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19 September 2017

UC Alumna Dr Catherine Knight’s UC Connect talk 'New Zealand’s Rivers: Can we learn from rivershistory?' on Wednesday 20th September could not be more topical. The state of our rivers is of acute concern in regions such as Canterbury and has become a major political issue nationwide in the run up to the election. Catherine Knight’s 2016 book, New Zealand’s Rivers: An environmental history, revealed that the tension between our exploitation and enjoyment of rivers is not new, and explained how we have arrived at a crisis point.  Readers have praised the book for its accessibility and it was long-listed for the Ockham Book awards and short-listed for the New Zealand Heritage Awards. It was also chosen as one of The Listener’s Best Books of 2016.

New Zealand’s Rivers was published by Canterbury University Press in November last year, and since then Catherine Knight has been in great demand as a speaker on this topic. Her UC Connect talk is being supported by IPENZ Rivers Group & Canterbury Regional Stormwater Group and will  have a greater focus on Canterbury and Christchurch.


21 August 2017placenames

Place Names of Banks Peninsula and the Port Hills, by award-winning regional historian Gordon Ogilvie, has been published by Canterbury University Press (CUP) this month.
With a deep knowledge of this part of New Zealand, Ogilvie challenged himself to write a comprehensive successor to Johannes Andersen’s Place-Names of Banks Peninsula, first published in 1927.



30 June 2017revengeoftherich

Austin Mitchell’s new book Revenge of the Rich: The neoliberal revolution in Britain and New Zealand, published by Canterbury University Press, charts the development of a market-driven neoliberal creed, where governments are devoted to efficiency, cost-cutting and austerity at the people’s expense.



17 May 2017wecouldbeheroes

A richly illustrated catalogue, We Could Be Heroes: The gods and heroes of the ancient Greeks and Romans, has been published by Canterbury University Press to accompany the inaugural exhibition of the new Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities at the Arts Centre in Christchurch.




6 March 2017bloodties

Blood Ties: New and selected poems 1963-2016, the latest collection by popular New Zealand poet Jeffrey Paparoa Holman, was published by Canterbury University Press this week. The collection of poems, spanning Holman's writing career of more than 50 years, opens with his first published poem, 'Night' (1963), dedicated to his English teacher, Peter Hooper, and moves on to explore the journey of a life in Aotearoa New Zealand, offering Holman's reponse to universal human concerns such as love, loss, grief and courage.

A transcript of the launch speech given by Emeritus Professor Patrick Evans and the response from the author can be found here.


22 November 2016

New Zealand’s Rivers: An environmental history has been longlisted for the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book awards in the general non-fiction category. Congratulations to author Catherine Knight! Catherine’s book has also been picked as one of the top 100 books of the year by The Listener magazine.




22 November 2016

My Mother and the Hungarians, and other small fictions has been longlisted for the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book awards in the fiction category. Congratulations to author Frankie McMillan! Frankie has been selected for the 2017 residency programme at the Michael King Writers’ centre.



7 November 2016
New CUP book rewrites West Coast gold rush history

A scarcely known perspective challenging conventional versions of the start of the West Coast gold rushes has been published in a new book by Canterbury University Press.

Pay Dirt: ‘The Westland Goldfields, from the diary of William Smart by author Hilary Low draws on the illustrated memoir of William Smart, a gold prospector on the West Coast during the early 1860s, when the region still belonged to Canterbury.

In his memoir, Mr Smart provides an account of how he missed out on the government’s gold reward, offered to whoever discovered a payable goldfield in the province – an account that Ms Low’s research suggests is closer to the truth.


18 October 2016
New Zealand's Rivers: An environmental history

New Zealand’s Rivers: An environmental history sets out to inform current debate about the sustainable use of New Zealand’s fresh water by exploring the history of our often conflicted relationship with our rivers.

Author and environmental historian Catherine Knight says the state of rivers in Aotearoa New Zealand is highly topical and an issue that affects everyone.

“Few people understand our complex history with rivers. Yet rivers are central to our identity as New Zealanders, shaping our lives and providing the water that is so critical to our lives and economy.” New Zealand’s Rivers explains how, after nearly two centuries of exploiting our rivers for personal and public gain, we have arrived at a crisis point where many of them are too polluted to swim in.


16 August 2016
1950s New Zealand captured in flash fiction

A new work of flash fiction from prize-winning poet and short-fiction author Frankie McMillan provides an intriguing evocation of 1950s New Zealand.

My Mother and the Hungarians, and other small fictions, published by Canterbury University Press (CUP), will be launched this month at the 2016 WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival.



21 June 2016
Kiwi bushrangers' multiple murders brought to light

A book about one of the South Island’s most shocking multiple murders has been published by Canterbury University Press to mark the 150th anniversary of the crimes.

