‘Pay Dirt’ book launch + competition!

Come along to the Canterbury University Press (CUP) book launch of Pay Dirt: ‘The Westland Goldfields’, from the diary of William Smart by Hilary Low.

Pay-Dirt_front coverv2Pay Dirt is the story of the discovery of payable gold in West Canterbury by English settler William Smart in the 1860s and of his claims to the government’s rich gold reward. This is an extraordinary saga of hope and persistence, lies and fraud.

When: 5.30-7.00pm, Thursday, 24 November
Where: University Bookshop, University Drive
RSVP: for catering purposes by Thursday, 17 November to universitypress@canterbury.ac.nz

Want to win a copy of Pay Dirt(RRP $39.99)
To go in the draw to win your very own copy of Pay Dirt,  answer the following question:

Q: In what year did William Smart leave Christchurch to prospect for gold on the West Coast?’ (Hint: find the answer here.)

Please email your answer to: universitypress@canterbury.ac.nz by 12 noon Tuesday, 15 November.  The winner will be drawn at random and announced in Intercom on 18 November.

Crime, Law and Justice in New Zealand – new book

Sociology Professor Greg Newbold’s most recent book, Crime, Law and Justice in New Zealand (NY: Routledge), the only New Zealand-specific criminal justice text, takes a direct look at what is unique about the country’s criminal justice system and recent crime trends.

“My new book is the culmination of 30 years of research into various aspects of the criminal justice system. It explains changing crime patterns in New Zealand since the 1950s as well as social attitudes towarGN Bookds crime and criminal justice responses to crime. It analyses why crime rates rose so precipitously in New Zealand during and after the 1950s and why crime rates began falling from the early 1990s,”

As well as documenting and explaining rises and falls in various types of crime over several decades for the first time, the book also examines the changing profiles of crime, such as drug crime, and domestic and sexual violence, the changing social attitudes towards certain types of crime, and the impact of social movements such as Gay Rights and the women’s movement.

More information


Guest lecture by Per Axelsson: Indigenous Health in Sápmi: past, present and future

Author: Dr John Reid, Senior Research Fellow, Ngāi Tahu Research Centre

When researchers want to study indigenous populations they are dependent upon the highly variable way in which states or territories enumerate, categorise and differentiate indigenous people.

Per Axelsson is one of the world’s leading researchers exploring the way in which indigenous people are categorized by Settler States and various science disciplines.

His work has been celebrated and recognized internationally, and his book ‘Indigenous People and Demography’ is one of the ‘go to’ manuals on the topic. His current research focus on a longitudinal study of colonization, state and the health of Indigenous Peoples in Sweden, Australia and New Zealand, 1850-2000.  He is a Wallenberg Academy Fellow and co-chairs the network of Family/Demography within the European Social Science History Association.


Per Axelsson: Indigenous Health in Sápmi: past, present and future

Dynamic Pacific open access journal – call for articles

An online and open access journal, ‘Pacific Dynamics: Journal of Interdisciplinary Research’,  invites articles for its first issue which is due to be published in June 2017.

It is published by the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies with the support of Digital Humanities, University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

Questioning dominant ideas and transcending the traditional boundaries of formal disciplines, while maintaining one’s core area of expertise, can be enriching and reflective of the complexity of the contemporary world.

The journal attempts to respond to the need for critical, open and interdisciplinary approach to research. The journal aims to promote rigorous debates on theoretical discourses, applied knowledge and policy issues regarding the Pacific Islands, including New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Rim using multiple prisms.

Articles are accepted from diverse areas of study including gender studies, indigenous studies, conflict-peace-security studies, minority studies, politics, international relations, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, education, philosophy, literature, development studies, economics, marine studies, environmental studies and others not mentioned here.

The deadline for submission of the manuscript is March 31, 2017.

Two types of articles will be published:

1. full-length articles (6,000-7,000 words)

2. short critical essays (2,000-3,000 words).

Articles must be in word format. Please send to Emma Puloka (emma.puloka@pg.canterbury.ac.nz).


Share your memories with us! UCSA Memory Meetings

As the old UCSA building comes down it has stirred a lot of memories for alumni who remember fondly their time spent UC. The UC Foundation is hosting a series of UCSA Memory Meetings as an opportunity to gather these memories and want to extend a special invite to you as staff alumni to take part in one of these special occasions. We’ve had a lot of interest so far, so make sure you RSVP today so you don’t miss your chance to share your stories and snapshots of the past!

Register your place at a Memory Meeting here.