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MAY 2014 The Upper Hutt City Library is celebrating New Zealand Music Month with a variety of free music events showcasing some of Upper Hutt’s own local talent.

UH Ukes

Thursday 8 May, 6pm

Performance by Upper Hutt City Library’s own Ukulele Group.

Upper Hutt College

Friday 16 May, 6pm

Students from Upper Hutt College will perform their own compositions and works by NZ composers.

Upper Hutt Country Music Club

Saturday 17 May, 1pm

A traditional to modern crossover styles of country music.

Mainly Acoustic Music Club

Sunday 25 May, 1.30pm

The Mainly Acoustic Music Club will present a concert of New Zealand pieces from past to present with songs of whalers, gold-diggers, shearers and thieves, as well as more modern compositions.

Hutt Valley Singers

Saturday 31 May, 1.30pm

Hutt Valley Singers will be performing Broadway tunes.


20 New Ukuleles ready for issue! Due to the popularity of the Library’s ukulele groups a collection of 20 brand new ukuleles has been established!

and provided a solution!

Our 20 ukuleles are free to issue

We have heard on more than one occasion from people who would love to join one of our ukulele groups but don’t own a ukulele. We’ve listened

You can borrow a ukulele for 6 weeks

Overdue charges are the same as our adult books (50 cents per day)

Ukuleles can be reserved for $1 each.

What you need to know:







Music Online, Alexander Street Press Music Online is the largest and most comprehensive online collection of incopyright audio/video performances and scores available anywhere. Create your own playlists and discover the world of music. Access this database from the Library Catalogue at 3


Education Seminars Thinking of enrolling your child at a kindergarten or early childhood centre? Wondering what NCEA levels are and why they are important if your child wants to attend university? Settlement Support invites all newcomers to two free introductory seminars about the NZ education system facilitated by Abdi Bihi from the Ministry of Education. The two presentations will cover all important aspects of education in New Zealand. This is a great opportunity to get a thorough overview of the system and have an expert answer your individual questions. Introduction to the NZ Education System

Introduction to the NZ Education System

(PART 1): General Overview, Early Childhood

(PART 2): Secondary Schooling, NCEA levels,

Education and Primary Schooling

and University Entrance

May 7, 2014 at 5.30pm

May 21, 2014 at 5.30pm

Both events will take place at the Upper Hutt City Library. For registrations and more information, please contact Rhea Fohs on or phone 527 2132.


Newcomers Network Settlement Support Upper Hutt and Lower Hutt have teamed up to launch a Newcomers Network in the Hutt Valley. This is a social group for migrants who are interested in sharing stories and recipes from their countries, exploring typical Kiwi activities together (such as having a beach picnic or going to a local pub), or just meeting new people who can relate to their situation. If you like to join or get more information, please contact Rhea Fohs on or phone 527 2132. 4

WW100 Centenary Speaker Series Tuesday 13 May 2014, 7pm Local historian Warwick Johnston kicks off the series with a presentation on life in the Hutt Valley prior to WWI.

June (more details to come) Jane Tolerton, author of the best-selling ‘An Awfully Big Adventure New Zealand World War One - Veterans tell their Stories’ will speak at the Library in June. She is currently working on a book about the women doctors, nurses, volunteers and writers who played a role in the war overseas.

Sunday 27 July 2014, 2pm Christine Edney from Trentham Army Camp will discuss how to research soldiers from your family who served during WWI. The Library will also have a series of displays on the Heritage Wall during this time.

Community Networking FORUMS Wednesday 21 May, 12.30-1.30pm Upper Hutt City Library, Rotary Lounge This month:

Promotion of your organisation and events, facilitated by the Citizen’s Advice Bureau.

Third Wednesday of every month!

Community Networking Forums are a great chance for Upper Hutt community groups to come together to talk, plan + help each other out!

For more information, please feel free to contact Emma Laidlow at Upper Hutt City Council PHONE (04) 527 2793 EMAIL


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Be a part of this six week programme which supports men in their job search, and can help you make the most of your talents and skills. Breakfast Club gives you tools and techniques such as tailored CV writing and interview tips to enhance your employment opportunities. Each Breakfast Club has limited spaces, so be in quick!

