• Wellington Jews at Gallipoli
    Wellington Jews at Gallipoli
    ISBN: 9780473319755
    Title: Wellington Jews at Gallipoli
    Author: SALEK JANET

    Nineteen Wellington Jews were involved in the 1915 Gallipoli campaign; one died there. Janet Salek outlines the campaign, and the experiences and biographies of each of the nineteen, over half of whom were discharged medically unfit or killed in action. She also discusses Army attitudes to Jews. The book includes the intriguing story (by Stephen Levine (7 pages)) of how a Jewish flag carried to Jerusalem by an obscure Jewish soldier from New Zealand flew over Jerusalem for 20 minutes in December 1917, and ended up in Wellington.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $12.00
  • Wellington Transport Memories
    Wellington Transport Memories
    ISBN: 9781877418082
    Title: Wellington Transport Memories

    With a fascinating collection of great photos (most previously unpublished) of the trains, trams, buses, trucks, ships and aircraft of yesteryear in action the author takes the reader on an historic journey around the greater Wellington area from the 1900s to the 1980s. This book will appeal to all followers of vintage transport everywhere. The photos of historic street scenes, as well as the classic trams, buses, cars and trucks also show many historic Wellington cityscapes. Trains, buses and aircraft are shown in action as far as the Kapiti Coast and the Wairarapa. The historic photos with extended captions will evoke memories for those who lived in the region in this time and present a clear picture of the transport options available for everybody. Containing 107 historic photos --66 in colour--this book portrays the good old days when travel was an adventure, not a chore, and the vessels, vehicles and aircraft had character.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
  • Wellingtons Railways: Colonial Steam to Matangi
    Wellingtons Railways: Colonial Steam to Matangi
    ISBN: 9780908573882
    Title: Wellingtons Railways: Colonial Steam to Matangi

    An illustrated record of the Wellington railway system. David Parsons documents progress of the greater Wellington railway system and motive power development through to introduction of the new Matangi multiple units. Also covered are associated transport modes including tramways, the cable car, rail ferries and rail air, with a chapter covering rail transport museums situated within the suburban network. This book is profusely illustrated with colour and black-and-white photographs of motive power variants, stations and associated infrastructure.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $58.00
  • Wellington's Volvo Trolleybus Finale
    Wellington's Volvo Trolleybus Finale
    ISBN: 9780908726110
    Title: Wellington's Volvo Trolleybus Finale
    Author: WICKEN ALAN

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $11.00
  • West Coast Engineman
    West Coast Engineman
    ISBN: 9780908573905
    Title: West Coast Engineman
    Author: TIBBLES IAN

    Signing on at Greymouth's Elmer Lane depot in 1962, a young Ian Tibbles very quickly learnt the mysteries of "the dark shed". Graduating from labourer to cleaner and then fireman, his apprenticeship takes us on a journey about the West Coast in the 1960's, the golden age of steam. Starting on the wharf and local shunts on Wf's Ian moved onto the main lines, then populated with A, Ab, B, J, We and Ww class engines. Sharing his firing experiences, Ian recounts throughout the chapters what it was like "getting down the road" on the various lines and classes of engine. The vagaries of narrow grate engines through to the "modern" J class are all discussed. managing transfer to various depots on the Coast, Ian recounts his time on all the West Coast lines. The Grey Valley, Blackball branch, Ross line, relieving Reefton, the Tawhai saddle, Reefton to Westport, the Westport to Mokihinui coal railway, Conns Creek branch, Rewanui incline and of course blasting up to Otira on the J class, are all vividly recounted. Complementing the text is a lavish selection of black and white and colour images from the era. Without doubt, this is a book for lovers of NZR steam in the 60s. 163 b&w photos + 99 colour photos

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $65.00
  • Whaler by Providence: Patrick Norton in the Marlborough Sounds
    Whaler by Providence: Patrick Norton in the Marlborough Sounds
    ISBN: 9780994123442
    Title: Whaler by Providence: Patrick Norton in the Marlborough Sounds
    Author: WILSON DON

