24 September 2018

5 x suspense!

Amber wakes up in a Vietnamese hospital; she has been left for dead on the holiday of a lifetime after a night-time swim in the picturesque So Den caves. We flashback to her fairytale wedding with Ollie, where a mystery guest puts in motion a series of events that will lead to murder. Unable to come to terms with the police's version of events, Amber returns to the scene of the crime. She remembers that there was another couple during the night of the murder. And the killer is still out there

https://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=181402I hear myself whispering. Not again. Not again.
Why did I ever come back here? Surely because of you. Because I thought of something I'd always meant to tell you. Because you were the only one I ever really wanted to tell it to...

Therapist Dr. Mark Fabian is dead--bludgeoned in his office.
But that doesn't stop former patient Nadine Raines from talking to him--in her head. Why did she come back to her hometown after so many years away? Everyone here thinks she's crazy. And she has to admit--they might have good reason to think so. She committed a shockingly violent act when she was sixteen, and has never really been able to explain that dark impulse--even to Fabian. Now that Fabian's dead, why is she still trying?

A troubled genius who vanishes in a mysterious car crash.

A disillusioned cop sensing conspiracy in the corridors of power.

A ruthless team of mercenaries operating in the shadows.

A billion-dollar business that wants the world in its grip.

One link connects them all.

A champion fighter. Betrayed and searching for the truth. 

https://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=182797Journalist Jonno Bligh is flying high with a bestselling book and an Oscar for Best Screenplay. But along with the accolades he picks up a cocaine habit and a case of writers' block.

Under pressure to deliver his next blockbuster, Jonno sails to the Indian Ocean in his beloved yacht The Scoop Jon B . When a violent storm cripples the boat he takes refuge on a beautiful remote island, where he vows to get clean. Little does he know that the murderous gangster BangBang Budiman uses the island to hide the spoils of his heists in the notorious Malaccan Strait.

Jonno watches in horror as BangBang and his crewmen brutalise two women on the beach before leaving them to die. He manages to rescue Annie Greenwood, whose husband has already been murdered. Together they flee the island with the stolen loot, relentlessly pursued by the vengeful BangBang. 

As the killer hunts them down in the treacherous waters of South East Asia, Jonno and Annie are forced to come to terms with their own destructive demons - and a discovery that will change their lives forever. The devil waits for you ... even in paradise 

https://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=183428Darkly disturbing meditations on motherhood by an exceptional Irish writer. Motherhood, nurture and violence -- these are the themes of Elske Rahill's remarkable first collection, In White Ink. Rahill brings to life the psychological and physical reality of mothering, pregnancy and childbirth in ways that few others writers have attempted. Here is a biting realism, in the relations between men and women and in the expectations and failures of their assigned roles.

 Each story is illumined by moments of harsh poetry. They are carefully crafted snapshots of our condition. In the title story, an isolated young mother is locked in to a custody battle with her abusive husband; 'Right to Reply' shows three generations of women confronting the terrible legacy of their family's past; in 'Toby', a woman obsessed with hygiene finally snaps, when she finds her home is infested with fleas. 

The precision of Rahill's prose, the stoicism of her unflinching narrative gaze, reveal characters caught up in violently emotional situations. The version of motherhood found here is painful. Yet its endurance, as nature's greatest force, is brilliantly and compassionately rendered.

21 September 2018

Some friendships, like romance, have the feeling of fate.

Skinny, nine-year-old orphaned Dores is working in the kitchen of a sugar plantation in 1930s Brazil when in walks a girl who changes everything. Graça, the spoiled daughter of a wealthy sugar baron, is clever, well fed, pretty, and thrillingly ill behaved. Born to wildly different worlds, Dores and Graça quickly bond over shared mischief, and then, on a deeper level, over music.

One has a voice like a songbird; the other feels melodies in her soul and composes lyrics to match. Music will become their shared passion, the source of their partnership and their rivalry, and for each, the only way out of the life to which each was born. But only one of the two is destined to be a star. Their intimate, volatile bond will determine each of their fortunes--and haunt their memories.


Traveling from Brazil's inland sugar plantations to the rowdy streets of Rio de Janeiro's famous Lapa neighborhood, from Los Angeles during the Golden Age of Hollywood back to the irresistible drumbeat of home, The Air You Breathe unfurls a moving portrait of a lifelong friendship--its unparalleled rewards and lasting losses--and considers what we owe to the relationships that shape our lives.

