Wellington writer Mike Munro’s semi-fictional account of the 1850s emigration adventures of a young Scottish Highlander who quits an impoverished rural croft to seek his fortune on the Victorian goldfi elds, before settling in New Zealand. Road from Rosehall combines real-life with the fl avour of Scottish emigration to Downunder – the anguish, the hopes, the dread and the excitement. Heavily researched with an extensive bibliography, this book would appeal to general readers and to those of a more genealogical bent, seeking to understand the emigration experience in the mid 19th century. Mike Munro, was a senior journalist who became a communications specialist – including a long spell as Helen Clark’s chief press secretary when she was Prime Minister. Helen Clark is actually launching the book on 30 June, during a visit to New Zealand.
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Follow these simple instructions and your puppy should develop into a delightful, obedient and devoted member of your family. He will bring you great companionship and happiness for many years to come. There are many puppy-training books available today, but none so clear and coherent as this one. There is a strong logic to Fiona Baird's method which gives confidence to both owner and puppy. She makes training fun, simple and very straightforward. Fiona Baird has trained countless puppies professionally, and has many devoted clients. She is truly is the Mary Poppins of puppy training.
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Mt John University Observatory is New Zealand's only professional research observatory for optical astronomy. John Hearnshaw, a past director of the observatory, has delved into the observatory archives to write this engaging account of Mt John's fascinating history. Alan Gilmore, the recently retired observatory superintendent, has added to this with his personal recollections, having worked at the observatory for more than 34 years. Fifty years ago, in 1965, Mt John University Observatory was founded at Lake Tekapo in the Mackenzie Basin to take advantage of the favourable conditions for astronomy. Telescopes were installed, and in 1981 a lighting ordinance helped protect the site from light pollution. Astronomical research had been thriving on Mt John for 40 years when astro-tourism started to take off, largely due to the venture company Earth & Sky. Today Mt John is both a research observatory and a mecca for stargazing astro-tourists, who come to see the pristine landscape and the amazing dark night skies. It is one of the most beautiful astronomical observatories in the world, but also a place with an often turbulent history, having been rocked by personality battles, funding shortfalls, student demonstrations and on one occasion, a destructive fire. In spite of all that, its scientific work has been an outstanding success, and Mt John's research work, especially in stellar astronomy, is known and respected around the world. "Mt John - The First 50 Years: A celebration of half a century of optical astronomy at the University of Canterbury" is richly illustrated, with more than 180 figures, many of them outstanding landscape and nightscape photographs taken by the acclaimed Tekapo photographer, Fraser Gunn.
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