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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

Watch trailer
film's poster image
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.

The banality of evil

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 11:21 AM,
Audiovisual Library

New Arrivals
Hannah Arendt (2012)    Director: Margarethe von Trotta    Call Number: DVD-V LD14-0025

Watch trailer
film's poster image
Image: Courtesy of Zeitgeist Films

A film about Hannah Arendt could not have been more relevant for today. A detention camp survivor herself, Arendt has analysed fascism, and anti-Jewish racism in her masterpieces, The Origins of Totalitarianism and The Human Condition.

Margarethe von Trotta’s biopic concentrates on a specific book and period in Arendt’s life: Her 1961 reporting of the Adolf Eichmann trials, later published as Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil, in which she famously contrasts "the mediocrity of the man" and "the horror of the deeds". Arendt’s critique of a small number of Jewish leaders who aided the Nazis, and the way the trials were held in Israel brought her both fame and controversy, and caused animosity towards her in the Jewish community. The film stands out in its use of original film footage from the 1961 Eichmann trial and Barbara Sukowa’s mesmerising performance: “If the film can be said to have a point of view, it's not that Arendt was right or wrong, but that she was a valuable voice, whose dedicated work in trying to unravel the causes of Europe's moral collapse was worthy of study and consideration. Von Trotta makes a persuasive case” (LaSalle, 2013). 

LaSalle, Mick. 'Hannah Arendt' review: convincing look at bold thinker. 1 Aug. 2013.

Vulcan Demirkan-Martin
Audiovisual Library

Introduction to Researching South Pacific Law on Globalex

Monday, August 11, 2014 10:45 AM,
Davis Law

GlobaLex website

There is a July/August 2014 update by Peter Murgatroyd for the GlobaLex article Introduction to Researching South Pacific Law. Peter Murgatroyd was a member of the working group that established the online Pacific Legal Information Institute [PacLII].

This is a useful starting point for anyone looking to research topics covering island states of the South Pacific: the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, and Vanuatu.

GlobaLex is an electronic legal publication dedicated to international and foreign law research.
It is published by the Hauser Global Law School Program at New York University School of Law.


The Holloway Press closes

Friday, August 08, 2014 4:46 PM,
Arts Information Services

Holloway Press exhibition at Gus Fisher Gallery

The University of Auckland’s Holloway Press is closing after 20 years in operation.

Named after Ron Holloway (1909-2003) of the Griffin Press, the Holloway Press was established in 1994 and has produced 40 publications in total.

Initially under the management of poet and printer Alan Loney, the press was first set up in the library on the Tamaki Campus.

With Loney’s retirement in 1998, artist Tara McLeod of the Pear Tree Press took over the designing and printing processes, with former Head of English Associate Professor Peter Simpson as Director.

The publications

Looking west, late afternoon, low water by Allen Curnow cover   Rita: Seven Poems by Colin McCahon cover   Journey to Portugal by Michele Leggott and Gretchen Albrecht cover
Images courtesy of Holloway Press.

A great number of the publications produced by the Holloway Press are held in library collections, with some located in the General Library’s Special Collections and others in the Fine Arts Library.

These include poet Allen Curnow’s Looking West, Late Afternoon, Low Water (1994), Rita: Seven Poems (2001) by artist Colin McCahon, and Journey to Portugal (2006), with poems by University of Auckland Professor Michele Leggott and images by Gretchen Albrecht.

To discover more Holloway Press publications held by the Library, search the Catalogue for “Holloway Press”.

History of the Holloway Press

Peter Simpson, Alan Loney, Ron Holloway and Allen Curnow, 1994, Credit: University News
Peter Simpson, Alan Loney, Ron Holloway, and Allen Curnow at the launch of Curnow's Looking West, Late Afternoon, Low Water in 1994. Credit: University News. Image courtesy of Holloway Press.

