• Photographic Guide to Rocks & Minerals of Nz
    Photographic Guide to Rocks & Minerals of Nz
    ISBN: 9781869662837
    Title: Photographic Guide to Rocks & Minerals of Nz
    Author: MORTIMER NICK & CAMPBEL HAMISH & LOW MARGARET

    The twelfth book in the popular New Holland series examines New Zealand's fascinating geology. Almost every kind of rock found on Earth can be seen in New Zealand, and most of the common minerals too. This handy reference guide will help you recognise and make sense of common (and some rare) rocks and minerals found on beaches and hillsides, in streams and elsewhere around the country. The introduction provides an overview of rocks and minerals, and contains diagrams and illustrations pointing out important details to be observed in the field. Observation is the key to identifying rocks and minerals: outwardly they can appear very similar but there are special visual clues to be deciphered before accurate identification is assured. With expert descriptions and full colour photographs, this book provides all the information you need to identify the 28 minerals and 53 rocks that are most commonly seen in New Zealand. Some of the more rare 'home grown' rocks and minerals and those with special value to Maori are also included.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Photographic Guide to Seashells of NZ
    Photographic Guide to Seashells of NZ
    ISBN: 9781869660444
    Title: Photographic Guide to Seashells of NZ
    Author: MORLEY MARGARET

    The fifth New Zealand title in this internationally acclaimed series of compact, easy-to-use guides which is the ideal car glovebox, pocket or backpack reference for anyone with an interest in natural history.A Photographic Guide to New Zealand Seashells covers 165 common and a few rarer species of molluscs one is most likely to encounter on New Zealand seashores. Each is treated with colour photographs - sometimes including the live creature - plus descriptive information including reproduction, habitat notes and distribution maps. A comprehensive introduction gives an overview of the range of molluscs and their distribution and identification.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Photographic Guide to Spiders of NZ
    Photographic Guide to Spiders of NZ
    ISBN: 9781869664039
    Title: Photographic Guide to Spiders of NZ
    Author: VINK COR J

    Spiders are found everywhere in New Zealand, from bathroom to bush, beach and beyond, and although many people find them distasteful, they are valuable predators of pests and fascinating components of any ecosystem. This new guide introduces over 90 species, focusing on the more commonplace introduced spiders but also featuring some of our rare native species. It gives details on their taxonomy, geographical origins, range and preferred habitat, plus special notes on behaviour, life cycle or diet. A handful of our spiders are well known - the katipo for its feared bite, the elusive Nelson cave spider for its great size - but few have been much studied until recently. Respected arachnologist Cor Vink brings his scholarship and expertise to the text, while Bryce McQuillan's photography presents the spiders with extraordinary clarity and detail, making this an essential purchase for anyone with an interest in our eight-legged neighbours.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Photographic Guide to Trees of New Zealand
    Photographic Guide to Trees of New Zealand
    ISBN: 9781877246579
    Title: Photographic Guide to Trees of New Zealand
    Author: METCALF LAWRIE

    In this text, fact-filled descriptions highlighting key identification features of New Zealand trees are supported by distribution maps and colour photographs of over 100 species. Compact and easy to use, this text should appeal to those interested in natural history.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
    $26.00
  • Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Nz
    Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Nz
    ISBN: 9781869660475
    Title: Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Nz
    Author: BRUNSDEN GEOFF & LIZ

    The sixth New Zealand title in this internationally acclaimed series of compact, easy-to-use guides which is the ideal car glovebox, pocket or backpack reference for all amateur botanists as well as anyone with an interest in natural history. A Photographic Guide To Wildflowers of New Zealand covers 125 common species one is most likely to encounter growing wild in accessible parts of New Zealand. Some common native species are included alongside introduced species. Each wildflower is treated with colour photographs, descriptive information, habitat notes and distribution patterns. A comprehensive introduction gives an overview of the species and their distribution and identification.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Picturing the Pacific: Joseph Banks & the Shipboard Artists of Cook & Flinders
    Picturing the Pacific: Joseph Banks & the Shipboard Artists of Cook & Flinders
    ISBN: 9781472955432
    Title: Picturing the Pacific: Joseph Banks & the Shipboard Artists of Cook & Flinders
    Author: TAYLOR JAMES

