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Tuesday, May 26, 2015 4:07 PM,
Arts, Māori and Pacific

It’s Samoan Language Week / Vaiaso o le gagana Sāmoa!

Follow the week’s events via the Samoan Language Week Facebook page.

Take a look at the Human Rights Commission’s coverage of the annual event, which outlines the history and aims of Samoan Language Week, resources and an events calendar.

UASSA Samoan Language Week poster

The University of Auckland Samoan Students Association (UASSA) are hosting different events throughout the week on the City and Epsom campuses.

Events still to come on the City Campus include:

  • Thursday 28th May, 6-8.30pm – Debate Night
    Head to Cultural Space to showcase your speaking skills.
  • Friday 29th May, 12-2pm – Special guest performance
    Watch students from Southern Cross Campus perform in the University Quad.
  • Friday 29th May, 2-3pm – Traditional Samoan sports
    Spend the afternoon getting active in Albert Park!

UASSA performance to Libraries and Learning Services staff, 26 May 2015

Libraries and Learning Services staff attending a Gagana Samoa workshop this morning were treated to a great performance by UASSA students during the fun session, and learned a few greetings and phrases in Samoan.

Samoan language resources

Be part of the celebrations by discovering Samoan language material held in library collections:

Archive of Māori and Pacific Music

Established in 1970, the Archive includes material from Samoa, including commercial and field recordings of vocal and instrumental music, oral histories, stories and language resources.

Fāgogo: Fables from Samoa

Fāgogo: fables from Samoa

Using recordings from the Archive, Fāgogo presents a selection of fables in Samoan, part of a large collection recorded in Samoa in the 1960s by Professor Richard Moyle as part of a survey of traditional forms of music.

Learning gagana Sāmoa

Search the Catalogue for the keywords Samoan language to find a number of dictionaries, grammar guides, legends, folktales, and children’s books in Samoan language.

A useful online resource is Rev. George Pratt’s A Grammar and dictionary of the Samoan language, with English and Samoan vocabulary (1984), from the New Zealand Electronic Text Collection.

The Faculty of Arts' Pacific Studies teaches Samoan language courses from Stage 1 to Stage 3.

See the Library’s Pacific Studies guide to find more Samoan resources.

Samoan Language Week 24-30 May

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 12:37 PM,
Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library

"Tautua nei mo sou manuia a taeoa" - "Serve now for a better tomorrow"

Talofa lava.  Above is the theme for this year's Samoan language week, the week in which all New Zealanders are encouraged to have a go at speaking the third most spoken language in our country. The Ministry of Pacific Affairs has a page on their website with links to events happening to celebrate the week and a web series 'say it in Samoan' where you can watch language clips.  Have a look!

This is also the time to come into the library and head to the Pacific Island Collection on the ground floor.  We have a  a few of our Samoan books set up on a special display to celebrate Samoan Language Week, with more on the shelves!  If you can't find what you are looking for ask us - we are here to help.

"O manu o le lauamanu e felelei mamoa" - "Birds that fly together go far"


La manuia le vaiaso - Have a great week.

Semester 1 - Extended hours at Tamaki Library

Friday, May 22, 2015 4:03 PM,
Tamaki Library

The Tamaki Library & IC has exam extended hours from Friday 5 – Sunday 21 June.
Extended hours Tamaki Library
Semester 1 exams 2015
Friday 5 June 8am-10pm
Saturday 6 June 10am-6pm
Sunday 7 June 10am-6pm
Monday-Friday 8-12 June 8am-10pm
Saturday 13 June 10am-6pm
Sunday 14 June 10am-6pm
Monday-Friday 15-19 June 8am-10pm
Saturday 20 June 10am-6pm
Sunday 21 June 10am-6pm

Samoan historical newspapers

Friday, May 22, 2015 12:16 PM,
Arts, Māori and Pacific

Apia, Samoa, July 1884, New Zealand, by Burton Brothers studio, Alfred Burton. Purchased 1943. Te Papa (C.016550)
Apia, Samoa, July 1884, New Zealand, by Burton Brothers studio, Alfred Burton.
Purchased 1943. Courtesy of Te Papa (C.016550).

Yesterday Papers Past added four early Samoan newspapers, just in time for Samoan Language Week (24-30 Me/May).
This digitisation project is Papers Past’s first venture into digitising newspapers from the wider Pacific region.

Associate Professor Damon Salesa called yesterday’s release an “historical day in Samoan history resources” and a “tremendous and exciting gift to all Samoans, and especially all Samoan students and historians” (on the Samoa History Facebook page).

The National Library’s Roger Swanson (Research Librarian, Pacific) described the historical context of this content in a blog post yesterday celebrating the release: “Late 19th century politics in Samoa was a tangle of competing interests, both locally and internationally, fighting for control of Samoa”.

The historical relationships between the Samoan Islands and the USA, Britain, Germany and New Zealand continue to be of significance today, and the digitisation of this content will support research into these connections.

Samoa Weekly Herald masthead, Saturday 18 May 1895. Courtesy of Papers Past.
Samoa Weekly Herald masthead, Saturday 18 May 1895. Courtesy of Papers Past.

The University of Auckland’s Research Centre for Germanic Connections with New Zealand and the Pacific will find many new avenues for research within the pages of these newspapers.

We look forward to the prospect of more Pacific newspapers featuring on Papers Past in the future!

About Papers Past

Papers Past is the National Library’s digitised collection of early New Zealand and Pacific newspapers and periodicals, covering the years 1839 to 1948.

With the addition of these Pacific newspapers, Papers Past now has 99 publications, representing all regions of New Zealand and now beginning to cover the Pacific.

Top visit by Top NZ Children's Authors

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 11:50 AM,
Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library

The library hosted three talented New Zealand children's authors yesterday, who shared their work and enthusiasm for NZ literature and the importance of this in NZ classrooms. The visit was much appreciated by those who attended and some lucky students went away with shiny new books as well as enlightenment!

Elena read from her wonderful Ophelia Wild series, in which feisty Ophelia's adventures are written in catchy rhyming couplets. Melinda not only discussed her award-winning books but promoted the work of other notable NZ authors, and Sandra's talk demonstrated her passion for and ability to engage students with great NZ wildlife topics.


From left, Elena de Roo, Melinda Szymanik and Sandra Morris all have websites or blogs and these are one place for teachers to find out more about NZ authors and their work.  Some of them include teacher resources.  Other useful sites noted include:

NZ Book Council - including the writers in schools programme
NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults
LIANZA Children's Book Awards - Melinda's The Song of Kauri and Sandra's A New Zealand Nature Journal are both finalists in this year's awards!

And if you want to engage your students in writing themselves, try this popular online fortnightly writing competition for primary and intermediate aged children:

Author visit books

Semester 1 Extended Hours - Exam Period

Monday, May 18, 2015 8:24 AM,
Philson Library



The Philson library will be open extended hours over the exam period to offer students additional opportunity and space for study leading up to and during the exams.

We will be open on Queen's Birthday Monday, but opening a little later than usual.


The extended hours will be:

Monday 25 May to Friday 29 May - 8am to 10pm

Sat 30 May - 10am to 10pm

Sun 31 May - 10am to 10pm


Queen's Birthday - Monday 1 June - 10am to 10pm


Tuesday 2 June to Friday 5 June - 8am to 10pm

Sat 6 June - 10am to 10pm

Sun 7 June - 10am to 10pm


Monday 8 June to Friday 12 June - 8am to 10pm

Sat 13 June - 10am to 10pm

Sun 14 June - 10am to 10pm



2015 Auckland Writers Festival

Monday, May 11, 2015 1:46 PM,
Arts, Māori and Pacific

The Auckland Writers Festival begins this Wednesday 13 May and runs until Sunday 17 May.

A must-attend celebration on the literary calendar, the festival features many of the world’s best writers and thinkers sharing their stories and ideas across a number of events.

Auckland Writers Festival display case

To mark the event, a display is on show in the General Library, featuring a number of writers appearing at the festival and highlighting their works held in the library’s collection.

International writers featured include celebrated Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami, UK Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, and Shakespearean scholar Peter Holland.

Auckland Writers Festival display case

Among the New Zealand writers highlighted are a number of University of Auckland alumni and staff, including Dr Aroha Harris, Emeritus Professor C. K. Stead, Emeritus Professor Wystan Curnow and Distinguished Professor Brian Boyd.

Visit the display on Level G of the General Library until 28 June.

Tender Love Triangle

Friday, May 08, 2015 3:19 PM,
Audiovisual Library

New Arrivals

The Way He Looks (2014)   Director: Daniel Ribeiro   Call Number: DVD-V LD15-0166

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film's poster image
Image: Courtesy of Strand Releasing

This 2014 Brazilian coming-of-age film won two the FIPRESCI Prizes; one for best feature film in the Panorama section and the Teddy Award for best LGBT-themed feature at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival.

Leonardo is a blind teenager who deals with an overprotective mom and is searching for independence. His best friend Giovana begins to feel a bit left out with the arrival of Gabriel as each character starts to fall for one another. Outstanding  performances from its young stars gives an authentic feeling to this  feel-good drama. Also worth seeing is the DVD extra 2010 short film I Don't Want to Go Back Alone, Ribeiro 's short film that evolved into The Way He Looks a few years later.

Vulcan Demirkan-Martin
Audiovisual Library

Pacific business resources

Wednesday, May 06, 2015 2:09 PM,
B&E Information Services

Bula, Fakaalofa atu, Kia ora, Kia orana, Kona mauri, Malo e lelei, Taloha ni, Talofa lava.

Developed by both Arts, Māori and Pacific and Business librarians, the Pacific business subject guide contains a wealth of information selected by subject experts. The guide provides links to sources of information on economic markets, companies, entrepreneurship, business statistics and organisations in the Pacific region.

Sources include specialist databases, online journals, books, directories, market research reports, economic overviews and much more.

Do Children's Books Reign or is it Raining Children's Books?

Wednesday, May 06, 2015 11:49 AM,
Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library

Delivery of the week has no doubt been that of Baby Charlotte.  However, here at the library we have exciting deliveries every single week and, fittingly, children's books have taken over our new book shelves this week.  They reign! You can't go visit Charlotte, but you can come visit us!

Display 2

We have too many new babies to talk about them all, but have to acknowledge this one which inspired the title of the post!

Rain Reign Rain, Reign by Ann M. Martin
(Junior  Fiction)
Ann Martin is a Newbery Honor Author and in her new book writes brilliantly about Rose, an autistic girl obsessed with homonyms, who is thrilled by her own name and proud of the name she gives to the stray dog her father finds and gives to her - Rain.  According to her own homonym rules, having two homonyms (Reign, Rein) is very special.  When Rain goes missing in a storm, Rose, with her unique way of viewing the world has challenges to overcome.  A lovely and compelling story.


NZ Music Month: Music in Schools

Monday, May 04, 2015 3:22 PM,

For our display this month we have chosen to focus on our collection of sheet music for schools, specifically those that were designed for the School Broadcasts by the Radio Broadcasting Company- later the New Zealand Broadcasting Service. If you went to school at any point between the 1930s and mid-1980s you may recall your classroom having a radio and that the teacher would put it on at some point, once or twice a week, for class singing (or other lessons if you were at a small country school), and you may recognise some of the music books from the display.

