Monday, July 24, 2017

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Stout Research Centre farewells long-serving director


Internationally renowned literary historian and critic, teacher, writer and scholar Professor Lydia Wevers ONZM, is retiring from Victoria University of Wellington’s Stout Research Centre after 17 years as its director.

During this time, the Centre, which has its home in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, has also forged a reputation as a hub for New Zealand-focused research and actively engages with academics, professionals and the wider public through its year-round programme of events.

Few will be surprised that one of the reasons for Professor Wevers’ retirement is a desire to finish writing a new book.
“I’ve done a lot of research for it, but it’s slow work getting a book written while running a centre and teaching,” she says.
“The Centre has been a large part of my life, but I’m looking forward to having more time and a more fluid schedule, and I expect I will manage to get several overdue projects done.

“I’ve particularly enjoyed the multidisciplinary aspect of the Stout Research Centre. It began life fairly focused on New Zealand history and history will always be a large part of what it does, but I’ve made a very determined attempt to showcase and engage with the whole range of knowledge in New Zealand, whether that’s geology, politics or literature.”

Professor Wevers’ association with Victoria goes back to 1968 when she was a first year student. In 1973 as a recently returned graduate from the University of Oxford, she took up a position as a lecturer in Renaissance literature in the English Department.

Since then she has metamorphosed into a specialist on New Zealand literature and New Zealand studies. Her career at Victoria was interrupted by periods living overseas, where she worked at the universities of New South Wales and Sydney and became interested in Australian literature, which is still part of her research. 

Throughout her career, Professor Wevers has participated in numerous governance groups such as the Trustees of the National Library, the Marsden Fund Council, and the Arts Board of Creative New Zealand. She has been a guest speaker at over 30 national and international events, and produced more than 100 written works.

The Stout Research Centre’s Professor Richard Hill—who has worked with Professor Wevers since 2001—says her retirement will be “a huge loss” for the University.

“She has served on and chaired many of its committees and has been a tireless advocate for New Zealand studies across all disciplines.
“Lydia has that rare talent of combining scholarly excellence with dissemination of scholarship in the public arena, making her one of this country’s leading public intellectuals.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Studies Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Dean, Professor Jennifer Windsor says Professor Wevers has been instrumental in the Centre’s regeneration and success.

“Professor Wevers is renowned as a thinker, writer, and contributor to what it means to be a New Zealander and she has an unwavering passion for the arts. She has also impressed upon others her wise judgement, leadership and incredible foresight about how to bring research to life.”

Professor Wevers will remain involved with a number of projects at the University, including co-producing Victoria’s second massive open online course for the edX platform.

University Council member and History lecturer Associate Professor Kate Hunter steps in as the Centre’s new director on Monday 31 July.

Associate Professor Hunter has had a long association with the Stout Research Centre, and Professor Wevers is delighted she has been appointed as her successor. To consolidate the links between the Stout Research Centre and its wider networks, Associate Professor Hunter will continue to hold her academic role in the History Programme.


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This week's stories


Traditional Threads, Contemporary Colour

Peruvian master weaver Máximo Laura is one of his country's living treasures and his giant works have been shown throughout the world. Using five thousand year old weaving techniques, his designs blend the contemporary with the traditional. Maximo is currently in New Zealand, showing some of his large intensely coloured works and taking workshops to share his skills and philosophy of weaving, as a guest of Creative Fibre NZ. His exhibition Eternal Vision is on at Pataka in Porirua.
Jul 23, 2017 02:50 pm

Words and Politics

Philip Temple and Emma Neale have edited Manifesto after receiving around 500 poems from established through to emerging poets. The collection is in four parts: Politics, Rights, Environment and Conflict and the book is published by Otago University Press. They talk to Lynn Freeman about the rich history of political poetry in New Zealand.
Jul 23, 2017 02:40 pm


The country's only gallery committed to craft, design and architecture has a new home, an Auckland warehouse redesigned and kitted out in a 630-thousand dollar makeover. All will be revealed later this week when the new Objectspace gallery on Rose Street in Ponosonby opens its doors. The new not-for-profit gallery's much bigger - all the better to show the work of designers and architects. Lynn Freeman speaks to Objectspace Director Kim Paton, and Chairperson Ben Corban and Managing Director of Design Studio Alt Group.
Jul 23, 2017 02:27 pm

