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Labour Day celebrations

Friday, October 24, 2014 9:40 AM,
Special Collections

Auckland Labour Day Celebrations, Certificate of Merit. Boilermakers’ Union records

Auckland Labour Day Celebrations, Certificate of Merit. Boilermakers’ Union records. 2
On Monday many New Zealanders will celebrate Labour Day with a day free from work. Like most public holidays its origins are largely forgotten and it is viewed as just another day off. However, Labour Day used to be marked with public processions to celebrate the establishment of an eight-hour working day and people, like Samuel Parnell, who had made it possible.1
The image above is a Certificate of Merit awarded to the Auckland Boilermaker’s Union for ‘Most complete trades’ union working display’ during the 1921 celebrations. The item was found while processing the Auckland Boilermaker’s Union records here in Special Collections and provides a record of one of the many events which made up Labour Day festivities that year.2
The aim of the Labour Day Committee in 1921 was to put on the best Labour Day Auckland had seen, stating ‘The main idea is to give the women and children a really good day-outing’.3 Advertisements in the papers promised a procession of unionists and local businesses led by a bullock team along Queen Street.4 The procession finished at the Domain with a public picnic, sporting events, Highland dancing, tug of war and a baby show.5
The event was to be one of the last of its kind held in celebration of Labour Day. As more local businesses began to use the day as an opportunity to advertise, less and less union content was included. Eventually, the day became viewed as a day for the ‘bosses’ and the large public picnics and sports events began to die away.6 Archives such as the certificate remind us of the day’s origins and of the people who fought for our right to a day off.
Leah Johnston, Special Collections
1 Roth, H. Parnell, Samuel Duncan, from the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 7-Jan-14.
2 Auckland Labour Day Celebrations, Certificate of Merit. Boilermaker’s Union records. MSS & Archives 2014/13, item 5/1. Special Collections, University of Auckland Libraries and Learning Services.
3 Labour Day. (1921, July 30). Auckland Star, p11.
4 Labour Day. (1921, October 22). New Zealand Herald, p8.
5 Advertisements Column 1. (1921, October 22). Auckland Star, p16.
6 Ministry for Culture and Heritage. (2014). Labour Day. New Zealand History, updated 5-Aug-14.

NEW YAK - School Days

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 12:08 PM,
Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library

This week we have picked out some diverse new junior and young adult school stories. There is humour, there is terror, there is inspiration, there is good, there is bad, and there is very bad…

Dog days of school Dog days of school by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Brian Biggs (Junior Picture Book)
Charlie doesn’t like school!  He thinks his dog Norman has it good, and wishes he was a dog too.  This is a story about being careful what you wish for!  While at first happy when he wakes up as a dog, a week of drinking out of the toilet bowl, being chased, groomed and punished for digging up the garden has him wishing to be a boy again.  Meanwhile Norman has had some difficulties at school… A fun story with a happy ending!
Wonder Wonder by R.J. Palacio
(Junior Fiction)
Sometimes people just stare at ten-year old August Pulman.  Sometimes other kids run away screaming.  That's because August Pulman looks different, and he’s had so many operations he’s never been to school – until now. And that means it’s his turn to be terrified! August is an endearing character and our journey with him through his first year at school, interestingly told through the voices of different characters, is both heart-warming and funny.
Dark Lord Dark Lord, the teenage years by Jamie Thomson
(Junior Fiction)
This is a crazy adventure-fantasy story punctuated by imaginative illustrations. The main character is the Dark Lord, who suddenly finds himself on earth in the body of a 13 year old boy. He is mistakenly called Dirk Lloyd - strangely no one believes he is the incarnation of evil from another planet!  Not so strange is that he dislikes being told what to do by the teachers at the school he is enrolled in…  A very funny and clever book.
Brutal youth

Brutal youth: A novel by Anthony Breznican
(Young Adult)
Peter Davidek is a freshman at St. Michaels – a school that “has become a crumbling dumping ground for expelled delingquents and a haven for the stridently religious” (inside cover).  He makes friends with volatile Noah and lonely Lorelie, and together they face their first year in an environment filled with bullying, intimidation and corruption.  Could going bad be the only way to survive?...

Crash and burn

Crash and Burn by Michael Hassan
(Young Adult)
In 2008 Steven Crashinsky, who has ADD, stops classmate David Burnett, who is bi-polar and armed with explosives and assault weapons, from taking their high school hostage.  This novel is based on the events of that morning and on the years leading up to it, told from Steven’s point of view.  It is a gripping and troubling story which provides insight into the dark side of the “modern American teenage male” (inside cover).

Extended Opening Hours at the Davis

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 10:51 AM,
Davis Law

The Davis is open on Labour Day

Exams are just around the corner and extended opening hours at the Davis Law Library begin this weekend.

From October 25th until November 16th, the opening hours will be:

Monday - Friday 8:00am - 10:00pm
Saturday - Sunday 10:00am - 9:00pm

In addition, the Davis Law Library will be open on Labour Day (Monday 27 October).
The hours for Labour Day are:

Monday 27 October 10:00am - 9:00pm


NEW YAK - Feast your eyes!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 12:38 PM,
Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library

This week we've picked out  a few Junior titles, all of which have fantastic illustrations accompanying the text.  Come in and have a look at them on the new book display.

Deep in the Sahara Deep in the Sahara by Kelly Cunnane, illustrated by Hoda Hadadi (Junior Picture Book)
This is a beautifully written and illustrated story about growing up, set “deep in the Sahara, sky yellow with heat” (page 2). In Muslim West Africa Lalla wants to wear a malafa for all sorts of reasons, but what is the one reason that will convince her mother she is not too young?  The book includes both a useful author’s note about this custom and a glossary.

