• 1.5 Hectare World
    1.5 Hectare World
    ISBN: 9780958252140
    Title: 1.5 Hectare World
    Author: YEREX DAVID


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • 100 Days Claiming Back NZ
    100 Days Claiming Back NZ
    ISBN: 9780987657381
    Title: 100 Days Claiming Back NZ
    Author: BROOKE AMY

    This is an epic and engaging read on what has gone wrong with NZ's political and bureaucratic systems, and how the public can regain control over politicians. Brooke advocates the Swiss system of a 100 day public veto of controversial new laws - if the public can muster up enough signatures within three months of a law change to force a referendum, the referendum result is binding on the government. Like New Zealanders, the Swiss don't want to be running to the polls every five minutes on stupid issues, so they save their referendum veto for issues of major concern. The difference between Switzerland and New Zealand is that when it really counts, the Swiss can bring their government to heel. New Zealanders cannot. Regardless of whether you are to the Left or the Right on the political spectrum, the 100 days concept works for you to keep successive governments honest. Just last weekend the Swiss voted to end the practice of multi-million dollar executive pay bonuses to executives whose companies were losing money, in what has been publicised in world media as the toughest crackdown on executive greed anywhere in the world.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.00
    $39.00
  • 120 Days at Astrolabe The Rena, the Reef, and the Go Canopus
    120 Days at Astrolabe The Rena, the Reef, and the Go Canopus
    ISBN: 9780473369316
    Title: 120 Days at Astrolabe The Rena, the Reef, and the Go Canopus
    Author: JUDKINS KEVIN

    It is an up-close and personal account of events. Witnessed, recorded and photographed from the anchor-handling vessel GO Canopus, while undertaking a multitude of duties relating to the salvage operations on location around Astrolabe Reef. The narrative has been liberally interlaced with my own previously unpublished sequential photographs to enhance the reader's appreciation of the events described. To my knowledge, there is no similar comprehensive written or photographic record of the events described herein. "This is a first-hand record of events that took place on and around Astrolabe Reef, as the Rena broke up and the salvage turned into a wreck removal. It is a uniquely well-informed and illustrated book, penned by that rare breed of writer; a man of action who is also a man of letters. Captain Judkins writes with unparalleled authority about the wreck of the Rena because he was there. Furthermore, the insider's perspective he provides on shipboard life is attractive and captivating, as is his ability to describe complicated salvage procedures, in terms that can be grasped by laymen and seafarers alike.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $95.00
    $95.00
  • 20 Rental Properties in One Year
    20 Rental Properties in One Year
    ISBN: 9780473372293
    Title: 20 Rental Properties in One Year
    Author: FOWLER GRAEME

    Graeme Fowler is the author of the NZ Best Selling book “NZ Real Estate Investors’ Secrets – How 10 New Zealanders became Millionaires from Residential Property” which was first published in 2003, and then updated in 2008. This book has now sold almost 15,000 copies making it one of, if not the highest selling book on property investment ever written in New Zealand. Graeme is a well known educator, speaker and property expert in NZ. He has completed over 500 real estate transactions since starting out at the young age of 24 after reading the classic book “Jones on Property” by Bob Jones. Graeme has a portfolio of over 70 properties and still is very actively buying, renovating and selling properties today. In this latest book, Graeme had the idea to see if he could buy 20 properties using no equity (money) with one simple idea. He wanted to buy these properties with ‘no money being used overall from his existing properties’ that is 100% financed. The rents from these properties would need to cover the mortgage, the rates, the insurance and property management and all mortgages be fully paid off in 20 years time. This is a very informative, in depth and detailed journey of exactly how Graeme achieved this in only 12 months. He also gives detailed Spreadsheets of all the properties summarised with purchase prices, equity gained, cash-flow and the loan details. He also writes many articles on property and its related topics and these are often featured in Property Magazines. In this book he shares many of these informative and very well thought out articles for the reader to enjoy, and learn from. For any person interested in Property or Property Investing, this book really is a must read.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • 25 Years Leading & Illuminating: Whitireia NZ
    25 Years Leading & Illuminating: Whitireia NZ
    ISBN: 9781877577796
    Title: 25 Years Leading & Illuminating: Whitireia NZ
    Author: METHVEN PETER


