• Totara
    A new softback edition of this modern classic of our most renowned tree, the totara. A wonder of evolution, the big tree of the forest, the wood behind Maori carving and Pakeha fence posts: the ‘mighty totara’ is New Zealand’s tree and this book tells its story.
    The ‘mighty totara’ is one of our 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, their uses by Pakeha, and their current status in our environment and culture. By doing so, Simpson illuminates the natural world and the story of Maori and Pakeha in this country.

    Our largest trees, the kauri Tane Mahuta and the totara Pouakani, are both thought to be around 1000 years old. They were here before we humans were and their relatives will probably be here when we are gone. Totara has been central to life in this country for thousands of years. This book tells a great tree’s story, and that is our story too.

    ISBN: 9781869409067
    Price: $49.99
    Author: Simpson, Philip
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $49.99
  • Treaty of Waitangi
    Treaty of Waitangi
    Claudia Orange's remarkable history was first published in 1987. Winning the Goodman Fielder Wattie Award, it went on to sell over 40,000 copies. Much that the book said was new to Pakeha - and even more surprising was the force with which Maoridom welcomed (and drove forward) the government's initiatives - particularly the newly formed Waitangi Tribunal. Today the Treaty has come to signify what both joins and divides the people of this country. It had different meanings also to those present at the 1840 signing - the new arrivals and the tangata Whenua then occupying the land. To the British, it was the means by which they gained sovereignty over the country; for Maori, it represented something closer to partnership. That these distinct meanings were conveyed in texts written in different languages only added to the complexities now woven around this crucial agreement. The Treaty of Waitangi is a comprehensive study, looking at the place of the Treaty in New Zealand history from its making in the early nineteenth century through to the renewed engagement of the late twentieth century.
    In a new introduction, Claudia Orange brings the history up to date - covering the dramatic shifts of political allegiance, the impact of the major settlements on iwi (and on the economy), the place of the Treaty in legislation, and legislation such as the Foreshore and Seabed Act of 2004. Maori and Pakeha are all affected now by the terms of the Treaty - and few can be unaware of its significance, however each of us may view its role.

    ISBN: 9781877242489
    Publication date: 28/01/2011
    Price: $49.99
    Author: Orange, Claudia
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $49.99
  • Treaty of Waitangi Companion Maori and Pakeha from Tasman to Today
    Treaty of Waitangi Companion Maori and Pakeha from Tasman to Today
    Since the Treaty of Waitangi was signed by Maori chiefs and Governor Hobson in 1840 it has become the defining document in New Zealand history. From the New Zealand Wars to the 1975 Land March, from the Kingitanga to the Waitangi Tribunal, from Captain Cook to Hone Harawira, The Treaty of Waitangi Companion tells the story of the Treaty and Maori and Pakeha relations through the many voices of those who made this country's history. Sourced from government publications and newspapers, letters and diaries, poems, paintings and cartoons, the Companion brings to life the long history of debates about the Treaty and life in Aotearoa. Was the Treaty a Maori Magna Carta or a fraud? A blueprint for partnership or an instrument of annexation and dispossession? In the Treaty of Waitangi Companion we hear Maori and Pakeha wrestling with those issues, including King Tawhiao's frustrated pleas to colonial politicians, Te Whiti's message of peace and Sir William Martin's appeals against the injustice of confiscation.
    The Treaty of Waitangi Companion is an invaluable book for students, from high school to postgraduate, and general readers who want to get directly to the heart of New Zealand history.

    ISBN: 9781869404673
    Publication date: 01/11/2010
    Price: $45.00
    Author: O'Malley, Vincent
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • Tuai a Traveller in Two Worlds
    Tuai a Traveller in Two Worlds
    In early 1817 Tuai, a young Ngare Raumati chief from the Bay of Islands, set off for England. He was one of a number of Maori who, after encountering European explorers, traders and missionaries in New Zealand, seized opportunities to travel beyond their familiar shores to Australia, England and Europe in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. They sought new knowledge, useful goods and technologies, and a mutually benefi cial relationship with the people they knew as Pakeha.

    On his epic journey Tuai would visit exotic foreign ports, mix with teeming crowds in the huge metropolis of London, and witness the marvels of industrialisation at the Ironbridge Gorge in Shropshire. With his lively travelling companion Titere, he would attend fashionable gatherings and sit for his portrait. He shared his deep understanding of Maori language and culture. And his missionary friends did their best to convert him to Christianity. But on returning to his Maori world in 1819, Tuai found there were difficult choices to be made. His plan to integrate new European knowledge and relationships into his Ngare Raumati community was to be challenged by the rapidly shifting politics of the Bay of Islands.

    With sympathy and insight, Alison Jones and Kuni Kaa Jenkins uncover the remarkable story of one of the first Maori travellers to Europe.

    ISBN: 9780947518806
    Publication date: 01/07/2017
    Price: $45.00
    Author: Jones, Alison
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • Tutu Te Puehu New Perspectives on the New Zealand Wars
    Tutu Te Puehu New Perspectives on the New Zealand Wars
    The New Zealand Wars of the 19th century are among the most profound influences on the development of modern New Zealand, says Sir Jerry Mateparae in his foreword to this book.

    Chapters discuss the Northern, Waikato, Taranaki, Urewera and other conflicts. Topics include the transportation of Maori prisoners to Van Diemens Land; the role of the militia, the navy and coastal steamers; military intelligence; the loyalty of many Maori to the Crown; the Arawa Flying Columns as an early special force; press reportage here and overseas; memorialisation of the wars; the Australian and imperial context - and more.

