Tag Archives: Canterbury University Press

Māori views on European colonisation, through French eyes

The latest Canterbury University Press (CUP) publication, Living Among the Northland Māori: Diary of Father Antoine Garin, 1844-1846 brings to life a crucial period in the history of Aotearoa New Zealand, when European settlers were mixing with Māori, giving compelling insight into Māori customs, values and beliefs of the time, from a French perspective.

The book is the first full English translation of the surviving Mangakāhia journals and letters of French Marist priest Father Antoine Garin, who was sent to run the remote Mangakāhia station on the banks of the Wairoa River.

The three years of Garin’s diary have been translated into English and annotated by Peter Tremewan and Giselle Larcombe, making this valuable primary source accessible to historians and general readers.

“I discovered some of his writings in Rome and Giselle wrote a biography on him in 2009. All his writing was in French, of course. Over the course of four to five years, we translated his diaries covering 1844-1846 so that English speakers can benefit from these resources,” Tremewan says.

To be in to win a copy of this beautiful book for your own collection, simply answer the following question:

  • What is the name of Peter Tremewan’s previous book, also published by Canterbury University Press? (Find a hint here)

Please email your answer to universitypress@canterbury.ac.nz by 12 noon Wednesday 17 April.

The winner will be drawn at random and announced in Intercom | Pā mai tō reo on Thursday 18 April.

Win yourself a copy of ‘When Running Made History’

The latest Canterbury University Press (CUP) publication, When Running Made History takes the reader through the evolution of running over 60 years – from minority sport to booming world movement – all from the first-hand perspective of world-class runner, journalist and Emeritus Professor, Roger Robinson.

His eye-witness account offers new insights into running and its significance beyond sport, with modern mass gatherings promoting goodwill and inclusivity, affirming communal values in a book New Zealand Olympic medallist Nick Willis describes as “a front-row seat to running’s most inspiring and historic moments, with New Zealand in a major role”.

This is a social history as much as a history of sport and Roger Robinson’s compelling, witty, beautifully written narrative will appeal to a wide readership.

Roger’s account of the global rise of women’s running is the best I’ve ever seen. I’m honoured that my win in the New York Marathon and Lorraine Moller’s in the Avon Marathon are central to his story.’
Allison Roe MBE, winner and record-breaker, Boston and New York City Marathons

Runners and spectators alike will relate to the theme of running as a form of celebration, commemoration or catharsis. Its publication is timely as Christchurch prepares to host the sixth annual Run to Remember on 24 February.

To be in to win a copy of When Running Made History, answer the following question:

  • What was Roger Robinson’s role at the Christchurch Commonwealth Games?
    Find a hint here>

Please email your answer to universitypress@canterbury.ac.nz by 12 noon Wednesday 20 February.

The winner will be drawn at random and announced in Intercom | Pā mai tō reo on Friday 22 February.

How you can WIN the best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand

The latest Canterbury University Press (CUP) publication, Bonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand, showcases carefully chiseled works that are provocative, tender and endlessly surprising, composed with precision in a form where every word counts.

Edited by leading Aotearoa New Zealand flash fiction writers Michelle Elvy, Frankie McMillan and James Norcliffe, this pioneering collection of short short works includes flash fiction, prose poetry and haibun from 165 emerging and established authors such as Bill Manhire, Selina Tusitala Marsh and Michele Leggott.

“In flash fiction, something small can be powerful; an individual’s imagination can be set free. It is a language-driven form, either subtle or fiery. Experimental in its very nature; it will surprise time and again. And it’s an equal opportunity form: new writers are as likely to shine as experienced writers,” co-editor Michelle Elvy explains.

Bonsai will be launched at the close of WORD Christchurch Festival this Sunday 2 September, 6.30pm at Scorpio Books, Christchurch. All staff and students welcome.

With book design by award-winning Aaron Beehre, Bonsai is a beautifully produced volume. Purchase your own copy of Bonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand from UBS (University Bookshop), or go in the draw to win a copy by answering the following question.

  1. How many stories are there in the Bonsai collection? Find a hint, here.

Please email your answer to universitypress@canterbury.ac.nz by 12 noon Wednesday 5 September. The winner will be drawn at random and announced in Intercom | Pā mai tō reo on Friday 7 September.

Be in to win – book highlights endurance athletes’ tough life choices

The question mark hanging on the title of world-class triathlete and coach Dr John Hellemans’ memoir Never, Ever Give Up? represents his growing awareness of the tough life choices endurance sports athletes have to make.

Never, Ever Give Up? is available from UBS or online here – an excellent gift for Father’s Day or Christmas for anyone interested in the themes of endurance sports or facing  a life challenge. Read on for a chance to win a copy or see John Helleman at the WORD Christchurch Festival. 

An enthusiastic crowd gathered at the University Bookshop (UBS) this week to celebrate the publication of Dr Hellemans’ memoir  at a launch hosted by Canterbury University Press.

The launch speaker Erin Baker MBE praised the book for its insights into the sport and into John’s life, and spoke warmly of John’s positive influence on her career and that of many other Aotearoa New Zealand athletes.



Triathlete Andrea Hewitt MNZM concluded the speeches, thanking the author for his support of the AH Foundation, which she founded to help young and struggling triathletes in their quest for success.

John Hellemans is participating in the WORD Christchurch Festival programme, in conversation with Nathan Fa’avae. An extra session of ‘Adventurers at Heart’ has been added, due to popular demand.

Be in to win a copy

CUP is offering a copy of Never, Ever Give Up? in a prize draw. If you’d like to be in to win, you’ll need to answer the follow question:

How many age-group world championship titles has John Hellemans won?  Clue: read information at the links in this article.

Please email your answer to: universitypress@canterbury.ac.nz by 12 noon Wednesday 29 August. The winner will be drawn at random and announced in Intercom | Pā mai tō reo on Friday 31 August.