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $34.00
    $34.00
  • 30 Years of Nuclear Weapon Free Wellington
    30 Years of Nuclear Weapon Free Wellington
    ISBN: 9781306121040
    Title: 30 Years of Nuclear Weapon Free Wellington
    Author: RITCHIE HELEN


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • 50 Shades of Key The Unofficial John Key Joke Book
    50 Shades of Key The Unofficial John Key Joke Book
    ISBN: 9780473242480
    Title: 50 Shades of Key The Unofficial John Key Joke Book
    Author: LITTLE PAUL

    In the satirical tradition of Take Me to Your Leaders and The Muldoon Annual Joke Book comes 50 Shades of Key, a hilarious collection of 36 photos with wicked captions, plus a bunch of jokes we found lying around and threw in at the last minute.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $13.00
    $13.00
  • 60 Million Gingernuts
    60 Million Gingernuts
    ISBN: 9781869712679
    Title: 60 Million Gingernuts
    Author: JANSSEN PETER

    This book gathers together New Zealand's most amazing, inspiring and bizarre records. With chapters on nature, history, people, manmade wonders, popular culture, sport, eating and drinking, this extensive book will captivate both young and old, Kiwi and tourist, from quiz teams to high school students. Did you know: New Zealand's highest bridge is on the railway line from Napier to Gisborne. The bridge crosses the Mohaka River 97 metres above the water; Auckland s Pasifika festival is the country s largest festival with over 200,000 people attending. It is also the largest Pacific festival in the world; New Zealand s most popular biscuit is the Gingernut with Griffin s Gingernuts selling nearly 3 million packets every year. Toffee Pop Originals (2,394,000 packets) and Superwine (2,393,000 packets) are neck and neck for second and third place; New Zealand s coldest temperature was recorded at Ranfurly on 17 July 1903, the thermometer plummeted to a record -25 degrees. The lowest North Island temperature is -13.6 recorded at the Chateau Tongariro. The coldest temperature recorded in the world was -89.6 at Vostok Station in Antarctica in 1983. There are many, many more fascinating records inside this addictive book.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • 99 Ways into NZ Poetry
    99 Ways into NZ Poetry
    ISBN: 9781869791780
    Title: 99 Ways into NZ Poetry
    Author: RICKETTS HARRY & GREEN PAULA

    This book celebrates the richness and variety of New Zealand poetry by outlining many of the numerous ways to read - and write - poems. It offers 80 key poems that showcase different aspects of the genre, as well as commentary from 25 poets about what inspired them to write specific works. With insightful and wide-reaching chapters from Paula Green and Harry Ricketts on such elements as form, context, features, effects and identity, this is a lively and accessible introduction to New Zealand poetry. Packed with images of poets and poetry collections, it is an invaluable book for any lover of New Zealand writing.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • About Time! 120 Tips for Those with No Time
    About Time! 120 Tips for Those with No Time
    ISBN: 9780958246002
    Title: About Time! 120 Tips for Those with No Time
    Author: PEARCE ROBYN

    If you've ever thought `there must be a quicker way!' There is! This book is a `quick-dip' of tried and true practical tips from real people - tips that will help anyone to find all those missing hours.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • A'Courts Business Handbook 2013
    A'Courts Business Handbook 2013
    ISBN: 9782901130238
    Title: A'Courts Business Handbook 2013
    Author: ACOURTS


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $243.00
    $243.00
  • A'Courts Business Handbook 2014
    A'Courts Business Handbook 2014
    ISBN: 9780204150527
    Title: A'Courts Business Handbook 2014
    Author: A'COURTS


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $254.00
    $254.00
  • Adult Sexual Abuse in Religious Institutions: Faith Seeks Understanding
    Adult Sexual Abuse in Religious Institutions: Faith Seeks Understanding
    ISBN: 9781927260517
    Title: Adult Sexual Abuse in Religious Institutions: Faith Seeks Understanding
    Author: STEPHENSON ANNE

    When sexual abuse of adults by clergy and spiritual leaders comes to light, religious institutions need robust procedures in place to deal with offenders and support victims.

