• 100 Days that Mapped a Nation
    100 Days that Mapped a Nation
    ISBN: 9781869665128
    Title: 100 Days that Mapped a Nation
    Author: LAY GRAEME

    October 2019 marks the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook’s first landfall in New Zealand. One Hundred Days that Mapped a Nation marks this historic occasion by looking at Cook’s intrepid journeys to New Zealand and the Pacific that were unprecedented for the time and had such far-reaching consequences. His initial voyage on the Endeavour was focused on observing the transit of Venus to gather information to help with nautical navigation and as a result he had on board astronomer Charles Green, naturalists Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander and later artist William Hodges. This has left a legacy of first-hand accounts and artworks that bring alive the impressions of Cook and his crew, and what they experienced in their early encounters with the inhabitants and their reactions to the exotic landscape. Ships logs, journal entries, maps and illustrations help to build a vivid portrait of the places and people encountered by Cook, recording his impressions and those of some of the talented men who accompanied him. It also looks at the challenges of the voyages, from preventing scurvy to finding adequate provisions. Highly illustrated with a lively but authoritative text by Graeme Lay, this book is the definitive celebration of a remarkable achievement. In the 100 days Captain Cook spent here on three separate voyages he managed to charter the coastline of New Zealand, literally putting the country on the map.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $65.00
  • 100 Natural History Treasures of Te Papa
    100 Natural History Treasures of Te Papa
    ISBN: 9780994146052
    Title: 100 Natural History Treasures of Te Papa

    In this fascinating book Te Papas science team of experts showcase 100 collection objects that demonstrate the breadth and depth of the collection and the museums important ongoing research. Te Papas expert curators and collections managers tell the fascinating stories of everything from the colossal squid to the flaming flagfins and from sea spiders to beaver fleas. Since the Colonial Museum opened in 1865 and the first director, Sir James Hector, began collecting items of geological and natural history significance, the collections of New Zealands national museum have become enormously significant not to mention enormous.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • Ake Ake Kia Kaha E! B Company 28 (Maori) Battalion 1939-1945
    Ake Ake Kia Kaha E! B Company 28 (Maori) Battalion 1939-1945
    ISBN: 9781869539856
    Title: Ake Ake Kia Kaha E! B Company 28 (Maori) Battalion 1939-1945

    A truly unique insight into the impact the Second World War had on the iwi of the central North Island and Bay of Plenty districts (including Te Arawa, Ngati Tuwharetoa, Tuhoe, Whanau-a-Apanui, Ngati Maru and Ngati Paoa) focusing on the region's war effort not only overseas, but also at home and in government. Through personal recollections, eyewitness accounts, numerous anecdotes and highly illustrated throughout, the book tells the fascinating story of the B Company's war, capturing the special `spirit' of the Maori Battalion. Features over 200 images, many not seen in print before, plus hundreds of portraits of the men of B Company (650+ our of approx 900 who served) generously provided by whanau. Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Harawira Wira Tiri Gardiner, KNZM, is a former professional soldier, senior public servant and writer. He was contracted to write B Company's history in 2015. His tribal affiliations are Ngati Awa, Ngati Pikiao, Whakatohea and Te Whanua-a-Apanui.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
  • Anzac Sniper
    Anzac Sniper
    ISBN: 9780733338458
    Title: Anzac Sniper
    Author: ROLAND PERRY

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Army Fundamentals: from Making Soldiers to the Limits of the Military Instrument
    Army Fundamentals: from Making Soldiers to the Limits of the Military Instrument
    ISBN: 9780994140739
    Title: Army Fundamentals: from Making Soldiers to the Limits of the Military Instrument
    Author: GREENER B K ED

    How do we understand the functions of militaries of democratic societies? How good soldiers are made, how they behave when posted overseas, the issue of gender and the increased use of military beyond their core functions all demand a closer academic examination.

    This edited collection brings together work by exciting new scholars as well as established academics, and examines the identity and functions of the New Zealand Army from a range of perspectives. Drawing on anthropology, political studies, international relations, development studies, law, and defence and security studies, it provides a multi-faceted view of one military organisation, and helps further our understanding of the character and the challenges of military personnel and institutions in the twenty-first century.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • Backstage Passes: The Untold Story of NZ's Live Music Venues 1960-1990
    Backstage Passes: The Untold Story of NZ's Live Music Venues 1960-1990
    ISBN: 9781869664879
    Title: Backstage Passes: The Untold Story of NZ's Live Music Venues 1960-1990

    New Zealand music was made on beer-stained stages, in grimy toilets and smoky back rooms. Backstage Passes charts the stories of the countries most celebrated live music venues. Hookers, heroin, cocaine, killings, sex in alleyways, punch-ups on dance floors - live music was the nexus around which a cultural history happened.

