New Zealand (400)

Waiorongomai: The Land and the People

ISBN: 9780958298896

Author: Linda Thornton    Publisher: Fraser Books

A very few pioneer New Zealand families have lived and farmed their land for six, even seven generations. These New Zealanders and their stories, shaped by the ...


A very few pioneer New Zealand families have lived and farmed their land for six, even seven generations. These New Zealanders and their stories, shaped by the land itself, are an important part of the history of Aotearoa. This is the story of one such family whose forebears, Charles and Elizabeth Matthews, arrived in 1842 on the sailing ship London. They settled first in Wellington but, drawn by the pull of the land, moved to Wairarapa and purchased the first acres their descendants still farm today. Seven generations have lived on Waiorongomai. Diaries written by Alfred Matthews, the memoirs of his grandson, Jack, and tape recorded conversations with more recent members of the family, all play a part in this history. It is the story of a family devoted to its farming, the development of one of the country's leading Romney sheep studs and the passing on of a love of the land from one generation to the next. It is also dedicated to all the men and families who have worked on Waiorongomai over the last 160 years.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 382


$45.00
New Zealand Land of Scenic Splendour

ISBN: 9781877303524

Author: Peter Morath    Publisher: The Caxton Press

Aotearoa New Zealand is a land of scenic splendour, and tis book captures so many of those scenic highlights. It shows a land with a huge variety of landscapes ...


Aotearoa New Zealand is a land of scenic splendour, and tis book captures so many of those scenic highlights. It shows a land with a huge variety of landscapes - from golden sand beaches and red pohutukawa flowers to snow covered mountains. This book is a photographic celebration of New Zealand's scenery.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 168


Dimensions: 288 x 247 mm


Publication Date: 01-11-2015


$45.00 $29.99
Ka Ngaro Te Reo

ISBN: 9781927322413

Author: Paul Moon    Publisher: Otago University Press

Ka ngaro te reo, ka ngaro taua, pera i te ngaro o te moa. If the language be lost, man will be lost, as dead as the moa. In 1800, te reo Māori was the only lan...


Ka ngaro te reo, ka ngaro taua, pera i te ngaro o te moa. If the language be lost, man will be lost, as dead as the moa. In 1800, te reo Māori was the only language spoken in New Zealand. By 1899, it was on the verge of disappearing altogether. In Ka Ngaro Te Reo, Paul Moon traces the spiralling decline of the language during an era of prolonged colonisation that saw political, economic, cultural and linguistic power shifting steadily into the hands of the European core. In this revelatory and hard-hitting account, Moon draws on a vast range of published and archival material, as well as oral histories and contemporary Māori accounts, to chart the tortuous journey of a language under siege in a relentless European campaign to ‘save and civilize the remnant of the Maori Race’. He also chronicles the growing commitment among many Māori towards the end of the nineteenth century to ensure that the language would survive.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 280


Dimensions: 150 x 230 mm


Publication Date: 15-04-2016


$39.95
Women of the Catlins

ISBN: 9781877578977

Authors: Diana Noonan, Cris Antona    Publisher: Otago University Press

A haunting, off-the-beaten-track destination, the little-known Catlins region of New Zealand is as mysterious today as it ever was. In this first in-depth look ...


A haunting, off-the-beaten-track destination, the little-known Catlins region of New Zealand is as mysterious today as it ever was. In this first in-depth look at the lives of its inhabitants, award-winning writer Diana Noonan and photographer Cris Antona collaborate to capture the thoughts and feelings of 26 women from this remote outpost. As the subjects speak for themselves on topics as diverse as family, work, isolation and their relationship with the environment, there is, at last, an opportunity for readers to enter into the heart of this rugged, unknown landscape where few venture and only the strongest make it home.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 192


Dimensions: 250 x 230 mm


Publication Date: 15-04-2016


Tags: Biography   New Zealand
$49.95
Rushing For Gold

ISBN: 9781877578540

Authors: Lloyd Carpenter, Lyndon Fraser    Publisher: Otago University Press

Rushing for Gold is the first book to take a trans-Tasman look at the nineteenth-century phenomenon that was the gold rushes in Australia and New Zealand. It ex...


Rushing for Gold is the first book to take a trans-Tasman look at the nineteenth-century phenomenon that was the gold rushes in Australia and New Zealand. It explores links between the rushes, particularly those in Victoria and Otago, to show that they were strongly intertwined affairs. The book brings together contributions from both experienced and newly emergent researchers, who together provide a close examination of miners’ migration patterns, ethnicities and merchant networks. The contributors’ insightful analyses and narrative accounts of the places, commerce and heritage of the rushes reveal a pantheon of characters, from merchants, hoteliers, financiers and policemen to vagrants, sly-groggers and entertainers, not to mention women, all of whom prompted and populate the mythology of the era, which this book does much to unravel and rewrite.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 344


Dimensions: 150 x 230 mm


Publication Date: 18-03-2016


Tags: History   New Zealand
$45.00
Pushing Boundaries

ISBN: 9781927322178

Author: Hugh Morrison    Publisher: Otago University Press

We know a lot about the early missionaries who came to New Zealand from 1814 and how Christianity developed through their complex interactions with Māori. Less...


