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Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday free stuff - 19th September

Online Interactive te reo picture books developed by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and available via their website

Fun for the whole family, these books can be enjoyed with children or as a fun way for students to increase their understanding of grammar and vocabulary in te reo Māori through the medium of digital storytelling.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Librarian picks for September: a selection of Sign Language resources.

New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) is unique to New Zealand and is one of our official languages. It is used by more than 24,000 New Zealanders each day. This month we have a selection of Sign Language resources if you would like to learn more about NZSL.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Image of the Week: 15th Sept. to 21st Sept. 2014

To mark the start of UC Eco Week we have this stunning 1948 shot of Fox Glacier/ Te Moeka o Tuawe.

Fox Glacier

Image credit: MB1065, A.C. Graham photographs, item 19976, Aerial view: Terminal area Fox Glacier, Cone Rock, Fox River, Upper Cook Flats, Lake Matheson, 1948, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

Eco Week (15th -20th September) is a festival of events held on campus to celebrate and promote what you can do for the environment, your community and your life.

From free banana ice creams to an eco-quiz night, there’s a lot happening so make sure you check out the full schedule here.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Free entrance to Latin America & Spain Film Festival: Friday to Monday.

The Latin America and Spain Film Festival (LASFF) is proud to present its 13th edition, at the University of Canterbury from 12-15 September. It features a selection of recent films from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Spain, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Entry to all film screenings is FREE at The Living Room (next to the bookshop), Ilam campus. Seating is restricted to 80 people and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. There are no bookings for this event - if you are concerned about getting a seat please arrive early. Latin America & Spain Film Festival Details

Monday, September 08, 2014

2014 General Election - Advance Voting Facility

Election day is Saturday 20th September, but if you want, you can vote prior to this. An advance voting facility is available on Level 2 of the Central Library from Monday 8th – Friday 19th September:

  • Monday 8 - Saturday 13 September (10am-4pm)

  • Monday 15 - Wednesday 17 September (10am-4pm)

  • Thursday 18 - Friday 19 September (10am-6pm)

Image of the Week: 8th Sept. to 14th Sept. 2014

Monday 8 September, is International Literacy Day. This guy certainly looks like he is enjoying his nice relaxing read in the sun.

What will you be doing to promote literacy on Monday? We’d love to hear about it or simply what you’re reading right now. Here’s a list of ideas for International Literacy Day from Literacy Aotearoa.

Man reading

MB1667, Canterbury Mountaineering Club Records, Reference Code 26029, Man in hat reading on a porch, date unknown, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury

Friday, September 05, 2014

Friday free stuff - 5th September

FYI - For Your Information

is a website where New Zealanders can publicly lodge an Official Information Act (OIA) request online. Users can also search over 1879 requests and 3022 authorities to locate New Zealand government information released under the OIA.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

UC researcher tracks Humpback Whale migration across the tropical south Pacific

Ever wondered what it would be like tracking Humpback Whales in their migration across the tropical South Pacific?

UC researcher, Travis Horton is living the dream.

You can read all about it in his blog and read about the original research article at

A humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae). Photo by Nan Daeschler Hauser.

A humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae). Photo by Nan Daeschler Hauser - taken from

Tongan Language Week

This week (1-7 September) is Tongan Language Week.

View of Morea one of the Friendly Islands in the South Seas
Image Details: View of Morea one of the Friendly Islands in the South Seas. Artist John Cleveley. Accession Number: UC/MBL/0393 - image 1. Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury. for more details click here

The theme for this year is "Enriching Aotearoa with Tongan Wisdom- Ko e Kai ia 'a e Tonga". The fabulous Mereana Taungapeau from National Library has written a wonderful blog post looking at traditional Tongan Whakataukī and whakatauākī (proverbs/traditional sayings).

She explains the deeper meanings of some of these traditional kōrero. Her writing is also accompanied by some lovely images from National Library Turnbull Collections as well.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Image of the Week: 1st Sept. to 7th Sept. 2014

Yum! West Coast Whitebait Season starts today, September 1st. Just look at how much bait this gentleman has to sort!

Whitebait sorting

This picture was taken at the Nolan Brothers Whitebait Canning Factory in Okuru, South Westland which was established in 1928 and regularly freighted whitebait to Christchurch and further afield until it closed in 1952. Ref: Te Ara

Nowadays, whitebait are in decline, mostly due to the degradation of their habitat. However, there is still enough for a delicious whitebait pattie with a dash of lemon juice, mmm! And if you fancy catching your own supper, here are the regulations: DOC Whitebait Regulations

Photo credit: MB1065, A. C. Graham photographs, 18470, Nolan’s whitebait factory, sorting table, photographer Markham Carthow Lyson, date unknown, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Brookers Online platform to cease

The Brookers Online platform has been replaced by Westlaw NZ and will be shut down on 31 August. The old platform has been running in parallel with the new one during the transition phase but is now to be decommissioned. The Brookers products that the Library subscribes to are now available through the new Westlaw NZ platform.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Book Giveaway - Withdrawn Library Books - Friday 12th September

The library is organising Book-Giveaways during 2014 to give you the opportunity to obtain withdrawn books for your personal collection. The next giveaway is happening on Friday 12th of September from 12.15 – 3pm – level 3, Central Library. The new owner is the first person who wants the book. Please bring your own bags to take the books away.

A book is in the Giveaway because:

• It no longer meets the demands of the course or research it was purchased for; or
• Fewer copies of the title are now required; or
• It is damaged and has been replaced; or
• It was donated but does not meet the “in scope” criteria for Learning, Teaching and Research at UC.

Some subjects which are covered are: BF Psychology, BL Religious Studies, ML Music, R-RA Medicine, HV Social Work

Monday, August 25, 2014

Image of the Week: 25th August - 31st August

Welcome to the last week of winter

Image credit: MB 237, Noel Habgood Photographs, Reference code 146484, Plate 128 – Village under snow, photographer Noel Habgood, no date, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Free Stuff 22nd August

Plantwise Knowledge Bank is an open access database from CABI designed to assist with the identification and treatment of common pests and diseases affecting crops. The site can be searched by country, includes factsheets for common pests and diseases, as well as an interactive map with global pest distribution and new pest alerts. The aim is to reduce crop losses and improve food security.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Image of the week: 17th August - 23rd August 2014

Rewi Alley

Rewi Alley (1897 - 1987) was born in Springfield Christchurch, named after Rewi Maniapoto, a great Ngāti Maniapoto leader.

Rewi Alley or 路易•艾黎 (pronounced as Lùyì Àilí) in Chinese; he was an educator, a writer and social reformer, but best known as a friend of China.

Journeys in Time is a 7 part documentary to commemorate the unique life of Alley in China for 6 decades.

Gung Ho - Rewi Alley of China, (Gung Ho means 'working together') a 5 part documentary depicting how Alley assisted the locals in a co-operative movement when China was under the siege from Japan in 1930s.

Rewi Alley: an autobiography or Rewi Alley from Canterbury to China will tell you more about his extra ordinary life.

Macmillan Brown Library holds: Rewi Alley Collections.

Look up the Library Catalogue for his published materials or search through Kā Kohika for his manuscripts and photographs.

Image credit: MB45, Rewi Alley papers, Reference code 11594, Rewi Alley, photographer Didby Spencer, no date, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.