Hedgehugs by Steve Wilson, illustrated by Lucy Tapper
(Junior Picture Book)
This is a seriously sweet book, full of the most gorgeous illustrations!  Horace and Hattie are the best of friends and have lots of fun together.  One thing they can't do together though is hug –  they’re too spikey!  And life just isn’t quite right when you can’t hug your friends.  Then one day they make a discovery that might just lead to a hedgehug… Toooo cute!


Graphs, graphs, graphs! by Kelly Boswell (Junior Non-Fiction)
One of the bright and colourful titles in the Displaying Information series, this book demonstrates the useful ways in which graphs can help us sort information.  It provides fun examples of pictographs, bar graphs, line graphs and pie graphs and includes a glossary.  Great for the classroom.  The library also has Diagrams, diagrams, diagrams! and Maps, maps, maps!

Adaptation Adaptation by Melanie Waldron (Junior Non-Fiction)
One of the engaging titles in the Essential Life Science series, this book is a great introduction to the topic of adaptation.  Each chapter poses a question, eg, How do living things adapt to heat?; What are predator and prey adaptations? It includes experiments for kids to try, a glossary and lovely photographs. See also Plants and Variation and Classification.

Franklin ship Erebus found after 169 years

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 10:41 AM,
Special Collections

Erebus and Terror in the Antarctic, 1839-1843
HMS Erebus and Terror during the James Ross Antarctic expedition1

Nearly 170 years after the Franklin Arctic expedition was lost, the HMS Erebus has been found 11 metres under the sea in the Queen Maud Gulf in the Canadian Arctic. The ship was found in early September by a Parks Canada-led team of marine archaeologists and other experts.2

To mark this historic discovery, Special Collections has mounted a small display outside its Reading Room featuring rare books on Arctic exploration. This includes works written by those who went in search of Captain Sir John Franklin and the other 128 men who were on the Erebus and Terror.

The expedition left London in May 1845 under the command of Franklin (1786-1847), a British naval officer and experienced Arctic explorer. They were exploring a section of the Northwest Passage and undertaking magnetic observations when the ships were caught in sea ice off King William Island.3

Since 1848, dozens of expeditions have searched for the ships and their crew. Until now, the vessels have remained elusive although by the 1850s searchers had located some graves and relics on Beechey and King William Islands, thanks in part to information and relics passed on by Inuit and notes left in cairns by the crew. One note, dated April 1848, revealed that Franklin died in June 1847, more than 20 others were dead and the survivors had abandoned the ice-bound ships and planned to trek south.3

Built as bomb ships, the Erebus and Terror were previously pressed into service by Sir James Clark Ross during his expedition charting the Antarctic and southern regions in 1839-1843.1

Jo Birks, Special Collections

1 James C. Ross, A voyage of discovery and research in the southern and Antarctic regions, during the years 1839-43, London, 1847.
2 “Serendipity” led to Franklin find; It’s Erebus!, accessed from
3 R.M. McCoy, On the edge: Mapping North America’s coasts, New York, 2012; B. A. Riffenburgh, ‘Franklin, Sir John (1786–1847)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Sept 2012.

War Books for Kids

Wednesday, October 08, 2014 1:02 PM,
Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library

The centenary of World War One has seen a proliferation in the publication of both fiction and non-fiction war books for children.  The New Zealand Book Council blog ‘Booknotes Unbound’ recently featured an excellent blog on the subject of war stories called: Truth telling – children’s writers on the power of war books

It includes a discussion of New Zealand contributions to new books for children about World War One and focuses on how this difficult subject matter is handled.

These are some of the titles discussed in the blog which we have in the library:


Anzac Puppy Best mates
Jims letters Jack


Monday, October 06, 2014 3:32 PM,

TheTempo dance festival is New Zealand’s foremost dance festival and officially began in 2003, although the founders had been organising dance festivals in Auckland since the late 1990s. Between 2003 and 2006 the festival was held biennially, but in 2006 the festival trustees decided that there was enough interest to make the event an annual one, and since then October has been ‘dance month’ in Auckland. Although Auckland based the festival has close links with other dance festivals around New Zealand.

This month in our display we are celebrating the Tempo festival and New Zealand dance by showcasing some of our books and DVDs that focus on dance in New Zealand, especially ballet and contemporary dance as the majority of the shows in this year’s festival are based in those genres. Of particular interest are the DVDs of dances created and danced by Douglas Wright and our alum Michael Parmenter, and also a book that celebrates the Touch Compass Dance Company, a company that embraces dancers of various abilities and disabilities. We have also displayed books that focus on the history of dance in New Zealand, with retrospectives and biographies of well- known dancers (for example Freda Stark and Shona Dunlop MacTavish) and dance companies such as Limbs Contemporary Dance Company and the Royal New Zealand Ballet.

These are by no means our full range of New Zealand dance material: our library also includes number of other books on dance in New Zealand as well as a comprehensive collection of Maori and Pacific Island dance (books and DVDs) in New Zealand and in the Pacific. Additionally we have a subscription to Danz (Dance Aotearoa New Zealand) Magazine, which is the only magazine dedicated to all forms of dance in New Zealand.  Our electronic holdings are considerably smaller, but there are a number of New Zealand related performances/choreographies which may be of interest on the database Dance In Video.