    Based on her long experience in ministry working with sexual offenders and their victims, and the training she has undertaken, Anne Stephenson shares the wisdom she has gained.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $20.00
    $20.00
  • Adventures in Democracy
    Adventures in Democracy
    ISBN: 9781877276583
    Title: Adventures in Democracy
    Author: ATKINSON NEILL


    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Against the Tide Towards the Kingdom
    Against the Tide Towards the Kingdom
    ISBN: 9781608998678
    Title: Against the Tide Towards the Kingdom
    Author: DUCKWORTH JENNY & JUSTIN

    Against the Tide, Towards the Kingdom is the story of the Urban Vision community in New Zealand. This book recounts the story of a group of young Christian adults who over the last fifteen years have relocated to the colorful ends of their city to share life with those who are struggling, homeless, sick, poor, neglected, or otherwise marginalized. The community has grown over time to seven neighborhoods where on any given day you may find "Urban Visionites" growing vegetables amidst the concrete, teaching English to refugees, offering alternative education programs to out of school teenagers, fostering children, doing church with the homeless, offering friendship to the mentally ill, roasting fair trade coffee, running kids clubs, moms groups, tenant meetings or just sharing yet another cup of tea with their neighbors. In fact sharing is a good summary of the whole shape of this exciting movement. They share homes, food, money, vehicles, jobs, prayers, dreams, conversations, fun, tears, pain, hope, healing, transformation . . . they share the whole of life with each other and with their neighbors. They live the gospel, this good news of Jesus.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Akaroa Cocksfoot
    Akaroa Cocksfoot
    ISBN: 9781927145630
    Title: Akaroa Cocksfoot
    Author: WOOD VAUGHAN

    Soon after the introduction of cocksfoot to Banks Peninsula in the mid-19th century, Akaroa cocksfoot grass seed conquered the market - first in New Zealand, then in Australia, and finally in Europe. At the height of the industry, Akaroa cocksfoot was one of the most significant industries in Canterbury, with annual earnings for Banks Peninsula of more than $10 million per annum. It was responsible for the loss of almost all the Peninsula's unmillable forest. And yet, a generation or two later, the Akaroa cocksfoot seed industry has almost entirely disappeared. More than a century after the industry reached its peak, Vaughan Wood celebrates its remarkable story. The history of Akaroa cocksfoot is one that embodies many facets of Canterbury life: the farmers and harvesters, the seed merchants, and the engineering and transport firms. It was shaped by the science, politics and world-trade patterns of the time and is thus a story with more than just local interest, This fascinating narrative includes: * The history of the Akaroa cocksfoot seed industry, from the introduction of cocksfoot seed into New Zealand, through the start of its international success in the early 1880s and its peak around the turn of the 20th century, to the end of the industry in the 1950s and 1960s. A detailed look at the industry in its heyday, following the journey taken by the seed from the growing crop to the traded commodity. * Recognition of the lasting legacy Akaroa cocksfoot has left on both the landscape and the local seed industry in New Zealand.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • All Blacks Don't Cry: A Story Of Hope
    All Blacks Don't Cry: A Story Of Hope
    ISBN: 9780143204800
    Title: All Blacks Don't Cry: A Story Of Hope
    Author: KIRWAN JOHN

    'At my worst moments, I lost all sense of hope for the future. As I began to slowly get better, I began to be able to say to myself, 'This will pass, you'll get through this. Hang on to hope.' John Kirwan was one of the most devastating wingers New Zealand, and world, rugby had ever seen. A prominent and revered figure at the dawn of the professional age of rugby, he seemed to live a charmed life. Nobody knew, though, that behind closed doors 'JK' was living a life of tormented fear. Afflicted with depression for many years including those as a high-profile sportsman Kirwan was able to survive by reaching out, seeking help from those closest to him. All Blacks Don't Cry is John Kirwan's story of hope, of working through the pain and living a full life a poignant, inspirational and helpful example for anybody battling depression. 'I've been to hell and I'm back. If you're in that same place, then I understand what you're going through.'

