Student Librarians visit to Mangere Bridge Library

On Monday June 17, ten Mangere College student librarians attended a talk by New Zealand writer, Marnie Anstis at Mangere Bridge Library.

Marnie’s first book, Taketakerau – The Millennium Tree is a finalist in the non-fiction category of the 2013 New Zealand Post Shop Children’s Book Awards and it weaves New Zealand and world history into the story of a 2000 year old puriri tree in Opotiki.

Marnie spoke about her interest in writing, which she said developed in childhood and has recently culminated in the self-publication of The Millennium Tree. Her advice to aspiring writers was to read and read and read, as it is through reading that you learn how to write. She also talked about setting high standards and acknowledged that it took her 13 years to take her story from a seed of an idea to an illustrated, hard-cover book. Our students then listened to a preview of the audio-book currently in production, before helping Marnie measure the circumference of the puriri tree in the book (a whopping 22 metres!).

The students had an opportunity to ask questions and have their photograph taken with Marnie and we thank both Marnie and ex-Mangere College librarian, Loryn Tompsett for the invitation to attend this talk. For more info on the book or the NZ Post Children’s Book Awards see:


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