History (290)

My Body My Business

ISBN: 9781988531328

Publisher: Otago University Press

In My Body, My Business, 11 former and current New Zealand sex workers speak frankly, in their own voices, about their lives in and out of the sex industry. The...


In My Body, My Business, 11 former and current New Zealand sex workers speak frankly, in their own voices, about their lives in and out of the sex industry. Their stories are by turns eye-opening, poignant, heartening, disturbing and compelling. Based on a series of oral history interviews by Caren Wilton, My Body, My Business includes the stories of female, male and transgender workers; Māori and Pākehā; street workers, workers in massage parlours and upmarket brothels, escorts, strippers, private workers and dominatrices, spanning a period from the 1960s to today. Two of the 11 interviewees still work in the industry. Several have been involved with the New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective, including long-time national co-ordinator Dame Catherine Healy. Four transgender interviewees tell their stories here, helping to demystify the history of New Zealand’s transgender community, about which little has been published. Caren Wilton prefaces the book with an introductory essay about the New Zealand sex industry, which in recent times has seen a lot of changes, the most profound being the decriminalisation of prostitution in 2003. Fifteen years on, New Zealand remains the only country in the world to have decriminalised its sex industry. This engaging and highly readable book looks at what the changes have meant for the nation’s sex workers. Wilton’s interviews are here complemented by the work of Wairarapa-based photographer Madeleine Slavick. My Body, My Business allows the women, men and transgender workers of New Zealand’s sex industry to speak for themselves, telling vivid, compelling stories in fresh, lively voices.


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Pages: 286


Dimensions: 165 x 215 mm


Publication Date: 01-11-2018


Tags: Biography   History   New Zealand
$45.00
The Fruits of Our Labours : Chinese Fruit Shops in New Zealand (2 volumes)

ISBN: 9780473415501

Authors: Ruth Lam, Beverly Lowe, Helen Wong, Michael Wong, Carolyn King   

Rich history of Chinese fruit shops in New Zealand explored in new book Long before supermarkets became a one-stop shop for fresh produce as they are today, lo...


Rich history of Chinese fruit shops in New Zealand explored in new book Long before supermarkets became a one-stop shop for fresh produce as they are today, local fruit and vegetable stores run by Chinese families were a pillar of our communities. The greengrocers and fruiterers in our towns and cities were a family affair; fathers, brothers, sons, mothers, sisters and daughters all working from the early hours to get only the best produce for their shelves. A new two-volume soft cover set of books, The Fruits of Our Labours: Chinese Fruit Shops in New Zealand, chronicles the lives of these pioneering greengrocers and fruiterers as they carved their place into the country’s rich social and cultural tapestry. The personal anecdotes, historical documents and photos tell the stories of these families as they provided a vital service with a smile to their community and their journeys of growing up Kiwis. That includes the story of Colin Lowe of Norman Lowe Ltd in Whakatane: Being the son of a fruiterer meant you spent most of your spare time after school and in the weekends helping out. As a child I can still remember time spent unfolding unsold newspaper ready for wrapping veges in, unloading empty boxes and stacking them alongside the driveway ready for a carrier to collect them and take them to a market garden, sorting out the broken ones for repairing. These stories bring a unique perspective on New Zealand’s history as they trace the evolution of these shops from the general store-cum-greengrocery of the 1880s through to the fresh fruit and vegetable retailers we know today. It follows the fortunes and misfortunes of the Chinese in New Zealand through the hard times of the Depression and World War II, the growth and boom times of the 1950s and 60s and the challenge of supermarket giants eating up the competition. Commissioned by the Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust, The Fruits of Our Labours was written and researched by Ruth Lam, Beverly Lowe, Helen Wong, Michael Wong, and Carolyn King. Volume 1 (440 pages) presents the stories of Chinese-owned fruit shops from the Dunedin region through to the Wanganui-Taranaki region. Volume 2 (464 pages) presents stories from the Hawke’s Bay region through to the Auckland region. The appendices include a list of all known Chinese fruit shops from the 1880s to the current day, and maps of the Guangdong counties the Chinese fruiterers originated from. Both volumes are fully-illustrated with photos, graphs and statistical tables. The books will be a valuable resource for researchers of Chinese in New Zealand, genealogists, local history, and produce retailing.