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $42.00
    $42.00
  • Along a Fault Line NZ's Changing Local Government
    Along a Fault Line NZ's Changing Local Government
    ISBN: 9781877399633
    Title: Along a Fault Line NZ's Changing Local Government
    Author: DRAGE JEAN & MCNEILL JEFF & CHEYNE CHRISTINE


    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Amazing World of James Hector
    Amazing World of James Hector
    ISBN: 9780958275071
    Title: Amazing World of James Hector
    Author: NATHAN SIMON


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Anatomy of a Medical School History of Medicine at University Otago
    Anatomy of a Medical School History of Medicine at University Otago
    ISBN: 9781877372247
    Title: Anatomy of a Medical School History of Medicine at University Otago
    Author: PAGE DOROTHY


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
    $60.00
  • Anderson Oil Engines
    Anderson Oil Engines
    ISBN: 9780959790818
    Title: Anderson Oil Engines
    Author: BATCHELOR BRIAN D & ROBINSON RICHARD H


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.00
    $27.00
  • Animal Sanctuary The Inspirational Story of a NZ Animal & Wildlife Refuge
    Animal Sanctuary The Inspirational Story of a NZ Animal & Wildlife Refuge
    ISBN: 9780986452185
    Title: Animal Sanctuary The Inspirational Story of a NZ Animal & Wildlife Refuge
    Author: BISHOP SHAWN & JONES ALLISON

    Meet Shawn Bishop - she and her husband Michael own a substantial block of land north of Auckland. But that's where the similarity with other rural landowners begins and ends, because Shawn had a special purpose in mind when they bought their property: to establish an animal sanctuary. Over the last 10 years she and her husband, aided by a dedicated team of volunteers, have invested huge energy and resources to rescuing and rehabilitating a wide variety of animals in need. Abused farm animals, injured or orphaned native birds, rescued battery hens and other miscellaneous creatures have all come under their care. From ponies to pigs to penguins to parrots, they all receive the love and attention they need to turn their sad stories into happy endings. Written by freelance journalist Alison Jones in conjunction with Shawn, this illustrated account of Shawn and Michael's commitment to providing a better life for so many animals from such a large range of different backgrounds is not just heartwarming, but deeply inspirational.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Animals in Emergencies: Learning From the Christchurch Earthquakes
    Animals in Emergencies: Learning From the Christchurch Earthquakes
    ISBN: 9781927145500
    Title: Animals in Emergencies: Learning From the Christchurch Earthquakes
    Author: POTTS ANNIE & GADENNE DONELLE

    After the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that shook Canterbury on 4 September 2010, the news media were quick to report, with understandable relief, that no lives had been lost. In fact, this first quake killed at least 3000 chickens, eight cows, one dog, a lemur and 150 aquarium fish, and that was only the first of a series of even more catastrophic quakes that were to follow, in which many humans and animals perished. Animals in Emergencies: Learning from the Christchurch Earthquakes provides a record of what happened to the animals during and after these quakes, and asks what we can learn from these events and our response to them. The accounts of professionals and volunteers involved in the rescue, shelter and advocacy of the city's animals post-quakes are presented in the first part of the book, and are followed by the tales of individual animals. These accounts provide an honest and compelling historical record of how Christchurch's seismic activity affected human-animal relationships in both positive and negative ways. We share our lives with a variety of companion animals, including dogs, cats,horses, fish, birds, rats, rabbits, guinea pigs and turtles, and the stories of how the Canterbury earthquakes affected these animals are absorbing, sometimes heart-breaking and often heart-warming. The book also reports on the fate of urban wildlife such as hedgehogs, eels and seabirds, in the aftermath of liquefaction and other damage caused by more than 20,000 aftershocks since the first major earthquake, and considers the particular risks to animals most vulnerable when disasters strike - those confined on farms and in laboratories. Animals in Emergencies shows the importance of human-animal relationships for healing and rebuilding damaged lives, reminding us that as our animals help us cope during times of crisis, they also depend on us. This book urges us not to overlook animals in emergencies and provides helpful and practical advice on how best to prepare for their safety and welfare should the worst happen.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Another Decade of NZ Education Policy Where to Now
    Another Decade of NZ Education Policy Where to Now
    ISBN: 9780958250450
    Title: Another Decade of NZ Education Policy Where to Now
    Author: THRUPP MARTIN & IRWIN RUTH

    This collection provides a review of New Zealand education policy under the Labour-led government of 1999-2008 and the emerging policies of the National government elected in November 2008. Nineteen contributors discuss education policy from early childhood through to tertiary and community education. Themes and concerns covered include teaching, learning, diversity, governance, choice, sustainability, privatisation, educational research and New Zealand's relationship with the Pacific. ANOTHER DECADE OF NEW ZEALAND EDUCATION POLICY: WHERE TO NOW? argues that Labour did not so much undo the neo-liberal project in New Zealand education as take some of the rough edges off it: producing neo-liberalism tempered with a social conscience. Contributors provide many insights into the nature and impact of recent education policy and likely directions in the future

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $75.00
    $75.00
  • Another Mother's Love
    Another Mother's Love
    ISBN: 9780143571032
    Title: Another Mother's Love
    Author: SCOTT KAREN

    In 2011 Karen Scott and Mark Finlay and their six children opened their home and hearts to a sad, skinny five-year-old boy who was placed with them by New Zealand's Child, Youth and Family services. James arrived with nothing other than the clothes he was wearing, supposedly for just a short-term stay. But what followed were two turbulent years as Karen and Mark attempted to parent a very troubled young boy.