Murder on the Maungatapu’ presents for the first time the full story of the Burgess Gang, the events leading up to the cold-blooded killings and the aftermath.



3 March 2016
Book examines the forces shaping social policy

A new book aims to educate social work students on how policy is influenced, examining political ideologies and media framing, because they will be working with people on the frontline of these decisions.

Social Policy for Social Work and Human Services in Aotearoa New Zealand is co-edited by Associate Professor Jane Maidment from the University of Canterbury’s Department of Human Services and Social Work and Associate Professor Liz Beddoe from the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Education and Social Work.



8 December 2015
First book to consider the life and work of Olivia Spencer Bower

I paint for myself. That’s the only way. For when you paint to please it’s not the honest thing and inhibits the chances of discovery.”

These are the words of renowned Canterbury artist Olivia Spencer Bower. This thought would lead her to establish the Olivia Spencer Bower Foundation Art Award – an award for emerging artists that gives them freedom to create. Through this award, a younger generation has come to know Spencer Bower’s name, but until now much has remained unknown about the artist and her work.

This week, Canterbury University Press will release Olivia Spencer Bower: Making Her Own Discoveries by art historian Julie King – the first ever book about the well-loved artist.



15 December 2015
Book encourages culturally responsive educational practices

A new book by leading educators and researchers in Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia and Canada boldly encourages culturally responsive educational practices.

Sociocultural Realities: Exploring new horizons scrutinises ethnic and cultural considerations in the hope of helping beginning and experienced teachers, special education advisors, psychologists, university lecturers, education professionals (from early childhood through to tertiary), and families.



20 November 2015
UC academic publishes new complete history of Tonga

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.

Canterbury University Press (CUP) has published the third edition of Dr Ian Campbell's Island Kingdom: Tonga Ancient and Modern. This book has been Tonga's only comprehensive history since it was first published in 1992.



18 August 2015
Life of Canterbury cricket's founding fathers revealed

The lives of the Brittan brothers and their contribution during the settlement of Canterbury are explored in a new book published by Canterbury University Press.

Cricketing Colonists: The Brittan brothers in early Canterbury, written by historian Dr Geoffrey Rice with assistance from former teacher Frances Ryman, investigates the substantial contribution that the Brittan brothers — Joseph and William — made to the Canterbury province as politicians and as pioneer farmers.



8 June 2015
Fish Stories reel in the reader

The latest collection of poetry from Mary Cresswell has been published by Canterbury University Press.

In this collection, Cresswell is at her imaginative best as she builds on her experiments with ghazal, a traditional form of Middle Eastern and Indian lyric poetry.



30 March 2015
Celebrating 50 years of astronomy

A celebration of half a century of optical astronomy at New Zealand’s premier astronomical research facility is the focus of a new book published by Canterbury University Press (CUP) this month.

Mt John — The First 50 Years: A celebration of half a century of optical astronomy at the University of Canterbury looks at the history of one of the most beautiful astronomical observatories in the world, Mt John University Observatory at Tekapo.



26 March 2015
New collection from prize-winning poet Frankie McMillan

Christchurch poet Frankie McMillan has released her latest collection of poetry with Canterbury University Press.

There are no horses in heaven ushers in a range of colourful characters, presenting a world which is at times dreamlike and faux-naïf.

Humorous and daring, the work nevertheless addresses the concerns of us all: what it is to be human. Here, the strange oddities of human nature and our relationship to the animal world are explored with deft tenderness.

Frankie recently won two awards at the 2015 National Flash Fiction Day competition - first prize for her The House on Riselaw Street and third prize for her A Field Guide for Lost Girls, both feature in There are no horses in heaven.



26 February 2015
History of adult education movement revealed

A book celebrating 100 years of the iconic Canterbury Workers’ Educational Association (CWEA) has been released by Canterbury University Press. 

Since the CWEA was formed in Christchurch in 1915, with the aim of providing university-level education to working men and women, it has enriched, and at times even transformed, the lives of thousands of everyday Cantabrians.


19 December 2014
New Zealand plants covered

A new book on how to make the best use of New Zealand native ground cover plants in gardens of all sizes has been published by Canterbury University Press (CUP).

New Zealand Native Ground Cover Plants: A practical guide for gardeners and landscapers, is aimed at helping gardeners and landscaping professionals to select and care for native ground cover plants in order to create low-maintenance and sustainable gardens.


8 December 2014
History of local gem

The history of one of the world’s most sought after grasses is unfurled in a new book that has been published by Canterbury University Press (CUP) this month.

Akaroa Cocksfoot: King of grasses, written by historical geographer Vaughan Wood, explores the reason why the plant is so special, its history and why the grass has made a global impact.