Aleisha Ward
Music and Dance Library

Unexpectedly Funny

Monday, October 06, 2014 3:24 PM,
Audiovisual Library

New Arrivals

Nymphomaniac  (2013)     Director: Lars von Trier   Call Number:  DVD-V LD14-0514

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poster image
Image: Courtesy of Magnolia Home Entertainment

Nymphomaniac is the third and final entry in von Trier's unofficially titled "Depression Trilogy", having been preceded by Antichrist and Melancholia.
It’s disturbing, it’s graphic, it’s ridiculous; but most of all it’s funny - who would have known von Trier had a sense of humour! Most reviewers seem to agree that “The most shocking thing about the film is that it often prompts laughs” (Mondello, 2014).

The heroine of Nymphomaniac is Joe (played by Stacey Martin and Charlotte Gainsbourg in different ages) who is a sex addict. As she lies beaten in an alleyway, she is found by Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård), who takes her back to his place to recover. Joe starts telling her tale which unfolds in chapters and flashbacks. Seligman responds with mounting excitement to her tales of sex addiction and explains Joe’s desire with intellectual insights ranging from the rules of fly-fishing to Fibonacci sequence and “cantus firmus” as Rammstein’s industrial metal blasts the audience’s ears off. Watch out for a stunning cameo  by Uma Thurman as Mrs. H where she brings her children to view Joe's "whoring bed”.

"For all its credited sex doubles (eight) and digitally attached stunt genitalia, the new Lars von Trier lark "Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1" is a weirdly old-fashioned affair. If it weren't for the explicit sexual encounters, this could be an Ibsen or a Strindberg play” (Phillips, 2014).

Mondello, Bob. Addicted To Sex, But Not Really Having Much Fun. 21 March. 2014.
Phillips, Michael. REVIEW: 'Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1'. 20 March 2014.

Vulcan Demirkan-Martin
Audiovisual Library

Butterworths New Zealand Law Dictionary now available on LexisNexis NZ

Monday, October 06, 2014 10:46 AM,
Davis Law

Browsing Butterworths New Zealand Law Dictionary

Electronic access to Butterworths New Zealand Law Dictionary is now available through LexisNexis NZ. Save yourself a trip to the lending desk!

It can be searched by selecting the Dictionaries tab and then selecting Butterworths New Zealand Law Dictionary 7ed 2011 from the Sources drop-down box.

Alternatively, inside the Dictionaries tab, selecting Browse on the left-hand side and then selecting Butterworths New Zealand Law Dictionary 7ed 2011 will allow you to browse through the dictionary.

If you prefer a physical copy of the dictionary, it is still available for 2 Hour Short Loan and can be requested at the lending desk of the Davis Law Library.

10th Edition of Black's Law Dictionary now at the Davis

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 9:54 AM,
Davis Law

Black's Law Dictionary 10th edition

The recently published 10th edition of Black's Law Dictionary is now available at the Davis Law Library.

Some of the newly added definitions include:

Affluenza defense: A newfangled legal defense, generally not recognized, that a youthful offender cannot be held responsible for criminal acts because the wealthy environment for which he or she was reared precluded any learning about right vs. wrong.

Benchslap: A judge’s sharp rebuke of counsel, a litigant, or perhaps another judge, esp., a scathing remark from a judge or magistrate to an attorney after an objection from opposing counsel has been sustained.

Gazump: The improper sale of a house, usually by raising the price and selling to a different buyer after accepting an earlier offer.

Intrapreneur: An employee for a large company whose job is to develop innovative ideas or ways of doing business for that company.

Legaldegook: Complicated legal language, especially of the willfully obscure type, usually found in various types of poor legal writing, including bad law reviews, bad treatises, bad regulations, bad statutes, all of which are sometimes prepared by inexpert writers whose purpose seems to be something other than clear and easy communication.

Psephology: The study of how people vote in elections.

Three more Law subject guides

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 10:47 AM,
Davis Law

United Nations subject guide

The Davis Law Library has three more newly updated subject guides:

These subject guide pages are a great way to explore a wide range of useful information, including legislation, legal journals, databases and much more.

You can find the these legal resources subject guides from the library homepage by going to Subject Guides > Law.


Occupied Territory

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 12:51 PM,
Audiovisual Library

Omar (2013)  Director: Hany Abu-Assad  Call Number:  DVD-V LD14-0354

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film's poster image
Image: Adopt Films

Director Hany Abu-Assad received his first Oscar (and won the Golden Globe for best foreign language film) nod for 2005’s “Paradise Now”, a film that delves into the minds of two suicide bombers. His new film, Omar, was a finalist in the category of Academy Award for Best Foreign Film last year after a string of successful showings at several international film festivals (including winning Cannes’ Un Certain Regard jury award).

Described as “part Romeo-and-Juliet love story and part twisty chess-pawn thriller” by Entertainment Weekly, Omar tells the story of a Palestinian baker who must cross the Israeli-built security wall that divides Palestinian towns every day to see his friends and the woman he loves.  When his friends shoot a border guard, his life turns upside down and Omar ends up in a no-win situation. On the one hand he is tortured and offered a deal by Israel agents, on the other hand his reputation is tarnished and his friends and lover believe he is a traitor. Sharkey sums it up cleanly:  “It is difficult to figure out which is the film's more pressing theme - the power of love to change the course of a life, or the political and social realities of living in occupied territory” (2014).

Nashawaty, Chris. Omar. 5 March. 2014.
Sharkey, Betsy. Review: 'Omar' is heartbreaking tale of love across isolation walls. 20 Feb. 2014.

Vulcan Demirkan-Martin
Audiovisual Library

Suffrage Day: The Woman's Place

Friday, September 19, 2014 10:10 AM,
Special Collections

Emily Gibson poem verse

Today marks 121 years since New Zealand became the first self-governing country in the world to grant women the vote.1 For some women however, this was just the start of a lifetime spent fighting for wider social reform throughout New Zealand.

