First ever Tokelau Language Week 29 October to 4 November

   Malo ni, that’s hello in Tokelauan.

   This week is the first celebration of  Tokelau language week from 29 October to 4 November.

The theme is

Ke mau ki pale o Tokelau : Holdfast to the treasures of Tokelau

 About 2500 Tokelauans speak in te gagana Tokelau in New Zealand.

Learn to say three words in te gagana Tokelau here.

Did you know Tokelau is due to switch its generators off at the end of 2012 and become fully solar powered. Read about their upcoming tranformation to totally renewable energy at New Zealand Aid Programme  and in Spasifik Magazine (Sep/Oct 2012 issue).

Also here are some simple readers  in our Library to help you learn a few words in te gagana Tokelau.

Baker, V (2011) Ko loto o toku fale = Inside my house

Baker, V. (2011) Ko na fuainumela = Numbers 1-10

Baker, V. (2011) Ko na vaega o te tino = Parts of the body

Baker, V. (2011) Ko na lanu = colours

Manuia te aho 

(Have a good day)

How do I find authoritative information using Google?

You can use the following checklist to decide whether your website is authoritative.

    Website evaluation checklist

  • What credentials does the author / creator have? Can you find other evidence of these credentials? Try Googling the author to find out anything else that might verify  credentials.
  • Read the “About us” on the web page. What is the purpose of the website? Is there evidence here to support the accuracy and reliability of the website’s content.
  • Is the website biased?
  • Is there a date on the website? Is it regularly updated? Never use undated statistical or factual information.
  • Are there references to the website’s own sources of information? How reliable are these sources?

Here are some websites that are hoaxes – How do they measure up against the checklist?

Moonbeam Enterprises – Want to vacation on the moon?

California’s velcro crop

To improve the quality of your Google search results you can use Google Scholar and Google Advanced Search:

 Google Scholar

  • To find it search Google for  “ Scholar“. Click the first link to open it.
  • Add the link or URL to your bookmarks toolbar or favourites toolbar for quick access.
  • Google Scholar will find authoritative information including peer-reviewed articles, books, and more.
  • (Click here to find out “What is a peer-reviewed article?”)

Google Advanced Search

  • To find it search Google for  “Advanced“.
  • Click on the first  link to open Google Advanced.
  • Add the Google Advanced link or URL to your bookmarks toolbar or favourites toolbar for quick access.

To find Google Advanced you can also

a.  select the Gear icon in the right of the screen after your first Google Search then

b.  select Google Advanced.

Using Google Advanced:

  • Enter your search terms
  • Add an authoritative site or domain extension in the  “Site or domain” area e.g. is used in the example below.
  • Press “enter” on your keyboard to activate the search.

Some examples of New Zealand Domain name extensions

The websites which use the following domain name extensions in blue have been  either moderated by an expert panel or are more likely to include authoritative information useful for tertiary studies.

For more information on domain name extensions 

Read page 10. for  current second level NZ domain names as of September 2012 from the Domain Name Commission

Read here for  the moderated NZ domain names i.e domains that are checked for greater authority from the Domain Name Commission

Read here for International domain name extensions from Wikipedia

e.g. Site or  domain     .au to find Australian websites,

.jp to find Japanese websites, etc.

.mobi to find mobile compatible sites

Become a Google aficionado and read Miller, M (2008) Googlepedia or quickly learn some awesome Google search techniques delivered by a Google Research scientist, Russell Beck and investigative reporter John Tedesco who attended his seminar.


Happy  Googling! 

Beauty and the Beast

NASDA's Beauty and the Beast

NASDA’s latest show, Beauty and the Beast, opens tomorrow night (Thursday) at the Ashburton Events Centre.

Based on the much-loved animated film, this stage show includes all the characters and songs you know, as well as some new ones created just for the stage. The look of the film is also carefully recreated using some amazing costumes.

For more information, and to book tickets, see here

If you want to try out some of the songs for yourself, you can borrow the vocal selections (with piano and guitar music) from the library.

Exams soon? Need some strategies?

Come along to our free lunchtime seminar this Thursday, 18 October, 12.05-1 PM, in L202 (upstairs in the Atrium). We’ll look at how you can prepare for the exam, and some on-the-day strategies. Bring your lunch and your classmates!

If you can’t make it to the seminar, check out these useful resources about exam preparation and other study skills, or come and talk to one of our friendly learning advisors in Learning Services, upstairs in the Library.

What is a peer reviewed article?

Sometimes your assignment may ask you to use scholarly or peer reviewed articles.

        What is a peer reviewed article?

An article that is peer reviewed will appear in a scholarly or refereed journal. This means the article has been assessed by other experts or scholars in that field of study before it is accepted for publication in that journal. An example of a peer reviewed journal would be British Medical Journal

  •  Typically each article in these journals have a reference list at the end to tell you where the information came from which supports it being accurate and authoritative.

Examples of journals that are  not peer reviewed can be viewed at New Zealand Magazines

  •  Typically there are no references at the end of these articles about where the information came from.

 Where can I find peer reviewed articles?

Look in our databases.

How do I find your databases?

1. From the Library home page at select the Subject Guides link.


2. Then select the subject guide for your area of study.

3. Then select Databases / Articles tab.

In this example I went to the Business subject guide first and chose Databases /Articles.

Which is the best database to use?

Generally the Recommended databases in your subject area are the best to try first.

If you need assistance with finding peer reviewed articles on your topic you can:

  • make an appointment with a librarian by ringing 9408089 or freephone 0800 24 24 76 and ask for the Learning Resource Centre.
  • email
  • come to the  Service Desk in the Learning Resource Centre.

Māori – New resources – October 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.

Click here to learn about RSS feeds if you would like to follow our Māori blogposts.

 New resources:

 Mutu, Margaret (2011) The state of Māori rights Documents the increasing determination of Māori to assert their rights, including both successes and setbacks.

Tangaere-Manuel, Cushla (2012) Toku reo toku ohohoho (DVD) Toku Reo Toku Ohooho is a DVD for beginners and learners of Te Reo.

Roskruge, N. (2012) Tahua-roa, korare = Food for your visitors, Māori green vegetables : their history and tips on their use

Includes Korare o te māra : cultivated greens — Korare o te wai : greens from the water — Korare o te wao nui o Tāne : greens of the bush and forest — Korare māheuheu : weeds as gardens.

Huia (2012) Huia’s waiata (CD)

This is an ambient world music album filled with layers of electric resonance, moonlit forest nights, bonfire happiness and nan’s lace doilies. This album was produced by Huia for the simple enjoyment of creating music to share and to parallel her journey learning the poetic Māori language. Huia’s waiata are in te reo Māori.

Did you know that there is a wealth of Māori content in eTV?

Visit eTV and choose Polytechnic / Wananga, select Christchurch Polytechnic and use your CPIT username and password to sign in.

Just a tiny sample of what you can see on eTV.

Click the links to the videos below to open them directly.

Rain of the Children 

Vincent Ward weaves drama with documentary to unravel the extraordinary story of Puhi, the Tuhoe woman who welcomed the young filmmaker into her home in 1978. Duration: 1 hour 45 mins.

Pippi Longstocking ( animated series in te reo Māori)

He pakiwaituhi mo Pippi Longstocking, he nanakia he kotiro whero ona huruhuru i puta mai i nga tuhinga o mua. He aha nga mahi ka mahi ia me ona hoa i tenei wiki. (TUATAHI)The adventures of a nine-year-old girl with red braids that stick out sideways.

Pakipumuka Aotearoa – Powhiri – Welcome or Not  

Traditional Maori welcoming ceremonies – powhiri – are rituals of encounter intended to bring people together safely and with dignity. We continue the custom in contemporary New Zealand, on and off marae. But the practice has the power to both unite and divide, at times coming to national attention, for example, when probation officer Josie Bullock refused to sit behind male colleagues at a Department of Corrections powhiri. This documentary invites viewers to ponder the place of Maori language and culture in modern Aotearoa.

Pakipumuka Aotearoa – Maori Boy Genius

The one-hour documentary tells the story of Ngaa Rauuira Puumanawawhiti, a Hawke’s Bay teenager whose educational drive saw him accepted into Yale University at an age most people are still at high school.

A product of the kura kaupapa Maori language education system, Ngaa Rauuira, learnt English when he was four and continued to show an extraordinary talent for learning.

The eldest of six children in a low-income family, he started his first university degree when he was 12 and then set his sights on securing a place at Yale.

Tertiary ICT Conference

CPIT is hosting the 30th Tertiary ICT conference this week. Take a look at the trades display in the Atrium, showcasing new technologies and ICT solutions.

The library after-hours returns will be unavailable for the next three days so please pop into the Library with your returns. Give us a ring 03 940 8089, or email if you are not able to return your items during opening hours

We apologise for the inconvenience.