• New Zealand's Electoral Act 1956
    New Zealand's Electoral Act 1956
    In a series of backroom negotiations in 1956, the National Government and Labour Opposition agreed to put aside adversarial politics temporarily and entrench certain significant electoral rules. For any of these rules to be amended or repealed, Section 189 of the Electoral Act (now Section 268 of the 1993 Act) requires the approval of either three-quarters of all MPs or a majority of electors voting in a referendum. The MPs believed this entrenchment put in place a ‘moral’ constraint to guide future parliaments – but its status has changed over time.

    In Search of Consensus tells the story of why and how such a remarkable political settlement happened. It traces and analyses the Act’s protected provisions, subsequent fortunes and enduring legacy. As such, it is an important contribution to understanding the contemporary constitution and political culture of Aotearoa New Zealand.

    ISBN: 9781776561841
    Publication date: 08/03/2018
    Price: $40.00
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • On Coming Home
    On Coming Home
    ‘The declamatory return; a homeland as a “wearying enigma”. This all makes sense to me. The New Zealand that’s home to me may be a place of sheep and rugby and number-eight wire, whatever that is, but it’s also none of those things. Am I still a New Zealander?’

    Award-winning writer Paula Morris confronts long-standing fears of what it means to return home. Is ambition and adventure being traded for a ‘forever home’ of commitments and compromises? Will she still belong? And will the belonging impose its own restrictions? Morris seeks answers in the words of writer exiles as she narrates her own return to New Zealand. Now a settler not a visitor, she questions incisively the very idea of ‘belonging’.

    ISBN: 9780908321117
    Publication date: 10/04/2015
    Price: $14.99
    Author: Morris, Paula
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $14.99
  • Past Caring?  Women, Work and Emotion
    Past Caring? Women, Work and Emotion
    "Are women past caring? Care is essential to social relationships and individual well-being. It is woven into New Zealands key social institutions, such as the family, and is also embedded in societal expectations around state provision of health and welfare. Care is so vital, in fact, that it is often taken for granted and goes unnoticed and unrewarded. Historical and philosophical enquiry have largely ignored the issue of care, yet it raises profound questions about gender, justice and morality. The essays in this volume raise those questions directly at the level of abstraction where prominent New Zealand women philosophers grappled with the political implications, and on the ground at the level of family relationships. Understanding the history of care requires attention to personal narratives, such as a Ma ori grandmothers story, a Rarotongan leaders concept of duty to her people, or the sense of service that drove a long-term social worker. Memories of childhood night-time care are carried across the ocean from North East India. The depiction of sole-carer mothers in New Zealand film suggests a caring alternative to the celebrated concept of man alone. The case studies examined focus on the everyday nature of care operating across domestic, institutional and political spaces, and build upon areas of strength in womens history with its interest in family, motherhood, health, welfare, education and employment. The foundations of Past Caring? lie with Making Women Visible, a national conference on womens history held at the University of Otago in February 2016. This important volume opens up a set of perspectives and experiences of caring to begin a conversation about urgent questions facing New Zealand society. How do we recognise, reward and do justice to those acts that hold our society together?"

    ISBN: 9781988531342
    Publication date: 01/02/2019
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Brookes, Barbara
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • Polynesian Panthers Pacific Protest and Affirmative Action in Aotearoa New Zealand 1971-1981
    Polynesian Panthers Pacific Protest and Affirmative Action in Aotearoa New Zealand 1971-1981
    Polynesian Panthers records the Pacific rights and social activist movement in New Zealand, told by those who were there.

    Forming in 1971, the Polynesian Panthers sought to raise consciousness and took action in response to the racism and discrimination Pacific peoples faced in New Zealand in the 1970s and 1980s.

    The Panthers organised prison visit programmes and sporting and debating teams for inmates; provided a halfway-house service for young men released from prison; ran homework centres; and offered ‘people’s loans’, legal aid and food banks that catered for 600 families at their height.

    Drawing on interviews, memoirs, poetry, newspaper articles and critical analysis, Polynesian Panthers is a thought-provoking account of this period in New Zealand.