One of these women was Emily Patricia Gibson, who emigrated from Ireland to New Zealand in 1891. Soon after her arrival Gibson joined the Auckland branch of the Women’s Franchise League. She was one of a group of women to vote for the first time at Army Hall in Auckland between “two rows of jeering men”. Gibson recalled “we were brave because we were together, but not one of us was not trembling and trying to hold back tears”.2

Soon after taking part in this historic event, Gibson moved on to become a founding member of both the Auckland Women’s Liberal League (later the Auckland Women’s Political League and Auckland Women’s Branch N.Z. Labour Party) and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). After the decline of the Liberal Party she became a member of the New Zealand Labour Party at its formation in 1916, and was described as the “thread linking Auckland Labour Women’s branch with the early suffragette movement”.3

The image above is taken from a scrapbook Gibson created that is held in Special Collections. It is the last verse of a poem she wrote titled The Woman’s Place in reply to the assertion that the woman’s place was in the home.4 The poem is one of a variety of newspaper clippings, photographic prints, letters, articles and notes that have been pasted into the scrapbook. Alongside copies of clippings relating to political organisations, leaders and activists of social reform are articles and poems written by Gibson for publications such as the Maoriland Worker, the New Zealand Worker and the New Zealand Herald. The scrapbook reflects Gibson’s passion for peace and social justice, but also provides a snapshot of early social reform movements in New Zealand and elsewhere in the world.

Leah Johnston, Special Collections


1 Ministry for Culture and Heritage. (2014). 'New Zealand women and the vote'. New Zealand History, updated 17-Jul-14. Retrieved from

2 Hutching, M. (2012). 'Gibson, Emily Patricia', from the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 30-Oct-2012. Retrieved from

3 Purdue, C. (1975). Women in the Labour cause – The history of the Auckland Women’s Branch N.Z. Labour Party, 1925-1975. Abelard Press : Takapuna, New Zealand, p. 7.

4 The Woman’s Place. Emily Gibson scrapbook. MSS & Archives 2014/9. Special Collections, University of Auckland Libraries and Learning Services.

New Zealand "in the middle" of Open Access publication numbers

Friday, September 19, 2014 9:50 AM,
Research Support Services

Have a look at this Open Access Heatmap. It uses data from the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and visualizes the number of Open Access Journals per country. Currently, New Zealand has 113 OA journals.

Ebola 2014: public health mapping

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 4:06 PM,
Geospatial data Bloggers

As US President Barak Obama calls Ebola 'global security risk', follow the spread of this disease through the BBCs 'Mapping an outbreak'.


Source: [Accessed: 17.09.2014]

New Subject Guide Page for Asia-Pacific Legal Resources

Thursday, September 11, 2014 3:59 PM,
Davis Law

Asia-Pacific Legal Resources 

The Davis Law Library has a new subject guide page for Asia-Pacific Legal resources.

Using the tabs at the top, you can find resources relating to law in China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Pacific Island nations and other jurisdictions in the region.

This subject guide page is a great way to explore legislation, legal journals, databases and much more.

You can find the Asia-Pacific legal resources subject guide from the library homepage by going to Subject Guides > Law > Asia-Pacific legal resources.

Maternal Anxiety

Tuesday, September 09, 2014 11:42 AM,
Audiovisual Library

New Arrivals
Child’s Pose (2013)  Director: Călin Peter Netzer. Call Number:  DVD-V LD14-0248

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Image: Courtesy of StudioCanal

Romanian New Wave films seem to turn monotonous and dreary modern life segments into well-executed thrillers.  Winner of the Golden Bear at the  at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival, Child’s pose is the latest addition to the collection.

The film tells the story of Cornelia Keneres, a successful and well-connected architect whose son kills a boy in a traffic accident.  As the overprotective Cornelia (played skilfully by Luminita Gheorghiu, the star of both The Death of Mr. Lazarescu and 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) tries to defend her son from being charged with manslaughter, the pathological relationship between the mother and the son increasingly resembles a political allegory between Russia and Romania.

“The question of whether what we’re witnessing is masterful ma¬nipu¬la¬tion or genuine catharsis is just one more mystery to work out in the wake of a compelling, complex, confounding film” (Hornaday, 2014).

Hornaday, Ann. ‘Child’s Pose’ movie review: Romanian thriller is compelling, complex and confounding. 13 March. 2014.

Vulcan Demirkan-Martin
Audiovisual Library


Germany, Asia and the Pacific

Monday, September 08, 2014 4:21 PM,
Arts Information Services

German post office building, Samoa. Tattersall, Alfred James, 1866-1951 :Photographs of Samoa. Ref: PAColl-3062-2-32. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.

German post office building, Samoa. Tattersall, Alfred James, 1866-1951 :Photographs of Samoa. Ref: PAColl-3062-2-32. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.

Archives Unbound has a new collection of historical documents relating to European colonialism in Asia and the Pacific.

European Colonialism in the Early 20th Century: German Colonies in Asia and the Pacific: From Colonialism to Japanese Mandates, 1910-1929 comprises documents covering US diplomatic and consular activities during this period, including correspondence, studies and reports, cables, and maps.

US Consulates acted as listening posts reporting on activities of German colonial governments and later Japanese mandate authorities, and activities of the local people.

The collection of primary sources offers research opportunities for those interested in the role of German colonialism in Asia and the Pacific, and the development of American foreign policy during the early part of last century.

Related research at the University of Auckland

This new collection has great relevance to the University’s Research Centre for Germanic Connections with New Zealand and the Pacific.

The Centre encourages research into historical and contemporary links between Northern and Central Europe, and New Zealand and the Pacific.

