• Christchurch Crimes 1850 to 1875 Scandal and Skulduggery in Port and Town
    Christchurch Crimes 1850 to 1875 Scandal and Skulduggery in Port and Town
    While researching nineteenth-century Christchurch newspapers for another book, historian Geoff Rice was struck by the diversity of crime in early Christchurch, and the amount of detail in the court reports. Fascinated by what he was reading, he became diverted from the task at hand and set about writing this book instead: about crime and punishment in the first 25 years of Canterbury settlement. The stories are drawn from newspaper reports, with further detail added from police records and the court minute books. The events are contextualised by Professor Rice's extensive knowledge of the times. It is not an academic study; nor is it a work of fiction. Rather it is an attempt at evidence-based reconstruction of crimes and courtroom proceedings, opening a window on the lives and deeds of ordinary people who lived in this place over 140 years ago. History is usually written by the winners, and it is rare to hear the voices of ordinary folk from the remote past. Yet such were the shorthand skills of 19th-century newspaper reporters that courtroom testimony and cross-examinations were often captured verbatim, especially in the more sensational murder trials.
    Reading these reports one can almost hear the voices of the past. We catch glimpses of cabbies, shopkeepers, clerks and housewives going about their daily work, with descriptions of homes or workplaces, and the occasional fight in a pub. The stories are often dramatic and even sensational, sometimes horrifying, sometimes amusing, often rather sad. Their crimes mirror the difficult realities of colonial life.

    ISBN: 9781927145395
    Publication date: 15/10/2012
    Price: $30.00
    Author: Rice, Geoffrey
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Christchurch Crimes and Scandals 1876-99
    Christchurch Crimes and Scandals 1876-99
    The Boxing Day Riot of 1879 when a parade of Orange Lodge members was attacked by a mob of Irish Catholic navvies swinging axe-handles, a slander case involving one of the city's richest merchants, the famous Severed Hand Mystery of 1885...Following on from his first volume, Christchurch Crimes 1850-1875: Scandal and Skulduggery in Port and Town, historian Geoffrey Rice presents another fascinating collection of Christchurch crimes and scandals drawn from nineteenth-century newspaper court reports, this time covering the later Victorian period from 1876-1899. We meet some of the city's most notorious citizens of the period, such as the photographer Eden George, and the preacher-fraudster Arthur Bently Worthington, who caused the one and only reading of the Riot Act in Christchurch. The Opawa axe murder of 1897 includes a rare photograph of the body. Magistrates and judges had to deal with a procession of society's law-breakers passing through their courts, from apologetic drunks and brazen prostitutes, shifty forgers and brutal thugs, rapists and arsonists, bigamists and embezzlers to desperate women charged with manslaughter or murder.
    The defence lawyers were often faced with a difficult task, yet Christchurch in this period had several highly skilled courtroom lawyers who knew how to persuade a jury. The author's easy-to-read story-telling style and genuine enthusiasm for and knowledge of his subject bring to life another rich, colourful and intriguing chapter from the city's past.

    ISBN: 9781927145517
    Publication date: 25/11/2013
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Rice, Geoffrey W.
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Coffee U Feel Havana Coffee Works
    Coffee U Feel Havana Coffee Works
    Meat, wool, dairy - all classic products New Zealand was known for in the 60s' and 70s' - a time when there were milk bars and restaurants, and the time when it was BC: Before Coffee, before cafes. Thankfully, the rise and rise of coffee and our cafe culture began in the next decade, fostered by a fervent few. One of those coffee champions was, and still is, Geoff Marsland. Havana Coffee Works - the book of the likely soon- to- follow film - is the colourful story of this pioneering Wellington "Coffee Baron", a real yet larger-than life character who became a cafe king and roasting entrepreneur. This is a no holds barred biography of Geoff, and of a home- grown business success with national and international connections. Across the pages of what is a 'visual symphony' of cars, cigars, cafes and coffee roasters, Geoff recounts and shows the rollicking rise of Havana Coffee Works, from its beginnings in Cuba Street, Wellington to importing Cuban coffee, setting up plantations in the Pacific through to its current coffee empire status, bringing "Coffee U Feel" - the brand's strapline - to the people. The book tells the often astonishing story of Geoff's life.
    After a challenging childhood and some tricky teen years, he spent time at sea on fishing boats and then in the fashion trade until, on a visit to Vancouver he was 'hooked by the aroma of strong coffee' and an alternative style of cafe. Marsland bought his newfound passion back to New Zealand and the start- up of Havana's heady coffee-powered ride from the backstreets of Wellington into the heart of Communist Cuba then began. In 1989, when Midnight Espresso Cafe opened on Cuba Street, it launched real coffee into the bloodstream of the capital, setting the scene for what would later become Havana Coffee Works. Overnight, a bohemian cafe society was born, one that would soon revitalize the city's heart, creating a 'cool' identity for the capital with espresso and flat whites at its core. This was the kick starter of a nationwide cultural change based around hissing espresso machines and growing coffee consumption. Like a runaway train, the Havana revolution took off. It hasn't slowed for over a quarter of a century.
    2 | Page Not long after the doors opened on Midnight Espresso, Marsland and his then business partner decided to expand their fledgling operation by buying in and roasting coffee beans themselves. They chose Cuba, once a powerhouse exporter of coffee, as a likely and interesting source. After receiving a favourable reply to their exploratory fax, they set off for Havana, armed with a letter from their bank and high hopes of success. The officials they met with told them it was the first contact Cuba had had from New Zealand about coffee. The youthful, 'ambassadors of coffee' and were very well received, had the best coffee they had ever tasted, were taken with the special atmosphere of Havana, and came home with a deal to import Cuban coffee beans. The full story of that trip is a riveting one, and comes full circle when many years later, the son of Fidel Castro, also called Fidel, visits Marsland in Wellington at the HQ of Havana Coffee Works. Cartoonist and author Tom Scott says in his introduction that when he read the first draft of Marsland's book, he thought it was "terrific, full of amazing yarns, tall and true, mad and moving."
    While he agreed to edit it, he notes that "all I've done is to assist Geoff to tell it in his own unique voice." Marsland ends his book by saying "the more I work with coffee the more addicted I am to its presence; the unpredictable energy and spontaneity that coffee can bring." The energetic swashbuckling story of Geoff and Havana Coffee Works is far from over.

    ISBN: 9780987666772
    Publication date: 01/11/2016
    Price: $50.00
    Author: Marsland, Geoff
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $50.00
  • Collection and Retention of Dna from Suspects in New Zealand
    Collection and Retention of Dna from Suspects in New Zealand
    ISBN: 9781776560516
    Publication date: 01/02/2016
    Price: $40.00
    Author: Lynch, Nessa
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Collins Field Guide to New Zealand Wildlife
    Collins Field Guide to New Zealand Wildlife
    First published in 2000, the COLLINS FIELD GUIDE TO NEW ZEALAND WILDLIFE quickly became a classic of its kind. Familiar to both national and international travellers keen to identify the birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, freshwater fish and invertebrates commonly encountered in this country, its combination of authoritative yet clear and precise textual descriptions and stunning photographs proved an instant winner. Now, more than 10 years on, this classic field guide has been updated and extended to make it even more useful to travellers with an interest in natural history and ecology. Retaining its useful glovebox-friendly format, the significantly expanded text will also include the latest research findings and changes in classification and nomenclature that have occurred in the past 10 years, along with new photographs where appropriate. Including both native and introduced species, each entry succinctly describes both habits and habitats, distribution, classification, breeding patterns, food and recognition tips to assist amateur identification. A wonderful addition to any natural history collection.

    ISBN: 9781869508814
    Publication date: 07/10/2011
    Price: $44.99
    Author: Lindsey, Terence
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $44.99
  • Collins Maori Phrasebook and Dictionary
    Collins Maori Phrasebook and Dictionary
    First published in 1990, and reprinted steadily ever since, the first edition of the Collins Maori phrase book and dictionary was an inaugural Silver Premier New Zealand Bestseller, and has sold over 30,000 copies. The revised edition includes an update of the original book to incorporate modern terms and useage, as well as providing a comprehensive and authoritative range of simple phrases for use in a variety of social and formal occasions. Many New Zealanders have a smattering of Te Reo, but are shy of using it in case they make embarrassing errors or because they are afraid that their limited vocabulary is insufficient. This book is the perfect stepping stone to greater confidence, with a useful pronunciation guide and helpful information about dialectal and regional differences. With an increasing interest in the Maori language, and the advent of Maori television, many more people are learning and speaking Maori, and this book is an ideal resource for those with some knowledge who are looking to gain increased fluency and confidence.

    ISBN: 9781869505738
    Publication date: 10/02/2006
    Price: $27.99
    Author: Turoa, Patricia
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.99
  • Complacent Nation
    Complacent Nation
    New Zealanders are too complacent about the continuing erosion of their right to know what government is doing on their behalf. Political risk has become a primary consideration in whether official information requests will be met, and successive governments have allowed free speech rights to be over-ridden.Drawing on decades of experience as a journalist and editor, Gavin Ellis chronicles the patterns of erosion and calls for entrenchment of the Bill of Rights Act. As supreme law, it would set a high bar that politicians must hurdle before freedom of expression could be curtailed.

