Book traces univer­sity’s early days

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Lucy Vick­ers

Poet, writer and his­to­rian Ni­cholas Reid has put his affin­ity with Auck­land Univer­sity to good use.

His book com­mem­o­rat­ing the univer­sity’s 125th an­niver­sary has been launched, a project which took only three months to com­plete.

Mr Reid was re­cruited by Auck­land Univer­sity Press af­ter win­ning a com­pe­ti­tion in which the best pro­posal for the text was cho­sen.

“I’m al­ways look­ing for new projects, and this one seemed like a good one,” he says.

Mr Reid’s his­tory with the univer­sity spans 35 years.

He has a mas­ter’s de­gree in English and his­tory and has 25 years’ teach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence at both sec­ondary and ter­tiary lev­els.

His fa­ther John was an English pro­fes­sor at the univer­sity.

Mr Reid’s ca­reer also in­cludes book and film re­views for var­i­ous publi­ca­tions and broad­cast me­dia and he was a fi­nal­ist for the 2007 BPANZ Reviewer of the Year Award.

The First 125 Years is Mr Reid’s fifth pub­lished book.

He says it is a “cel­e­bra­tory” book, and to a cer­tain ex­tent his ex­pe­ri­ence helped.

The richly il­lus­trated ju­bilee text cov­ers from the days of the first few pupils study­ing in a rented dis­used court­house to the present, where al­most 40,000 stu­dents at­tend classes on four main cam­puses.

Mr Reid says it’s easy to be re­stricted by first­hand ex­pe­ri­ence and he con­sulted other texts and con­tacts from his time at the univer­sity.

Cap­tur­ing his­tory: His­to­rian Ni­cholas Reid’s book.

The au­thor: Ni­cholas Reid wrote Auck­land Univer­sity’s ju­bilee text.

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