• Pyramid Valley and Beyond Discovering the Prehistoric Birdlife of North Canterbury, New Zealand
    Pyramid Valley and Beyond Discovering the Prehistoric Birdlife of North Canterbury, New Zealand
    This is an up-to-date exposition of the original birdlife of the eastern South Island, illustrated in full colour, and featuring many images by noted wildlife photographer and film-maker Rod Morris. Two of the most important fossil sites, Pyramid Valley and Bell Hill Vineyard are showcased, and the volume includes detailed sections on moa and the giant predatory birds, as well as all the other species known from the recent fossil record. A section on the former role of seabirds in the terrestrial environment brings a new perspective on the New Zealand environment before human settlement. Professor Euan C. Young, Emeritus Professor of Zoology and former Head of the Department of Zoology at Auckland University, commented "Great book. Should be in every library and every school library and every marae. It is perfectly targeted for this role."

    ISBN: 9780473309978
    Price: $5.00
    Author: Holdaway, Richard
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $5.00
  • Reptiles and Amphibians of New Zealand: A Field Guide
    Reptiles and Amphibians of New Zealand: A Field Guide
    Illustrated with extraordinary new photography, this is the definitive field guide to all of New Zealand's tuatara, geckos, skinks, frogs, marine turtles and marine snakes. From the ancient tuatara, the sole surviving member of its order, to the world's largest collection of long-lived and live-bearing lizards, our geckos and skinks, New Zealand's 123 species of reptiles and amphibians represent an extraordinary aspect of this country's biodiversity. Reptiles and Amphibians of New Zealand is the only field guide to cover all currently recognised species. New Zealand's list of reptiles and amphibians is growing with new discoveries, even as 80 per cent of species are at risk of extinction. This will be the only field guide to cover all currently recognised reptiles and amphibians and will become a go-to book for anyone interested in New Zealand's unique wildlife.

    ISBN: 9781869409371
    Publication date: 08/11/2018
    Price: $49.99
    Author: van Winkel, Dyland
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $49.99
  • Rescue One New Zealanders Crusade to Save Endangered Animals
    Rescue One New Zealanders Crusade to Save Endangered Animals
    Michael Willis was ten years old, already keeping rabbits, guinea pigs, frogs, possums and birds in his parents' garden and dreaming of running a zoo of his own. Then came a life-changing present: a copy of naturalist Gerald Durrell's The Bafut Beagles. Suddenly the idea of working with animals became more than just a fantasy. A lot of hard work and ingenuity later, the dream came true in 1974, when Michael opened Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, on the outskirts of Christchurch. An immensely popular and prize-winning tourist attraction, Willowbank is home to a rich collection of exotic and native animals, from kiwi and kea to otters, camels and monkeys. But that has been only part of the story. Over the years Michael has been increasingly driven to save and conserve rare livestock breeds, many of them far more endangered than some of their familiar native counterparts. He has travelled New Zealand, and the world, in his quest to save these often forgotten animals from extinction. Whether it is rediscovering the tasselled and beguiling kune kune pig, saving the goats of remote Arapawa Island, capturing wild pigs on the forbidding Auckland Islands, bringing back to life the lost wild cattle of Enderby Island or travelling to the Galapagos in search of threatened wild donkeys, his has been a life full of adventure, and full of the animals he loves. And the search continues. Just as he did in his delightful, best-selling first book, Some of My Best Friends are Animals, Michael Willis recounts his sometimes perilous and always riveting experiences with warmth, passion and infectiously laconic humour. Rescue will make you laugh and gasp, and think. For, as he reminds us, in an uncertain world, the saving of these animals could be the saving of us all.

    ISBN: 9780995105348
    Publication date: 01/11/2019
    Price: $45.00
    Author: Willis, Michael
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • Rise and Fall of the Southern Alps
    Rise and Fall of the Southern Alps
    The Southern Alps/Ka Tiritiri o te Moana are New Zealand's largest structural feature. Running north and south for most of the length of the South Island, they cross the Roaring Forties and divide the island into two distinct regions, east and west, each with its own unique climate, landscape and lifeforms. In this book, geologist Glen Coates joins with the artist and author Geoffrey Cox to tell how the Alps were formed from ancient marine sediments, how they were uplifted to become mountains, and how they are being eroded down to produce the spectacular landscape seen today in the South Island. Even in just the past few million years vast blocks of land have been shunted incredible distances, and today frequent earthquakes remind us that this is a restless part of the earth where mountain-building is still in full swing. Rivers and glaciers, past and present, carve out a multitude of valleys and ranges, and wide plains have spread out at the mountains' feet. All this is told in vivid, non-technical language and copiously illustrated with colour photographs and artwork.


    ISBN: 9780908812936
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Coates/Cox
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.99
  • Sheep
    Sheep
    The Egyptians worshipped them, the Romans dressed them in fitted coats, the Christians made the shepherd synonymous with their divine saviour. In Sheep, Philip Armstrong traces the natural and cultural history of both the wild and domestic species of Ovis: from the Old World mouflon to the corkscrew-horned flocks of the Egyptians, to the 'Trojan sheep' of Homer's Odyssey, to the vast migratory mobs of Spanish merinos - all the way to Dolly the cloned ewe and the sheep-human hybrids of Haruki Murakami. Above all else, Sheep demonstrates that sometimes the most mundane animals turn out to be the most surprising.

