• Unmooring
    Unmooring
    "The work of a poet who knows how important people and places are… I kept thinking, too, about life’s voyagings. I found the whole very affecting — touching, tender, rueful at times… And all the more impressive for being unsentimental." - Brian Turner We are unmoored by circumstances that set us adrift from our normal lives into unknown waters. The poems in this debut collection range from the luxury of certainty, through the loss of a partner, to establishing a new life in a different part of the country. But nothing is secure, and a global pandemic again threatens to disrupt the familiar. Through it all, there is reassurance in recognising the perfection in arising and passing away. About the author: Bridget Auchmuty was born in Britain in 1951, came to New Zealand to visit her sister, and never went home. She spent more than thirty years in the Nelson region, where she and her partner lived on ten acres in the Motueka Valley. After his death, she shifted to the Ida Valley in Central Otago, where she lives in a yurt. The core of this collection formed one component of the author’s Master’s degree in Creative Writing at Massey University, and several of the poems have appeared in prominent poetry journals.

    ISBN: 9780995132917
    Publication date: 16/09/2020
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Auchmuty, Bridget
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.99
  • Upriver from the Sea to the Southern Alps
    Upriver from the Sea to the Southern Alps
    Upriver will appeal to everyone who loves New Zealand's South Island/Te Waipounamu and wants to find out more about the formation of its diverse landscapes and the story of human settlement since the very first landings about eight centuries ago. It will also provide all the information needed by those wishing to retrace the author's footsteps, either in the easily accessible regions of the west or east coasts, or in the more challenging mountainous regions of the South Island/Te Waipounamu.
    An absorbing blend of trip descriptions laced with background notes about the meaning and significance of places that were encountered, it tells the story of the author's journeys to the principal sources of each of the 24 rivers that flow down to the sea from the Main Divide of the Southern Alps.
    Each of the 24 chapters in this book paints a full-length portrait of the water catchment areas of the 24 rivers that flow all the way down to the sea from the Main Divide of the Southern Alps/Ka Tiritiri o te Moana, including its highest peaks and lowest Main Divide passes. Those portraits fit together like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle to form a comprehensive picture of this unique island.
    Safe backcountry trips require detailed knowledge of the terrain, situational awareness, teamwork, and contingency plans. The backcountry trips that are described in this book were spread over five decades, mainly in late summer-early autumn when weather conditions are usually more favourable. Only experienced, well-equipped parties should venture beyond the Conservation Department's Great Walk/Easy category tracks.

    ISBN: 9780995132931
    Publication date: 12/08/2020
    Price: $49.99
    Author: Heinz, Colin
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $49.99
  • Villa at the Edge of the Empire
    Villa at the Edge of the Empire
    Where are we? How did we get here? Where do we go now? A provocative and insightful exploration of rebuilding our homes, communities and cities after their devastation. From nineteenth-century attempts to create Utopias to America's rustbelt, from Darwin's study of worms to China's phantom cities, this work ranges widely through history and around the world. It examines the evolution of cities and of Christchurch in particular, looking at its swampy origins and its present reconstruction following the recent destructive earthquakes. And it takes us to L'Aquila in Italy to observe another city shaken by destructive tremors. Farrell writes as a citizen caught up in a devastated city in an era when political ideology has transformed the citizen to 'an asset, the raw material on which ...empire makes a profit'. In a hundred tiny pieces, she prods at contentious issues, such as the fate of a Cathedral, the closure of schools, the role of insurers, the plans for civic venues.
    Through personal observation, conversations with friends, a close reading of everything from the daily newspaper to records of other upheavals in Pompeii and Berlin, this dazzling book explores community, the love of place and, ultimately, regeneration and renewal.

    ISBN: 9781775537519
    Publication date: 24/06/2015
    Price: $40.00
    Author: Farrell, Fiona
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Warriors Celebrating 25 Years of the New Zealand Warriors
    Warriors Celebrating 25 Years of the New Zealand Warriors
    In 1995, the Warriors invaded the Australian Rugby League premiership - the first overseas club to be admitted - in a blaze of publicity and hype the likes of which New Zealand sport had never seen. The Warriors have taken their fans on a wild rollercoaster ride ever since, from the brink of collapse to within touching distance of ultimate glory and everywhere in between.
    They have played to the beat of their own drum for 25 seasons. The NRL trophy has remained agonisingly elusive, but the club has won a minor premiership, reached two grand finals, produced some of the modern era's finest players and countless memories. Few New Zealand teams in any code generate more passion, debate, exasperation and excitement than the Warriors.
    Warriors 25 covers the triumphs, heartbreaks, controversies and revivals that have kept supporters coming back for more for a quarter of a century. Sportswriter Will Evans tells the story of all 25 seasons - featuring interviews with some of the Warriors' most prominent players, coaches and administrators - in this exhaustively researched and officially club-endorsed book.
    Through the exhilarating highs and gut-wrenching lows of the past 25 years, this book covers the on- and off-field events of every season, the club's memorable matches and important figures, a wealth of trivia, including comprehensive records and stats for every game and player. Featuring full-colour photography throughout and a Warriors 25-year Team voted on by a panel of experts, this is a must-have tome for every rugby league fan!

