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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.

‘Beyond Manapouri’ is launched by Minister for the Environment

CUP’s new book Beyond Manapouri: 50 years of environmental politics in New Zealand by Catherine Knight was launched on Thursday 14 June by Minister for the Environment Hon David Parker at Vic Books Pipitea, Wellington, a mere stone’s throw from the Beehive.

Minister Parker’s engaging launch speech combined personal reminiscences with a fascinating insider’s-view appraisal of Catherine Knight’s analysis and commentary.

Among the audience were some of Catherine’s family, friends, and former colleagues from her Ministry of Environment days, members of the Philipp Family Foundation, which had supported the publication, and representatives from Ngati Kauwhata, part of whose story is told in the book’s chapter about the strengthening voice of Maori in resource management.

Catherine’s response to Minister Parker’s speech was warmly received, she was kept busy signing copies for some time afterwards and has already received a number of invitations to speak about the book.

You can purchase your own copy of Beyond Manapouri from UBS (University Bookshop), or go in the draw to win a copy by answering the following question.

Q: What was the title of Catherine Knight’s previous book published by CUP in 2016? Hint here>

Please email your answer to: universitypress@canterbury.ac.nz by 12 noon Wednesday 27 June. The winner will be drawn at random and announced in Intercom | Pā mai tō reo on Friday 29 June.

CUP is happy to confirm a Q&A event with Catherine Knight will be held on campus at UBS in the early evening of Tuesday 14 August. More details to follow!

2018 PANZ Book Design Awards: three CUP books shortlisted

Canterbury University Press (CUP) is delighted to share the news that three of its 2017 titles have been shortlisted in the PANZ 2018 Book Design Awards, one of them in three categories.

The books are:

New China Eyewitness: Roger Duff, Rewi Alley and the art of museum diplomacy (Categories: Best Illustrated Book, Best Cover and Best Typography): Designer: Aaron Beehre

Blood Ties: New and selected poems 1963-2016 (Category: Best Non-Illustrated Book). Designers: Aaron Beehre and Gemma Banks

The Long Dream of Waking: New perspectives on Len Lye (Category: Best Cover). Designer: Alice Bonifant

The designers we work with go above and beyond to help us create books as beautiful objects, and we’d like to thank all of them. We congratulate Aaron, Gemma and Alice and wish them all the best in the Awards Finals on 26 July.

Note – on the PANZ site you can ‘look inside’ the books by clicking on the cover. Alternatively, come into UBS on campus to look at, and get a feel for, the real deal.

Remembering Gordon Ogilvie

It is with profound sadness that Canterbury University Press has received the news of the death of author Gordon Ogilvie who passed away on Monday 23 October.

Gordon Ogilvie

(Pictured above left) Gordon Ogilvie aged 11, exploring the Port Hills skyline above Horotane Valley; and (above right) some years later resting below Sugarloaf, Port Hills.

Publisher Catherine Montgomery says, ‘It has been a great privilege to work with Gordon on his last book Place Names of Banks Peninsula and the Port Hills. Gordon was a delightful person with an irrepressible sense of humour who worked with great courage and determination to finish this book in spite of his failing health. We will treasure many happy memories, especially of his book launch in August where he was surrounded by family and friends.’

Gordon Ogilvie achieved great acclaim as an author of award-winning regional histories. In 1998 he received an Arts Excellence Award from the Canterbury Community Trust and was included by the Society of Authors in the Christchurch ‘Writers’ Trail’. Two year later he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Canterbury, and in 2007 received an ONZM for service to historical research and writing.

Read the  recent press release about  Place Names of Banks Peninsula and the Port Hills>