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Pages: 904


Dimensions: 215 x 300 mm


Publication Date: 01-09-2018


$90.00
This Is HerStory

ISBN: 9781786858221

Author: Harriet Dyer    Publisher: Summersdale Publishers

For many years we’ve listened to and learned about the unforgettable events in history. All very remarkable, yet all very male – where on earth were the wom...


For many years we’ve listened to and learned about the unforgettable events in history. All very remarkable, yet all very male – where on earth were the women?! In this book, you will meet some of the most fascinating females in herstory, all of whom have contributed to and shaped the past, present and future. From activists and athletes to politicians and poets, from the well-known and celebrated to the unsung and understated, these women’s stories are guaranteed to inspire you to follow your dreams and believe you can achieve whatever you set your mind to.


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Pages: 128


Dimensions: 105 x 148 mm


Publication Date: 13-12-2018


$29.99
Arthur Prior - A Young Progressive

ISBN: 9781927145906

Author: Mike Grimshaw    Publisher: Canterbury University Press

Arthur Prior (1914–69), the founder of ‘tense logic', is regarded as New Zealand's greatest 20th-century philosopher. It is commonly believed that the philo...


Arthur Prior (1914–69), the founder of ‘tense logic', is regarded as New Zealand's greatest 20th-century philosopher. It is commonly believed that the philosopher J.N.D. Findlay lured a young Prior away from theology and his training for the ministry to the world of philosophy. However, as Prior’s letters to the poet Ursula Bethell and to his communist cousin Hugh Teague now make clear, he did not simply abandon theological study in order to immerse himself in philosophy – nor does it seem that it was a matter of his disbelieving in theology one minute and believing in philosophy the next. Until World War II, and, it appears, for a time afterwards, Prior seriously considered a career as a religious journalist, especially when travelling and living on the Continent and in England with his first wife, Clare Hunter. During these years, Prior wrote widely on theology and contemporary Christianity. In his correspondence with Ursula Bethell – who called him one of her ‘young progressives’ – and Hugh Teague, Prior discusses in detail his religious and theological thought and his personal beliefs and influences, including his shift from formal theological study into a world of journalism and philosophy. These previously unknown letters, which cover the years from 1936 to 1941 and his time in Dunedin, Wellington, France and London, chronicle a substantial part of a fascinating period in Prior’s development, both theologically and philosophically. Prior’s letters have been transcribed and annotated for this volume by early Prior scholar Mike Grimshaw. An essay by Mike Grimshaw and an introduction by Prior expert Jack Copeland provide further context, including a brief introduction to tense logic.


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Pages: 236


Dimensions: 152 x 228 mm


Publication Date: 31-10-2018


$59.99
When Running Made History

ISBN: 9781988503080

Author: Roger Robinson    Publisher: Canterbury University Press

‘A front-row seat to running’s most inspiring and historic moments, with New Zealand in a major role.’ Nick Willis MNZM, two-time Olympic medallist, New Z...


