• Thomas Potts of Canterbury Colonist and Conservationist
    Thomas Potts of Canterbury Colonist and Conservationist
    In 1858 Canterbury settler Thomas Potts protested against the destruction of totara on the Port Hills near Christchurch. A decade later, as a member of Parliament, he made forest conservation a national issue. Through his writing he raised the then novel idea of protecting native birds on island reserves, and proposed the creation of national ‘domains’ or parks. As a pioneering colonist, acclimatist and runholder, however, Potts’ own actions threatened the very environments he sought to maintain. This makes him a fascinating subject as we confront present-day problems in balancing development and conservation. This book is about, and partly by, Potts, and through him about New Zealand and the course and consequences of colonisation. It describes and interprets his life, from his early years in England through to his 34 years in New Zealand. Excerpts from Potts’ vivid 1850s diary, written from close to the edge of European settlement, are published here for the first time. Thomas Potts of Canterbury also reproduces 11 long-forgotten essays by him from the 1880s, in which he reflected on the 1850s and what had happened since – both to New Zealand’s natural environment and to Maori and Pakeha. Sixteen pages of contemporary images supplement the text. Thomas Potts of Canterbury will appeal to anyone interested in the early history of Canterbury, in environmental change, and in early efforts in New Zealand towards conservation. It is a story of conflicting goals, magnificently exemplified in the life and writings of a man who strove, 150 years ago, to be both colonist and conservationist.

    ISBN: 9781988592428
    Publication date: 01/09/2020
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Star, Paul
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • Three Cities
    Three Cities
    Orthodox is obsolete; conventional is kaput. We thought we knew how we make economics, politics, technology and nature work for us. But increasingly, they are failing to run by the rules and systems we've honed over recent decades. Boom-bust economies, fractured and destructive politics and a deeply degraded ecosystem are just some of the symptoms.Pioneers around the world are seeking new values, systems and technologies. Thus equipped we might achieve the unprecedented, speed, scale and complexity of change we need to meet the immense challenges of the twenty-first century.In this BWB Text acclaimed business journalist Rod Oram travels to Beijing, London and Chicago to meet some of these pioneers and report on their setbacks and progress. Because if 10 billion people are going to live well on this planet in 2050, we're going to have to fundamentally change the way we do things.

    ISBN: 9780994135407
    Publication date: 15/08/2016
    Price: $14.99
    Author: Oram, Rod
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $14.99
  • To Be Fair Confessions of a Distric Court Judge
    To Be Fair Confessions of a Distric Court Judge
    Retired judge Rosemary Riddell shares her reminiscences of life on the bench, complete with its humour, frustrations and poignant moments. A unique glimpse into a world most of us can only imagine, her story is a fascinating commentary on New Zealand life from the point of view of a woman involved in the top levels of our justice system.

    ISBN: 9781990003165
    Publication date: 13/05/2021
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Riddell, Rosemary
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • Tooth and Veil Life and Times of the New Zealand Dental Nurse
    Tooth and Veil Life and Times of the New Zealand Dental Nurse
    In 1921, the School Dental Service was established. A social experiment unique to New Zealand, it was lauded around the world and later modelled in 15 countries. This is the story of those on the front line of that experiment, the dental nurses who endured military-style training, poor resourcing and petty discipline, as well as increasingly anachronistic rules around uniform and behaviour. Bringing together interviews with dental nurses from across the decades, Noel O'Hare has created an engaging social history of New Zealand in the twentieth century, through the eyes and voices of young women. The book begins on 29 March 1974, when more than 600 dental nurses from throughout New Zealand marched to Parliament in their uniforms to protest at their low pay. They hadn't had a pay rise in 21 years .

    ISBN: 9780995122963
    Publication date: 01/04/2020
    Price: $49.99
    Author: O'Hare, Noel
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $49.99
  • Tough Country
    Tough Country
    Tall tales of bushmen, tradies and back-country rogues

    Mike Bellamy's father Barry is as tough as they come. Widely credited as the inspiration for Barry Crump's back-country character Sam Cash, Barry was a roving worker in rural North Island during the 50s, 60s and 70s. Tough Country is a book about a father by a son, about a bygone era of bushmen, scrub-cutters, hunters and shepherds. It's also a book about the author's own life working the land, and the characters of the 80s and 90s, from tradies and digger-drivers to drain-layers and wharfies.

    ISBN: 9781775541523
    Publication date: 18/05/2020
    Price: $36.99
    Author: Bellamy, Mike
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $36.99
  • Towards Compostela
    Towards Compostela
    Catharina van Bohemen walked the Camino de Santiago in 1998. Jenny Shipley was New Zealand’s prime minister, Bill Clinton’s relationship with Monica Lewinsky was exposed, the Good Friday Agreement was signed in Northern Ireland, and the Russian rouble nearly collapsed. Catharina’s marriage had ended and she’d left the Auckland home where she’d raised her children. Cellphones were increasingly common but none of the pilgrims she walked with had them. Her journal was the most important thing she carried. Pilgrims to Compostela simply start walking; they stay in refugios and carry a passport or credencial that is stamped along the way. Walking is physical and it reminds you of yourself in the world – you hear your breath and the scrape of your boots on the track; the straps bite your shoulders; you feel and hear your heart beat. You can move as fast as only you can move, and what you see while walking becomes infused with what you remember. Walking becomes as much a journey through your own inner landscape as the one you’re passing through, and moves you towards a new way of seeing. And acceptance. Catharina’s story is written with restraint, beauty, wit and insight, accompanied by the drawings of Gregory O’Brien.