    ISBN: 9781780235936
    Publication date: 01/05/2016
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Armstrong, Philip
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.99
  • Standing My Ground a Voice for Nature Conservation
    Standing My Ground a Voice for Nature Conservation
    For more than five decades, Alan Mark has been a voice for conservation in New Zealand. From his call in the 1960s for the establishment of tussock-grassland reserves in the South Island high country to his involvement in the 2011-13 campaign to save the Denniston Plateau from mining, he has been a passionate and effective advocate for the preservation of areas of ecological importance. Alan's conservation activities have paralleled - and are informed by - a distinguished academic career as a botanist and ecologist. A member of Otago University's Botany Department from 1955 until his retirement as Professor and Head of Department in 1998, he has run and participated in numerous research projects, taught and mentored thousands of students and published 200 academic papers. In Standing My Ground, Alan describes the challenges and achievements, the frustrations and successes that have made up his remarkable life, now in its ninth decade. A revered figure in the conservation movement, rewarded for his contribution by a knighthood in 2009, he has also endured his share of criticism and insult, which he has weathered with the support of Otago University and his family.
    As well as providing an important record of New Zealand's conservation battles and documenting the life of an outstanding New Zealander, Standing My Ground is an inspiring reminder of the power of individuals to make a difference.

    ISBN: 9781927322048
    Publication date: 01/09/2015
    Price: $45.00
    Author: Mark, Alan F.
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • Strangers Arrive Emigres and the Arts in New Zealand, 1930-1980
    Strangers Arrive Emigres and the Arts in New Zealand, 1930-1980
    From the 1930s through the 1950s, a substantial number of forced migrants - refugees from Nazism, displaced people after World War II and escapees from Communist countries - arrived in New Zealand from Europe. Among them were an extraordinary group of artists and writers, photographers and architects whose European modernism radically reshaped the arts in this country. In words and pictures, Strangers Arrive tells their story. Ranging across the arts from photographer Irene Koppel to art dealer Kees Hos, architect Imric Porsolt to writer Antigone Kefala, Leonard Bell takes us inside New Zealand's bookstores and coffeehouses, studios and galleries to introduce us to a remarkable body of artistic work and to ask key questions. How were migrants received by New Zealanders? How did displacement and settlement in New Zealand transform their work? How did the arrival of European modernists intersect with the burgeoning nationalist movement in the arts in New Zealand? Strangers Arrive introduces us to a talented group of `aliens' who were critical catalysts for change in New Zealand culture.

    ISBN: 9781869408732
    Publication date: 01/11/2017
    Price: $75.00
    Author: Bell, Leonard
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $75.00
  • Tears of Rangi
    Tears of Rangi
    Six centuries ago Polynesian explorers, who inhabited a cosmos in which islands sailed across the sea and stars across the sky, arrived in Aotearoa New Zealand where they rapidly adapted to new plants, animals, landscapes and climatic conditions. Four centuries later, European explorers arrived with maps and clocks, grids and fences, and they too adapted to a new island home. In this remote, beautiful archipelago, settlers from Polynesia and Europe (and elsewhere) have clashed and forged alliances, they have fiercely debated what is real and what is common sense, what is good and what is right.

    In this, her most ambitious book to date, Dame Anne Salmond looks at New Zealand as a site of cosmo-diversity, a place where multiple worlds engage and collide. Beginning with a fine-grained inquiry into the early period of encounters between Maori and Europeans in New Zealand (1769–1840), Salmond then investigates such clashes and exchanges in key areas of contemporary life – waterways, land, the sea and people.

    We live in a world of gridded maps, Outlook calendars and balance sheets – making it seem that this is the nature of reality itself. But in New Zealand, concepts of whakapapa and hau, complex networks and reciprocal exchange, may point to new ways of understanding interactions between peoples, and between people and the natural world. Like our ancestors, Anne Salmond suggests, we too may have a chance to experiment across worlds.

    ISBN: 9781869408657
    Publication date: 03/07/2017
    Price: $65.00
    Author: Salmond, Anne
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $65.00
  • Thomas Potts of Canterbury Colonist and Conservationist
    Thomas Potts of Canterbury Colonist and Conservationist
    In 1858 Canterbury settler Thomas Potts protested against the destruction of totara on the Port Hills near Christchurch. A decade later, as a member of Parliament, he made forest conservation a national issue. Through his writing he raised the then novel idea of protecting native birds on island reserves, and proposed the creation of national ‘domains’ or parks. As a pioneering colonist, acclimatist and runholder, however, Potts’ own actions threatened the very environments he sought to maintain. This makes him a fascinating subject as we confront present-day problems in balancing development and conservation. This book is about, and partly by, Potts, and through him about New Zealand and the course and consequences of colonisation. It describes and interprets his life, from his early years in England through to his 34 years in New Zealand. Excerpts from Potts’ vivid 1850s diary, written from close to the edge of European settlement, are published here for the first time. Thomas Potts of Canterbury also reproduces 11 long-forgotten essays by him from the 1880s, in which he reflected on the 1850s and what had happened since – both to New Zealand’s natural environment and to Maori and Pakeha. Sixteen pages of contemporary images supplement the text. Thomas Potts of Canterbury will appeal to anyone interested in the early history of Canterbury, in environmental change, and in early efforts in New Zealand towards conservation. It is a story of conflicting goals, magnificently exemplified in the life and writings of a man who strove, 150 years ago, to be both colonist and conservationist.

    ISBN: 9781988592428
    Publication date: 01/09/2020
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Star, Paul
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • Totara
    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
  • Totara a Natural and Cultural History
    Totara a Natural and Cultural History
    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 t?tara. 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 t?tara 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. T?tara 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: 9781869408190
    Publication date: 07/06/2017
    Price: $75.00
    Author: Simpson, Philip
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $75.00
  • 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
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