International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

“Indigenous peoples have rich and ancient cultures, and view their social, economic, environmental and spiritual systems as interdependent, and have beliefs that are crucial to the sustainable development of the Earth.”

Selwyn Katene and Rawiri Taonui
Image by rmadison from Pixabay

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples seeks to raise awareness of the indigenous peoples’ fight for recognition and justice across the globe. Throughout colonisation processes, indigenous peoples experienced different levels of physical and symbolic violence, land dispossession, cultural assimilation and a loss of language. The legacy of colonialism, however, is not restricted to the past. Today many groups still struggle with persisting inequality. Supporting indigenous peoples’ rights and valuing indigenous peoples’ knowledge and culture is the responsibility of all of us.

You can learn about this year’s theme “COVID-19 and indigenous peoples’ resilience” and the history of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2020 on the United Nations website.

If you would like to know more about indigenous peoples’ rights and the impacts of colonialism, here are some of the resources available in the library:

Cant, G., Goodall, A., & Inns, J. (Eds.) (2005). Discourses and silences: Indigenous peoples, risks and resistance. Christchurch, New Zealand: University of Canterbury.

Consedine, B., & Consedine, J. (2012). Healing our history: The challenge of the Treaty of Waitangi (Rev. ed.). Auckland, New Zealand: Penguin.

Cooper, F. (2005). Colonialism in question: Theory, knowledge, history. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Hokowhitu, B., Kermoal, N., Andersen, C., Petersen, A., Reilly, M., Altamirano-Jiménez, I., & Rewi, P. (Eds.) (2010). Indigenous identity and resistance: Researching the diversity of knowledge. Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

Katene, S., & Taonui, R. (Eds.) (2018). Conversations about Indigenous rights: The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Aotearoa New Zealand. Auckland, New Zealand: Massey University Press.

Sorrenson, M. (2014). Ko te whenua te utu = Land is the price: Essays on Māori history, land and politics. Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University Press.

Tidwell, A., & Zellen, B. (Eds.) (2016). Land, indigenous peoples and conflict. London, England: Routledge.

Whitt, L. (2009). Science, colonialism, and indigenous peoples: The cultural politics of law and knowledge. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Even more ebook resources for Covid time from Elsevier, Proquest and EBSCO

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If you have searched Primo Library Search and your Subject Guide and still need a few more resources for your assignment you can also search the below sources which have been made available temporarily by our vendors for the Covid period.

  • Bloomsbury Fashion Central – Includes Berg Fashion Library, Fairchild Books Library, Fashion Photography Archive and Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases. (Until 31/05/20)
  • EBSCO –  Faculty Select allows you to access quality open textbooks. Limit your search to OER and you will get a range of open access eBooks. This includes some New Zealand content. (Until 30/06/20)
  • EBSCO – Harvard Business Review Press Collection.  Includes over 600 eBooks. (Until 30/05/20)
  • National Emergency Library from Internet Archive – a temporary collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed. This is a good place to look for an older edition of your textbook if you can’t access the latest edition.
  • Nursing and allied health textbooks from Wolters Kluwer available online (Wolters Kluwer have kindly extended our trial access from 25/5 until 25/6/20 although access may be delayed from 25/5/20 in the transition to the extended trial period.)
  • Proquest Ebook Central – The place to find many online textbooks with increased accessibility thanks to our Elsevier, Proquest, and EBSCO vendors (Full access ends on 30 June 2020 when some textbooks will revert to either 1 user or 3 user access). A nice feature of using Proquest Ebook Central is that a search shows both book results and chapter results. You can also access it from the Databases A-Z in Primo. Watch this 3 minute YouTube video on using Proquest Ebooks Central for more tips.
  • Proquest’s Research Companion– great tips in video format to tackle your research assignment (Available until 30 June 2020) .

So keep safe in your bubble and remember to email or use the Ask Live chat service if you need help.

More nursing and allied health online resources from Wolters Kluwer

In a previous blogpost we promoted our short term access to key nursing textbooks from Wolters Kluwer via our link to Ovid Books .

(Wolters Kluwer have kindly extended our trial access from 25/5 until 25/6/20 although access may be delayed from 25/5/20 in the transition to the extended trial period.)

You can also access this from the Books/Ebooks tab of the  NursingMidwifery and Osteopathy subject guides and from the Databases A-Z, all of which are available from the Primo Library Search tile in your My Ara app.

New ebooks – The Treaty of Waitangi Collection from Bridget Williams Books

We have just added The Treaty of Waitangi Collection of ebooks from Bridget Williams Books to  our ebook collection. This collection brings together leading thinking on this foundational document, including works by acclaimed scholars such as Claudia Orange, Judith Binney, Vincent O’Malley, Alan Ward and Aroha Harris.