    Patrick Norton was 20 years old when he appeared before the judge at County Galway on a charge of theft. Convicted and sentenced, he was transported to New South Wales in 1810 and never returned to his native Ireland. This detailed and meticulously-researched narrative describes the seven-month voyage of the convict ship Providence from Cove of Cork to Sydney Harbour, the serving out of Norton’s seven-year sentence and his career as a sailor and whaler. He crewed on coastal trading vessels, faced the dangers of the southern ocean on sealing ships and then became a pioneer settler and shore whaler at Te Awaiti in the Marlborough Sounds. A decade before the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, legendary whalers such as Patrick Norton, James Heberley, Jacky Guard, Joseph Thoms, William Keenan, John Love and Jimmy Jackson lived and worked with Maori under the fierce control of Ngati Toa chief Te Rauparaha.
    Author Don Wilson, who descends from Patrick and Tangitu Norton and other Te Awaiti pioneers, traces their life and times and those of their descendants, the grandsons who went whaling at Campbell Island and fought in World War One and the great grandson who harpooned the last whale in 1964.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $50.00
  • What Have They Done to the Rain a Kiwi Soldiers Memoir of Vietnam
    What Have They Done to the Rain a Kiwi Soldiers Memoir of Vietnam
    ISBN: 9780473175290
    Title: What Have They Done to the Rain a Kiwi Soldiers Memoir of Vietnam

    'My name is Patrick John Duggan and I was - am - a soldier.' So begins the story of Pat Duggan's life in the Army, and service in the Vietnam War as a Gunner in 161 Battery, Royal New Zealand Artillery. New Zealand is a nation that prides itself on its military history. We like to celebrate our soldiers, and to tell and retell the stories of their exploits. Yet our part in the Vietnam War has been largely overlooked. New Zealand's involvement in the combat phase of this controversial war was politically and emotionally charged at the time: the subject has remained fraught ever since. But contribute we did, and when eventually combat soldiers were sent, it was members of the Regular Force, professionals - men like Duggan - who went. Like their predecessors in World Wars One and Two, these men did their government's bidding and risked all in the service of their country. It's just that when they returned, the government didn't want to know. Duggan's war was typical of many who served, and he describes it unflinchingly and without embellishment or embarrassment. He is proud to have served, and to have continued to serve his comrades-at-arms since his return. As the nation recovers its collective memory of this chapter in our military history, it will be to men such as Pat Duggan that we are indebted for having the courage to speak, let alone serve. New for Anzac Day 2011, WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO THE RAIN? is an important contribution to New Zealand's proud military history, a soldier's eye view of an unpopular war.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.00
  • What Ship?: Lieutenant Harry Pennell's Antarctic Legacy
    What Ship?: Lieutenant Harry Pennell's Antarctic Legacy
    ISBN: 9780473229092
    Title: What Ship?: Lieutenant Harry Pennell's Antarctic Legacy

    Commemorates the centenary of the death of Captain R.F. Scott and his party on return from the South Pole in 1912 along with the mysterious arrival during the night of the ship Terra Nova to Oamaru in 1913. Myths associated with this event are discussed, eliminated and media reports questioned. The association Waitaki Boys' High School has with Antarctica along with Oamaru's on-going link with the continent is described. Includes a foreward by HRH Princess Anne Patron UK Antarctic Heritage Trust and an introductory essay by Falcon Scott, Grandson of Captain Scott.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $80.00
  • When Our Jack Went to War
    When Our Jack Went to War
    ISBN: 9781775533092
    Title: When Our Jack Went to War
    Author: MCKAY SANDY

