• Life at the Top Tales from Aoraki Mt Cook
    Life at the Top Tales from Aoraki Mt Cook
    Life at the Top: tales from Aoraki-Mt. Cook brings to life the stories of those who lived and worked in the Mt. Cook area and explored the magnificent mountains surrounding it. The themes and issues that dominate the development of Mt. Cook are uncovered in the book. The mountains have great spiritual significance for Maori and the early trailblazers appreciated their grandeur and the challenges they presented. Life at the Top covers stories of the early explorers and their hair-raising adventures as they surveyed, photographed, mapped and climbed in the area. It also captures the stories of the settlers who struggled to eke out an existence in this inhospitable country. Early visitors returned home with tales of an extraordinary alpine wilderness. Transport links were soon developed as tourist numbers increased and the first Hermitage was built to cater for them. Over time, with more people arriving the need for better accommodation and infrastructure increased. Life at the Top describes the building of the three Hermitage hotels and tells the stories of those who worked or stayed there. Fascinating characters fill the book including the Reverend Green, who came all the way from Ireland in a failed attempt to conquer Mt. Cook. Women feature highly; the courageous Freda du Faur who against all odds became the first female to climb Mt. Cook, and Ruth Adams, who was the subject of a renowned rescue which took an exhausting week. The book outlines the dedicated work of the Graham and Wigley families who made a long-lasting contribution to climbing and tourism. Many of the stories told in Life at the Top are gathered from descendants of the pioneers and many of the photographs included are drawn from family archives. These stories, from the past and present, illustrate Mt. Cook's tremendous magnetism which has brought people from all over the world, throughout the history of New Zealand.

    ISBN: 9781927167328
    Publication date: 31/10/2017
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Willoughby, Genevieve
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • Livestock Production in New Zealand
    Livestock Production in New Zealand
    THE LIFESTYLE-BLOCK OWNER AND FARMERS' GO-TOREFERENCE BOOKWhether you run dairy cattle, beef cattle, sheep, deer, goats, pigs or poultry,advice that reflects farming practice in New Zealand is indispensable. Thisbook, written by experts from both Massey University's Institute of Veterinary,Animal and Biomedical Sciences and academics at Lincoln University, is of valueand interest to everyone from students and farmers to those involved in theagribusiness, resource management, nutrition, food technology and ecologysectors. The emphasis is on the grass-fed reality of beef, sheep and deer, withsignificant discussion of the different systems of dairy cow production. Socialissues, animal welfare, food safety, drug residues and environmental cost arealso covered.S
    ALES POINTS* Expert advice from leading animal scientists and veterinarians at Massey andLincoln universities* Easy to follow and jargon-free* Currently no other similar book in the market* A lot of information available on livestock production in New Zealand is onindustry websites or in the scientific literature and much is material fromoutside the country, usually from the USA, and does not reflect farmingpractice in New Zealand. This book addresses that situation.

    ISBN: 9780994136312
    Publication date: 02/02/2017
    Price: $55.00
    Author: Stafford, Kevin
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $55.00
  • Living Among the Northland Maori
    Living Among the Northland Maori
    A French Marist priest, Father Antoine Garin was sent to run the remote Mangakahia mission station on the banks of the Wairoa River. 'Living Among the Northland Maori' is Garin's diary recording his experiences from 1844 to 1846 as he gets to know the Maori in the region.

    The diary provides vivid accounts of contemporary events, as Garin came dangerously close to the action of the Northern War, and wrote of such prominent figures as Hone Heke and Kawiti as they opposed the new colonial authorities. Above all, the diary is an intimate record of life in a Maori community in which Garin describes the close relationships he formed with his new neighbours - from his young followers and local families to the chiefs who offered him protection while he lived among them.

    This is the first full English translation of Garin's surviving Mangakahia journals and letters. Frank, open-minded and often humorous, Garin's diary is a major contribution to the early history of European settlement in Aotearoa and a compelling insight into Maori customs, values and beliefs of the time.

    ISBN: 9781988503028
    Publication date: 01/04/2019
    Price: $89.99
    Author: Tremewan, Peter
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $89.99
  • Lost Boys
    Lost Boys
    In the First World War of 1914-1918, thousands of boys across Australia and New Zealand lied about their age, forged a parent's signature and left to fight on the other side of the world. Though some were as young as thirteen, they soon found they could die as well as any man. Like Peter Pan's lost boys, they have remained forever young. These are their stories.



    This extraordinary book captures the incredible and previously untold stories of forty Anzac boys who fought in the First World War, from Gallipoli to the Armistice. Featuring haunting images of the boys taken at training camps and behind the lines, these tales are both heartbreaking and rousing, full of daring, ingenuity, recklessness, random horror and capricious luck.



    A unique perspective on the First World War, THE LOST BOYS is military history made deeply personal, a powerful homage to youthful bravery and a poignant reminder of the sacrifice of war.