    ISBN: 9780947493721
    Publication date: 28/09/2018
    Price: $49.99
    Author: Crawford, John
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $49.99
  • Two hundred and fifty ways to start an essay about Captain Cook
    Two hundred and fifty ways to start an essay about Captain Cook
    No 29: With a Non-argument that’s Actually an Argument. Captain Cook?

    It’s all so very complex. I’m going to sit on the fence. (Whose fence? On whose land? Dividing what from what? You only have a fence when you fear something or when you’re trying to keep something in. Or, as a renovation show on TV informed me, when you want to upgrade your street appeal.)

    Alice Te Punga Somerville employs her deep research and dark humour to skilfully channel her response to Cook’s global colonial legacy in this revealing and defiant BWB Text.

    ISBN: 9781988587745
    Publication date: 02/11/2020
    Price: $14.99
    Author: Somerville, Alice
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $14.99
  • Two Worlds
    Two Worlds
    'Professor Salmond has written a remarkable book. Remarkable for its meticulous research, for its ability to grip the reader's attention; but most of all, remarkable that no-one has done anything quite like it before in the exploration of New Zealand history.'-Naylor Hillary, The Press Two Worlds is Anne Salmond's award-winning account of the first points of contact between Maori and European explorers. It is a provocative, penetrating examination of those dramatic first meetings, casting them in a completely new light - a work of trail-blazing significance.'The book as a whole, it must be said, is a stunningly comprehensive and polished work of scholarship that will be welcomed by academic and general readers. It is one of the most important volumes on Maori-Pakeha relations ever published and will provide a baseline from which future work in this area will be measured.'-Michael King, Metro

    ISBN: 9780143772163
    Publication date: 26/02/2018
    Price: $60.00
    Author: Salmond, Anne
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $60.00
  • Victoria Square Cradle of Christchurch
    Victoria Square Cradle of Christchurch
    Victoria Square, that green and peaceful oasis in the centre of Christchurch, has a special claim to fame: it is the only city square in the world with a river running through it. And it has a rich and varied history, starting in 1850 when, as Christchurch's Market Place, it was the centre of commerce in the fledgling settlement. Before long it was home to little wooden shops, busy hotels and flourishing businesses, and to the city's law courts. Much later it was the site of a splendid town hall. There have been many changes over the years, by far the most drastic those that followed the major earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. All the buildings on the square's eastern side, and most of those to the south, were demolished, along with the eye-catching tourist hotel that had occupied its north-west corner from 1988. Until the earthquakes Victoria Square was regarded as the most successful urban space in New Zealand, and even in Australasia, and that admired layout, dating from the 1980s, survives, though it may yet be modified as the city rebuilds.
    This lively and entertaining book, illustrated with 250 photographs, many never before published, is written by an author with a deep knowledge of and love for his city. It is a fascinating architectural survey of a unique civic space but, much more than that, it is the story of a place and its people, of protests and processions, of concerts and dances, of festivals and fights, of busy department stores, of hotels and tourists, of judges and courtrooms. Geoffrey Rice brings to life many of the stories and events connected with Victoria Square and the colourful personalities who have lived and worked there for over a century and a half.

    ISBN: 9781927145586
    Publication date: 30/11/2014
    Price: $19.99
    Author: Rice, Geoffrey W.
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $19.99
  • Wealth and New Zealand
    Wealth and New Zealand
    The most recent NBR Rich List has revealed the biggest proportional increase in wealth since the list first appeared in 1986. But what do these figures mean and what else do we know about New Zealand's fortunes? Following his groundbreaking work on income inequality, Max Rashbrooke examines how wealth shapes New Zealand experience. Drawing on previously unpublished data, this award-winning writer explores what constitutes wealth in New Zealand - where, how and why it is held. In doing so, he addresses how wealth has come to be so unevenly distributed, and why this imbalance is something we can no longer ignore.

    ISBN: 9780908321575
    Publication date: 09/11/2015
    Price: $14.99
    Author: Rashbrooke, Max
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $14.99
  • Womens Suffrage Petition 1893
    Womens Suffrage Petition 1893
    In May 2017 the exhibition He Tohu opens at the National Library in Wellington. This celebrates three founding documents in New Zealand’s history – He Whakaputanga: The Declaration of Independence (1835), the Treaty of Waitangi: Te Tiriti o Waitangi (1840) and the Women’s Suffrage Petition (1893). The originals of these documents will be on display at the National Library, in a wonderful exhibition that tells the history of the times and the story of the documents themselves.

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

    ISBN: 9781988533087
    Publication date: 01/05/2017
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Brookes, Barbara
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.99
  • Won by the Spade How the Royal New Zealand Engineers Built a Nation
    Won by the Spade How the Royal New Zealand Engineers Built a Nation
    This authoritative history of the Royal New Zealand Engineers offers a comprehensive account of the corps' actions, events and personnel from the New Zealand Wars of the 19th century to the present. It examines military engineering in New Zealand, the corps' role in overseas wars and home defences, and provides a contemporary record of New Zealand's contribution to military engineering, including demining operations, peacekeeping and civil aid missions.

    The book carries underlying themes of military innovation and engineering's contribution to national development. In New Zealand's context military engineering played a key role in building infrastructure in an otherwise undeveloped country. The warfare in the North Island saw military engineers do this utility work until the 1870s, when peace prevailed. Military roads and communication corridors aided military success and opened up the country. Similarly, the electric telegraph hemmed in rebellious tribes as effectively as weapons. Thereafter a tradition developed of citizen sappers taking their civil experience into the military and, after several overseas wars, bring the experience back to developmental roles in civic, transport, utility and industrial sectors. With about 40 per cent of early European settlers in technological occupations, theirs was going to be a society which took to military engineering well. And it did.

    ISBN: 9781775593645
    Publication date: 01/04/2019
    Price: $69.99
    Author: Cooke, Peter
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $69.99
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