The schools radio broadcasts were initially organised by each YA station separately in association with the local Teachers Training Colleges and relied on volunteers to produce the content. This was changed during World War Two when they came under central control by the New Zealand Broadcasting Service with oversight from the Department of Education. Music was targeted as a subject to broadcast because of the lack of qualified teachers, particularly during the war. The music prepared for these broadcasts was, according to New Zealand music historian James Mansfield Thomson: “conservative in style…with their arrangements of Māori and British songs, extracts from the classics and pieces by their compilers.” Song books with melody, piano accompaniment, and occasional guitar chords were sent out to every school in New Zealand and presented to the children (you may still have some lurking in a box or drawer somewhere), for use at school and at home.

The Dominion Song Book and the Junior and Senior Schools Song Book’s as shown in our display, were supposed mould the musical tastes of several generations of school children into something that both the Department of Education and the New Zealand Broadcasting Service thought was ‘acceptable’ (read: of higher class, and better than pop music). Whether this worked or not is up for debate. The idea behind the music broadcasts was to introduce the music to students and their teacher would work further during the week on specific songs giving students as basic education in music literacy and appreciation. Depending on the school, what musical equipment they had access to, and the abilities of the teacher this may or may not happen, but it gave children the chance to participate in musical activity that, outside of church, they may not have had access to. This initiative led to the school's Music Festival movement and the classroom instrument lessons (remember recorder lessons?) and greater in school music activities.

Patrick Day. The Radio Years: A History of Broadcasting in New Zealand vol. 1. University of Auckland Press 1994
James Mansfield Thomson. The Oxford History of New Zealand Music. Oxford University Press 1991

Aleisha Ward
Music and Dance Library

Mapping World War 1

Sunday, May 03, 2015 12:18 PM,
Geospatial data Bloggers

A collaboration between the Engineer Corps Memorial Centre of the New Zealand Army and the University of Auckland Library resulted in digitising a series of eight World War 1 maps of Europe and ten sketches from ANZAC Gallipoli campaign. Together they contribute to the cartographic heritage of the Great War.

                        WW1 trench Map.

Map of Belgium and France showing the location of WW1 trenches.

The European maps show the landscape of a military conflict that occurred in Belgium and France in 1917 by depicting topography of the area, the location of towns, roads, and rivers, and the extent and complexity of trenches. Sheet 36 N.W of the “Belgium and part of France” map, Edition 7A at the scale of 1:20,000 and published by the Ordnance Survey in April 1917 is a little worse for wear, with discoloured sun damage and yellowed fold lines. However, it illustrates in red the extent of ‘enemy trenches’ and in blue the extent of British trenches situated around the town of Armentieres. It is not hard to gauge the intricate patchwork of both British and enemy trenches that are located, in some cases, not more than 100 to 200 metres away from each other. The enemy trenches are further labelled with additional information, adding another layer of geospatial intelligence that would have been vital to the war effort. It is this series of maps that portray first-hand snapshots of the war in Europe, the battle landscapes and the nature of trench warfare. 

The digitised Sketches made at Anzac by Horace Millichamp Moore-Jones are photolithograph sketches referenced from his original watercolours and available in a box set with an accompanying booklet published in 1916.

Moore-Jones was a painter in oil, watercolour and pastels. He enlisted in the British section of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZEF) in 1914, aged 47, and was sent to Gallipoli with the Engineers. He was, however, soon deployed to draw topographical maps of the area for military purposes. Besides being works of art, his sketches themselves have a cartographic element, where topographic relief depicts battle locations, the rugged topography and the overall terrain the soldiers faced. Sketch One, for example, formed a key to the whole of the Anzac region, and it was made from the deck of H.M.S. “Manica” on 5 May  1915, ten days after the landing, to enable Naval gunners to locate the main positions. Overall, ten sketches were made and are of a similar character, showing various Gallipoli locations such as Shrapnel Gully and the Sphinx. The accompanying booklet adds an analytical weight to the collection by providing historical and topographic information.

                        Watercolour and accompanying sketch of Coast of Anzac.

Moore-Jones sketch (1) of the ‘Coast of Anzac’ (top), with accompanying diagram listing various locations (below).

The European maps, but particularly the sketches, provide a perspective on a phase of history that shaped New Zealand’s nationhood. They are now available in a digital format by contacting Igor Drecki.

Benjamin Jones,
Cartographic and Geospatial Resources


'Horace Moore-Jones', URL:, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 22-Aug-2014

Italian film series

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 2:10 PM,
Arts, Māori and Pacific

Coyau / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-3.0 

Over the next few months, the School of Cultures, Languages and Linguistics will host a special series showcasing contemporary Italian cinema.

In collaboration with the Italian Embassy and the Dante Alighieri Society, the film screenings are free and will be held in Room 220 of Arts 1.

No need to worry if you don’t speak Italian, as English subtitles will be displayed for all films.

Films and screening times

Fridays at 6pm on the following dates:

  • 1 May - Me ne frego (Director: Vanni Gandolfo)
  • 22 May - Tutti i santi giorni (Director: Paolo Virzi)
  • 12 June - La sedia della felicitá (Director: Carlo Mazzacurati)
  • 3 July - La mossa del pinguino (Director: Claudio Amendola)
  • 24 July - Perez (Director: Edoardo De Angelis)
  • 14 August - La nostra terra (Director: Giulio Manfredonia)
  • 4 September - 9 x10 novanti (Director: Marco Bonfanti)

Learn more about Italian cinema

If you’re interested in the history of Italian cinema, consult the Directory of world cinema: Italy (Bayman, 2011) or Cinema Italiano: The complete guide from classics to cult (Hughes, 2011).