20 September 2018

Eagle & Crane - An epic love story.

Louis Thorn and Haruto ‘Harry’ Yamada are the star attractions of a daredevil aerial stunt team that traverses Depression-era California: Eagle & Crane.  The young men have a complicated relationship, due to the Thorn family’s belief that the Yamadas – Japanese immigrants – stole land belonging to them. 

Tension is inflamed when Louis and Harry are both drawn to the same woman, Ava Brooks. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor there are changes and harsh realities to face. 

When one of the stunt planes crashes with two charred bodies inside, the authorities conclude that the victims are Harry and his father, escaped from a Japanese internment camp. However, as Agent Bonner is sent to confirm the facts, his ensuing investigation struggles when the details don’t add up and no one seems willing to tell the truth.

19 September 2018

Draw, paint, sparkle!

Encourage and empower kids to make art. The 25 art lessons in this book present detailed drawing instructions paired with a range of painting techniques and styles for endless creative exploration. 

Especially helpful for those overwhelmed by the blank page or unsure of where to begin, each lesson provides concrete methods for getting started using clear steps for drawing, and then invites kids to unleash their creativity through color and paint. Along the way, learn tips on using different art materials and discover art techniques to add variety and ease to the projects.

 More than just a simple how-to draw and paint book, Draw, Paint, and Sparkle guides parents in feeling confident in their ability to have a role in their child's artistic development. Developed by an experienced art teacher, Palmer holds your hand from the beginning all the way to displaying your child's finished artwork.

17 September 2018

Maria's weekend read

I really love being wrong when I have judged a book by it's cover which I most certainly did with this novel! The cover doesn't look overly appealing to me but I decided to give it a chance due to the blurb.

This is an historical novel that dips back and forth between three time periods. The first introduced Ulla, a Norsewoman running from her abusive husband and pregnant with her lovers child. The husband has injured her lover and she has set sail with him for Scotland. Once there she is abandoned by the men she travelled with and enlists the help of a solitary monk.  Her baby is the start of a legend.

Then we move to 19th century Scotland where Ellen the serving woman lives on the estate where Ulla died. She is very involved with the legends of Ulla and even after leaving Scotland after a terrible scandal and murder she passes that legend down the line to her daughter and grand-daughter Libby.

Libby is a modern day archeologist who has been hired as a lead on a project on the estate where her grandmother lived. The dig centres around where local people believe Ulla's lover was buried. When Libby visits the site she discovers many secrets which could not only change everything she believes about the legend but also her own life.

It is a really good read with love, myth, mystery, betrayal and murder.

14 September 2018

Tikanga Māori - Waiata

He mea nui te waiata, te mōteatea i te ao Māori. Ka kawea e ngā kupu te whakaaro Māori me te mātauranga Māori.

He maha ngā momo waiata ka waiatahia i ngā momo hui katoa, he oriori, he waiata tangi, he waiata aroha, he ngeri, he manawawera me te waiata poi. Ina waiatahia tētahi waiata, kōwhiria tētahi e hāngai ana ki kaupapa o te hui.

Haere ai te waiata ina mutu te whaikōrero ki te tautoko i ngā kōrero kua kōrerohia. Ka haere anō te waiata ki te hiki i te tapu, ki te hono atu, ki te whakangahau, kia noho māhaki ai, kia tau ai rānei te wairua o te tangata. 

I waiata ngātahitia te waiata i ngā rā o mua, kāore i tino haere tahi te ringa, kāore he taonga puoro, he nekehanga rānei. Ahakoa te mau tonu o tēnei āhua i ēnei rā, kua waiatahia te waiata o te ao hou me te haere tahi anō o te  taonga puoro, te ōrua, kua karawhiu anō te ringa me te neke haere anō a te kapa.
Kei tēnā, kei tēnā iwi anō āna ake waiata, ko ētahi i titoa i te ao o nehe. Heoi anō, he rahi tonu ngā waiata e kawea ana e te katoa. Ka pēnei te āhua ki te reka te rangi o te waiata, ki te ātaahua rānei te kawe a ngā kupu i ngā whakaaro o te iwi. Mōhio rawa ake, kua waiatahia e iwi kē.