    For over 50 years between the 1760s and the early 19th century, the pioneers who sailed from Europe to explore the Pacific brought back glimpses of a new world in the form of oil paintings, watercolors and drawings--a sensational view of a part of the world few would ever see. Today these works represent a fascinating and inspiring perspective from the frontier of discovery. It was Sir Joseph Banks, President of the Royal Society, who popularized the placement of professional artists on British ships of exploration. They captured striking and memorable images of everything they encountered: exotic landscapes, beautiful flora and fauna, as well as remarkable portraits of indigenous peoples. These earliest views of the Pacific were designed to promote the new world as enticing, to make it seem familiar, to encourage further exploration and, ultimately, British settlement. Drawing on both private and public collections from around the world, this lavish book collects oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, prints and other documents from those voyages, and presents a unique glimpse into an age where science and art became irrevocably entwined.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $53.00
    $53.00
  • Plant Heritage NZ
    Plant Heritage NZ
    ISBN: 9780473219123
    Title: Plant Heritage NZ
    Author: FOSTER TONY

    Plant Heritage New Zealand looks at the unique characteristics of New Zealand's plants, what makes them so special. It delves into the origins and evolution of the plants, how they have inspired songs, poems and works of art, Maori myths, stories and proverbs associated with them, and their many uses as a natural resource.
    Part 1 introduces us to the nature of New Zealand's extraordinary plants. Here we learn about speciation, taxonomy, growing and dispersal patterns, and what exactly makes a plant a New Zealand plant? How have plants grown and adapted in New Zealand's very distinctive climate?
    Part 2, the main section of the book, presents a selection of trees, shrubs and flowers, their classification, names, botanical description, traditional and modern uses, cultural heritage and significance to Maori. Stunning photography highlights the beauty of the plants, as well as helping with identification.
    In Plant Heritage New Zealand, Tony Foster provides us with an accessible and reliable resource on the character of New Zealand's plantlife - a work to cherish for years to come.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • Play in the Garden
    Play in the Garden
    ISBN: 9781869664138
    Title: Play in the Garden
    Author: O'NEIL SARAH

    Kids don't have the patience or the interest in having their own garden patch, they just want to have fun! Sarah O'Neil knows this well. Her series of clever outdoor projects will get kids outside throughout the growing season, having fun in the vegetable garden. While learning to grow vegetables is covered in the book, the focus is on various cool projects to make and do - with and without the help of grown-ups - and kids will discover at the end that they have learned a lot about gardening. There's text and side-bars for kids and grown-ups. Beginning in the spring, they can get their hands dirty testing soil, fool the birds with stone strawberries, race Jack up the beanstalk, stir pots of stinky weed brew, grow plants for free, create a pirate map and find buried treasure, craft corn dolls, design their own stepping stones, and more.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Pocket Guide to the Sheep Breeds of Nz
    Pocket Guide to the Sheep Breeds of Nz
    ISBN: 9781869662257
    Title: Pocket Guide to the Sheep Breeds of Nz
    Author: MEADOWS GRAHAM WILLIAM


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Pohutukawa & Rata Ironhearted Trees
    Pohutukawa & Rata Ironhearted Trees
    ISBN: 9780909010997
    Title: Pohutukawa & Rata Ironhearted Trees
    Author: SIMPSON PHILIP

    Everything you ever wanted to know about pohutukawa and rata trees from the award-winning author of 'Dancing Leaves: The story of New Zealand’s cabbage tree, ti kouka'. This book celebrates pohutukawa and rata trees. Symbols of summer and New Zealand’s unique natural environment, pohutukawa and rata have become beloved national icons. The book explores the place of these trees in the natural world, their importance to Maori, their role in art and design, and their many uses. It also looks at the threats from possums and people that they face today. The book contains a wealth of new research and is generously illustrated in colour with over 400 photographs, diagrams, maps, and artworks. This is an essential resource for conservationists, gardeners, teachers, and students. Winner Montana Medal for Non Fiction 2006. Wnner Environment category of the Montana New Zealand Book Awards 2006.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $60.00
    $60.00
  • Politics in the Playground The World of Early Childhood Education in Aotearoa New Zealand
    Politics in the Playground The World of Early Childhood Education in Aotearoa New Zealand
    ISBN: 9781988531816
    Title: Politics in the Playground The World of Early Childhood Education in Aotearoa New Zealand
    Author: MAY HELEN

    Freshly updated in 2019, the third edition of Politics in the Playground: The world of early childhood in Aotearoa New Zealand is a lively history of early childhood education and care in Aotearoa New Zealand in the postwar era. The book follows on from Discovery of Early Childhood (1997, 2013), which traced the origins of institutional care and education for young children in Europe, US and New Zealand prior to state interest and serious investment.This latest edition brings the story right up to date with developments under the Labour coalition government of Jacinda Ardern.The place of children in New Zealand's social history makes this book a remarkable record of social movements. The postwar search for security, the radicalism of the 1960s and 1970s, the rise of feminism, the role of the state in social issues, increasing employment of women - all have impacted on early childhood education. The language of the debate has shifted from 'social progress' in mid-century, to the economic terminology of the 1990s, some cautious consideration of the young child citizen in the 2000s, followed by the rhetoric of 'risk', the 'vulnerable child' and a new story in this revised edition covering the 2010s.This is an account of critical issues for young children that will interest parents, policy- makers, teachers and students.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • Polluted Inheritance: NZ's Freshwater Crisis
    Polluted Inheritance: NZ's Freshwater Crisis
    ISBN: 9780908321612
    Title: Polluted Inheritance: NZ's Freshwater Crisis
    Author: JOY MIKE

    New Zealand’s dairy industry is big business. But what are the hidden – and not so hidden – costs of intensive farming?

    Evidence presented here by ecologist Mike Joy demonstrates that intensive dairy farming has degraded our freshwater rivers, streams and lakes to such a degree that we face an environmental crisis. This perilous situation, he argues, has arisen primarily through governmental policy that prioritises short-term economic growth over long-term environmental sustainability. This BWB Text is a call to arms, urging New Zealand to change course in the face of environmental degradation that risks the wellbeing of future generations – and all life as we know it on these islands.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $15.00
    $15.00
  • Powell's Native Animals of NZ (2019 Reprint)
    Powell's Native Animals of NZ (2019 Reprint)
    ISBN: 9781869533939
    Title: Powell's Native Animals of NZ (2019 Reprint)
    Author: POWELL A W B

    The 4th edition of this classic work, first published in 1947. It provides a simple ready reference for identifying common New Zealand animals, ranging from the simplest invertebrates through to mammals. The text has been updated and Powell's illustrations have been rescanned from the originals, resulting in high quality reproductions. A unique introduction to New Zealand's fauna.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Protecting Paradise: 1080 & the Fight to Save NZ's Native Wildlife
    Protecting Paradise: 1080 & the Fight to Save NZ's Native Wildlife
    ISBN: 9780947503000
    Title: Protecting Paradise: 1080 & the Fight to Save NZ's Native Wildlife
    Author: HANSFORD DAVE

    New Zealand's native wildlife is in crisis. It's being slaughtered by pests and we need to intervene more frequently, more comprehensively, and across a broader front than we currently are if we are to protect our mainland populations of our native wildlife. The use of 1080 remains our best option to combat pests in the medium term. As techniques have become more refined in recent years, the results from the aerial application of 1080 over significant areas of the conservation estate have been spectacularly successful in maintaining populations of native birds. Plus, it offers the best balance of environmental safety, affordability and effectiveness. Yet the use of 1080 attracts fierce opposition from a small group of vocal and passionate opponents. This book examines their arguments, and conclusively shows that the 'science' put up by 1080 opponents is unsubstantiated. The idea that our native forests are silent (i.e. that 1080 kills native birds) because of 1080 drops is also unsupported by research, while their other major claim that trapping could entirely replace 1080 is simply not practical. Dave Hansford believes that opponents of 1080 who are concerned about the ethics of spreading poison across the land have a valid argument and should be given an audience. He is however, deeply concerned by other vested interests, for example some in the hunting lobby who want more game animals to shoot, and are prepared to put that before the survival of our native wildlife. He argues that it is time for New Zealanders to take a stand, and to come to the defence of their wildlife. If you care about our natural heritage, but are confused by the 1080 issue, then this is a book you must read, before kiwi and kereru and other iconic birds are a thing of the past on mainland New Zealand.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Pruning Fruit Trees: A Beginners Guide
    Pruning Fruit Trees: A Beginners Guide
    ISBN: 9780473441197
    Title: Pruning Fruit Trees: A Beginners Guide
    Author: IRVINE KATH

    Pruning Fruit Trees: A Beginners Guide is here to unbundle the complicated world of pruning and provide step-by-step instructions to beginners. Calm trees is the overall aim. A less is more approach to cutting with a focus on training as well as pruning. This doesn’t mean wild, woolly things that need ladders – compact and productive are our guiding lights.
    The goal of this book is to school you in the basics and bring an understanding of the seasonal rhythm of fruit trees. A strong start to your pruning journey!