For more information or to book your place please contact Melanie Baxter on 527 2169 ext 495 or email

Do you have knowledge that you’d be willing to share with our community? We’d love to hear from you! Please contact Erica Herron on 527 2171 for more information about becoming a Hot Seat Expert.

Adaptive Technology

Wellington Free Ambulance.

Public Trust

Advice on assistive technology for people with a range of disabilities.

Second Tuesday of the month, 10am - 11am

Estate planning and asset protection advice.

First Friday of the month, 10am - 12pm


Third Wednesday of the month, 10.30am 11.30am

Bay Audiology Advice on hearing health from a professional Bay Audiology consultant. Third Friday of the month, 11am - 12pm

Community Law Legal information and advice on how to access free legal services. Every Monday, 2 - 3pm

Computer Mentor Volunteers who can assist with establishing email accounts, preparing documents and online forms. Monday to Saturday, 10am - 12pm

Freedom Medical Alarms Information about fully monitored personal medical alarms directly linked to

Advice on tracing your family history, and the resources available for your ongoing research.

Victim Support

Second Monday of the month, 10am - 12pm

Advocacy, advice and support for victims of crime or trauma.

Justice of the Peace

Third Monday of the month, 10.30 - 11.30am

JPs available to witness signatures, complete insurance applications and more. Every Thursday, 10am 11am, also first & third Thursdays 6pm - 7pm

KASAGIP Filipino community’s migrant support group.

Water Safety & Swimming Tips Basic water safety tips for the bath, pool, river and the beach, for children. First Monday of the month, 10am - 12pm

Website Design

Third Friday of the month, 5.30 - 6.30pm

Tips on how to create and maintain a successful website for your business, club or personal interest.

Neighbourhood Support

First & third Wednesdays, 5.30 - 6.30pm

Promoting safety and security in your community. Fourth Friday of the month, 11am - 12pm 7

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Knit & Knatter Thursday Library Club (TLC) Careers Clinic Freaks + Geeks Event Ukes for Beginners UH Ukes Justice of the Peace Computer Mentor Justice of the Peace



Freaks + Geeks Event It’s Write Easy Freaks + Geeks Event

10.30-11.30am 1.30-3pm 2.30-3.30pm

Adaptive Technology Computer Mentor

10am-12pm 10am-12pm

Saturday Computer Mentor

Computer Mentor Water Safety & Swimming Tips Community Law

Computer Mentor

Settlement Support: Education Seminar Computer Mentor Website Design


10am-12pm 10am-12pm 2-3pm

8.30-10am 10.15-11.30am 10.30-11am 10am-12pm

10.30-11am 10.30-11.30am 5.30-7pm 10am-12pm 5.30-6.30pm

Thursday Knit & Knatter Busy Bodies Careers Clinic Ukes for Beginners Living Lit NZ Music Month Performance: UH Ukes Justice of the Peace Computer Mentor


10.30-11am 1.30-2.30pm

Wednesday Busy Babies Book Discussion Group

Friday Busy Hands Friday Fables It’s Write Easy Computer Mentor

10am-12pm 10.30-11am 11.30am-1pm 5-5.30pm 5.30-6.45pm 6-7pm 10-11am 10am-12pm

10.30-11am 10.30-11.15am 1.30-3pm 10am-12pm

10 Saturday A Writer’s Plot Scrapbooking Computer Mentor

1.30-3.30pm 1.30-3.30pm 10am-12pm

11 Sunday Sunday Funday Storytime


12 Monday Busy Bodies Tai Chi Computer Mentor Genealogy Community Law

10.30-11am 1.30-2.30pm 10am-12pm 10am-12pm 2-3pm

13 Tuesday Job Seekers Club


Tuesday Job Seekers Club Card Making He Wa Pai



Monday Busy Bodies Tai Chi



Sunday Sunday Funday Storytime


10-11am 10am-12pm 6-7pm


HHHP Cider Making


9 10am-12pm 11am-2pm 11.30am-12pm 2-3pm 5-5.30pm 5.50-6.50pm


WW100 Event: Hutt Valley Prior to WW1


Computer Mentor Freedom Medical Alarms

10am-12pm 10-11am

14 Wednesday Busy Babies


Computer Mentor


15 Thursday Knit & Knatter Busy Bodies Thursday Library Club (TLC) Careers Clinic Ukes for Beginners UH Ukes Justice of the Peace Computer Mentor Justice of the Peace

