Welcome to the SLANZA Waikato BoP Wiki
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This wiki has been created to enable Waikato BOP SLANZA members to share within the region.
SLANZA Waikato BOP is a regional branch of SLANZA http://www.slanza.org.nz/

  • Provides a national voice for school library teams
  • Advocates for the critical role of school libraries in reading, teaching and learning
  • Provides professional development through conferences, regional meetings, the Collected magazine and our Connected Librarians online course
  • Links with associated national and international professional organisations

Join SLANZA: http://www.slanza.org.nz/membership.html
Join School Library Listserv: http://www.slanza.org.nz/mailing-lists.html

SLANZA Waikato BOP Regional Contacts:
SLANZA Waikato BOP Chairperson - Glenys Bichan, Library Manager, Cambridge High School, Cambridge
Email: bic@camhigh.school.nz

SLANZA Waikato BOP Committee
We are keen to hear new ideas and have new Committee members.
If you would like to take a more proactive role with SLANZA Waikato BOP, please contact Glenys Bichan, SLANZA Waikato BOP Chairperson
Email: bic@camhigh.school.nz

2017 Events List

SLANZA Waikato BOP Events are listed in Green.
See also: NZSA Writing Festivals and Book Fairs



WCELfest at University of Waikato - Hamilton

8th February Publish Your Own Book Evening - Greerton Library, Tauranga
Karolyn Timarkos, author of the young adult sci-fi/fantasy series 'The Atlas Chronicles'® and the self-publishing guide 'My Artist is a Fruit Loop' delivers a presentation and Q & A session on self-publishing.
5.30pm for juice and nibbles – talk at 6.00pm. $5.00 per person. Secondary students free. Sponsored by Bookrapt.
RSVP by Friday 3rd Feb to info@bookrapt.org.nz or phone Judy on 5441791

14th February Waikato Children's Literature Association AGM - Hamilton
AGM & Pot Luck Dinner at 6.30 pm
See Flyer for Event and Membership details:

17th - 26th February Hamilton Garden's Festival - Hamilton Gardens - Hamilton


2nd March World Book Day

3rd March SLANZA Waikato/BoP Term 1 Workshop - Hamilton
Celebrating Cultural Diversity: How can libraries help?
In Term One our Workshop is about ‘Celebrating Cultural Diversity’ in our libraries – providing resources and support for students from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
David Riley, a New Zealand author who teaches and publishes material to encourage literacy for Māori, Pasifika and non-English speaking students, is our guest speaker,
and we will have Waikato Migrant Resource Centre staff helping us also.
See Flyer for details:

Special thanks to Book Protection Products for their ongoing sponsorship.

8th March Waikato Community Funding Expo - Hamilton Gardens Pavilion - Hamilton
Noon - 7 pm
A great opportunity to talk to a range of funders all under the same roof. Come along and check out the stalls and attend one or more of the workshops.
There’s lots of practical advice, information and strategies to assist your community group or project.

21st March World Poetry Day


7th April National Library Services to Schools Regional Workshop - Hamilton
Title: Digital Resources to Support Inquiry Learning and Research
Day: Friday 7th April, 2017
Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (Includes morning tea and lunch)
Cost: $40.00
Location: Rototuna High Schools Library, Kimbrae Drive, Hamilton
Contact: Vicki Stephens, Facilitator, National Library Services to Schools
Phone: 07 838 9207
Email: vicki.stephens@dia.govt.nz

Register Here


1st - 7th May Children's Book Week

5th - 7th May Waikato Bay of Plenty LIANZA Weekend SchoolTe Whakakitenga aa Kaimai - Tokoroa

9 to 12th Haratua (May) Te Ropu Whakahau hui, Rotorua
Location: Tangatarua Marae, Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology, Rotorua
Theme: Hangaia tō whare kōrero
About: Te Rōpū Whakahau is the leading national body that represents Māori engaged in Culture, Knowledge, Information, Communication and Systems Technology in Aotearoa New Zealand. Te Rōpū Whakahau membership is open to any person, group or institution with an interest in ngā taonga i tuku iho, culture, knowledge, information, communication and systems technology work.

