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 READY REFERENCE

Time Zones around the World - also includes a World clock, calendar, weather and sun and moon calculators
Flags of the World - the Internet’s largest site devoted to vexillology (the study of flags)
International and domestic calling codes - for when you need to provide your friend, family or customer with the correct international dialling codes
Easter Sunday and Perpetual Calendar - Dates of Easter Sunday and Perpetual Calendar, 1550-2049 for Great Britain and the Colonies
New Zealand School Terms and Holidays - access to calendars through until 2020 

NZ public holiday dates - New Zealand public holiday and anniversary dates from 2017 - 2020
New Zealand Post and Post Code Finder
New Zealand tidal forecaster - forecast high and low tides anywhere in open coastal and ocean waters around New Zealand for up to 28 days
Measurement Conversion Calculators and Charts - measurement conversion charts and converters for metric, imperial and U.S. customary systems
How Stuff Works - an award-winning source of unbiased, reliable, easy-to-understand answers and explanations of how the world actually works
WolframAlpha - computational knowledge engine
CricInfo - the home of cricket on the Internet
Wireless Hotspots - find the nearest Spark wireless hotspot in New Zealand


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 WRITING

New Zealand Book Council
New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre
New Zealand Poetry Society
The New Zealand Society of Authors
New Zealand Writers Guild

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 DIRECTORIES

New Zealand - White Pages / Yellow Pages / a'Courts / finda
Australia - White Pages / Yellow Pages / FindinAustralia.com
United Kingdom - BT White Pages / EYP - Electronic Yellow Pages
International - International White and Yellow Pages / Numberway / Phonebook of the World

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 ENTERTAINMENT AND EVENTS

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision - New Zealand’s moving image and sound archive
New Zealand Film Commission - includes a catalogue of feature films made in New Zealand
Office of Film and Literature Classification - site for the body responsible for classifying publications that may need to be restricted
NZ On Air - an independent government funding agency championing local content
Audioculture - the noisy library of New Zealand music
Hamilton Events - link to What's On Hamilton, with up to date listings of local events

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 GOVERNMENT

Government Online - a listing of Government Departments, Ministries and Crown Research Institutes
Local Councils - information on local government, including statistical information Local Government - gateway to local government information and local body websites
DecisionMaker - a guide to parliament and government
Beehive - The official website of the New Zealand Government
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet - includes: Honours Lists
List of MPs - a list of the current members of the New Zealand parliament
New Zealand Parliament - online access to Parliamentary Papers, Select Committee reports, bills, SOP's, Order Papers, Journals, Standing Orders and Budget papers
Directory of Official Information - details of Government departments, Crown entities, State-owned enterprises and other organisations
Electoral Commission - the official site of this statutory independent body enables you to check your entry on the Electoral Roll


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 HAMILTON AND WAIKATO

Bibliography of the Greater Waikato Region - books, theses, journal articles, AJHR reports, and special issues of newspapers which relate to the Waikato Region Cambridge Information - a visitor's guide to Cambridge township in the Waipa district, 24 kilometres southeast of Hamilton
Cambridge Museum - the Cambridge Historical Society own the collections and operate the museum with support from the community and the Waipa District Council
Citizens Advice Bureau - free community information, assistance and referral service. Hamilton and Waikato Citizens Advice Bureau contact details Hamilton City Council  - includes current Hamilton City Bylaws
Hamilton Info - overview of city facilities and useful links including online suburban bus timetables and searchable street map and business directory
Hamilton Zoo - the main zoological garden of Hamilton, covering 25 hectares
Huntly - a visitor's guide to Huntly township in the Waikato district, 35 kilometres north of Hamilton Mystery Creek Fieldays - the biggest agricultural trade show in the southern hemisphere
Waikato Museum - exhibitions, events and programmes telling Waikato's stories from a regional and global perspective
Number 8 Network - Community website for people living in rural areas north east of Hamilton
Raglan - a visitor's guide to Raglan township in the Waikato district, 48 kilometres west of Hamilton
Statistics New Zealand 2013 Census - the most up-to-date statistical information about Hamilton, Waikato and the rest of New Zealand
Tainui - the Waikato/Tainui official website; education, scholarships, employment, health, housing, Marae, events 
Te Aroha - a visitor's guide to Te Aroha township in the Waikato district, 53 kilometres northeast of Hamilton
Te Awamutu Museum - Waikato's first museum, growing from the private collection of Gavin Gifford
Te Awamutu - a visitor's guide to Te Arwamutu township in the Waipa district, 30 kilometres south of Hamilton 
Tirau - a visitor's guide to Tirau township in the Waikato district, 50 kilometres southeast of Hamilton
University of Waikato - a comprehensive university in Hamilton, with a satellite campus located in Tauranga
Waikato Institute of Technology - also known as Wintec,  one of New Zealand's leading technological institutes Waikato Regional Council - rates, resource consents, media releases, environmental and economic issues
Hamilton's sister cities: Saitama, Japan /  Sacramento, United States of America / Chenngdu, China / Wuxi, China

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 LAW

New Zealand Legislation - access to consolidated electronic versions of acts, regulations and bills. Tables of Legislation in Force and Deemed Regulations are also available New Zealand Parliamentary Debates - official Hansard reports of debates in the House of Representatives Maaori Land Legislation - a searchable database of all New Zealand legislation from 1840 to 1995 which has affected Maaori people and Maaori land
New Zealand Legal Information Institute - access to New Zealand legal information including case law, legislation, and law review articles Copyright Council of New Zealand - provides advice on copyright, including a range of clear and concise information sheets