10am-12pm 10.30-11am 11am-12pm 11.30am-1pm 5-5.30pm 5.50-6.50pm 10-11am 10am-12pm 6-7pm

16 Friday Busy Hands: NZ Sign Language It’s Write Easy NZ Music Month Performance: UH College Computer Mentor Bay Audiology KASAGIP

10.30-11am 1.30-3pm 6-7pm 10am-12pm 11am-12pm 5.30-6.30pm

Programme information is considered to be true and correct at the date of publication, changes in circumstances after the publication date may impact on the accuracy of the information. More information can be found on our website

17 Saturday

24 Saturday

NZ Music Month Performance: UH Country Music Club Computer Mentor

1-2pm 10am-12pm

Family History Group


Sunday Funday Storytime: NZ Post Book Awards


19 Monday

Computer Mentor Victim Support Community Law

Computer Mentor

10.30-11am 1.30-2.30pm 3.30-4.30pm 10am-12pm 10.30-11.30pm 2-3pm

Settlement Support: Education Seminar Computer Mentor Public Trust Website Design


10.30-11am 12.30-1.30pm All afternoon 5.30-7pm 10am-12pm 10.30-11.30am 5.30-6.30pm


Busy Bodies: NZ Post Book Awards Careers Clinic Audacity Ukes for Beginners UH Ukes

10.30-11am 11.30am-1pm 3.30-4.30pm 5-5.30pm 5.50-6.50pm

Justice of the Peace Computer Mentor

10-11am 10am-12pm

23 Friday Busy Hands: NZ Post Book Awards Friday Fables It’s Write Easy Cinema Kids Computer Mentor Neighbourhood Support

1.30-2.30pm 2-3pm

Busy Bodies Tai Chi Knit Wits Computer Mentor Community Law

10.30-11am 1.30-2.30pm 3.30-4.30pm 10am-12pm 2-3pm

27 Tuesday 8.30-10am

Heritage Event: The Way We Were Scratch Kids

2-3.30pm 3.45-4.45pm

Computer Mentor


28 Wednesday

22 Thursday Knit & Knatter

NZ Music Month Performance: Mainly Acoustic Music Club Sunday Funday Storytime

Job Seekers Club 8.30-10am 10.15-11.30am 3.45-4.45pm

21 Wednesday Busy Babies Community Networking Forum Quizsters


26 Monday

20 Tuesday Job Seekers Club Card Making Scratch Kids

Computer Mentor

1.30-3pm 1.30-3.30pm 1.30-3.30pm

25 Sunday

18 Sunday

Busy Bodies: NZ Post Book Awards Tai Chi Knit Wits

Cinema Kids A Writer’s Plot Scrapbooking

Men’s Breakfast Club Busy Babies Quizsters

8.30-9.30am 10.30-11am All afternoon

Computer Mentor


29 Thursday Knit & Knatter Busy Bodies Thursday Library Club (TLC) Careers Clinic Audacity Ukes for Beginners UH Ukes Justice of the Peace Computer Mentor

10am-12pm 11am-12pm

10-11am 10am-12pm

30 Friday Busy Hands It’s Write Easy Cinema Kids Computer Mentor

10.30-11am 10.30-11.15am 1.30-3pm 3.15-4.45pm

10am-12pm 10.30-11am 11am-12pm 11.30am-1pm 3.30-4.30pm 5-5.30pm 5.50-6.50pm

10.30-11am 1.30-3pm 3.15-4.45pm 10am-12pm

31 Saturday NZ Music Month Performance: Hutt Valley Singers Cinema Kids Computer Mentor

1.30-2.30pm 1.30-3pm 10am-12pm

= Hot Seat. See page 7 for more details.


Our Regular Adult Programmes For more information, email or call Erica on 527 2171.