    A powerful and moving YA story about two brothers, one of whom goes off to fight in World War One. The author ably conveys how war affects everyone u it's a superb meditation on war and the devastating effects it has on soldiers and their families. It's 1917 and Jack enlists. And although 13-year-old Tom is envious of his elder brother, he soon changes his mind as the reality of war becomes more apparent. We follow Jack's story through his letters home and through the eyes of his younger brother. Tom writes about life at home in New Zealand: living with Mum and their young sister, Amy, learning to hunt with his uncle, getting a puppy and learning to knitafor the war effort. Jack writes of his first-hand experience in Trentham, the troop ship, Britain, France, the Battle of Messines and finally, Passchendaele. Sadly the story ends with Jack being killed at Passchendaele along with hundreds of other Kiwis. (Of the 180 soldiers in the 2nd Otago Division, 148 lost their lives in one day in New Zealand's worst ever military disaster.) When Our Jack Went to War is a fictional account of a real life tragedy, based on the author's research into the death of her own great uncle, who died in 1917.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $20.00
  • When Running Made History
    When Running Made History
    ISBN: 9781988503080
    Title: When Running Made History

    Roger Robinson has been witness to many great moments in the history of running, and to those when running made history in ways beyond sport. As an excited child at the post-war London Olympics, an ardent spectator following the drama of Peter Snell and Murray Halberg at Rome, stadium announcer at the transformative Christchurch Commonwealth Games, TV commentator when Ben Johnson got busted, and more recently as a journalist reporting live on the Boston Marathon bombings, Robinson was there. In a unique cross-over of literature, history and autobiography, Robinson tells of running in Berlin at the moment of German reunification and in New York's Central Park the day the Twin Towers fell; he is on the TV microphone for Kenya's first major running victory; and has to find words to help a stadium crowd mourn for the lives lost in the Christchurch earthquake. When Running Made History is a superb depiction of the modern running movement. It provides a compelling, close-up account of the American running boom, the defiant emergence of women's running, the glorious dawn of Africa's ascendance, the sport's redefinition of ageing, and its important role in environmental conservation. Robinson lets us run alongside as history is made by Emil Zátopek, Abebe Bikila, Ron Clarke, Dick Tayler, Allison Roe, Paula Radcliffe, Nick Willis, Meb Keflezighi and 85-year-old superstar Ed Whitlock. Robinson brings to life the days when running shaped the world, and shows why so many millions love to run and why running is worth loving.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • When Toawaka Met Cook
    When Toawaka Met Cook
    ISBN: 9780473477875
    Title: When Toawaka Met Cook

    When Toawaka Met Cook explores the 12 extraordinary days that Cook and his crew spent with the Mercury Bay tribe, the Ngati Hei. It goes into detail on remarkable events such as the introduction of the potato to New Zealand, Te Horeta's special gift, and the build-up to the first powhiri between the crew of the Endeavour and the Ngati Hei people. When Toawaka Met Cook is the first book to go into depth on this time that very literally shaped our shared culture.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • When Two Cultures Meet: the Nz Experience
    When Two Cultures Meet: the Nz Experience
    ISBN: 9781872970318
    Title: When Two Cultures Meet: the Nz Experience

    Author John Robinson, a former university lecturer and research scientist, contends that the treaty orthodoxy has fuddled governments for the past 30 years, and points a finger at an array of celebrated academics who have dressed up their beliefs as fact, either out of evangelical zeal or for financial benefit. His book is the story of the meeting of two very different peoples and the steady building of the one nation promised by Hobson at the first signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. The Maori were Polynesians who had been moving across the vast Pacific for millennia, separated from the great mass of humanity, and had remained a tribal, Stone Age, people. The British had shared in the considerable advances of civilisation, through the Iron Age to the Industrial Revolution and the growth of cities in nation states. By the end of the eighteenth century they had come to recognise the rights of all peoples and had become concerned with the great harm done by previous European explorers and colonists. That remarkable change, largely carried out consciously, is absent in today's discourse, sadly buried beneath a blanket of denial of positive British intentions and actions, and ignoring the desires of Maori for a change from their dysfunctional traditional culture, from tribalism to rule by a central authority that alone could bring peace and security. The true story is here built on the observations of those who were present at the time, and the often absurd proclamations of revisionist historians are corrected. The comprehensive description here of what did happen includes an understanding of the reasons why the Maori population decreased through the nineteenth century. The conflict between some Maori and the goverment was a direct consequence of cultural stresses and the rebellion of a few tribes against the new authority, and there was little impact on Maori numbers and health from that fighting or from loss of land. Maori have profited considerably from increasing equality in the modern world and, as this book shows, Treaty grievances are not well founded.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Whey to Go : Whey Protein Concentrate : a New Zealand Success Story
    Whey to Go : Whey Protein Concentrate : a New Zealand Success Story
    ISBN: 9780986468575
    Title: Whey to Go : Whey Protein Concentrate : a New Zealand Success Story