To learn more about the history of the Holloway Press, watch this 2011 video segment from the arts television show The Good Word which includes interviews with McLeod and Associate Professor Simpson.

See also this article published in a 2007 edition of Art New Zealand, which explores the work of artists featured in Holloway Press publications, and the chapter titled “Private printing” by Noel Waite published in Book & Print in New Zealand: A Guide to Print Culture in Aotearoa (1997).

Exhibition and public talks

Until August 30, a retrospective exhibition, Dark Arts: Twenty Years of the Holloway Press, will be on show at the Gus Fisher Gallery.

Curated by Francis McWhannell, the exhibition offers the chance to view the publications produced by the Holloway Press over the years.

A number of public talks are being held to accompany the exhibition, see the programme for more details.

Lest we forget

Thursday, August 07, 2014 11:04 AM,
Special Collections

Minutes of 1915 meeting of Auckland University College Students' Association

To coincide with the launch of the Special Collections First World War centenary website, we have prepared a display of original archival material which explores the creation of the Auckland University College Roll of Honour. 

The Roll, which is the centrepiece of the website, comprises three ring-bound volumes of loose-leaf pages, one for each of the 720 Collegians who enlisted for military service.  The details on the handwritten pages were meticulously compiled by members of the Auckland University College Students’ Association with assistance from the College Council from information supplied by the College, family and friends, and from newspaper reports and official sources.  The extract from the Student Association minutes, seen above, records the decision in early 1915 to compile “a complete list of members … serving with the Expeditionary force”.

Earlier this year, the three precious volumes which make up the Roll of Honour were digitised and can now be viewed as a searchable flip-book on the website.  In addition to the Roll, the website investigates the wartime experiences of some Collegians, the history of the Roll and life at the College in 1914.

The display, which includes two volumes of the Roll, can be found outside the Special Collections reading room on Level G of the General Library until the end of September.

Katherine Pawley, Special Collections.


AUCSA minute book 1909-1917, Auckland University Students' Association records.  MSS & Archives E-9, item1/1/2, Special Collections, University of Auckland Libraries and Learning Services.

NEW YAK - Junior Books

Wednesday, August 06, 2014 12:41 PM,
Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library

This week we have a range of new junior fiction, non-fiction and Māori books in the library – come in and have a look at them on the new books display! Here are just a few:
Troll and the Oliver Troll and the Oliver / by Adam Stower.
(Junior Picture Book)
A gorgeous and witty book about Oliver and the troll who tries every day to eat him... The delightful illustrations are as entertaining as the story, which has an unexpected but welcome twist at the end.  Be warned - this is a book which kids will want to have read and re-read to them!
Lillibutt Lillibutt's Te Araroa adventure / by Maris O'Rourke ; illustrated by Claudia Pond Eyley.
(Junior Picture Book)
Te Araroa, the Long Trail, runs the length of New Zealand. In this story Lillibutt walks the first 600km, from Cape Reinga to Auckland, to visit her Kunekune cousins at the Auckland Zoo.  Find out who she meets on the way...
Hairy Maclary Hairy Maclary nō te tēri a tānarahana / by Lynley Dodd. (Maori Junior Picture Book)
It's wonderful to see this much loved kiwi classic translated in Māori. Waihoroi Shortland has done an admirable job of maintaining the rhyme. This is a welcome addition to our Māori collection which will also be great to use in the classroom.
Kiwi As Kiwi as : New Zealand poetry for children / edited by Kaye Lister ; cover art by Anne Westerskov. (Junior Non-Fiction)
A lovely little anthology of New Zealand poetry for young children with accompanying artwork drawn by Playcentre kids.  Fun and 'kiwi as'!
Human Body Human body / by Peter Grundy ; researched by Simon Rogers. (Junior Non-Fiction)
A boldly designed book with seven tabbed and brightly coloured chapters covering key topic areas relating to the human body (senses, reproduction, the heart, the brain, digestion, the skeleton and human factory). This book provides a highly visually appealing presentation of intriguing and informative facts and figures. Hours of fun learning!