BWB Collections platform  is built on the Amazon Web Services Cloud to provide an ultra-reliable service. Full book chapters regularly take just two seconds to load.

As well as key resources like Claudia Orange’s The story of a treaty and Anderson, Binney & Harris’s Tangata Whenua : a history, there is an Index to the Treaty of Waitangi Collection which enables readers to search by Iwi or Place.

You can access The Treaty of Waitangi Collection from the Tiriti o Waitangi page of every Subject Guide including the Ao Māori Subject Guide.

Each of the books in the BWB Collection are also individually catalogued in Primo Library Search e.g.

Best of luck with your studies.

Noho ora mai



Key Nursing Textbooks Available Online During COVID-19 Lockdown

Wolters Kluwer have kindly extended our trial access from 25/5/20 until 25/6/20 although access may be delayed briefly from 25/5/20 in the transition to the extended trial period. 

Access these Ovid Books from Wolters Kluwer here.

How To Access the Textbooks

  1. Click on the link above
  2. Login with your Moodle username and password

3. Choose the title you want to access, and select View in Book Reader  (eg. Nursing research)

4. A page with the book will open. Search by clicking on the magnifying glass icon on the top left.

5. To browse the book, click on “Table of contents” and get to the lowest level. Eg. content won’t display if you click on “Part 1″, you have to click on a (sub)chapter ” – Research problems…”

You can also access this from the Books/Ebooks tab of the  Nursing, Midwifery and Osteopathy subject guides and from Databases A-Z / Ovid Books

The online books are also now available through our Primo search catalog.

Please contact us if you have trouble accessing the books.

Learning in Difficult Times: 10 MOOC for Library Staff Members

As of yesterday, all librarians across New Zealand are staying at home. It’s an unusual and unprecedented situation. I’m sure that a lot of librarians can keep working from home and have some projects for their libraries to develop.

But I also think that there are plenty of librarians whose primary role is customer service and they might not have too many projects that they could work on while spending the following weeks in self-isolation. For them but also for many others including me it’s a great time to work on our self-development.

Developing new skills is something we know that we should be doing. However, in our busy day-to-day library duties there is often not enough time to do so.

I’m bringing you a few tips on MOOC (Massive Online Open Course), with regard to which content could be useful in your library job. You might find that some of the courses below are not suited for your particular library role, but I don’t intend to provide an exhaustive list of the massive online open courses suitable for a librarian. I’d like you to get inspired to use the following weeks in a productive and positive way.

10 Online MOOC for Librarians

1. Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects

In this course you’ll learn how to learn. Learning and memory techniques, dealing with procrastination and many more. The course provides a good foundation for your future studies.

2. How To Create a Website in a Weekend! (Project-Centered Course)

Each library would benefit from having its own website or a blog. In this course you’ll learn how to do that in a way that is best suited for your needs. Not many MOOC are project-centered so take this opportunity while you can!

3. Copyright for Educators & Librarians

The course is focused on the problem of copyright in U.S. libraries. Even though it’s about U.S. copyright, it’s highly valuable as many sites like Wikipedia follows U.S. copyright law.

4. Search Education Online

This is an education course provided by Google. You can learn how to improve your Google search skills and how to become a more effective and faster fact finder. What else could be more essential in the Time of Google?

5. Excel Skills for Business Specialization

There is barely a more versatile and valuable skill than mastering Excel. Once you become an expert in Excel, you’ll be a valuable workmate in any office. The course is focused on its business use but what’s useful for business can surely be used in the library environment too.

6. Strategic Planning for Public Libraries

This is quite an essential MOOC for a variety of libraries. Explore methods of effective planning and its delivery. The course is provided by The University of Michigan.

7. Public Library Marketing and Public Relations

Learn how to develop effective marketing and PR strategies to help share your library’s programs, services, and value with the broader community.

8. Identifying Community Needs for Public Library Management

The course provides an overview on how to design research, surveys, and interviews. You can also learn how to analyse data to better assess the local wants and needs of a public library community.

9. Become a Data Analyst

This is a slightly more specialized course for librarians who work with data. You’ll learn how to use Python, SQL, and statistics for your data-drive library solutions.

10. Masterpieces of World Literature

This is a course for more “classic” librarians provided by Harvard University. From The Epic of Gilgamesh to Goethe.

Reach your goals the SMART way

We all have goals – things we would like to achieve. As a tertiary student, it’s savvy to prioritise your goals.

You may have goals to:

  • Get higher grades in your assessments
  • Take a holiday after the exams

These are worthy goals – you’ll feel great when you make them happen. To reach your goals, you need to use a proven way to get started.

You need to set SMART goals to ensure that you get what you want. SMART typically stands for:

S: Specific

M: Measurable

A: Achievable

R: Relevant

T: Time-bound

Let’s take a look at 2 examples of SMART goals in action:


I want to score better grades


I want to score an A- or higher in each of my courses.