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $46.00
  • Whispering Roads: Wellington Napier a Scandanavian Trail
    Whispering Roads: Wellington Napier a Scandanavian Trail
    ISBN: 9781239140316
    Title: Whispering Roads: Wellington Napier a Scandanavian Trail
    Author: FLAVELL KAY

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $10.00
  • White Ghosts, Yellow Peril China & Nz 1790-1950
    White Ghosts, Yellow Peril China & Nz 1790-1950
    ISBN: 9781877578656
    Title: White Ghosts, Yellow Peril China & Nz 1790-1950

    White Ghosts, Yellow Peril is the first book to explore all sides of the relationship between China and New Zealand, and the peoples of China and New Zealand during the whole of the seven or so generations after these two countries initially came into contact. The Qing Empire and its successor states from 1790 to 1950 were vast, complex, and torn by conflict. New Zealand, meanwhile, grew into a small, prosperous, orderly province of Europe. Until now, the story of the links and tensions between the two countries during those years hasn't been so broadly and thoroughly presented. The book is a highly readable portrait of the lives, thoughts, and feelings of the Chinese who came to New Zealand, as well as the New Zealanders who went to China. It is a scholarly but stimulating discussion of race relations, government, diplomacy, war, literature, and the arts. For some years to come, White Ghosts, Yellow Peril will be the key general text in the field of the early history of New Zealand and China.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $55.00
  • White Ships: NZ's First World War Hospital Ships
    White Ships: NZ's First World War Hospital Ships
    ISBN: 9780473249779
    Title: White Ships: NZ's First World War Hospital Ships
    Author: MCLEAN GAVIN

    First book in the multi-agency Centenary History of New Zealand and the First World War, this book tells the story of the two liners fitted out partly by public subscription as hospital ships. They were NZ’s highest-profile vessels and one made a direct civilian contribution to Gallipoli. 208 pp, 55,000 words, profusely illustrated.

    Dr Gavin McLean, senior historian at the Ministry for Culture & Heritage, has published widely on many aspects of history, including the governor-generalship, quarantine, Reed Publishing and various maritime subjects.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
  • Whitiki! Whiti! Whiti! E!: Maori in the First World War
    Whitiki! Whiti! Whiti! E!: Maori in the First World War
    ISBN: 9781869539580
    Title: Whitiki! Whiti! Whiti! E!: Maori in the First World War
    Author: SOUTAR MONTY

    This major publication about Maori participation in the First World War is written by NZ's leading Maori military historian Dr Monty Soutar, author of the award-winning Nga Tama Toa C Company, Maori Battalion. A fascinating look at the Pioneer Battalion (the Battalion created for Maori to serve) that will shed light on the reasons why some men signed on to serve, and others staunchly resisted the call to join the imperial conflict. As with Dr Soutar's first book, it combines the story of the war and the role of Maori in it, with the words and thoughts of the men themselves, as well as those back home. Over 300 images, many from family collections and not published before.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $70.00
  • Who Killed Scott Guy? the Case that Gripped a Nation: Revised & Updated
    Who Killed Scott Guy? the Case that Gripped a Nation: Revised & Updated
    ISBN: 9781877505478
    Title: Who Killed Scott Guy? the Case that Gripped a Nation: Revised & Updated
    Author: WHITE MIKE

    Scott Guy was a good man, a great dad, a salt - of - the - earth farmer who was gunned down at his front gate for no conceivable reason. His death enthralled us, partly because it was so inexplicable, but also because there were no obvious suspects. When police finally arrested someone, public fascination soared - because the person they claimed...

