Bridget Williams Books (BWB) have a series of online collections that are now available at Christchurch City Libraries. This is a collection of high-quality New Zealand non-fiction books which make it an excellent starting place for any research into New Zealand hot topics. We already have the Treaty Collection, which is an excellent start for all Treaty of Waitangi research but now have four more brilliant BWB collections to peruse.
BWB Texts are short books on big subjects: succinct narratives from great New Zealand writers spanning:
- contemporary issues,
- and more.
The best thing about the collection is the size, short reads that you can dip into or read the whole thing.
The Critical Issues Collection provides full access to over 40 key books addressing the big issues facing New Zealand today:
- climate change,
- child poverty,
- the environment,
- financial crisis,
- and more.
The New Zealand History Collection provides complete online access to a major, authoritative resource – over thirty years of award-winning history and biography publishing from Bridget Williams Books.
The New Zealand Sign Language Collection has reference material alongside accounts of Deaf experience.
A great place to start learning about New Zealand’s third official language.
A collection of searchable electronic reference books on the Treaty of Waitangi from leading thinkers on this foundational document.
We all know the how important Waitangi Day is to New Zealand, but what do you really know about the Treaty of Waitangi?
This is the question I asked myself this year. I decided to investigate further, and Christchurch City Libraries has an excellent eResource The Treaty of Waitangi Collection from Bridget Williams Books. This platform contains some key texts on the Treaty and the Waitangi Tribunal. There a texts of all different sizes so you can –
- have a quick read,
- do some in depth research
- or search all the texts for the key points you are interested in.
The one grey area for me was translation of the Treaty from English into Māori and reading about how this was translated gave me a greater understanding of why controversy still surrounds the Treaty today. I found it fascinating to read descriptions of what actually happened at Waitangi in 1840 during the signing of the Treaty.
If you are studying and need to cite any of the texts, there is a citation tool. You can choose your citation style and it provides the correct citation for you.
Check out this collection as it is something every New Zealander should know more about.
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BWB Texts offer a new form of reading for New Zealanders.
Commissioned by Bridget Williams Books as short digital-first works, BWB Texts unlock diverse stories, insights and analysis from the best of our past, present and future New Zealand writing. And they are now available at your library through our Wheelers Platform