Changing the Subject on TV Movies

We're in the middle of a new season of locally-made Sunday Theatres on TVNZ One - all, as they say, plucked from the nation's headlines. Why Does Love told the story of pop band the Dance Exponents, this week sees Resolve, about Chris Crean who bravely fought the Taranaki gangs (pictured), and next week more crime - the story of the infamous Black Widow.
Jul 23, 2017 01:48 pm


It's an unusual title, but Susan Tolich can now call herself New Zealand's first official Wikimedian-in-Residence. She's doing a Master's of Museum and Heritage Studies at Victoria University but has spent the past few weeks hunkered down at Auckland Museum.
Jul 23, 2017 01:32 pm

Remembering Mrs. Elizabeth Pinfold

The extraordinary life of Elizabeth Pinfold, awarded the Queen Elizabeth Medal for her work helping Belgian refugees during the First World War, has been remembered at a ceremony at Kaori Cemetary by members of her family.
Jul 23, 2017 12:47 pm

Telling True Stories at the New Zealand IFF

We make good documentaries in New Zealand, and nowhere is that more obvious than at the International Film Festival.  This year is a gala one, with over a dozen top Kiwi documentary features on show.   But what's the first step in a documentary?  Simon Morris wanted to find out, and talked to three of our best practitioners - Gaylene Preston (My year with Helen), Annie Goldson (Kim Dotcom - Caught in the web) and Florian Habicht (Spookers).
Jul 23, 2017 12:17 pm

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Dame Anne Salmond’s most ambitious book to date.

Anne Salmond
Hardback, 228 x 152mm , 512 pages
978 1 86940 865 7
Māori studies, 24 July 2017, $65.00
Auckland University Press.
Dame Anne Salmond’s most ambitious book to date. 

In Tears of Rangi Dame Anne Salmond looks at New Zealand as a site of cosmodiversity, a place where multiple worlds engage and collide. Beginning with a fine-grained inquiry into the early period of encounters between Māori and Europeans in New Zealand (1769–1840), Salmond then investigates such clashes and exchanges in key areas of contemporary life – waterways, land, the sea and people. 

We live in a world of gridded maps, Outlook calendars and balance sheets – making it seem that this is the nature of reality itself. But in New Zealand, concepts of whakapapa and hau, complex networks and reciprocal exchange, may point to new ways of understanding interactions between peoples, and between people and the natural world. Like our ancestors, Anne Salmond suggests, we too may have a chance to experiment across worlds. 

Tears of Rangi has also provided the catalyst for a documentary series, Artefact, produced by Jane Reeves (Greenstone Pictures) and featuring Salmond talking to local and international authorities about ‘experiments across worlds’. It releases on Māori Television early next year. 

About the author

Dame Anne Salmond is Distinguished Professor of Māori Studies at the University of Auckland and author of books including The Trial of the Cannibal Dog: Captain Cook in the South Seas (2003, Penguin UK, Penguin NZ, Yale University Press); Aphrodite’s Island: The European Discovery of Tahiti (2007, University of California Press, Penguin NZ) and Bligh: William Bligh in the South Seas (2011, University of California Press, Penguin NZ). Among many honours and awards, she is an International Member of the American Philosophical Society, a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy; in 2013 she became New Zealander of the Year and winner of the Rutherford Medal from the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Writers on Mondays


Stella! Charlotte Wood in conversation with Emily Perkins

The Australian has described Charlotte Wood as one of the country's 'most original and provocative writers.' She is the author of five novels and two books of nonfiction. Her latest novel, The Natural Way of Things, won the 2016 Stella Prize, the 2016 Indie Book of the Year and Novel of the Year, and was joint winner of the Australian Prime Minister's Literary Award for Fiction. It has been published in Britain and the US as well as many countries in Europe. In 2016 Charlotte was named the Charles Perkins Centre's inaugural Writer in Residence at the University of Sydney. Charlotte is joined in conversation by novelist Emily Perkins to discuss just what fiction can do in these troubling times, and what it is to write into the world from Australasia.