    ISBN: 9780947492946
    Publication date: 15/08/2016
    Price: $14.99
    Author: Ellis, Gavin
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $14.99
  • Complete Kiwi Mancave Manual
    Complete Kiwi Mancave Manual
    ISBN: 9781869539528
    Publication date: 10/10/2016
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Hale, Steve
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $39.99
  • Continent on the Move: New Zealand Geoscience Revealed
    Continent on the Move: New Zealand Geoscience Revealed
    This award-winning book explores the dynamic worlds of New Zealand and the submerged realm of Zealandia, their natural geological wonders, bounties and dangers. In acknowledging the achievements of New Zealand's geoscientists, from the founding of the country through to the present day, the book shows how geoscientific research can promise a safer and more comfortable existence for all. Written in a relatively non-technical but scientifically literate style, the book contains more than 700 stunning photographs and images that allow readers of all backgrounds to readily grasp the scientific concepts and issues relating to New Zealand's geological history and resulting landforms. On a different level, the book provides a fascinating insight into the changing landscape on and surrounding the islands of New Zealand through the eyes of geoscientists. Retaining the key ingredients of the first edition and updated throughout with respect to recent scientific advances, this Second Edition contains new articles and references to the devastating 2010-11 Canterbury earthquakes and recent volcanic eruptions.
    As well, there are new sections on the topical subjects of mine safety, fracking, deep-sea exploration and drilling, ocean warming, responding to climate change, designing safer foundations, megathrust earthquakes, frontier minerals, and slow landslides.

    ISBN: 9781877480478
    Publication date: 14/11/2015
    Edition: 2nd
    Price: $64.99
    Author: Graham, Ian J
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $64.99
  • Country Calendar
    Country Calendar
    This year saw Country Calendar turn 50, and this
    book celebrates the milestone by revisiting 15
    families who have appeared on the show during
    the last decade or so – and, in some cases, whose
    properties have featured more than once during
    the 50 years.
    Stories from our rural heartland



    ISBN: 9780947503079
    Price: $59.99
    Author: Philip, Matt / Suisted, Rob
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $59.99
  • Crooked Rib
    Crooked Rib
    A compelling novel based on the true story of Sir George Grey's disastrous and scandalous marriage. Trapped in an increasingly loveless union, Sir George and his wife, Eliza Lucy, each sought affection elsewhere. Lady Grey's indiscretion caused her to be cast off by her husband and vilified throughout colonial and domestic Victorian high society. Her fall from grace was broadcast by The Times of London, eventually reaching even the ears of the Queen and Prince Albert. Meanwhile the nature of Sir George's liaison with his young Maori prot g was to remain only the subject of speculation. Eliza's life is revealed through the perspective of the fictitious English orphan, Fanny Thompson, who offers an intriguing interpretation of Sir George's behaviour. Though Fanny, too, finds herself drawn by the lure of an exotic culture and is forced to question the nature of love and even her own values.

    ISBN: 9781775538264
    Publication date: 29/07/2015
    Price: $38.00
    Author: Corbalis, Judy
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Death Expands Us
    Death Expands Us
    The loss of a loved one leaves an empty space in our lives that can't be filled. Stephanie Harris is a professional grief coach who has experienced profound loss in her own lifetime. She understands firsthand how the death of someone close can leave the living feeling victimized, isolated, trapped, and traumatized. She also knows that tragedy can be a powerful catalyst for positive change. Life will always go on after a death, but the loss of someone we dearly love changes us, profoundly and permanently. Only by taking responsibility for our own lives and embracing this transformation can we hope to find peace and freedom. When we grieve, our pain holds us captive. This essential work can open our eyes to possibilities that will set us free. Death Expands Us offers much more than coping methods and comforting spiritual balms. With insight, honesty, and grace, Harris maps a clear pathway that we can follow through a harsh, unfamiliar landscape of personal grief. She shares common experiences and offers helpful strategies and compassionate guidance that will enable us to emerge even stronger on the other side.
    Stephanie Harris is a growth coach and bodywork therapist who specializes in grief management and recovery. Her career has taken her around the world, from the Maldives to Iceland. Born in South Africa and based in New Zealand, she holds a diploma in somatology from Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Learn more about her writing and research at www.StephanieHarrisCoaching.com.

    ISBN: 9780473388171
    Publication date: 06/04/2017
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Harris, Stephanie
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.99
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