A workshop time for writers. Fortnightly on Saturdays, 1.30 - 3.30pm

It’s write easy to write your own family history. Every Friday, 1.30 - 3.00pm

Interactive story, song and craft session for physically and intellectually disabled young people aged 17-25. Fortnightly on Thursdays, 11.00am - 12.00pm

Create easy-to-make any occasion cards. Fortnightly on Tuesdays, 10.15 - 11.30am

Share morning tea while knitting/crocheting over a good yarn. Every Thursday, 10am-12pm

Ukes for Beginners For ages 8+, bookings essential.

Every Thursday, 5 - 5.30pm

Research your family history with like-minded people. Third Sunday of the month, 1.00 - 2.00pm

Upper Hutt Ukes Every Thursday, 5.50 - 6.50pm

Bring your latest project and join other scrapbookers. Fortnightly on Saturdays 1.30 - 3.30pm


Storytime, fun and sharing for adults with special needs. Fortnightly on Fridays, 10.30 - 11.15am

Slow gentle exercises especially for older adults. Every Monday, 1.30-2.30pm

E M P LOYME N T D E VE LO P ME N T Job Seekers’ Club

Sharing books around a different topic each month. First Wednesday of the month, 10.30 - 11.30am

Tuesdays, 8.30-10am

Dedicated computer time for job searching.

Careers Clinic

Thursdays, 11.30am-1pm

Get help with CV preparation, cover letters and job searching. 10

Second Thursday of the month, 5.30 - 6.45pm

Upper Hutt Community Services have partnered with the Funding Information Service, Department of Internal Affairs, and the Fundraising Institute of New Zealand to hold a series of three free presentations, covering a range of funding related topics. These presentations will be held in June at Upper Hutt City Library’s Rotary Lounge. No need to book, just turn up! For more information, please email


Organise a dance flash mob during youth week using the theme ‘Be the Change’, upload it on the web and your group could win a private Hip Hop Dance Workshop! ‘Be the Change’ could be shown through costumes to promote a social issue (ie. conservation), dedicating your video to a cause, or showcasing the ‘change’ you want to see in your neighbourhood. Let your imagination go wild! The video must be uploaded during youth week (17-25 May) to either youtube, facebook or vimeo, and an entry form completed on the Library website. Your video must include a flash mob of 5 to 10 people between the ages of 13-23 years. It must also be suitable for all ages (age appropriate music, costumes etc.). Vote for your favourite video on the Upper Hutt City Library website. The video with the most votes wins and will be showcased on the Library website. 12

Wright champion of Upper Hutt City Library ELMA WRIGHT, Upper Hutt’s first female councillor in the early 1950s, was a driving force behind the establishment of the city’s first library. In the post-World War II years, after shifting to Upper Hutt from Lyall Bay, Wright was involved in the library campaign alongside her biochemist husband Evan and people like Julia Bradley, who worked for the Upper Hutt Times. Historian and librarian Jock McEldowney recalls how the library was opened, with considerable backing from Wright and her supporters, on July 4, 1952. In October 1951, the Upper Hutt Times reported that a small temporary building had been offered to the council by a local businessman for use as a public library, but the offer had been refused. Behind the scenes, Wright battled this decision. She was quietly supported by hundreds of Upper Hutt locals in her endeavours to see the library opened. None was more influential in this campaign than National Library Service director and Upper Hutt resident Geoffrey Alley. The library was so popular that over 1000 people registered as members in the first week of its

existence. With a shortage of paid staff available to handle such a workload, Wright helped organise a roster of volunteers. Upper Hutt became a borough in February 1926 and a city in May 1966. After her success with the library, Wright was elected to the borough in 1953, serving for three years under Mayor Dick Slacke, an Irishman. She was an automatic choice to chair the library committee. Throughout her long life, Wright never lost interest in the Upper Hutt library she had helped develop. In June 1990, as convener

of the Friends of the Upper Hutt Library, she successfully initiated a petition to Upper Hutt City Council advocating the urgent computerisation of the library ‘‘to prevent its inevitable decline’’. When Evan Wright became ill, the couple moved to West Melton, in Canterbury, to be near family who would be available to help look after him. She liked to read a library book a day, travel as much as she could, write satirical poetry on social events, and even embraced modern technology by conducting her personal banking online.