Mapping human cost - 100 years ago

Monday, August 04, 2014 12:52 PM,
Geospatial data Bloggers


The yellow dots represent WW1 deaths from a single town in the north of England.

Story - (Accessed 05.08.2014)

Mapping human cost - today

Monday, August 04, 2014 12:38 PM,
Geospatial data Bloggers

Source: BBC (Accessed 05.08.2014)

And the Winners Are...

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 10:28 AM,
Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library

Winners in the 2014 LIANZA Children's Book Awards announced last night are:

LIANZA Esther Glen Junior Fiction Award
For the most distinguished contribution to literature for children aged 0-15.
Dunger by Joy Cowley, (Gecko Press)

LIANZA Young Adult Fiction Award
For the distinguished contribution to literature for children and young adults aged 13 years and above.
Dear Vincent by Mandy Hager, (Random House New Zealand)

LIANZA Russell Clark Illustration Award
For the most distinguished illustrations in a children's book.
Flight of the Honey Bee, by Raymond Huber, illustrated by Brian Lovelock, (Walker Books Australia)

LIANZA Elsie Locke Non Fiction Award
For a work that is considered to be a distinguished contribution to non-fiction for young people.
Wearable Wonders, by Fifi Colston, (Scholastic New Zealand)

Te Kura Pounamu (te reo Māori)
Awarded to the author of a work, written in Te Reo Māori, which makes a distinguished contribution to literature for children or young people.
Ngā Kaitiaki a Tama!, by Kawata Teepa, illustrated by Jim Byrt, (Huia NZ Ltd)

LIANZA Librarians’ Choice Award 2014
Awarded to the most popular finalist across all awards, as judged by professional librarians of LIANZA.
A Winter’s Day in 1939, by Melinda Szymanik, (Scholastic New Zealand)

Dunger Dear Vincent Flight of the Honey Bee
Wearable Wonders Ngā Kaitiaki a Tama A Winter's Day in 1939

The Sounds of War

Monday, August 04, 2014 5:34 PM,

August 4 marks the day that Great Britain declared war of Britain in 1914, with New Zealand following Britain’s lead on August 5. The war in Europe had begun eight days earlier on July 28 when the Austro-Hungarian Empire declared war on Serbia.

Because of these events this month’s display commemorates the centenary of the start of World War One with an examination of material that focuses on music as a part of war and during periods of war. Interestingly when I was gathering material for this display I discovered that there were very little material that focused on World War One, and many of the books and scores that are on display focus on music in World War Two or modern conflicts such as the Iraqi wars of the 1990s and 2000s.  Music during war serves many purposes for both military personnel and civilians. From morale boosting and propaganda, to much needed pastime and distraction, to new careers (especially for women) music was, and is, a varied and essential commodity in times of conflict. While these may seem obvious to us the ways that music is used during times of conflict sometimes take some surprising turns- such as the famed singing of “Silent Night” and other carols in the soldiers’ native languages in the Western Front trenches/No-Man’s Land in France on Christmas Eve 1914. Or a lesser known incident in Gallipoli where an Australian soldier was off duty and playing his cornet was playing so beautifully that he managed to stop the fighting as both sides stopped to listen to him play. Incidents such as these remind us that, no matter the situation, music is a bond that is shared across cultures and nations.

Our display contains scores and recordings that reflect the variety and necessity music in war with recordings and scores of soldiers songs, including songs of the Maori Battalion; songs that were written to boost morale or to be used as propaganda, and sentimental songs that kept “the home fires burning.” The books in the display also reflect the variety of situations that music was utilised in during war by civilian, military (both officially and unofficially), prisoner of war and resistance organisations.

