• 101 Works of Art
    101 Works of Art
    In this large, beautifully presented book, Christchurch Art Gallery showcases 101 treasures from its collection - paintings, drawings, sculpture, film and photographs that stand out in a line-up of New Zealand's most significant collected works. Enjoy thoughtful, conversational texts by Lara Strongman, Ken Hall, Felicity Milburn, Nathan Pohio, Peter Vangioni and Jenny Harper - written to feel as if the reader is standing with the curator in front of the painting. Also includes insightful interviews with artists and curators. Deisgned by award-winning artist and designer Aaron Beehre, this will be the art book to buy this year!

    ISBN: 9781877375408
    Publication date: 18/12/2015
    Price: $79.99
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $79.99
  • Beyond the Imperial Frontier: the Contest for Colonial New Zealand
    Beyond the Imperial Frontier: the Contest for Colonial New Zealand
    Beyond the Imperial Frontier is an exploration of the different ways Maori and Pakeha 'fronted' one another - the zones of contact and encounter - across the nineteenth century. Beginning with a pre-1840 era marked by significant cooperation, Vincent O'Malley details the emergence of a more competitive and conflicted post-Treaty world. As a collected work, these essays also chart the development of a leading New Zealand historian.

    ISBN: 9781927277539
    Publication date: 07/09/2014
    Price: $49.99
    Author: O'Malley, Vincent
    Format: Unknown
    Price: $49.99
  • Doctors in Denial: the Forgotten Women in the 'unfortunate Experiment'
    Doctors in Denial: the Forgotten Women in the 'unfortunate Experiment'
    When Dr Ron Jones joined the staff of National Women's Hospital in Auckland in 1973 as a junior obstetrician and gynaecologist, Professor Herbert Green's study into the natural history of carcinoma in-situ of the cervix (CIS) - later called 'the unfortunate experiment' - had been in progress for seven years. By the mid-1960s there was almost universal agreement among gynaecologists and pathologists worldwide that CIS was a precursor of cancer, requiring complete removal. Green, however, believed otherwise, and embarked on a study of women with CIS, without their consent, that involved merely observing, rather than definitively treating them. Many women subsequently developed cancer and some died. In 1984 Jones and senior colleagues Dr Bill McIndoe and Dr Jock McLean published a scientific paper that exposed the truth, and the disastrous outcome of Green's experiment. In a public inquiry in 1987 Judge Sylvia Cartwright observed that an unethical experiment had been carried out in large numbers of women for over 20 years. Since that time there have been attempts to cast Green's work in a more generous light.
    This rewriting of history has spurred Ron Jones to set the record straight by telling his personal story: a story of the unnecessary suffering of countless women, a story of professional arrogance and misplaced loyalties, and a story of doctors in denial of the truth.

    ISBN: 9780947522438
    Publication date: 28/02/2017
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Jones, Ronald W.
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • 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
  • Head of the Harbour
    Head of the Harbour
    ‘The ride along the road from Lyttelton was glorious, the morning was genial and bright, and the fresh sea air seemed to run like electricity through the veins, until one lost the done up feeling that had pervaded the system for the last few days, and felt once more that life was worth the living.’ Those words were written in January 1895, but they still hold true for those who live at or visit the head of Whakaraupo/Lyttelton Harbour – Teddington, Allandale, Ohinetahi, Governors Bay, Sandy Bay.

    The hills here were once covered in bird-filled native bush. Flax and raupo flourished. The sea was a rich source of kai moana for Maori who first arrived on Horomaka/Banks Peninsula in the mid-fifteenth century. Waitaha were followed by Ngati Mamoe, who settled in sheltered Governors Bay. Te Manuwhiri of Ngai Tahu later established himself at the head of the harbour, naming the area Ohinetahi. The Scottish Manson and Gebbie families took up land at Teddington in 1845, remaining the sole European occupants until the arrival of the first Canterbury Association settlers in 1850.

    The head of the harbour was originally the preferred site for the new settlement of Christchurch, but when this was built on the other side of the Port Hills, the area became known instead for its abundant orchards, market gardens and leisure activities – a haven close to, but geographically very separate from, the city on the swamp.

    This immensely readable, impeccably researched and superbly illustrated book tells, for the first time in one place, the stories of the families who settled at the head of the harbour, of the homes they built, of their relationship with the land and sea, their working and recreational lives. It traces the influence of well-known residents such as Thomas Potts, Hugh Heber Cholmondeley and Margaret Mahy. It explores, too, the relationship between the natural and cultural environments and how this has changed.

    The Head of the Harbour is very much a community enterprise. Jane Robertson has interviewed many residents and ex-residents, whose experiences and photographs enrich a book that is not just for those with connections to this special place, but for anyone interested in the history of Canterbury and of New Zealand.


    ISBN: 9780473366711
    Publication date: 01/12/2016
    Price: $79.99
    Author: Robertson, Jane
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $79.99
  • Matariki the Star of the Year
    Matariki the Star of the Year
    In mid-winter, Matariki rises in the pre-dawn sky, and its observation is celebrated with incantations on hilltops at dawn, balls, exhibitions, dinners and a vast number of events. The Matariki tradition has been re-established, and its regeneration coincides with a growing interest in Maori astronomy. Still, there remain some unanswered questions about how Matariki was traditionally observed. These include:

    What is Matariki?
    Why did Maori observe Matariki?
    How did Maori traditionally celebrate Matariki?
    When and how should Matariki be celebrated?
    Based on research and interviews with Maori experts, this book seeks answers to these questions and explores what Matariki was in a traditional sense so it can be understood and celebrated in our modern society.