    ISBN: 9781925870503
    Publication date: 29/10/2019
    Price: $45.00
    Author: Byrnes, Paul
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $45.00
  • Lost Pilot
    Lost Pilot
    On 6 April 1945, a Japanese kamikaze pilot breaks cloud at 3,000 feet, near the island of Ishigaki. He plunges his Suisei divebomber into a fatal dive at the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious. On the signals deck, Chief Petty Officer W. T. Holman sees him coming - he has just seconds to live. Intense and accurate fire from the ship blows the plane off course; it crashes into the sea. Its 1,000-pound bomb explodes beside the great ship in the nearest of near-misses. Later in life, Jeffrey Paparoa Holman begins to ask questions: Why did his father live and that pilot die? Who was the pilot and did he have any family who survived him? What was the meaning of such an odds-against moment of war? The answers lead Jeffrey into the heart of a troubled relationship with his father, combat veteran, alcoholic and problem gambler; into his past and his wartime marriage; to the names and faces of the six kamikaze who died that day in 1945; and, in 2011, to miraculous and deeply moving meetings with Japanese brothers of those aircrew, old men who welcome him into their homes like a long-lost family member.
    A unique and beautifully written book - part memoir, part history, part travelogue - The Lost Pilot charts a gripping journey of discovery and reconciliation.

    ISBN: 9780143568766
    Publication date: 22/05/2013
    Price: $40.00
    Author: Holman, Jeffrey Paparoa
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Lyttelton Port and Town an Illustrated History
    Lyttelton Port and Town an Illustrated History
    This is the story of Canterbury's main port and one of its oldest boroughs. Using many previously unpublished images from the collections of the Canterbury and Lyttelton museums, this book weaves the diverse themes of port and town into a narrative, noting key events and explaining patterns of change across 150 years.

    ISBN: 9781877257247
    Price: $34.99
    Author: Rice, Geoffrey
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $34.99
  • Make Her Praises Heard Afar
    Make Her Praises Heard Afar
    The history books tell us that about 550 New Zealand nurses went to World War One while other women stayed home, knitting, fundraising and looking after families and farms while the men were away. But many women went too - as doctors and ambulance drivers, munitions workers and mathematicians, civil servants and servicewomen in British units, and in many other roles. They mainly paid their own fares and worked for very little. Some provided amenities for soldiers and others, and these have often been attributed to the military or men's groups. Make her Praises Heard Afar introduces women whose contribution to the war effort has been overlooked, telling an astonishing story with extraordinary range and depth of research. The title's use of a phrase from the national anthem invites New Zealand women to recognise that they were us - 100 years ago. New Zealand women who have read World War One books by men and about men are ready to appreciate that women were there too. This book will appeal to a wide range of women - particularly those interested in women's history, feminism and World War One. There is much interest from family members of these women and from young women. The book is written for a wide readership in simple, accessible prose. Jane is the author of a New Zealand Book Award winning biography of Ettie Rout, the New Zealand woman most associated in the public mind with World War One. She wrote a second book on Ettie in 2014, focussing on her wartime safe sex campaign, Ettie Rout: New Zealand's safer sex pioneer. She was co-director of the World War One Oral History Archive, and interviewed 85 veterans. She produced In the Shadow of War, with Nicholas Boyack, and in 2013 listened to the whole archive to produce An Awfully Big Adventure, telling the story of the war in the men's words, chronologically. She uses the chronological format for Make Her Praises Heard Afar, telling stories of individuals and groups through the war, using extended quotes when appropriate. There is expected to be wide interest in the book from the media as it upsets the generallyaccepted story and shows that New Zealand women have been left out of the national narrative of the war.

    ISBN: 9780473399658
    Publication date: 11/11/2017
    Price: $59.99
    Author: Tolerton, Jane
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $59.99
  • Making a New Land Environmental Histories of New Zealand
    Making a New Land Environmental Histories of New Zealand
    Making a New Land presents an interdisciplinary perspective on one of the most rapid and extensive transformations in human history: that which followed Maori and then European colonisation of New Zealand's temperate islands. This is a new edition of Environmental Histories of New Zealand, first published in 2002, brimming with new content and fresh insights into the causes and nature of this transformation, and the new landscapes and places that it produced. Unusually among environmental histories, this book provides a comprehensive analysis of change, focusing on international as well as local contexts. Its 19 chapters are organised in five broadly chronological parts: Encounters, Colonising, Wild Places, Modernising, and Contemporary Perspectives. These are framed by an editorial introduction and a reflective epilogue. The book is well illustrated with photographs, maps, cartoons and other graphics.