Tomorrow at 2 pm, I will access the Ara Learning Services Exams and Tests resources

I will note down the advice given and take steps to study more effectively.


Tomorrow, after accessing the Exams and Tests resources, I’ll create a weekly time schedule. I’ll use the tips found in:

Organising Your Time

Organising Your Time handout

My schedule will show my class times, part-time work hours, self-study times, breaks and leisure times.

I’ll plan enough time each week to study each course.

I’ll consistently use improved learning strategies based on the Exams and Tests resources and:

How to Learn

How to learn handout


I have the potential to score better grades, as I have obtained good grades like B.

Excellent grades will jump-start my career when I graduate.

I’ll be more likely to get an attractive job offer sooner.

My self-confidence will increase.


In the coming exams, I’ll be scoring more A- or higher grades in my courses.

In a year’s time, I’ll have more A- or better grades.


I want to save for my holiday

Specific: I’d like to save $200 for my holiday in Nelson.


I’ll take a close look at my finances tomorrow – my monthly income and expenses.

I’ll write down the ways I can reduce my spending.

I’ll think of new part-time work to look for.


Every Saturday I’ll record my savings, income and expenses.


I would like a Nelson holiday with friends during the summer break. It would be a reward for my hard work.


I’ll have saved $200 in 6 weeks’ time (I’ve calculated that I can save $33.33 per week).

I’ll go on my Nelson holiday in mid-January 2020.

Saving money regularly is a great habit to develop. But are you doing everything you can to protect your money and financial information?

Use these 14 Ways to Protect Your Money and Financial information

These 2 examples above show that setting SMART goals makes them more than just wishes or dreams. SMART goals give you focus and clarity regarding:

  • What exactly is your goal? (Specific)
  • What exactly must you do, by what deadline? (Measurable & Achievable)
  • Why and how are your goals important to you? (Relevant)
  • When can you reasonably expect to reach your goals? (Time-bound)


How to stay the course and reach your SMART goals

How do you stay on track with the goals you’ve set? Some ways are:

  • Vision: Create a vision board or vision screen – look for attractive pictures, whether hard copy or online. Display in prominent places the pictures of your goals e.g. photos of the places where you plan to holiday. Make the pictures a part of your phone or computer home screen.
  • Reminders: Give yourself reminders – you can use phone apps or a digital/hard copy organiser.
  • Reward: Reward yourself for the milestones achieved, to sustain your momentum towards reaching your goals. Treat yourself to a special meal or a present.


Step 1: Write your SMART goals.

Step 2: Keep yourself rewarded and motivated.

Step 3: Stay the course and walk the talk.

Step 4: Relish reaching your goals. Rejoice.


Start making and carrying out SMART goals to succeed. Check out these videos to find out more:

All the best and good luck!

Take action and make all your SMART goals come true


Leonard Yeo

Learning Services

Exams coming up? Feeling a bit stressed and Overwhelmed?

It’s the start of November and the end of the academic year is not far away.  The good news is, this means that summer is just around the corner, hot sun, ice cream, the beach and Christmas!!!  The bad news is that you probably have lots of assignments and exams to get out of the way first. So here are some tips to help you keep calm and manage that stress as you head towards the end of the academic year. 

Take Care of Yourself

This seems really obvious, but how many of us focus on this?  To be at your best, you need to:

  • Eat well – Going to MacDonald’s, Denny’s and hell pizza are quick and easy ways to get food.  But the body needs a balanced, healthy diet.  Try to cook some basic meals with fresh ingredients instead of relying on takeaways and pre-made meals. 
  • Be well hydrated – not with Alcohol.  That’s only going to give you a sore head and impede your ability to concentrate.  Go easy on the beer, wine and spirits and drink plenty of water instead.  You should be drinking about a litre a day.  
  • Get plenty of sleep – most people need seven to eight hours sleep per night to function well.  If you are having trouble sleeping, try doing something relaxing before you go to bed.  You might read a book, talk to a friend, watch TV but turn off your computer, turn your phone off or at least have it on silent and put your study materials to one side.   When you’re going to sleep, reduce as much light and sound distraction as possible from your room.  
  • Get some exercise – you don’t have to go and work out at the gym, although some of you might enjoy this.  But at least get outside and go for a walk each day to get some fresh air and avoid being cooped up studying all day. 

Plan your studies

Picture of a diary in lap of person wearing an orange top, they are about to write in it with a pencil.

This is important, create yourself a study timetable.  Make yourself a weekly planning chart or use the one that Learning Services has.  You may need one for each week between now and the day of your last exam or last assignment due date. 

