• Things that Matter Stories of Life & Death from an Intensive Care Specialist
    Things that Matter Stories of Life & Death from an Intensive Care Specialist
    In this highly articulate, down-to-earth, generous book, Dr David Galler tells stories of life and death from his position as Intensive Care specialist at Middlemore Hospital. Written lyrically and warmly, these stories are based on real life events describing the everyday dilemmas and challenges that doctors and patients commonly face.

    It aims to explain and demystify much of the work doctors do, cast light on the workings of the medical establishment and how medicine operates, in the hope that it will encourage patients to seek to be better informed and play a greater role in the decisions that will affect them and their loved ones.

    It speaks to the resilience of individuals and families and their extraordinary generosity and dignity under the most extreme pressure. This book is about realistic optimism and is a celebration of life.

    It is also a very personal story about David Galler's life, his family and about his own slow coming of age as a doctor, from the sadness and helplessness he felt about his father's death to at last feeling that he was of some use to his most important patient, his mother.

    ISBN: 9781760631536
    Publication date: 01/08/2016
    Price: $10.00
    Author: Galler, David
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $10.00
  • Three Cities
    Three Cities
    Orthodox is obsolete; conventional is kaput. We thought we knew how we make economics, politics, technology and nature work for us. But increasingly, they are failing to run by the rules and systems we've honed over recent decades. Boom-bust economies, fractured and destructive politics and a deeply degraded ecosystem are just some of the symptoms.Pioneers around the world are seeking new values, systems and technologies. Thus equipped we might achieve the unprecedented, speed, scale and complexity of change we need to meet the immense challenges of the twenty-first century.In this BWB Text acclaimed business journalist Rod Oram travels to Beijing, London and Chicago to meet some of these pioneers and report on their setbacks and progress. Because if 10 billion people are going to live well on this planet in 2050, we're going to have to fundamentally change the way we do things.

    ISBN: 9780994135407
    Publication date: 15/08/2016
    Price: $14.99
    Author: Oram, Rod
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $14.99
  • To the Mountains Collection of New Zealand alpine writing
    To the Mountains Collection of New Zealand alpine writing
    The air temperature was probably -35 degrees Celsius with wind chill. We couldn’t stand still for long. Our brains felt taxed and our bodies were running on empty. On the Football Field not far from the summit, Sue discovered a square of chocolate. We shared it, telling our bodies we didn’t need more. As we continued the descent, the air warmed and filled with oxygen. We began to encounter climbers heading up. Most knew who we were, incredulously asking: ‘are you the girls who slept on the summit’? – Karen McNeill, ‘A Ridge Too Far: The first female ascent of Denali’s Cassin Ridge’ A schoolgirl races from class to join a weekend trip to the hills. A mountaineering guide recalls his first weeks on the job during the 1920s. A young climber is shown the best route over the Main Divide by a big bull thar. A climbing party is bombarded by falling rock when Ruapehu suddenly erupts. A mountaineer pays tribute to the Maori guides from south Westland, while a fighter pilot tries to recapture an ascent of the Minarets from his tent in Nigeria during World War II. From the Darrans of Fiordland to Denali in Alaska, New Zealand climbers, both experienced and recreational, have captured their alpine experience in letters, journals, articles, memoirs, poems and novels. Drawing on 150 years of published and unpublished material, Laurence Fearnley and Paul Hersey, two top contemporary authors, have compiled a wide-ranging, fascinating and moving glimpse into New Zealand’s mountaineering culture and the people who write about it.

    ISBN: 9781988531205
    Publication date: 01/05/2018
    Price: $45.00
    Author: Fearnley, Laurence
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $45.00
  • Tonsils to Toenails the Life of Pat Cotter
    Tonsils to Toenails the Life of Pat Cotter
    ISBN: 9780473371357
    Publication date: 01/12/2016
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Le Couteur, Claire
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Tracking Captain Thomas
    Tracking Captain Thomas
    The continuing myth that Canterbury was born in December 1850 with the arrival of the First Four Ships has to be dispelled. Canterbury did not, like the legendary Athena, spring 'fully-armed from the head of Zeus' (in this case, John Robert Godley) as succeeding generations after 1851 have been led to believe. So much of the initial work was carried out by the Canterbury Association Chief Surveyor Captain Thomas; so much of this effort, intentionally or unintentionally, was obscured by the settlers of the 1850s, Thomas deserves recognition as a Canterbury founder.


    ISBN: 9781877303630
    Publication date: 01/05/2017
    Price: $49.99
    Author: Amodeo, Colin
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $49.99
  • Tupuna Awa
    Tupuna Awa
    We have always owned the water ...we have never ceded our mana over the river to anyone', King Tuheitia Paki asserted in 2012. Prime Minister John Key disagreed: 'King Tuheitia's claim that M?ori have always owned New Zealand's water is just plain wrong'. So who does own the water in New Zealand - if anyone - and why does it matter? Offering some human context around that fraught question, Tupuna Awa looks at the people and politics of the Waikato River. Marama Muru-Lanning introduces us to the way M?ori of the region, the Crown and Mighty River Power have talked about water, ownership, stakeholders, guardianship and the river. Those conversations culminated in 2009 with a Deed of Settlement signed by Waikato-Tainui and the Crown that established a new co-governance structure for the Waikato River. By examining debates over water, Muru-Lanning provides a powerful lens into modern iwi politics and contests for power between M?ori and the State. * A detailed look at the issues around water ownership in New Zealand- a major concern here and around the world.*
    Will appeal to those with links to Waikato region as well as to the general reader with an interest in water ownership and the role of energy companies in New Zealand.* The author is experienced in working with iwi and the crown and is a frequent spokesperson on related issues.* Features stunning colour photography of the Waikato River and its surrounds.