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Wigram: the Birthplace of Military Aviation in Nz
    Wigram: the Birthplace of Military Aviation in Nz
    ISBN: 9781775532736
    Title: Wigram: the Birthplace of Military Aviation in Nz
    Author: DAWSON BEE

    The history of Wigram Air Base and military aviation in the Canterbury region of New Zealand is brought to life by story-teller Bee Dawson. Bee interweaves the tales of early aviators, the influential people who developed the base, the ordinary air force personnel who lived there, and the key events of military aviation in the south of New Zealand. The many illustrations, in both colour and black and white, make this a thoroughly accessible history for aviation and military enthusiasts alike.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • Wild Journeys: NZ's Famous & Infamous, Historic & Off-The-Beaten-Path Journeys, Tracks, Routes & Passages
    Wild Journeys: NZ's Famous & Infamous, Historic & Off-The-Beaten-Path Journeys, Tracks, Routes & Passages
    ISBN: 9781775541202
    Title: Wild Journeys: NZ's Famous & Infamous, Historic & Off-The-Beaten-Path Journeys, Tracks, Routes & Passages
    Author: ANSLEY BRUCE

    Discover a world of wild, mysterious and audacious journeys One of New Zealand's best writers retraces a diverse array of wild and fascinating journeys, including the mythical path to Erewhon; George Wilder's prison escape route through the volcanic plateau; the Maori prophet and faith-healer Rua Hepetipa's track in the Ureweras; searching for the grey ghost in Fiordland; finding New Zealand's most remote gold-mining settlement; and surviving the graveyard trip on the Bluebridge ferry.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
  • William Deans: The Passionate Pioneer
    William Deans: The Passionate Pioneer
    ISBN: 9781927167342
    Title: William Deans: The Passionate Pioneer
    Author: DEANS LOUISE

    William Deans, an extraordinarily passionate, often overlooked, early New Zealand pioneer, was a prolific letter writer. This most unusual work of Historical Creative Nonfiction is reconstructed from the letters he wrote. Told in the first person, his story brings alive not only his struggle to survive in this new land, but also fascinating historical events

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Wine Women & Song: a Spitfire Pilots Story
    Wine Women & Song: a Spitfire Pilots Story
    ISBN: 9780473178574
    Title: Wine Women & Song: a Spitfire Pilots Story

    Wine, Women and Song is the fabulous account of Doug Brown's war years. The title is named after one of the Spitfire aircraft that Doug flew while he was with 485 NZ Squadron in England.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
  • Wiremu Pere
    Wiremu Pere
    ISBN: 9781877514098
    Title: Wiremu Pere

    Wiremu Pere (Wi Pere) lived from 1837 to 1915, leading his tribes of Rongowhakaata and Te Aitanga a Mahaki through some of the most turbulent chapters of New Zealand history. He stood resolute against colonialism and entered parliament to stand up for his East Coast people, yet was astute in his business dealings and was compromised in the views of many Pakeha and Maori. This handsome book, illustrated with numerous photographs, whakapapa and maps, sets out the many sides Wi Pere's life and times with a particular focus on his family life, parliamentary career and contributions to the East Coast.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $90.00
  • With You: the Mary Potter Hospice Story
    With You: the Mary Potter Hospice Story
    ISBN: 9781927158296
    Title: With You: the Mary Potter Hospice Story
    Author: DAWSON BEE

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $42.00
  • Women & Children Last
    Women & Children Last
    ISBN: 9781877372148
    Title: Women & Children Last

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Women in Wonderland
    Women in Wonderland
    ISBN: 9780473239510
    Title: Women in Wonderland

    From across the world they came: women travellers, intent on viewing the thermal wonders of famed Rotomahana. Here, in their own words, is the story of their experiences at the Pink and White Terraces.Women in Wonderland, in 32 pages, including a b&w and sepia photo illustrations and a colour cover, tells, largely in their own words, of the experiences and impressions of six women travellers to the Pink and White Terraces in the 1870s and 1880s. They describe their experiences of hotel, boat trip, thermal features and Maori guides. The narrators include independent and indefatigable women travellers, a settler wife, and a girl diarising her visit.

    The authors are Adela Stewart, ‘Thorpe Talbot’ and Constance Gordon-Cumming, as well as three other lesser-known women writers.