    ISBN: 9781988538082
    Publication date: 06/12/2019
    Price: $49.99
    Author: Will, Evans
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $49.99
  • Water Rights for Ngai Tahu
    Water Rights for Ngai Tahu
    There is perhaps no issue in New Zealand today more contentious than water rights. The Crown claims that no one owns water, but its use, irrigation and treatment are controlled by local governments empowered by the Crown. Since the 1990s resource consents for the taking of water, in Canterbury and Southland especially, have increased dramatically and the environmental situation is reaching a breaking point. After years of discussion some kind of system regarding the ownership of water is inevitable. In Water Rights for Ngai Tahu, Te Maire Tau considers the historical and political framework that has contributed to the current state of water rights in the Ngai Tahu takiwa. He explores the customary, legal and Treaty frameworks that feed into the debate regarding the ownership of water. From 1844 to 1864 the Crown purchased more than 34.5 million acres of land from Ngai Tahu, but in most purchase deeds water is not mentioned. How does this play into claims to water? Should the Treaty be relied upon? How far can kaitiakitanga take us if the goal is mana motuhake and tino rangatiratanga? In this short book Te Maire Tau lays out the historical background and context to water rights, and opens a discussion about where to proceed next in determining a Ngai Tahu position on water.

    ISBN: 9781988503035
    Publication date: 02/04/2018
    Price: $25.00
    Author: Tau, Te Maire
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • We Are Here: An Atlas of Aotearoa
    We Are Here: An Atlas of Aotearoa
    An extraordinary visual data book like no other Clustered yet scattered, we New Zealanders live across the country's physical landscapes, experiencing its varied weather and environments. We co-create its political, economic and social systems on a daily basis. Each of us has a particular view of Aotearoa, yet nobody comprehends the whole. This book's sets of maps and graphics help New Zealanders make sense of their country, to grasp the scale, diversity and intricacies of Aotearoa, and to experience feelings of connection to land, to place, to this time in our history, and to one another. By making data visible, each graphic reveals insights about Aotearoa. They answer a range of questions: Who visits us? How many fish are in the sea? How equal are we? How do we hurt ourselves? Where do our cats go to at night? This compelling mixture of charts, graphs, diagrams, maps and illustrations is functional, beautiful, insightful and enlightening. It tells us where we are, here, in 2018. Essays by some of New Zealand's best thinkers complete the package.

    ISBN: 9780994141538
    Publication date: 10/10/2019
    Price: $70.00
    Author: McDowell, Chris
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $70.00
  • We Could be Heroes the Gods and Heroes of the Ancient Greeks and Romans
    We Could be Heroes the Gods and Heroes of the Ancient Greeks and Romans
    Zeus - or Jupiter in his Roman manifestation - could shake Mount Olympus with the nod of his head, and send thunder and lightning across the heavens. Perseus was given winged boots with which he could fly. The gods and heroes of the Greeks and Romans were powerful. Yet they were also complex, subject to human emotions and relationship troubles. The 87 artefacts and eight essays in this richly illustrated catalogue offer an insight into their complex world, a world that is in some ways familiar, but in others very distant from our own. 'We Could Be Heroes' celebrates the stories of their adventures, disputes, conflicts and love interests and is published to accompany the inaugural exhibition at the Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities in 2017. Many beautiful, rare and valuable artefacts are on display in this first significant exhibition of the Logie Collection after the devastating Canterbury earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. The exhibition also marks the return of the University of Canterbury to its first home in the Christchurch Arts Centre, the original site of Canterbury College.

    ISBN: 9781927145869
    Publication date: 18/05/2017
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Morrison, Gary
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.99
  • Weed A New Zealand Story
    Weed A New Zealand Story
    Pot, Mary Jane, dope, skunk, grass, hash, green, hooch, herb, ganja, reefer. New Zealand loves weed.

    It's the most popular illegal drug in our country and third most popular drug overall, behind alcohol and tobacco, yet it also represents a troubled relationship.

    In Weed, award-winning journalist James Borrowdale dives in deep to understand that relationship, meeting a fascinating cross-section of New Zealand along the way - a nineteenth-century nun who allegedly grew pot, a bystander to the Mr Asia syndicate, a convicted heroin dealer turned criminologist, people both using and offering the drug for medicinal relief, politicians and law-makers old and new.