16th - 21st May Auckland Writers Festival - Aotea Centre, Auckland

20th May (Opens) He Tohu Exhibition - National Library of New Zealand, Wellington
He Tohu is a new exhibition at the National Library of New Zealand.
It brings together three constitutional documents that have shaped Aotearoa.
Signatures that shape New Zealand...
  • 1835 He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni – Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of New Zealand
  • 1840 Te Tiriti o Waitangi – Treaty of Waitangi
  • 1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition – Te Petihana Whakamana Pōti Wahine
Admission is free
Open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday
Closed on public holidays
National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets
0800 474 300

27th May (Saturday) SLANZA Waikato / Bay of Plenty Term 2 Workshop & AGM 2017
Saturday, 9:30am-12:30pm
Otumoetai College, Tauranga
Topic: I’m a believer in my Library. How do I make converts?
Guest Speaker is: Senga White, Research and Learning Co-ordinator at Southland Boys’ High School
Senga, a Past-President of SLANZA, has a long and successful career advocating for school libraries. She will share her ideas, and is happy to discuss with you all the ways you can convince your school community that the library, and your role, continues to be as important as ever in helping students become great learners… and great people too!
Please rsvp / register by Monday 22nd May.
Flyer and Registration:

29th May Interface Xpo - Rotorua


14th - 17th June Fieldays - Mystery Creek - Hamilton

24th June(Saturday) School Archives Network Meeting combined with Auckland School Archives Group, St Peters School, Cambridge
This meeting will include information about the Ministry of Education's work revising the School Records Retention and Disposal Schedule, which has guided schools’ archive keeping since 2003.
Flyer and Registration:

30th June (Friday) - 2nd July (Sunday) Word Cafe Raglan , Raglan
Word Café Raglan 2017 is an extravaganza of the written and spoken word.
Poets, story-tellers, activists, explorers, best-selling novelists and inspired novices – all coming together in the celebration of words and books.


1st July (Saturday) Waikato Literacy Assn Young Authors Conference - Hamilton (Sold Out)
An event for students!
A day with published New Zealand Authors/Illustrators
9.30am -3pm
Berkley Normal Middle School
Limit of five Year 5-8 students per member school
$10 per attendee
Students will require lunch.
Regsiter using this link: https://goo.gl/forms/QcQa14J78JdfNpqE3
or visit Events on the WLA Facebook page: Waikato Literacy Association

16th - 19th July SLANZA National Conference - King's College, Auckland

29 July (Saturday) Bookrapt’s annual seminar He Ara – Pathways to Publication, Tauranga
Tauranga Girls’ College Library
Bookrapt is the Bay of Plenty Children’s Literature Association Incorporated which is “a group of writers, artists, schoolteachers, librarians, parents and grandparents with a passion for children's literature”!
This year’s theme is “He Ara – Pathways to Publication” featuring guest speakers Lynette Evans (Scholastic Publishing Manager) and Deborah Hinde (Children’s author & illustrator).
If you have any queries, email: info@bookrapt.org.nz or phone Lee Rowe on 027-705-4828
Flyer and Registration details:


3rd August - Hamilton Book Month - Hamilton
Check the programme for a wonderful selection of events.
Hamilton Book Month Programme

3rd August (Thursday) Waikato Children’s Literature Association 2017 Review Night - Hamilton
Rototuna High School Library
Kimbrae Dr, Hamilton
6.30 – 9.00pm Thursday 3 August
Hear Rototuna High School students review the Young Adult finalists and members of the Waikato Children’s Literature Association talk about the Esther Glen (Junior Fiction), Elsie Locke (Non-Fiction), Picture Book and Russell Clarke (Illustration) finalists. They will predict their winners, eleven days before the judges’ choices are announced.
For catering and seating purposes, please RSVP to Gerri Judkins judkins4@actrix.co.nz

9th August - National Book Lovers Day!
Observed each year on August 9, (and sometimes on the first Saturday in November) bibliophiles get to celebrate on National Book Lovers Day!
A day for all those who love to read, National Book Lovers Day encourages you to find your favorite reading place, a good book (whether it be fiction or non-fiction) and read the day away.
Sit back, relax and READ! Use #NationalBookLoversDay to post on social media and spread the word.

