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New book by Canterbury University Press: Murder on the Maungatapu

New Zealand’s crime of the nineteenth century is the subject of a new book published by Canterbury University Press.

In the winter of 1866 five bodies were recovered from Maungatapu Mountain in the upper South Island, and another from the West Coast. But who had done the killing and how many other victims were there? In Murder on the Maungatapu: A narrative history of the Burgess Gang and their greatest crime, Wayne Martin draws on a wealth of primary sources to tell the fascinating story of this dark episode in our country’s history. This is a true tale of blood and gold, of betrayal and vengeance.

Book launch – you’re invited
When: Thursday, 23 June, 6-7.30pm
Where: Scorpio Books, BNZ Centre, 120 Hereford Street.
Please join us, we would love to see you there. RSVP for catering purposes by 16 June to universitypress@canterbury.ac.nz

Win a copy of Murder on the Maungatapu
To go in the draw to win a copy of this book, answer the following question: Who described Joseph Sullivan’s confession as “without its peer in the literature of murder”?

Email your answer to universitypress@canterbury.ac.nz. The first correct answer received will be the winner.

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Murder on the Maungatapu: A narrative history of the Burgess Gang and their greatest crime by Wayne Martin, published by Canterbury University Press, June 2016, RRP $45, ISBN 978-1-927145-74-6


New book encourages culturally responsive educational practices

Congratulations to Professor of Māori Research Angus Macfarlane (affiliates to Te Arawa) and Senior Lecturer Dr Sonja Macfarlane (Ngāi Tahu; Ngāti Waewae) on the publishing of their book Sociocultural Realities: Exploring new horizons

It scrutinises ethnic and cultural considerations in the hope of helping beginning and experienced teachers, special education advisors, psychologists, university lecturers, education professionals (from early childhood through to tertiary), and families.

The book’s contributors include UC’s College of Education, Health and Human Development Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Gail Gillon (Ngāi Tahu) and Indigenous contributors from overseas.


Professor Angus Macfarlane and Dr Sonja Macfarlane at Sociocultural Realities book launch.

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Tuatara makes NZ Book Award list

TuataraBiology and conservation of a venerable survivor , published by Canterbury University Press, is on the inaugural long list for the 2016 Ockham NZ Book Awards in the illustrated non-fiction category.

The book is the culmination of almost 30 years of research on tuatara and their conservation management by author and biologist Dr Alison Cree. It is the first detailed monograph for decades about this enigmatic reptile, and the first to be illustrated in colour throughout. The evolution, natural history and conservation of tuatara are covered in comprehensive detail, providing a resource for the specialist yet in a style accessible to a wide readership.

The 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards are judged by 12 eminent academics, writers, journalist, commentators, former publishers and booksellers from around New Zealand. There are 10 longlisted books in each of the four categories.

The judges will reveal their shortlist on March 8, 2016, and the winners will be announced at a ceremony on May 10, 2016 at the opening night event of the Auckland Writers Festival.

Click here to buy Tuatara.

Cricketing Colonists – win a copy!

The lives of the Brittan brothers and their contribution during the settlement of Canterbury are explored in a new book published by Canterbury University Press (CUP).

Cricketing Colonists: The Brittan brothers in early Canterbury, written by historian Dr Geoffrey Rice with assistance from former teacher Frances Ryman, investigates the substantial contribution that the Brittan brothers — Joseph and William — made to the Canterbury province as politicians and as pioneer farmers.

If you would like to win a copy of this book comment on this blog post below, by Thursday 27 August, and let us know the titles of two other books Dr Geoffrey Rice has had published with CUP.