Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Remember these? The Ready to Read Collection is now live

Get ready for a trip down memory lane as the Ready to Read books that many New Zealand children used to learn to read are now online.

The Ready to Read series was developed for students learning to read and was first published in 1963 by the School Publications Branch of the Department of Education.

The series was ground-breaking in that it was the first attempt to provide early reading materials that were also interesting stories reflecting New Zealand children’s real lives and that used natural language.

The 1963 collection consisted of twelve “little books”, graded by colour (three books at each of four levels: red, yellow, blue, and green) and six longer anthologies.

The little books and the first two of the anthologies are available on the NZETC website at

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

The Legal Māori Resource Hub is now live

To mark Māori Language week a new Māori resource called the Legal Māori Resource Hub has been launched.

The hub contains a dictionary of Māori legal terms and a searchable Māori language corpus compiled from our Legal Māori Archive. These resources were produced by the Victoria University of Wellington Law Faculty.

The dictionary can be searched for in Māori and English for Māori terms that describe Western legal concepts and law-related vocabulary. Each dictionary entry contains usage examples from contemporary and historical Māori language resources.

You can also browse the corpus Māori words and examples of how they have been used. Once you have found a word you can view frequency, form and collocation data by clicking the > next to your search word.

We think the hub will be a great resource for students of Māori Studies and Law, and also those wanting to improve their written Māori.

Access the hub at

Friday, 24 April 2015

WW1 and Victoria University

To mark Anzac Day and the centenary of the 1915 Gallipoli landings, the Library has created a digital collection of World War I material.
The material, which is publicly available, includes the Victoria University Archive’s Honour Roll, which lists the names of then current students and former students who were killed during World War I.

The collection also includes archival material related to Professor von Zedlitz, one of Victoria’s founding professors, who was forced from his post at Victoria due to the Alien Enemy Teachers Act 1915.

You can view this archival material online at

These works have a permanent home as part of the NZETC history of Victoria University collection available at

Monday, 4 August 2014

The Spike marks the outbreak of World War One

Our hearts are with these men, wherever they go.

To mark the outbreak of World War One The Spike: or, Victoria University College Review, October 1914  recorded the names of the first group of Victoria University of Wellington students who volunteered to serve in World War One: Students with the Expeditionary Force

In the coming months Spike recorded the activities of students serving through letters to the editor, soldier diary entries, a growing list of students who enlisted and, sadly, an honour roll of those who were wounded or passed away. All of these articles are available from the Spike project homepage.

The NZETC is also happy to make available a collection of official and unofficial histories of New Zealand troops involved in World War One. This collection is available here:

Thursday, 6 March 2014

New Salient magazine issues from 1938, 1969 are now live

Salient magazine issues from 1938, 1969 are now live on the NZETC website. These issues can be accessed from the Salient project homepage.

Library Technology Services plan to make issues from 1939 to 1957 available over the coming months. Issues from the 1970's are also being prepared for digitisation at the moment.

Users will notice that some titles and table of contents contain an ellipsis. Library Technology Services have decided to make these issues live despite this issue which will be fixed as soon as possible.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Maintenance outage on Thursday 6th March from 8am-9am

On Thursday 6th March between 8am and 9am NZDT there will be a short period of scheduled maintenance on the server hosting the NZETC resources. While the maintenance is occurring these resources will not be available.

The anticipated period of interruption for VUW Students and Staff is 3-5 minutes, members of the public accessing the content may experience a longer period of interruption of up to 30 minutes.

Much of the NZETC content is also available to everyone via the internet archive at
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Library Technology Services

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

New writing showcased in Turbine 13

This year's highlights include works from visiting American poet Mary Ruefle, Bill Manhire's tribute to Ralph Hotere and an extract from Helena Wiśniewska Brow's Adam Foundation Prize winning memoir. Turbine 13 also features an interview with 2013 Victoria University writer in residence Carl Shuker and audio from selected works.

Turbine 13 can be viewed at