    ISBN: 9781775502050
    Publication date: 02/11/2015
    Price: $40.00
    Author: Anae, Melani
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Post Snowden Era Mass Surveillance and Privacy in New Zealand
    Post Snowden Era Mass Surveillance and Privacy in New Zealand
    'Only sustained public pressure can prevent the complicit submission and cultural amnesia that seems to follow every new revelation about surveillance in everyday life.'Recent revelations about the nature and extent of global surveillance programmes have shocked many. But what are their implications in the long-term - and for New Zealand? Mapping New Zealand's role in international intelligence gathering from World War Two to the present day, Kathleen Kuehn asks probing questions about the behaviour of both the state and corporations in our current 'surveillance society'. Ultimately these questions force us to confront the way we value our individual privacy and civil liberties, for - as we often hear - why should any of this matter if we have nothing to hide?

    ISBN: 9780908321070
    Publication date: 31/03/2016
    Price: $14.99
    Author: Kuehn, Kathleen
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $14.99
  • Protest Tautohetohe 150 Years of Resistance and Persistence
    Protest Tautohetohe 150 Years of Resistance and Persistence
    For a small, peaceful democracy in the South Pacific, New Zealand has had its fair share of major protest issues, and over the decades New Zealanders have become adept at mobilising around causes. From protest about war - be it the
    New Zealand Wars, the Great War, the Vietnam War or the invasion of Iraq - to trade union action, protests against apartheid and nuclear ship visits, protest for the rights of women and LGBTQI people, protests for better race relations and to protect the environment, and protest to save key services and protect heritage,
    Aotearoa New Zealand has a long legacy of activism. This richly illustrated book brings together the objects made by protesters to proclaim and symbolise their causes and their struggles. From banners to badges, t-shirts to teatowels, posters to photographs, it is a vivid reflection of 250 years of resistance and persistence.

    ISBN: 9780994146045
    Publication date: 14/11/2019
    Price: $70.00
    Author: Gibson, Stephanie
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $70.00
  • Queer Objects
    Queer Objects
    Queer lives give rise to a vast array of objects: the things we fill our houses with, the gifts we share with our friends, the commodities we consume at work and at play, the clothes and accessories we wear, various reminders of state power, as well as the analogue and digital technologies we use to communicate with one another. But what makes an object queer? The 63 chapters in Queer Objects consider this question in relation to lesbian, gay and trans- gender communities across time, cultures and space. In this unique international collaboration, well-known and newer writers traverse world history to write about items ranging from ancient Egyptian tomb paintings and Roman artefacts to political placards, snapshots, sex toys and the smartphone. Fabulous, captivating, transgressive.

    ISBN: 9781988531663
    Publication date: 01/10/2019
    Price: $50.00
    Author: Brickell, Chris
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $50.00
  • Rebooting the Regions
    Rebooting the Regions
    EXPERT INSIGHTS INTO COMBATTING THE PULL OF AUCKLAND AND GETTING THE REGIONS HUMMINGLoss of jobs, loss of young people, the ageing demographic, the apparently irresistible magnet of Auckland ...the economic fortunes of New Zealand's regions are of great concern to politicians, the business community, schools, employers - and indeed most citizens. What is the dynamic at work here? Is there a remedy? Is there a silver lining? What works? What doesn't? What are the smart regions doing that shows promise? This collection of expert articles addresses the issues facing our regions and investigates the reasons for population loss. Often those solutions involve facing up to the fact that decline is inevitable and unavoidable - and then coming up with smart new plans and policies that accept that the end of growth does not have to mean the end of prosperity.Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley is one of New Zealand's leading academics and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. He joined the Massey staff in 1979 and was, until becoming Pro Vice-Chancellor in October 2013, the College's Research Director and Auckland Regional Director.
    He has led numerous externally funded research programmes, including the Ministry of Science and Innovation's $3.2 million Integration of Immigrants and the $800,000 Nga Tangata Oho Mairangi. He has written or edited 25 books and is a regular commentator in the news media.In 2010, he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of California Berkeley and in 2013, a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Max Planck Institute of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Goettingen. He was awarded the Royal Society of New Zealand Science and Technology medal in 2009 in recognition of his academic scholarship, leadership and public contribution to cultural understanding. In 2011, his contribution to Sociology was acknowledged with the Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand's scholarship for exceptional service to New Zealand sociology. In 2013, he was given the title of Distinguished Professor, Massey University's highest academic title.

