• Galleries of Maoriland
    Galleries of Maoriland
    Lindauer and Goldie, the Dominion Museum and the Polynesian Society: the story of artists and collectors engaging with the Maori world in turn-of-the-century New Zealand.

    Galleries of Maoriland introduces us to the many ways in which Pakeha discovered, created, propagated and romanticised the Maori world at the turn of the century – in the paintings of Lindauer and Goldie; among artists, patrons, collectors and audiences; inside the Polynesian Society and the Dominion Museum; among stolen artefacts and fantastical accounts of the Maori past.

    The culture of Maoriland was a Pakeha creation. But Galleries of Maoriland shows that Maori were not merely passive victims: they too had a stake in this process of romanticisation. What, this book asks, were some of the Maori purposes that were served by curio displays, portrait collections, and the wider ethnological culture? Why did the idealisation of an ancient Maori world, which obsessed ethnological inquirers and artists alike, appeal also to Maori? Who precisely were the Maori participants in this culture, and what were their motives?

    Galleries of Maoriland looks at Maori prehistory in Pakeha art; the enthusiasm of Pakeha and Maori for portraiture and recreations of ancient life; the trade in Maori curios; and the international exhibition of this colonial culture. By illuminating New Zealand’s artistic and ethnographic economy at the turn of the twentieth century, this book provides a new understanding of our art and our culture.



    ISBN: 9781869409357
    Publication date: 18/10/2018
    Price: $75.00
    Author: Blackley, Roger
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $75.00
  • Gottfried Lindauer's New Zealand
    Gottfried Lindauer's New Zealand
    From the 1870s to the early twentieth century, the Bohemian immigrant artist Gottfried Lindauer travelled to marae and rural towns around New Zealand and - comissioned by M?ori and P?keh?- captured in paint the images of key M?ori figures. For M?ori then and now, the faces of t?puna are full of mana and life. Now this definitive work collects those portraits for New Zealanders. The book presents 67 major portraits and 8 genre paintings alongside detailed accounts of the subject and work, with essays by leading scholars that takes us inside Lindauer and his world: from his artistic training in Bohemia to his travels around New Zealand as M?ori and P?keh? comissioned him to paint portraits; his artistic techniques and deep relationship with photography; Henry Partridge's gallery on Auckland's Queen Street where M?ori visited to see their ancestors; and the afterlife of the paintings in marae and memory. * Co-produced with the Auckland Art Gallery to tie in with a major internationally-touring exhibition of Lindauer's M?ori portraits.*
    These images are important not only as artwork but as living taonga* The essays discuss the lives of Lindauer's subjects, not just the paintings themselves.

    ISBN: 9781869408565
    Publication date: 27/10/2016
    Price: $75.00
    Author: Mason, Ngahiaka
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $75.00
  • Great Tales from New Zealand History
    Great Tales from New Zealand History
    Forty-six diverse, absorbing stories which reveal the often forgotten colour and vibrancy of our country's past. Who really did discover New Zealand? Who were the real villains at Parihaka? Have we written timid explorer Abel Tasman out of our history books? What became of the threat of Russian invasion in the 1880s? Why did so many Kiwi lads die in the deep grey mud at Passendale? The true story behind the massacre of Japanese prisoners-of-war in the Wairarapa prison camp. This great collection of tales explores these and many more questions and issues which have fascinated New Zealanders and filled many a page in many a history book over the years. Gordon McLauchlan, a master storyteller who recognises a good yarn when he sees it, brings a fresh perspective on some old and often vexed periods in New Zealand's history.

    ISBN: 9781869538590
    Publication date: 15/09/2014
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Mclauchlan, Gordon
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.99
  • Great War for New Zealand Waikato 1800-2000
    Great War for New Zealand Waikato 1800-2000
    A monumental new account of the defining conflict in New Zealand history. It was war in the Waikato in 1863-64 that shaped the nation in all kinds of ways: setting back Maori and Pakeha relations by several generations and allowing the government to begin to assert the kind of real control over the country that had eluded it since 1840.Spanning nearly two centuries from first contact through to settlement and apology, Vincent O'Malley focuses on the human impact of the war, its origins and aftermath. Based on many years of research and illustrated throughout, The Great War for New Zealand is a groundbreaking book written in the conviction that a nation needs to own its history.