E whai ake nei ētahi waiata rongonui e whā.
  • Tēnā koutou, e hoa mā
Tēnā koutou, e hoa mā             Greetings, oh friends    
Kua tae mai nei i tēnei rā          Arrived here this day
Nō reira rā, e hoa mā                Therefore, oh friends,
Kia ora rā, koutou katoa            Good health, to you all
Kua rongo hoki ahau                  I had heard of course
Kua rongo hoki ahau                  I had heard of course
Kua rongo hoki ahau                  I had heard of course
Kei te haere mai koutou            That you were all coming
Nō reira rā, e hoa mā                 Therefore, oh friends,
Kia ora rā, koutou katoa             Good health, to you all
  • Māku rā pea
Māku rā pea                                   I will perhaps                         
Māku rā pea                                   I will perhaps
Māku koe e awhi ē                        I will help you
Ki te ara, ara tupu                       Upon the pathway, of progress
Māku koe e awhi ē x 2                  I will indeed help you
  • E papa Waiari 
E Hine hoki mai rā                        Girl return unto me
E Papa Waiari                                O elder Waiari
Tāku nei mahi                                All I seem to do
Tāku nei mahi                                All I seem to do
Hei tuku roimata                            Is to shed tears
Ē Auē                                                Alas,
E ka mate au                                   I will die
E Hine hoki mai rā                        Girl so return unto me
Māku e kaute                                   I will count
Ō hīkoitanga                                   Your footsteps
Māku e kaute                                   I will count
Ō hīkoitanga                                   Your footsteps
Ē Auē                                                Alas, Alas,
E ka mate au                                    I will die
E Hine hoki mai rā                          Girl so return unto me
E Hine hoki mai rā                          Girl so return unto me
  • Hokihoki tonu mai
Hokihoki tonu mai                          Return
Te wairua o te tau                           The spirit of the loved one
Ki te awhi reinga                             To give me a fleeting embrace
Ki tēnei kiri e                                    Skin to skin
Ki tēnei kiri e                                    Skin to skin
Ka pinea koe e au                           I will adorn you
Ki te pine o te aroha                        With an ornament of love
Ki te pine e kore nei                        With an ornament that will never
E Waikura e                                    Rust away
E Waikura e                                    Rust away   

Listen, sing and practice at http://www.tetaurawhiri.govt.nz/te-reo-maori/tikanga-maori/waiata-song/

All information taken from http://www.tetaurawhiri.govt.nz/  

13 September 2018

Whakahuatanga : Pronunciation

 A beginning: Vowels and consonants:

There are five vowels and ten consonants in the Māori alphabet. Listen to the sounds.
Five vowels: a, e, i, o, u
and : ā, ē, ī, ō, ū
Consonants: h, k, m, n, p, r, t, w
two digraphs: wh, ng
digraphs are two letters that combine to form one sound)


Māori language doesn’t have consonant clusters (consonants that appear together in a syllable without a vowel between them).
Consonants are mainly pronounced as they are in English. The exceptions are:

Varies depending on which vowel appears after it. When succeeded by an ‘a’, ‘e’ or ‘o’, it’s pronounced with little or no 's' sound.
When followed by an ‘i’ or ‘u’, it includes a slight 's' sound, however not nearly as much as an English ‘t’.

Commonly called a ‘rolled’ r. If you’re able to imitate the purring sound of a cat, you’ll know exactly what’s required to pronounce this consonant. Failing this, the sound you should aim for is something similar to an English ‘d’ – but softer e.g. judder.


The ‘ng’ digraph (the combined sound of two consonants) is said as it sounds in the English word ‘singer'. A common mistake is to pronounce it as it appears in the word ‘finger’.
The ‘wh’ digraph is usually pronounced as an English ‘ f’ sound.

Learn more and practice at http://www.tetaurawhiri.govt.nz/te-reo-maori/whakahuatanga-pronunciation/ 

All information taken from http://www.tetaurawhiri.govt.nz/ 

12 September 2018

Te Whare o te reo Mauriora (the house of language revitalisation)

This is a symbol of the way different parts of the government and Māori work together in partnership to revitalise the Māori language.

When the new Ture mō te reo Māori was being developed, the idea of the whare was used to describe the intent of the proposed new law.