19th August (Saturday) Waikato Children's Literature Association annual day seminar - Hamilton
At Southwell School (Peachgrove Rd)
This year the seminar will feature 2017 Margaret Mahy Medal winner Des Hunt; 2015 Tom Fitzgibbon winner Tom Moffatt and creator of the popular Kuwi the Kiwi picture books, Kat Merewether.
Please contact Gerri Judkins for registrations at judkins4@actrix.co.nz


6th September Talking Matters‏ Summit - Ellerslie Event Centre, Auckland
Impact of early language & children's development.

16 September SLANZA Waikato Bay of Plenty Committee is planning our Term 3 "Coffee, Collections and Conversations" in Rotorua.
10:00am – 12:30pm
SLANZA members and non-members welcome!
Meet at McLeods Booksellers, 1148 Pukuatua St, Rotorua, where their buyer, Jemma Pirrie, will highlight titles bought with the joy of reading and school libraries in mind. A 20% discount is available to all of you who are wanting to complete your buying for 2017.
At 11.00am we will move to the café across the road, Be Rude Not To, where we will have a share session on everything ‘Library’. Bring your own successes to celebrate along with issues, problems, solutions, and fresh ideas to share with others.
Please register using this form:

24th - 27th September LIANZA Conference - Addington Raceway, Auckland

30th September The Power of Words NZLA 2017 One Day Conference Roadshow - Hamilton
Early bird registrations available until end of June.
Three one day events will be held in Hamilton, Wellington & Christchurch.
Conference details and Registration


October is International School Library Month
International School Library Month allows those in charge of school libraries around the world to choose a day, week, or the entire month in October to celebrate the importance of school libraries.

2nd October The Power of Words NZLA 2017 One Day Conference Roadshow, Wellington
Early bird registrations available until end of June.
Three one day events will be held in Hamilton, Wellington & Christchurch.
Conference details and Registration

4th October The Power of Words NZLA 2017 One Day Conference Roadshow, Christchurch
Early bird registrations available until end of June.
Three one day events will be held in Hamilton, Wellington & Christchurch.
Conference details and Registration

6th - 8th October Storylines New Zealand Children’s Authors and Illustrators National Hui - King’s School, Remuera, Auckland

11th - 13th October ULearn Conference - Hamilton


16th - 17th November LEARNfest 2017 University of Waikato - Hamilton (Asking for submissions now!)
LEARNfest 2017 is a new conference organised by the Centre for Tertiary Teaching and Learning. It will explore and celebrate a variety of approaches to teaching and learning, including face-to-face, online, flexible, blended, technology-enhanced, and any other innovative pedagogy. It will include keynote presentations, workshops and demonstrations of learning and teaching tools.
LEARNfest 2017 will take place at the University of Waikato Hamilton campus on 16 and 17 November 2017.
All previous WCELfest attendees are encouraged to attend and share their learning and teaching practices with their peers in the friendly and collegial atmosphere of LEARNfest 2017.
Participants can submit their proposal ideas , or alternatively, can discuss an idea for a session with eLearning Designer Nigel Robertson - contact Nigel at nigel.robertson@waikato.ac.nz.
Proposal submissions close on 4 September 2017.

17th November - SLANZA Waikato / Bay of Plenty North Hamilton Library Tour.
Watch this space!


7th December (Thursday) Picture Book Seminar at University of Waikato - Hamilton
Organised by the Waikato Picturebook Research Unit (WaiPRU)
The theme this year will be Postmodern picturebooks. These are picturebooks which break conventions, present multiple voices, parody, reveal their constructedness and abandon linearity. They play with conventions. Some well known examples are Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne, The Jolly Postman by Allan and Janet Ahlberg, Whose Afraid of the Big Bad Book by Lauren Child, and our very own The Boring Book by Vasanti Unka.
You can find more here: https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/postmodern-picturebooks
Please pencil in the date, and we will have formal registration and a programme available later this year.
Registrations are now open!

Use link in flyer to register and pay 31st October 2017
Cost $50.00
Limited to 60 places.

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