    Another Mother's Love is a heart-wrenching account of a mother's attempt to nurture her foster child with unconditional love and kindness. However, is love enough? Karen and Mark faced a harrowing decision – to give up James or risk their family's future.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Answering to the Language Essays on Modern Writers
    Answering to the Language Essays on Modern Writers
    ISBN: 9781869400385
    Title: Answering to the Language Essays on Modern Writers
    Author: STEAD C K


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Ant & the Ferrari: Lifting the Hood on Truth Society & the Universe
    Ant & the Ferrari: Lifting the Hood on Truth Society & the Universe
    ISBN: 9781869509590
    Title: Ant & the Ferrari: Lifting the Hood on Truth Society & the Universe
    Author: SPACKMAN KERRY

    An accessible pop science book which offers readers a clear, navigable path through the big questions that confront us all today, using science to reveal the hidden truths in the universe. Author Dr Spackman examines questions such as: Is there such thing as absolute truth? How can beliefs be dangerous? Why are we here? Does everything have a cause? How can we be moral beings in todays world

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Antibiotic Resistance: The End of Modern Medicine?
    Antibiotic Resistance: The End of Modern Medicine?
    ISBN: 9780947518653
    Title: Antibiotic Resistance: The End of Modern Medicine?
    Author: WILES SIOUXSIE

    In ten years’ time, will antibiotics still work? Have we let bacteria get the upper hand in the evolutionary arms race?

    In the 1920s the discovery of the antibiotic penicillin started a golden age of medicine. However, experts warn that the end of that age may be just a decade away. In this BWB Text, microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles explores the looming crisis of antibiotic resistance and its threat to New Zealand. Wiles concludes that New Zealand must do more to protect the public from a future without antibiotics.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $15.00
    $15.00
  • Anzac Girls: The Extraordinary Story of Our World War I Nurses
    Anzac Girls: The Extraordinary Story of Our World War I Nurses
    ISBN: 9781743319826
    Title: Anzac Girls: The Extraordinary Story of Our World War I Nurses
    Author: REES PETER

    By the end of the Great War, forty-five Australian and New Zealand nurses had died on overseas service and over two hundred had been decorated. These were the women who left for war looking for adventure and romance but were soon confronted with challenges for which their civilian lives could never have prepared them. Their strength and dignity were remarkable...Using diaries and letters, Peter Rees takes us into the hospital camps and the wards and the tent surgeries on the edge of some of the most horrific battlefronts of human history. But he also allows the friendships and loves of these courageous and compassionate women to enrich their experiences, and ours...Profoundly moving, 'Anzac Girls' is a story of extraordinary courage and humanity shown by a group of women whose contribution to the Anzac legend has barely been recognised in our history. Peter Rees has changed that understanding forever.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • Aotearoa Psalms Prayers of a New People
    Aotearoa Psalms Prayers of a New People
    ISBN: 9780473135591
    Title: Aotearoa Psalms Prayers of a New People
    Author: COWLEY JOY & COLES TERRY (PHOTOGRAPHY)


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
    $26.00
  • Appetite for Destruction Food: The Good The Bad & The Fatal
    Appetite for Destruction Food: The Good The Bad & The Fatal
    ISBN: 9780987666635
    Title: Appetite for Destruction Food: The Good The Bad & The Fatal
    Author: MORGAN GARETH & SIMMONS GEOFF

    We kiwis are literally eating ourselves to death. In the move from cooking to convenience food we have given up control of what we eat. As a result our food is heavy on sugar, fat and salt, and light on the nutrients our body needs. This is causing a hidden health crisis that will swamp our hospitals just when the baby boomers want their hip operations. The latest book from Gareth Morgan and Geoff Simmons cuts straight to the bone of what ails us, and what we can really do about it. *Free from artificial facts *Rich in vital information *Guaranteed to raise debate