    Backstage Passes has the inside story on what it was like to be part of a vibrant scene when New Zealand was a rural backwater. First-hand accounts from muscicians, fans and bar owners bring each chapter to life.

    The beating heart of the book is the music and the spaces within which the music was played. Rock, pop, reggae, punk and hip-hop, every genre has its heroes and villians, it's successes and casualties. Backstage Passes is a tribute to all the characters whom sizzled up the stage, worked the doors, poured the beers and danced to the beat.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Beach Life: A Celebration of Kiwi Beach Culture
    Beach Life: A Celebration of Kiwi Beach Culture
    ISBN: 9780143770022
    Title: Beach Life: A Celebration of Kiwi Beach Culture

    A fascinating account of how the beach has influenced New Zealand lifestyle, culture and identity.

    Experiencing beach life is simply part of being a New Zealander. It has helped shape our annual summer holiday, the games we play, the clothes we wear and the houses we build. It has also played an important role in the development of Kiwi identity.
    In this compelling and generously illustrated exploration of beach life over the last 90 years, writer, historian and style commentator Douglas Lloyd Jenkins examines how attitudes towards the beach have evolved and how the beach – a hot bed of hedonistic pleasures as well as a magnet for holidaying families – has in turn brought about important social change. Open to all, yet increasingly fringed with expensive property accessible only to the rich, the New Zealand beach has always been a place of extremes

    In Beach Life, Lloyd Jenkins provides a colourful account of the pioneering trends and pivotal influences that have shaped Kiwis enduring attraction to the beach and the lasting impact the beach has had on every aspect of New Zealand society.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $60.00
  • Behind Bars: Real Life Inside NZ's Prisons
    Behind Bars: Real Life Inside NZ's Prisons
    ISBN: 9780143770268
    Title: Behind Bars: Real Life Inside NZ's Prisons
    Author: LEASK ANNA

    A raw, revealing and powerful account of life inside, as told by prison inmates. Violence. Gangs. Drugs. Smuggling. Weapons. Scams. Hierarchy. Murder. Welcome to prison life in New Zealand. Most New Zealanders will never know what it's like to do time, to spend days, months, years, even decades behind bars with some of the country's most dangerous, volatile and notorious criminals. For the men and women who have spent time inside, it's an experience they will never forget. These are their stories. Behind Barstakes you deep into the prisons of New Zealand and reveals the private lives of inmates - their first night inside, how they spend their time, how they change, learn who to trust, how to fit in and, ultimately, how they survive. A raw and fascinating glimpse into a world most of us can only imagine. 'You exist, you survive. You see many things, and you meet many people you wish to God you'd never met. Prison is not real. What happens in there happens, but it's not real life.'

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Best of Both Worlds: the Story of Elsdon Best & Tutakangahau
    Best of Both Worlds: the Story of Elsdon Best & Tutakangahau
    ISBN: 9780143008422
    Title: Best of Both Worlds: the Story of Elsdon Best & Tutakangahau

    In 1895 a meeting took place in the rugged Urewera ranges - Tuhoe country - that would have lasting effects on our views of traditional Maori society. Elsdon Best, a self-taught anthropologist and quartermaster on the road past Lake Waikaremoana, was sought out by a leading Tuhoe chief, Tutakangahau of Maungapohatu. The stories he gave to Best to be recorded for future generations are with us today. Best went on to become a noted Pakeha authority on a people he would style as the last of 'the oldtime Maori'. How much did the old man tell him? Was it freely given? Can Best's writings - so pervasive today in our understanding of Maori culture - be truly relied upon? In his unique examination of this historically significant relationship, Jeffrey Paparoa Holman poses such searching questions, further informing a vital national debate on the shared identity - and destiny - of Maori and Pakeha.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Best of NZ LP
    Best of NZ LP
    ISBN: 9781786571878
    Title: Best of NZ LP
    Author: 2ND EDITION

    Lonely Planet: The world's number one travel guide publisher*

    Lonely Planet's Best of New Zealandis your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Take the plunge with a bungy jump in Queenstown, sip fine sauvignon blanc in Marlborough and craft been in Nelson, and watch the iconic Mitre Peak appear through the mist in Milford Sound - all with your trusted travel companion. Discover the best of New Zealand and begin your journey now!

    InsideLonely Planet's Best of New Zealand:

    • Full-colour images throughout
    • Highlightsand itinerarieshelp you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
    • Insider tipsto save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
    • Essential infoat your fingertips- hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
    • Honest reviews for all budgets- eating, sightseeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
    • Cultural insights provide a richer, more rewarding travel experience - covering history, art, food, wine, sport, landscapes, wildlife
    • Free, convenient pull-out map(included in print version), plus easy-to-use colour maps to help you navigate
    • CoversAuckland, Bay of Islands, Coromandel Peninsula, Waikato, King Country, Rotorua, Taupo, Tongariro National Park, Wellington, Marlborough, Nelson, Christchurch, Queenstown, Fiordland, and more

    The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet's Best of New Zealandis filled with inspiring and colourful photos, and focuses on New Zealand's most popular attractions for those wanting to experience the best of the best.

    Looking for a more comprehensive guide that recommends both popular and offbeat experiences, and extensively covers all the country has to offer? Check out Lonely Planet's New Zealand.

    About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world's number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we've printed over 145 million guidebooks and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You'll also find our content online, and in mobile apps, video, 14 languages, nine international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more.

    'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times

    'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia)

    *Source: Nielsen BookScan: Australia, UK, USA, 5/2016-4/2017

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Best of Nz Memories Volume Two
    Best of Nz Memories Volume Two
    ISBN: 9789789445509
    Title: Best of Nz Memories Volume Two
    Author: NZ MEMORIES

    A beautifully presented 272-page Hardcover book containing 65 favourite and enagaging stories from New Zealand Memories.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $82.00
  • Between Worlds: Early Exchanges Between Maori & Europeans 1773-1815
    Between Worlds: Early Exchanges Between Maori & Europeans 1773-1815
    ISBN: 9780143772170
    Title: Between Worlds: Early Exchanges Between Maori & Europeans 1773-1815
    Author: SALMOND ANNE

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $60.00
  • Big Smoke: NZ Cities 1840–1920
    Big Smoke: NZ Cities 1840–1920
    ISBN: 9780947492434
    Title: Big Smoke: NZ Cities 1840–1920
    Author: SCHRADER BEN

    Unlike in Europe, North America, Australia and elsewhere, urban history has never been sustained as a distinct field of scholarship in New Zealand. This is surprising, considering that since the early twentieth century most New Zealanders have lived in towns and cities – 86 per cent were urban in 2014. Yet we know surprisingly little about these urban dwellers and the spaces in which they lived.

    The pursuit of city life is one of the most important untold stories of New Zealand. The Big Smoke is the first comprehensive history to tell this story, presenting a dynamic and highly illustrated account of city life from 1840 to 1920.

    It explores such questions as: what did cities look like and how did they change; why were women especially drawn to live in cities; in what ways did Maori experience and shape cities; how far was the street a living room and stage for city life; and why did New Zealand so quickly became a nation of townspeople?

    At a time of national debate over housing and the growth of our cities, Ben Schrader’s superb new history reveals how our urban origins have shaped the people we are today.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $60.00
  • Bishops, Boozers, Brethren & Burkas: A Cartoon History of Religion in NZ
    Bishops, Boozers, Brethren & Burkas: A Cartoon History of Religion in NZ
    ISBN: 9780992247713
    Title: Bishops, Boozers, Brethren & Burkas: A Cartoon History of Religion in NZ

    Bishops, Boozers, Brethren & Burkhas uses cartoons from 1860s to the present day to discuss the way religion in New Zealand has been represented by our cartoonists. There is no general history of religion in New Zealand so this book is a unique contribution in providing not only a cartoon history of religion in this country but also a history via cartoons. From the 1860s, settlers viewed issues of religion and politics as problematic, but in the main, religion remained part of the fabric of society. However, religion was more of a concern for our cartoonists as New Zealand became an increasingly secular nation from the 1970s onwards. This not only reflects the generation of cartoonists whose work was published from the 1970s but also a shift in New Zealand society more generally. Overall, when religion was less of a contested identity and influence, cartoonists tended to leave religion and the church alone. However, as the country became, very quickly, a secular society from the 1970s onwards, religion was a target of cartoonists. Religion and the religious were increasingly presented as representing religious and social attitudes and beliefs regarded as out of step with a modern society.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Bitter Sweet: Indigenous Women in the South Pacific
    Bitter Sweet: Indigenous Women in the South Pacific
    ISBN: 9781877133879
    Title: Bitter Sweet: Indigenous Women in the South Pacific

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $48.00
  • Bloomsbury South: the Arts in Christchurch 1933-1953
    Bloomsbury South: the Arts in Christchurch 1933-1953
    ISBN: 9781869408480
    Title: Bloomsbury South: the Arts in Christchurch 1933-1953

    For two decades in Christchurch, New Zealand, a cast of extraordinary men and women remade the arts. Variously between 1933 and 1953, Christchurch was the home of Angus and Bensemann and McCahon, Curnow and Glover and Baxter, the Group, the Caxton Press and the Little Theatre, Landfall and Tomorrow, Ngaio Marsh and Douglas Lilburn. It was a city in which painters lived with writers, writers promoted musicians, in which the arts and artists from different forms were deeply intertwined. And it was a city where artists developed a powerful synthesis of European modernist influences and an assertive New Zealand nationalism that gave mid-century New Zealand cultural life its particular shape.

    In this book, Simpson tells the remarkable story of the rise and fall of this ‘Bloomsbury South’ and the arts and artists that made it. Simpson brings to life the individual talents and their passions, but he also takes us inside the scenes that they created together: Bethell and her visiting coterie of younger poets; Glover and Bensemann’s exacting typography at the Caxton Press; the yearly exhibitions and aesthetic clashes of the Group; McCahon and Baxter’s developing friendship; the effects of Brasch’s patronage; Marsh’s Shakespearian re-creations at the Little Theatre. Simpson recreates a Christchurch we have lost, where a group of artists collaborated to create a distinctively New Zealand art which spoke to the condition of their country as it emerged into the modern era.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $70.00
  • Broken Decade: Prosperity, Depression & Recovery in Nz 1928-39
    Broken Decade: Prosperity, Depression & Recovery in Nz 1928-39
    ISBN: 9781927322260
    Title: Broken Decade: Prosperity, Depression & Recovery in Nz 1928-39

    The Depression of the 1930s was a defining period in New Zealand history. It had its own vocabulary swaggers and sugarbags, relief work and sustenance, the Queen Street riots and special constables that was all too familiar to those who lived through that tumultuous decade. But one generations reality is anothers history. The desperate struggles experienced by many for work, food and shelter during the 1930s eventually gave way to the sunny postwar years, when the Depression was no more than an uncomfortable memory. And now, for the children of the twenty-first century, its just a word. While the lives of those most affected by the Depression have been admirably documented in oral histories in various forms, the political and economic context, and the manoeuvrings and responses to the unprecedented conditions have not, until now, been given the extensive analysis they deserve. The Broken Decade, Malcolm McKinnons detailed and absorbing history of this period, unpicks the Depression year by year. It begins by introducing the prosperous world of New Zealand in the late 1920s before focusing on the sudden onset of the Depression in 193031, the catastrophic months that followed and, finally, on the attempt to find a way back to that pre-Depression prosperity. Informed by exhaustive research, relevant statistics and fascinating personal accounts, and made accessible and meaningful by insightful analysis, this important book will become New Zealands definitive study of the 1930s Depression.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $50.00
  • Bulford Kiwi
    Bulford Kiwi
    ISBN: 9781869539849
    Title: Bulford Kiwi

    The intriguing story of a 130m-tall Kiwi, carved into a hill in southern England by New Zealand troops waiting to go home at the end of the World War One.

    "Little known story from after WW1, when NZ troops waited months in Sling Camp in southern England after the war ended to get a ship home.

    "Rioting in the camp led to plans to keep troops busy by cutting a giant Kiwi into the chalk hill behind the camp.

    "The Bulford Kiwi has become a monument built by soldiers, not governments, for themselves and their mates.

    "In 2017 the Bulford Kiwi was made a protected heritage site by UK government.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • But I Changed all That: 'First' NZ Women
    But I Changed all That: 'First' NZ Women
    ISBN: 9780473450014
    Title: But I Changed all That: 'First' NZ Women

    It includes 'the obvious suspects' of politics - for example, the first woman MP was Elizabeth McCombs, elected for Labour in Lyttelton in 1933 and the first Maori woman MP, Iriaka Ratana, stood for Labour in Western Maori. Both won by-elections after the deaths of their husbands, who had previously held the seat, both with increased majorities.

    New Zealand's first woman Prime Minister, Jenny Shipley, is seen planting trees with Auckland schoolchildren. Helen Clark, our first elected Prime minister, appears in Karangahape Road late on the night she was elected in 1999. The first woman Cabinet minister, Labour MP Mabel Howard, is seen dancing with pop star Johnny Devlin. The first Maori woman Cabinet minister, Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan, is shown still at work when two days past the due date for her first baby; four years later she became the first Cabinet minister in the world to give birth.

    Dame Cath Tizard was the first woman governor-general, in 1990, having been the first mayor of Auckland. However, the first woman mayor in the British Empire was Elizabeth Yates, elected in Onehunga in the local body elections of November 1893.

    Some of the women featured were first in their field in New Zealand. Others are the first New Zealander to have achieved internationally in their field, like Keri Hulme, first New Zealander to win the Booker Prize, and Jane Campion the only New Zealander to win the Grand Prix at Cannes.

    Also included are rugby player Farah Palmer, referee Nicky Inwood, Bishop Penny Jamieson, cultural safety activist Irihapeti Ramsden, jockey Linda Jones, firefighter Anne Barry, Olympian Yvette William, television documentary maker Shirley Maddock, painter Frances Hodgkins and writer Katherine Mansfield, among others.

    The title comes from singer Dinah Lee. When she became the first New Zealand woman to have a number one hit overseas in 1964, the men in the band told her 'not to get a big head. To them the girl singer was just a fill-in. But I changed all that. All of a sudden I was going out on my own tours'.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $18.00
  • By Their Fruits You Will Know Them: Early Maori Leaders in the Mormon Church, Vol 2
    By Their Fruits You Will Know Them: Early Maori Leaders in the Mormon Church, Vol 2
    ISBN: 9780947493127
    Title: By Their Fruits You Will Know Them: Early Maori Leaders in the Mormon Church, Vol 2

    This book follows Turning the Hearts of the Children, exploring why so many Maori in the 1880s were inspired to question the mainstream churches and flock to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormon church. Once again each chapter is written by direct descendants of a further twelve influential men and women, mostly born in the 19th century, who joined the Mormon Church in Aotearoa New Zealand and became leaders.
    Selwyn Katene's introduction captures the relevance of these stories in the 21st century:
    I hope that this book will encourage those who aspire to follow in the footsteps of these Maori leaders by daring greatly, challenging the status quo, inspiring a shared vision, modelling the appropriate behaviours, and
    `taking the people with them' along the journey to leadership success.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
  • Camera in the Crowd: Filming NZ in Peace & War, 1895–1920
    Camera in the Crowd: Filming NZ in Peace & War, 1895–1920
    ISBN: 9780947506346
    Title: Camera in the Crowd: Filming NZ in Peace & War, 1895–1920

    Filming and cinema quickly won the hearts of New Zealand from the
    mid-1890s, yet the story of the cameramen and the film they took
    here and in the First World War has never been fully captured. This
    attractive hardback brings to fruition years of original research and
    archival work by esteemed historian Christopher Pugsley (Gallipoli),
    and features over 200 photos and illustrations.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $80.00
  • Chatham Islands: Heritage & Conservation 2ed
    Chatham Islands: Heritage & Conservation 2ed
    ISBN: 9781877257780
    Title: Chatham Islands: Heritage & Conservation 2ed

    Revised and expanded to include up-to-date information, this new edition describes the Chatham Islands with emphasis on their geology, flora, fauna, habitats, and extinct and endangered species on land, in freshwater, and in the sea. Beginning with an introduction to the human history of the islands, this guide enumerates the many reserves and covenants that have been established to protect and conserve the islands' heritage. The nonscientific approach makes this an easily accessible, comprehensive overview of the islands supplemented by beautiful color photography. Visitors, residents, conservationists, and scientists will find this a practical guide to the natural habitat of the Chatham Islands.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Circa 1996-2016 a Celebration of Forty Years
    Circa 1996-2016 a Celebration of Forty Years
    ISBN: 9780994130235
    Title: Circa 1996-2016 a Celebration of Forty Years
    Author: WILSON LINDA

    Circa Theatre is forty! This lavish, 313-page volume – a companion book to “Circa 1976-1996? – showcases and celebrates the amazing productions that we have seen on our stages since 1996.
    Trained as a teacher and librarian, Linda Wilson’s first involvement with Circa Theatre was as Stage Manager in 1979 where she was involved with a vast number of productions. She has been a member of the Circa Council since 1985 and has been Co-ordinator once. Linda held the position of Secretary for many years, looking after the Circa archive, and is currently Convenor of the Programming Group as well as the theatre’s Box Office Manager.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Classic NZ Cycle Trails 4ed
    Classic NZ Cycle Trails 4ed
    ISBN: 9780994145420
    Title: Classic NZ Cycle Trails 4ed

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Classic NZ Mountain Bike Rides 10th edition
    Classic NZ Mountain Bike Rides 10th edition
    ISBN: 9780994145437
    Title: Classic NZ Mountain Bike Rides 10th edition

    The latest edition of the Kennett's founding title is a larger format book that focuses on the 40 best mountain bike rides in the country.
    The Kennett Brothers have drawn on decades of riding experience to bring together the best of the best.
    There's something here for everyone here, from multi-day back country adventures, to loops through purpose built trail networks.
    Each chapter will cover a key riding area in depth including fascinating back stories and spectacular photographs, giving readers a real sense of place.
    Many Mountain Bike Parks have tens of kilometres of tracks of varying difficulty weaving through forest. If you don't have local knowledge it can be difficult to choose a route.
    For these situations, the book outlines recommended routes, carefully tailored to different riding abilities and levels of commitment.
    Each ride includes:
    Detailed route descriptions.
    Geographx 3D maps
    Elevation charts
    Essential services.
    Nearby rides
    The perfect gift for mountain bikers looking for inspiration as they dream of their next adventure!

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $50.00
  • Close to the Wind
    Close to the Wind
    ISBN: 9781775503491
    Title: Close to the Wind
    Author: HILL DAVID

    In May 1940, a group of Auckland yachtsmen who were members of the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve left for the war. Leonard Hill, a young Maori sailor, and his friends arrived in Singapore under siege. Playing to their strengths as small boat sailors, they manned fast motor launches, raiding and rescuing Allies from behind enemy lines. On the night of 13 February 1942, the eve of the fall of Singapore, they took two Fairmiles, ML310 and ML311, to evacuate members of the Allied High Command and survivors of sinking vessels. Hunted down by the Japanese, most of the almost one hundred men perished. Some became POWs, and of those who attempted to escape, only three succeeded: Leonard Hill, Herbert 'Johnny' Bull and Andrew Brough. This is the story of how they evaded the Japanese and survived.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Colonial Naturalist: Henry Suter's Life of Discovery & Hardship in NZ
    Colonial Naturalist: Henry Suter's Life of Discovery & Hardship in NZ
    ISBN: 9780473401689
    Title: Colonial Naturalist: Henry Suter's Life of Discovery & Hardship in NZ
    Author: HYDE PAMELA

    Henry Suter is one of the forgotten German-speaking naturalists who made it their life’s work to discover and describe New Zealand’s flora and fauna. Leaving behind a failed business in Switzerland, Suter came to New Zealand with his wife and seven children in 1887 expecting to find employment in science. Instead, he found poverty and despair. He also found an absorbing natural environment and a vibrant scientific community. Suter never managed to secure permanent employment but found short-term work in New Zealand museums. He became a renowned naturalist discovering molluscs, spiders, lizards and botany as well as a prolific trader of items desired by overseas collectors. This book provides new insights into science in 19th and early twentieth century New Zealand by exploring the relationships between Suter, James Hector, William Colenso, Frederick Hutton, Thomas Cheeseman, Augustus Hamilton and others. It is also an intriguing story of hardship and prevailing against the odds. The book includes more than 90 images, many of which are in colour and have not been previously published.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Creative Victoria: A History of 119 Years of Creativity at Victoria University of Wellington
    Creative Victoria: A History of 119 Years of Creativity at Victoria University of Wellington
    ISBN: 9781776562060
    Title: Creative Victoria: A History of 119 Years of Creativity at Victoria University of Wellington

    Creativity isn’t all about individual inspiration and work. It sparks from the cross-fertilisation of energy and imaginations and ideas, and thrives in institutional, social and cultural places that recognise the worth of cultural activity and creative expression, and that make room for and foster it.

    Over 119 years (and counting) Victoria University has made huge contributions to the cultural and creative life of Wellington and New Zealand, and beyond—in music, art, theatre, film, architecture, creative literature and publishing. It has actively sought to encourage creative thinking and creative expression—in a diversity of forms, across a diversity of fields—and to establish the creative arts as not only a legitimate but a vital part of the institution and its work.

    This is a story not only of the creative activity that has come out of Victoria, but also of the university’s role as a custodian of cultural treasures, and of its engagement with creative and cultural life beyond its doors. It is a rich and distinctive history, one of which the University of Wellington can be proud.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Cuba Street Project: Place, Food, People
    Cuba Street Project: Place, Food, People
    ISBN: 9780143772347
    Title: Cuba Street Project: Place, Food, People

    More than just a cookbook.
    Cuba Street has many faces. Restaurants, cafUs, record shops, fashion outlets - and the bucket fountain. Cuba Street has iconic status in Wellington - its colour and character over the last few decades have made it a favourite spot for locals and visitors alike. From the late lamented Matterhorn and Mighty Mighty, to Midnight Espresso, Logan Brown and Ombra, the street is filled with places and people worth remembering.
    Beth Brash is a Wellington-based foodie and blogger. She knows the local food scene extremely well, having been the manager of the popular Beervana festival and now programme manager for Visa Wellington On a Plate. She and her photographer sister, Alice Lloyd, spent a summer capturing the essence of Cuba Street, visiting all the eateries and off-beat shops, with Alice taking the photographs and Beth researching, interviewing and gathering recipes. The fascinating result is The Cuba Street Project.
    Great production values (hardback with blunt cut edges) and a very contemporary look make this a highly desirable package.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
  • Dancing With the King: The Rise & Fall of the King Country, 1864-1885
    Dancing With the King: The Rise & Fall of the King Country, 1864-1885
    ISBN: 9781869408695
    Title: Dancing With the King: The Rise & Fall of the King Country, 1864-1885

    When Maori were defeated at Orakau in 1864 and the Waikato War ended, Tawhiao, the second Maori King, and his supporters were forced into an armed exile in the Rohe Potae, the King Country. For the next twenty years, the King Country operated as an independent state ¿ a land governed by the Maori King where settlers and the Crown entered at risk of their lives. Dancing with the King is the story of the King Country when it was the King¿s country, and of the negotiations between the King and the Queen that finally opened the area to European settlement. For twenty years, the King and the Queen¿s representatives engaged in a dance of diplomacy involving gamesmanship, conspiracy, pageantry and hard headed politics, with the occasional act of violence or threat of it. While the Crown refused to acknowledge the King¿s legitimacy, the colonial government and the settlers were forced to treat Tawhiao as a King, to negotiate with him as the ruler and representative of a sovereign state, and to accord him the respect and formality that this involved. Colonial negotiators even made Tawhiao offers of settlement that came very close to recognising his sovereign authority. Dancing with the King is a riveting account of a key moment in New Zealand history as an extraordinary cast of characters ¿ Tawhiao and Rewi Maniapoto, Donald McLean and George Grey ¿ negotiated the role of the King and the Queen, of Maori and Pakeha, in New Zealand.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $65.00
  • Dark Island: Leprosy in NZ & the Quail Island Colony
    Dark Island: Leprosy in NZ & the Quail Island Colony
    ISBN: 9781988545981
    Title: Dark Island: Leprosy in NZ & the Quail Island Colony

    From 1906 to 1925 Quail Island was the site of New Zealands leprosy colony. The colony began by accident, as it were, after the discovery of a leprosy sufferer in Christchurch. As further patients arrived from across the country, it grew into a controversial and troubled institution an embarrassment to the Health Department, an object of pity to a few, a source of fear to many. It was a place that some people wanted to forget, but its stories are worth remembering: among them are stories of remarkable generosity and selflessness, as well as of violence and great suffering. This fascinating narrative from a talented young historian reveals a little-known aspect of New Zealands past. Through the tale of the Quail Island colony, the book shines a light on wider society in that period, both in New Zealand and beyond. Elegantly and engagingly written, The Dark Island heralds the arrival of a significant historical voice.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Dead Letters: Censorship & Subversion in NZ 1914-1920
    Dead Letters: Censorship & Subversion in NZ 1914-1920
    ISBN: 9781988531526
    Title: Dead Letters: Censorship & Subversion in NZ 1914-1920

    In 1918, from deep within the West Coast bush, a miner on the run from the military wrote a letter to his sweetheart. Two months later he was in jail. Like millions of others, his letter had been steamed open by a team of censors shrouded in secrecy. Using their confiscated mail as a starting point, 'Dead Letters: Censorship and subversion in New Zealand 1914-1920' reveals the remarkable stories of people caught in the web of wartime surveillance. Among them were a feisty German-born socialist, a Norwegian watersider, an affectionate Irish nationalist, a love-struck miner, an aspiring Maxim Gorky, a cross-dressing doctor, a nameless rural labourer, an avid letter writer with a hatred of war, and two mystical dairy farmers with a poetic bent. Military censorship within New Zealand meant that their letters were stopped, confiscated and filed away, sealed and unread for over 100 years. Until now. Intimate and engaging, this dramatic narrative weaves together the personal and political, bringing to light the reality of wartime censorship. In an age of growing state power, new forms of surveillance and control, and fragility of the right to privacy and freedom of opinion, Dead Letters is a startling reminder that we have been here before.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Eddie Norman & 25 Battalion
    Eddie Norman & 25 Battalion
    ISBN: 9781988595061
    Title: Eddie Norman & 25 Battalion

    When World War Two broke out, three theological students left their college in Auckland to the sound of bagpipes and volunteered to fight. Eddie Norman, aged 22 from Hawke’s Bay, was one of them. A natural leader, his first experience of action was at El Alamein in 1942 as a platoon commander, and during the Italian campaign he quickly rose to command 25 Battalion. This is his story.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Elusive Peace: A Kiwi Peacekeeper in Angola
    Elusive Peace: A Kiwi Peacekeeper in Angola
    ISBN: 9781927242742
    Title: Elusive Peace: A Kiwi Peacekeeper in Angola
    Author: MCLEOD JOHN

    In 1986 John McLeod published Myth and Reality :
    The New Zealand Soldier in World War II. It was
    controversial but widely praised; one reviewer said it was
    one of the most important New Zealand books ever.
    One criticism that challenged John was that to
    fully understand war you have to actually face fire. In
    1998 he served as a United Nations Military Observer,
    monitoring the fraught Angolan peace process.
    Achieving peace in that war-wracked country proved
    elusive, and the violence and bloodshed he experienced
    affected him deeply.
    It has taken a long time for John to be able to tell his
    story, which graphically reveals the disturbing realities of
    modern peacekeeping — and its far-reaching impact on
    those at the front line.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Encircled Lands: Te Urewera 1820-1921
    Encircled Lands: Te Urewera 1820-1921
    ISBN: 9781877242441
    Title: Encircled Lands: Te Urewera 1820-1921