TIRELESS CAMPAIGNER: Elma Wright, right, in 1990, when she started a new petition to upgrade Upper Hutt’s library. With her are library volunteers Betty Boyes, left, and Doris Gray.

Excerpt from an article published in the Dominion Post, April 5, 2014

Celebrate NZ Sign Language Week with a special Busy Hands session for preschoolers in New Zealand Sign Language.

Friday 16 May, 10.30-11.15am See page 15 for more Busy Sessions. 13

New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults Join us in celebrating the 18th annual New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults! These awards encourage children to read and enjoy books. Activities and events are planned nationwide in a celebration of our best books for children and teens. Below is a list of events we’re planning around the festival:

Our Regular Events


Family Funday Storytime

Snail Trail 17- 23 May

Sunday 18 May, 2pm

Decorate your snail and join the Snail Trail. Pick up your snail template from the library or download one from our website.

Come along to and listen some of the finalists’ books.

Busy Bodies Monday 19 & Thursday 22 May, 10.30am ‘Watch Out Snail’ - Come along and join us for stories, songs and rhymes.

Three Bears hiding in Upper Hutt

Busy Hands Friday 23 May, 10.30am

Each day a picture will be posted to our website giving you a clue to where the Three Bears are hiding in Upper Hutt. Can you find them?

‘Boats’ - Come along and join us for stories, songs and rhymes.

19-23 May

Teens’ Book Club

For children aged 7-8 who want to explore the world of books in an interactive, action-packed way!

For teens aged 13-16 who want to ‘chillax’ for an hour with friends, talk about your latest read and be the first to get your hands on our newest teen books. First Tuesday of the month, 5.30-6.30pm

F O R C H I L D R E N + TE E N S

Children’s Book Club

The first Sunday of every month, 2.30-3.30pm. 14

All snails go into the draw to win book vouchers.

BUSY SESSIONS for pre-schoolers Busy Babies For babies and non-walkers. Wednesdays, 10.30am.

Busy Bodies For children up to 3 years. Mondays & Thursdays, 10.30am.

Busy Hands For children aged 3-5 years. Fridays, 10.30am.

He Wa Pai ‘A good time’ An introductory programme in Te Reo Máori through stories, rhymes and songs for pre-schoolers and their caregivers. A great way for you and your child to learn Te Reo! First Tuesday of each month, 10.30am. All pre-school sessions are during school terms only.

Think you know Kiwi music?! Celebrate NZ Music Month by guessing the NZ band and album names in our weekly album cover competition. Correct entries go in the draw to win an iTunes voucher. For 10-18 year olds.

New times, days and activities for term 2! Starting Monday 19 May. MONDAYS knit wits 3.30-4.30pm Yarn craft for 8-12yrs. Bookings required.

TUESDAYS s c r a t c h k i d s 3.45-4.45 pm Computer game programming for 8-14yrs. Bookings required.

WEDNESDAYS quizsters all afternoon Weekly quizzes, all ages. THURSDAYS a u d a c i t y 3.30-4.30 pm Unleash your inner DJ. Music mixing for 11-12yrs. FRIDAYS cinema kids 3.15-4.45 p m Check at the library for the movie timetable. SATURDAYS cinema kids 1.30-3.00 p m Repeat Screening of Friday’s movie. SUNDAYS s u n d a y f u n d a y all day Family time with board games, crosswords & storytime at 2pm.

For more information or bookings, go to


This year, due to popular demand, Upper Hutt City Library will be holding regular “The Way We Were” heritage events. These will be similar to the very successful event held during last year’s Seniors’ Week. It’s an invitation to come along to an informal get-together, where you can browse through large piles of photos from our Heritage Collections, share your memories with



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The first of these events will be held on Tuesday, May 27, at 2pm in the Rotary Lounge. It will have a featured theme of transport - cars, bikes, horses, trucks, trains, you name it - but a more general selection of images will also be on display. See you there!

Monday - Friday 10am - 7pm

844 Fergusson Drive Private Bag 907, Upper Hutt 5140 PHONE

others, and tell us what you know.

Saturday & Sunday 10am - 4pm


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