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • April 25 1915 : The Most Glorious Day of My Life
    April 25 1915 : The Most Glorious Day of My Life
    ISBN: 9780473300333
    Title: April 25 1915 : The Most Glorious Day of My Life
    Author: WESTMACOTT SPENCER & TOBIN CHRISTOPHER

    On April 25, 1915, in the famous Battle of the Landing at what become known as Anzac Cove, Lieutenant Spencer Westmacott of the Auckland Infantry Battalion was seriously wounded. However, he survived and went on to write an account of the day which has been called one of the best and truest testimonies of personal experience in battle ever writte. This is his story.

    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • Archaeology of the Pouerua
    Archaeology of the Pouerua
    ISBN: 9781869402921
    Title: Archaeology of the Pouerua
    Author: FUREY & SUTTON & MARSHALL

    This important book on Pacific archaeology studies the extensive pa (native village) site on and around the volcanic cone at Pouerua, Northland, New Zealand. Superbly researched and presented with photographs, maps and figures, this work will be a major reference tool on the archaeology of Polynesia for years to come and will stimulate much academic debate.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • Are Angels Ok: The Parallel Universes of NZ Writers & Scientists
    Are Angels Ok: The Parallel Universes of NZ Writers & Scientists
    ISBN: 9780864735140
    Title: Are Angels Ok: The Parallel Universes of NZ Writers & Scientists
    Author: CALLAGHAN PAUL & MANHIRE BILL

    New Zealands top writers and physicists collaborate to create a provocative and fascinating discussion on the most strange and fantastic aspects of physics. With topics that include the curvature of space time, wave particle duality, the untimely death of Schrodinger's cat, Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle, dark energy, and the end of the universe, this extraordinary guide artfully blends philosophy and literature with science.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Are We There Yet? The Future of the Treaty of Waitangi
    Are We There Yet? The Future of the Treaty of Waitangi
    ISBN: 9780987666680
    Title: Are We There Yet? The Future of the Treaty of Waitangi
    Author: MORGAN GARETH & GUTHRIE SUSAN

    Three questions:
    'Where have we got to with the Treaty of Waitangi?'
    'Is where we have got to a good place?'
    'Where do we go from here?'

    Simple questions we thought. But nothing is simple when you start asking questions about the Treaty of Waitangi. Two years later we have emerged battered and bruised but with something we want to say. 'Fellas, we might be about to crash the truck and you're not even looking!'

    Maori leaders aspire to more political power for Maori, more Maori community autonomy and more economic assistance for Maori. It has become accepted practice among Maori, lawyers and politicians to use the Treaty to progress these aspirations. But there is a limit to the issues the Treaty can credibly be used to resolve. We think the strategy of couching these contemporary Maori aspirations as promises implied in the Treaty is flawed. It is not going to lead to agreement. It also risks undermining the status of the Treaty among non-Maori. Contemporary Maori aspirations are very important and must be debated, but they must be debated openly and honestly, each on their own merits, without looking to the Treaty for legitimacy.

    We think embedding unique political rights for Maori at the centre of public life is highly risky, and for that reason to be avoided. But we also think there's a lot that can be done to improve the lives of Maori. Rethinking the role of central government is essential. The role of government in a diverse society is to help people live lives they value, not some 'one size fits all' typecast. Shifting authority from central government to communities can help with this. But devolution will only improve people's lives if there is widespread collaboration across diverse communities within our society.

    What we've ended up with, and what we present here, is a personal assessment of the way New Zealand is governed. We focus, in particular, on recent changes to political rights and community authority that have been introduced in response to pressure to honour the Treaty. It's really about New Zealand's constitution but don't be put off by that word. This stuff matters and we could be doing a whole lot better than we are.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Arranging a Funeral What You Can Do Yourselves: A NZ Guide
    Arranging a Funeral What You Can Do Yourselves: A NZ Guide
    ISBN: 9780473237745
    Title: Arranging a Funeral What You Can Do Yourselves: A NZ Guide
    Author: TOMLINSON PHILIP D



    Two men have made it their mission to spread the acceptance of DIY funerals, and to aid those who choose to go that way.

    They are Philip Tomlinson of Timaru and Paul Briggs of Nelson.