5 December 2014
Animal welfare lessons from quakes in new book

A new book that explores the impact of the Christchurch earthquakes on animals, and the lessons we can learn in animal welfare from the natural disaster, has been published by Canterbury University Press. 

Animals in Emergencies: Learning from the Christchurch earthquakes, co-authored by Associate Professor Annie Potts and former veterinary nurse Donelle Gadenne, both
researchers at Canterbury University’s New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studiesprovides a detailed historical record of what happened to many animals in the Christchurch earthquakes in September 2010 and February 2011.



24 November 2014
New light shed on Christchurch's Victoria Square


Unravelling the rich history of one of Christchurch’s iconic precincts is the focus of the latest book from Canterbury University Press (CUP).

Victoria Square: Cradle of Christchurch, written by historian Dr Geoffrey Rice, explores the only city square in the world with a river running through it, and the rich and varied history of this unique civic space.

You can hear Professor Rice talking about the book on NewstalkZB here.



19 November 2014
Foothills revisited in new book

A new, updated edition of a popular Canterbury walking and tramping guide has been published this month by Canterbury University Press (CUP).

Canterbury Foothills & Forests: A Walking and Tramping Guide, first published in 2002 by Shoal Bay Press, has been update by author Pat Barrett. The book explores new walking excursions in the greater Canterbury region, Lewis Pass National Reserve and Arthur’s Pass in addition to the areas included in the first edition.



17 November 2014
West Coast gold rushes revived in book

Fascinating tales from the men and women who experienced the hardships and triumphs of the West Coast gold rushes have been brought to life in the latest book from Canterbury University Press (CUP).

The Diggers’ Story: Accounts of the West Coast gold rushes, edited by Hokitika Museum Director Julia Bradshaw, is a new edition of Carl Pfaff’s book The Diggers’ Story, a collection of tales from Westland’s earliest pioneers, which was published in 1914.  



30 September 2014
Popular Kiwi writer's latest poetry book released

Popular Kiwi writer Apirana Taylor will launch his sixth volume of poetry with Canterbury University Press in October. 

The collection, titled the breathing tree, features 40 new poems. Inspired by nature and mythology, Taylor shifts his focus from the mundane to the mysterious and, with characteristic wit and intensity, shares his delight and despair in what he discovers.



Tuatara1 September 2014
Landmark book on New Zealand's iconic tuatara released

A landmark publication about New Zealand’s iconic reptile, the tuatara, has been released by Canterbury University Press (CUP). 

Tuatara: Biology and conservation of a venerable survivor,
is the culmination of almost 30 years of research on tuatara and their conservation management by author and biologist Dr Alison Cree.



17 June 2014
CUP book a finalist in design awards

A book designed by UC School of Fine Arts lecturer Aaron Beehre and published by Canterbury University Press (CUP) has been named a finalist in the 2014 Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) Book Design Awards.

Lateral Inversions: The Prints of Barry Cleavin was published by CUP in November last year and is one of six finalists in the Random House New Zealand Award for Best Illustrated Book.



17 March 2014
Epic Pasifika love poem published by CUP

An epic love poem described as “a precocious masterpiece” and “one of the great poems of Oceania produced in the last century” is to be published in a new edition this month by Canterbury University Press.

John Puhiatau Pule was just 21 years old living in Auckland when he wrote The Bond of Time: an Epic Love Poem, composed as a lyrical address by a lover to his beloved.



2 December 2013
New book explores work of prominent New Zealand artist

The prints of New Zealand artist Barry Cleavin are the focus of a new book published by Canterbury University Press this month. 

Lateral Inversions: The Prints of Barry Cleavin explores a selection of Cleavin’s prints from 1966 to 2012, demonstrating the range of his talent and providing significant new insights into his work and thematic concerns.

Photos of the launch can be found here.



Christchurch Crimes Vol 213 November 2013
Crimes from Christchurch's colonial past explored

A mysterious severed hand, a slander case involving a prominent merchant, bigamy, fraud and murder all feature in Christchurch Crimes and Scandals 1876-99, the latest offering from historian and UC alumnus Professor Geoffrey Rice.

Following on from Professor Rice’s previous book, Christchurch Crimes 1850-1875: Scandal and Skulduggery in Port and Town (CUP, 2012), this fascinating collection of tales of crime and scandal focuses on the late Victorian period of Christchurch’s history and offers readers an insight into a colourful and intriguing chapter in the city’s past.



Paikea1 October 2013
New biography sheds light on life of NZ social activist and scholar

The development of race relations and biculturalism in New Zealand is explored in a new biography published by Canterbury University Press this month.

Paikea: The Life of ILG Sutherland 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.

You can find photos of the Wellington launch of Paikea here.


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