A mini whare for understanding the concept of te Whare o te Re Mauriora

Here’s an online copy of a model whare produced by Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori. At the Māori Performing Arts festival te Matatini this year (2017) Te Taura Whiri distributed pop-out cardboard mini whare in the hope people would discuss the concept while, as a whānau, constructing their own ‘Whare o te Reo Mauriora.

Further information can be found at http://www.tetaurawhiri.govt.nz/resources/whare/ 

All information taken from http://www.tetaurawhiri.govt.nz/ 

10 September 2018

Nō hea koe? (Where are you from?)

Click the picture to listen to and practice the pronunciation.

07 September 2018

He Kupu Tuki Iho

Sir Timoti Karetu and Dr Wharehuia Milroy are widely recognised as two of New Zealand's leading teachers and scholars of Maori language and culture. 

They both taught at The University of Waikato from the 1970s and pursued an innovative approach by teaching language courses in te reo Maori, with tikanga courses taught in Maori and English. Te Wharehuia and Timoti were pioneers in this area, forging a model for teaching Maori which is now followed by many other tertiary institutions. 

This is a book of chapters on key aspects of Maori language and culture authored by two of this country's pre-eminent kaumatua. The authors discuss key cultural concepts (including mana, tapu, wairua, whakapapa, ritual, farewell speeches and Maori humour) as well as language and cultural issues of the modern world. 

The language used is an exemplar for learners and speakers of te reo Maori. With assistance from a team at Te Ipukarea, the National Maori Language Institute, who transcribed and edited structured conversations between these two kaumatua, this book preserves the voices and ideas of these two renowned scholars for present and future generations.

Please note: this book is written in Te Reo Maori

06 September 2018

Tu Tangata: Weaving for the people

This encouraging DVD explores the Māori art of weaving with Erenoa Puketapu-Hetet and her whanau.

It guides viewers on a journey of learning through the need to nurture and retain the arts. Robin Greenberg weaves her own craft around Erenoa's story.

05 September 2018

A rather unusual fantasy novel...

Ruthanna Emrys' Innsmouth Legacy, which began with Winter Tide and continues with Deep Roots, confronts H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos head-on, boldly upturning his fear of the unknown with a heartwarming story of found family, acceptance, and perseverance in the face of human cruelty and the cosmic apathy of the universe.  

Emrys brings together a family of outsiders, bridging the gaps between the many people marginalized by the homogenizing pressure of 1940s America. Aphra Marsh, descendant of the People of the Water, has survived Deep One internment camps and made a grudging peace with the government that destroyed her home and exterminated her people on land. 

Deep Roots continues Aphra's journey to rebuild her life and family on land, as she tracks down long-lost relatives. She must repopulate Innsmouth or risk seeing it torn down by greedy developers, but as she searches she discovers that people have been going missing. She will have to unravel the mystery, or risk seeing her way of life slip away.

04 September 2018

Etiquette and Murder

Frances Wynn, the American-born Countess of Harleigh, enjoys more freedom as a widow than she did as a wife. After an obligatory year spent mourning her philandering husband, Reggie, she puts aside her drab black gowns, leaving the countryside and her money-grubbing in-laws behind. With her young daughter in tow, Frances rents a home in Belgravia and prepares to welcome her sister, Lily, arriving from New York--for her first London season.

No sooner has Frances begun her new life than the ghosts of her old one make an unwelcome appearance. The Metropolitan police receive an anonymous letter implicating Frances in her husband's death. Frances assures Inspector Delaney of her innocence, but she's also keen to keep him from learning the scandalous circumstances of Reggie's demise. As fate would have it, her dashing new neighbor, George Hazelton, is one of only two other people aware of the full story.

While busy with social engagements on Lily's behalf, and worrying if Reggie really was murdered, Frances learns of mysterious burglaries plaguing London's elite. The investigation brings death to her doorstep, and Frances rallies her wits, a circle of gossips, and the ever-chivalrous Mr. Hazelton to uncover the truth. A killer is in their midst, perhaps even among her sister's suitors. And Frances must unmask the villain before Lily's season--and their lives--come to a most unseemly end .

03 September 2018

Your second life begins...

At thirty-eight and a quarter years old, Paris native Camille has everything she needs to be happy, or so it seems: a good job, a loving husband, a wonderful son. Why then does she feel as if happiness has slipped through her fingers? All she wants is to find the path to joy.