    Kath Irvine is a permaculture designer and has been designing & managing edible gardens since the late 1990s. Passionate about growing food & good design, Kath runs workshops from her Edible Backyard showing people how it is done. www.ediblebackyard.co.nz

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.00
    $27.00
  • Raoul & the Kermadecs: NZ's Northernmost Islands
    Raoul & the Kermadecs: NZ's Northernmost Islands
    ISBN: 9781927242025
    Title: Raoul & the Kermadecs: NZ's Northernmost Islands
    Author: GENTRY STEVEN

    ‘In the midst of a prodigious ocean’, as one European explorer described them, the Kermadec Islands lie 1000 kilometres north of New Zealand and form our northern bastion. They are the result of the collision between two of the earth’s major tectonic plates, being the tips of volcanoes thrust up from the ocean floor by these massive geological forces.
    This is the story of the islands: their unique flora and fauna; the attempts at settlement (both Polynesian and European); their uses both in war and peace; and the restoration of their ecosystems which is proceeding today.
    It is a dramatic story of storms, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and other events that have beset efforts to make use of the islands, but through all of these the human spirit has shone through.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
    $60.00
  • Reptiles & Amphibians of NZ: A Field Guide
    Reptiles & Amphibians of NZ: A Field Guide
    ISBN: 9781869409371
    Title: Reptiles & Amphibians of NZ: A Field Guide
    Author: VAN WINKEL DYLAN, BALING MARLEEN & HITCHMOUGH ROD

    Illustrated with extraordinary new photography, this is the definitive field guide to all of New Zealand's tuatara, geckos, skinks, frogs, marine turtles and marine snakes.From the ancient tuatara, the sole surviving member of its order, to the world's largest collection of long-lived and live-bearing lizards, our geckos and skinks, New Zealand's 123 species of reptiles and amphibians represent an extraordinary aspect of this country's biodiversity.Reptiles and Amphibians of New Zealand is the only field guide to cover all currently recognised species. New Zealand's list of reptiles and amphibians is growing with new discoveries, even as 80 per cent of species are at risk of extinction. This will be the only field guide to cover all currently recognised reptiles and amphibians and will become a go-to book for anyone interested in New Zealand's unique wildlife.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • Reptiles & Amphibians of NZ: Photographic Guide To
    Reptiles & Amphibians of NZ: Photographic Guide To
    ISBN: 9781869662035
    Title: Reptiles & Amphibians of NZ: Photographic Guide To
    Author: JEWELL T & MORRIS R

    Everyone has heard of the tuatara, New Zealand¿s unique `living dinosaur¿; but equally fascinating, if less well known, are the country¿s other reptiles. There are more than 65 species of lizards (including skinks and geckos), frogs and other reptiles and amphibians native to New Zealand, and scientists such as author Tony Jewell are still discovering new species and subspecies today. In this new addition to a popular New Holland series, Tony covers all the known species from Northland to the far south; his text is backed up by outstanding photographs of their many geographic colour variants, so that readers will be equipped to identify almost any specimen encountered in the wild. A groundbreaking handbook and a superb aid for natural history enthusiasts, trampers and educationalists.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
    $26.00
  • Rise & Fall of the Southern Alps
    Rise & Fall of the Southern Alps
    ISBN: 9780908812936
    Title: Rise & Fall of the Southern Alps
    Author: COATES GLEN & COX GEOFFREY

    The Southern Alps/Ka Tiritiri o te Moana are New Zealand's largest structural feature. Running north and south for most of the length of the South Island, they cross the Roaring Forties and divide the island into two distinct regions, east and west, each with its own unique climate, landscape and lifeforms. In this new book, geologist Glen Coates joins with the artist and author Geoffrey Cox to tell how the Alps were formed from ancient marine sediments, how they were uplifted to become mountains, and how they are being eroded down to produce the spectacular landscape seen today in the South Island. Even in just the past few million years vast blocks of land have been shunted incredible distances, and today frequent earthquakes remind us that this is a restless part of the earth where mountain-building is still in full swing. Rivers and glaciers, past and present, carve out a multitude of valleys and ranges, and wide plains have spread out at the mountains' feet. All this is told in vivid, non-technical language and copiously illustrated with colour photographs and artwork. The result is a book suitable for use in schools and by all who take an interest in their landscape and heritage.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Rocky Shore: a Guide to the Intertidal Plants & Animals of Wellington's Taputeranga Marine Reserve
    Rocky Shore: a Guide to the Intertidal Plants & Animals of Wellington's Taputeranga Marine Reserve
    ISBN: 9780473265878
    Title: Rocky Shore: a Guide to the Intertidal Plants & Animals of Wellington's Taputeranga Marine Reserve
    Author: PAULIN CHRIS & RYAN PADDY

    This introductory guide to the common animals and seaweeds of Wellington's Taputeranga Marine Reserve on the south coast provides an overview of each species and is illustrated in colour throughout (~100 species, including seaweeds, worms, anemones, shellfish, crustacea, echinoderms, fishes, marine mammals, and birds, as well as invertebrates and lizards found amidst debris along the high-tide line). Many of the species identified between the high tide line and the open sea are also found throughout the rugged New Zealand coastline. A handy reference and an essential addition to the library of anyone interested in our country's marine environment.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $21.00
    $21.00
  • Salad Garden
    Salad Garden
    ISBN: 9780711238701
    Title: Salad Garden
    Author: JOY LARKCOM

    A guide to growing more than 200 salad plants,The Salad Garden covers all you need to know, from site preparation to harvesting, detailing special planting techniques, advice on the best varieties (for growing and for flavour) and plenty of tips and tricks for bountiful crops.