DATE:  Monday 24 July
TIME:   12.15 - 1.15pm
VENUE:  Te Papa Marae, Level 4, Te Papa

We hope to have books available for sale, cash only.

Award of $3,000 available to writers over the age of 35yrs

NZSA Media Release: Award of $3,000 available to writers over the age of 35yrs


21 July 2017

NZSA Lilian Ida Smith Award 2017

Award of $3,000 available to writers over the age of 35yrs


The Lilian Ida Smith Award is offered by the NZ Society of Authors PEN Inc (NZSA) thanks to a bequest from Lilian Ida Smith, a music teacher of Whanganui who had a keen interest in the arts.

Lilian left part of her legacy to the NZSA to 'assist people aged 35yrs and over to embark upon or further a literary career'.

  • The $3,000 award is to assist writers of non-fiction, fiction, poetry, comic / graphic novels and drama for adults and children. Applicants need to be aged 35 years and over, working towards completion of a specific project, and members of the NZSA.
  • Applicants are expected to be either in the early stages of their writing career, or to be someone for whom opportunities to fulfill their potential have been limited.
Past recipients of the Lilian Ida Smith Award have used the award to purchase a laptop and to pay for childcare in order to schedule time for themselves to write in.

Deadline for applications is 30 October 2017

Membership of the NZ Society of Authors PEN Inc (NZSA) is open to all budding and established writers. NZSA advocates for and represents writers and is affiliated with International PEN. It provides a mentorship programme, a manuscript assessment programme, manuscript services, contract advice, grants and other opportunities, information about writing and publishing via a fortnightly e-news and a quarterly magazine and other membership benefits.

For the application form and to read the terms & conditions for the Lilian Ida Smith Award

For more information go to




National Poetry Day

When:  Wednesday 23 August, 6pm – keep this date in your diary.  Full details to be emailed in early August.  In the meanwhile, here are some other happenings at Takapuna Library that may be of interest to you or your friends, family and other connections: 

Korean tea ceremony 

When: Saturday 22 July, 10.30am - 12.30pm
Takapuna Library
Cost: Free

Yemyung-won Institute of Korean tea ceremony

Come and enjoy tea with us. Yemyung-won is an Institute of Korean tea ceremony.
We try to preserve and revive this beautiful tradition of manners and courtesy, consolidating tradition and tea in a ceremonial way.


Preventing cardiovascular disease and diabetes 预防心血管病和糖尿病 

Tuesday 8 August, 10.30am-12pm
88号, 上午10点半 – 12

Where:  Takapuna Library 图书馆一楼 
Cost:  Free 

Taking control of your health

Speakers from Procare Health will talk at Takapuna Library about preventing cardiovascular disease, healthy eating and lifestyle. The talk will be followed by a Q & A session and activities.
This talk is jointly organised by The Asian Network Inc. and Takapuna Library. (Chinese translation provided).

来自Procare 级保健机构的专家将与您谈谈什么是健康的生活方式,怎
样预防糖尿病及心血管病,欢迎提问和参与讨论。 该活动由Takabuna

RSVP is recommended. Please call Anne Betts, 09 8904902.

Light refreshments provided.



An opportunity to talk to your local councillor – Councillor Richard Hills will be in Takapuna Library on Saturday 12 August from 10.30am – 12.30pm


Chiropractic Information – a chiropractor will be in the Takapuna Library from 10.00am – 12noon  on Wednesday 26 July and Monday 31 July


Free Hearing Tests – call in to the Takapuna Library between 9.30am and 11.30pm on Tuesday 22 August


Looking forward to seeing you

Kind regards


Helen Woodhouse| Takapuna Community Library Manager| Auckland Libraries – Ngā Pātaka Kōrero o Tāmaki Makaurau. - Ph 09 890 4903  Extn (46) 4903 Mobile 021 945 179  Takapuna Library, 1 The Strand, Takapuna Private Bag 93-508, Takapuna, Auckland 0740

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