• Head of the Harbour
    Head of the Harbour
    ‘The ride along the road from Lyttelton was glorious, the morning was genial and bright, and the fresh sea air seemed to run like electricity through the veins, until one lost the done up feeling that had pervaded the system for the last few days, and felt once more that life was worth the living.’ Those words were written in January 1895, but they still hold true for those who live at or visit the head of Whakaraupo/Lyttelton Harbour – Teddington, Allandale, Ohinetahi, Governors Bay, Sandy Bay.

    The hills here were once covered in bird-filled native bush. Flax and raupo flourished. The sea was a rich source of kai moana for Maori who first arrived on Horomaka/Banks Peninsula in the mid-fifteenth century. Waitaha were followed by Ngati Mamoe, who settled in sheltered Governors Bay. Te Manuwhiri of Ngai Tahu later established himself at the head of the harbour, naming the area Ohinetahi. The Scottish Manson and Gebbie families took up land at Teddington in 1845, remaining the sole European occupants until the arrival of the first Canterbury Association settlers in 1850.

    The head of the harbour was originally the preferred site for the new settlement of Christchurch, but when this was built on the other side of the Port Hills, the area became known instead for its abundant orchards, market gardens and leisure activities – a haven close to, but geographically very separate from, the city on the swamp.

    This immensely readable, impeccably researched and superbly illustrated book tells, for the first time in one place, the stories of the families who settled at the head of the harbour, of the homes they built, of their relationship with the land and sea, their working and recreational lives. It traces the influence of well-known residents such as Thomas Potts, Hugh Heber Cholmondeley and Margaret Mahy. It explores, too, the relationship between the natural and cultural environments and how this has changed.

    The Head of the Harbour is very much a community enterprise. Jane Robertson has interviewed many residents and ex-residents, whose experiences and photographs enrich a book that is not just for those with connections to this special place, but for anyone interested in the history of Canterbury and of New Zealand.


    ISBN: 9780473366711
    Publication date: 01/12/2016
    Price: $79.99
    Author: Robertson, Jane
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $79.99
  • Healing Our History the Challenge of the Treaty of Waitangi
    Healing Our History the Challenge of the Treaty of Waitangi
    The Treaty of Waitangi is the most important document in New Zealand's history. Current Treaty issues and Maori/Pakeha relationships can only be understood within the wider story of New Zealand. As we understand and honour our history, we can acknowledge the need for restoration, healing and right relationships. The public response to previous editions of this bestselling book by Robert Consedine and his daughter Joanna Consedine has been strong and overwhelmingly positive. This 2012 edition updates and expands on the critical issues: the foreshore and seabed debate, Maori access to political power, and the emergence of the Maori Party; the remarkable growth of the Maori economy, self-determination, Maori language and the developments in Maori education; constitutional issues, and the benefits of the Treaty settlement process. New Zealand and all New Zealanders have much to celebrate - and many challenges ahead. Drawing on Robert's unique experience as a leading Treaty educator, the powerful message of this book illustrates how each and every New Zealander across all cultures can discover a new sense of personal and national identity, grounded in an authentic Treaty relationship.

    ISBN: 9780143567691
    Publication date: 28/03/2012
    Edition: 3
    Price: $30.00
    Author: Consedine, Robert
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Hillary's Antarctica
    Hillary's Antarctica
    The first book to fully document and celebrate Sir Edmund Hillary's contribution to Antarctic history. Written by Nigel Watson of the Antarctic Heritage Trust, it is illustrated with Jane Ussher's stunning photographs, plus historic images and never-before-seen ephemera and diary entries.

    Hillary and the New Zealand team were supposed to be a support act to the British Commonwealth Antarctic crossing party. By heading on to the South Pole and reaching it before the crossing party, Hillary exceeded the brief. His actions created tensions, unleashed a media storm and denied the British an historic first overland to the South Pole since Captain Scott. Hillary even had the audacity to achieve the feat with three farm tractors.

    In doing so, Sir Edmund Hillary added another fascinating chapter to the exploration annals of Antarctica and he, and his expedition team, laid the foundations for New Zealand's continuous, and increasingly important, presence in Antarctica.