    Joy Larkcom also shows you how to create a beautiful potager garden, with tips such as training tomatoes up attractive spiral supports, planting for theatrical height and edible seed pods.


    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • Seabirds Beyond the Mountain Crest
    Seabirds Beyond the Mountain Crest
    ISBN: 9780947522643
    Title: Seabirds Beyond the Mountain Crest
    Author: CUTHBERT RICHARD

    Seabirds Beyond the Mountain Crest tells the fascinating story of New Zealand’s endemic Hutton’s shearwater, a species that breeds only at two remote locations, high in the Kaikoura Mountains. Amateur ornithologist Geoff Harrow is the person most closely associated with the story of Hutton’s shearwater, for it was Geoff who discovered the two remaining nesting sites in the 1960s. For five decades he visited the mountains whenever he could to observe and record the birds, and to encourage the Department of Conservation and its predecessors to take steps to conserve this endangered species. As a result, scientist Richard Cuthbert was to spend three years living with 200,000 Hutton’s shearwaters and their neighbours, studying their behaviour, observing their interactions, measuring and recording facts and figures to build a detailed picture of why and how these birds had survived. The discoveries over time of Richard and his co-workers turned received wisdom on its head and revealed a whole new predator story. Richard’s beautifully written, witty account – of the challenge and exasperation, the heartbreak and hardship, and the sheer joy of conservation fieldwork in a remote environment – is beautifully interwoven with other fascinating stories – of the ‘discovery’ of the species by nineteenth-century scientists and collectors, and Geoff Harrow’s discovery of the nesting grounds and subsequent long involvement with this species. Seabirds Beyond the Mountain Crest is a delightful and highly entertaining read.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • Seasons a Journey Through the Nz Garden
    Seasons a Journey Through the Nz Garden
    ISBN: 9780143566083
    Title: Seasons a Journey Through the Nz Garden
    Author: HOBBS JACK & TAGG SALLY

    SEASONS a journey through the garden showcases a startling array of plants and their ever-changing forms and colours. Photographer Sally Tagg spent three years capturing seasonal displays of flowers and plants at Auckland's Botanic Gardens. The result is a stunning collection of photographs that celebrates the diverse beauty of the garden world.Accompanying Sally's spectacular photographs is a tribute to each plant's unique character written by respected plant expert and Director of the Botanic Gardens Jack Hobbs. Also included is a selection of remarkable artworks created by Sally from leaves and flowers gathered on her photographic forays. This beautiful book takes the reader on an intimate journey through the garden, showcasing plants at their most fragile and flamboyant. it will be treasured by garden and art lovers alike.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $55.00
    $55.00
  • Secrets of Small Gardens in New Zealand: Creative Inspiration for Perfect Havens
    Secrets of Small Gardens in New Zealand: Creative Inspiration for Perfect Havens
    ISBN: 9781869665081
    Title: Secrets of Small Gardens in New Zealand: Creative Inspiration for Perfect Havens
    Author: ALLISON SUE & NICHOLSON JULIET

    Featuring more than 300 photographs that capture the essence of the gardens, landscaping features and plants used, this is a book that is both inspiring and practical. From a 1960s gem designed by famous architect Sir Miles Warren for his inner city apartment and office, to a new rooftop garden and one planted only with edibles the book shows a diversity of responses to spatial constraints. Many gardens have water features, most don't have lawns and some gardeners have created havens on the berms outside their homes.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • Shaky Isles: Nz Earthquakes
    Shaky Isles: Nz Earthquakes
    ISBN: 9781869341190
    Title: Shaky Isles: Nz Earthquakes
    Author: ROGERS ANNA

    Earthquakes are perhaps the most terrifying of all natural disasters. They strike without warning, they cannot be controlled, there is no escape. And New Zealand has suffered more than its fair share of major shakes, which have brought with them death, injury, fear and sometimes cripplingly expensive damage. Wellington in 1848 and 1855, the Wairarapa in 1942, Inangahua in 1968, Edgecumbe in 1987, Gisborne in 2007...We are continually reminded that we do indeed inhabit the 'shaky isles', and that another big earthquake, probably on the Alpine Fault, is still a strong possibility. Growing up in Christchurch, author Anna Rogers had little experience of earthquakes. Later, when she lived for a dozen years in Wellington, the ground shook occasionally to remind everyone of the capital's position on New Zealand's main fault line. But nothing could have prepared her, or anyone else, for the 7.1 earthquake that struck Canterbury in the pre-dawn darkness of 4 September 2010, destroying many heritage buildings and homes, and its fatal successor, on 22 February 2011, which took the lives of 185 people and almost annihilated the Christchurch CBD. This is the story of New Zealand's major earthquakes, from pre-European times to the present day, with three chapters covering the Canterbury disaster. Lively, approachable and well-illustrated, it describes vividly the physical and psychological havoc earthquakes cause and reminds us of the need to be prepared.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • Sheep
    Sheep
    ISBN: 9781780235936
    Title: Sheep
    Author: ARMSTRONG PHILIP