    ISBN: 9781775503255
    Publication date: 01/06/2017
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Matamua, Rangi
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • New Zealand's Rivers an Environmental History
    New Zealand's Rivers an Environmental History
    'New Zealand s Rivers: An environmental history' explores the relationship between New Zealanders and their rivers, explaining how they have arrived at a crisis point, where fresh water has become their most contested resource and many rivers are too polluted to swim in. Environmental historian Catherine Knight reveals that the tension between exploitation and enjoyment of rivers is not new. Rivers were treasured by Maori as food baskets and revered as the dwelling places of supernatural creatures. But following European settlement, they became drains for mining, industrial waste and sewage, and were harnessed to generate power and to irrigate farmland. Over time, the utilitarian view of rivers has been increasingly questioned by those who value rivers for recreation as well as for ecological, spiritual and cultural reasons. Today, the sustainable use of rivers is the subject of intense debate. Thoroughly researched and richly illustrated, 'New Zealand s Rivers' is an accessible and compelling read for all New Zealanders, including anglers, kayakers, farmers, environmental practitioners, policy-makers, students and anyone with an interest in our environment and history."

    ISBN: 9781927145760
    Publication date: 01/11/2016
    Price: $49.99
    Author: Knight, Catherine Heather
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $49.99
  • New Zealands Western Front Campaign
    New Zealands Western Front Campaign
    ISBN: 9781869539269
    Publication date: 12/09/2016
    Price: $79.99
    Author: McGibbon, Ian
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $79.99
  • Place Names of Banks Peninsula
    Place Names of Banks Peninsula
    Place names have great linguistic and cultural significance, vivifying the landscape and giving it deeper character and interest. Banks Peninsula, Lyttelton Harbour and the Port Hills of Christchurch offer a wonderfully diverse and a kaleidoscopic array of names that speak of the areas's Maori and colonial history and the people who have lived and worked there. Back in 1927 prolific author Johannes Andersen published his classic and important "Place-Names of Banks Peninsula", but much has changed since then: names have dropped out of use or been superseded, spellings have altered, knowledge of origins has improved and large numbers of new names have been added. Award-winning historian Gordon Ogilvie, who has a deep knowledge of this part of New Zealand, has written a comprehensive, fascinating and much-needed successor to Andersen's book. The coverage of names extends to the Heathcote and Halswell rivers and includes suburbs like Halswell and Tai Tapu. Engagingly written, brimming with information and enriched with black and white photographs and stunning colour plates, this substantial volume is an important addition to Ogilvie's popular and acclaimed histories of Banks Peninsula and the Port Hills. The intriguing background he provides for the place names of this region will delight all those who live there, those who visit and anyone with an interest in New Zealand's past.

    ISBN: 9781927145937
    Publication date: 18/08/2017
    Price: $59.99
    Author: Ogilvie, Gordon
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $59.99
  • 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
  • Shops
    Shops
    A collaboration between well-known writer Steve Braunias and acclaimed photographer Peter Black, who have worked together to produce a book devoted to sad, deserted, beautiful, wistful New Zealand shops. Peter has taken 44 colour photographs of shops in the North and South Islands. They are sometimes confrontational, sometimes gentle, and much else. Steve has written a personal essay.

    ISBN: 9780908689941
    Publication date: 01/03/2017
    Price: $40.00
    Author: Braunias, Steve
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $40.00
  • Strange Beautiful Excitement: Katherine Mansfields Wellington 1888-1903
    Strange Beautiful Excitement: Katherine Mansfields Wellington 1888-1903
    How does a city make a writer? Described by Fiona Kidman as a ‘ravishing, immersing read’, A Strange Beautiful Excitement is a ‘wild ride’ through the Wellington of Katherine Mansfield’s childhood. From the grubby, wind-blasted streets of Thorndon to the hushed green valley of Karori, author Redmer Yska, himself raised in Karori, retraces Mansfield’s old ground: the sights, sounds and smells of the rickety colonial capital, as experienced by the budding writer. Along the way his encounters and dogged research – into her Beauchamp ancestry, the social landscape, the festering, deadly surroundings – lead him (and us) to reevaluate long-held conclusions about the writer’s shaping years. They also lead to a thrilling discovery. This haunting and beautifully vivid book combines fact and fiction, biography and memoir, as Yska rediscovers Mansfield’s Wellington, unearthing her childhood as he goes, shining a new lamp on old territory. "It’s not enough to say I immensely enjoyed A Strange Beautiful Excitement … it’s simply splendid." – Dame Fiona Kidman "… the best account I have ever read of Wellington and Karori as they were in Mansfield’s day … Vivid and vigorous, it is a pleasure to read." – Kathleen Jones, KM biographer

    ISBN: 9780947522544
    Publication date: 01/08/2017
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Yska, Redmer
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $39.99
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