• Jacinda Ardern on Kindness, Empathy and Strength
    Jacinda Ardern on Kindness, Empathy and Strength
    'I Know This to Be True' is a global five-year project founded on original interviews to inspire a new generation of leaders. Truth, wisdom, inspiration and what really matters for the most inspiring leaders of our time. Politician, feminist and champion for social equality, Jacinda Ardern epitomizes the modern leader. In this warm and candid interview, the fortieth Prime Minister of New Zealand discusses her childhood growing up in rural Aotearoa New Zealand, her journey into politics, and the lessons she has learned along the way. From her thoughts on climate change and women's rights, to the horrific Christchurch mosque attacks, she reflects on the matters and moments that have impacted her most. With sincerity and insight, she highlights the importance of kindness, compassion and inclusivity, while stressing the need for authenticity in a fast-paced and highly digitized world. At once inspiring and uplifting, her words are a compelling reminder of our shared humanity and a call to action to young leaders and activists around the world.

    ISBN: 9781990003035
    Publication date: 20/05/2020
    Price: $19.99
    Author: I Know This To Be True
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $19.99
  • Jake Bailey What Cancer Taught Me
    Jake Bailey What Cancer Taught Me
    'None of us get out of life alive, so be gallant, be great, be gracious and be grateful for the opportunities you have.' Delivered from a wheelchair while undergoing cancer treatment, Jake Bailey's inspirational end of year speech as Head Boy at Christchurch Boys' High School made headlines around the world. Diagnosed just a week earlier with the most aggressive form of cancer - one with often fatal results - Jake didn't know whether he would have the strength to deliver the words he had written before receiving the shocking news of his illness. And he had no idea of the significance his speech would assume as he lay in hospital enduring intensive chemotherapy. In this remarkably honest account of his illness, treatment and recovery, Jake shares all that the experience has taught him. 'Before I got sick I was dying to get home from school. I was dying for the weekends. I was dying for the school holidays, and then before I knew it I was dying in Christchurch Hospital.' Confronting the possibility of death has led Jake to re-evaluate all that he took for granted in life and to encourage others to do the same. His book is an uplifting call to action to people of all ages.

    ISBN: 9780143770862
    Publication date: 15/05/2017
    Price: $30.00
    Author: Bailey, Jake
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • James K Baxter Letters of a Poet
    James K Baxter Letters of a Poet
    James K. Baxter was not a man of few words, and his private correspondence was no exception. Letters of a Poet, edited by his good friend and frequent correspondent John Weir, contains almost 900 of Baxter's letters from 1939 to 1972, covering his teenage years and entire adult life. Frank, funny, generous, sometimes filthy, packed with poems and musings on love, the Catholic faith, and how to live well and write well, they provide remarkable new insights into his life and work.

    Includes letters to his parents, Archibald and Millicent Baxter, the conscientious objector Noel Ginn, and many of the leading literary figures of the time, including Charles Brasch, Allen Curnow, Frank Sargeson, Fleur Adcock, Lawrence Baigent, Barry Crump, Maurice Shadbolt, W. H. Oliver, Robin Dudding and many more.
    Includes introduction by John Weir, biographies of correspondents, timeline and index.

    ISBN: 9781776562039
    Publication date: 06/12/2018
    Price: $100.00
    Author: Weir, John
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $100.00
  • Justice and Race Campaigns against racism and abuse in Aotearoa
    Justice and Race Campaigns against racism and abuse in Aotearoa
    Over half of those locked up in our prisons are Maori - are non-Pakeha people treated fairly by our police and courts? In the 1960s and '70s, thousands of young New Zealanders were arrested, charged and processed by children's courts for a variety of mostly minor offences. Few had access to lawyers. Most pleaded guilty. Many were Maori and Pasifika. About 4000 children a year were put into social welfare homes, as state wards or until sentencing. Hundreds each year were held on remand in adult prisons. At each step closer to borstal, the proportion of Maori became greater, reaching over 80% for Maori girls. Children considered seriously out of control were sent to Lake Alice Hospital. They received repeated courses of electroconvulsive therapy and were disciplined with 'aversive' electric shocks to their bodies. To oppose this abuse of largely Maori and Pacific Island children, Oliver Sutherland and a small group of Pakeha formed the Auckland Committee on Racism and Discrimination, ACORD, in 1973. For 15 years ACORD exposed and campaigned against the institutional racism of the police, justice and social welfare systems. It laid the groundwork for a national duty solicitor scheme and gained protections for children incarcerated by the state. Equally oppressive was the police 'Task Force', formed in 1974 ostensibly to combat street violence in Auckland. Thousands were arrested - around 80% of them Maori or Pasifika - but the initiative had no impact on 'street violence'; most arrests were for minor offences. Oliver Sutherland's memoir tells the story of these campaigns against injustice and describes cases that graphically substantiate them.