‘A front-row seat to running’s most inspiring and historic moments, with New Zealand in a major role.’ Nick Willis MNZM, two-time Olympic medallist, New Zealand record-holder 1500 m ‘Roger’s account of the global rise of women’s running is the best I’ve ever seen. I’m honoured that my win in the New York Marathon and Lorraine Moller’s in the Avon Marathon are central to his story.’ Allison Roe MBE, winner and record-breaker, Boston and New York City Marathons ‘Roger Robinson is uniquely placed to write this riveting memoir. Throughout the running revolution he’s been a world-class runner, commentator, broadcaster and writer. It is an insider’s view of running – intimate, persuasive and informative.’ Lloyd Jones, Hon DLitt, award-winning New Zealand novelist, Man Booker Prize finalist About The Book: Roger Robinson has been witness to many great moments in the history of running, and to those when running made history in ways beyond sport. As an excited child at the post-war London Olympics, an ardent spectator following the drama of Peter Snell and Murray Halberg at Rome, stadium announcer at the transformative Christchurch Commonwealth Games, TV commentator when Ben Johnson got busted, and more recently as a journalist reporting live on the Boston Marathon bombings, Robinson was there. In a unique cross-over of literature, history and autobiography, Robinson tells of running in Berlin at the moment of German reunification and in New York’s Central Park the day the Twin Towers fell; he is on the TV microphone for Kenya’s first major running victory; and has to find words to help a stadium crowd mourn for the lives lost in the Christchurch earthquake. ‘When Running Made History’ is a superb depiction of the modern running movement. It provides a compelling, close-up account of the American running boom, the defiant emergence of women’s running, the glorious dawn of Africa’s ascendance, the sport’s redefinition of ageing, and its important role in environmental conservation. Robinson lets us run alongside as history is made by Emil Zátopek, Abebe Bikila, Ron Clarke, Dick Tayler, Allison Roe, Paula Radcliffe, Nick Willis, Meb Keflezighi and 85-year-old superstar Ed Whitlock. Robinson brings to life the days when running shaped the world, and shows why so many millions love to run and why running is worth loving. About the Author: Roger Robinson, now Emeritus Professor, is remembered as an outstanding teacher of English at Canterbury and Victoria universities, and by a wider public as stadium announcer at the Christchurch and Auckland Commonwealth Games, and an acclaimed commentator for TVNZ. His books include ‘Katherine Mansfield: In From the Margin’, the ‘Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature’ and ‘Heroes and Sparrows: A Celebration of Running’.   Praise for the US edition of When Running Made History (Syracuse University Press, 2018): ‘Among the countless books on athletics and running that I have reviewed over the past 60 years, this seminal book is one of the very best. Readers will be enthralled by this eloquent, knowledgeable, humorous, poignant work by a wonderfully descriptive writer.’ Mel Watman, Athletics International, UK


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Pages: 328


Dimensions: 150 x 230 mm


Publication Date: 22-02-2019


$39.99
Dead Letters

ISBN: 9781988531526

Author: Jared Davidson    Publisher: Otago University Press

In 1918, from deep within the West Coast bush, a miner on the run from the military wrote a letter to his sweetheart. Two months later he was in jail. Like mill...


In 1918, from deep within the West Coast bush, a miner on the run from the military wrote a letter to his sweetheart. Two months later he was in jail. Like millions of others, his letter had been steamed open by a team of censors shrouded in secrecy. Using their confiscated mail as a starting point, Dead Letters: Censorship and subversion in New Zealand 1914–1920 reveals the remarkable stories of people caught in the web of wartime surveillance. Among them were a feisty German-born socialist, a Norwegian watersider, an affectionate Irish nationalist, a love-struck miner, an aspiring Maxim Gorky, a cross-dressing doctor, a nameless rural labourer, an avid letter writer with a hatred of war, and two mystical dairy farmers with a poetic bent. Military censorship within New Zealand meant that their letters were stopped, confiscated and filed away, sealed and unread for over 100 years. Until now. Intimate and engaging, this dramatic narrative weaves together the personal and political, bringing to light the reality of wartime censorship. In an age of growing state power, new forms of surveillance and control, and fragility of the right to privacy and freedom of opinion, Dead Letters is a startling reminder that we have been here before. The letters under discussion are anything but dead. Revelling in the texture, the handwriting, the smell, the very tangible form of the surviving correspondence, Dead Letters conveys the thrill of discovery as well as the indignation of injustice. … In telling the history of the letters’ authors and addressees, alongside the context in which correspondence was conducted, the chapters unfold an extraordinary, sometimes tragic, sometimes farcical, often funny insight into who and what it was that challenged police and defence authorities. — Charlotte Macdonald, historian These intercepted letters reveal dark and wonderful corners of New Zealand history. Davidson has done a superb job of rescuing long-suppressed voices from official oblivion. — Mark Derby, author of The Prophet and the Policeman: The story of Rua Kenana and John Cullen


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Pages: 296


Dimensions: 130 x 198 mm


Publication Date: 04-03-2019


Tag: History
$35.00
That Terrible Time

ISBN: 9780473447496

Author: Geoffrey Rice    Publisher: Hawthorne Press

New Zealand's worst public health disaster occurred in November 1918 when around 9000 people died in the so-called "Spanish" influenza pandemic. Here are the vo...


New Zealand's worst public health disaster occurred in November 1918 when around 9000 people died in the so-called "Spanish" influenza pandemic. Here are the voices of 110 survivors describing what they saw and what happened to them in that terrible time when the victims' bodies turned black. Meticulously researched by Dr Geoffrey Rice Emeritus Professor of History and author of Black November (2005) and Black Flu 1918 (2017).


