• 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
  • A Strange Beautiful Excitement: Katherine Mansfields Wellington 1888-1903
    A Strange Beautiful Excitement: Katherine Mansfields Wellington 1888-1903
    ISBN: 9780947522544
    Price: $39.95
    Author: Yska, Redmer
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $39.95
  • Acknowledge No Frontier: The Creation and Demise of NZ's Provinces 1853-76
    Acknowledge No Frontier: The Creation and Demise of NZ's Provinces 1853-76
    While other British settler societies -- Australia, Canada, the US and South Africa -- have states or provinces, New Zealand is a unitary state. Yet New Zealanders today hold firm provincial identities, dating from the time when the young colony was divided into provinces: 1853 to 1876. Why were the provinces created? How did settlers shape and change their institutions? And why, just over 20 years later, did New Zealand abolish its provincial governments? Acknowledge No Frontier, by Andre Brett, is a lively and insightful investigation into a crucial and formative part of New Zealands history. It examines the flaws within the system and how these allowed the central government to use public works -- especially railways -- to gain popular support for abolition of the provinces. The provincial period has an enduring legacy. This is the surprising and counterintuitive story of how vociferous parochialism and self-interest brought New Zealanders together.

    ISBN: 9781927322369
    Publication date: 16/06/2016
    Price: $45.00
    Author: Brett, Andre
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • Acts of Valour the History of the Victoria Cross and New Zealand
    Acts of Valour the History of the Victoria Cross and New Zealand
    Profiles in courage - the definitive history of the Victoria Cross and New Zealand, fully updated in this new edition. For 150 years the highest Commonwealth military decoration for gallantry has been the Victoria Cross. These are the extraordinary stories of the New Zealand VCs. Since its instigation in 1856 more than 40 Victoria Crosses have been awarded to men whose courage in the face of the enemy was recognised by their comrades. Acts of Valour tells the story of each one, from the New Zealand Wars to the Second World War and the modern battlefields of Afghanistan in the 21st century. Many more were nominated for a VC than ever received it, with some of those famously declined - Malone of Chunuk Bair, Manahi, Perkins and Stott - igniting controversy that continues today. The events, politics and philosophies of this exclusive award are examined by two leading military historians - each story powerful and unique, with compelling accounts of the battles that made our nation and forged our history.
    Informative, exciting and provocative, Acts of Valour presents a detailed insight into our military history - and the heroes who walked amongst us, right up to Corporal Willie Apiata, the most recent recipient of the VC, in 2007. Fully revised and updated for the pivotal centennial anniversaries of WWI.

    ISBN: 9781775540502
    Publication date: 01/08/2016
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Harper, Glyn
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • After the Treaty: The Settler State, Race Relations & the Exercise of Power in Colonial New Zealand
    After the Treaty: The Settler State, Race Relations & the Exercise of Power in Colonial New Zealand
    The essays in After the Treaty explore themes ranging from contem-porary interpretation of the Treaty of Waitangi and subsequent interactions between settlerdom and Maori, through the troubled aftermath of the armed conflicts of the 1840s and 1860s (such as the Crown's imperative to place settlers on Maori land), to surveillance of citizens by the settler state and the origins of New Zealand diplomacy. Conceived as a tribute to Ian McLean Wards (1920-2003), who for some six decades - as researcher and writer, civil servant and cultural activist - contributed significantly and unstintingly to promoting greater public awareness of New Zealand's history in all its facets, the authors include both former colleagues and younger scholars exploring themes in which Wards had a particular interest. Whether reflecting upon relevant earlier research and writing (including Wards' own), or tackling their subjects primarily through the lens of more recent historical investigation or analysis, together these essays provide new insights into vital issues in nineteenth-century New Zealand colonial history.
    An important collection of essays which adds significantly to New Zealand historiography, and a worthy memorial to Ian Wards' pioneering book Shadow of the Land. - Professor Richard Boast qc, Victoria University of Wellington This collection of timely, challenging and erudite essays is a fitting tribute to the late Ian Wards ...that staunch yet stylish defender of state-sponsored history would be delighted by the perception and deep scholarship revealed in every chapter. - Professor Tom Brooking, University of Otago ...an incisive and highly readable examination of issues relating to why New Zealand history and its study is important, and a worthy tribute to a trail-blazing historian. - Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Christopher Pugsley onzm, DPhil, FRHistS

    ISBN: 9780947493158
    Publication date: 28/10/2016
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Patterson, Brad
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • After the War The RSA in New Zealand
    After the War The RSA in New Zealand
    "The story of an iconic institution - the RSA - from its beginnings during the First World War through to the twenty-first century. A highly illustrated look at a threatened icon of New Zealand culture - the RSA. The book will appeal to general readers interested in this readily identifiable but little-understood organisation. It tells of the trials and tribulations of returning soldiers wanting an organisation to represent them, and to make sure they received a fair deal as they settled back into domestic life after serving their country. The story is told not only in text but also through use of photographs and ephemera."

