Otago University Press (154)

Surrender

ISBN: 9781988531106

Author: Janet Charman    Publisher: Otago University Press

what did you eat willful Chang’e? – fly to the moon where no one hears you rabbiting on you won’t silence me by chopping the tree its white leaves and a n...


what did you eat willful Chang’e? – fly to the moon where no one hears you rabbiting on you won’t silence me by chopping the tree its white leaves and a night-dipped pen the fuel of my longevity As one of eight writers, poet Janet Charman was invited in 2009 to take part in a hectic, immersive literary residency in Hong Kong. Written out of this time of stimulating buzz, 仁 surrender chronicles the tensions, translations and literary crushes that ensue, with ever-present comedy. From this intense hothouse and these privileged constraints flow narrative poems that capture the creative and cultural dislocation of travel, with its petty irritants and constant surprises. Charman’s verse has always been distinguished by a combination of astute observation, compassion, pluck, vulnerability and willingness to poke fun at herself. – Iain Sharp In her laconic and original style, Janet Charman writes a body of work which sees [her] exploiting the motif of journeying to investigate the colonised land, past and present. – Siobhan Harvey


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Pages: 118


Dimensions: 150 x 230 mm


Publication Date: 01-11-2017


$27.50
Whisper of a Crows Wing

ISBN: 9781988531229

Author: Majella Cullinane    Publisher: Otago University Press

Published simultaneously in Ireland by Salmon Poetry, Majella Cullinane’s remarkable second collection, Whisper of a Crow’s Wing, is the work of a poet with...


Published simultaneously in Ireland by Salmon Poetry, Majella Cullinane’s remarkable second collection, Whisper of a Crow’s Wing, is the work of a poet with a distinct and powerful voice. These poems weigh and examine oppositions – the distance of time and place, the balance of life and death, the poet’s New Zealand home and her Irish heritage. Cullinane conjures the ghosts that haunt places and objects; our inner and outer world, with rich, physical language: ‘barter the night for the whorl of a wave’s tongue, the relish of brine. Know what it is to untangle light from the tooth of a roving tide.’ (Invitation) She writes with lyrical intensity about motherhood and family life, including the experience of miscarriage, and the process of moving through grief and loss to a place of acceptance and healing. This is a profound collection from a poet alive to the hidden world of memory and imagination, of the sublime in the everyday, tempered always by a shadow of the fragility of life and love. There is an elegance and poise and care in the language of these poems, an unobtrusive mastery and ease in their cadences and rhythms. Here is writing so close to the sound of how our speech usually arranges itself, and yet set with a hard delicacy that makes it quite something else – memorable, direct, focused to the movement of how the poems present both thought and feeling. – Vincent O’Sullivan


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Pages: 88


Dimensions: 150 x 230 mm


$27.50
The Catlins and the Southern Scenic Route

ISBN: 9781988531090

Author: Neville Peat    Publisher: Otago University Press

An out-of-the-way corner of the South Island, the Catlins is a beautiful and relatively unspoilt area with many natural attractions, including that rare thing o...


An out-of-the-way corner of the South Island, the Catlins is a beautiful and relatively unspoilt area with many natural attractions, including that rare thing on the east coast, native forest. Neville Peat introduces the region – its flora, wildlife, bush walks, caves and waterfalls – before tracing the journey along the stunning Southern Scenic Route linking Otago, Southland and Fiordland.


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Pages: 72


Dimensions: 170 x 210 mm


Publication Date: 11-12-2017


Tags: New Zealand   Travel
$19.95
Ecosanctuaries

ISBN: 9781877578564

Author: Diane Campbell-Hunt    Publisher: Otago University Press

Over the past 10 years many communities around the country have launched ambitious projects to bring New Zealand’s native ecologies back to the mainland. By b...


Over the past 10 years many communities around the country have launched ambitious projects to bring New Zealand’s native ecologies back to the mainland. By building predatorproof fences around big areas of land the aim is to protect native flora and fauna from introduced predators such as possums, mice, rats and stoats.

These projects have faced a difficult balancing act as they try to build and sustain the social and economic support needed.

Diane Campbell-Hunt was two years into a study of the long-term sustainability of these ventures when she was tragically killed in a tramping accident in 2008. Her work had assembled the experience of a wide range of people involved with these projects – volunteers, DOC staff, trustees, iwi, employees, community leaders and project champions.

After Diane’s death, her husband Colin took up the challenge to write up her research, and Ecosanctuaries is the result.


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Pages: 292


Dimensions: 150 x 210 mm


Publication Date: 15-10-2013


$40.00
A Rising Tide

ISBN: 9781877578557

Author: Stuart M Lange    Publisher: Otago University Press

In New Zealand, evangelical Christianity has always played a significant role. This book explores the fascinating story of the resurgence of evangelical Protest...


In New Zealand, evangelical Christianity has always played a significant role. This book explores the fascinating story of the resurgence of evangelical Protestantism in the 1950s and 60s, and its pre-war origins.

The story focuses especially on evangelicals in the mainstream churches, in the universities, and in evangelical organisations. It is about the leading personalities, and the ideas that moved them, during a period when a moderate British-style evangelicalism was paramount.

The story of evangelical Protestantism has been extensively written about by historians in Britain and the US. This important book helps tell the New Zealand part of that story.


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Pages: 300


Dimensions: 170 x 245 mm


Publication Date: 02-09-2013


$40.00
Reconstructing Faces

ISBN: 9781877578397

Author: Murray C Meikle    Publisher: Otago University Press

The two world wars played an important role in the evolution of plastic and maxillofacial surgery in the first half of the 20th century. This book is about four...


