• From Suffrage to a Seat in the House The path to parliament for New Zealand women
    From Suffrage to a Seat in the House The path to parliament for New Zealand women
    New Zealand has always proudly worn its status of being the first country to enfranchise women. But not many know that it took a further 40 long years to get the first woman elected to Parliament. In fact women were not even entitled to stand as candidates in national elections until 1919 - 26 years after they won the right to vote in those elections. Even then there was resistance, with editor of the Auckland Star stating that it would open the way for 'a class of aggressive females who, thirsting for publicity, would be constantly pushing themselves forward into positions for which they are in no sense fitted'. The journey 'from the home to the House' was a shamefully protracted one for New Zealand women, as many male parliamentarians who grudgingly accepted the franchise being extended to women staunchly resisted any further progress. Their political machinations and filibustering were highly effective. Eventually, with an additional 130,000 voters enrolled, politicians began to realise that women's votes - and even women's voices - mattered. However, it was not until 1933 that the first woman was elected to the New Zealand Parliament, when Elizabeth McCombs won the Lyttelton seat, following the death of her husband, the sitting MP. The history of women striving to share in governing the country, a neglected footnote in the nation's electoral history, is now captured in this essential work by Jenny Coleman. She has drawn on a wide range of sources to create a rich portrayal of a rapidly evolving colonial society in which new ideas and social change were in constant friction with the status quo.

    ISBN: 9781988592268
    Publication date: 30/04/2020
    Price: $45.00
    Author: Coleman, Jenny
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • Funny as the Story of New Zealand Comedy
    Funny as the Story of New Zealand Comedy
    From the Kiwi Concert Party to The Topp Twins, Billy T. James to Rose Matafeo, Fred Dagg to Flight of the Conchords, New Zealanders have made each other laugh in ways distinctive to these islands. Funny As tells the story of comedy in this country through more than 300 pictures and an engaging text based on over 100 interviews with our best comedians. Published alongside a major Television New Zealand documentary series at a time when comedy has never been bigger, the book takes us inside the comedy clubs, cabarets and television studios where comedians work; it charts the rise of cartoons and skits, parody and stand-up; it introduces us to how New Zealand's funniest men and women have made sense (and nonsense) out of this country's changing culture and society. Funny As is the authoritative, hilarious story of New Zealand comedy.

    ISBN: 9781869409005
    Publication date: 08/08/2019
    Price: $49.99
    Author: Horan, Paul & Matthews, Philip
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $49.99
  • Generation Rent
    Generation Rent
    House prices may boom or bust but the long-term trend is clear: for more New Zealanders than ever, home ownership is out of reach. Incomes simply have not kept pace with skyrocketing property prices. ‘Generation Rent’ calls into question priorities at the heart of New Zealand’s identity.

    In this BWB Text, Shamubeel and Selena Eaqub investigate how we ended up here, and what can be done to ensure all New Zealanders – home owners and renters alike – live in affordable and secure housing.

    ISBN: 9780908321032
    Publication date: 05/06/2015
    Price: $14.99
    Author: Eaqub, Samubeel
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $14.99
  • 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 Truths Confronting New Zealands Housing Crisis
    Home Truths Confronting New Zealands Housing Crisis
    Housing affordability. Unhealthy homes. Wealth inequality. Environmental sustainability. Social mobility. The state of New Zealand housing is central to major issues confronting this country. In this wide-ranging BWB Text, leading international housing researcher Philippa Howden-Chapman reveals how New Zealand has lost its way on housing. Once a world leader in housing policy, we have neglected our heritage to the point that we are now faced with some of the worst housing in the developed world. New Zealand needs to change course and this succinct introduction, drawing on two decades of award-winning research, maps a new landscape for twenty-first century homes.

    ISBN: 9780947492335
    Publication date: 20/11/2015
    Price: $14.99
    Author: Howden-Chapman, Philippa
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $14.99
  • Hopes Dashed the Economics of Gender Inequality
    Hopes Dashed the Economics of Gender Inequality
    'What has happened to New Zealand women's economic and social status over the last twenty years?'In 1994, economist Prue Hyman published Women and Economics, an overview of the status of women in the New Zealand economy. Much has changed since then - but how much? Has the promise of equality been fulfilled in the labour market? Is unpaid domestic work being given the recognition it deserves? In this BWB Text, Hyman surveys the mixed record of the past two decades, revealing that the work of feminism is not over yet.