New books exploring issues in contemporary Italian cinema include Stars and masculinities in contemporary Italian cinema (O’Rawe, 2014) and Reframing Italy: New trends in Italian women’s filmmaking (Luciano & Scarparo, 2013).

Looking for Italian films to watch?

Use the keywords feature films Italy in the Catalogue to find material held online or in the Audiovisual Library collection.

You can also browse film databases for further information about films and filmmakers, including scholarly criticism.

A Thriller about Denial

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 2:03 PM,
Audiovisual Library

Abuse of Weakness  DVD-V LD14-0743  Director: Catherine Breillat

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Inspired by director Catherine Breillat's true life experiences, Abuse of Weakness tells the story of Maud (Isabelle Huppert), a director who suffers a stroke. Maud becomes interested in Vilko (Kool Shen), a notorious con man who swindles celebrities, as a possible lead actor of her forthcoming film. She soon finds herself falling for Vilko's manipulative charm and is conned like many others.

“Catherine Breillat’s films have always been autobiographical, often painfully so, and yet ‘Abuse of Weakness’ cuts even closer to the marrow than the rest” as the films is as autobiographical as it gets (Debruge, 2013). The title refers to the French legal term for taking advantage of a person of diminished capacity.  Although Maud’s/Breillat’s experiences sometimes test believability, truth is often stranger than fiction and Breillat successfully sued  the conman Christophe Rocancourt. Isabelle  Huppert's stunning lead performance deserves attention both in terms of the physical and the psychological transformation she expresses.

Debruge, Peter.Toronto Film Review: "Abuse of Weakness." 6 Sept. 2013,

Vulcan Demirkan-Martin
Audiovisual Library

POPLHLTH 101: Finding Articles Workshop

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 11:47 AM,
Tamaki Library

The POPLHLTH 101 Finding Articles workshops, designed to help you find information for your 101 assignments and show you how to use library databases and other resources, begins today.

There are 8 sessions over 3 weeks - to register click on the Workshops link from the Library homepage or click here:


Focus on Pharmacy technicians and Nursing pharmacology

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 11:23 AM,
Philson Library

Preparation and administration of medication is an important part of the treatment regime for many patients, and it is important for Nursing and Pharmacy technical staff to have a thorough understanding of the processes involved. The new books at the Philson library this week include the most recent editions of three texts that address drug preparation, handling and delivery for nurses and pharmacy technicians.
The 10th edition of Calculation of drug dosages by Ogden and Fluharty is a work text full of example calculations, visual aids and self-tests aimed at nursing students and nurses returning to practice after time away from the clinical setting.
Mosby's pharmacy technician : principles and practice is in its 4th edition which has been reworked to map to the Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination (PTCE) and provides coverage of pharmacy practice, A&P, and pharmacology. It also has new chapters on Medication Safety and Error Prevention and Role of the Technician with the Customer/Patient.
Introduction to clincial pharmacology 8th edition describes the principles of pharmacology to help the reader avoid making medicaiton errors.  it aims to promote safety by showing how drugs and drug classes work, so the student understands why drugs are given, as well as when they should and should not be given.


BCC Research: industry reports

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 12:57 PM,
B&E Information Services

BCC Research

BCC Research provides online market research reports in the areas of science and technology

Coverage includes detailed market size forecasts that incorporate the major economic, scientific, and technological developments in industrial, pharmaceutical, and high technology organizations.

Market categories include healthcare, pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, manufacturing as well as biotechnology, nanotechnology and many more.

Use BCC Research in conjunction with Passport GMID, MarketLine Advantage and Business Monitor International when looking for industry profiles and market analysis.

2015 ANZAC Day Hours

Monday, April 20, 2015 4:27 PM,
IC Bloggers

Grafton Information Commons:  CLOSED

Kate Edger Information Commons:  8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

See also:

Photos from Gallipoli

Lest We Forget

BCC Research Reports Database

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 11:03 AM,
Philson Library

BCC Research is a leading market research company covering changes driven by science and technology.  Understanding the market around a new service or product is an important part of development and can provide valuable supporting information for research grant proposals.

The BCC Research Reports database provides detailed industry analysis and market forecasts that incorporate major economic, scientific, and technological developments across a range of subject areas, including:

  • Biotechnology
  • Healthcare
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Instrumentation and Sensors
  • Nanotechnology
  • Membrane and separation technology

Find it in the Library's Databases list, or directly through: BCC Research Reports


Monday, April 13, 2015 4:34 PM,

This month marks the centenary of the Gallipoli landings and campaign. To mark this anniversary our display this month centres on music that focuses on the ANZAC experience in World War One. All of the items displayed this month come from our Glass Case collection, in which we hold rare, delicate and precious items (such as all of these songs, which were mostly published in New Zealand). As with much New Zealand music the history and circumstances surrounding the composition are lost to time, however the purpose and messages of the songs are clear. Songs such as the Anzac Anthem, written by Maughan Barnett and John Youlin Birch in 1918 and Sons of New Zealand by Raymond Hope and Stanley East in 1916 were both serious patriotic songs. The Anzac Anthem was “Specially written and composed to be sung at Anzac Day services” and has the quality of a hymn (particularly in its lyrics), while Sons of New Zealand is a more up-beat battle march and was written to raise money for the Patriotic Fund. A-N-Z-A-C, by Tom Armstrong was written in 1916 for the J.C. Williamson pantomime The House that Jack Built (performed late 1916- 1917 in both Australia and New Zealand) as part of the Patriotic Pageant section of the pantomime. Like Sons of New Zealand it is an upbeat patriotic march, meant to inspire audiences to support the war effort in any way that they could.