    What's revealed is an engrossing, heady and sometimes surprising account of New Zealand and weed.

    Fusing insightful, personal stories with analysis and historical research, Weed lays out the facts as they are - about an issue that can no longer be ignored.

    'Borrowdale intertwines his deeply personal journey with a much bigger narrative, bringing to life the strange, compelling and often misunderstood story of cannabis in Aotearoa.' - David Farrier

    'The best book yet on cannabis and New Zealanders.' - Russell Brown

    ISBN: 9780143774327
    Publication date: 02/07/2020
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Borrowdale, James
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Wellbeing Economics Future Directions for New Zealand
    Wellbeing Economics Future Directions for New Zealand
    Seventy-five years after Labour's social security reforms of the 1930s, it is time for a major shift in how New Zealand regards the wellbeing of its people. Instead of measuring economic growth for its own sake, we should be assessing how well it enables New Zealanders to lead 'the kinds of lives they value and have reason to value'. Wellbeing economics is famously defined by Professor Amartya Sen as: 'the expansion of the "capabilities" of people to lead the kinds of lives they value and have reason to value'. Exploring the wellbeing economics concept of 'value-added growth', this analysis spans from personal to national growth, calling for New Zealand's transformation from the traditional 'welfare state' to a progressive 'wellbeing state'.

    ISBN: 9781927277607
    Publication date: 06/07/2014
    Price: $14.99
    Author: Dalziel, Paul
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $14.99
  • When Darkness Stays
    When Darkness Stays
    This extraordinary book unsettling, harrowing, and ultimately redemptive is based on the time the author spent with the T?hoe tohunga, H?hepa Kereopa. It plunges deep into a cultural landscape that has almost vanished, bringing to light insights that are enriching and sometimes shocking. The work climaxes with a staggering oral history that has never appeared in print until now, and which reveals one of the most tragic and distressing events in the country's colonial era.

    ISBN: 9781927305676
    Publication date: 08/09/2020
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Moon, Paul
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.99
  • When Running made history
    When Running made history
    ‘A front-row seat to running’s most inspiring and historic moments, with New Zealand in a major role.’ Nick Willis MNZM, two-time Olympic medallist, New Zealand record-holder 1500 m
    ‘Roger’s account of the global rise of women’s running is the best I’ve ever seen. I’m honoured that my win in the New York Marathon and Lorraine Moller’s in the Avon Marathon are central to his story.’ Allison Roe MBE, winner and record-breaker, Boston and New York City Marathons
    ‘Roger Robinson is uniquely placed to write this riveting memoir. Throughout the running revolution he’s been a world-class runner, commentator, broadcaster and writer. It is an insider’s view of running – intimate, persuasive and informative.’ Lloyd Jones, Hon DLitt, award-winning New Zealand novelist, Man Booker Prize finalist

    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.

    Roger Robinson, now Emeritus Professor, is remembered as an outstanding teacher of English at Canterbury and Victoria universities, and by a wider public as stadium announcer at the Christchurch and Auckland Commonwealth Games, and an acclaimed commentator for TVNZ. His books include ‘Katherine Mansfield: In From the Margin’, the ‘Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature’ and ‘Heroes and Sparrows: A Celebration of Running’

    Praise for the US edition of When Running Made History (Syracuse University Press, 2018)
    ‘Among the countless books on athletics and running that I have reviewed over the past 60 years, this seminal book is one of the very best. Readers will be enthralled by this eloquent, knowledgeable, humorous, poignant work by a wonderfully descriptive writer.’ Mel Watman, Athletics International, UK



    ISBN: 9781988503080
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Robinson, Roger
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • Wild Horses of the World
    Wild Horses of the World
    Wild horses have been an important part of wildlife on Earth for centuries, yet many herds now face serious threats - and very few people can claim to have seen them galloping free across the plains, or scaling mountain passes.


    Kelly Wilson has. For this book, she spent years researching the world's wildest herds, travelling the globe and living among them. From the remote forests of Canada and snowcapped mountains of America, to the unforgiving deserts of Australia and windswept beaches of New Zealand, Kelly has captured a raw and honest portrayal of these animals - their rugged beauty, their unique way of life, and the harsh, yet picturesque landscapes they call home.


    Live the adventure alongside her, as Kelly looks into the secret lives of wild horses, how their populations are managed, and the many hardships they must overcome in their fight for survival.

    ISBN: 9780143772910
    Publication date: 29/09/2020
    Price: $60.00
    Author: Wilson, Kelly
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $60.00
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