Library Notes 10 July 2020

Published on 10 July 2020


Top 10 Non Fiction

Know my name by Chanel Miller
Beyond the Known by Andrew Rader
Draw great characters by Beverley Johnson
Practical Self-sufficiency by Dick & James Strawbridge
The Cook Voyages Encounters by Janet Davidson
The World Encyclopaedia of Butterflies and Moths
Mapping the Oceans by Carolyn Fry
The First Americans by Jay Wertz
Elvis Presley collected by Michael O’Neill & Carolyn Thomas


Shine on Matariki

Pam Coleman, Community Engagement Librarian 

Matariki has become a truly important time of year for many New Zealanders with Matariki events keeping people busy all over Aotearoa in the frosty midwinter months. It is an important time to celebrate the earth and show respect for the land. As the weather cools and the sky becomes darker, the lead-up to Matariki is the perfect time to settle in and read with the children in your life. This has been eagerly reflected in the publication of books around this topic and while there are books aimed at adult audiences, demand is especially strong in children’s books with several titles being released every year. Many ECE’s and schools keen for new titles to engage students with as well as participating in events, activities and concerts to celebrate the Festival. It’s great to see our wider whanau come together to celebrate our oneness as a community and at the same time celebrate and acknowledge the cultural richness and diversity within our community.

For adults it’s a chance to discover the many secrets and stories held by the cosmos, moon and stars with these illuminating reads sure to satisfy your curiosity.

Puanga by Sam Rerekura is a fascinating read about how Maori people in Aotearoa observed Puanga to mark the beginning of the Maori New Year. In Maori mythology Puanga was believed to be the older brother of Matariki. His cosmic rising between May and June in the early morning sky signalled the beginning of winter.

Te Maramataka a Te Whānau-ā-Apanui - Living by the moon by Wiremu Tāwhai sets out the arrangement of the nights of the maramataka, the lunar month, the changes in the environment and people’s activities according to the phases of the moon. It is written in both Maori and English and is an excellent source of knowledge.

We are honoured to have Professor Rangi Matamua sharing his extensive knowledge around Māori astronomy and how we can all live by the stars. His book Matariki : te whetū tapu o te tau represents an authentic Māori view and understanding of the star cluster.Its very popular, so it’s one you will probably need to reserve. You can also listen to Professor Rangi talk about Māori Astronomy through his amazing series Living by the Stars. You can find the Living by the Stars series on Facebook (

For a more detailed list of Matariki books please have a look at our catalogue.

Check out the numerous activities going on across our libraries next week. Between reading, celebration and community, its easy to shine on Matariki!



What’s on?

School Holiday Programmes –
Children’s Matariki Craft
Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 6 to 17 of July, weekdays from 10am to 12pm.
Shannon Library 6 to 17 July, weekdays from 2.30pm to 3.30pm.
Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom 6 to 10 July, weekdays from 10.30am to 11.30am. 
Ko ngā moemoeā ki a Hiwa-I-te-Rangi -Wish Upon a Matariki Star
Decorate a star, build a kite and weave Harakeke Whetū (flax stars) to help us create a beautiful community Matariki art sculpture. Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, Shannon Library or Muaūpoko Tribal Authority Monday, 13 July to Sunday, 19 July 9am - 4pm 

SPYFusion is back for its third year set to entertain young people with all kinds of awesome activities including: Dance, Games, Music and Food! Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō Monday 13 July to Friday 17 July 10am – 3.30pm 

Matariki – Deep Space: A View of the Stars and Beyond, by Dr Stephen Chadwick, Friday 5 June to Sunday 23 August, Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom
Keith Hastings – Acrylics by Keith Hastings: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō July 2020 

Heritage room:
The Heritage rooms at Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō are manned by volunteers 10am-12.30 pm Monday to Saturday and Wednesday and Thursday afternoons 1.00pm – 3.00pm.
Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom Heritage Room has the Research librarian available all day every Friday.

Friday 10 July:
Friday Concert: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 12pm

Sunday 12 July:
Family Time in the Youth Space: Giant board games, craft activities and family fun in the Youth Space every Sunday from 1pm to 4pm. Come on in with the whānau. 

Monday 13 July:
Puanga Matariki Dawn Karakia Blessing: Muaūpoko Tribal Authority and the Horowhenua District Council open 2020’s Puanga Matariki celebrations. Muaūpoko Domain, 6am Monday July 13.

Tuesday 14 July:
Learn how to weave your own harakeke whetū (flax star) in a workshop led by Te Kokiri Development Consultancy. Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 10.30am 

Wednesday 15 July:
Social crochet and coffee club: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 10.30am
Hera Te Kurapa: Celebrate Matariki this year with Hera Te Kurapa live streaming from her home, cooking her favourite Matariki kai: Facebook 12pm -2pm
Quiz Night: Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō Open Meeting Space 7pm $5

Thursday 16 July:
Lego Fun Hour Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 3.30pm – 4.30pm
Living by the Stars: Professor Rangi Matamua will be sharing his extensive knowledge around Māori astronomy and how we can all live by the stars. Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 6pm to 8pm

Friday 17 July:
Local Music Showcase (Friday Concert): Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 12pm
Learn how to weave your own harakeke whetū (flax star) in a workshop led by Te Kokiri Development Consultancy. Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom 10.30am
Paraoa Parai (Māori fried bread): Join us as we make the fried bread or have a go at home yourself! Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 3.30pm­-4.30pm 

Saturday 18 July:
Kapa Haka Performance and Community Kai: Come and join us for an epic evening celebrating Matariki 2020. Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 4pm to 6pm

Sunday 19 July:
Amba Holly: Welcome back Amba, an award winning Wellington based singer-songwriter. She is sure to win over the crowd with her soulful RnB sounds. Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 2pm


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