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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
    New Zealand Artillery in the Waikato - from the Royal New Zealand Artillery Old Comrades' Association
    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
    Waikato Museum - exhibitions, events and programmes telling Waikato's stories from a regional and global perspective Hamilton's sister cities: Saitama, Japan / Wuxi, China / Sacramento, United States of America / Chenngdu, 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

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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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