    Philip Andrews, 74, M.A. (Hons) in English, left secondary school teaching to tutor at Waiariki Polytechnic, where he became Head of the Arts and Communication Department. President of the Rotorua & District Historical Society, he served 20 years as volunteer archivist for Te Amorangi Trust Museum and 10 years as a NZ Historic Places Trust regional committee member. In 2007 he was awarded a QSM for services to history. His interests are walking, camping, cycling, bowls, book collecting, geology, and researching and writing history. For 23 years he has written a regular history column for Rotorua's "Daily Post".

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
  • Women Now: The Legacy of Female Suffrage
    Women Now: The Legacy of Female Suffrage
    ISBN: 9780994146007
    Title: Women Now: The Legacy of Female Suffrage

    It's 125 years since New Zealand women won the right to vote. But the battle for the right to so much else is ongoing. This first volume in the Te Papa `Thinking About' series is published to mark the 125th anniversary of suffrage, and brings together provocative, insightful and energetically argued essays by 12 leading New Zealand writers and thinkers, based around objects from Te Papa's collection. Sandra Coney, Holly Walker, Barbara Brookes, Tina Makereti, Sue Bradford, Morgan Godfery, Golriz Ghahraman, Dame Fiona Kidman, Ben Schrader, Charlotte MacDonald, Grace Taylor and Megan Whelan examine how New Zealand women have fared since 1893.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $35.00
  • Women's Suffrage Petition: Te Petihana Whakamana Poti Wahine 1893
    Women's Suffrage Petition: Te Petihana Whakamana Poti Wahine 1893
    ISBN: 9781988533087
    Title: Women's Suffrage Petition: Te Petihana Whakamana Poti Wahine 1893
    Author: VARIOUS

    In May 2017 the exhibition He Tohu opens at the National Library in Wellington. This celebrates three founding documents in New Zealand’s history – He Whakaputanga: The Declaration of Independence (1835), the Treaty of Waitangi: Te Tiriti o Waitangi (1840) and the Women’s Suffrage Petition (1893). The originals of these documents will be on display at the National Library, in a wonderful exhibition that tells the history of the times and the story of the documents themselves.

    BWB is producing three slim paperbacks showcasing each of the documents, published in conjunction with the National Library and Archives New Zealand. Each book will be focussed on the document itself, and feature a facsimile of the document (or part of it). The documents are framed by an introduction from leading scholars (Claudia Orange, Vincent O’Malley and Barbara Brookes), and a Maori perspective on the document in te reo. Short biographies of many signatories are included – showing the wide range of people who signed. The books are printed in full colour so that the richness of these significant, old documents is shown.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Won by the Spade: How the Royal NZ Engineers Built a Nation
    Won by the Spade: How the Royal NZ Engineers Built a Nation
    ISBN: 9781775593645
    Title: Won by the Spade: How the Royal NZ Engineers Built a Nation
    Author: COOKE PETER

    The definitive, authoritative history of the Royal New Zealand Engineers describes the corps’ actions, events and people from the New Zealand Wars of the 19th century to the present day. It includes military engineering in New Zealand, including that of Maori, the corps’ role in overseas wars, and demining, peacekeeping and civil aid missions.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $70.00
  • World's Din: Listening to Records, Radio & Films in NZ, 1880 - 1940
    World's Din: Listening to Records, Radio & Films in NZ, 1880 - 1940
    ISBN: 9781988531199
    Title: World's Din: Listening to Records, Radio & Films in NZ, 1880 - 1940
    Author: HOAR PETER