    The ancient Egyptians worshipped them, the Romans dressed them in fitted coats, and the Christians associated them with their divine savior. In "Sheep," Philip Armstrong traces the natural and cultural history of both wild and domestic species of ovis, from the Old World mouflon to the corkscrew-horned flocks of the Egyptians, from the Trojan sheep of Homer s "Odyssey" to the cannibal sheep of Thomas More s "Utopia," from the vast migratory mobs of Spanish merinos all the way to Dolly the first animal we have ever cloned and Haruki Murakami s sheep-human hybrids.
    As Armstrong shows, humans have treated sheep with awe, cruelty or disdain for many thousands of years. Our exploitation of them for milk, meat, and wool but also for artistic and cultural purposes has shaped both our history and theirs. Despite all that we owe them we have often dismissed sheep as the least witted and least interesting of mammals: to be accused of sheepishness or behaving like a flock of sheep is to be denigrated for lack of courage, individuality, or will. Yet, as this book demonstrates, sheep actually possess highly sophisticated social skills and emotional intelligence. Above all, "Sheep" demonstrates that sometimes the most mundane animals turn out to be the most surprising.
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    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Shorebirds of Nz: Sharing the Margins
    Shorebirds of Nz: Sharing the Margins
    ISBN: 9780143567509
    Title: Shorebirds of Nz: Sharing the Margins
    Author: WOODLEY KEITH

    SHOREBIRDS OF NEW ZEALAND is a beautiful, informative and lyrical account of the many shorebirds found here - those living and breeding in the same area year after year, those that migrate within New Zealand, and those whose migrations link the hemispheres. It examines the lifecycles, habits and histories of our shorebirds, such as red knots (some 50,000 of which reach New Zealand from Siberia annually), or red-necked stints (birds the size of a sparrow that make a similar journey), and our own shorebirds - stilts and oystercatchers, terns and gulls, dotterels and wrybills, snipes and godwits. Author Keith Woodley connects these shorebirds with everyday people and the environment, looking into our social and cultural values, the work of researchers and community conservation groups, as well as the ways in which our lives impact those of shorebirds - both harmoniously and harmfully. SHOREBIRDS OF NEW ZEALAND is a significant and thought-provoking book, with many stories to tell and a strong environmental message elegantly stated.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • Some Notes on the Rowi & Blue Hen of Westland
    Some Notes on the Rowi & Blue Hen of Westland
    ISBN: 9780473251680
    Title: Some Notes on the Rowi & Blue Hen of Westland
    Author: MARSH SID

    From January 2001 to the spring of 2004, Sid Marsh was employed as a kiwi ranger at Franz Josef, to help implement a West Coast recovery operation for the rowi or Okarito brown kiwi. He was also in search of a local subspecies of little spotted kiwi that had been known to nineteenth-century diggers as the 'blue-hen' -- a bird that ornithologists feared to be, at best, functionally extinct. These notes are Sid's record of those days. They include personal sketches of the kiwi and their environment, of himself and the other rangers with whom he worked, and of the invasive rats and stoats that killed (and continue to kill) intolerable numbers of native birds. Accompanying the sketches are selected photographs of kiwi and rangers, and together these pictures present a gritty and unorthodox view of a world very few human Kiwis knew existed.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Spiny Lobsters Through the Eyes of the Giant Packhorse
    Spiny Lobsters Through the Eyes of the Giant Packhorse
    ISBN: 9780864736550
    Title: Spiny Lobsters Through the Eyes of the Giant Packhorse
    Author: BOOTH JOHN