    ISBN: 9780994130037
    Publication date: 01/09/2016
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Spoonley, Paul
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • Ruth Roger and Me Debts and Legacies
    Ruth Roger and Me Debts and Legacies
    'Your words of "discomfort, loss, and disconnection" don't resonate with me at all.' Ruth Richardson to Andrew Dean, 16 December 2014.A time of major upheaval now stands between young and old in New Zealand. In Ruth, Roger and Me, Andrew Dean explores the lives of the generation of young people brought up in the shadow of the economic reforms of the 1980s and 1990s, those whom he calls 'the children of the Mother of All Budgets'. Drawing together memoir, history and interviews, he explores the experiences of 'discomfort' and 'disconnection' in modern Aotearoa New Zealand.

    ISBN: 9780908321216
    Publication date: 10/04/2015
    Price: $14.99
    Author: Dean, Andrew
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $14.99
  • Safeguarding the Future Governing in an Uncertain World
    Safeguarding the Future Governing in an Uncertain World
    In an era of populist politics, Brexit, Donald Trump, 24-hour news cycles and perpetual election campaigning, how do we govern well for the future? How do we take the long view, ensuring that present-day policy decisions reflect the needs and safeguard the interests of future generations?In this timely BWB Text, acclaimed policy scholar Jonathan Boston sets out what 'anticipatory governance' might look like in New Zealand. Confronted with a world becoming more uncertain by the day, this book is essential reading for anyone questioning how democratic societies can tackle the unprecedented challenges ahead.

    ISBN: 9780947518257
    Publication date: 20/02/2017
    Price: $14.99
    Author: Boston, Jonathan
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $14.99
  • Seat at the Table: New Zealand and the United Nations Security Council, 2015-2016
    Seat at the Table: New Zealand and the United Nations Security Council, 2015-2016
    In 2015 New Zealand began its fourth term as a non-permanent member of the United Nation's Security Council. Although the Council is sometimes thought of as an old boys' club of increasingly irrelevant superpowers, this book asks whether there is a role for smaller nations on the Council, and whether they can effect meaningful change for those suffering in war-torn and corrupt countries.
    Featuring engrossing chapters by key players, from the Minister for Foreign Affairs at the time, Murray McCully, to NZ President of the Security Council in July 2015 and September 2016, Gerard van Bohemen, this book tracks New Zealand's term on the UN Security Council and offers real insight into its day-to-day workings. It details how New Zealand sought to improve the Council's processes and wrest some power away from the 'P5' - US, UK, France, Russia and China. It also reflects on whether other 'small states' should follow New Zealand's example and expend their material and human resources on seeking a seat on the Security Council.

    ISBN: 9780995113510
    Publication date: 01/07/2020
    Price: $45.00
    Author: Hassall, Graham
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • See No Evil
    See No Evil
    See No Evil issues a challenge to New Zealanders. The book begins by relating the little-known history of West Papua, but its focus is on the impact of New Zealand’s foreign policy on the indigenous Melanesian inhabitants. In the 1950s New Zealand supported self-determination for the former Dutch colony, but in 1962 opted to back Indonesia as it took over the territory. Delving deep into historical government archives, many of them obtained under the Official Information Act, this meticulously researched book uncovers the untold story of New Zealand’s unprincipled and often hypocritical diplomacy. The consequences of repressive Indonesian rule have been tragic for the West Papuan people, who are experiencing ‘slow genocide’. West Papua remains largely closed to foreign journalists, but its story is now beginning to be heard. A growing number of Pacific Island nations are calling for change, but so far New Zealand has opted for caution and collusion to preserve a ‘business as usual’ relationship with Indonesia. See No Evil is a shocking account by one of New Zealand’s most respected authors on peace and Pacific issues, issuing a powerful call for a just and permanent solution – self-determination – for the people of West Papua.

    ISBN: 9781988531212
    Publication date: 01/06/2018
    Price: $49.99
    Author: Leadbeater, Maire
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $49.99
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