    ISBN: 9781927277577
    Publication date: 09/10/2016
    Price: $79.99
    Author: O'Malley, Vincent
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $79.99
  • Guiding Lights The Extraordinary Lives of Lighthouse Women
    Guiding Lights The Extraordinary Lives of Lighthouse Women
    Women have a long history of keeping the lights burning, from tending ancient altar flames or bonfires to modern-day lighthouse keeping. Yet most of their stories are little-known. Guiding Lights includes true stories from around the world, chronicling the lives of the extraordinary women who mind the world's storm-battered towers.

    From Hannah and Grant Sutton, the two caretakers living alone on Tasmania's wild Maatsuyker Island, to Karen Zacharuk, the keeper in charge of Cape Beale on Canada's Vancouver Island, where bears, cougars and wolves roam, the lives of lighthouse women are not for the faint of heart. Stunning photographs from throughout history accompany accounts of the dramatic torching of Edna McKegg's Puysegur Point, one of NZ's most inhospitable lighthouses; 'haunted' lighthouses in across the US and their tragic tales; lighthouse accidents and emergencies around the world; and two of the world's most legendary lighthouse women: Ida Lewis (US) and Grace Darling (UK), who risked their lives to save others.

    The book also explores our dual perception of lighthouses: are they comforting and romantic beacons symbolising hope and trust, or storm-lashed and forbidding towers with echoes of lonely, mad keepers? Whatever our perception, stories of women's courage and dedication in minding the lights - then and now - continue to capture our imagination and inspire.

    ISBN: 9781925820621
    Publication date: 07/10/2020
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Riddell, Shona
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $39.99
  • Guts and Grace
    Guts and Grace
    The Christchurch City Mission is one of the city’s most respected and active caring organisations. It was born during the start of the Great Depression, the last of New Zealand’s Anglican founded city missions. It took root during a time of social upheaval, as Christchurch came to grips with the depression, and then with the outbreak of the Second World War.

    Countless Cantabrians have benefitted from the services it provides. Many hundreds of people have contributed to its teams of volunteers, or joined its paid staff. Many more give generously to supporting its operations, sharing its vision, and planning its future.

    As the Mission prepares to celebrates its ninetieth birthday, it will finally tell its story. It is a remarkable story of vision, generosity, daring experiment, and fruitful partnerships. The City Missioners have all been people of rare talents and creative energy. They have been served by many people of strong ability and practicality, united in their dedication to the purposes of the City Mission.

    ISBN: 9781927167403
    Publication date: 15/05/2019
    Price: $34.99
    Author: Haworth, Geoffrey
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $34.99
  • He Whakaputanga Declaration Independence 1835
    He Whakaputanga Declaration Independence 1835
    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: 9781988533032
    Publication date: 01/05/2017
    Price: $29.99
    Author: O'Malley, Vincent
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.99
  • Hillary's Antarctica
    Hillary's Antarctica
    The first book to fully document and celebrate Sir Edmund Hillary's contribution to Antarctic history. Written by Nigel Watson of the Antarctic Heritage Trust, it is illustrated with Jane Ussher's stunning photographs, plus historic images and never-before-seen ephemera and diary entries.

    Hillary and the New Zealand team were supposed to be a support act to the British Commonwealth Antarctic crossing party. By heading on to the South Pole and reaching it before the crossing party, Hillary exceeded the brief. His actions created tensions, unleashed a media storm and denied the British an historic first overland to the South Pole since Captain Scott. Hillary even had the audacity to achieve the feat with three farm tractors.

    In doing so, Sir Edmund Hillary added another fascinating chapter to the exploration annals of Antarctica and he, and his expedition team, laid the foundations for New Zealand's continuous, and increasingly important, presence in Antarctica.