    The packhorse lobster (Sagmariasus verreauxi), found off the coasts of northern New Zealand and mid-eastern Australia, is the largest and among the most primitive of all the spiny lobsters (often referred to as 'crayfish'). Its remarkable life history includes migration across vast distances, both within the water column and along the sea floor. As an adult, its gargantuan size - it can reach lengths of 60 centimetres - and tough, spiny shell enable it to fend off all but the largest predators, but as a juvenile it is tiny, leaf-like, and helpless; and its reproductive strategy leaves it vulnerable to overfishing. However, overall it is a remarkably hardy beast, ideal for live transport and aquaculture, and much of what we know about it is applicable to other spiny lobsters as well. SPINY LOBSTERS: THROUGH THE EYES OF THE GIANT PACKHORSE covers the entire life cycle of the packhorse and its relatives, from egg to plate, including the taxonomy, ecology, distribution, anatomy, physiology, and behaviour of these fascinating creatures. It also discusses the fishing techniques used to catch spiny lobsters, and their impact on lobster populations, as well as the ways in which lobsters are processed and marketed. Although written primarily with the non-expert in mind, this book brings important, previously unpublished syntheses that take in all the world's spiny lobsters - informing the specialist reader as well.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • Succulents for the Contemporary Garden
    Succulents for the Contemporary Garden
    ISBN: 9781869621025
    Title: Succulents for the Contemporary Garden
    Author: CAVE YVONNE

    Succulents, with their great variety of form and colour and easy-care reputation, are becoming increasingly popular. This increased desirability has led to more and more species becoming available, and the choice can sometimes be overwhelming.SUCCULENTS FOR THE CONTEMPORARY GARDEN helps the succulent lover to make sensible choices when deciding what species are appropriate for their contemporary garden. Descriptions and cultivation information are given for 60 genera and hundreds of species of these fascinating water-storage plants. Illustrated throughout with 350 colour photographs, this book is an important addition to the succulent connoisseur's library.Yvonne Cave is the author of the acclaimed The Succulent Garden in New Zealand. Her superb photographic work has illustrated a number of major gardening books, including IRISES FOR NEW ZEALAND GARDENS, GARDENING WITH CAMELLIAS, RHODODENDRONS FOR NEW ZEALAND GARDENS, THE SUCCULENT GARDEN IN NEW ZEALAND and THE GARDENER'S ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF NZ NATIVE PLANTS.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Sustainable Seas Managing the Marine Environment
    Sustainable Seas Managing the Marine Environment
    ISBN: 9780987666055
    Title: Sustainable Seas Managing the Marine Environment
    Author: BRAKE LUCY & PEART RAEWYN

    This full colour, 400-page soft-cover publication, provides the first comprehensive guide to
    the management of New Zealand’s marine environment.
    New Zealand has jurisdiction over a very large, varied and productive marine environment.
    It is of enormous economic, social and cultural importance to New Zealanders. With
    increasing interest in using and developing marine resources it is critical that we manage
    this marine area well.
    The book demystifies a complex legislative framework by clearly describing how decisions
    affecting the marine environment are made and by whom. It identifies the potential
    environmental impacts of various activities and describes how best practice approaches
    can be applied in practice. It also outlines the application of emerging management tools
    including marine spatial planning.
    Sustainable Seas will be of particular interest to members of the fishing, aquaculture,
    shipping and mining sectors, iwi and hapu-, marine tourism operators, marine developers,
    recreational users, conservationists, catchment and marine managers, scientists and students.
    The book is an invaluable resource for all those who have an interest in using, developing,
    enjoying and/or protecting New Zealand’s marine environment.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • Suzanne Turley: Private Gardens of Aotearoa
    Suzanne Turley: Private Gardens of Aotearoa
    ISBN: 9781760760519
    Title: Suzanne Turley: Private Gardens of Aotearoa
    Author: TURLEY SUZANNE & THOMAS CANNINGS (ED)

    Suzanne Turley is one of New Zealand's most sought-after landscape designers. Across her 30-year career, from her Auckland studio, she has crafted some of the country's most prestigious gardens. Today, Suzanne works with young Italian landscape architect Ermanno Cattaneo; with their combined experience, expertise and enthusiasm, they are pushing the boundaries of contemporary landscape design and architecture in New Zealand. Their work is found the length and breadth of this picturesque country - from the benign Pacific beaches in the north to the volcanic fields of New Zealand's most populous city, alongside coastal cliffs or deep, strong rivers, set against a tapestry of bush or the breathtaking peaks of the Southern Alps. Showcasing 12 of Suzanne Turley Landscapes' stand-out private gardens from around Aotearoa, this book offers insights into both the design concept and planting plan of each project, as well as the approach to the location and client brief. Private Gardens of Aotearoa is both a visual bible of cutting-edge landscape design and a travelogue of a country feted for the magnificence of its natural features.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $90.00
    $90.00
  • Takahe: Fifty Years of Conservation Management and Research
    Takahe: Fifty Years of Conservation Management and Research
    ISBN: 9781877276019
    Title: Takahe: Fifty Years of Conservation Management and Research
    Author: JYOERNAB RANAN


