• Jacinda Ardern The Story Behind an Extraordinary Leader
    Jacinda Ardern The Story Behind an Extraordinary Leader
    Michelle Duff delves into Ardern's beginnings in small-town New Zealand, discovering a nose-ringed teen fighting for equality and her own identity in a devout Mormon family.

    Duff tracks Ardern's political career from being dismissed as a 'show pony' to her compassion during one of New Zealand's biggest tragedies, the Christchurch mosque terror attack of 2019. In its aftermath, Ardern has become a global icon for her strength and decisiveness while uniting a country in shock and mourning.

    Ardern attracted international headlines for being the second world leader to give birth while in office. But why was having a baby so meaningful, and what does it say about the continued struggle for gender equality?

    Has Ardern really been a transcendent leader, and what enduring mark might she leave on the political landscape?

    This is an engrossing and powerful exploration of one of the most intriguing political stories of our time-telling us as much about one young woman's ascendancy as it does about the country that elected her.

    ISBN: 9781988547169
    Publication date: 21/10/2019
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Duff, Michelle
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $39.99
  • Jake Bailey What Cancer Taught Me
    Jake Bailey What Cancer Taught Me
    'None of us get out of life alive, so be gallant, be great, be gracious and be grateful for the opportunities you have.' Delivered from a wheelchair while undergoing cancer treatment, Jake Bailey's inspirational end of year speech as Head Boy at Christchurch Boys' High School made headlines around the world. Diagnosed just a week earlier with the most aggressive form of cancer - one with often fatal results - Jake didn't know whether he would have the strength to deliver the words he had written before receiving the shocking news of his illness. And he had no idea of the significance his speech would assume as he lay in hospital enduring intensive chemotherapy. In this remarkably honest account of his illness, treatment and recovery, Jake shares all that the experience has taught him. 'Before I got sick I was dying to get home from school. I was dying for the weekends. I was dying for the school holidays, and then before I knew it I was dying in Christchurch Hospital.' Confronting the possibility of death has led Jake to re-evaluate all that he took for granted in life and to encourage others to do the same. His book is an uplifting call to action to people of all ages.

    ISBN: 9780143770862
    Publication date: 15/05/2017
    Price: $30.00
    Author: Bailey, Jake
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • James K Baxter Letters of a Poet
    James K Baxter Letters of a Poet
    James K. Baxter was not a man of few words, and his private correspondence was no exception. Letters of a Poet, edited by his good friend and frequent correspondent John Weir, contains almost 900 of Baxter's letters from 1939 to 1972, covering his teenage years and entire adult life. Frank, funny, generous, sometimes filthy, packed with poems and musings on love, the Catholic faith, and how to live well and write well, they provide remarkable new insights into his life and work.

    Includes letters to his parents, Archibald and Millicent Baxter, the conscientious objector Noel Ginn, and many of the leading literary figures of the time, including Charles Brasch, Allen Curnow, Frank Sargeson, Fleur Adcock, Lawrence Baigent, Barry Crump, Maurice Shadbolt, W. H. Oliver, Robin Dudding and many more.
    Includes introduction by John Weir, biographies of correspondents, timeline and index.

    ISBN: 9781776562039
    Publication date: 06/12/2018
    Price: $100.00
    Author: Weir, John
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $100.00
  • Kieran Read My Story
    Kieran Read My Story
    Kieran Read first played for the All Blacks as a 23-year old in 2008 and since then has amassed more than a century of test appearances in the famous jersey. Now, after a stellar provincial, club, and international career - including back to back World Cup victories - the New Zealand captain writes openly and honestly about his time in the game. Read takes to these pages with his trademark determination, lifting the lid on the unique pressures of succeeding as captain the most celebrated All Black of all time. He outlines the decisions that shaped his career and uncovers the skills of the coaches who shaped him, while offering readers an inside account of how the world's greatest team functions and thrives. A rugby player cannot reach the pinnacle of the sport without negotiating the many avenues of adversity on the roadmap to triumph. Read unpacks the emotional toll of injury and the ignominy of defeat, neatly illustrating the intense experience of representing a rugby-obsessed nation while delivering a masterclass in how manage the many demands on the mind and on the body. Forthright and frank, Read's well-respected views on the game and its future are a must-read for rugby fans, and his take on the myriad personalities and the peccadilloes of his teammates, coaches and opponents will be sure to surprise and delight. From the playing fields of Papakura to the world champion podium, Read has faced every challenge head on. His life story is no exception.

