!

(Am avoiding but reading about such topics as the Hastings Hikoi to stop violence and the political situation in Zimbabwe).



June 13, 2008

Today is World CouchSurfing Day 2008

An online network that aims to connect travellers and help them better connect with the people and places they visit is celebrating its success.

Today is World CouchSurfing Day 2008.

CouchSurfing is a movement involving more than half a million people worldwide, with the idea of helping travellers experience places and cultures by introducing them to the people who can really show them how the locals do it - the locals themselves.

And experiencing the lifestyle in Hawkes Bay is a young German working holidaymaker who has used CouchSurfing to help her make her way around Australia and New Zealand.

S W, from Cologne, decided in 2006 she wanted to spend a year in the Southern Hemisphere.

While researching how best to do this on a minimal budget she came across the CouchSurfing website.

Couchsurfing travellers can go and stay, free of charge, in the homes of people they meet on the website.

Knowing she would be asking strangers for the occasional bed when she set off on her adventures, Sonja started hosting people at her Cologne flat.

She said couchsurfing has made her trip.

"I hosted quite a few people especially during the (soccer) World Cup in 2006, and it was good for me to meet new people.

"It taught me travelling was a normal thing and not strange like my friends said."

Finding places to stay is only one thing couchsurfing offers.

"It's not necessarily about sleeping over.

"That's how it came into life but there are also meetings where people get together and do things, like go to a concert."

S came to Hawkes Bay in early February to work in an orchard, and until her job started was adrift and on her own.

Feeling lonely, she checked out the couchsurfing website and found another member here, contacted them and had a place to stay and some company until the job, which came with accommodation, began.

"My loneliness was over."

S said the couchsurfing community was not a "wonderland" of safety and security, but there were plenty of things in place like vouching and references to help people decide if they would be a good fit.

"Normally it's not a last minute thing, you exchange emails and know if you'll get along.

"If you're not rushing it's okay."

Today is World CouchSurfing Day 2008

Postnote: I read in this month's September 2008 edition of Consumer mag a 2-3 page article about couch surfing. Worth a read if you are thinking about using this service or are just interested. I've already posted the link to the main home page of in my right hand column - either under "links" or "my learning folder". :)

May 19, 2008

Ancestry Library Edition, Brookers Online

Ancestry Library Edition, Brookers Online

Hi All, recently I completed a training session on our subscription database, Ancestry Library Edition.

Ancestry covers topics such as:

Historical Records
Census & Voter Lists
- U.S. Federal Census
- UK Census Collection

Birth, Marriage & Death
- Social Security Death Index
- UK & Ireland Parish & Probate

Immigration & Emigration
- New York Passenger Lists

- WWI Draft Registration Cards
- Civil War Service Records

Directories & Member Lists
- New York City Directory, 1890
- Early UK and U.S. Directories

Court, Land, Wills & Financial
- Texas Land Title Abstracts
- Middlesex, MA Probate Index

Dictionaries, Encyclopedias & Reference
- Genealogical Library Master Index

Stories & Publications
Stories, Memories & Histories
- Slave Narratives

Newspapers & Periodicals
- Virginia Genealogical Society Qtrly
- Railway Gazetter Worldwide

Photos & Maps
- U.S. School Yearbooks

Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Trees & Community
- Ancestry World Tree
- Message Boards

The Scope of this database is truely exciting with new information added daily.

This week, in our work based training we focused on immigration and emmigration and searched for information from the passenger lists. We also looked at photo and map archives in this truely huge and growing database. Because of my recent studies on African Americans and History (when I helped leading New Zealand author, Alan Duff with some book selections and information sourcing) I was really interested to read the "Slave Narratives" listed above in the stories and Publications part. We also briefly looked at adding your family tree and the live discussion threads from geneologists from all over the globe...

Previous to this I also attended a refresher course on the database Brookers Online which provided up to date information on

NZ Law Partner Legislation and Cases
Bills, Statutes, Regulations
Caselaw: Briefcase with Viewcase links
Building Law in NZ
Local Government Law in NZ
Resource Management.

This training involves some hands on testing and answering of questions to assist to orient us around the programme. I think this may have been my fifth training session on this, as we get a refresher once a year, however they are always welcome because my use of this database in rather intermittant and needed refreshing. Also the scope of the database is consistently being upgraded and updated.

I would encourage you to try Ancestry Online at your library next time you visit. I imagine this is available in many countries. NZ readers can access Brookers Online in NZ Libraries!


Ancestry Library Edition, Brookers Online

April 30, 2008

Languages, NZSL


Human Rights Comission 2007 annual report: chapter on languages.

New Zealand Sign Lanugage in now one of New Zealand's Official three languages. In New Zealand over 27,000 people use New Zealand Sign Lanugage. It is the twelfth most frequently spoken language in New Zealand. NZ Sign Lanugage Week is in the first week of May 2008.

The chapter on languages in the Human Rights Commission's annual report was released on 21 February 2008 at Te Papa, Wellington by the Race Relations Commissioner Joris De Bres, to mark the UN International Year of Languages.
New Zealand Sign Language is recognised in the New Zealand Curriculum as one of the three official languages that may be studied as a first or additional language.

New Zealand Sign Language(NZSL) in the New Zealand Curriculum was launched in March 2007. This comprises guidelines for teachers to plan and implement relevant programmes. The NZSL Curriculum: - provides the basic information about the history of sign language and New Zealand Deaf culture.

The New Zealand Deaf Film Festival was also held in May 2007 in Auckland, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch and Dunedin. The festival promoted Deaf culture and language via the medium of short films.