    For Europeans during the nineteenth century, the Urewera was a remote and savagely enticing wilderness; for those who lived there, it was a sheltering heartland. This history documents the first hundred years of the ""Rohe Potae"" (the 'encircled lands' of the Urewera) following European contact. Early in the period the terrain was criss-crossed by missionaries and (from 1866) by government troops. In 1866-67 large areas were taken by confiscation of forced cession. At the end of the fighting in 1872, by the agreed terms of peace, the Urerewa became an autonomous district, governed by its own leaders. It's existence as a separate tribal district was formally ratified in 1896.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $90.00
  • Expatriates: The Connection Between Colony & its Founder
    Expatriates: The Connection Between Colony & its Founder
    ISBN: 9781988533179
    Title: Expatriates: The Connection Between Colony & its Founder

    The connection between a colony and its founder, centre and margin, is always paradoxical. Where once Britain sent colonists out into the world, now the descendents of those colonists return to interrogate the centre.

    This is a book about four of these returners: Harold Williams, journalist, linguist, Foreign Editor of The Times; Ronald Syme, spy, libertarian, historian of ancient Rome; John Platt-Mills, radical lawyer and political activist; and Joseph Burney Trapp, librarian, scholar and protector of culture.

    These were men, born in remote New Zealand, who achieved fame in Europe—even as they were lost sight of at home. Men who became, from the point of view of their country of origin, expatriates.

    A writer of penetrating insight, Martin Edmond explores the intersections of past and present in the lives of these four extraordinary individuals. Their stories combine, in the hands of this award-winning writer, to a moving reflection upon New Zealand’s place in the world, then and now.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $50.00
  • Eyes of Fire: the Last Voyage of the Rainbow Warrior
    Eyes of Fire: the Last Voyage of the Rainbow Warrior
    ISBN: 9781877484285
    Title: Eyes of Fire: the Last Voyage of the Rainbow Warrior
    Author: ROBIE DAVID

    Award-winning journalist David Robie was on board the Greenpeace environmental ship Rainbow Warrior on its last mission to Rongelap Atoll in May 1985 and continued to stay with the ship until it reached Auckland in July. Robie’s account of this voyage – of the Marshall Islands community poisoned by nuclear fallout and of the fatal bombing of the Rainbow Warrior by the French secret service – remains a de?nitive work on Western treachery in the Paci?c, but also shows the power of good people who were willing to stand up and be counted when others desperately needed help.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Far North Rural Road Map
    Far North Rural Road Map
    ISBN: 2020011312501
    Title: Far North Rural Road Map
    Author: KIWIMAPS

    Format: Map
    Price: $10.00
  • Fascinating History of Toys & Games
    Fascinating History of Toys & Games
    ISBN: 9781869664855
    Title: Fascinating History of Toys & Games

    Toys and Games have been entertaining children and adults alike for centuries. From the time of the Pharaohs to current day Chinese Chequers, Model Cars, the Space Race and Star Wars.

    This illustrated history is an incredible insight into the background of the toys that we grew up with, including particular toys and games that became international favourites. The book is not just for toy and game aficionados, but anyone who is interested in history, both social and industrial, and collectors in general. Over 250 colour photographs compliment this wonderfully researched and detailed book.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Fighting to Choose: the Abortion Rights Struggle in Nz
    Fighting to Choose: the Abortion Rights Struggle in Nz
    ISBN: 9780864738868
    Title: Fighting to Choose: the Abortion Rights Struggle in Nz

    Fighting to Choose chronicles one of the most important yet neglected chapters in New Zealand's recent political history. More than thirty years ago, at the height of the second wave of feminism, New Zealand passed one of the most regressive abortion laws in the Western world. How did this happen in a country that prided itself on its progressive social policies - particularly its record on women's rights? And why is such a cumbersome, expensive, endlessly litigated set of statutes still on the books? Fighting to Choose sets out to answer those questions by chronicling one of the most important and yet neglected chapters in New Zealand's recent political history. Based on interviews and in-depth research in numerous archives as well as personal and public collections of papers, Fighting to Choose introduces readers to the main players in what was - and continues to be - an intense and impassioned struggle, analyses their tactics and investigates what happened, and why. Dr ALISON McCULLOCH has worked in journalism for more than twenty years, first in New Zealand and then in the United States, where she spent six years as a staff editor at The New York Times. She has a PhD in philosophy from the University of Colorado, and is active in the pro-choice movement in New Zealand, where she lives and works as a freelance journalist.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $50.00
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