The sound of silence – Quiet Study Room now available

There is a dedicated quiet study space available in the Library. The Waimakariri River Room – L215 (by the lift on Level 2) has been fitted out with study carrels to be used for silent, individual study.

Quiet Study Room L215
The design of the Library is well suited to collaborative and group study, and it has been great to see so many students enjoying the relaxed environment, making use of the wifi, the computer suites and the collections.  But we do know that sometimes you just need a quiet space to study, and it can be hard to find.
Level 2 is a designated quiet study zone, but when the Library is full and ‘humming’ downstairs, the noise flows up the open stairwell, making it hard to maintain a quiet atmosphere upstairs.
 The Waimakariri Room is now available for quiet individual study. If you are wanting to work in a group, or with a partner, please work downstairs, or book one of the other River Rooms.  
 
Enjoy! ….quietly.

Māori Collection – New resources – February 2012

Click on any title below to view its details in our Primo Library catalogue. If you would like to request any of these, sign in first and then select Request. (Hint: the sign in is in the top right corner once you have clicked on the resource.

For more resources on, by or in Māori be sure to visit the subject guide.

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New books:

Ngā Mōrehu = The survivors : the life histories of eight Māori women

In eight remarkable oral histories, Nga Morehu brings alive the experience of Maori women from the mid-twentieth century.

Winitana, C. (2011). Tōku reo, tōku ohooho :  ka whawhai tonu mātou = My language, my inspiration : the struggle continues

This version is in te reo Māori. It traces the journey between 1972 and 2008 to revitalise the Maori language. It provides interviews with two dozen people who were active in the fight for the Maori language and includes photographs of key events and people.

Robinson, J. (2011) The corruption of New Zealand democracy: a Treaty industry overview

A controversial work on a different view of Treaty of Waitangi issues.  The publisher’s description includes “Maori society was in disarray in the early nineteenth century. While slavery in the deep south of the USA was terrible, in New Zealand it was brutal, with unexpected death and cannibalism a constant threat. There was mass killing. In the years following the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, British forces imposed peace, bringing an end to intertribal warfare, torture, slavery and cannibalism. The Maori population steadily recovered from the ravages of the terrible past…”

New CDs:

Gillanders, G. (comp.) (2011). Waiata:  Māori showbands, balladeers & pop stars

A two CD set including popular songs, mostly in English, sung by Māori artists including Howard Morrison, Mark Williams and John Rowles.

New Zealand. Army. Expeditionary Force, 2nd. Battalion, 28.(2006). Ake ake kia kaha e : songs of the NZ 28 Māori Battalion

Most of the recordings in this 2 CD set were made at either Papakura Military Camp, New Zealand, May 1940; at Maadi Camp, Cairo, Egypt in 1941; and North Africa in 1942 or Taranto, Italy November 1943.

New DVD:

Mune, I. (Director) (2011). Billy T : te movie

This DVD explores Billy’s extraordinary talent as musician, singer, comedian, actor, writer and artist … and maybe even uncover the source of his trademark giggle.

“well begun is half done”

All of us can have trouble with is keeping track of the information stored on our computer.   We need to get better organised.

One of the simplest ways is to create folders for each of your courses or interests.  As computers sort folders alphabetically the first word of a folder name should be the one that best represents its content.    Sub-folders can also be created within each folder and named in the same way.   Example:  a folder for a course with sub-folders for each assignment.

These folders can be used on your H drive at CPIT, backup pen drive and other storage.  This way when you go looking for saved articles, assignments and information on a topic, they will be located in a few well organised locations.  These folder names can also be used for your website bookmarks.   No more time spent looking through disorganised files.  Try it, it works!

Pasifika Collection – New resources – February 2012

Click on any title below to view its details in our Primo Library catalogue. If you would like to request any of these, sign in first and then select Request. (Hint: the sign in is in the top right corner once you have clicked on the resource.

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New CD / DVD

Crummer, W. (2011). Shoebox love songs

A CD and DVD combo featuring traditional Rarotongan songs, arranged and performed by Will Crummer, except “Tama ine”, written by Pepe and Sonny Terei ; with additional musicians.

New books:

Moala, K. (2009) In search of the friendly isles

“In search of the Friendly Islands lifts the lid on many contemporary social issues and dilemmas facing South Pacific nations. The issues that led to the unprecedented explosion of violence on 16 November 2006 that resulted in the deaths of eight people and the destruction of 80 percent of the central business district of the Tongan capital, Nuku’alofa, are among topics explored by the book.”

Mila, K. (2008) A well written body

The second collection of poetry by award-winning poet Karlo Mila, accompanied by paintings by Delicia Sampero. The poetry and art focuses on issues (identity, belonging, birth, being a mother, wife and lover) that resonate for both women. The poetry and the artwork were created together, with each artist influencing the other. Karlo Mila is a New-Zealand born Pasifika poet of Tongan, Pakeha and Samoan descent. Delicia Sampero was born in Germany and emigrated with her family to the Hawkes Bay in 1984.

Adams, M. (2010) Tatau: Samoan tattoo, New Zealand art, global culture

Samoan tattoing, or tatau is an ancient Polynesian art tradition and rite of passage that reaches its most powerful expression in the full body male tattoo, the pe’a. Building on the internationally touring exhibition Tatau, this extraordinary series of images by leading photographer Mark Adams documents the story of tatau in the Pacific and its remarkable globalisation.

Mangos, T (2011) Patterns of the past: tattoo revival in the Cook Islands

Patterns of the Past traces the history and practice of tattooing (tātatau) through the ancient oral traditions of the Cook Island people, as well as from reports of early Western visitors and rich archival material. The book looks at the current practices of contemporary Cook Island tattooists, what the tattoos mean and what techniques and instruments are traditionally used. More than 250 colour and black and white images included.

Campbell, I.C (2011) Tonga’s way to democracy

In 2010 after more than a century of oligarchical government Tonga made the bold step to full parliamentary democracy, catching up with the rest of the islands in the  Pacific. This book tells the story of that reform, of the long protest movement that preceded it and how the royal family abruptly espoused democracy.