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eNewspapers & eMagazines
Press Reader

Press Reader

Read today's newspapers & magazines online in full-colour, full-page format. Over 7000 publications, from 80 countries in 40 languages, available from New Zealand and around the world. 

Need some help setting up your account, check out our Youtube video HERE

Requires your library card & pin number to access. You can create your own account which allows you to save your favourites. Please note: Due to circumstances outside of our control, you can only access Stuff LTD titles in the library. 

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Papers Past

Papers Past contains more than two million pages of digitised New Zealand newspapers, periodicals, journals and parliamentary papers. The collection covers the years 1839 to 1945 and includes over 68 publications from all regions of New Zealand. 

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English Learning Programmes/IELTS
Clear Pronunciation

Clear Pronunciation

Speak clearly and with confidence. Clear Pronunciation enables learners to listen to and repeat audio models again and again, to do activities as many times as they like, and to make mistakes without embarrassment.

Requires your library card & pin number to access.

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Clear Pronunciation 2

Clear Pronunciation 2

Focuses on the features of natural, fluent speech: word and sentence stress, consonant clusters, connected speech and intonation.

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Practical Writing

Practical Writing

Writing for life. Practical Writing is people who need to use written English both at school and in their personal life. Whether you are writing a descriptive essay for school or sending a text to a friend, Practical Writing helps you structure your message, fi­nd the right vocabulary and choose the most appropriate style.

Requires your library card & pin number to access.

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Tense Buster

Tense Buster

Break through the grammar barrier. Tense Buster helps you tackle 33 key grammar areas, from articles at Elementary level through to phrasal verbs at Advanced Levels.

Requires your library card & pin number to access.

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Active Reading

Active Reading

Learning to love reading. . This programmes helps you to predict, to skim, to scan and to use layout to ­find your way around a text. Text types include newspaper and magazine articles, emails, poems, recipes, stories, press releases and there’s a lot of variety, and topics to appeal to everyone.

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Road to IELTS General

Road to IELTS General

IELTS preparation and practice. Road to IELTS is your best possible online preparation and practice resource for IELTS. With over 120 hours of interactive activities, advice videos and hints and tips on question types, as well as downloadable practice tests.

Requires your library card & pin number to access.

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Family History
Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition

Trace your family history, includes records from United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Ancestry is a comprehensive source of information for conducting genealogical and local history research with more than 1.5 billion names from over 4,000 collections.

Requires your library card  and PIN number to access. At home access only available until 31 December 2021. 

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Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives

Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives

The Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives (AJHR), sometimes known as "the A to Js", is a collection of government-related reports published every year from 1858. The reports cover many subjects, documenting the work of government departments and a wide range of other activities carried out by, or of interest to, the government of the day.

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Matamata-Piako District Cemetery Records

Matamata-Piako District Cemetery Records

Matamata-Piako burial records are now available online. They allow you to find someone by first and last name to see the location of their burial/memorial in our cemeteries.

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The New Zealand Electronic Text Collection

The New Zealand Electronic Text Collection

The New Zealand Electronic Text Collection comprises significant New Zealand and Pacific Island texts and materials held by Victoria University of Wellington Library. This encompasses both digitised heritage material and born-digital resources. 

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Papers Past

Papers Past

Papers Past contains more than two million pages of digitised New Zealand newspapers, periodicals, journals and parliamentary papers. The collection covers the years 1839 to 1945 and includes over 68 publications from all regions of New Zealand.

 

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Māori Collection
The Journal of the Polynesian Society

The Journal of the Polynesian Society

The Polynesian Society is a non-profit organization based at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Founded in 1892, the Society's aim was the scholarly study of past and present New Zealand Māori and other Pacific Island peoples and cultures. All issues of the Journal are available on this site except for a rolling embargo on the most recent two years.

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Kauwhata Reo

Kauwhata Reo

With the continued growth of te reo Māori learners there is a need to make it easier to find te reo Māori resources. This site aims to develop a repository to support those teaching and learning te reo Māori to search for and access relevant content, tools and resources. They are still in the early stages of development and more features and content will be coming soon.

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Māori Land Online

Māori Land Online

Provides a snapshot of current ownership, trustee, memorial and block information for land that falls within the jurisdiction of the Māori Land Court under Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 and other legislation

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Online research databases
EBSCO Discovery Service

EBSCO Discovery Service

Our online EBSCO research database allows you to keep up to date with accurate and relevant information from popular, leading publishers worldwide. Browse a huge range of resources via MasterFILE and the Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre Plus, including reference books, magazines, biographies, newspapers, maps, images and more.

 


Thanks to the The New Zealand Libraries Partnership Programme this database is available until 31st March 2021.

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Dictionary New Zealand Biography

Dictionary New Zealand Biography

The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography forms part of Te Ara. It includes the definitive texts of all the biographies previously published in print, and additional biographies which are available only online. It also includes te reo Maori versions of all the biographies relating to Maori subjects. New biographies are added each year.

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Standards New Zealand (Building Standards)

Standards New Zealand (Building Standards)

The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (Building System Performance) has funded the following building standards, used for Building Code compliance, for free download.

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Te Ara

Te Ara

Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand offers many pathways to understanding New Zealand. It is a comprehensive guide to the country's peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy, institutions and society.

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Britannica ImageQuest

Britannica ImageQuest

Over 3 Million rights-cleared images from one convenient site to provide the best and broadest collection of proprietary educational imagery.

Our trial for Britannica ImageQuest has now ended, if you enjoyed using it we would love to hear from you so the library can look into signing up to it again in the future.

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Britannica Library

Britannica Library

Britannica Library provides access to thousands of magazine and journal articles directly related to search topics with age appropriate material from the child-friendly collection through to the adult general reference collection.

Our trial for Britannica Library has now ended, if you enjoyed using it we would love to hear from you so the library can look into signing up to it again in the future.

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Scholarships & Grants
GivUs

GivUs

GivUS is a great resource to help groups seek funding for local projects. It lists more than 1,200 resource schemes for communities, volunteer organisations and clubs.

Account set up needs to be done via the link provided above, after that GivUs can be accessed from anywhere.

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Matamata-Piako District Council Grants and Funding

Matamata-Piako District Council Grants and Funding

List of grants that Council administers to support groups and individuals in our community.

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