Canterbury University Press - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

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Canterbury University Press produces about eight top-quality books a year. We publish a wide range of titles for the academic and general market, with recognised strengths in natural history, biography, New Zealand and Pacific history, and books about and arising from our region.

Fish Stories

Fish Stories

Mary Cresswell

Mary Cresswell is at her imaginative best in this new collection, built from her experiments with the ghazal, a traditional form of Middle Eastern and Indian lyric poetry.

Olivia Spencer Bower: Making her own discoveries

Olivia Spencer Bower: Making her own discoveries

Julie King

In this, the first book to consider Olivia Spencer Bower’s life and work, art historian Julie King offers a superb evocation of one of the most important and vital artists this country has produced.

Victoria Square: Cradle of Christchurch

Geoffrey W Rice

This book records the changing appearance of Victoria Square over 160 years. Geoffrey Rice brings to life many of the stories and events connected with the Market Place and Victoria Square and the colourful personalities who have lived and worked there.

Animals in Emergencies: Learning from the Christchurch earthquakes

Animals in Emergencies: Learning from the Christchurch earthquakes

Annie Potts and Donelle Gadenne

Animals in Emergencies reveals what happened to animals during and after the Christchurch disaster, and asks what we can learn from these events and from our response to them. It also shows the importance of human–animal relationships for healing and rebuilding damaged lives.

The Diggers’ Story: Accounts of the West Coast Gold Rushes

The Diggers’ Story: Accounts of the West Coast Gold Rushes

Edited by Julia Bradshaw, Hokitika Museum

The Diggers’ Story was first published in 1914 to mark the 50th anniversary of the gold rushes that transformed the West Coast. Long out of print, it has been edited and expanded by Julia Bradshaw with additional stories, information and illustrations.

Canterbury Foothills and Forests: A Walking and Tramping Guide (Second Edition)

Canterbury Foothills and Forests: A Walking and Tramping Guide (Second Edition)

Pat Barrett

This new edition of the popular guide to excursions in the Canterbury region adds Lewis Pass National Reserve and Western Arthur’s Pass National Park to the areas included in the first edition, and also covers additional areas of Te Kahui Kaupeka and Hakatere Conservation Parks that are now accessible to the public.

Sociocultural Realities: Exploring new horizons

Sociocultural Realities: Exploring new horizons

Edited by Angus Macfarlane, Sonja Macfarlane and Melinda Webber

Sociocultural Realities: Exploring new horizons examines sociocultural approaches in the education sector, from early childhood to tertiary.

Akaroa Cocksfoot: King of grasses

Vaughan Wood

The history of Akaroa cocksfoot is one that embodies many facets of Canterbury life: the farmers and harvesters, the seed merchants, and the engineering and transport firms. It was shaped by the science, politics and world-trade patterns of the time and is thus a story with more than just local interest.

Social Policy for Social Work and Human Services in Aotearoa New Zealand: Diverse perspectives

Social Policy for Social Work and Human Services in Aotearoa New Zealand: Diverse perspectives

Edited by Jane Maidment and Liz Beddoe

This edited volume provides a critical appraisal of key debates and critical issues in contemporary social policy in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Tuatara: Biology and conservation of a venerable survivor

Tuatara: Biology and conservation of a venerable survivor

Alison Cree

The first detailed monograph for decades about this enigmatic reptile, and the first to be illustrated in colour throughout.

There are no horses in heaven

Frankie McMillan

There are no horses in heaven is a warm, delightful collection from poet Frankie McMillan, full of vivid phrasing, eerie moments, and a colourful cast of characters.

Cricketing Colonists: The Brittan brothers in early Canterbury

Geoffrey Rice and Frances Ryman

William Guise and Joseph Brittan were leading figures in the Canterbury settlement, yet they were unpopular and both their careers ended in failure and disappointment. This fascinating account seeks to explain why this was, and along the way provides a richly detailed panorama of life and politics in early Christchurch.

 

Mt John - The First 50 Years: A celebration of half a century of optical astronomy at the University of Canterbury

John Hearnshaw and Alan Gilmore

Mt John – The First 50 Years is richly illustrated with almost 200 figures, many of them outstanding landscape and nightscape photographs taken by the acclaimed Tekapo photographer, Fraser Gunn.

Island Kingdon: Tonga ancient and modern

Third edition

Ian C. Campbell

First published in 1992, Island Kingdom is widely acknowledged as being the authoritative history of Tonga. This edition is updated and revised in accordance with recent research, and brings the story up to the end of 2014.

The People's University: A Centennial History of the Canterbury Workers' Educational Association 1915-2015

Ian Dougherty

In The People’s University, Ian Dougherty tells the fascinating story of this resilient association over its first 100 years and of the enthusiastic and committed involvement of students, tutors, volunteers and staff.

New and Forthcoming Titles

The most recent titles published by Canterbury University Press, and those due within the next month or so.

New book an environmental history of NZ rivers

18 October 2016 A new book on New Zealand's rivers sets out to inform current debate about the sustainable use of New Zealand's fresh water by exploring the history of our rivers. (read article)

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