Start by putting in all the commitments you have for example, work, classes and other regular commitments.  Then block out the time you get up and get ready in the morning, your lunch break and the time to prepare and make your evening meal.  Indicate the time you go to bed. 

Make a list of all the study tasks you have to do and when each piece is due in.  Estimate how long you think each task will take you. 

Now place these tasks into your weekly study timetable.  Remember, you need to leave some time to go for a walk or do something enjoyable each day, even if it’s just half an hour. 

Keep to your plan.  Keep referring back to it to make sure you are following your timetable.

At the end of the week, review your plan and see if you achieved everything you wanted to.  If not, make sure you carry these tasks forward into the next weeks plan. 

The day of the exam

So the day of the exam is here and you’re feeling nervous.   Don’t worry, that’s perfectly normal and not a bad thing.  Anxiety is a natural response, it’s one of our basic survival instincts and has helped humans survive over hundreds of years.  Anxiety gets us into an alert state where we are ready to do one of two things, fight or flight.  That is, stay and face the challenge head on or run away before whatever is scaring has a chance to cause you harm. 

Anxiety can be our friend, it helps us feel alert and take notice of our environment, it helps us focus on the task we are about to do.  However, when we become too anxious then anxiety becomes a problem. 

If you’re sitting in an exam and you start to feel anxious and feel like running away and leaving the exam room, stop.  Take some deep breaths.  Breathe in through the nose, hold your breath for five seconds and release your breath slowly through your mouth.  Do this several times until you feel calmer. 

Another way to calm down in an exam is to focus on something else for a while.  Try this exercise.  Stop what you are doing and sit still and say to yourself:

  1. List five things I can see (do this in your head);
  2. List four things I can hear
  3. List three things I can touch (your hair, your desk, your pen etc);
  4. List two things I can smell (this is getting harder but try, move on if you can’t do it);
  5. List one thing I can taste (it might be what you had for breakfast). 

Do it again if you need to. 

The idea is that this is activity takes your focus away from the panic and brings you back into the present environment.  It centres you in that environment.  When you feel calmer go back to the test or exam you are doing. 

It is perfectly fine to spend the first ten minutes of your exam doing relaxation exercises so that you are calm and can begin. 

So, take care of yourself, plan your time, stay calm.

Good luck.

Advice from Pauline Melham, Manager – Disability Services.

A quick refresher on APA referencing

The end of the year is nigh (…yes, regardless of the wintery weather!…), and those scary submission deadlines for final assignments are also creeping dangerously close.

With so much research to complete and writing to do, APA referencing seems like a minor thing to be worried about. But don’t be fooled by the APA’s apparent insignificance; in some cases, the correct referencing can “make or break” your final mark, contributing to either “fail” or “pass”.

The Ara APA Referencing guide….an invaluable resource

So, let us recap one of the main rules of efficient referencing: as you are doing your research, don’t forget to make notes about the sources of your information. It does not matter whether or not those facts, figures or ideas are going to make it to the “final cut” of your assignment; but it is absolutely crucial that you have instant access to all your sources the moment you need to provide a reference. These notes may save you hours of precious time and oodles of unnecessary stress.

Remember to keep notes on your sources of information…

You don’t even need that much information for your in-text referencing: just keep in mind the golden rule of (Who, When, Where) – Author, Year and (in some cases) Page/Paragraph number, and you are sorted!

If in doubt, you can check out the APA resources or drop by one of the many workshops and Q&A clinics offered by Learning Services. Copies of the Ara APA Referencing Guide for students are available at the Library Service Desk.

Good luck with your assignments! 😊

Nataliya Oryshchuk, Learning Services Advisor

Database, n. /ˈdeɪtəbeɪs/: A structured set of data held in computer storage.



I have been accused of always having to have the last word. Well I can assure you that is not the case. The only one who gets to have the final word is the Oxford English Dictionary, which is considered the definitive record of the English language. The last English word according to them is: Zyzzyva, which is a form of weevil found in South America. How do you pronounce it? Well they do have a pronunciation guide on the site, but I must admit I am still at a loss. So, I can’t have the last word as I can’t even spell it let alone say it. My innocence is confirmed.

The Oxford English Dictionary is just one of many Ara Library databases that can help you with your learning. They range in content from online interactive encyclopedias like Britannica to profession specific conglomerations (look it up) of full text research journals like CINAHL and Engineering Source. These databases are the best ways to find authoritative words turned into information that will make your tutor smile.

The Oxford English Dictionary has a “Word of the Day” on its website. Today’s word was Nebby which is a Scottish word for being inquisitive and nosy. So, I encourage you to get nebby today and see how our databases can help you. There are many more important words to be discovered, all of which promise to be more useful than the last word.

This guest blog has been brought to you by Colleen Finnerty, Knowledge Advisor