The small booklet Songs, Haka and Ruri was created by Government Printing Office “for use of the Maori Contingent” in 1914. Music Librarian Phillippa McKeown-Green has written an article about this booklet for Crescendo: The Bulletin of the International Association of Music Libraries (New Zealand Branch) (Feb./Mar. 2014 No. 94 pp. 17-20), and has noted that the songs within are translated English songs (such as Old Folks at Home), most of which had been translated and published in earlier publications, such as Souvenir of the Maori Congress July 1908 by Sir Apirana Ngata and Hone Heke. The Haka/Ngere and Pao/Ruri sections contain mostly ‘traditional’ works, although some were recent composed.

Finally there are three contemporary Maori songs: Haere Tonu by R.A. Horne and Ernest Denis Hoben, E Moe te Ra (Shadows of Evening) and Haere Ra both by Erima Maewa Kaihau. Haere Tonu was written in 1916 with lyrics in Maori and English by Hoben. Like Sons of New Zealand or Anzac Anthem it was written to inspire patriotism and encourage enlistment. In contrast E Moe te Ra (Shadows of Evening) and Haere Ra both differ dramatically from the other songs here as they are both songs of farewell and lost love rather than patriotism and/or a call to arms. E Moe te Ra was written near the end of the war in 1918 and reflects the poignancy of knowing that your loved one will not return home. Haere Ra meanwhile has a long and convoluted history and Kaihau’s involvement with it came in 1920, when she wrote lyrics to the melody of Po Atarau (now more commonly known as Now is the Hour) for her daughter. This was privately published during the 1920s and then commercially by Alfred Eady and Co. in 1935. The song (as is well known) focuses on the parting of loved ones and the hope that they will return.

Aleisha Ward
Music and Dance Library

Valley Candle at the Fine Arts Library

Monday, April 13, 2015 3:31 PM,

At the beginning of the year, staff members from all around the university were given the opportunity to choose artworks for their department from the University of Auckland Art Collection.
The Fine Arts Library was lucky enough to secure four new works, which we will elaborate on in due course...
First up:

Valley Candle (2008, Yvonne Todd). Dimensions: 1590 x 1200mm 

 From the series ‘Dawn of Gland’

Valley Candle (2008, Yvonne Todd)

The glassy gaze of the figure in Valley Candle sits within the Fine Arts Library’s ever present 1960s-70s architecture alongside recently updated furnishings. Yvonne Todd’s work is striking in its ability to be both comfortable and incongruous, and immaculate and irritating at the same time.
Todd attended Elam, graduating in 2001, after studying and working as a commercial photographer. In 2002, she was the inaugural recipient of The Walters Prize. She is extremely prolific and as well as numerous publications and interviews under her belt, a comprehensive monograph Creamy Psychology was recently published to accompany her retrospective exhibition at the City Gallery Wellington.
In an attempt to steer away from the default description of Todd’s work as ‘creepy’ or ‘weird’, Peter Ireland, in the latest issue of Art New Zealand (no. 153), cites Todd’s essay in Creamy Psychology ‘Do I even like photography?’ as indicative of the qualities and values that can emanate from her photographs – sober, matter-of-fact, deadpan yet always curious.
In this essay, Todd takes us on a journey through her life, memories of growing up on Auckland’s North Shore and encounters with photography throughout her life. 
On one of her earliest photography lessons, she recalls that:

 "Our first brief was ‘make me laugh’ and ‘make me angry’. There were no further instructions. Somehow, this summed up the limitations of photography: the superficial and literal." (Todd, Creamy Psychology, p12)

“To emphasize this photographer’s apparent weirdness is to resist her commitment to an acceptance of difference […].’ (Ireland, 66)

For more on Valley Candle, see Linda Tyler’s article written for UniNew.

Melanie Kung
Fine Arts Library

A Band of Outsiders.

Friday, April 10, 2015 1:20 PM,
Audiovisual Library

We are the best!   DVD-V LD14-0659   Director: Lukas Moodysson 

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Moodysson finally returns to form with a raucous evocation of early teenage life. His warm-hearted first two films Show Me Love and Together were followed by a darker set of films that have got lukewarm responses from critics and audiences.

The unnamed punk band formed by the 13-year-old protagonists of the film is more of an idea than a band since the girls’ only qualification is an  anti-establishment attitude. Bobo and Klara don’t stand a chance of fitting into the gender hierarchies of their school with their baggy clothes and androgynous haircuts. Soon they ask Hedvig to join them, a Christian girl who knows how to play music and teaches them how to play instruments.

This adaptation of a graphic novel by his wife Coco is great return to form for Moodyson. The film is episodic and feels like a match of real-life vignettes. Casting is everything in a movie like this and the lead performers — aged between 11 to 14 — are utterly natural. The film  perfectly captures  the aimlessness and rebellious nature of adolescence in its structure, casting and songs.

“Moodysson is on livelier and more cogent form than he has been for ages, although it's hard now to imagine the excitement he once stirred when Ingmar Bergman acclaimed him as his true inheritor” (Romney, 2014).

Romney, Jonathan. "We Are the Best! review – Lukas Moodysson rediscovers his sense of fun. guardian.com20 April. 2014.  

Vulcan Demirkan-Martin
Audiovisual Library

Jazz Tui 2015

Friday, April 10, 2015 11:30 AM,

The Jazz Tui awards are announced each year at the National Jazz Festival held in Tauranga each Easter weekend. As I noted in my post in February the Auckland jazz super-group DOG, made up of School of Music Jazz lecturers Ron Samsom, Kevin Field, Roger Manins and Olivier Holland had been nominated for the Jazz Tui, along with Wellington band The Jac and pianist Jonathan Crayford (you can read more about each of the nominees in the next issue of NZ Musician). All three nominees recorded on Rattle Jazz- which is a big coup for the label as well. Each nominee's albums' are amazing and all were well deserving of the Tui.