When Claude, a French Sean Connery look-alike and routinologist, offers his unique advice to help get her there, she seizes the opportunity with both hands. Camille's journey is full of surprising escapades, creative capers, and deep meaning, as she sets out to transform her life and realize her dreams one step at a time...

30 August 2018


Born in 1949, Bluff-based Cilla McQueen is one of New Zealand’s best-loved poets. 

Poeta: Selected and New Poems brings together a definitive selection of her poetry spanning five decades, arranged by the poet in a thematic narrative that elucidates abiding themes while maintaining a loose chronology of her creative life to date. 

Of mixed Scottish and English heritage, McQueen is a translocated Hebridean, a spokesperson variously for the southern islands and coast, Rakiura, Fiordland, Murihiku and Dunedin. One of a few indispensable poetic voices of the south, she has long been part of a social matrix of artists, among them Hone Tuwhare, Ralph Hotere and Marilynn Webb, dedicated to bringing out the native brogue and colours of Southland–Otago. 

Poeta gathers together poems from the poet’s 14 previous volumes, punctuated by 11 striking drawings, and also includes a range of new work that shows her riddling creativity continuing to grow and evolve. Collectively, the poems demonstrate a versatile and diligent wordsmith never content to sit on her laurels, ever experimenting and improving in her attempt to write the world’s poem.

29 August 2018

Good day, Good night


A never-before-published picture book from Margaret Wise Brown, the bestselling author of Goodnight Moon, brought to life by Loren Long, #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator. 

When the sun comes up and the day begins, the little bunny says good day to all the familiar things outside. To the birds in the skies and the bees in their hives, to everything one by one. And as the sun starts to set, it's time for the little bunny to say good night. Good night, kitty. Good night, bear. Good night, people everywhere. 

This never-before-published text by beloved children's book author Margaret Wise Brown uses her signature word pattern from the classic Goodnight Moon that has soothed generations of children to sleep. Paired with Loren Long's gorgeous illustrations, this story is perfect for sleepy children aged 3 and up.

28 August 2018

Maria's Sunday read

This book makes you think twice about what you tell anyone,especially a stranger.  Amy saved Cara's life during a terrorist attack and while both of them were terrified and hiding Cara confided things to her.  This turns out to be a huge mistake and Amy is not the friend she appears to be. 

There is also an ex-boyfriend back on the scene creating a bit of hassle. Then the weird notes and texts start and the whodunnit part of the book kicks in.  I found it quite a gripping read with enough twists and turns to keep me interested.

The phrase 'with friends like that who needs enemies' comes to mind.  The story has a really good 'moment' right at the end which I didn't see coming!

The blurb: She saved your life. One hot, humid night in London, Cara is caught up in a wave of terror and chaos. Until a hand reaches out - and a stranger pulls her to safety. She knows your darkest secrets. Taking refuge with her unlikely rescuer, Cara shares more of herself with Amy than she ever has with anyone, including her husband. But after the hours of darkness are over, she can't remember exactly what secrets she revealed. Cara attempts to put it all behind her. But cracks begin to show in her life and marriage, and she starts to receive anonymous threats. She's your closest friend. As Cara's life begins to skid out of control, Amy reappears, offering to help. Amy is only person Cara can turn to, who knows her hidden side. Amy saved her that night. But what if the biggest threat to Cara is the stranger she's invited into her home? She's your worst nightmare.

27 August 2018

We're doomed. Now what?

An American Orwell for the age of Trump, Roy Scranton faces the unpleasant facts of our day with fierce insight and honesty. We're Doomed. Now What? penetrates to the very heart of our time.

Our moment is one of alarming and bewildering change--the breakup of the post-1945 global order, a multi-species mass extinction, and the beginning of the end of civilization as we know it. Not one of us is innocent, not one of us is safe. Now what?

We're Doomed. Now What? addresses the crisis that is our time through a series of brilliant, moving, and original essays on climate change, war, literature, and loss, from one of the most provocative and iconoclastic minds of his generation.

24 August 2018

Diggersaurs explore!

What do you get when you cross a digger and a dinosaur?

A Diggersaur (of course!)

These mighty beasts are the perfect mixture of two childhood favourite things, and they're off on a wonderful rhythmic, rhyming adventure full of funny details to spot and noisy diggersaur sounds to shout out loud.

This book is a colourful burst of fun from this fantastic debut illustrator.