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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The Brookers Online platform has been replaced by Westlaw NZ and will be shut down on 31 August.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 Lůyě Ŕilí) 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.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday free stuff - 15th August

The Portable Antiquities Scheme is found at

A database where you can search for artefacts and coins found in England and Wales by members of the public (most have been found from metal detecting). There are nearly 1 million objects in the database. While the artefacts are not ‘treasure’, they are nonetheless important in helping build up an understanding of the archaeology and history of England and Wales. The site uses open source software and is administered by the British Museum. Access to the database is free, but you’ll need to create a username and password.

Image courtesy of The Portable Antiquities Scheme/ The Trustees of the British Museum

Monday, August 11, 2014

Image of the Week: 11th - 17th August 2014

Image of the week

Anyone a keen tramper?

42 years ago these people were keen! This is a tramping group on the Roberts Point track in the August of 1972. The track overlooks the beautiful Franz Josef Glacier and is managed by DOC. Anyone interested in walking this track can find out more on the DOC website here: Roberts Point

Has anyone walked this track and got a story to tell? Or had lunch at the same spot as this group?

MB1065, A. C. Graham photographs, 18103, Group (7) at Roberts Point, August 1972, unknown photographer. Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Librarians' picks for August: A selection of nerdy but fun titles

From the mathematical secrets of the Simpsons to images of the oldest living things in the world – we think we have something to tempt any self-respecting nerd.

See our selection of nerdy but fun titles here.

Friday, August 08, 2014

Wiley Online - not available Saturday night

We have been advised that Wiley Online will be unavailable from 9 pm Saturday 9th August. This is for schedule maintenance by the Vendor and is expected to last for 4 hours.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Central Library Heating Outage - Saturday 9th August

Essential repairs to the heating in the Central Library are scheduled to take place on Saturday 9th August. There will be no heating in the library on this day. The library will remain open, however please dress warmly if you wish to visit or study there. EPS Library, and other computer labs, are available for you to use on Saturday and heating is unaffected in these buildings. It is anticipated the heating in the Central Library will be functioning again by Sunday 10th August.

Monday, August 04, 2014

World Press Photo Exhibition (2nd - 24th August 2014)

The World Press Photo Exhibition is being held in the Central Library from the 2nd - 24th August 2014

This touring exhibition showcases an award-winning collection of the most powerful, poignant and inspiring press photographs from around the globe. The photos included in the exhibition are the winners of the World Press Photo Contest and each highlights a key news story or global issues from the previous year.

Open to view daily on Levels 2 and 3 of the Central Library, Puaka-James Hight

Image of the Week: 4th - 10th August 2014

MB 118, John Macmillian Brown collection, Reference code 13876, Penrhyn wharf, Cook Islands, 1919?, photographer John Macmillan Brown, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury

Monday, 4 August, is the 49th anniversary of self-government in the Cook Islands. This image is of Penrhyn wharf and was taken by John Macmillan Brown, possibly in 1919. Penrhyn is the largest and Northernmost atol in the Cook Islands. Can you tell us anything about this image or do you have any stories to share about Penhryn or the Cook Islands?

Image credit: MB 118, John Macmillian Brown collection, Reference code 13876, Penrhyn wharf, Cook Islands, 1919?, photographer John Macmillan Brown, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury