• 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
    $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
    Author: WAUGH SUSAN (EDITOR)

    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
    $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
    Author: GARDINER WIRA

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


    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • As You Will: Carnegie Libraries of the South Pacific
    As You Will: Carnegie Libraries of the South Pacific
    ISBN: 9780908995608
    Title: As You Will: Carnegie Libraries of the South Pacific
    Author: SMITH MICKEY

    In her new book, As You Will: Carnegie Libraries of the South Pacific, artist Mickey Smith documents the historic legacy of 23 Carnegie Libraries erected across the South Pacific, including 18 in NZ. Named after the successful Scottish-American industrialist Andrew Carnegie, his philanthropic trust established 2,509 library buildings throughout the English-speaking world between 1886 and 1917. Featuring 47 original full-colour photographs as well as 23 historic images, and short texts by AUT Professor of Architecture, Charles Walker and Te Tuhi Artistic Director, Gabriela Salgado, this publication is a memorial to the Carnegie legacy, capturing a grand philanthropic project in decline.


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • Automania: Iconic NZ Collections
    Automania: Iconic NZ Collections
    ISBN: 9781988538242
    Title: Automania: Iconic NZ Collections
    Author: JESSEN DON

    Visit the most incredible motor vehicle collections from across New Zealand, rarely ever showcased for the public before.
    From vintage cars to motorbikes, military vehicles to famous movie cars – the owners of these collections take us inside their garages to celebrate the vehicles that have captured their imaginations.
    These vehicles have intriguing histories, with some guaranteed to bring back fond memories of bygone eras, and others we could only dream of owning. Many have been painstakingly restored by the owner, or totally built from scratch. Discover the beloved vehicles that have inspired exceptional cases of Automania!

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • 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
    Author: MATHERS JOANNA

    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
    $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
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    • Honest reviews for all budgets- eating, sightseeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
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    • 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.


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    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • 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
    $60.00
  • Black Flu 1918: The Story of NZ's Worst Public Health Disaster
    Black Flu 1918: The Story of NZ's Worst Public Health Disaster
    ISBN: 9781927145951
    Title: Black Flu 1918: The Story of NZ's Worst Public Health Disaster
    Author: RICE GEOFFREY

    Many New Zealand families were affected by the 1918 influenza pandemic. In the space of about six weeks, over 6400 Pakeha died and an estimated 2500 Maori. That equals nearly half the total of New Zealand soldiers killed in the First World War. Yet these were civilians, dying in the first month of peace. This was New Zealand's worst-ever public health disaster. The whole country seemed to shut down for several weeks in November 1918. Because the victims' bodies turned black when they died, many believed it was the plague.Could it happen again? The risk of another major influenza pandemic is even greater now, thanks to international jet travel. Global flu surveillance should give us better warning, and we now have anti-viral drugs and antibiotics to deal with the secondary pneumonia that was the real killer in 1918. But do we have the systems in place to deal with another massive health crisis? This book shows how we coped back in 1918 - the response of public health officials, how the sick were nursed, how thousands of convalescents were fed and the lessons learned that may still be useful today. It is an inspiring and fascinating story that all New Zealanders need to know about.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • 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
    Author: SIMPSON PETER

    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
    $70.00
  • Bulford Kiwi
    Bulford Kiwi
    ISBN: 9781869539849
    Title: Bulford Kiwi
    Author: BROWN COLLEEN

    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
    $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
    Author: TOLERTON JANE

    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
    $18.00
  • 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
    Author: PUGSLEY CHRISTOPHER

    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
    $80.00
  • Chatham Islands: Heritage & Conservation 2ed
    Chatham Islands: Heritage & Conservation 2ed
    ISBN: 9781877257780
    Title: Chatham Islands: Heritage & Conservation 2ed
    Author: MISKELLY COLIN (EDITOR)

    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
    $40.00
  • Classic NZ Cycle Trails 4ed
    Classic NZ Cycle Trails 4ed
    ISBN: 9780994145420
    Title: Classic NZ Cycle Trails 4ed
    Author: KENNETT JONATHON PAUL & SIMON


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $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
    Author: KENNETT BROTHERS

    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
    $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
    $40.00
  • 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
    Author: BARROWMAN RACHEL

    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
    $40.00
  • Crossing the Lines: The Story of Three Homosexual NZ Soldiers in World War II
    Crossing the Lines: The Story of Three Homosexual NZ Soldiers in World War II
    ISBN: 9781988592381
    Title: Crossing the Lines: The Story of Three Homosexual NZ Soldiers in World War II
    Author: COUTTS BRENT

    In Crossing the Lines, Brent Coutts brings to light the previously untold history of New Zealand homosexual soldiers in World War II, drawing on the experiences of ordinary men who lived through extraordinary times. At the centre of the story are New Zealand soldiers Harold Robinson, Ralph Dyer and Douglas Morison, who shared a queer identity and love of performance. Through their roles as female impersonators in Kiwi concert parties in the Pacific and Egypt they found a place to live as gay men within the military forces, boosting the morale of personnel in the Pacific Campaign and, along the way, falling in love with some of the men they met. Crossing the Lines is a richly illustrated account that follows the men from their formative pre-war lives, through the difficult wartime years to their experiences living in a postwar London where they embraced the many new possibilities available. It is a story of strong friendships, the search for love and belonging as homosexuals within the military and civilian worlds, and the creation of the foundation of the queer community today.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • 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
    Author: BELGRAVE MICHAEL

    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
    $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
    Author: KINGSBURY BENJAMIN

    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
    $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
    Author: DAVIDSON JARED

    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
    $35.00
  • Eddie Norman & 25 Battalion
    Eddie Norman & 25 Battalion
    ISBN: 9781988595061
    Title: Eddie Norman & 25 Battalion
    Author: KAY ELIZABETH

    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
    $40.00
  • Empire & the Making of Native Title: Sovereignty, Property & Indigenous People
    Empire & the Making of Native Title: Sovereignty, Property & Indigenous People
    ISBN: 9781108478298
    Title: Empire & the Making of Native Title: Sovereignty, Property & Indigenous People
    Author: ATTWOOD BAIN

    This book provides a new approach to the historical treatment of indigenous peoples' sovereignty and property rights in Australia and New Zealand. By shifting attention from the original European claims of possession to a comparison of the ways in which British players treated these matters later, Bain Attwood not only reveals some startling similarities between the Australian and New Zealand cases but revises the long-held explanations of the differences. He argues that the treatment of the sovereignty and property rights of First Nations was seldom determined by the workings of moral principle, legal doctrine, political thought or government policy. Instead, it was the highly particular historical circumstances in which the first encounters between natives and Europeans occurred and colonisation began that largely dictated whether treaties of cession were negotiated, just as a bitter political struggle determined the significance of the Treaty of Waitangi and ensured that native title was made in New Zealand.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $54.00
    $54.00
  • Expatriates: The Connection Between Colony & its Founder
    Expatriates: The Connection Between Colony & its Founder
    ISBN: 9781988533179
    Title: Expatriates: The Connection Between Colony & its Founder
    Author: EDMOND MARTIN

    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
    $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
    $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
    $10.00
  • Fascinating History of Toys & Games
    Fascinating History of Toys & Games
    ISBN: 9781869664855
    Title: Fascinating History of Toys & Games
    Author: HENDERSON WARWICK

    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
    $35.00
  • First Map: How James Cook Charted Aotearoa NZ
    First Map: How James Cook Charted Aotearoa NZ
    ISBN: 9781775540946
    Title: First Map: How James Cook Charted Aotearoa NZ
    Author: DUDER TESSA

    The story of how James Cook charted Aotearoa New Zealand, lavishly produced and richly illustrated. Since it was published by the Admiralty in 1816, James Cook's chart of New Zealand has long been regarded as one of the most extraordinary achievements in the history of cartography. First Map: How James Cook Charted Aotearoa New Zealand tells the human story behind the creation of Cook's famous chart, following the progress of his six-month circumnavigation of New Zealand and piecing the map together as the narrative on H.M.B. Endeavour unfolds. It is a story of courage, dogged perseverance and Cook's extraordinary skills as both cartographer and seafarer. Scenes from Tessa Duder's evocative text are beautifully recreated by award-winning illustrator David Elliot in this exquisite large format edition. Published to coincide with the Tuia -- Encounters 250 commemoration of James Cook's 1769-70 journey around New Zealand.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • First Pakehas Around Wellington & Cook Strait 1803 to 1839
    First Pakehas Around Wellington & Cook Strait 1803 to 1839
    ISBN: 9780473516499
    Title: First Pakehas Around Wellington & Cook Strait 1803 to 1839
    Author: RICHARDS RHYS

    The settlers in the New Zealand Company arrived belatedly in
    1839, decades after the first foreign visitors to Port Nicholson and
    Cook Strait. The leaders of the new colony clearly sought to downplay
    and ignore the vital preparatory role played by their pakeha
    predecessors. Wakefield wanted the new colony to begin with a
    clean slate, to be an unsullied replica of ‘English society’. Anyone
    present before the ‘new home’ was established on Wakefield’s
    ideals, was judged to be out of place, to be ignored and cast out of
    polite society before they might pollute the new model. The Nobs
    and Snobs of the new colony clearly preferred to ignore those who
    had preceded them.
    The first sealers, whalers and traders around Cook Strait and Port
    Nicholson before 1839, were indeed a motley lot, but they should no
    longer be denied their rightful place as Wellington’s first pioneers.
    Included are 50 mini-chapters about those pakeha who were here
    before the colony in Wellington began belatedly in 1839. There is
    also a chapter by Charles Heaphy on what he saw at Port Nicholson
    in 1839, and an appendix written by the late John O’C. Ross on ‘The
    European Discovery and Naming of Port Nicholson’.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • For King & Country: Four Brothers, Four Crosses
    For King & Country: Four Brothers, Four Crosses
    ISBN: 9781927167397
    Title: For King & Country: Four Brothers, Four Crosses
    Author: VENNELL JOCK

    The third of three books by military historian Jock Vennell on New Zealand's participation in World War 1 through the experiences of its commanders and the men they led.

    This book is the story of a New Zealand family of five brothers who enlisted to fight for their country in World War 1 and never returned. They were among the more than 18,000 young men who lost their lives fighting for the British Empire to which their country belonged in 1914. Countless others were badly wounded or returned home so physically and mentally damaged that they could play no useful part in post-war society. Through the tragedy of the Christophers family, military historian Jock Vennell traces the social and economic damage done to New Zealand society by the war, destroying so many of the best of its coming generation, disrupting nationally important industries and social services and limiting personal freedoms. He looks at why so many young men willingly answered the call to serve their King, country, and empire, despite the terrible loss of life sustained on the battlefields of Europe, Turkey, and the Middle East over four years of war.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • For King & Other Countries: The NZers Who Fought in Other Services in the First World War
    For King & Other Countries: The NZers Who Fought in Other Services in the First World War
    ISBN: 9780995102996
    Title: For King & Other Countries: The NZers Who Fought in Other Services in the First World War
    Author: HARPER GLYN ET AL

    New Zealands military contribution to the First World War was a massive effort for a small country. The figure most often quoted is that from October 1914 through to October 1918, just over 100,000 New Zealanders embarked for military service overseas. But that number does not include the thousands who served under other imperial flags: with the Australian Imperial Force, British army units, the Indian army, the Canadian Expeditionary Force, the American Expeditionary Force, the South African Overseas Expeditionary Force, the French Foreign Legion, and even the Ceylon Planters Rifle Corps. Nor does it include the women who served with other nations medical organisations or by entertaining troops. This meticulously researched book details a range of New Zealanders who fought for the British Empire under other flags. They have not previously been included in First World War statistics, and there may be as many as 12,000 of them, 1400 of whom died. From heroes and ratbags to singers and medical pioneers, in For King and Other Countries Glyn Harper tells their stories.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
    $60.00
  • From Suffrage to a Seat in the House: The Path to Parliament for NZ Women
    From Suffrage to a Seat in the House: The Path to Parliament for NZ Women
    ISBN: 9781988592268
    Title: From Suffrage to a Seat in the House: The Path to Parliament for NZ Women
    Author: COLEMAN JENNY

    New Zealand has always proudly worn its status of being the first country to enfranchise women. But not many know that it took a further 40 long years to get the first woman elected to Parliament. In fact women were not even entitled to stand as candidates in national elections until 1919 - 26 years after they won the right to vote in those elections. Even then there was resistance, with editor of the Auckland Star stating that it would open the way for 'a class of aggressive females who, thirsting for publicity, would be constantly pushing themselves forward into positions for which they are in no sense fitted'. The journey 'from the home to the House' was a shamefully protracted one for New Zealand women, as many male parliamentarians who grudgingly accepted the franchise being extended to women staunchly resisted any further progress. Their political machinations and filibustering were highly effective. Eventually, with an additional 130,000 voters enrolled, politicians began to realise that women's votes - and even women's voices - mattered. However, it was not until 1933 that the first woman was elected to the New Zealand Parliament, when Elizabeth McCombs won the Lyttelton seat, following the death of her husband, the sitting MP. The history of women striving to share in governing the country, a neglected footnote in the nation's electoral history, is now captured in this essential work by Jenny Coleman. She has drawn on a wide range of sources to create a rich portrayal of a rapidly evolving colonial society in which new ideas and social change were in constant friction with the status quo.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • From Taranto to Trieste: Following the 2nd Division's Italian Campaign 1943-45
    From Taranto to Trieste: Following the 2nd Division's Italian Campaign 1943-45
    ISBN: 9780994136060
    Title: From Taranto to Trieste: Following the 2nd Division's Italian Campaign 1943-45
    Author: MALLINSON JENNIFER

    Taranto to Trieste is an account of the author’s fascinating journey to retrace the actual path of the 2nd New Zealand Division in Italy from its arrival in October 1943 until the end of the European war. Although a personal journey with personal reflections, the real story is about the largely off-the-beaten track places which the troops passed through, what they saw and experienced along the way and, in some cases what they missed. To complement the Division’s story, the historical context and military actions are explained with many maps as well as war-time photographs and colourful quotations from official military histories. As the author says, “There are many people of the post-war generation, and their children, with direct connections to the Italian campaign, who would like to know more about the small, mysterious places the Division passed through which appear in diaries, letters and on the back of photographs, but many of which do not appear on maps.” The author’s own photographs, descriptions of the places visited, the landscapes travelled and the roads followed will delight those wanting to follow in the footsteps of the 2nd Division in Italy.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • Funny As: The Story of NZ Comedy
    Funny As: The Story of NZ Comedy
    ISBN: 9781869409005
    Title: Funny As: The Story of NZ Comedy
    Author: MATTHEWS PHILIP & HORAN PAUL

    On TV, film and live, New Zealand comedy has never been bigger. Published alongisde a major Television New Zealand documentary series, Funny As is a big, authoritative, funny history of New Zealand's funny men and women. From capping bands to the Topp Twins, hori humour to Billy T James, Lynn of Tawa to Fred Dagg, New Zealanders have made each other laugh in ways distinctive to our peoples and our culture. In 400 pictures and a text built on deep research and over 100 interviews with comics, this book will be Funny As.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • Gallant Acts & Noble Deeds: NZ Army Honours & Awards for the Second World War
    Gallant Acts & Noble Deeds: NZ Army Honours & Awards for the Second World War
    ISBN: 9780473360290
    Title: Gallant Acts & Noble Deeds: NZ Army Honours & Awards for the Second World War
    Author: BEATTIE PJ & POMEROY MJ

    The Second World War saw ordinary New Zealand soldiers and nurses display extraordinary acts of heroism and devotion to duty - be it on active service with the 2nd New Zealand.Expeditionary Force or in New Zealand on training and administrative duties. Now, you can read all about their deeds through previously unpublished award recommendations.