For more information:

(Good to follow the above link to search tki for any other language resource also)

Phone Infoline 0800 496 877
TTY: 0800 150 111 (Tele type writer, you need a special keyboard attached to your phone; know at TTY Internationally.
(hrc = human rights commission)

If you would like to find out more about New Zealand Sign Language Teachers Association contact:


For online lessons, see:

To download the Fingerspelling diagrams see:
Fingerspelling is a useful starting point as it is used to spell names and places and words for which there is no direct translation.
See also on this page how to introduce yourself; My name is ----. And how to say Thankyou.

I attended a one year course of this about 15 years ago as a student at night school, but I must confess I have not used it much since, however I always enjoy to revisit this skill. I still have a folder of handouts and handwritten notes taken. The Tutor was deaf and some in the class were deaf or had family members who were deaf. Both parents and children attended this night class.

Update: Found this contact info in a later library display in 2009.

Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand Tangata Turi.
2 White Street, Taradale Napier 4112 , New Zealand.

TTY 06 845 9007
Fax 06 8441208
Phone 06 845 9008.

Surprised about the fax- less than 20% use in NZ now.
I decided to stop paying the 2.50 per month for mine this month.


Need an Interpreter?
From the Office of Ethnic Affairs Te Tari Matawaka 0800 656 656
Language Line Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm

I need an interpreter

I speak ____________

Translation Service 04 4702920


April 24, 2008

Anzac Day Sources, comprehensive

Anzac Day Sources, comprehensive
Dear all, you are welcome to view this update from the newsletter, 24 April 2008 of which I am a subscriber.
ANZAC Day is this Friday (tomorrow). Schools here currently have a holiday for two weeks which is great. To see my post on this from this time in 2007 which reviews some additional great sources, search "anzac" in the search archives field at top right of blog. Kind regards, Helena

Military Mascots
New Zealanders have one of the highest pet ownership rates in the world.
Wartime was no different. Take a tour through this menagerie of military
mascots - dogs, cats, donkeys, monkeys, pigs, goats and birds. There's
the famous white bull terrier Major 'Major', along with the less
well-known - but very cute - slow lauris adopted by the 1RNZIR in
Borneo. See them all here:

Check out the range of Anzac Day material available through Ministry for
Culture and Heritage websites:

Anzac Day (
History of the day and the Anzac tradition.

Gallipoli Campaign (
Discover how British (including New Zealand) and French forces battled
the Ottoman Empire - modern Turkey - for control of the Gallipoli
peninsula for nine months in 1915.

Memorials Register (
Make a virtual visit to your local memorial through our register of over
450 memorials - tell us if you can't find it here.

Anzac Day in The Classroom (
Activities and a quiz to help with teaching students about Anzac Day and
the Gallipoli Campaign.

War and Society (
A huge range of material about the experiences of New Zealand and New
Zealanders at war in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Anzac Day - A Guide for New Zealanders (
Information on the significance of Anzac Day, how we commemorate it
today and a virtual guide of the Gallipoli peninsula. It features a
searchable database of all New Zealanders who died at Gallipoli.

Anzac Day Events
Find out what is going on in your area on Anzac Day at

In addition this page has been very well developed at the Hastings District Library ==>

Plus this is listed as a hot topic on the tki website.

We went to the service in HNth and were suitably impressed with the turnout. Nice to see families wearing the badges rewarded for service, the remaining soldiers. Speeches honouring the dead and those who continue to serve in the military, plus an equally if not stronger message of peace and non military response to problems which is only appropriate in my view.
Public Holiday in NZ and Australia.

Anzac Day Sources, comprehensive

April 14, 2008

Re: cluster map update!

All my dots are well and truely gone from the cluster map at right! Thanks so much to my avid readers in New Zealand the United States, UK, Australia and Canada (These were the areas showing where readers who read the blog most came from) as well as the the many other viewers from so many countries: Asia, Southeast Asia, South america, continental europe etc.
See Cluster Maps explaination below of their archiving policy. As I am on the free membership I have not saved a copy of my "big map" covered in the red dots but know that it did plot the travels of some friends of mine and it is always interesting to see a hit in a country where you know your friend is visiting!!

I see a note saying "This map was (or will be) archived", or I've noticed that my lovely dots are gone. What does this mean?
This notification (and the sudden disappearance of dots) means that a regular (normally yearly) archive has either just occurred or is imminent (for some users, this happens monthly or weekly, as explained below). Your old thumbnail maps (or bigger maps for ClustrMaps+ users) will remain available in a stored archive, which is accessible as follows: when you zoom in to the world map, you'll see (high up on the page) a line labelled:

Navigation: Map with smaller clustrs | Maps Archive | Notes | Full Map Key

The second link ('Maps Archive') will take you to the page where your previous thumbnail map is stored (ClustrMaps+ users have a large list of complete earlier maps, including all the zoomed-in maps). You can click on the dates shown or 'turn thumbnails... on' to see the earlier map....

If it helps to explain things to your own readers, you can always copy and paste the archive map referred to above (right-click and Save as... or right-click and View Image and note the URL and use that), and add that in to the appropriate page near your current active ClustrMaps thumbnail map with a suitable commentary (e.g. "Last year's totals:"). Note that for users of the free ClustrMaps service, only the thumbnail maps, i.e. NOT the large maps, are saved in the archive! This news does not do you much good after-the-fact, but we're trying to make it more obvious in advance in other places throughout the site, and as of October 2007 we have added advance warning emails to let you know when this is about to happen so you can save a snapshot of your older map.
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