    ISBN: 9781760633578
    Publication date: 24/10/2018
    Price: $49.99
    Author: Watson, Nigel
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $49.99
  • Historic Sheep Stations Of New Zealand
    Historic Sheep Stations Of New Zealand
    A glorious new edition of Colin Wheeler's seminal books on the historic sheep stations of New Zealand Between 1967 and 1972, Colin Wheeler visited 60 of New Zealand's historic sheep stations across the North and South Islands. Travelling thousands of kilometres with his wife, Phyllis, the pair went to places rarely seen by the outside world. It was a time when sheep farming was the most important agricultural industry in New Zealand, yet these stations remained some of the most isolated communities in the country. Colin spent month after month drawing, painting and writing about what he saw and the people he met: the interiors of old cottages, blacksmith's shops, rabbiting huts, sod-walled school houses, grand homesteads, bailing hooks, sack needles, hand shears, wool wagons, shepherds, musterers and cooks. The Wheelers forded swift and treacherous rivers, hard against the main divide; stood for days in deep snow; sat in heavy frost; encountered sea-mist, heavy dews and fierce nor'westers. Fifty years since the publication of Historic Sheep Stations of the South Island, this new edition features all three of Colin Wheeler's original books. It is a remarkable survey of our heartland and a unique record of New Zealand's back-country life.

    ISBN: 9781775541325
    Publication date: 22/10/2018
    Price: $100.00
    Author: Wheeler, Colin
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $100.00
  • History of New Zealand Women
    History of New Zealand Women
    What would a history of New Zealand look like that rejected Thomas Carlyle’s definition of history as ‘the biography of great men’, and focused instead on the experiences of women? One that shifted the angle of vision and examined the stages of this country’s development from the points of view of wives, daughters, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and aunts? That considered their lives as distinct from (though often unwillingly influenced by) those of history’s ‘great men’?

    In her ground-breaking History of New Zealand Women, Barbara Brookes provides just such a history. This is more than an account of women in New Zealand, from those who arrived on the first waka to the Grammy and Man Booker Prize-winning young women of the current decade. It is a comprehensive history of New Zealand seen through a female lens.

    Brookes argues that while European men erected the political scaffolding to create a small nation, women created the infrastructure necessary for colonial society to succeed. Concepts of home, marriage and family brought by settler women, and integral to the developing state, transformed the lives of Maori women. The small scale of New Zealand society facilitated rapid change so that, by the twenty-first century, women are no longer defined by family contexts.

    In her long-awaited book, Barbara Brookes traces the factors that drove that change. Her lively narrative draws on a wide variety of sources to map the importance in women’s lives not just of legal and economic changes, but of smaller joys, such as the arrival of a piano from England, or the freedom of riding a bicycle.


    ISBN: 9780908321452
    Publication date: 01/02/2016
    Price: $69.99
    Author: Brookes, Barbara
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $69.99
  • Home Front
    Home Front
    The Great War is now typically regarded as senseless and futile, but most New Zealanders at the time considered it to be a war to preserve security and freedoms, to punish an aggressive enemy and to win a better world.
    Yet the war years proved a tumultuous time, and bitterness and animosities ran alongside idealism and sacrifice. Families were broken up as soldiers departed. Civil liberties were curtailed as the government wielded unprecedented powers. Divisive issues, economic volatility and a rising death toll all threatened resolve. Finally, in the last weeks of the war, a devastating influenza pandemic arrived in New Zealand and extracted a deadly toll.
    In The Home Front Steven Loveridge and James Watson offer a compelling account of how a small and developing country confronted the complex questions and brutal realities of a world war.

    ISBN: 9780995100183
    Publication date: 14/11/2019
    Price: $59.99
    Author: Watson, James
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $59.99
  • Into the Darklands and Beyond
    Into the Darklands and Beyond
    Nigel Latta is a forensic psychologist. He spends his working life with the sort of people most of us would prefer to pretend didn't exist. In this new edition of his ground-breaking book, which is the inspiration for the TVNZ series Beyond the Darklands, Nigel takes us inside the minds of some of the most chilling characters to walk our streets. As writer and presenter of Beyond the Darklands, Nigel has updated his book to include new material on significant recent cases since it was last released in 2005. Now a respected media commentator and recognised expert in sexual abuse, sexual crimes and for his work with severely disturbed children and young people, Nigel is a regular columnist with Littlies Magazine and has a parenting slot on National Radio. The television series Beyond The Darklands will be screening post July 2007 and will be marketed and publicised by TVNZ as a major local documentary series, further increasing Nigel's profile.