    ISBN: 9781990007132
    Publication date: 01/02/2020
    Price: $34.99
    Author: Sutherland, Oliver
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $34.99
  • Kieran Read My Story
    Kieran Read My Story
    Kieran Read first played for the All Blacks as a 23-year old in 2008 and since then has amassed more than a century of test appearances in the famous jersey. Now, after a stellar provincial, club, and international career - including back to back World Cup victories - the New Zealand captain writes openly and honestly about his time in the game. Read takes to these pages with his trademark determination, lifting the lid on the unique pressures of succeeding as captain the most celebrated All Black of all time. He outlines the decisions that shaped his career and uncovers the skills of the coaches who shaped him, while offering readers an inside account of how the world's greatest team functions and thrives. A rugby player cannot reach the pinnacle of the sport without negotiating the many avenues of adversity on the roadmap to triumph. Read unpacks the emotional toll of injury and the ignominy of defeat, neatly illustrating the intense experience of representing a rugby-obsessed nation while delivering a masterclass in how manage the many demands on the mind and on the body. Forthright and frank, Read's well-respected views on the game and its future are a must-read for rugby fans, and his take on the myriad personalities and the peccadilloes of his teammates, coaches and opponents will be sure to surprise and delight. From the playing fields of Papakura to the world champion podium, Read has faced every challenge head on. His life story is no exception.

    ISBN: 9781988516677
    Publication date: 07/11/2019
    Price: $49.99
    Author: Stevenson, Scotty
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $49.99
  • Killing Time Short Stories from the Long Road Home
    Killing Time Short Stories from the Long Road Home
    Tales of adventure, misadventure, love and loss - this collection of non-fiction short stories from the Australian rock legend turned writer is vintage Jimmy.

    Outrageous, witty, warm and wise, Killing Time shares more than forty yarns reflecting an epic life - from an encounter with a soul legend in Memphis, a night in a haunted studio in upstate New York, and a doomed haircut in Thailand to a madcap misunderstanding in a Japanese ski resort, a family feud on a remote coral atoll, and an all-too-revealing appearance for a Sydney charity.

    PRAISE FOR KILLING TIME:

    A moving and deeply felt kaleidoscope of life, love, family, music, friendship and the fragility of time. Barnes proved his storytelling mettle with his memoirs. But in Killing Time he has refined his unique voice with this wildly entertaining suite of tales, anecdotes, observations and reflections that can have you laughing out loud on one page and moved to tears on the next. It is all here, the joys and fears of parenthood, the search for your sense of place, fortune-tellers, the loss of beloved pets, bad golf, ghosts, backstage stories, celebrities, the homeless, and the wonder of being alive, all told with searing honesty. What sets Barnes's writing above the rest is that it comes from an authentic and soulful place. His work cannot help but ring true, like the strike of a tuning fork.

    - MATT CONDON

    Jimmy Barnes is never a bystander. Stories happen to him. He not only remembers every circumstance, he has the ability to distil the moment in a way that's both poetic and uncontrived. He's funny, chaotic, insightful and heartbreaking. Jimmy is truly a natural-born storyteller. It's like writing has just been waiting for him to arrive. And now, he's here.

    - MANDY NOLAN

    ISBN: 9781460759486
    Publication date: 07/10/2020
    Price: $49.99
    Author: Barnes, Jimmy
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $49.99
  • Know Your Place
    Know Your Place
    The story of a child refugee who faced her fears, found her home and accidentally made history

    When she was just nine, Golriz Ghahraman and her parents were forced to flee their home in Iran. After a terrifying and uncertain journey, they landed in Auckland where they were able to seek asylum and - ultimately - create a new life.

    In this open and intimate account, Ghahraman talks about making a home in Aotearoa New Zealand, her work as a human rights lawyer, her United Nations missions, and how she became the first refugee to be elected to the New Zealand Parliament.

    Passionate and unflinching, Know Your Place is a story about breaking barriers, and the daily challenges of prejudice that shape the lives of women and minorities. At its heart, it's about overcoming fear, about family, and about finding a place to belong.

    ISBN: 9781775541424
    Publication date: 23/03/2020
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Ghahraman, Golriz
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • Leading Lady Eva Poole A Life in the Spotlight
    Leading Lady Eva Poole A Life in the Spotlight
    Articulate and intelligent, Eve Poole had a passion for the theatre and the arts. A desire to protect one of Invercargill's cultural icons led her into politics and she was elected as the city's first woman mayor in 1983, joining Cath Tizard who that year broke similar ground in Auckland - the two becoming trailblazers at both ends of the country.
    Already a member of the QEII Arts Council (later Creative New Zealand), Eve played an active part in encouraging the visual and performing arts across the country. She was equally at home on the stage as an actor and producer, on TV shows such as Beauty and the Beast, and as a member of the NZ Committee on Women, an early forerunner of the Ministry of Women's Affairs, during the UN Decade for Women. She gained national prominence for her leadership when the 1984 floods ravaged her adopted city and the surrounding region.
    Vivienne Allan tells the story of her mother's life with warmth and honesty, beginning with the struggle to find passage out of Germany in the 1930s. When war broke out Eve, still only 17 and living with her family in Tel Aviv, joined the British Army, serving as a driver in Egypt. There she met the New Zealander who was to become her husband and, after discharge, moved to Invercargill to raise their family with him. Eve's practicality, determination and humanity saw her retain the mayoralty for four terms until her untimely death in 1992.