    ISBN: 9781877578526
    Publication date: 01/10/2013
    Price: $50.00
    Author: Pawson, Eric
    Format: Not Applicable
    Price: $50.00
  • Making History A New Zealand Story
    Making History A New Zealand Story
    `Men no longer whisper Revolution , they shout it; and they no longer carry banners, but throw bricks' - Letter home from Harvard, 1970. Jock Phillips grew up in post-war Christchurch where history meant Ancient Greece and home was England. Over the last 50 years - through the Maori renaissance, the women's movement, the rediscovery of ANZAC and more - Phillips has lived through a revolution in New Zealanders' understanding of their identity. And from A Man's Country to Te Ara, in popular writing, exhibitions, television and the internet, he played a key role in instigating that revolution. Making History tells the story of how Jock Phillips and other New Zealanders discovered this country's past. In this memoir, Phillips turns his deep historical skills on himself. How did the son of Anglophile parents, educated among the sons of Canterbury sheep farmers at Christ's College, work out that the history of this country might have real value? From Harvard, Black Power and sexual politics in America, to challenging male culture in New Zealand in A Man's Country, to engaging with Maori in Te Papa and Te Ara, Phillips revolted against his background and became a pioneering public historian, using new ways to communicate history to a broad audience.

    ISBN: 9781869408992
    Publication date: 20/06/2019
    Price: $45.00
    Author: Phillips, Jock
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • Maori In the First World War
    Maori In the First World War
    This major publication about Maori participation in the First World War is written by NZ's leading Maori military historian Dr Monty Soutar, author of the award-winning Nga Tama Toa C Company, Maori Battalion. A fascinating look at the Pioneer Battalion (the Battalion created for Maori to serve) that will shed light on the reasons why some men signed on to serve, and others staunchly resisted the call to join the imperial conflict. As with Dr Soutar's first book, it combines the story of the war and the role of Maori in it, with the words and thoughts of the men themselves, as well as those back home. Over 300 images, many from family collections and not published before.

    ISBN: 9781869539580
    Publication date: 07/06/2019
    Price: $69.99
    Author: Soutar, Monty
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $69.99
  • Matariki the Star of the Year
    Matariki the Star of the Year
    In mid-winter, Matariki rises in the pre-dawn sky, and its observation is celebrated with incantations on hilltops at dawn, balls, exhibitions, dinners and a vast number of events. The Matariki tradition has been re-established, and its regeneration coincides with a growing interest in Maori astronomy. Still, there remain some unanswered questions about how Matariki was traditionally observed. These include:

    What is Matariki?
    Why did Maori observe Matariki?
    How did Maori traditionally celebrate Matariki?
    When and how should Matariki be celebrated?
    Based on research and interviews with Maori experts, this book seeks answers to these questions and explores what Matariki was in a traditional sense so it can be understood and celebrated in our modern society.



    ISBN: 9781775503255
    Publication date: 01/06/2017
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Matamua, Rangi
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Merchant, Miner, Mandarin: The life and times of the remarkable Choie Sew Hoy: 2020
    Merchant, Miner, Mandarin: The life and times of the remarkable Choie Sew Hoy: 2020
    In 1869, a businessman from China's Guangdong Province first set foot on New Zealand soil at Port Chalmers. It was the beginning of an illustrious career that would change the shape of commerce and industry in Otago and Southland. 'Merchant, Miner, Mandarin' depicts the fascinating life of Choie Sew Hoy - from his early days in China before emigrating to Australia and then New Zealand, to his death in 1901 as one of Dunedin's most prominent entrepreneurs.

    The store Choie Sew Hoy established in Dunedin's Stafford Street was a huge success, while his revolutionary gold-dredging technology improved the fortunes of the gold-mining industry in Otago and Southland. He backed dredging, quartz crushing and hydraulic sluicing ventures in the goldfields of Ophir, Macetown, Skippers, Nokomai and the Shotover. Sharp as a razor, Sew Hoy was a visionary, able to spot opportunities no one else could, whether sending vast amounts of unwanted scrap metal from New Zealand back to China, or joining famous Taranaki businessman Chew Chong's fungus export trade.

    Sew Hoy was also a local character, always elegantly dressed and with legendary success in horse racing. His self-assurance and charm gained him entry to the Chamber of Commerce, the Jockey Club, the Masons and even the Caledonian Society. A benefactor to many social causes, he supported hospitals and benevolent associations to help his fellow Chinese immigrants. When the success of the Chinese in New Zealand aroused hostility, he fought the prevalent racism and unfair government legislation of the day. A man of two worlds, Choie Sew Hoy was a success in both.

    Richly illustrated and deeply researched, 'Merchant, Miner, Mandarin' is both the compelling biography of one of the most distinguished figures of New Zealand business and an intriguing account of late 19th-century society, industry and race relations.

    ISBN: 9781988503097
    Publication date: 30/09/2020
    Price: $49.99
    Author: Agnew, Jenny Sew Hoy
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $49.99
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