    Included in this book are: -
    Full recommendations for over 1500 recipients of medallic awards Recommendations for over 100 recipients of Mentions in Despatches.Full list of over 2,800 Mentions in Despatches with London Gazette references.Eye-witness statements for the majority of the Victoria Cross recommendations.Numerous of photographs of recipients and their medal groups

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $115.00
    $115.00
  • Galleries of Maoriland: Artists, Collectors & the Maori World, 1880-1910
    Galleries of Maoriland: Artists, Collectors & the Maori World, 1880-1910
    ISBN: 9781869409357
    Title: Galleries of Maoriland: Artists, Collectors & the Maori World, 1880-1910
    Author: BLACKLEY ROGER

    Galleries of Maoriland introduces us to the many ways in which European colonists to New Zealand (called Pakeha by the indigenous Maori) discovered, created, propagated and romanticised the Maori world at the turn of the century summed up in a popular nickname describing New Zealand; Maoriland. It could be seen in the paintings of Lindauer and Goldie; among artists, patrons, collectors and audiences; inside the Polynesian Society and the Dominion Museum; among stolen artefacts and fantastical accounts of the Maori past. The culture of Maoriland was a colonists creation. But Galleries of Maoriland shows that Maori were not merely passive victims: they too had a stake in this process of romanticisation. What, this book asks, were some of the Maori purposes that were served by curio displays, portrait collections, and the wider ethnological culture? Why did the idealisation of an ancient Maori world, which obsessed ethnological inquirers and artists alike, appeal also to Maori? Who precisely were the Maori participants in this culture, and what were their motives? Galleries of Maoriland looks at Maori prehistory in European art; the enthusiasm of settlers and Maori for portraiture and recreations of ancient life; the trade in Maori curios; and the international exhibition of this colonial culture. By illuminating New Zealand's artistic and ethnographic economy at the turn of the twentieth century, this book provides a new understanding of our art and our culture.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $75.00
    $75.00
  • Gallipoli the NZ Story
    Gallipoli the NZ Story
    ISBN: 9780947506070
    Title: Gallipoli the NZ Story
    Author: PUGSLEY CHRISTOPHER

    The definitive account of New Zealand's role in the disastrous 1915 Gallipoli campaign, when a British-led expeditionary force met the Turkish army in an attempt to wrest control of the Dardanelles, comes alive in an updated edition, well illustrated and brilliantly analysed by the doyen of Kiwi military historians. In the fifth edition of this classic work we see Gallipoli through the eyes of those who fought there - in the pages of their letters and diaries, illustrated with an abundance of original photos. Gallipoli does justice to the reality of this epic campaign, and deserves a place on the shelves of any history enthusiast. The new edition includes a foreword by the Governor-General of New Zealand, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • Ghost South Road
    Ghost South Road
    ISBN: 9780994137623
    Title: Ghost South Road
    Author: HAMILTON SCOTT

    The Great South Road was built in 1862 to carry a British army into the Waikato Kingdom. When the British invaded the Waikato in 1863, soldiers shared the road with Maori refugees from Auckland. Today the eroding earthen walls of forts and pa and military cemeteries remember the road's history. They sit beside the car dealerships and kava bars and pawn shops of South Auckland, the most culturally diverse part of the world's most culturally diverse city. On their journeys up and down the Great South Road, Hamilton, Janman, and Powell have learned how the route's tragic past affects its present, and discovered the ways in which the road connects as well as divides the communities that live alongside it. Ghost South Road features obscure as well as famous figures from New Zealand history and illustrates the epic walk that the author and photographers made along the two hundred kilometre length of the Great South Road.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $60.00
    $60.00
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