Research into these areas is encouraged at different levels, from undergraduate research essays to postgraduate dissertations, MA and PhD theses, and major research projects receiving national or international funding.

The Centre’s website has more about the researchers involved, current research and publications, and upcoming events.

It also contains an index of Germans in Tonga from 1855-1960, drawing on a range of primary sources including Archives New Zealand, the Western Pacific Archives held by Special Collections, and the Tongan Ministry of Justice Archives.

The latest publication is Germans in Tonga (2014) by Professor James Bade, the Centre’s Director.

Let's Get Brassy!

Friday, September 05, 2014 2:05 PM,

In this month’s display we have decided to celebrate the brass instrument family. As you may well know, brass instruments are end blown instruments, whose sound is made by vibrating the lips (buzzing). Traditionally made of brass (but not always) they range in sound from high (trumpets, bugles, cornets) to low (trombones, tubas and brass/woodwind crossover instruments such as the Serpent and the Ophicleide). Brass instruments can produce different notes in different ways: purely through the embouchure (lip movements), through valves (piston or rotary), a slide, or via keys. The brass instruments that are most commonly known are the trumpet, trombone and tuba, which are found in a wide variety of musical contexts: from classical music to pop, and every musical style before, after, and in between. These are but a small part of the family of brass instruments and anyone who has watched a performance of a brass band will tell you that there are a lot of in-between instruments that look like small tubas (alto, tenor horn and euphonium) and higher ones that look like a trumpet but don’t really sound like one (cornets). Then there are other brass instruments, such as the French horn or flugelhorn, that aren’t often seen outside of orchestras or other specialist groups.

Our collection reflects the range of music brass players are involved in and study: classical, brass band, jazz, popular, early music (baroque and before). In our display we have collected a range of books and music that reflect this range. Of particular interest in the display are our recordings of New Zealand brass ensemble music (classical and brass/military band), and the Oxford Studies in Recorded Jazz series, which analyses famous recordings such as (in this display) Miles Davis’s Quintet sessions of 1965-1968 and Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings of the 1920s.

Aleisha Ward
Music and Dance Library

Early Coxhead album

Friday, September 05, 2014 9:11 AM,
Special Collections

Photograph of Government House, Wellington (ca 1880-1889)

This photograph of Government House in Wellington is one of many in a photographic album titled Old N.Z. Views produced by Dunedin photographer Frank Coxhead.1 Taken from Lambton Quay, the image shows the original Government House situated where the Beehive is now positioned and the Parliamentary Library visible in the background.2 The grandeur of the stately building is contrasted against the modest parade of shops that run along Lambton Quay, showing a few Wellington residents going about their day.

The album in which the photograph is located recently came to light whilst processing collections of older archival material held here in Special Collections. It was created by prominent Dunedin photographer, Frank Coxhead, and contains 52 albumen prints of natural and urban New Zealand landscapes circa 1880-1889. During the 1870s Coxhead worked alongside his elder brother, Harry Coxhead, from their gallery in Moray Place, Dunedin. By 1885 the brothers closed their business and Coxhead continued operating under his own name in premises near the Octagon.3 His photography focussed predominantly on landscapes and he travelled extensively both in New Zealand, and abroad, to capture a wide variety of scenery.

Although not much is known about this particular album’s origins, or how it came to be part of Special Collections, it is typical of albums compiled by Coxhead. These albums were often put together for customers based on their personal selection at Coxhead’s Octagon gallery “from a collection of views” said to be “the best in the Southern Hemisphere”.4 The chosen photographs were then mounted in albums either provided by Coxhead or supplied by the customer. As a result, no two of these albums are alike.5 Those that have been preserved can be found in a number of libraries throughout New Zealand and each provides a unique snapshot of 19th century New Zealand.

Leah Johnston, Special Collections


1 Photograph of Government House, Wellington. (ca 1880-1889). Old N.Z. Views, MSS & Archives 2014/11. Special Collections, University of Auckland Libraries and Learning Services.

2 Martin, J. (2012). History of Parliament’s buildings and grounds. Parliamentary Library :  Wellington, New Zealand. 

3 Knight, H. (1998). Coxhead, Frank Arnold (1851-c1919). In J. Thomson, J. (Ed.), Southern people : a dictionary of Otago Southland biography (pp. 107). Dunedin, N.Z. : Longacre Press in association with the Dunedin City Council 1998.

4 Otago Daily Times, Page 3 Advertisements Column 3, 23 November 1888

5 Knight, H. (1996). Coxhead Brothers Photography. The University of Otago Printing Department : Dunedin, New Zealand.

NEW YAK - Of and About New Zealand

Thursday, September 04, 2014 1:54 PM,
Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library

This week we've chosen to highlight a selection of junior titles with a New Zealand connection, three of which will be going into our Maori collection.  Come in and see them on the new book display together with other new additions to the library.

Ko wai e huna ana? Ko wai e huna ana? by Saturo Ōnishi.
(Maori Junior Picture Book)
Originally published in Japanese, this Māori translation has been published by Gecko Press.  It is a beginner level book with a simple sentence on each spread of gorgeous animal illustrations.  Readers are encouraged to count,  recognise colours and emotions, and of course animals!  A fun and engaging learning tool.
Taratoa Taratoa and the code of conduct: A story from the Battle of Gate Pā by Debbie McCauley; illustrated by Sophie McCauley; nā Tamati Waaka i whakamāori.
(Maori Junior Non-Fiction) 
An inspiring bilingual book which tells the story of the code of conduct written in 1864 before the Battle of Gate pa and the compassionate actions which resulted from it, including the treatment of captured or unarmed enemies and women and children.
Sunflower The sunflower Te putiputi ra by Marie Jamison; illustrated by Ben Jamison; ko ngā kupu Māori nā Willie Manuel.
(Maori Junior Non-Fiction)
In this bilingual book we see the planting of a seed and watch as the plant grows, blooms and dies, a new seed left to sleep through the winter and emerge from the soil the following spring. A lovingly told and illustrated story. 
Elizabeth Elizabeth, queen of the seas by Lynne Cox; illustrated by Brian Floca.
(Junior Picture Book)
Lynne Cox is a record breaking open-water swimmer who on a trip to New Zealand was captivated by the story of Elizabeth, an elephant seal who lived in Christchurch.  She has in turn written a charming and captivating children's story about the seal who was determined to make the Avon River her home... 
Kauri The song of Kauri by Melinda Szymanik; illustrated by Dominique Ford.
(Sophisticated Picture Book)
A mystical, mythical, lyrical book by award winning author Melinda Szymanik!  The illustrations incorporate fabulous depictions of native flora and fauna.
"Once upon a time, when the land was new, and time and memory were just beginning, a giant began to grow out of the rich earth" (page 1).

Bye Bye Brookers Online

Monday, September 01, 2014 3:02 PM,
Davis Law

Brookers Online

Brookers Online database will be retired on 17 November 2014.

The University of Auckland will be utilising the Westlaw NZ database, Thomson Reuters most advanced legal research platform.

Westlaw NZ includes all the content that you currently have access to as well as many new features and publications not found on Brookers Online.

In addition, because of its improved technology, Westlaw NZ is updated more frequently than Brookers Online.

To find out more about Westlaw NZ, enrol in one of the Davis Law Library Westlaw NZ training sessions or visit the Thomson Reuters Training Page where you can find how-to guides and videos, and register for webinars.

Australasian Literature

Monday, September 01, 2014 9:44 AM,
Arts Information Services

Australasian Literature Online button

The library now has access to Australasian Literature, a new database from Alexander Street Press.

Australasian Literature is a searchable full text collection of fiction, poetry, and associated material from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

The collection

Screengrab of works available through Australasian Literature

Covering in-copyright works from the 1930s to the present, the database is particularly relevant for researchers of literature and writing studies, and those interested in postcolonial theory and diaspora studies.

Australasian Literature is still in development, with a target 3,000 titles.

There are currently just over 100 titles in the first release of material, which includes works by Murray Edmond, Michele Leggott, Selina Tusitala Marsh and Robert Sullivan.

The next release of 150 confirmed titles includes works by Robin Hyde, Keri Hulme, Witi Ihimaera and Frank Sargeson.


Content can be browsed by Title, Author, Genre, Topic or Theme, and Publisher.

After selecting a category to browse, you can further refine your search using the sidebar facets (eg, to show only works of poetry or works from the 1990s onwards).

Creating playlists

The Playlists feature allows you to personalise your search results by creating lists of relevant resources which can be annotated, edited and shared.

After a quick registration process, you can create your own lists and add resources as you browse through the database.

Each playlist has a unique stable URL so it's easy to share with others, offering great benefits for collaborative research and teaching.

To see an example of a working playlist, take a look at this one featuring contemporary New Zealand poetry resources.

1076 = earthquakes in last 30 days, magnitude 2.5+

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 1:42 PM,
Geospatial data Bloggers

Track for yourself -

Source: USGS,

Mapping people: 2013 census - ethnicity data

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 1:22 PM,
Geospatial data Bloggers

Statistics NZ recently released the 2013 Census ethnic group profiles and StatsMaps 2013 Census map - ethnicity, more detailed companions to the Major ethnic groups in New Zealand infographic.

The following images are shared to inspire you to play with the NZ data.

I love this interactive map for: what it shows about where people don't live, (on the Mississippi-Missouri River system, the concertina folding of the Appalachians); the urban pattern of the Mid-West; and, the big vastness of very few in the western half. 


It takes on a whole new meaning when colour-coded by ethnicity:


Lastly, where is this?


Source: for more information, click here.


Pride Week 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014 2:53 PM,
Arts Information Services

Pride Week 2014 poster

This week is the University of Auckland’s inaugural Pride Week, hosted by the University and AUSA in collaboration with the Equity Office, held to celebrate our own community of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) staff and students.

Pride Week celebrations are held internationally throughout the year, and aim to promote and affirm equality, dignity and visibility for LGBTI people and issues.

As part of the University’s Pride Week, a number of public events are planned, including the official opening of Queerspace on campus, as well as political debates, discussion panels, performances, guest lectures, and more.

Information about the week’s events can be found on the Equity Office’s news and events page, and the AUSA Pride Week Facebook page.

LGBTI library resources

The Library has a wealth of LGBTI related resources for you to explore.


LGBT Thought and Culture button

LGBT Thought and Culture has a wide range of material, including books, periodicals, and archival material such as pamphlets and event programmes, which document LGBTI political, social, and cultural movements throughout the 20th Century to the present.

Other databases with a focus on gender and sexuality topics include Gender Studies Database and GenderWatch.

Audiovisual resources

The Audiovisual Library has many films exploring LGBTI issues and themes.

Vito (2011) DVD cover  Stonewall Uprising (2010) cover  Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls (2009) cover

These include documentaries like Vito (2011) and Stonewall Uprising (2010) which focus on historical battles for equality, and films like The New Black (2013) which examine present day struggles with homophobia in light of marriage equality developments.

Other documentaries spotlight LGBTI issues in a New Zealand context, like The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls (2009), featuring the nation’s favourite yodelling lesbian twins, and Georgie Girl (2001), directed by Media, Film and Television Professor Annie Goldson, about the life of Georgina Beyer, the world’s first transgender Member of Parliament.

The films of another Media, Film and Television researcher, Professor Katherine Sender, are also held by the Library, titled Off the Straight and Narrow: Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Television (1999), and the follow up Further Off the Straight and Narrow: New Gay Visibility on Television (2006).

Search the Catalogue

To locate resources on LGBTI themes or issues, try a Catalogue search with relevant keywords.

Terry Gilliam meets Samuel Beckett

Friday, August 22, 2014 12:04 PM,
Audiovisual Library

New Arrivals
Snowpiercer (2013)  Director: Bong Joon Ho Call Number:  DVD-V LD14-0086

Watch trailer
snowpiercer international film poster

Image: Courtesy of Opus Pictures

Many audiences have described Snowpiercer as something they've never seen before.  Snowpiercer is a marriage of genres. It is, simultaneously, a dystopian drama, a farcical action, and a science-fiction film.

Based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige, the film tells the story of a group of human survivors who have ended up in an enormous train that has to continuously move so as not to freeze. The train is divided on strict class principles, which adds a political dimension to the crazy action and the genre-bending script is described  “as if Terry Gilliam or Michel Gondry had been hired to rewrite Samuel Beckett”  (Pulver, 2014).

“In brief, “Snowpiercer is everything Transformers: Age of Extinction wishes it could be: a slambam sci-fi thriller with a brain, a heart and an artful sense of purpose” (Travers, 2014).

scene from the film

Pulver, Andrew. Snowpiercer: first look review - something of absurdist theatre, Terry Gilliam meets Samuel Beckett. 20 June. 2014.
Travers, Peter. Snowpiercer. 26 June. 2014.

Vulcan Demirkan-Martin
Audiovisual Library


Mass Observation Online: new content available

Thursday, August 21, 2014 2:18 PM,
Arts Information Services

Mass Observation Online homepage

The library has licensed the latest update to Mass Observation Online, providing access to a wider collection of resources documenting everyday life in Britain in the 20th Century.

Mass Observation Online contains primary material gathered from 1937-1972, including file reports, publications, surveys, diaries, and photographs.

New content

The latest additions to Mass Observation Online include new material to supplement previous coverage of the war years, and for the first time, personal diaries from the first five years following World War Two.

It also includes 30 new topic collections including:
• Propaganda and Morale, 1939-1944
• Conscientious Objection and Pacifism, 1939-1944
• Sexual Behaviour, 1939-1950
• Live Entertainment, 1939-1948
• Holidays, 1937-1951

Research opportunities

Queues for food rationing and food shortages in wartime. London, 1945.

Queues for food rationing and food shortages during wartime. London, 1945. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

If you’re conducting historical research and looking for new avenues to explore, have a browse through the wealth of content available in Mass Observation Online.

In an essay featured in Mass Observation Online, former University of Auckland Masters student Jennie Taylor writes about the rich research opportunities presented by the database.

In her essay, entitled “Sex, snobs and swing: A case study of Mass Observation as a source for social history”, Taylor discusses her work on representations of working-class sexuality in dance hall culture which drew heavily on source material from Mass Observation Online.

NEW YAK - Beginning to Read in Samoan

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 12:54 PM,
Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library

This week we’re highlighting the addition of some new Samoan language literacy books to the library’s collection.

First, a series of 10 little Sunshine Books translated into Samoan.  These titles by well-known authors Jillian Cutting and Joy Cowley are for emergent readers (Level 1-4).  They are brightly illustrated and contain simple sentence patterns and high frequency words to encourage early readers.

by Jillian Cutting
by Joy Cowley

ʻOu te alu, alu, aluʻ
O lo'u atalafoia 
ʻO loʼu fale 
ʻO aʼu ʻo le ʻanufetusi
ʻO loʼu ʻāiga
ʻE mafai ʻona ʻou oso
Fusi aʼu  
ʻO aʼu... 
ʻO laʼu uō
ʻOu te tusitusi

Secondly, 10 titles in the ‘Beginning to read in Samoan’ series by Carolyn Collis, published in an enlarged format ideal for classroom use.  As with the small format ‘Early Te Reo Reading Books’ we blogged about on 30 July, the English translation is provided on the back cover.  These books have the same beautiful and creative photographic illustrations (featuring the same gorgeous teddy bear!).  Note that there is a small format Samoan series too.

O le Alofa O le faamoani
O le Alofa (Love): O le faammaoni, o le alofa (Love is being honest) - page 3.

Ofu Fai lou sikafu

Ofu (Clothes): Fai lou sikafu (Put on your scarf) - page 6.
Le Kirisimasi a Oscar
Sisina, tutulu
Tilotilo Oscar i le tau
Ua tilotilo Oscar i Mea Ta'alo
Faaopeopea e Oscar vaa
Ua asiasi Oscar ia Torty
Fai le sikafu

National Poetry Day 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 4:12 PM,
Arts Information Services

National Poetry Day 2014

This Friday 22 August is National Poetry Day.

The 17th annual celebration encompasses a number of events around the country including poetry performances, seminars and workshops.

One such event is Poetry Central 2014, hosted by Auckland Libraries and the New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre (nzepc). A number of University of Auckland staff and alumni will be delivering readings, including Professor Michelle Leggott, Associate Professor Murray Edmond, Senior Lecturer Selina Tusitala Marsh, and poet and artist Ya-Wen Ho.

A full list of Poetry Day events in Auckland is available here.

Aotearoa New Zealand and Pasifika poetry resources


New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre screenshot

Established in 2001, the nzepc is a project based at the University of Auckland and serves as an electronic gateway to a wealth of poetry resources in Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific region.

