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Kamupūtu | Gumboots book launch tonight

Kamupūtu | Gumboots event concludes Te Wiki o te Reo | Māori Language Week

Old myths are given a contemporary treatment in a stunning new te reo picture book being launched tonight, 13 September, at the conclusion of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori | Māori Language Week at the University of Canterbury (UC).

The first in a series of books designed to help children and adults learn te reo, the book Māui me te ao hou was created by UC Master’s of Te Reo student Unaiki Melrose, who worked with illustrator Jo Petrie to bring a popular Māori myth to life.

Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu (South Island Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency) funded the publication, which is a celebration of mana wahine, or the authority and strength of women.

Māui me te ao hou will be launched at the event Kamupūtu | Gumboots on 13 September, 5pm to 7pm, in the Engineering Core.

Book Giveaway

The library is organising ‘Book Giveaways’ during 2015 to give you the opportunity to obtain withdrawn books for your personal collection.

Next Date: Friday 13 March
Time: 2.15 pm – 3 pm.
Venue: Level 3, North side, Central Library,  Puaka-James Hight building.

The new owner is the first person who wants the book.  Please bring your own bags to take the books away.

A book is in the giveaway because:

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


Need some cash ASAP?

University Bookshop
University Bookshop

Selling old university text books is a great way to make easy cash quickly. At the end of the year I always collect up all the text books that I no longer need and make a pile to sell. To make sure that you are getting a reasonable amount back, write down the amount that you paid, and go from there, For example, if I bought a text book for $80 I might start out trying to sell it for $60, then lower the price from there.

Here are some places that you could sell your text books:

  1. Trade Me: Then you can put them under a buy-now, or as an auction and watch the price climb up (hopefully) from your reserve.
  2. Facebook: There are multiple pages you can use to sell your text books through Facebook. The advantage of this is that you will be targeting other university students, and it will be easy to arrange a pick-up.  As a starting point you could try advertising your books on the UC Textbooks Buy Sell and Trade  or the Textbook Exchange. 
  3. UCPsyc Second Hand Book Sale: UCPsyc usually holds a book sale at the start of each Semester. This is great if you haven’t been able to sell the books over the break, but need some cash. This is also one of the best places to look for the text books you need, on the cheap! Look out for UCPsyc’s stall at Clubs Day to find out when their book sale is this year!
  4. The University Bookshop (UBS): The bookshop will have a list of the books that they are accepting, and they may be able to sell one on your behalf. You can also buy secondhand books here too!