Interpretation of the Māori Names - Library - University of Canterbury

Interpretation of the Māori Names of the Four University Libraries

Māori names are conferred on all libraries within the University of Canterbury. The concept of water has been applied as a guiding principle in the creation stage of these names to reflect the significance that water has in a teaching and learning environment. To recognise the important relationship between the University and Ngāi Tahu Whānui, these names appear in the dialectal form spoken here in Te Wai Pounamu – South Island.

Central Library : Te Puna Mātauraka o Waitaha

Interpretation: Waitaha spring of knowledge

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Education Library : Te Puna Ako

Interpretation: Spring of teaching and learning

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EPS Library : Kā Puna Pūkahataka me te Pūtaiao

Interpretation: Springs of engineering and science

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Macmillan Brown Library : Te Puna Rakahau o Macmillan Brown

Interpretation: Macmillan Brown spring of research

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