    ISBN: 9781988516677
    Publication date: 07/11/2019
    Price: $49.99
    Author: Stevenson, Scotty
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $49.99
  • Lecretia's Choic A Story of Love, Death and the Law
    Lecretia's Choic A Story of Love, Death and the Law
    A successful young lawyer in Wellington, Lecretia Seales met and fell in love with Matt Vickers in 2003. In Lecretia's Choice, Matt tells the story of their life together, and how it changed when his proud, fiercely independent wife was diagnosed with a brain tumour and forced to confront her own mortality. The death she faced-slow, painful, dependent-was completely at odds with how she had lived her life. Lecretia wanted to die with dignity, to be able to say goodbye well, and not to suffer unnecessarily-but the law denied her that choice. With her characteristic spirit, she decided to mount a challenge in New Zealand's High Court, but as the battle raged, Lecretia's strength faded. She died on 5 June 2015, at the age of forty-two, the day after her family learned that the court had ruled against her. Lecretia's Choice is not only a moving love story but compulsory reading for everyone who cares about the dignity we afford terminally ill people who want to die on their own terms.

    ISBN: 9781925355598
    Publication date: 29/08/2016
    Price: $37.00
    Author: Vickers, Matt
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
  • Lengthening the Shadow
    Lengthening the Shadow
    `I know the pain at the gym is nowhere near as bad as the pain of depression . . . so I suck up the workout pain and push myself that bit harder.'
    Continuing ill-health and countless surgeries sent Auckland businessman Dave Burt spiralling down into the depths of despair and hopelessness. Something had to change. With a mate he enrolled for a 10-week `ultimate body transformation' regime at the local gym.
    This thoughtful, insightful book is the remarkable story of how with a wonderful woman at his side - and the right support a Kiwi bloke fought back. This ten-week diary will make you laugh and cry, but above all it will provide rare insight to those struggling with depression.

    ISBN: 9780473465995
    Publication date: 29/01/2019
    Price: $30.00
    Author: Burt, Dave
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Life as a Casketeer
    Life as a Casketeer
    Stars of the hit television series The Casketeers, as seen on Netflix

    A celebration of life and death. A book to make you laugh and cry. A deep, funny and personal story about the lives of New Zealand's favourite undertakers, Francis and Kaiora Tipene.

    Born and raised in Northland, the married couple and parents to five boys now star in the third series of their own reality television show The Casketeers, a show about day-to-day life (and death) at their Auckland funeral business, Tipene Funerals.

    This is Francis and Kaiora's story, a story about a modest yet richly cultural Maori upbringing in the communities of Pawarenga and Kaitaia, the trials and tribulations of their love and marriage, the joy of raising five sons, and the dedication and mahi required to grow a business. It's also a book about traditions of tangihanga, tikanga Maori and Polynesian ways of morning the dead.

    Inspirational, hilarious and wise: this is a book to make you see dying, grief and remembrance in a totally new light.

    ISBN: 9781775541486
    Publication date: 24/02/2020
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Tipene, Francis
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • Life on Gorge River New Zealands Remotest Family
    Life on Gorge River New Zealands Remotest Family
    A bestseller, the fascinating life of the most remote family in New Zealand. Robert Long and his family - wife Catherine, and children Christan (17) and Robin (14) - live in complete isolation, in a hut two days' walk south of Haast in South Westland. Robert has lived there for nearly 30 years; Catherine for 20 and the kids all their lives. Their only contact with the outside world is a helicopter or plane once a month, and two trips a year to the 'outside world'. This is the story of how and why Robert - known locally as 'Beansprout' - came to live at Gorge River, and the family's experiences there over the years, living self-sufficiently and forging close bonds with the natural environment. It is an inspiring tale of one man's decision to 'drop out' of capitalist society and successfully establish a lifestyle most New Zealanders can't even imagine, harking back to the days of the earliest pioneers.