The winner was announced at the Jazz Village on April 6 on the Creative Jazz Club Stage. Recorded Music New Zealand CEO Damian Vaughan presented DOG with the Tui for 2015 stating that: “A wealth of talent and experience went in to creating the album. DOG are masters of this difficult craft and I congratulate them on recording an exceptional album which is well deserving of a Tui.”

Congratulations to DOG on this wonderful achievement!

Aleisha Ward
Music and Dance Library

Emplaned at Whenuapai

Thursday, April 02, 2015 8:49 AM,
Special Collections

1953 emplaning check from Kenneth Cumberland papers.

Special Collections has recently completed processing the papers of the University of Auckland’s first Professor of Geography, Kenneth Cumberland. Born in Yorkshire in 1913, Cumberland came to New Zealand in 1938 to teach at Canterbury University and was appointed Senior Lecturer of Geography at Auckland University College in 1946.  During his first year at Auckland, Cumberland was the Geography Department’s only member of staff; however the new subject proved so popular with students that two more staff were appointed in time for the 1947 academic year.  In 1950 Cumberland was made chair of the Department and remained its professor until his retirement in 1978.

During his academic career and retirement Cumberland travelled a great deal both within New Zealand and overseas. Beginning in the 1950s he retained all his tickets, itineraries and other travel ephemera, carefully arranging the collected material chronologically by decade.  Among the material from the 1950s are a number of emplaning checks issued by the New Zealand National Airways Corporation (NAC); which was New Zealand’s main domestic carrier between 1947 and 1978.  In 1978 the airline was merged with Air New Zealand, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.

Issued for a flight from Auckland to Dunedin in November 1953, the emplaning check above is part ticket, part boarding pass. Besides being entranced by the term ‘emplaning’ I was intrigued to see that rather than checking in at the airfield; passengers reported to the NAC Office in the city centre and were transported to the airport by the airline. Professor Cumberland obviously made his 8.00 pm flight as the bottom of the check has been neatly stamped ‘Emplaned at Whenuapai’.

Katherine Pawley, Special Collections.


Kenneth Cumberland papers. MSS & Archives 2013/4, item 10/1/2. Special Collections, University of Auckland Libraries and Learning Services.

A brief history of Air New Zealand, focusing on highlights and major events’. Retrieved from

NZ Town Maps: Visions of New Zealand's colonial past

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 2:32 PM,
Geospatial data Bloggers

Image of the central section of Martinborough circa. 1909.

Image: Central Martinborough town plan. It was originally designed to represent the Union Jack.

The New Zealand Town Maps (from 1948 known as NZMS 16 Town Map series) provide comprehensive cadastral information for towns and urban areas at scales varying from 1:1,584 to 1:7,920. They were published between 1861 and 1975, and are arguably the earliest large-scale maps of New Zealand towns. Apart from subdivisions of land, they show valuable social and environmental information. Their content changed over the years but the series generally shows (Department of Lands & Survey, 1959, 1975):

  • Subdivisions of land
  • Section boundaries and lot numbers
  • District boundaries and names
  • Deposit Plan numbers
  • Roads, railways, and reserves
  • Shoreline and rivers
  • Important buildings
  • Trigonometrical stations and heights
  • Place names (Maori and European)
  • Names of streets, water and other features
  • Town districts, boroughs, and city boundaries

These maps further provide a snapshot of the visions early surveyors had for towns and cities in colonial New Zealand. One such vision was laying out potential towns in a geometric plan, with grid and rectilinear pattern being the most common. These urban arrangements were seen to impose an order on the landscape and aid eventual subdivision. It was also perceived to enable air to freely flow along streets, alleviating the potential threat of air borne diseases (Schrader 2012). This approach, however, did not account for the local topography, with plans overlaying swamps, bush, and hills. The grid plan in particular, created steep streets and sudden street endings and made the construction of streets an expensive proposition, especially when hills would have to be cut to keep the street in line (Schrader 2012). Variations in the geometric plan can be seen in how cities and towns were laid out. Christchurch, for example, was developed about a square, Dunedin was styled about an octagon and Auckland was planned about a central circus, although never entirely built.

The cartographic design of the town maps changed significantly over the years. The early maps were made to entice potential buyers overseas and as such showcase individual design with a unique aesthetic. North points, cartouches, relief representation, vegetation and water renderings were masterly drawn and almost personalised. These elements would largely disappear with the implementation of standardized, instruction-driven mapping after the WW2.

The NZMS 16 Town Map series was largely superseded by the NZMS 189 in the early 1960s, although map revisions continued until mid 1970s.

The above NZMS map series are available in a digital format from the GeoDataHub or by contacting Igor Drecki.

Benjamin Jones


Ben Schrader. 'City planning - Early settlement planning', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 13-Jul-12, URL:

Department of Lands and Survey, 1959, Catalogue of Maps, 1st Edition, Department of Lands and Survey, Wellington.

Department of Lands and Survey, 1975, Catalogue of Maps, 2nd Edition, Department of Lands and Survey, Wellington.

Learn about research design with SAGE Research Methods

Wednesday, April 01, 2015 8:50 AM,
Arts, Māori and Pacific

Embarking on a research project in the social sciences?

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Try SAGE Research Methods, a tool created to assist researchers from the social and behavioural sciences to design and evaluate research projects.

As the focus is on methodology, you’ll find the journal articles, books and reference works available have cross-disciplinary relevance.