    The pair are in open rebellion against the funeral industry because both feel the New Zealand funeral industry has become too commercialised and demands too much money from families.

    Tomlinson, a retired mathematician, has even published a book on the subject, Arranging a Funeral, to give people some pointers on doing it themselves.

    Tomlinson warns it would be a big ask for someone to just pick up his book after a death and begin organising the funeral, though it has been done.

    Instead, both Tomlinson and Briggs insist the key to DIY send-offs is pre-preparation, especially as there will be risk-averse family members who will insist a funeral is not cobbled together.

    "Unless preparations have been put together, a funeral director is almost certainly rung," Tomlinson says.

    Broadly speaking, there are seven key areas that need to be done to organise a funeral.

    These are:

    1. The interim care of the deceased.

    2. Completing the legal paperwork.

    3. Transporting the deceased.

    4. Informing the community of the death.

    5. Acquiring a coffin.

    6. Organising the burial, or cremation.

    7. Organising the funeral service.

    Only the first, and possibly the third, areas present any real difficulties.

    Cremations and burials can be arranged directly once the paperwork is done, and do not require a funeral director. Death notices can be placed in newspapers without aid. A hall, church or other reception place can be arranged, catering planned, flowers ordered.

    To achieve these things just requires organisation and a little knowledge, and that, says Briggs, is not something you want to be learning when there's a body in the bedroom.

    "Very few people do want to think about it or do any planning, so when a death happens they are totally unprepared," says Briggs, who was prompted into his stance after his father's funeral, which felt totally out of keeping with the man. With the stress and grief, it is a terrible time to be thinking about DIY.

    He says it is entirely possible for professional funeral directors to do as little as 20 per cent of the work in the funeral process - picking up the deceased and storing them in preparation for the burial or cremation. The family can do the rest.
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    Some funeral directors may be resistant to being hired to do so little, Briggs says, and they may even try to insist that people pay a "minimum" package price for the service that's the same as their no frills cremation package, sometimes in the region of $2500.

    Negotiating may be hard, and both Tomlinson and Briggs say they have had "wrestles" with funeral directors to get what they consider to be fair and transparent pricing.

    Some families even prefer to store and transport their loved ones' bodies themselves, though Tomlinson cautions care both in regards to the dignity of the deceased, as well as the risk to the backs of those lifting bodies which are quite literally dead weights.

    Dealing with dead bodies is something our society has made unfamiliar to most of us, says Tomlinson, but it is entirely possible. However, how hot the weather is and the length of time until the deceased is buried or cremated are both factors that need to be considered. Some keen DIYers even buy dry ice to help keep bodies cool, Tomlinson says, removing the need for contracting a funeral director to store the body.

    A possible hitch to managing a body is it can be hard to organise a coffin in a short space of time as not all funeral directors may be happy to sell you a casket on its own, Tomlinson says.

    If a casket can can be bought in advance - and the internet makes sourcing one easier - a great deal of pressure is taken off the DIY funeral arranger. Once a body is in a coffin, it is easier to manage.

    Tomlinson says the cost of a traditional funeral is a big burden for many families, and prices of $8000 to $10,000 seem relatively common.

    And he bridles at some of the things that have come to be seen as normal, such as the standard practice to burn or immediately bury an immaculately finished expensive coffin.

    People may think that is a fitting way to show respect for the dead, and if that is people's choice, so be it, says Tomlinson. But for others a home-made MDF coffin, on which loved ones have written and drawn messages and tributes to the dead may be an equally valid choice.

    Similarly, Tomlinson believes much of the embalming that is done before burials is unnecessary, and just adds to costs.

    Both however warn that people who wish to do things themselves may find hurdles in the way.

    Tomlinson says he's fought with funeral directors to get quotes for the provision of limited services such as body collection and storage.

    Crematoria may even try to insist only funeral directors can arrange cremations. But Tomlinson says you can insist that you are a funeral director and legally so. If need be, quote from the Internal Affairs brochure, "A funeral director means a person whose business is or includes the burial and/or cremation of bodies."

    THE IMPETUS

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    You may feel the obligation to "present" an entertainment-oriented funeral while carrying grief is an awful ordeal.

    You may feel professional services are inordinately expensive or even unaffordable.

    You may find that purchasing a full funeral package, in which everything is done for you, leaves you "wringing your hands", wanting to do something.

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