    ISBN: 9780995132900
    Publication date: 29/07/2020
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Allan, Vivienne
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • Lengthening the Shadow
    Lengthening the Shadow
    `I know the pain at the gym is nowhere near as bad as the pain of depression . . . so I suck up the workout pain and push myself that bit harder.'
    Continuing ill-health and countless surgeries sent Auckland businessman Dave Burt spiralling down into the depths of despair and hopelessness. Something had to change. With a mate he enrolled for a 10-week `ultimate body transformation' regime at the local gym.
    This thoughtful, insightful book is the remarkable story of how with a wonderful woman at his side - and the right support a Kiwi bloke fought back. This ten-week diary will make you laugh and cry, but above all it will provide rare insight to those struggling with depression.

    ISBN: 9780473465995
    Publication date: 29/01/2019
    Price: $30.00
    Author: Burt, Dave
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Life as a Casketeer What the Business of Death Can Teach the Living
    Life as a Casketeer What the Business of Death Can Teach the Living
    Stars of the hit television series The Casketeers, as seen on Netflix

    A celebration of life and death. A book to make you laugh and cry. A deep, funny and personal story about the lives of New Zealand's favourite undertakers, Francis and Kaiora Tipene.

    Born and raised in Northland, the married couple and parents to five boys now star in the third series of their own reality television show The Casketeers, a show about day-to-day life (and death) at their Auckland funeral business, Tipene Funerals.

    This is Francis and Kaiora's story, a story about a modest yet richly cultural Maori upbringing in the communities of Pawarenga and Kaitaia, the trials and tribulations of their love and marriage, the joy of raising five sons, and the dedication and mahi required to grow a business. It's also a book about traditions of tangihanga, tikanga Maori and Polynesian ways of morning the dead.

    Inspirational, hilarious and wise: this is a book to make you see dying, grief and remembrance in a totally new light.

    ISBN: 9781775541486
    Publication date: 24/02/2020
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Tipene, Francis
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • Life of Extremes The Life and Times of a Polar Filmmaker
    Life of Extremes The Life and Times of a Polar Filmmaker
    Max Quinn's filmmaking career has taken him to the ends of the earth; from his native New Zealand to Alaska; Antarctica to the Arctic. A Life of Extremes is a personal account of his travel and work in these remote locations. It focuses on Max's polar filmmaking experiences, which started in 1991 when he spent 11 months filming the wildlife of Antarctica. The illuminating text and stunning images illustrate 20 years of subsequent adventures in polar climates.

    The stories in this book capture experiences that can only be had in the most extreme places on earth. Whether it be travelling 80 kilometres over crevassed ice to a lonely colony of Emperor penguins who have evolved to live and breed in temperatures as low as -50 degrees, or figuring out how to keep bodies and cameras warm in the coldest places on earth, Max Quinn has a story to tell about it. The historical background given to the tales will enthral any natural history buff, while filmmaking enthusiasts will wonder at the methods behind capturing life on the edge.

    Become inspired to leave the tourist trail behind with this unique book about what life is like behind the camera, beyond public transport and even human inhabitation. Learn about dog sled racing, the last great ice age, penguin colonies, and everything else that happens in the immensely beautiful landscapes where the temperature is permanently below freezing.

    ISBN: 9781775594321
    Publication date: 01/11/2020
    Price: $49.99
    Author: Quinn, Max
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $49.99
  • Life on Gorge River New Zealands Remotest Family
    Life on Gorge River New Zealands Remotest Family
    A bestseller, the fascinating life of the most remote family in New Zealand. Robert Long and his family - wife Catherine, and children Christan (17) and Robin (14) - live in complete isolation, in a hut two days' walk south of Haast in South Westland. Robert has lived there for nearly 30 years; Catherine for 20 and the kids all their lives. Their only contact with the outside world is a helicopter or plane once a month, and two trips a year to the 'outside world'. This is the story of how and why Robert - known locally as 'Beansprout' - came to live at Gorge River, and the family's experiences there over the years, living self-sufficiently and forging close bonds with the natural environment. It is an inspiring tale of one man's decision to 'drop out' of capitalist society and successfully establish a lifestyle most New Zealanders can't even imagine, harking back to the days of the earliest pioneers.

    ISBN: 9781869793302
    Publication date: 04/06/2010
    Price: $40.00
    Author: Long, Robert
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $40.00
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