These include author resource pages, links to full text electronic poems as well as sound files and videos of poetry performances, essays, interviews, details of upcoming events, and an archive of past events.

nzepc also links to Pasifika Poetry, a site which celebrates the poetry of tagata o te moana nui, the peoples of the Pacific. It features video and audio of Pasifika poets reading their works and in interviews.

Literature Online

Literature Online includes poetry resources as part of its wider collection of primary and secondary literary resources.

Looking for poetry in Literature Online? Try searching under Authors for a particular poet or browse a list of authors, or alternatively, look under Texts > Poetry with a range of search options available.

If a book icon appears next to the author’s name in the search results, full text works are available.

Literature Online full text available

Literature Online features many esteemed New Zealand poets including James K. Baxter, Anna Jackson, Bill Manhire, and Elizabeth Smither to name but a few.

Smithyman Online

Kendrick Smithyman

Explore the poetry of Kendrick Smithyman, one of New Zealand’s most accomplished and prolific poets, in Smithyman Online: Collected Poems 1943-1995, edited and annotated by Margaret Edgcumbe and former Head of English Associate Professor Peter Simpson.

Search the Catalogue

Try a keyword search in the Catalogue to browse poetry collections held by the Library.

For a targeted search of 20th Century New Zealand poetry, try a subject heading search as shown below.

Subject search - New Zealand poetry 20th Century - Dispute Settlement Commentaries service

Thursday, August 14, 2014 9:12 AM,
Davis Law

The Library has recently subscribed to the Dispute Settlement Commentaries service of

There is a free resource at for news and other resources, however the subscription part provides:

  • A summary and analysis of all WTO reports
  • A search tool for WTO cases
  • A database of dispute settlement tables and statistics
  • Plus other documents in this area

This is now available at the databases connect page, linked from the catalogue, at

NEW YAK - New for Young Adults

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 1:32 PM,
Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library

This week we're highlighting some of the new Young Adult books we have in the library:

Vigilante Poets The vigilante poets of Selwyn Academy / Kate Hattemer.
(Young Adult)
Luke Watson and three of his friends secretly write a long poem (in the style of Ezra Pound) to protest the hijacking of Selwyn Academy by a reality-tv show "For Arts Sake".  What they don't fully appreciate is that the show is driven by powerful forces of fame and money and Luke discovers that reality is complicated.  A witty and compelling life meets art story.
Since you've been gone

Since you've been gone / Morgan Matson.
(Young Adult)
Emily's friend leaves unexpectedly without trace at the beginning of summer, sending her a list of 13 tasks  - things she would never normally consider doing.  Might completing them bring her friend back?  Emily starts ticking them off to find out... A thought-provoking story about friendship, and the balance of power within it.

Hollow city Hollow city / by Ransom Riggs. (Young Adult)
This is the sequel to the bestselling "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children".  In war-torn London Jacob Portman and his newfound friends hope to find a cure for their beloved headmistress, Miss Peregrine.  As with the first book, this story is a captivating blend of wonderful vintage photography and exciting fantasy writing.
Winners curse The winner's curse: A novel /  Marie Rutkoski.
(Young Adult) 
Seventeen-year old Kestrel, a general's daughter in an empire at war, has two choices: joing the military or get married.  Kestrel rejects these and when she sees similar defiance in the eyes of a slave up for sale she buys him.  The consequences are unexpected and the price high...  Book One of a trilogy, this fantasy is a page-turner that will have readers keenly awaiting the next instalment.
We were liars

We were liars / E. Lockhart. (Young Adult)
By the author of the Ruby Oliver books and the award winning The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, this is a haunting and beautifully written family story with a shock twist ending. 

"We are Sinclairs.
No one is needy.
No one is wrong.
We live, at least in the summertime, on a private island off the coast of Massachusetts.
Perhaps that is all you need to know.
Except that some of us are liars."
(from back cover)

Entrepreneurship at a Glance 2014 Report

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 2:30 PM,
B&E Information Services

OECD Entrepreneurship at the Glance

Entrepreneurship at a Glance presents an original collection of indicators for measuring the state of entrepreneurship and its determinants, produced by the OECD-Eurostat Entrepreneurship Indicators Programme.

The 2014 edition contains new indicators at the regional level, and a thematic chapter on innovation activities by firms of different size.

View this and other OECD reports at the OECD iLibrary database

Storylines Festival 2014

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 12:37 PM,
Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library

There are lots of exciting events coming up in Auckland as part of the Storylines Festival 2014.

Two exciting Family Days:
South Auckland Family Day at the Vodafone Events Centre on Saturday 30 August
Auckland Family Day at the Aotea Centre on Sunday 31 August

The much anticipated seminar on Saturday 30 August at King's School, Remuera, 7pm:
Wombats and Killiecrankies: Award winning authors Jackie French, Gary Crew and Tessa Duder will discuss the new role of Children's Laureate in Australia and the popular genre of Young Adult Fiction.
Tickets can be booked here.

A variety of popular writing and illustration workshops for children and adults on Saturday 30 August.
These are held in different locations around Auckland and limited to 20 places per workshop. 
Tickets can be booked here.

The Storylines Festival is a marvellous opportunity for children and their families to interact with authors and illustrators and a great celebration of children's literature in general.  Enjoy!


Queensland topograhic web map

Monday, August 11, 2014 11:56 AM,
Geospatial data Bloggers


"Topographic maps show information about the shape of the land: both natural features and purpose-built structures. They can be used to obtain precise measurements (within map scale limits) of distance, direction, area and quantity. Depending on the map scale, some features are symbolised to provide additional information."



Mapping and data is a rich resource from Queensland Government's Department of Natural Resources and Mines.