The two world wars played an important role in the evolution of plastic and maxillofacial surgery in the first half of the 20th century. This book is about four of the key figures involved. Sir Harold Gillies and Sir Archibald McIndoe were born in Dunedin; McIndoe and Rainsford Mowlem studied medicine at the University of Otago Medical School, and Henry Pickerill was foundation Dean of the University of Otago Dental School.

The author describes how these surgeons revolutionised plastic surgery and the treatment of facial trauma, working on soldiers, fighter pilots and civilians disfigured by bombs, shrapnel and burns. Eventually Gillies et al. were supported by a vast surgical enterprise that included surgeons, dentists, anaesthetists, artists and photographers, nurses and orderlies.

The text is fully illustrated with photos, drawings and case notes by the surgeons and war artists at military hospitals at Boulogne-sur-Mer, Aldershot and Sidcup in the First World War, and civilian hospitals at East Grinstead, Basingstoke and Hill End in the Second. The book includes a DVD of Rainsford Mowlem performing a variety of plastic operations in 1945.

This book is a must for anyone interested in the history of medicine and the treatment of

casualties in the two world wars.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 264


Dimensions: 190 x 255 mm


Publication Date: 20-08-2013


Tags: History   Military   New Zealand
$60.00
Pacific Identities and Well-being : Cross-Cultural Perspectives

ISBN: 9781877578359

Author: Margaret Nelson Agee    Publisher: Otago University Press

This anthology addresses the mental health and therapeutic needs of Polynesian and Melanesian people and the scarcity of resources for those working with them. ...


This anthology addresses the mental health and therapeutic needs of Polynesian and Melanesian people and the scarcity of resources for those working with them. It is divided into four parts – Identity, Therapeutic Practice, Death and Dying, Reflexive Practice – that approach the concerns of Maori, Samoans, Tongans, Fijians and people from Tuvalu and Tokelau. Contributors include a wide range of writers, most of who are Maori or Pasifika. Poems by Serie Barford, Selina Tusitala Marsh and Tracey Tawhiao introduce each section.

As Pasifika populations expand, so do the issues generated by colonisation, intermarriage, assimilation, socioeconomic insecurity and international migration. The stresses of adolescence, identity, families, death and spirituality are all explored here in innovative

research that offers a wealth of inspiration and ideas to supportive family, friends and practitioners.


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Pages: 332


Dimensions: 150 x 230 mm


Publication Date: 15-07-2013


$45.00
Being a Doctor

ISBN: 9781877578366

Author: Hamish Wilson & Wayne Cunningham    Publisher: Otago University Press

Sometimes caring for patients can leave clinicians feeling overwhelmed with the daily tasks of doctoring. As an antidote, this book explores principles and assu...


Sometimes caring for patients can leave clinicians feeling overwhelmed with the daily tasks of doctoring. As an antidote, this book explores principles and assumptions of modern medicine seldom taught in medical school. Starting with the meaning of suffering and how the ‘science’ of medicine has evolved, the authors use many clinical stories to provide a fresh perspective on the work and roles of the modern doctor.

Based on many years of teaching family physicians, the book argues that being a doctor is much more than simply knowing biomedical facts and having good clinical skills. It explores some of the major challenges facing physicians, including the doctor–patient relationship, the ‘heartsink’ experience, and unwell patients for whom no disease can be found. The authors also introduce patient safety and self-care, two important issues for modern health professionals.

For experienced doctors as well as for students and doctors in training, Being a Doctor moves beyond biomedicine, providing useful insights that explain how both doctors and patients think and behave.


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Pages: 276


Dimensions: 170 x 245 mm


Publication Date: 03-06-2013


$35.00
Diplomatic Ladies : New Zealand's Unsung Envoys

ISBN: 9781877578304

Author: Joanna Woods    Publisher: Otago University Press

New Zealand dolphins, also known as Hector’s dolphins, are fascinating and beautiful animals. Found only in New Zealand waters, their numbers are now under co...


New Zealand dolphins, also known as Hector’s dolphins, are fascinating and beautiful animals. Found only in New Zealand waters, their numbers are now under constant threat – especially from human fishing activities.



This book introduces the dolphin to readers of all ages. The authors have devoted the last 30 years – more than a dolphin lifespan – to intensive study of the dolphin’s distribution, behaviour, biology, reproduction and communication, using photography as their principal research tool. They have identified over 100 individuals and recorded their life events. Several of these dolphins feature inside.



Early on in their research the authors realised that dolphin numbers are not sustainable under current fishing practices. They describe these and other conservation problems as well as their solutions – both potential and existing – encouraging the reader to appreciate the fragility of the dolphins’ existence.


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Pages: 286


Dimensions: 155 x 230 mm


Publication Date: 20-05-2013


Tags: Biography   New Zealand
$49.99
Democratic Governance & Health

ISBN: 9781877578274

Author: Miriam J Laugesen & Robin Gauld    Publisher: Otago University Press

New Zealand is the only country in the world where elected health boards have long been a core feature of the health care system. These boards are conceptually ...


New Zealand is the only country in the world where elected health boards have long been a core feature of the health care system. These boards are conceptually important and aspirational for policy-makers and communities across the world grappling with issues of how to increase public participation in health care.



This book traces the development of New Zealand’s elected health boards, from the 1930s to the present District Health Board structure, analysing the history of democratic governance of health care, how boards have functioned, the politics surrounding their reform, and the idea of local democracy in health care decision-making. Based on extensive primary research, it assesses the capacity of elected boards to effectively govern the allocation of public expenditure on behalf of taxpayers and patients.


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Pages: 214


Dimensions: 150 x 230 mm


Publication Date: 20-12-2012


$40.00
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