    ISBN: 9781869793302
    Publication date: 04/06/2010
    Price: $40.00
    Author: Long, Robert
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Life on Muzzle Three Generations on New Zealand's Most Remote Station
    Life on Muzzle Three Generations on New Zealand's Most Remote Station
    Remote Muzzle Station in southern Marlborough has captured the hearts and minds of generations, including Fiona Redfern and her parents before her. Fiona grew up and thrived in the splendid isolation, and wouldn't have it any other way. Now Fiona and her husband Guy are running the station and raising their two small children in this wonderful but challenging environment.As the crow flies, Muzzle Station is not too far from Kaikoura. But it's not easy to get there. First, the truck - and it has to be a truck - must make it across the Clarence River. If the river is swollen or in flood, there will be no journey. Once safely across, there are more than 25 smaller river crossings and a 1370-metre-high mountain range to get across. If all goes well it takes three hours to make the drive, but it is often blocked with rockfalls and slips, not to mention snow, or rain that turns the track's clay surface to mud, rendering it completely undriveable. There is another option. On a good day, it's just a 15-minute flight by Cessna 180 four-seater aircraft to Kaikoura. But good days are not always easy to come by in this part of the country, especially when they are needed! This is the story of family life on New Zealand's remotest station, and what it's like to live and work in what is literally the back of beyond.

    ISBN: 9780143770725
    Publication date: 02/10/2017
    Price: $45.00
    Author: Redfern, Fiona
    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: Hard Back
    Price: $89.99
  • Longest Day: Standing Up to Depression and Tackling the Coast to Coast
    Longest Day: Standing Up to Depression and Tackling the Coast to Coast
    Matt Calman's most consistent tool for dealing with problems throughout his life was alcohol. But it got to the stage where he was no longer willing to put up with the dark side of his drinking. So he quit.

    But the problems that had been simmering away for most of his life merely came to a head. It led to a major depressive phase with panic attacks and thoughts of suicide.

    After reaching rock-bottom, Matt began the slow climb to rebuild himself with a much stronger foundation. Finally he was ready to find something, or for something to find him. It could have been anything. It just happened to be the Coast to Coast Multisport World Championships, the toughest endurance race in New Zealand.

    The Longest Day outlines Matt's path back from the depths of depression, his struggles to learn to run, cycle and kayak at an elite level, and the culmination of all that training: his Coast to Coast race. The book explores the parallels between the inner landscape (his journey to wellbeing) and the outer landscape (the world around him and tackling the Coast to Coast). Through his training he learns about process rather than outcome, and how true success and enjoyment is embedded in the journey (not the destination).

    Matt is a brave, honest writer with a talent for articulating what is going on inside his head.

    ISBN: 9781988547305
    Publication date: 04/02/2020
    Price: $32.99
    Author: Calman, Matt
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $32.99
  • Lost Boys
    Lost Boys
    In the First World War of 1914-1918, thousands of boys across Australia and New Zealand lied about their age, forged a parent's signature and left to fight on the other side of the world. Though some were as young as thirteen, they soon found they could die as well as any man. Like Peter Pan's lost boys, they have remained forever young. These are their stories.



    This extraordinary book captures the incredible and previously untold stories of forty Anzac boys who fought in the First World War, from Gallipoli to the Armistice. Featuring haunting images of the boys taken at training camps and behind the lines, these tales are both heartbreaking and rousing, full of daring, ingenuity, recklessness, random horror and capricious luck.



    A unique perspective on the First World War, THE LOST BOYS is military history made deeply personal, a powerful homage to youthful bravery and a poignant reminder of the sacrifice of war.

    ISBN: 9781925870503
    Publication date: 29/10/2019
    Price: $45.00
    Author: Byrnes, Paul
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $45.00
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