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Pages: 188


Dimensions: 127 x 203 mm


Publication Date: 20-11-2018


$24.99
A Colonist's Gaze : The Life of Charles Rooking Carter

ISBN: 9780992247584

Author: John E Martin    Publisher: Wairarapa Archive

This fascinating biography of Charles Rooking Carter connects the English Victorian world and colonial New Zealand, particularly Wellington and the Wairarapa. I...


This fascinating biography of Charles Rooking Carter connects the English Victorian world and colonial New Zealand, particularly Wellington and the Wairarapa. It also, through Carter’s colonial ‘gaze’ reflected in his writings, draws out the contrast between the old world of Europe and the new antipodean world.From humble origins in England, Carter emigrated to Wellington in 1850 where he worked as a builder, contractor and architect, becoming a foremost contributor to the town’s development of harbour reclamation and public buildings. In the Wairarapa he promoted the settlement of working settlers on the land, was acknowledged for his work by having the town of Carterton named after him, and founded a large estate on the Taratahi Plain. Elected to political office, he served the province of Wellington and the Wairarapa well, assisting in Wellington becoming the capital of New Zealand in 1865. When he returned to London he continued to promote New Zealand’s interests. Carter’s considerable legacy included his generous philanthropic support of Carterton, in particular the establishment of the Carter Home, his donation of the fabulous Carter Collection of books to the Colonial Museum (Te Papa), and his bequest to the Carter Observatory in Wellington.


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Pages: 328


Dimensions: 170 x 240 mm


Publication Date: 28-10-2018


$39.50
Savaged to Suit: Maori and Cartooning in New Zealand

ISBN: 9780992247706

Author: Paul Diamond    Publisher: Cartoon Archive

The BookSavaged to Suit: Māori and Cartooning in New Zealand is a pioneering study by Paul Diamond. In the earliest cartoons featuring Māori, they appeared as...


The BookSavaged to Suit: Māori and Cartooning in New Zealand is a pioneering study by Paul Diamond. In the earliest cartoons featuring Māori, they appeared as fearsome savages; today they are likely to be drawn in corporate-world suits. The book concentrates on the period from the 1930s to the 1990s, but also looks back to the first cartoons showing Māori and includes 21st century images.Savaged to Suit looks at how Māori and Māori culture and life were seen by cartoonists in a succession of stereotypes over many decades of changing perceptions and attitudes. The book considers how these stereotypes criticised Māori and their culture – sometimes savagely – to 'suit' cartoonists' agendas. Chapters deal with cultural practices, material culture, Māori language, politics, the Treaty of Waitangi,Māori in time of war, and the significance of sport. Paul Diamond also looks at the work and approaches taken by the small number of Māori cartoonists. The book features 250 cartoons – the first ever collection that captures the attitudes and feelings of each period and underlines the importance of editorial cartoons as valuable historical sources.


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Pages: 208


Dimensions: 200 x 260 mm


Publication Date: 20-09-2018


$39.50
Ravaged Beauty: An Environmental History of The Manawatu

ISBN: 9781927212134

Author: Catherine Knight    Publisher: Totara Press

While "Ravaged Beauty" is about the environmental history of one North Island region, the impact of human settlement and accompanying development for improving ...


While "Ravaged Beauty" is about the environmental history of one North Island region, the impact of human settlement and accompanying development for improving human settlement conditions is typical of many New Zealand regions. This impact, graphically illustrated in this well researched and entertainingly told history, gained great pace with the arrival of European settlers in the mid 1800s. Only a century and a half ago, the Manawatu was a heavily forested hinterland: the floodplains were a sea of swamps and lagoons, teeming with birdlife, eels and other fish; the hills and terraces were covered with thick impenetrable forest, refuge perhaps to a few lingering moa. But within a few decades, the forest had been reduced to ashes, and the swamps and lagoons were being drained away. Progress marched across the landscape in the form of farms and settlements. However, it wasn't long before nature "exacted its revenge": erosion scarred the hillsides, floods ravaged farms and towns. Pollution of the rivers saw fish dying en masse. How would the people of the region meet these environmental challenges, and what lessons would there be for the future? By "peeling away the layers", this book tells the intriguing story of the Manawatu's environmental history, drawn from a rich array of sources, maps and historical images.


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Pages: 314


Dimensions: 157 x 235 mm


$49.99
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