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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

PASA Library is on the move

The Performing and Screen Arts (PASA) Library in B202-1010 will close at end of semester two.  

The library resources will relocate from Monday 29 November 2021 to Te Puna Library B180.  These resources should be available to staff and students to access from mid-December.  

If you want to access library items for your research and information needs, contact your Subject Librarian (PASA) – Sana Saleem email: ssaleem@unitec.ac.nz or visit the PASA subject guide for more info. 

All resources remain searchable through the Library website. 

Some useful guides for staff and students:

Please contact Anna Wheeler (Manager Resources, Library and Information) email: awheeler@unitec.ac.nz for any queries about the move of library resources.


Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Happy Matariki - Māori New Year

 Kia ora e te whānau,

Wishing you a happy Matariki, Māori New Year - Nga Mihi o Matariki, te tau hou Māori, ki a tatou katoa.

Matariki (also known as the Pleiades cluster) signals the Māori New Year. Celebrate the Māori new year in Tāmaki Makaurau with Matariki Festival, from 19 June until 11 July 2021.

Traditionally, new year celebrations provided the opportunity for whānau to come together and celebrate with kai, korero and waiata and to reflect on the year gone by and begin planning for the new year ahead.

Unitec Library has resources both in print and electronic that gives more information about the celebration of Matariki. Visit the Unitec Library website and our Matariki subject guide.

Check out our displays at Te Puna Library (Level 1, Building 180) and Waitākere Library (Level 3, Building 520).

Ngā manaakitanga

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

NZ Herald Premium now available for all students & staff

Good news!

We now have NZ Herald Premium access for all students and staff at Unitec.

However you will need to register with a Unitec staff or student email address and use a special code.

For instructions on how to do this go to Library database information in Moodle - NZ Herald Premium Edition

If you have already registered using the instructions you do not need to do it again.

If you have any further enquiries, please contact libinfo@unitec.ac.nz.

Thursday, June 03, 2021

Samoan Language Week 2021

Talofa lava, Afio mai. Welcome to Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa - Samoa Language Week held from Sunday 30 May – Saturday 5 June, 2021. Samoa’s 59th year of independence was on Tuesday 1 June.

The theme is Poupou le lotoifale. Ola manuia le anofale which means strengthen the posts of your house, for all to thrive. When you’re building a foundation for a fale (house) it can’t have a weak foundation or posts. This is the same for the foundations of our families, schools and churches that play an important role in strengthening Gagana Samoa (the Samoan Language). Language is important for the foundations of our overall wellbeing.

Unitec Pacific Centre is also running some events on campus to embrace and celebrate Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa. Staff and students are welcome to join in this week to wear blue and sing the Samoan national anthem and do a Unitec Tik Tok video, Game show – who wants to be a Samoan and Public lecture – We are Samoa. More info is on the Unitec Pacific CentreFacebook page.

For Samoan Language Week, my colleagues Leone Samu Tui (Associate Curator, Documentary Heritage, Pacific) and Seulupe Dr Falaniko Tominiko (Deputy Chair of Auckland Museum’s Pacific Advisory Group) reflect on the significance of a measina held in Auckland Museum’s manuscript collection: an unpublished tusi faʻalupega or collection of Sāmoan chiefly titles and village salutations, compiled in 1902. Read more on the AucklandMuseum website.

Unitec Library has resources in both print and electronic version to learn more about Gagana Samoa. Check out the Unitec Library catalogue and our Pacific subject guide.

See our display at Te Puna Library.

Use the hashtag #SamoanLanguageWeek to follow the events on social media. 

Practice some everyday phrases Gagana o aso uma in Samoan



Tālofa lava








Malie / Fa’amalie atu / Fa’amalulu atu


 For more information, visit these websites:

Manuia le aso 

Fa’afetai tele lava


Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Rotuman Language Week 2021

Noa’ia ‘e mauri,

Welcome to Rotuman Language Week held from Sunday 9 May – Saturday 15 May, 2021. 

This year’s theme for Gasav Ne Fäeag Rotuạm Ta - Rotuman Language Week is Tutur häk ne måür lelei – the four pillars of life and wellbeing:

  •  Måür Fak'ata (spiritual - a place of solace that gives meaning to life)

  •  Måür Fakforo (physical - living life in all its fullness)

  •  'Os A'häe (psychological - steers our presence and place in life)

  •  Hạikạinagaga (social - our connection with people)

The traditional Rī Fak Rotuam is a Rotuman thatched shelter or house which needs four strong pillars to hold the entire house together, just like the four pillars for our wellbeing. The theme acknowledges and celebrates the strength and resilience of our Pacific communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
To celebrate the beginning of 2021's Pacific Language Week, we would like to acknowledge our Rotuman community in Aotearoa for sharing your beautiful culture and language with us. The Rotuman language is listed on the UNESCO list of endangered languages. Rotuma lies approximately 465 km to the north of Fiji Islands. Rotuma is formerly known as Granville Island, also depicted as the “Garden of the Pacific”, from its rich green fertile land and clear sea. After the Deed of Cession, Rotuma became a British colony and was closed as a port of entry under the Fiji Government in 1970 when Fiji gained its independence. Read more about Rotuma’s culture, history, geography and language in the Educational Resource provided by Ministry for Pacific Peoples website here: https://www.mpp.govt.nz/assets/Language-Weeks-2021/Rotuman/Rotuman-Educational-Resource-2021.pdf 
Unitec Library has resources both in print and electronic version to learn more about the island nation, Rotuma. Check out the Unitec Library catalogue and our Pacific subject guide.
See our display at Te Puna Library.


 Use the hashtag #‎officialnzrotumanlanguageweek to follow the events on social media.

 For more information, visit these websites:

Faiakse ‘ea