    New Zealanders started hearing things in new ways when new audio technologies arrived from overseas in the late 19th century. From the first public demonstration of a phonograph in a Blenheim hall in 1879, people were exposed to a succession of machines that captured, stored and transmitted sounds – through radio, cinema and recordings. In The World’s Din, Peter Hoar documents the arrival of the first such ‘talking machines’, and their growing place in New Zealanders’ public and private lives, through the years of radio to the dawn of television. In so doing, he chronicles a ‘sonic revolution’ in how New Zealanders heard the world. The change was radical, signifying a defining break from the past. Human experience of the world changed forever during the late 19th and early 20 centuries because we learned to capture, store, and transmit sounds and moving images. ‘Audio’ since then has been a continued refinement of the original innovation, even in the contemporary era of digital sound, with iPods, streaming audio and Spotify. The World’s Din is a beautifully written account that will delight music-lovers and technophiles everywhere. Without further ado, it is time to crank the gramophone, or tune the wireless, or open the Jaffa box as the cinema lights dim, and hearken to the richness and variety of listening in New Zealand’s past soundscapes.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • Worlds in Collision: the Gay Debate in Nz 1960-1984
    Worlds in Collision: the Gay Debate in Nz 1960-1984
    ISBN: 9780864734389
    Title: Worlds in Collision: the Gay Debate in Nz 1960-1984
    Author: GUY LAURIE

    A groundbreaking study of gay history in New Zealand, this book explores the period of intense lobbying and opposition leading up to the passing of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill in 1986, which decriminalized sexual acts between males. Based on 22 interviews with important participants in the debates as well as extensive archival research, this is a major contribution not only to the international literature on the history of homosexuality but also to the understanding of New Zealand society in the later 20th century.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Your Life for the Job: Nz Rail Safety 1974 - 2000
    Your Life for the Job: Nz Rail Safety 1974 - 2000
    ISBN: 9780473242114
    Title: Your Life for the Job: Nz Rail Safety 1974 - 2000

    This book, written by New Zealand's foremost legal expert on workplace health and safety, concludes that the appalling rate of death and injury on New Zealand's railways in the 1990s is 'the story of de-regulation and privatisation'. In the early 1990s new workplace health and safety legislation 'obliged employers to take all practicable steps to prevent harm to their employees'. Your life for the job makes it clear that New Zealand Rail (NZR) was secretly exempted. Soon afterwards, NZR was sold to a consortium of private owners which renamed it Tranz Rail, cut staff numbers and reduced spending on equipment and maintenance. Eleven of its employees were killed on the job between 1995 and 2000. This shameful record was brought to an end after the RMTU, the rail workers' union, successfully called for an independent inquiry. Author Hazel Armstrong points out that both the 2000 Tranz Rail inquiry and the 2012 Pike River inquiry illustrate what happens when regulators are ineffective and are captured by the employer; Parliament and the government of the day are prepared to compromise worker health and safety for some other end-game; and directors and managers turn a blind eye to hazards.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $20.00
  • Zeal & Honour the Life & Times of Bernard Freyberg
    Zeal & Honour the Life & Times of Bernard Freyberg
    ISBN: 9781872970417
    Title: Zeal & Honour the Life & Times of Bernard Freyberg
    Author: BEASLEY WYN

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Zone of the Marvellous: In Search of the Antipodes
    Zone of the Marvellous: In Search of the Antipodes
    ISBN: 9781869404475
    Title: Zone of the Marvellous: In Search of the Antipodes

    Australia and New Zealand were imagined for thousands of years before they became real. From Plato's Atlantis to Dante's Mount Purgatory, from Sinbad the Sailor to Abel Tasman, travellers, writers, map-makers and charlatans have dreamt of an other world on the opposite side of the Northern Hemisphere. Martin Edmond's 4000-year history of the antipodes in the Western imagination has an extraordinary intellectual breadth and imaginative reach. Beginning with the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh, Edmond reveals the allure of an antipodal world from the earliest Western writing. While Ptolemy proposed a Great South Land to balance the weight of the Northern Hemisphere continents on his maps, and Phoenician, Greek and Roman sailors began voyaging down the African coast, thinkers from Dante to Defoe were imagining paradise (or its opposite) at the bottom of the South Seas. Would you find pearls or purgatory or lost tribes in the antipodes? And whose fantastic tales should you trust? Even though the South Seas were discovered and settled over the last few centuries, Edmond finds that the tradition of the marvellous antipodes has exerted a powerful hold over artists and writers such as Sidney Nolan, Shane Cotton, James K Baxter and Janet Frame.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
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