    ISBN: 9780994135469
    Publication date: 17/02/2017
    Price: $14.99
    Author: Hyman, Prue
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $14.99
  • Infinite Game
    Infinite Game
    The Infinite Game, Niki Harre asks us to imagine our world anew. What if we are all part of a different type of game entirely - a game in which playing matters more than winning, a game that anyone can join at any time, a game in which rules evolve as new players turn up - an infinite game? Harre looks at our society (are people pawns or participants?) and ourselves (what kind of player would you like to be?) to offer an inspiring vision of how we might live well together. Deeply informed by psychological research and a life of social activism, Niki Harre's provocative book teaches us all how we might live life as an infinite game

    ISBN: 9781869408787
    Publication date: 14/05/2018
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Harre, Niki
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.99
  • Interregnum
    Is New Zealand's political settlement beginning to fray? And does this mean we're entering the interregnum, that ambiguous moment between society-wide discontent and political change? In BWB's latest book of essays, edited by Morgan Godfery, ten of New Zealand's best emerging thinkers gather to debate the 'morbid symptoms' of the current moment, from precarious work to climate change, and to discuss what shape change might take, from 'the politics of love' to postcapitalism. The Interregnum interrogates the future from the perspective of the generation who will help shape it.

    ISBN: 9780947492649
    Publication date: 07/03/2016
    Price: $14.99
    Author: Godfery, Morgan
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $14.99
  • 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: Hard Back
    Price: $89.99
  • New Myths and Old Politics the Waitangi Tribunal and the Challenge of Tradition
    New Myths and Old Politics the Waitangi Tribunal and the Challenge of Tradition
    Negotiating a claim before the Waitangi Tribunal can involve troubling challenges to an iwi's legitimacy, sometimes from unexpected places. In this unique behind-the-scenes account of the negotiation of Ngai Tahu's Waitangi Tribunal claim, Sir Tipene O'Regan describes what happened when claims of New Age mysticism attempted to undermine traditional whakapapa and academic scholarship.

    ISBN: 9781927277669
    Publication date: 06/10/2014
    Price: $14.99
    Author: O'Regan, Tipene
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $14.99
  • New New Zealand Facing Demographic Disruption
    New New Zealand Facing Demographic Disruption
    In 2030 there may be six million of us. One and a half million of us will live overseas. We will be clustered in Auckland, dependent on migration, and worried about a shortage of workers. We haven't planned for this. We need to.
    This major new book by Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley, New Zealand's preeminent commentator on population trends, looks at our rapidly growing and changing population and the demographic disruption it is already causing. To his mind, we are not taking enough notice of this disruption, and New Zealand urgently needs a population policy.
    With chapters like 'OK Boomer' and 'Why Would Anyone Want to Live in Auckland?' this book is urgent, provocative and will fuel many a dinner-party and policy-making conversation.

    ISBN: 9780995122987
    Publication date: 01/08/2020
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Spoonley, Paul
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • New Zealand Project
    New Zealand Project
    By any measure, New Zealand must confront some monumental issues in the years ahead. From the future of work to climate change, geopolitical upheaval to housing affordability, wealth inequality to new populism - these challenges are complex and even unprecedented in their scope. Yet why, as Max Harris argues in this far-sighted book, does New Zealand's political thinking and discussion often seem so diminished? Do we even possess the political means and imagination to match the enormity of these issues? And why is this gap particularly apparent to young New Zealanders?In this bold and enlivening work, Harris's attempt to find answers to these questions evolves into his own 'New Zealand project'. The book represents, from the perspective of a brilliant young New Zealander, a vision for how this country and all of its people can best overcome and prosper from the challenges ahead. It calls for a centring of values-based politics: in particular, a politics grounded in care, community, and creativity.Unashamedly idealistic, The New Zealand Project ultimately does not seek to prescribe a new future but instead kick-start a fresh and bigger conversation about how to improve the country - and the world - we all inhabit now.

    ISBN: 9780947492588
    Publication date: 10/04/2017
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Harris, Max
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $39.99
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