We know a lot about the early missionaries who came to New Zealand from 1814 and how Christianity developed through their complex interactions with Māori. Less well known are the ways in which settler churches of Aotearoa New Zealand reached out to engage in missionary activity in other parts of the world. Pushing Boundaries is the first book-length attempt to tell the story of the evolution of overseas missionary activity by New Zealand’s Protestant churches from the early nineteenth century up to World War II. In this thought-provoking book, Hugh Morrison outlines how and why missions became important to colonial churches – the theological and social reasons churches supported missions, how their ideas were shaped, and what motivated individual New Zealanders to leave these shores to devote their lives elsewhere. Secondly, he connects this local story to some larger historical themes – of gender, culture, empire, childhood and education. This book argues that understanding the overseas missionary activity of Protestant churches and groups can contribute to a more general understanding of how New Zealand has developed as a society and nation.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 340


Dimensions: 150 x 230 mm


Publication Date: 19-02-2016


$45.00
The Prison Diary of A.C. Barrington

ISBN: 9781927322314

Author: John Pratt    Publisher: Otago University Press

A.C. (Archie) Barrington was a leading New Zealand pacifist during World War 2. Incarcerated in Mount Crawford Prison for his beliefs in 1941, he kept an illici...


A.C. (Archie) Barrington was a leading New Zealand pacifist during World War 2. Incarcerated in Mount Crawford Prison for his beliefs in 1941, he kept an illicit diary, scrawled in the margins of books. Many years later his son John happened across the diary and painstakingly reconstructed it. Such documents are exceptionally rare – until recent times prisoners were not allowed to keep any record of their experiences and many were illiterate anyway. Barrington vividly and compellingly recorded the squalid, rundown conditions, monotonous and exhausting labour, the intense cold from which there was little protection, and the strategies he and his fellow pacifists adopted to enable them to cope with prison life. John Pratt has edited the diary and provides a fascinating commentary on the issues it raises in relation to prison life then and now. He also addresses a fundamental question – what were Barrington and his like doing in prison, when similar expressions of dissent would almost certainly have been ignored in Australia or Britain? Why was New Zealand, with its ‘fair go’, egalitarian reputation, so intolerant and punitive? Pratt chronicles a history of intolerance, suspicion and deep-seated antipathies that may go some way towards explaining the current penal saturation in this ‘friendly’ land.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 280


Dimensions: 150 x 230 mm


Publication Date: 19-02-2016


Tags: Biography   New Zealand   History
$39.95
More Than Just A Place Of Work

ISBN: 9780908573912

Author: Ian Dougherty    Publisher: New Zealand Railway & Locomotive Society

A history of Dunedin's Hillside Railway Workshops This well-researched book covers both the engineering history to interest railway enthusiasts, and a political...


A history of Dunedin's Hillside Railway Workshops This well-researched book covers both the engineering history to interest railway enthusiasts, and a political, economic and social history that will appeal to a wider readership. Beginning in the 1870s until its closure in 2012, the Dunedin Hillside Railway Workshops' personnel, buildings, and jobs undertaken have all been captured in print along with a large number of colour and black and white photographs.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 240


Dimensions: 212 x 300 mm


Publication Date: 02-11-2015


$65.00
Landfall 230

ISBN: 9781877578915

Publisher: Otago University Press

Landfall is a place, a mythic place, a piece of valuable cultural estate, consistently representing over time the robust heritage of Aotearoa New Zealand arts a...


Landfall is a place, a mythic place, a piece of valuable cultural estate, consistently representing over time the robust heritage of Aotearoa New Zealand arts and letters. Landfall 230 maintains the momentum, keeps the flag flying, and acts as a compass to home ground. The cover signals a turn in geopolitics and Maroi land rights revisited, with Emily Karaka's colourful landscape painting of Tamaki Makaurau-Auckland as disputed territory, while inside, Landfall 230 proves to be a strongly multicultural issue, reflecting the diversity and energy of contemporary New Zealand writing, with contributions by, among others, writers of Mexican, Samoan, Rotuman, Chinese, Irish and Indian backgrounds.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 208


Dimensions: 165 x 215 mm


Publication Date: 30-11-2015


$30.00
Olivia Spencer Bower

ISBN: 9781927145074

Author: Julie King    Publisher: Canterbury University Press

"I paint for myself. That's the only way. For when you paint to please it's not the honest thing and inhibits the chances of discovery, because there's no point...


"I paint for myself. That's the only way. For when you paint to please it's not the honest thing and inhibits the chances of discovery, because there's no point in writing or painting unless you make your own discoveries." Olivia Spencer Bower wrote those words near the end of an almost six-decade career as one of New Zealand's finest and best-loved artists. Born in England, she initially came to New Zealand reluctantly but learned to call this country home and to cherish its landscape, particularly in the South Island. She was a superb watercolourist, but worked in a wide variety of media and was always keen to experiment and remained open to new ideas. Outwardly sociable, hospitable and colourful, the friend of artists from Rita Angus to Colin McCahon, she remained a private, thoughtful person. Her conviction that artists should have the freedom and opportunity to make their own discoveries led to the establishment of her art award, an ongoing legacy to subsequent generations in New Zealand. In this, the first book to consider Olivia Spencer Bower's life and work, art historian Julie King offers, through a lively and impeccably researched text and a selection of watercolours, paintings, drawings, prints and illustrations, a superb evocation of one of the most engaging and vital artists this country has produced.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 208


Dimensions: 240 x 265 mm


Publication Date: 01-12-2015


$49.99
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