Those magnificent men in their flying machines

The First World War was the first to see the use of aeroplanes. These early planes were frail, experimental, and at times, dangerous.

© IWM (Q 112295)



A Handley Page bomber fitted with two 375HP Sunbeam-Coatalan aircraft engines in flight 1918




Frank Adams, after studying carpentry at the Technical College, moved to Australia. He joined the Australian Flying Corps, but was taken prisoner by the Turkish forces. He died in 1916 while in a prisoner of war camp and is buried in Baghdad.

Harold Dawson
Harold Dawson

Harold Dawson studied Engineering at the Technical College, and joined the army engineers. He later qualified as a pilot and transferred to the Flying Corps. He was killed in a flying accident in France on October 4, 1917.


For many, flying offered the opportunity to escape from the trenches, but war in the air was no safer than on the ground.





The Breeze Walking Festival

Why not get outside and enjoy our beautiful City.

The Breeze Walking Festival 2014 starts this Saturday and runs through until Monday the 6th October.


The Festival is a celebration of walking in Christchurch. All trips are free to join & are a great introduction to the joys of travel on your own two feet. There are a series of 38 walks of different length and difficulty ranging from strolls with young children right through to all day tramps on the Port Hills and Canterbury foothills.

Details of the walks with information about transport, meeting places and grade can be found at any of the following sites:

Click to access WalkingFestivalBookletV2WEB.pdf


Library Stereotypes: Shhh!

Being a librarian is great- you get to learn loads, help students out, and play with new technology. But there are some parts of the job that aren’t so great- such the stereotypes. As a man in a field dominated by women, I find it a little disturbing when this is what most people think, when they think of librarians.

Image: jooleeah_stahkey via Flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
Image: jooleeah_stahkey via Flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

CPIT’s library doesn’t, I like to think, live up to the old stereotypes of the “Shh!” librarian in a tweed skirt with a bun in his hair. However, in the past month or so, we’ve had quite a few complaints from people in the quiet spaces of the library, which haven’t been so quiet.

Soooo, to try to be responsive to what our patrons need, we’re going to be a little more proactive in asking for a minimum of noise in the quiet areas of the library: The Gateway, L131, and all open space upstairs- except the facade to the Atrium.


Please bear in mind that some of your course mates don’t have quiet space at home to study, and for many people the library is the best place to get your head down and get that assignment written. If you notice a lot of noise in a quiet area, let one of us know and we’ll ask the room to dial it back a bit.


So please: be respectful to those around you. Keep noise to a minimum in the quiet areas, and if you are asked by myself or one of the other library staff to tone down the noise, please try to think of us as helpful professionals, trying to ensure that everyone gets a chance to show their finest, as opposed to fire-breathing monsters ruining your day for giggles.

Here is a 1-minute video from the 1989 movie UHF which has inspired me to try to break these stereotypes. Return your books on time or else.

Alternative access to databases via Primo Library Search

Normally you can access our databases from our subject guides . Some examples of accessing databases via our Subject Guides are in the How do I find articles in the How do I guide

However there is an alternative method of access using Primo Library Search which is useful if you already know the name of the database you want to use.


find databases


Click this link for an alternative method to access our databases via Primo Library Search.

Some popular direct links to databases are as follows:

Academic OneFile

Australia NZ Reference Centre

CINAHL – Health database

Gale virtual reference library – Good encyclopedia articles

General one file

Mosby’s Nursing Consult

Science Direct

Standards New Zealand
For further assistance ring 940 8089 or email


Banned Books Week


Banned Books Week highlights that whilst we enjoy reasonable freedom to choose what we read here in New Zealand, there are people who will challenge and attempt to prevent or restrict schools and libraries from making books available in other parts of the world, including America.

Fair enough you may say, and in New Zealand, the Office of Film and Literature Classification manages the censorship of books, magazines, films, video games, and a variety of other media. They have guidelines about what can be banned or restricted, and for what reasons. However you may be surprised by the type of books that are being challenged in America, for example Captain Underpants continues in the number one spot for the second year in a row.

Top ten most challenged/banned books for 2013/14

  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
  2. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
  3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
  5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
  6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone
  7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
  9. Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
  10. Bone (series), by Jeff Smith

This year Banned books Week seeks to bring attention to the genre of graphic novels in particular, as they receive many challenges. Comics, manga and graphic novels are strongly visual and can be good for reluctant readers, English learners, anyone really, who enjoys visual literacy. Indeed this year featuring at tenth place on the list is Bone a graphic novel by Jeff Smith, which is available here in the Library. Here Smith talks about Bone making tenth place on the list of banned books.

CPIT library has put together a display of books that are either currently banned or restricted somewhere in the world, or that have been banned in the past. Come and have a look this week, and see what you think. Whilst putting your mind to the matter of censorship you might like to take a look at some of these graphic novels that have been challenged in various states around America. No time to stop by the Library…no problem you can download challenged and banned book Little Brother by Cory Doctorow here.



Avast me hearties it’s international talk like a pirate day!

Here are the two guys who started this day.

Pirateguys portrait 2005HR.jpg
Photo by  Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Try this English to Pirate translator from the talklikeapirate website if you want to customise some choice piratical phrases.