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Te Wananga O Raukawa: Restoring Matauranga to Restore Ecosystems
    Te Wananga O Raukawa: Restoring Matauranga to Restore Ecosystems
    ISBN: 9780473204693
    Title: Te Wananga O Raukawa: Restoring Matauranga to Restore Ecosystems
    Author: RAWIRI ANETA HINEMIHI & TE WANANGA-O-RAUKAWA STAFF


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $20.00
    $20.00
  • Terrain: Travels Through a Deep Landscape
    Terrain: Travels Through a Deep Landscape
    ISBN: 9781775536796
    Title: Terrain: Travels Through a Deep Landscape
    Author: CHAPPLE GEOFF

    New Zealand's many distinctive landforms are packed into a small space. Geoff Chapple, author of Te Araroa: The New Zealand Trail, set out on a year-long journey to find out why, and to seek out the shifting forces that shape them. For company, he chose earth scientists and the artisans who use the rock. The journey took him back through geology's global history and onward from end to end of New Zealand. Terrain is the result - a lucid, personal and sometimes funny account of New Zealand's most astonishing landscapes. Their stories and revelations are a prompt to look more closely at the ground we walk on.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Theatre Country: Essays on Landscape & Whenua
    Theatre Country: Essays on Landscape & Whenua
    ISBN: 9780864734570
    Title: Theatre Country: Essays on Landscape & Whenua
    Author: PARK GEOFF

    The conservation movement opposing the 19th-century torching of forests by British settlers is appraised in this collection of essays from a leading New Zealand environmentalist. The book delves into subjects as diverse as William Wordsworth, Charles Darwin, the rise of nature tourism, the ecology of the inhabited landscape, environmental management in Indonesia, the ecological practices of the early Pakeha settlers, and the Urewera landscape paintings of Colin McCahon.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Threatened Plants of NZ
    Threatened Plants of NZ
    ISBN: 9781877257568
    Title: Threatened Plants of NZ
    Author: LANGE, HEENAN, NORTON, ROLFE & SAWYER

    One in 13 of New Zealand's native plants is now threatened with extinction. Six species are already extinct - like the moa and the huia, they are gone forever. Even the popular kakabeak (Clianthus puniceus) is in a serious plight, with just one plant left in the wild. Another 24 species are known in the wild from fewer than 200 plants. This beautifully illustrated book combines precise botanical description with lavish illustrations in describing the 189 species defined by conservation scientists as Extict or Threatened, using the New Zealand Threat Classification System. Each description contains information on how to identify the plant in question, the specific threats it faces, and its current distribution. Threatened Plants of New Zealand is designed to be an essential tool in the fight against extinction, as well as a stunning showcase of the spectacular flora of a country in which new plant species are still being routinely recognised, 240 years after the first specimens were brought to the attention of the world's scientific community.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $100.00
    $100.00
  • Three Kiwi Tales: More Fabulous Fix-It Stories from Wildbase Hospital
    Three Kiwi Tales: More Fabulous Fix-It Stories from Wildbase Hospital
    ISBN: 9780995100145
    Title: Three Kiwi Tales: More Fabulous Fix-It Stories from Wildbase Hospital
    Author: HUNT JANET

    Three more endearing stories of helping New Zealand wildlife from the case files of Wildbase Hospital. Wildbase Hospital in Palmerston North is a very special hospital for very special animals, and in this follow-up to the hugely successful How to Mend a Kea, author Janet Hunt focuses on the tales of three kiwi who have been treated there. The stories are fascinating and touching accounts of their different experiences at Wildbase, and the innovative approaches to their treatment and rehabilitation that were needed to ensure their eventual return to the wild. Linked to the wider issues of kiwi conservation, these tales introduce readers to the challenges and triumphs of caring for New Zealand's unique national icon. Wonderful photos, a lively text and an engaging design all combine to make this a superb book.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Totara: A Natural & Cultural History
    Totara: A Natural & Cultural History
    ISBN: 9781869408190
    Title: Totara: A Natural & Cultural History
    Author: SIMPSON PHILIP

    The 'mighty totara' is one of New Zealand's most extraordinary trees. Among the biggest and oldest trees in the New Zealand forest, the heart of Maori carving and culture, trailing no. 8 wire as fence posts on settler farms, clambered up in the Pureora protests of the 1980s: the story of New Zealand can be told through totara. Simpson tells that story like nobody else could. In words and pictures, through waka and leaves, farmers and carvers, he takes us deep inside the trees: their botany and evolution, their role in Maori life and lore, and their current status in New Zealand's environment and culture.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $75.00
    $75.00
  • Totara: A Natural & Cultural History
    Totara: A Natural & Cultural History
    ISBN: 9781869409067
    Title: Totara: A Natural & Cultural History
    Author: SIMPSON PHILIP


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
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