    ISBN: 9781760633578
    Publication date: 24/10/2018
    Price: $49.99
    Author: Watson, Nigel
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $49.99
  • Historic Sheep Stations Of New Zealand
    Historic Sheep Stations Of New Zealand
    A glorious new edition of Colin Wheeler's seminal books on the historic sheep stations of New Zealand Between 1967 and 1972, Colin Wheeler visited 60 of New Zealand's historic sheep stations across the North and South Islands. Travelling thousands of kilometres with his wife, Phyllis, the pair went to places rarely seen by the outside world. It was a time when sheep farming was the most important agricultural industry in New Zealand, yet these stations remained some of the most isolated communities in the country. Colin spent month after month drawing, painting and writing about what he saw and the people he met: the interiors of old cottages, blacksmith's shops, rabbiting huts, sod-walled school houses, grand homesteads, bailing hooks, sack needles, hand shears, wool wagons, shepherds, musterers and cooks. The Wheelers forded swift and treacherous rivers, hard against the main divide; stood for days in deep snow; sat in heavy frost; encountered sea-mist, heavy dews and fierce nor'westers. Fifty years since the publication of Historic Sheep Stations of the South Island, this new edition features all three of Colin Wheeler's original books. It is a remarkable survey of our heartland and a unique record of New Zealand's back-country life.

    ISBN: 9781775541325
    Publication date: 22/10/2018
    Price: $100.00
    Author: Wheeler, Colin
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $100.00
  • History of New Zealand Women
    History of New Zealand Women
    What would a history of New Zealand look like that rejected Thomas Carlyle’s definition of history as ‘the biography of great men’, and focused instead on the experiences of women? One that shifted the angle of vision and examined the stages of this country’s development from the points of view of wives, daughters, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and aunts? That considered their lives as distinct from (though often unwillingly influenced by) those of history’s ‘great men’?

    In her ground-breaking History of New Zealand Women, Barbara Brookes provides just such a history. This is more than an account of women in New Zealand, from those who arrived on the first waka to the Grammy and Man Booker Prize-winning young women of the current decade. It is a comprehensive history of New Zealand seen through a female lens.

    Brookes argues that while European men erected the political scaffolding to create a small nation, women created the infrastructure necessary for colonial society to succeed. Concepts of home, marriage and family brought by settler women, and integral to the developing state, transformed the lives of Maori women. The small scale of New Zealand society facilitated rapid change so that, by the twenty-first century, women are no longer defined by family contexts.

    In her long-awaited book, Barbara Brookes traces the factors that drove that change. Her lively narrative draws on a wide variety of sources to map the importance in women’s lives not just of legal and economic changes, but of smaller joys, such as the arrival of a piano from England, or the freedom of riding a bicycle.


    ISBN: 9780908321452
    Publication date: 01/02/2016
    Price: $69.99
    Author: Brookes, Barbara
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $69.99
  • Home Front
    Home Front
    The Great War is now typically regarded as senseless and futile, but most New Zealanders at the time considered it to be a war to preserve security and freedoms, to punish an aggressive enemy and to win a better world.
    Yet the war years proved a tumultuous time, and bitterness and animosities ran alongside idealism and sacrifice. Families were broken up as soldiers departed. Civil liberties were curtailed as the government wielded unprecedented powers. Divisive issues, economic volatility and a rising death toll all threatened resolve. Finally, in the last weeks of the war, a devastating influenza pandemic arrived in New Zealand and extracted a deadly toll.
    In The Home Front Steven Loveridge and James Watson offer a compelling account of how a small and developing country confronted the complex questions and brutal realities of a world war.

    ISBN: 9780995100183
    Publication date: 14/11/2019
    Price: $59.99
    Author: Watson, James
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $59.99
  • House of Treasures 150 Objects From the Canterbury Museum Nga Taonga Tuku Iho
    House of Treasures 150 Objects From the Canterbury Museum Nga Taonga Tuku Iho
    Since first opening its doors to the public on Rolleston Avenue on 1 October 1870, Canterbury Museum has come to house an estimated 2.3 million taonga (treasures). To celebrate the Museum’s 150th anniversary, 150 taonga (treasures) from this vast collection are showcased in a superbly designed and photographed book House of Treasures: 150 Objects from Canterbury Museum Nga Taonga Tuku Iho. The featured taonga speak of the depth and breadth of the collection and honour the generations of staff, volunteers and visitors who have made the Museum the remarkable and much-loved place that it is today. From the smallest to the largest, from the beautiful to the bizarre, from the tragic to the humorous, from local taonga to those created far, far away, the objects in House of Treasures tell an extraordinary story of natural and human history, and of Canterbury Museum itself.

    ISBN: 9780473522926
    Price: $69.99
    Author: Beattie, James Herries
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $69.99
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