• 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: Hardback
    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: Hardback
    Price: $69.99
  • Into the Darklands and Beyond
    Into the Darklands and Beyond
    Nigel Latta is a forensic psychologist. He spends his working life with the sort of people most of us would prefer to pretend didn't exist. In this new edition of his ground-breaking book, which is the inspiration for the TVNZ series Beyond the Darklands, Nigel takes us inside the minds of some of the most chilling characters to walk our streets. As writer and presenter of Beyond the Darklands, Nigel has updated his book to include new material on significant recent cases since it was last released in 2005. Now a respected media commentator and recognised expert in sexual abuse, sexual crimes and for his work with severely disturbed children and young people, Nigel is a regular columnist with Littlies Magazine and has a parenting slot on National Radio. The television series Beyond The Darklands will be screening post July 2007 and will be marketed and publicised by TVNZ as a major local documentary series, further increasing Nigel's profile.

    ISBN: 9781869506698
    Publication date: 14/09/2007
    Price: $30.99
    Author: Latta, Nigel
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.99
  • James Cook - the Voyages
    James Cook - the Voyages
    This landmark book is published to coincide with a major exhibition marking the 250th anniversary of Cook's first voyage. A stunningly illustrated, object-centred history, this book offers a once in a generation opportunity to discover the uniquely rich Captain Cook collection of the British Library. The authors explore a series of themes including the navigation and charting of the Pacific; first encounters between Western and indigenous cultures; the representation of the voyages in art; and scientific discovery and the natural world. Themes of cultural encounter and scientific discovery are interwoven with the personal stories of the key protagonists, including James Cook and Joseph Banks. The illustrations include drawings by all the artists employed on the voyage, as well as the only surviving paintings by Tupaia, a Polynesian high priest who joined Cook's ship at Tahiti and sailed to New Zealand and Australia

    ISBN: 9781869539870
    Publication date: 08/06/2018
    Price: $49.99
    Author: Frame, William
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $49.99
  • Ka Whawhai Tonu Matou Struggle Without End
    Ka Whawhai Tonu Matou Struggle Without End
    A revised edition of the best-selling book containing two new chapters covering the last decade and a half. 'The struggle without end continues...' This is a revised edition of Dr Ranginui Walker's best-selling history of Aotearoa, New Zealand, from a Maori perspective. Since the mid-nineteenth century, Maori have been involved in an endless struggle for justice, equality and self-determination. In this book Dr Walker provides a uniquely Maori view, not only of the events of the past two centuries but beyond to the very origins of Maori people. In this updated edition Dr Walker has added new chapters covering the years of 1990, the flowering of the Maori culture and the growth of Maori political and economic power. Recent issues such as the foreshore and seabed legislation, the hikoi and Don Brash's Orewa speech are discussed.

    ISBN: 9780143019459
    Publication date: 03/11/2004
    Edition: RE
    Price: $45.00
    Author: Walker, Ranginui
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • Kauri Witness to a Nations History
    Kauri Witness to a Nations History
    New Zealand's conifer, the kauri, once dominated the northern landscape. This remarkable tree which grows up to 50m with trunk diameters of over 5m can live for over 1000 years, so it has played a part in the lives of all inhabitants, celebrated in Maori Myth and integral to early colonial history.
    Over the centuries, kauri's high-quality timber has yielded war canoes, ships' spars, furniture and houses. Today though, the kauri forests are a shadow of their former selves facing a new threat with kauri dieback and providing challenges for conservationists, botanists and scientists working to protect this unique trees' future.
    Scientist and historian Joanna Orwin has shown in a lively and richly informative style, how the remarkable story of the Kauri is also the story of New Zealand. Joanna was born in Nelson and educated at Canterbury University, where she studied Botany, Geography and Maori Language and Culture. She is a prize-winning author of historical and adventure novels for children and young adults, all with a strong sense of landscape.

    ISBN: 9781869665296
    Publication date: 19/09/2019
    Price: $45.00
    Author: Orwin, Joanna
    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
  • Ko Taranaki Te Maunga
    Ko Taranaki Te Maunga
    Parihaka was a place and an event that could be lost and found, over and over. It moved into view, then disappeared, just like the mountain.

    In 1881, over 1,500 colonial troops invaded the village of Parihaka near the Taranaki coast. Many people were expelled, buildings destroyed, and chiefs Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu Kakahi were jailed.

    In this BWB Text, Rachel Buchanan tells her own, deeply personal story of Parihaka. Beginning with the death of her father, a man with affiliations to many of Taranaki’s eight iwi, she describes her connection to Taranaki, the land and mountain; and the impact of confiscation. Buchanan discusses the apologies and settlements that have taken place since te pahuatanga, the invasion of Parihaka.

    ISBN: 9781988545288
    Publication date: 03/09/2018
    Price: $14.99
    Author: Buchanan, Rachel
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $14.99
  • Kowhai and the Giants
    Kowhai and the Giants
    'Kowhai first appeared from the golden glow of a beautiful flower . . . and her voice was the rain and the sea and the cry of a bird.' Follow Kowhai as she discovers a tiny seed's hope to build a great forest.

    ISBN: 9780473528904
    Publication date: 10/03/2021
    Price: $30.00
    Author: Parker, Kate
    Format: Hardback
    Price: $30.00
  • Land Search and Rescue in New Zealand 1934-2020
    Land Search and Rescue in New Zealand 1934-2020
    Search and Rescue started off unofficially as a bunch of trampers or climbers going out to look for a lost party. Searchers were weighed down by heavy radios and equipment with cumbersome packs. There were no smartphones or GPSs, and helicopters rarely deployed. If found injured or dead, the missing party was carried out on a stretcher. Fast forward to 2020 and Search and Rescue is now a highly organized system of volunteers who work as a support agency to the New Zealand Police. Communications, technology and rescue equipment have changed dramatically, helicopters are readily engaged and lost parties are rescued much faster. But the one thing that hasn’t changed is the commitment of the staff and volunteers, who drop everything to go and assist, often in uncomfortable and dangerous conditions – the very conditions that sparked the search – and the families who remain behind in full support.

    A chronological summary of the progression of Land Search and Rescue in New Zealand is presented highlighting key people, challenges and improvements to the organization. Various case histories re explained, ranging from an underground cave rescue to extracting trapped climbers off New Zealand’s highest mountain, giving the reader an idea of the type of categories of search that arise and how they are dealt with. Also outlined is what happens when 111 is called and how search and rescue operation works in the field and behind the scenes.

    This is a worthwhile book not only for those outside pf the organisation but as a reference for past SAR practitioners, current volunteers and those interested in becoming involved in search and rescue.

    ISBN: 9780473545666
    Price: $70.00
    Author: Bates, Roger
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $70.00
  • Le Quesnoy 1918
    Le Quesnoy 1918
    The New Zealand Division's capture of the French town of Le Quesnoy was its last and most successful action in the First World War. Breaking through defensive lines and scaling the town walls by ladder, the New Zealanders overwhelmed the defenders, freeing the town after years of German occupation.
    It was a victory that resounded around the world, and helped convince German high command they could no longer hold the front. Based on his intimate knowledge of the landscape and those involved, Dr Christopher Pugsley puts together the story with his mastery of drama and detail - producing a book that is thrilling at the same time as a tribute to the New Zealanders who died (and whose details are fully recorded here for the first time).
    Strikingly illustrated with maps, photographs and the stunning paintings of the battle by George Butler, Le Quesnoy 1918 will be an inspiring read for this summer and many seasons beyond.

    ISBN: 9780947506490
    Publication date: 25/10/2018
    Price: $45.00
    Author: Pugsley, Christopher
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • Living Among the Northland Maori
    Living Among the Northland Maori
    A French Marist priest, Father Antoine Garin was sent to run the remote Mangakahia mission station on the banks of the Wairoa River. 'Living Among the Northland Maori' is Garin's diary recording his experiences from 1844 to 1846 as he gets to know the Maori in the region.

    The diary provides vivid accounts of contemporary events, as Garin came dangerously close to the action of the Northern War, and wrote of such prominent figures as Hone Heke and Kawiti as they opposed the new colonial authorities. Above all, the diary is an intimate record of life in a Maori community in which Garin describes the close relationships he formed with his new neighbours - from his young followers and local families to the chiefs who offered him protection while he lived among them.

    This is the first full English translation of Garin's surviving Mangakahia journals and letters. Frank, open-minded and often humorous, Garin's diary is a major contribution to the early history of European settlement in Aotearoa and a compelling insight into Maori customs, values and beliefs of the time.

    ISBN: 9781988503028
    Publication date: 01/04/2019
    Price: $89.99
    Author: Tremewan, Peter
    Format: Hardback
    Price: $89.99
  • Lockdown Tales From Aotearoa
    Lockdown Tales From Aotearoa
    Like scenes from a science fiction novel, COVID-19 spread like a dark storm across planet Earth. When the virus came to the faraway islands of Aotearoa New Zealand, the nation’s team of five million went into lockdown. Nineteen of the best graphic and comic artists from around Aotearoa New Zealand have created stories to mark this time. Featuring work by… Alex Cara, Hana Chatani, Li Chen, Miriama Grace-Smith, Sloane Hong, Ruby Jones, Sarah Laing, Sarah Lund, Toby Morris, Sharon Murdoch, Ross Murray, Ant Sang, Coco Solid, Anthony Stocking (Deadface Comics), Mat Tait, Jessica Thompson Carr (Maori Mermaid), Zak Waipara, Tokerau Wilson and Jem Yoshioka!

    ISBN: 9781877375651
    Price: $35.00
    Format: Hardback
    Price: $35.00
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