New Zealand

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Kia Ora! Hopefully the NZ travel bubble will be back soon, but in the meantime you can virtually travel to our nearest neighbour from your home, with a selection of great movies, television series, books and magazines available for free with your library card. 

Gems of New Zealand cinema available on Beamafilm:

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  • Boy - Boy is a dreamer who loves Michael Jackson. He lives with his brother Rocky, a tribe of cousins and his Nan. Boy’s other hero, his father Alamein, is the subject of Boy’s fantasies, and he imagines him as a deep sea diver, war hero and a close relation of Michael Jackson. In reality Alamein is an inept, wannabe gangster who has been in jail for robbery. When Alamein returns home after seven years away, Boy is forced to confront the man he thought he remembered, find his own potential and learn to get along without the hero he had been hoping for. Directed by Taika Waititi. 
  • The Dead Lands - a historical drama in which Hongi (James Rolleston) - a Maori chieftain’s teenage son - must avenge his father's murder in order to bring peace and honour to the souls of his loved ones after his tribe is slaughtered through an act of treachery.  
  • Top of the Lake is a critically acclaimed mystery drama television series written by Jane Campion and Gerard Lee, and directed by Campion and Garth Davis. Both series of this police drama starring are available, perfect for binge watching. Starring Elizabeth Moss.
  • Dark Horse - Starring an extraordinary NZ cast; Cliff Curtis, James Rolleston and Kirk Torrance, The Dark Horse is an inspiring true story based on the life of a charismatic, brilliant but little-known New Zealand Hero and Chess champion - Genesis Potini. 

NZ in eBooks, poetry and magazines

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  • A Life on Gorge River by Robert Long- available on Overdrive
    The fascinating life of the most remote family in New Zealand. Robert Long and his family live in complete isolation, in a hut two days' walk south of Haast in South Westland. Their only contact with the outside world is a helicopter or plane once a month, and two trips a year to the 'outside world'. This is the story of how and why Robert - known locally as 'Beansprout' - came to live at Gorge River, and the family's experiences there over the years, living self-sufficiently and forging close bonds with the natural environment.
  • Haven - available on Overdrive
    Haven is a brand new home and living magazine for a brand-new world. With many of us spending more time at home than ever, our homes are our safe haven from the challenges we face beyond our front doors. Step inside the pages and stay awhile. We celebrate everything that makes a house a home — inviting spaces, inspiring people, delicious food, and homes with heart. 
  • Straying from the flock by Alexander Elder - available on Overdrive
    The beauty and grandeur of New Zealand has captured the imagination of movie-goers over the past couple of years, and the country is a dream destination for many around the world. Straying from the Flock is an intimate and personal account of one passionate traveler's visit to this incredible country, its mountains and beaches, fjords, rainforests, vineyards, and hidden eateries.
  • The Best of Best New Zealand Poems - available on Hoopla.
    Since 2000, the online anthology Best New Zealand Poems has showcased the most exciting and memorable poetry produced in this country. Here, for the first time, is a selection of this work in book form. Each poet's own note on the selection illuminates the work and takes us inside the writer's personal workshop. The first decade of the new century comes into view as a vibrant, argumentative, restless period, with our poets unafraid of either political engagement or strong personal feeling.
  • The Beautiful Road Miller, Carrie. National Geographic Traveler, vol. 36, no. 03, June-July 2019. 
    An epic drive through New Zealand reveals a nation of warmth and wonder.

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For the little ones

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Story Box Library has some great titles from Kiwi authors and illustrators read aloud for children to enjoy:

  • The curious ar chew - Three forest friends find a mysterious, mixed-up creature in a hushed, hollowed hideaway. What a fright they get when they try to come to the rescue!
    Written by Sarah Grundy and illustrated by creative duo Ali Teo and John O'Reilly, The Curious Ar-chew is a delightfully funny tale of curiosity and adventure that will keep viewers guessing until the surprise ending.
    Read by Jay Laga'aia, this story is sure to become an instant favourite. 
  • I am jellyfish - A captivating bedtime story by award-winning picture book creator Ruth Paul, with luminous and eye-catching illustrations. The language is evocative of the deep blue sea, and readers will love the clever way that Jellyfish gets the better of hungry Swordfish.
    Read sweetly by performer, Akina Edmonds, I Am Jellyfish is a delightfully funny story and is also the Winner of the Best Picture Book category of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2018.