    ISBN: 9781988595320
    Publication date: 09/11/2020
    Price: $38.00
    Author: van Bohemen, Catharina
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Two Shakes of a Lamb's Tail The Diary of a Country Vet
    Two Shakes of a Lamb's Tail The Diary of a Country Vet
    Two Shakes of a Lamb's Tail is the funny, illuminating diary of a year in the life of a New Zealand farm vet

    With a husband and two children, 1200 sheep and 400 cattle, farm dogs and pet lambs, pigs bent on excavation and a goat bent on escape, country life is never dull. From calving cows to constipated dogs, weddings to weaning lambs, daffodils to ducklings to droughts, each season brings new challenges and delights. Sometimes it's exhausting but it's almost always a lot of fun - anyway, it's all part and parcel of the life of a Kiwi mother, farmer's wife and vet.

    ISBN: 9781775541585
    Publication date: 07/04/2021
    Price: $37.99
    Author: Hawkins, Danielle
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $37.99
  • Under the Covers Secrets of a Magazine Editor
    Under the Covers Secrets of a Magazine Editor
    Former editor Jenny Lynch takes the wraps off the unreported side of life in print, explodes myths, unearths secrets and shows that even on seemingly conservative publications such as the New Zealand Woman's Weekly things were seldom exactly as they seemed. Her memoir, aptly titled "Under the Covers", is a revealing account of what went on behind the closed doors of various editorial offices and newsrooms during one of the most colourful periods in magazine and newspaper history.
    Lynch's 30-year path to her top job was full of drama and off-beat activities. But nothing she had experienced before she became editor of the Weekly prepared her for the challenges that lay ahead. Indeed, the magazine's battle for dominance in what became known as The Magazine Wars was fought against a backdrop of management turbulence and ownership changes.
    Peppered with the names of those who have touched the author's life, including the famous and the fleeting, "Under the Covers" will appeal to everyone who enjoys reading about the ever-changing world of print media.

    ISBN: 9780473499617
    Publication date: 15/04/2020
    Price: $38.00
    Author: Lynch, Jenny
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Until The End Notes From a Small Life
    Until The End Notes From a Small Life
    "My life is like so much smoke drifting on the horizon. It shifts in the breeze, dissipates, and is gone. Was it caused by any glowing embers that once burned? I might well think so, but I might equally be misled by the terror of insignificance. I don’t pretend that my existence has altered the flow of human history, or even rippled the surface of events. It’s as small as any other life that hasn’t been boosted by fame or notoriety. But our small lives still have some meaning, even if only to those who love us. We owe it to them to whisper our words. Small lives have value. Our small ambitions, regrets, dishonesties, accomplishments, disappointments, friendships, jealousies, commitments – none of them are empty of meaning." Memoir of New Zealand author, filmmaker, playwright, and social activist Mike Riddell. Born in humble surroundings, Riddell recounts his adventures including becoming a minister of religion, a university lecturer, a social activist, and a full-time writer.

    ISBN: 9780473528812
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Riddell, Mike
    Price: $35.00
  • Vet on the Go
    Vet on the Go
    In February 1945, with no veterinary training available in New Zealand, Graham Wallace braved a German raider in the Tasman Sea to begin his studies in Sydney. The potentially explosive journey set the tone for a colourful life working with big farm animals in rural New Zealand as a travelling vet, later specialising in disease prevention and vaccine creation.

    Vet on the go is a collection of tales about Graham's time as a vet that is both informative and funny, and addresses changes in practice and attitudes in the profession over seventy years. Many city-dwellers are unaware of the crucial developments behind the scenes that keep the agricultural sector healthy and prepared for difficult situations that may arise. An important book for a country that relies so much on its agriculture, in Vet on the go Graham Wallace brings his knowledge from the country and introduces it to the town, and does it all while telling a damn good story.

    ISBN: 9780995115408
    Publication date: 12/12/2018
    Price: $30.00
    Author: Wallace, Graham
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • We can Make a Life
    We can Make a Life
    Hours after the 2011 Christchuch Earthquake, Kaikoura-based doctor Chris Henry crawled through the burning CTV building to rescue those who were trapped. Six years later, his daughter Chessie interviews him in an attempt to understand the trauma that led her father to burnout, in the process unravelling stories and memories from her own remarkable family history.

    Chessie rebuilds her family's lives on the page, from her parents' honeymoon across Africa, to living in Tokelau as one of five children under ten before returning to New Zealand, where her mother would set her heart and home in the Clarence Valley only to see it devastated in the 2016 Kaikoura Earthquake, and the family displaced.

    Written with the same love and compassion that defines her family's courage and strength, We Can Make a Life is an extraordinary memoir about the psychological cost of heroism, home and belonging, and how a family made a life together.

    I'd always felt that I was emotional because I had been raised by emotional people: talking right from the beginning, unafraid of tears or love or closeness. Was it entrenched in us, to feel things too much? Would we have to fight it away - the black shape at the edges, bounding after us, a smudge of darkness in an otherwise colourful scene.

    ISBN: 9781776561940
    Publication date: 09/08/2018
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Henry, Chessie
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • We Will Not Cease
    We Will Not Cease
    We Will Not Cease is the unflinching account of New Zealander Archibald Baxter's brutal treatment as a conscientious objector during World War I.
    In 1915, when Baxter was 33, he was arrested, sent to prison, then shipped under guard to Europe where he was forced to the front line against his will. Punished to the limits of his physical and mental endurance, Baxter was stripped of all dignity, beaten, starved and left for dead by the New Zealand military. In the final attempt to discredit him authorities consigned
    him to a mental institution, an experience that would haunt him for the rest of his life.
    Long regarded as a classic, We Will Not Cease is as relevant now as when it was first published in 1939. This revised edition has a new foreword by Kevin Clements (foundation director of the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies), a brand new cover, and a full index.

    ISBN: 9781988592992
    Publication date: 31/03/2021
    Price: $30.00
    Author: Baxter, Archibald
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
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