Welcome to Canterbury University Press
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.
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.
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
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
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)
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.
The breathing tree
This collection offers 40 new poems from popular poet Apirana Taylor.
Akaroa Cocksfoot: King of grasses
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.
The Bond of Time: An Epic Love Poem
John Puhiatau Pule
First published in a limited private edition in 1985, this 88-page poem by John Pule is now available in a new revised edition.
Tuatara: Biology and conservation of a venerable survivor
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
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.
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.
New Zealand Native Ground Cover Plants
Lawrie Metcalf and Roy Edwards
A carefully considered use of native plants as ground cover can reduce garden maintenance while creating an aesthetically pleasing environment. Accompanied by more than 100 colour photographs, the authors describe some of the plants that are now available to gardeners.
Lateral Inversions: The Prints of Barry Cleavin
Lavishly illustrated with over 120 colour plates, Lateral Inversions presents a major representative survey of Barry Cleavin’s prints and drawings from 1966 through until 2012.
Paikea: The Life of I.L.G Sutherland
Paikea explores the life of scholar, cultural anthropologist and social activist Ivan Sutherland (1897-1952), who was committed to a bicultural New Zealand and worked tirelessly to promote understanding of Māori aspirations in the first half of the 20th century.
The People's University: A Centennial History of the Canterbury Workers' Educational Association 1915-2015
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.
UC academic publishes new history of Tonga
20 November 2015 Tonga's most comprehensive history now includes chapters covering the last decade's shaky transition towards democracy, bringing the island kingdom's story up to date. (read article)
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