Try the Methods Map

Methods Map - Qualitative evaluation screengrab

This visualisation tool helps you to understand particular methods, discover relationships between methods, and to find related content.

You can also create Methods Lists of content you are researching, teaching or interested in. Lists can be shared and you can browse lists from other users and SAGE authors.

Supervising a research project?

SAGE Research Methods is a valuable resource for teaching research methods.

Encourage students to browse the collection of case studies of real social research to help them generate ideas about how to approach their own projects.

Keen to learn more?


Videos featuring academics discussing research-themed topics are also available, including Designing your research proposal and When should I choose a mixed methods approach?

Finalists - LIANZA Children's Book Awards

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 11:37 AM,
Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library

The shortlists have been announced in each of the five categories of the LIANZA Children's Book Awards 2015 - Illustration, Junior Fiction, Nonfiction, Young Adult, and Te Reo Māori. 

Many books are read by the passionate and experienced members of the judging panel in order to arrive at this carefully considered shortlist. We're proud that one of the judges this year is Education Subject Librarian Helen O'Carroll, who again braved numerous deliveries of boxes (of books, not pizza...) and late nights to help find the very best of children's books.

For full details of the shortlisted books for the 2015 awards, see the announcement on the LIANZA page.
The shortlisted books are also available in the library (see below).

Book awards

Russell Clark Illustration Finalists:
Marmaduke Duck on the Wide Blue Seas by Juliette MacIver and Sarah Davis
Jim’s Letters by Glyn Harper and Jenny Cooper
Have you seen a monster? by Raymond McGrath
So Many Wonderfuls by Tina Matthews
Mrs Mo's Monster by Paul Beavis

Esther Glen Junior Fiction Finalists:
Monkey Boy by Donovan Bixley
The Volume of Possible Endings (A Tale of Fontania) by Barbara Else
Conrad Cooper's Last Stand by Leonie Agnew
Trouble in Time by Adele Broadbent
Letterbox Cat by Paula Green

Elsie Locke Non-Fiction Finalists:
The Book of Hat by Harriet Rowland
A New Zealand Nature Journal by Sandra Morris
Maori Art for Kids by Julie Noanoa and Norm Heke
Mōtītī Blue and the Oil Spill: A Story from the Rena Disaster by Debbie McCauley
New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame: 25 Kiwi Champions by Maria Gill and Marco Ivancic

Young Adult Award Finalists:
I am Rebecca by Fleur Beale
The Red Suitcase by Jill Harris
Singing Home the Whale by Mandy Hager
Recon Team Angel: Vengeance by Brian Falkner
Night Vision by Ella West

Te Reo Māori Finalists:
Nga Kī by Sacha Cotter, Josh Morgan and Kawata Teepa
Hui E! by various authors
Tūtewehi by Fred Te Maro
Kimihia by Te Mihinga Komene and Scott Pearson
An early Te Reo Reading Book Series by Carolyn Collis



Predatory Capitalism

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 12:50 PM,
Audiovisual Library

Two Days One Night   Directors: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne   Call Number: DVD-V LD14-0743 

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After being treated for depression, Sandra (Marion Cotillard) is released from hospital to find out that management discovered her job could be handled by the rest of the workers. Her boss decides that the only way Sandra can regain her position is to convince her co-workers to sacrifice their yearly bonuses.  Sandra has two days and one night before the vote to convince her co-workers to cast their ballots her way.

Dardenne brothers are known for their naturalistic, unhurried slice of life dramas featuring amateur or lesser known actors. However, in Two Days One Night, the tension is as taut as a thriller and the story line brutal. The film is a parable on predatory capitalism that functions as a version the Darwinian survival of the fittest . In an Oscar nominated intimate performance, Cotillard gives life to this sometimes resigned, sometimes determined working-class hero . Perhaps unfortunately, the proposed “dilemma so simple and so timely, it barely feels like fiction” (Macdonald, 2015).

Macdonald, Moira. ‘Two Days, One Night’: Time well spent with Marion Cotillard. 29 Jan. 2015.  

Vulcan Demirkan-Martin
Audiovisual Library

New Books - Focus on Nursing Leadership

Thursday, March 19, 2015 3:52 PM,
Philson Library

Leadership and management are important roles in modern nursing, and there is no doubt that facilities with excellent leadership excel. The new books for this week at the Philson library include three that focus on different aspects of leadership in nursing.
Leading and managing in Canadian nursingis thenew Canadian edition of the popular textbook “Leading and managing in nursing” by Patricia Yoder-Wise. This is primarily aimed at nursing students, with the strong Canadian content likely to be of interest to post-graduate students.
How to be a positive leader: small actions, big impact. In this readable, practical book, leading scholars describe how positive leaders can expand people’s capability for excellence without huge expenditure or dramatic gestures.
The doctor of nursing practice and the nurse executive roleoffers current and future nursing executives the tools to positively impact nursing practice, with topics relating to leadership, personal and organisational success.

New Zealand nursing history comes to life

Thursday, March 19, 2015 11:09 AM,
Arts, Māori and Pacific

An online archive of nursing oral history in New Zealand launched this month, funded by the Nursing Education and Research Foundation.

The archive includes an oral history project undertaken by the University of Auckland in 2012 and 2013. The project team included Professor Linda Bryder from History, Associate Professor Margaret Horsburgh and Dr Kate Prebble from the School of Nursing, and independent researcher Dr Debbie Dunsford.

Two Faculty of Arts Summer Research Scholarship recipients, Emma Cotton and Kaitlin McLeod, were also involved with the project, working with Professor Bryder to select interview highlights for the archive.

