Dedicated to the working dogs of the Mackenzie Country, the sheepdog monument at Lake Tekapo was unveiled in 1968. Ever since, man’s best friend has become quite an icon for this beautiful part of the country.
Kia Orāna – this week we celebrate Te epetoma o te reo Māori Kuki Airani, Cook Islands Language Week.
This photograph is of Tiriara Lake in the island of Mangaia in the Cook Islands. Mangaia – the most southerly of all the 15 Cook Islands and the second largest, after Rarotonga.
Is there anything more cute than a suitcase full of puppies? Providing warm-fuzzies and “awwwwwwwwwwwws” since ages ago.
Nau mai, haere mai! Welcome to all our new and returning students.
We hope you’re ready to jump into the new semester.
50 years ago, on 10 July 1967, New Zealand made the switch to decimal currency!
Prior to replacing pounds, shillings and pence with dollars and cents, artists were invited to submit designs for consideration. UC’s Art Collection includes James Johnstone’s unsuccessful, though well liked designs. Read more about his work in the online exhibition here:
You’ve made it to the mid-year break. Well done – take some time to celebrate!
A sheer determination to keep it going, so can you! Keep up your good work, you can and you will!
It has been 30 years since Labour passed the New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament, and Arms Control Act on June 8 1987. This image is of one of the posters held in our collection from the Nuclear Weapon Free Zone Committee founded in Christchurch by Larry Ross in 1981.
Read more about Nuclear-free NZ here.
Blackball is a small town in the West Coast. It was named after an old English Company called “Blackball Shipping Line”. For a small town, there are a number of remarkable books about Blackball at Macmillan Brown Library. The town was known for its strong union’s movement. Perhaps it was not a surprise it became the birth place for New Zealand Labour Party.
Thursday 18th May is International Museum Day – see http://network.icom.museum/international-museum-day
We celebrate New Zealand Music Month in May.
It was first launched as New Zealand Music Week in 1997 and became New Zealand Music Month in 2001.
Find out the reasons we love New Zealand Music…
Christchurch Orchestral Society last concert, December 1928, University of Canterbury research photographs collection (MB1448, Ref 4591). Macmillan Brown Library, Christchurch, New Zealand
It’s May which means it’s also New Zealand Music Month! Time to begin the month-long celebration of our talented Kiwi musicians.
This photograph shows the Kiwi Concert Party, a unit tasked with entertaining troops during World War II and again during the war in the Pacific.
For more on the Kiwi Concert Party, check out this article by AudioCulture.
For a list of events happening in May, visit the official website for NZ Music Month: http://www.nzmusicmonth.co.nz
ANZAC Day 25 April
As we commemorate ANZAC day this year, the University of Canterbury Students’ Association welcomes everyone to the ANZAC Day Service at 10am on Tuesday 25 April.
Details from Insiders, the UC student blog: https://blogs.canterbury.ac.nz/insiders/2017/04/07/anzac-day-service-on-campus/
All are welcome to attend. This is an important occasion and an opportunity for students, staff and the wider community to come together.
The Service will take place on the Quad between the Matariki and Puaka-James Hight Buildings at 10am on Ilam Campus. Free parking is available in the Science car park off Ilam Road (excluding reserved parking spaces). In the event of wet weather, the service will be held in the Undercroft.
- Te Akatoki will open the service with a Mihi/Karakia.
- UCSA Vice-President Emily Barker will emcee.
- The Christchurch Youth Choir will perform.
- There will be addresses from representatives of the RSA, the NZDF, the UC Chaplain, and UC Chancellor Dr John Wood.
“We will remember them”
We hope everyone is getting some adventure time in these holidays. Flying fox anyone?
You’ve made it to the mid-semester break! Well done – time to reward yourself with chocolate.
April 1st was the anniversary of New Zealand’s international airline, Tasman Empire Airways Limited (TEAL), becoming Air New Zealand.
This photograph is from the collection of Noreen Penny who was a missionary in the 1950’s-60’s and documented her time raising four daughters in the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea.
Although this image is undated, presumably Penny’s flight on this ZK-TEC. TEAL Jet Prop – ‘Akaroa’ was prior to it’s crash at Whenuapai Airport in March 1965.
Item reference: Noreen Penny (photographer), 1960s. Slide 0522, Noreen Penny Collection (MB1867, 148272). Macmillan Brown Library, Christchurch, New Zealand.
Did you check out the New Brighton Duke Festival over the weekend? It’s the biggest Surf Festival in NZ!
If you did, you might have seen the replica of Duke Kahanamoku’s surfboard that was installed here in 2015 – based on the one in this photo.
Duke Kahanamoku was born 24th of August 1890 in Hawaii, he was a world renowned surfer, an Olympic medallist and also starred in several films over his lifetime.
Dogs in the Library today! Feeling stressed? We have a puppy for that. Come and play with some adorable dogs!
Education 12:00pm – 12:20pm
Central 12:40pm – 1:00pm
Grass out back of Macmillan Brown 1:15pm – 1:35pm
EPS 1:45pm – 2:10pm
This plucky young lad looks excited to try his hand at the classic Kiwi kid pastime of sheep-riding. Although someone should’ve told him they said “sheep” not “ship” by the looks of his sailor suit!