We librarians come across pirates daily but possibly not the aw  argh aw argh kind – more the pirate of intellectual property kind.

According to Chris McCarthy, one of our very own tutors at CPIT, in an article which he presented at Citrenz in 2011 you could well be a pirate. Read Is a breach of the Copyright Act 1994 an act of piracy and a crime of theft? to find out if you are.

You might also be interested in reading our student information on copyright and our staff information on copyright. One of our liaison librarians, Meg, has also got some tips on her Art and Design subject guide for Using images and Finding audiovisual resources online that you can legally use with correct attribution. To help you understand what correct attribution might look like see some good examples of Best practices for attribution from Creativecommons Aotearoa New Zealand is also a good place to search for images you can share and reuse with correct attribution. My favourite place to find images is Wikimedia Commons though, but only because it provides the embed code so I don’t even have to think about how to correctly attribute their images.



Brothers in arms

It was not uncommon for several members of one family to be serving overseas at the same time – and, sadly, not uncommon for more than one to fall.

Frederick and John Ashworth were the eldest sons of Mary and John Ashworth, born in 1893 and 1898.

Frederick Ashworth
Frederick Ashworth

Frederick was a student in the Building department in 1913. He worked as a farmhand before joining the army in 1915, and died on September 15, 1916, from wounds received in action.





John Ashworth
John Ashworth

John studied agriculture at the Technical College before following his elder brother, first as a farmhand and then, in March 1918, into the army. He died without leaving New Zealand, of Meningitis, on July 12, 1918.






Leeston Memorial
Ellesmere War Memorial,

The Ellesmere War Memorial, at Leeston, records the name of a former student, Ameral Abbott, along with that of his brother George.












Darfield Memorial
Darfield War Memorial,

The names of Nesslea Jarman (a former student), and his brother Frank, are recorded on the memorial at Darfield.










A look at any memorial around the country, particularly in small communities, will show the extent of the sacrifice made.

Where can I find my timetable?

1. Start on the Campus Life page at

2. Click on Your Study


3. Scroll down to Useful links in the bottom left and click on Timetable and Room availability.


4. Click on My timetable


5. Your timetable for the current week should appear.


6.If you want to view a different week simply use the dropdown option to change to your preferred Selected Week under Parameters in the right hand screen.



7. If you want to find out your enrolments and course results as well as your timetable then visit your Student Portal from the Campus Life page. Here are some instructions from a former blogpost for accessing your Student Portal for the first time


Walking “The Long Pathway”

Spring has arrived and for people who enjoy the outdoors fine weather means trips to the mountains, valleys and forest. What a lot of people dont realise is that New Zealand has one of the premier long distance walking trails in the world, the Te Araroa Trail

Te Araroa Trail (TaT)

CapeReinga, start of Te Araroa trail
Cape Reinga, start of Te Araroa trail,

Te Araroa (The Long Pathway) is New Zealand’s long distance tramping route, from Cape Reinga to Bluff, a distance of over 3000 km’s.

Mark Percy (left) and Fiona Mackenzie, Te Araroa’s project manager in the North, install the sign at the Govan Wilson end of the new track. Te Araroa Trust, 2011


The trail has approximately 300 sections ranging from walks of 1–2 hours through to a 9-day route in the South Island where full equipment must be carried. Te Araroa joins a mixture of existing tracks and walkways, new tracks and link sections alongside roads.
The straight line distance from Cape Reinga to Bluff is 1475 km, but the Te Araroa Trail covers a longer nominal distance of 3000 km. and is constantly being adjusted.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing, part of the Te Araroa Trail,



Methods of madness

“Through hiking”, or walking the full length of the trail in one go,  takes three to six months. The fastest effort was by British ultramarathon runner Jezz Bragg, who managed 53 days during the 2012-13 season.

Some walkers report around 100 days, but many take their time to enjoy the whole season and spend around 150 days. Most start in September-October and finish early in the new year.

Ridge to Roses saddle, Motatapu Alpine track, Te Araroa,




You can also “section hike” various parts of the trail. Section hikers work their way along the trail section by section. In this case it may take several years to complete the whole trail, but the end result is the same.

I am currently section hiking the South Island part of the trail.

Looking north and back down the West Sabine as we climb the moraine above Blue Lake. The hut is just inside the bush edge at the far end of the lake.
Blue lake to Waiau Pass in Nelson Lakes National Park, Te Araroa Trail,



How about it, will you take up the challenge?

If you are a fit, keen person looking for a life altering challenge, perhaps the TaT is for you. Check the resources below for more information about the Trail and those who have walked its length:






A Walking Guide To New Zealand’s Long Trail: Te Araroa by Geoff Chapple. This is the official guide book for anyone thinking of walking the trail


TeAraroa_logo The official Te Araroa Trust website:  Information, trail maps, gear lists etc.


patbanner3Here is one of my favourite blogs from Kiwiscout, a New Zealander who through walked the trail in2013/2014:


StartPortraitAnother great blog about walking the Te Araroa, from Nicky and Cookie:


CaptureSome section hikers, Rob and Debby McColl walk from Cape Reinga to Bluff on the Te Araroa Trail: