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Thames library closing early to farewell long-standing librarian

14 October 2019

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Hunsa Newland - Thames LibrarianContributing to this unique connection are our fantastic librarians.

Our Thames library will be closing at 3pm on Wednesday, 16 October to mark our Thames librarian, Hunsa Newland’s, retirement after 27 years.

Hunsa has seen some dramatic changes in her various roles at the Thames library. When Hunsa first started, her tasks included creating a list of new books each month on a manual typewriter and then photocopying them for customers. The newsletter involved manually cutting and pasting images. “I still have some of the originals,” says Hunsa. Nowadays, most tasks are done digitally.

Our libraries are always learning and growing with technology. “Power NZ donated our first internet computer which was so scary, I didn’t even know what a search engine was,” she says. Hunsa hopes to continue learning now she will have a lot more time for the things she loves including aerobics, gym, swimming, power walking, gardening, cooking, sewing, knitting, spending time with family and of course, reading.

Hunsa said she was never bored and the best part about her job was coming to work at the start of the week, saying good morning to everyone and hearing about their weekend. “That’s what I’ll miss the most,” says Hunsa. The highlight of her time working for Council was riding up the Thames Coast in a UNIMOG during a civil defence weather event.

Now Hunsa has left the library you may find her walking through her favourite place, Victoria Park in Thames. “It’s sad to be leaving after all this time and it’s going to take a while to adjust to life outside of work, but I am also looking forward to a new chapter in my life and chilling out.”

Huna’s departing quote she would like to share with the Thames library community is by Thomas Edison - “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

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