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 CONSUMER AFFAIRS

Citizens Advice Bureau - free, confidential help, advice and information to everyone. Putting you in touch with services you need, helping you find answers to difficult questions and working with you to sort out problems Consumer NZ - an independent, non-profit organisation which aims to get New Zealand consumers a fairer deal. Their monthly magazine is available at Hamilton City Libraries Commerce Commission NZ - Achieving the best possible outcomes in competitive and regulated markets for the long-term benefit of New Zealanders
Food Standards Australia New Zealand - develops food standards for food available in Australia and New Zealand New Zealand Ministry of Consumer Affairs - find out what to know and do when purchasing a product or service Family and Community Services Directory - manages and runs 35 programmes and services and funds over 600 organisations, including providing grants

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 HEALTH

Everybody provides consumer health information for New Zealanders
Health and Disability Commissioner - making sure that complaints about health or disability services providers are taken care of fairly and efficiently Enabling Good Lives - gives support for disabled people and their whanau and is a partnership between the disability sector and government agencies
Medsafe - responsible for the regulation of medicines and medical devices in New Zealand. Ensure that medicines and medical devices are acceptably safe Ministry of Health - the Government's principal advisor on health and disability: improving, promoting and protecting the health of all New Zealanders New Zealand Medical Register - register of doctors registered to practice in New Zealand
The Merck Manual of Medical Information - one of the most widely used comprehensive medical resources for professionals and consumers Kidshealth - for New Zealand parents and caregivers
Kidshealth  (US version) - Kids health information for parents and children
Webhealth - online directory of health and social services Raukura Hauora o Tainui (Maaori health services – Maaori health services directory

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 LIBRARIES IN NEW ZEALAND

Alexander Turnbull Library - includes manuscripts, archives and rare books
Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA)
National Library of New Zealand - access to collections, services, and advice.
National Library of New Zealand Catalogue - books, journals, maps, audio and video, music scores, and websites New Zealand Digital Library - from the University of Waikato Public libraries of New Zealand - which provides access to public library resources

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 HISTORY

The Journal of the Polynesian Society - the first 100 volumes of the journals 1892-1992
Te Ara - New Zealand History site by the Ministry of Culture and Heritage
New Zealand Electronic Text Centre - free online archive of New Zealand and Pacific Island texts
New Zealand History online
New Zealand Federation of Historical Societies
Timeframes - digitised images of New Zealand from the Alexander Turnbull Library
University of Waikato Library Digital Collections - includes historic maps and photos
Dictionary of New Zealand Biography - over 3,000 biographies of deceased New Zealanders who have 'made their mark' on this country

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 SCIENCE

Ministry of Science and Innovation (New Zealand) Innovation Waikato - enhancing economic growth in the Waikato by growing technology business
Royal Society of New Zealand - advancing and promoting science, technology and the humanities for all New Zealanders
The Phoenix Astronomical Society - includes information about their observatories and projects, such as Stonehenge Aotearoa NIWA - National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research - Crown Research Institute
Kiwi Web - Chemistry and New Zealand - includes a useful "stain removal" section
GNS Science Te Puu Ao (Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences) - Crown Research Institute Institute of Physics Publishing - offering free access to selected journals
Geoscience Society of New Zealand - encourages the advancement of the geosciences in New Zealand
Meteorological Society - an independent group of weather enthusiasts with the stated aim to encourage an interest in the atmosphere, weather and climate MetVUW - meteorological and climate data from Victoria University, NZ
New Zealand plant pests identification - a guide with good pictures, photographs and descriptions
New Zealand insects and spiders identification – a visual guide to identifying insects and spiders

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 MAAORI

Index of Maaori names compiled by Henry James Fletcher - available from the University of Waikato Library website Ngata Dictionary - the H.M. Ngata English-Maaori Dictionary Niupepa - Maaori newspapers from 1842-1933 made available throught the University of Waikato's Digital Library
Takoa - contains information on scholarships, as well as providing a basic reference on iwi boundaries and canoes Te Ao Hou - Maaori Affairs Magazine published between 1952 and 1976 now available online Te Kete Ipurangi - Maaori education community news on the New Zealand Ministry of Education's bilingual website
Te Puna Web directory/Maaori - The National Library of New Zealand's selected listings of Maaori online resources grouped under subject heading  Maaori.org.nz - Some good links, but lots of advertising; Maaori culture, customs, language and genealogy resources Māori Maps - Find your way to the tribal marae of Aotearoa New Zealand – through maps, information and photographs – through the digital gateway of Māori Maps.

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 LEARNER DRIVERS

Official NZ Road Code online - a user-friendly guide to New Zealand’s traffic law and safe driving practices Free Road Code mock theory tests - theory practice tests based on the official 2014 Road Code Handbook from the NZ Transport Agency. Drive.govt.nz is a website with everything to do with passing your licence with games, interactive Road Code tests and videos.

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 INTERNET SAFETY

Learnthenetbasics was devised to help guide people through some of the issues and risks we all face every time we go online. They have identified some of the more important risks and issues that computer users commonly face and have created an animated story to demonstrate each aspect. Netsafe's purpose is to enable all New Zealand internet users to confidently access digital opportunities and prevent online harm. Visit their website for advice on security, scams and online bullying. Scamwatch is a government run site that is great for information and what to do if you have been scammed.
Hectors World is a interactive site especially for children. It includes videos depicting Hector dolphins (amongst other animals/marine life) to help teach the internet safety message. It’s fun to navigate around the map here. This is a link to the videos.  Here at Hamilton City Libraries we have put together a quick guide of things to think about when you or your children are using the internet. You can find a copy of it here.

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