Few people could know the South Island better than Mike Crean and David Hallett. And if David's photographs tell a thousand words, Mike's writing paints a thousand pictures. The two former Press journalists have combined their talents to produce this unique collection of people, places, anecdotes and folk lore from the "back roads" of New Zealand's mainland. Mike brings to the task his experience of 10 years writing the weekly Heartland column in Saturday editions of The Press newspaper, from 2005 to 2015. During this time he travelled the length and breadth of the South Island many times, preferring to get off the highways and find the "grass roots" characters to chat to. David applies his well-honed camera art to capture the distinctive character of the South. It is a level of art that has brought him wide-spread renown as a photographer of landscapes, natural science, people and structures. He drove his trusty Landrover over all sorts of terrains to find the images for this book. Tales From the Back Roads delves into many of the little places and the happenings there that enthused Press readers. The stories are newly told, with an expanded cast of characters. The book is arranged in themes that demonstrate the substance of the South Island's identity, from a steel smelter at Onekaka in Golden Bay to a shipwreck on the Catlins coast in South Otago; from a train crash at Marlborough's Blind River to a plane crash at South Westland's Hari Hari. The essence of Heartland columns is maintained in Tales From the Back Roads. This is not an academic history. It will speak to all who turn its pages. As well as taking his own photographs, David has collected historic images from various sources, including some not previously published. Put together, his compilation of pictures adds a vivid visual dimension to the tales that are told. These are tales of the South Island. More than that, they ARE the South Island.
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Although comparatively small in number, the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in World War I (1914-1918) earned an elite reputation on the Western Front, and the New Zealanders' war effort was a defining moment in their national history and sense of identity. The statistics are astonishing: of the total population of New Zealand of 1 million, no fewer than 100,000 men enlisted - that is one in every five men in the country, and of those, 18,000 men were killed and 58,000 wounded. In other words, 15 per cent of the male population of New Zealand became casualties. The NZEF was first committed at Gallipoli in 1915, NZ cavalry regiments helped defend Egypt and fought in Palestine with Allenby's famous Desert Mounted Corps; on the Western Front the Kiwis were called the 'Silent Division' for their fieldcraft and their uncomplaining professionalism. This book is both a tribute and a history of the crucial contribution made by a small nation.
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Legendary breakfasts to fuel days on the mountain; inventive, zesty salads and indulgent and luxurious cakes – these are all hallmarks of Aviemore's Mountain Cafe. Owner-chef Kirsten Gilmour draws on her Kiwi roots to turn out contemporary dishes with an antipodean love of fresh and bold favours, and in her debut cookbook she shares her secrets and inspirations with you. The Mountain Cafe Cookbook is packed full of Kirsten's irresistible recipes for the best-loved dishes and drinks at her Highland restaurant, alongside others drawn from her grandparents and infuenced by her travels around the world. This is not diffcult, fancy restaurant cooking, but gutsy, fresh, hearty food that will taste just as good from your kitchen as from hers. With vibrant photography by Paul Masson, The Mountain Cafe Cookbook has over 130 recipes including everything from Smoked Fish Chowder, Cider Sage Barbecue Chicken, Sloe Gin & Bramble Salmon Salad and Butternut Chilli & Coconut Fritters to Chocolate & Coconut Brioche, Cardamom Oranges, Badass Brownies and Passionfruit Melting Moments. All delicious and bursting with favour. “A great big hug of a book, full of exciting favours and reliable recipes.” Sue Lawrence “Kirsten has been serving her Kiwi inspired food for many years and here she shares her secrets for those delicious breakfasts, meals, cakes and drinks. As a fellow NZ’er I’m proud of her achievements!” Peter Gordon
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