Grace Annie Hight Benson, 1958. Courtesy of the Nursing Education and Research Foundation.
Grace Annie Hight Benson in Third Year Nurse training, 1958.
Image courtesy of the Nursing Education and Research Foundation.

Access the online archive to hear stories from nurses who trained during the 1950s and 1960s, like Grace Annie Hight Benson, whose childhood dreams of becoming a nurse were spurred on after after spotting a photo of nurses in uniform in the Weekly News and wanting to be just like them.

You can view photos of the nurses and their colleagues, as well as ephemera such as training reports, correspondence and diplomas, and read abstracts of the full interviews.

Browse the online archive by name, date or topic, and check back for updates as new content is being added over time.

IDC market intelligence database

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 12:48 PM,
B&E Information Services

New to the suite of IT business resources is IDC, a global provider of market intelligence and advisory services.

IDC research provides quantitative and qualitative analyses of, and insights into, technology and technology-related industries.

Areas covered include communications, hardware, peripherals, software, services, vertical markets and financial industries. IDC research provides current market trends and forecasts, competitive analysis, vendor profiles, revenue segmentation and information on customer requirements and buying patterns.

Special thanks to Revera, proudly supporting IDC's technology research and New Zealand's future ICT leaders by sponsoring access to IDC Research.

Bruce Potter Visit

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 12:30 PM,
Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library

Today the library had the privilege of hosting a visit by the hugely talented NZ author and illustrator Bruce Potter.  Those able to attend were treated to Bruce sharing with us his creative process and passion for engaging children in reading.  He also spoke about his journey to self-publishing his work and the importance he places on music and humour in encouraging reluctant readers to enjoy books.

Bruce spoke in particular about the books in which doodle bug has made appearances, beginning with Kaha the Kea, which was a successful collaboration with Craig Smith.  He then detailed the development of his book Penny the Prolific Pooing Cow, a highly entertaining story with illustrations to match.  Penny is a happy cow, but initially not everyone views her pooing as positive rather than problematic...

Bruce explained how he came to write Doodle Bug (which featured in our last Blog of 2014), and the importance he places on imagination, the development of ideas and the role doodling plays in this.  He emphasised that in doodling there are no rules, no boundaries, no pressure and this encourages the development of both ideas and drawing skills. The doodles in Doodle Bug are highly detailed, imaginative and engaging.  Characters from other titles can be found, and of course Doodle Bug himself hides on every page.

Bruce even gave us a sneak preview of a new book he has illustrated which is coming out later in the year, written by Joy Cowley, called The Remarkable Cake Shop.  And to finish off we got a quick drawing lesson, with tips on how to approach sketching with students.
Many thanks to Bruce for a fabulous session.  We have Bruce's books in the library - come in and take a look!
Bruce Potter sketch
Bruce Potter Doodle Bug
Bruce Potter Penny


Monday, March 16, 2015 2:02 PM,
Audiovisual Library

A.C.A.B.  (2012)    Director: Stefano Sollima  Call Number: DVD-V LD14-0747
Diaz   (2012)  Director: Daniele Vicari  Call Number: DVD-V LD13-0776

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 All Cops Are Bastards (A.C.A.B) and Diaz: Don’t Clean Up This Blood offer compelling contemporary insights into the state of fascism in Italy. Both films focus on the role of the Riot Police as an aggressive counter-measure to the oppositional liberal forces. While keeping the peace might be their official capacity, it becomes clear that political, and personal, motivations influence the violent thrust of every baton.

A.C.A.B is a fictitious account of three veteran riot police and a rookie upstart. The genius of the film is the visceral appeal of the violence enacted by the riot squad. Unsettling insights into the personal lives of the riot police (domestic abuse, xenophobia, corruption and a poster of Mussolini) make it clear that these officers are physical embodiments of fascist ideologies within society. The thrilling scenes of combat that enthral the viewer elucidate the appeal of fascism, but once the true nature of these men is revealed the hideous guise of despotism is made apparent.

Diaz: Don’t Clean Up This Blood is a re-enactment of true events that occurred during the 2001 G8 summit in Genoa, Italy. If A.C.A.B offered ephemeral sympathy for the lives of the Riot Police, Diaz frames them as barbaric henchmen of a corrupt regime as it focuses instead on the victims of their violence. After peaceful protests during the day the riot police invade a school complex that was hosting journalists, protestors, and visitors to the city unable to find other accommodation. The riot police indiscriminately and brutally assault everyone in the school, and those who are arrested are tortured and humiliated in holding cells. It is an uncompromising and horrifying expose of a criminally overlooked event in Italy’s recent history.

Watched together these films demonstrate the social appeal that fascist policies of violent crime prevention can have and the horrific consequences of these policies. While focused on contemporary Italy, both films resonate with global trends towards the militarisation of the police and the ideologies of right-leaning governments.

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Fraser McKissack
Audiovisual Library

Scavenger Hunt

Friday, March 13, 2015 2:04 PM,
Philson Library

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Come and do the short, easy scavenger hunt at the Philson library, familiarise yourself with our resources and facilities and win prizes!

Question sheets (and prizes) can be found at the Philson library lending desk.

Tamaki Library Workshops - March

Friday, March 13, 2015 12:54 PM,
Tamaki Library

If you're looking for help with finding course readings, RefWorks, or simply unsure where to begin in finding information, please come along to one of our workshops in March.

To book, go to



Mon 16 Mar 10.30-12

Thur 19 Mar 10.30-12

Wed 25 Mar 2.30-4

Find course readings, articles & exams

Tue 17 Mar 10.30-11.30

Thu 19 Mar 12.30-1.30

Find Articles: Where to start

Find Articles: Using databases

Mon 23 Mar 12.30-1.30

Tue 24 Mar 10.30-11.30