    ISBN: 9781869408503
    Publication date: 19/09/2016
    Price: $49.99
    Author: Muru-Lanning, Marama
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $49.99
  • Under the Huang Jiao Tree: Two Journeys in China
    Under the Huang Jiao Tree: Two Journeys in China
    In mid-life Jane Carswell leaves her seemingly tranquil New Zealand life, her family and friends, to teach English in Chongqing, China. Her journey into the unknown epitomises the ache so many of us feel in our own lives for new challenges and personal understandings. Under the Huang Jiao Tree is a reflective, amusing and absorbing book about living and working in China, and the profound impact the experience has on the author's search for connection and community.

    ISBN: 9780980571721
    Publication date: 01/10/2009
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Carswell, Jane
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Ventricle of Memory
    Ventricle of Memory
    ISBN: 9780473363864
    Publication date: 24/08/2017
    Price: $34.99
    Author: Cox, Shelagh Duckham
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $34.99
  • Vet On The Go
    Vet On The Go
    In February 1945, with no veterinary training available in New Zealand, Graham Wallace braved a German raider in the Tasman Sea to begin his studies in Sydney. The potentially explosive journey set the tone for a colourful life working with big farm animals in rural New Zealand as a travelling vet, later specialising in disease prevention and vaccine creation.

    Vet on the go is a collection of tales about Graham's time as a vet that is both informative and funny, and addresses changes in practice and attitudes in the profession over seventy years. Many city-dwellers are unaware of the crucial developments behind the scenes that keep the agricultural sector healthy and prepared for difficult situations that may arise. An important book for a country that relies so much on its agriculture, in Vet on the go Graham Wallace brings his knowledge from the country and introduces it to the town, and does it all while telling a damn good story.

    ISBN: 9780995115408
    Publication date: 12/12/2018
    Price: $30.00
    Author: Wallace, Graham
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Walking Stick Tree
    Walking Stick Tree
    In this remarkable memoir, Trish Harris writes about growing up with acute arthritis - about pain and loss, identity and living creatively. With illustrations by Sarah Laing, and perceptive essays, this book captures a deeply moving experience of knitting a body and soul together. Finding a quality New Zealand book on the experience of disability is like finding water in a desert; eagerly consumed and leaving me wanting more. - Robyn Hunt It is often said that the body is the house in which the true self dwells. Trish Harris' 'house' has arthritis written all over it, but her true self has expanded beyond its walls to embrace the universe. Her beautifully written memoir will bring hope to those living with disability, and encouragement to everyone. - Joy Cowley

    ISBN: 9780994118646
    Publication date: 17/10/2016
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Harris, Trish
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Way Home Building a New Life and a Strawbale House in Central Otago
    Way Home Building a New Life and a Strawbale House in Central Otago
    When life as she knew it ended, with her marriage over and her last child off into the world, writer Jillian Sullivan set out to fulfil a long-held dream of building a strawbale house. She settled in a small community in Central Otago, and A Way Home tells the story of how she eventually managed to build her new home. With her son-in-law Sam as her builder and mentor, and she as the apprentice, Jillian describes the process of having to learn how to use tools, how to be strong and to be safe and, more importantly that there is no such thing as can't. The house that arises through this memoir is a physical testament to the rebuilding of a life, of finding your place in a community, and of the unexpected joyousness in joining with others on a building project. People come from all over New Zealand to help - from Nelson, Auckland, Queenstown, from next door and from the next valleys. There are poets and artists, a magician and finance analyst, grandmothers and grandchildren, old friends, new friends and strangers. Each person brings their unique skills and gifts and leaves with new ones. The house absorbs their creativity and kindnesses.
    A Way Home reflects on our need for home, for community, and for finding a way to live sustainably in this rapidly changing world. The story evokes life in a harsh climate in a small village, the struggle to overcome lack of skills and strength, and to move past loneliness and loss to find a place to call home. This is an affecting story, quietly inspirational and beautifully told by a deft and skilled writer.

    ISBN: 9780947503260
    Publication date: 24/10/2016
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Sullivan, Jillian
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • We Can Make a Life
    We Can Make a Life
    Hours after the 2011 Christchuch Earthquake, Kaikoura-based doctor Chris Henry crawled through the burning CTV building to rescue those who were trapped. Six years later, his daughter Chessie interviews him in an attempt to understand the trauma that led her father to burnout, in the process unravelling stories and memories from her own remarkable family history.

    Chessie rebuilds her family's lives on the page, from her parents' honeymoon across Africa, to living in Tokelau as one of five children under ten before returning to New Zealand, where her mother would set her heart and home in the Clarence Valley only to see it devastated in the 2016 Kaikoura Earthquake, and the family displaced.

    Written with the same love and compassion that defines her family's courage and strength, We Can Make a Life is an extraordinary memoir about the psychological cost of heroism, home and belonging, and how a family made a life together.

    I'd always felt that I was emotional because I had been raised by emotional people: talking right from the beginning, unafraid of tears or love or closeness. Was it entrenched in us, to feel things too much? Would we have to fight it away - the black shape at the edges, bounding after us, a smudge of darkness in an otherwise colourful scene.

    ISBN: 9781776561940
    Publication date: 09/08/2018
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Henry, Chessie
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
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