    ISBN: 9780143574057
    Publication date: 03/10/2016
    Price: $45.00
    Author: Stephen, Clarke
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • Annies War a New Zealand Woman and Her Family in England 1916-19 the Diaries of Annie Montgomerie
    Annies War a New Zealand Woman and Her Family in England 1916-19 the Diaries of Annie Montgomerie
    Annie's War is a remarkable book. There have been many published collections of soldiers' diaries and letters from the First World War, but never a first-hand account of one New Zealand family's life in England during these challenging and frightening years. When her sons, Oswald and Seton, decided they wanted to serve as pilots, which meant enlisting in Britain, Annie Montgomerie decreed that the whole family would go too. So from 1916 to 1919 they lived in London, facing Zeppelin attacks, giving hospitality to young New Zealand friends who left to fight (and sometimes never came back), watching Oswald and Seton go off to war, and suffering in the influenza epidemic. Through all this Annie kept a diary, in which she recorded her deep love and concern for her family, her hatred of the war, her forthright, amusing and proudly Kiwi views on the English and myriad fascinating details about wartime London life. Annie's granddaughter, Susanna Montgomerie Norris, has transcribed and edited this extraordinary account, along with many letters and diary excerpts from her pilot father, Seton.
    Richly illustrated with contemporary photographs and other memorabilia, Annie's War offers a unique and compelling view of a crucial time in world history.

    ISBN: 9781877578755
    Publication date: 01/11/2014
    Price: $45.00
    Author: Norris, Susanna Montgomerie
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • ANZAC Girls The Extraordinary Story of Our World War I Nurses
    ANZAC Girls The Extraordinary Story of Our World War I Nurses
    By the end of the Great War, forty-five Australian and New Zealand nurses had died on overseas service and over two hundred had been decorated. These were the women who left for war looking for adventure and romance but were soon confronted with challenges for which their civilian lives could never have prepared them. Their strength and dignity were remarkable...Using diaries and letters, Peter Rees takes us into the hospital camps and the wards, and the tent surgeries on the edge of some of the most horrific battlefronts of human history. But he also allows the friendships and loves of these courageous and compassionate women to shine through and enrich our experience...Profoundly moving, Anzac Girls is a story of extraordinary courage and humanity shown by a group of women whose contribution to the Anzac legend has barely been recognised in our history. Peter Rees has changed that understanding forever.

    ISBN: 9781760293291
    Publication date: 01/04/2016
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Rees, Peter
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.99
  • Anzacs: An Inside View of New Zealanders at Gallipoli
    Anzacs: An Inside View of New Zealanders at Gallipoli
    The Gallipoli campaign was one of New Zealand's darkest and most dramatic, one that resulted in a devastating loss of life and cultivated a lasting legacy of sacrifice and nationhood. This carefully chosen selection from the Auckland War Memorial Museum's extensive catalogue, with many images never published before, sheds new light on New Zealand's Anzac story. Through soldiers' amateur photography - candid, unassuming, revealing and, at times, haunting - The Anzacs charts life for those who served in Gallipoli: from leaving New Zealand and encountering an unexpected landscape to the realities of combat and dealing with death and loss. It is a book that casts an unstinting eye on the history - and the men who lived it - presenting events as they unfolded through the photographic lens. The Anzacs is a poignant, true-life account of Gallipoli, captured by those who experienced the war and not merely observed it.

    ISBN: 9780143572336
    Publication date: 25/03/2015
    Price: $45.00
    Author: Auckland War Memorial Museum
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • April 25 1915: The Most Glorious Day of My Life
    April 25 1915: The Most Glorious Day of My Life
    On April 25, 1915, in the famous Battle of the Landing at what became known as Anzac Cove, Lieutenant Spencer Westmacott of the Auckland Infantry Battalion was seriously wounded. However, he survived and went on to write an account of the day which has been called one of the best and truest testimonies of personal experience in battle ever written. This is his story.

    ISBN: 9780473300333
    Publication date: 01/12/2014
    Price: $32.99
    Author: Westmacott, Lieutenant Spencer
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.99
  • Armistice Day
    Armistice Day
    ISBN: 9781869664411
    Publication date: 01/02/2016
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Werry, Phillippa
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.99
  • Art Deco New Zealand
    Art Deco New Zealand
    For the first time a book that looks at New Zealands Art Deco heritage and its impact, not just in the world famous cities like Napier and Hastings, but in towns and cities throughout the country. Extensive research and consultation with councils and museums has identified where New Zealand art deco buildings can be found, from high street to private dwelling.


    With many examples of New Zealands art deco buildings obscured, dilapidated, or even lost, the stunning detailed illustrations of Rosie and Terry at Contour Creative bring to life a compelling and evocative vision of the past. Here the style and mood of both beautiful and functional buildings, along with the cars and fashion styles of the period give an appreciation of the range and extent of New Zealands art deco heritage.


    This is a fascinating glimpse of a significant part of New Zealands history - that can be discovered while travelling through the towns and cities of the North and South Islands.

    ISBN: 9781869664558
    Publication date: 01/11/2016
    Price: $40.00
    Author: Moyle, Terry
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $40.00
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