    ISBN: 9781869506698
    Publication date: 14/09/2007
    Price: $30.99
    Author: Latta, Nigel
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.99
  • James Cook - The Voyages
    James Cook - The Voyages
    This landmark book is published to coincide with a major exhibition marking the 250th anniversary of Cook's first voyage. A stunningly illustrated, object-centred history, this book offers a once in a generation opportunity to discover the uniquely rich Captain Cook collection of the British Library. The authors explore a series of themes including the navigation and charting of the Pacific; first encounters between Western and indigenous cultures; the representation of the voyages in art; and scientific discovery and the natural world. Themes of cultural encounter and scientific discovery are interwoven with the personal stories of the key protagonists, including James Cook and Joseph Banks. The illustrations include drawings by all the artists employed on the voyage, as well as the only surviving paintings by Tupaia, a Polynesian high priest who joined Cook's ship at Tahiti and sailed to New Zealand and Australia

    ISBN: 9781869539870
    Publication date: 08/06/2018
    Price: $49.99
    Author: Frame, William
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $49.99
  • Ka Whawhai Tonu Matou Struggle Without End
    Ka Whawhai Tonu Matou Struggle Without End
    A revised edition of the best-selling book containing two new chapters covering the last decade and a half. 'The struggle without end continues...' This is a revised edition of Dr Ranginui Walker's best-selling history of Aotearoa, New Zealand, from a Maori perspective. Since the mid-nineteenth century, Maori have been involved in an endless struggle for justice, equality and self-determination. In this book Dr Walker provides a uniquely Maori view, not only of the events of the past two centuries but beyond to the very origins of Maori people. In this updated edition Dr Walker has added new chapters covering the years of 1990, the flowering of the Maori culture and the growth of Maori political and economic power. Recent issues such as the foreshore and seabed legislation, the hikoi and Don Brash's Orewa speech are discussed.

    ISBN: 9780143019459
    Edition: RE
    Price: $45.00
    Author: Walker, Ranginui
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • Kauri Witness to a Nation's history
    Kauri Witness to a Nation's history
    New Zealand's conifer, the kauri, once dominated the northern landscape. This remarkable tree which grows up to 50m with trunk diameters of over 5m can live for over 1000 years, so it has played a part in the lives of all inhabitants, celebrated in Maori Myth and integral to early colonial history.
    Over the centuries, kauri's high-quality timber has yielded war canoes, ships' spars, furniture and houses. Today though, the kauri forests are a shadow of their former selves facing a new threat with kauri dieback and providing challenges for conservationists, botanists and scientists working to protect this unique trees' future.
    Scientist and historian Joanna Orwin has shown in a lively and richly informative style, how the remarkable story of the Kauri is also the story of New Zealand. Joanna was born in Nelson and educated at Canterbury University, where she studied Botany, Geography and Maori Language and Culture. She is a prize-winning author of historical and adventure novels for children and young adults, all with a strong sense of landscape.

    ISBN: 9781869665296
    Publication date: 19/09/2019
    Price: $45.00
    Author: Orwin, Joanna
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $45.00
  • Ko Taranaki Te Maunga
    Ko Taranaki Te Maunga
    Parihaka was a place and an event that could be lost and found, over and over. It moved into view, then disappeared, just like the mountain.

    In 1881, over 1,500 colonial troops invaded the village of Parihaka near the Taranaki coast. Many people were expelled, buildings destroyed, and chiefs Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu Kakahi were jailed.

    In this BWB Text, Rachel Buchanan tells her own, deeply personal story of Parihaka. Beginning with the death of her father, a man with affiliations to many of Taranaki’s eight iwi, she describes her connection to Taranaki, the land and mountain; and the impact of confiscation. Buchanan discusses the apologies and settlements that have taken place since te pahuatanga, the invasion of Parihaka.

    ISBN: 9781988545288
    Publication date: 03/09/2018
    Price: $14.99
    Author: Buchanan, Rachel
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $14.99
  • Le Quesnoy 1918
    Le Quesnoy 1918
    The New Zealand Division's capture of the French town of Le Quesnoy was its last and most successful action in the First World War. Breaking through defensive lines and scaling the town walls by ladder, the New Zealanders overwhelmed the defenders, freeing the town after years of German occupation.
    It was a victory that resounded around the world, and helped convince German high command they could no longer hold the front. Based on his intimate knowledge of the landscape and those involved, Dr Christopher Pugsley puts together the story with his mastery of drama and detail - producing a book that is thrilling at the same time as a tribute to the New Zealanders who died (and whose details are fully recorded here for the first time).
    Strikingly illustrated with maps, photographs and the stunning paintings of the battle by George Butler, Le Quesnoy 1918 will be an inspiring read for this summer and many seasons beyond.

    ISBN: 9780947506490
    Publication date: 25/10/2018
    Price: $45.00
    Author: Pugsley, Christopher
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
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