Aleisha Ward
Music and Dance Library

2014 LIANZA Librarian's Choice Award

Monday, August 04, 2014 1:21 PM,
Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library

As part of the 2014 LIANZA Children's Books Awards (see our July 2 post), librarians around the country have been voting in the special category Librarian's Choice Award.  The top 10 books which made it into the final round of voting are shown below - all are in the library and all are fabulous!  The winning book in this and all the other categories will be announced at the awards ceremony tonight...  Read more about these books on the LIANZA website.

At the Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library we had our own vote and our pick is Flight of the Honey Bee by Raymond Huber and Brian Lovelock, which is also a finalist in both the Illustration and Non-Fiction categories.  We think this is an outstanding and unbeatable combination of beautiful illustrations and engaging and informative text!...

Flight of the Honey Bee Henry's Map
Wearable Wonders The Beginner's Guide to Hunting and Fishing
Tāhoe Taka ki ro wai
A Winter's Day in 1939


Bugs Dear Vincent

Aviation Law Resources

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 2:58 PM,
Davis Law

This semester the Faculty of Law is running LAWGENRL 436 Aviation Law.

The following resources will be helpful for students taking this course, or anyone researching recent incidents in aviation law.

Davis Law Library
(2 Hour Short Loan)

Davis Law Library
Reference Only
(Not to Be Borrowed)

Aviation law in Australia / Ronald I. C. Bartsch
KN327 K1 BAR 2013
European aviation law / by Paul Stephen Dempsey
KW135.5 DEM
Air law / Shawcross and Beaumont
KC253 SHA 1977
Aviation safety through the rule of law : ICAO's mechanisms and practices / Jiefang Huang
In search of open skies : law and policy for a new era in international aviation : a comparative study of airline deregulation in the United States and the European Union / Brian F. Havel
KN327.2 HAV
Montreal Convention / Giemulla, Schmid editors ; annotated by Elmar Giemulla ... [et al.]
KC253 GIEm
Beyond open skies : a new regime for international aviation / Brian F. Havel
KC253 HAVb
International Civil Aviation Organization : an introduction / by Ludwig Weber
Warsaw Convention / Elmar Giemulla, Ronald Schmid, P. Nikolai Ehlers
International air carrier liability : the Montreal Convention of 1999 / by Paul Stephen Dempsey and Michael Milde
KC253 DEMi
Law and economic regulation in transportation / Paul Stephen Dempsey and William E. Thoms
KN320 G1 DEM
International air law and ICAO / by Michael Milde
KC253 Mild
Law and foreign policy in international aviation / Paul Stephen Dempsey
An introduction to air law / I.H. Ph. Diederiks-Verschoor ; revised by Pablo Mendes de Leon in cooperation with Michael Butler
KC253 DIE 2012
National interest and international aviation / by Erwin von den Steinen
The law of international air transport / Bin Cheng
Practical aviation law / J. Scott Hamilton
KN327 G1 HAM 2001
The principles and practice of international aviation law / Brian F. Havel; Gabriel S. Sanchez
KC253 HAVp


NEW YAK - Early Te Reo Reading Books

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 12:30 PM,
Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library

We have a wonderful series of Early Te Reo Reading Books in the Māori Collection by teacher, author and artist Carolyn Collis.  These include adaptations of nursery rhymes and books on themes such as colour, animals, play, counting and pairs.

With beautiful and imaginative illustrations and simple text these are excellent classroom resources.  Each title has the English translation on the back cover.

Hei tira tira

cat and the fiddle

Hei tira tira (Hey diddle diddle, front cover) / Te ngeru me te whira (The cat and the fiddle, page 3)
hikori tikori taka the clock struck one
Hikori Tikori Taka (Hickory Dickory Dock, front cover) / Ka tangi te tahi  (The clock struck one, page 5)
takaro blocks
Tākaro  (Play, front cover) / He poro rākau ēnei (These are blocks, page 8)
ngā tae red
Ngā Tae (Colours, front cover) / Whero (Red, page 2)