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Into the River has not been restricted.

The censor has given it an M classification.

This certification is; Unrestricted: suitable for mature audiences 16 years of age and over.

As it had been suggested that it should be considered for censorship, those of you will be relieved that it has been.

New member of the Order of New Zealand

Emeritus Professor Albert Wendt was invested as a member of the Order of New Zealand yesterday.

As a novelist, poet, playwright and painter he is a well known and respected recipient.


Check our catalogue for the items we hold of his and altough most of them are in Stack, they are available for loan.

Have you sorted your money yet

Where has the week gone? Have you been keeping up with the daily themes for Money week.

Today is think about your future.

'Do something today that your future self will thank you for'.

I am planning Christmas now so that I get the cheaper bookings. This will definitely make January easier for me.

Whether you are looking at the near future or the long term is your choice and both will have even bigger pay offs.

Good luck and have fun with your planning

NZ Post Book Awards Ceremony

The Ceremony for the 2013 New Zealand Post Book Awards was held last night.

How many did you pick?

I was on the button with a few but missed more than I got right.

I do not envy the judges when they have such good quality to choose from.

It may be a hard market for publishers out there but it is obviously not the lack of talent and content which is causing the problem.


The winners:


New Zealand Post Book of the Year and Fiction winner

The Big Music by Kirsty Gunn, published by Faber & Faber.


The Darling North by Anne Kennedy, published by Auckland University Press.


Illustrated Non-fiction

Pat Hanly by Gregory O'Brien and Gil Hanly, published by Ron Sang Publications.


General Non-fiction

Civilisation: Twenty Places on the Edge of the World by Steve Braunias, published by Awa Press.


Nielsen Booksellers' Choice

Shelter from the Storm: The Story of New Zealand's Backcountry Huts, by Shaun Barnett, Rob Brown and Geoff Spearpoint,

  published by Craig Potton Publishing.


People's Choice

Patched: The History of Gangs in New Zealand, by Jarrod Gilbert, published by Auckland University Press.


Maori Language Award Winner

Nga Waituhi O Rehua by Katarina Te Heikoko Mataira, published by Huia Publishing.

Those previously announced:


NZSA Best First Book Poetry

Graft by Helen Heath, published by Victoria University Press.
NZSA Best First Book Fiction

I Got His Blood On Me by Lawrence Patchett, published by Victoria University Press.
NZSA Best First Book Non-fiction

Moa: The Life and Death of New Zealand's Legendary Bird by Quinn Berentson, published by Craig Potton Publishing.


Another submitted poem

My family


My family means the most to me
It's big and loud and fill of life..


We have our ups and downs
That's life...


We share them all
and grown with it


My family has changed this last six months


Even with change
we grow stronger with life....


Pen to paper