• 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Auckland Then and Now
    Auckland Then and Now
    Auckland Then and Now tells the history of the city through a unique combination of vintage photos paired with their modern-day equivalent.

    After the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in February 1840 the new Governor of New Zealand, William Hobson, chose the site of Auckland as his new capital and named it after George Eden, Earl of Auckland, who was then Viceroy of India. He also named the hill with the best view of the harbour, Maungawhau, Mount Eden.

    Since that time, the city has thrived, driven by a variety of businesses including a gold rush. Auckland Then and Now pairs up vintage streetscenes from the Victorian era through to the 1950s, to show how the city has changed in over 150 years of development.


    Sites include: The Ferry Building, Viaduct Basin, Queen Street, Victoria Street, the Town Hall, Karangahape Road, Albert Park, War Memorial, Newmarket, Mount Eden, One Tree Hill, Mission Bay, St. Heliers, Harbour Bridge, Devonport and Takapuna Beach.

    ISBN: 9781910904794
    Publication date: 01/11/2016
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Haworth, Diane
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $29.99
  • Beach Life
    Beach Life
    A fascinating account of how the beach has influenced New Zealand lifestyle, culture and identity. Experiencing beach life is simply part of being a New Zealander. It has helped shape our annual summer holiday, the games we play, the clothes we wear and the houses we build. It has also played an important role in the development of Kiwi identity. In this compelling and generously illustrated exploration of beach life over the last 90 years, writer, historian and style commentator Douglas Lloyd Jenkins examines how attitudes towards the beach have evolved and how the beach - a hot bed of hedonistic pleasures as well as a magnet for holidaying families - has in turn brought about important social change. Open to all, yet increasingly fringed with expensive property accessible only to the rich, the New Zealand beach has always been a place of extremes In Beach Life, Lloyd Jenkins provides a colourful account of the pioneering trends and pivotal influences that have shaped Kiwis enduring attraction to the beach and the lasting impact the beach has had on every aspect of New Zealand society.

    ISBN: 9780143770022
    Publication date: 28/10/2016
    Price: $60.00
    Author: Jenkins, Douglas Lloyd
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $60.00
  • Big Smoke New Zealand Cities 1840-1920
    Big Smoke New Zealand Cities 1840-1920
    The pursuit of city life is one of the most important untold stories of New Zealand. The Big Smoke is the first comprehensive history to tell this story, presenting a dynamic and highly illustrated account of city life from 1840 to 1920.It explores such questions as: what did cities look like and how did they change; why were women especially drawn to live in cities; in what ways did Maori experience and shape cities; how far was the street a living room and stage for city life; and why did New Zealand so quickly became a nation of townspeople?At a time of national debate over housing and the growth of our cities, Ben Schrader's superb new history reveals how our urban origins have shaped the people we are today.

    ISBN: 9780947492434
    Publication date: 01/10/2016
    Price: $59.99
    Author: Schrader, Ben
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $59.99
  • Broken Decade Prosperity, Depression and Recovery in New Zealand, 1928-39
    Broken Decade Prosperity, Depression and Recovery in New Zealand, 1928-39
    The Depression of the 1930s was a defining period in New Zealand history. It had its own vocabulary swaggers and sugarbags, relief work and sustenance, the Queen Street riots and special constables that was all too familiar to those who lived through that tumultuous decade. But one generations reality is anothers history. The desperate struggles experienced by many for work, food and shelter during the 1930s eventually gave way to the sunny postwar years, when the Depression was no more than an uncomfortable memory. And now, for the children of the twenty-first century, its just a word. While the lives of those most affected by the Depression have been admirably documented in oral histories in various forms, the political and economic context, and the manoeuvrings and responses to the unprecedented conditions have not, until now, been given the extensive analysis they deserve. The Broken Decade, Malcolm McKinnons detailed and absorbing history of this period, unpicks the Depression year by year.
    It begins by introducing the prosperous world of New Zealand in the late 1920s before focusing on the sudden onset of the Depression in 193031, the catastrophic months that followed and, finally, on the attempt to find a way back to that pre-Depression prosperity. Informed by exhaustive research, relevant statistics and fascinating personal accounts, and made accessible and meaningful by insightful analysis, this important book will become New Zealands definitive study of the 1930s Depression.

    ISBN: 9781927322260
    Publication date: 15/09/2016
    Price: $49.99
    Author: McKinnon, Malcolm
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $49.99
  • Christchurch Changing an Illustrated History
    Christchurch Changing an Illustrated History
    This lively survey tells the story of a major New Zealand city, the capital of Canterbury province and the South Island's largest metropolitan centre. Why was the city established in the middle of a swamp? What was it like to live in Christchurch in the 1850s, the 1870s or the 1940s? What has changed, what has disappeared, and what has survived from the past? Who were the people who made Christchurch what it is today? What makes Christchurch distinctive among New Zealand's cities? These and many other questions are answered in this highly readable account. Updated with a new final chapter covering the decade to 2008.

    ISBN: 9780908812530
    Publication date: 24/11/2007
    Edition: 2
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Rice, Geoffrey
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • 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
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