November 2023

Inside this issue of UniNews: Professor Olaf Diegel; Professor David Williams' scientific life; Obituaries Don Smith and Dame Alison Quentin-Baxter, Ayesha Green art; Dr Misha Vorobyev

November 2023 UniNews cover showing Professor Olaf Diegel and a compilation of past covers

Cover story

Professor Olaf Diegel: printing 3D backups of taonga

3D-printed reproductions of Māori musical instruments are shaping a new era in how we safeguard and share our cultural treasures.

Other stories

Gunpowder and gases: how David Williams experimented with a career in science

Professor David Williams is partial to blowing things up. In retirement, he’s happy to cool things a bit.

Ayesha Green artwork: troubled histories, optimistic futures

Ayesha Green's Untitled 2021 spotlights both the troubling history and the enriching, optimistic future of education for Māori girls and women in Aotearoa and beyond. 

Māramatanga: Misha Vorobyev asks can we do more for Ukrainian refugees?

Russian-born academic Dr Misha Vorobyev outlines some of the issues in the war on Ukraine and states the case for New Zealand to allow more Ukrainian refugees into the country.

All these items on interactive PDF 

In the News (pg 2 of PDF)

Dr Geoffrey Handsfield
Dr Kyle Eggleton
Professor Winston Byblow
Dr Geoff Willmott
Associate Professor Alice Mills
Associate Professor Hanna Wilberg

'Good to Know' stories

Epeli Hau'ofa: posthumous honorary doctorate pg 4 
Professor Neal Curtis: comics conveying information about brain tumours pg 4, Full story online
Blues winners 2023 pg 5
Velocity $100k winners pg 5
Taumata Rau Conversations event: health workforce pg 6
Hood Fellowships: academics to Auckland 2024, pg 6
Horizon Europe funding successes, pg 6

Obituaries pg 7
Donal Ian Brice Smith, 4 February 1934 – 27 September 2023
Dame Alison Burns Quentin Baxter 28 December 1929  – 30 September 2023

Arts and Culture

Ayesha Green art, pg 10, link above

Launch of Greg O'Brien's book Don Binney: Flight Path pg 11
Read the full story and watch the video of the launch event

Compilation of November's new release books by staff or alumni


Rapture: An Anthology of Performance Poetry from Aotearoa New Zealand
Eds Carrie Rudzinski and Grace Iwashita-Taylor, AUP, $60, out on 9 November

Unfinished Austen: Interpreting Catharine, Lady Susan, The Watsons and Sanditon
Joanne Wilkes, Anthem Press, $35

Rugby League in New Zealand: A People’s History
Ryan Bodman, Bridget Williams Books, $60

The Forgotten Forest: In Search of the Lost Plants and Fungi of Aotearoa
Robert Vennell, HarperCollins NZ, $40

Team Coaching for Organisational Development
Helen Zink, Routledge, $63

Wot Knot You Got? Mophead’s Guide to Life
Selina Tusitala Marsh, AUP, $30, out 9 November

Knowledge Is a Blessing on Your Mind, Selected Writings, 1980-2020
Anne Salmond, AUP, $65, out on 20 November

A Bloody Difficult Subject
Bain Attwood, AUP, $60

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