NZ (History) (34)

1921 : Rugby, Race & Empire

ISBN: 9780473586423

Author: Mike Munro    Publisher: MunroChurch Books

In the winter of 1921 a Springboks rugby team toured New Zealand for the first time, captivating the country. An all-white team of mostly Afrikaners, they came...


In the winter of 1921 a Springboks rugby team toured New Zealand for the first time, captivating the country. An all-white team of mostly Afrikaners, they came cloaked in a powerful mystique – blue-eyed, “youthful giants” from a fellow British colony. Twenty-three of the team had served in the just-ended Great War. Wherever they went the Springboks were saluted as “sons of Empire.” But the tour was rocked amid claims the Springboks resented having to play a Māori team, as the race issue that would bedevil New Zealand-South Africa rugby relations for seventy years reared its head. Two terrible events backdropped the Springboks visit: the 1914-18 war and the influenza epidemic. Together they’d taken nearly 30,000 New Zealanders’ lives, and the effects of both calamities were still being felt. To compound the gloom, the economy nose-dived and many soldier-settlers were forced from their recently-acquired land. This book casts back one hundred years to bring together the story of an eagerly-anticipated rugby tour, and the troublesome memories of its time.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 240


Dimensions: 160 x 240 mm


Publication Date: 31-10-2021


$35.00
DUE > 1st Nov 2021
Eketahuna

ISBN: 9780958205320

Author: Peter Best    Publisher: Fraser Books

Stories From Small Town New Zealand. Peter Best delves into the intriguing early history that gives Eketahuna town and district its special character.


Stories From Small Town New Zealand. Peter Best delves into the intriguing early history that gives Eketahuna town and district its special character.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 80


Publication Date: 30-11-2001


$25.00
A Long Long Trail

ISBN: 9780992247539

Author: Neil Frances    Publisher: Fraser Books

Neil Frances tells the story of the famous Rimutaka Hill marches during the First World War and the re-enactment in September 2015.


Neil Frances tells the story of the famous Rimutaka Hill marches during the First World War and the re-enactment in September 2015.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 96


$35.00
Taking Flight

ISBN: 9780958205351

Author: Paul Maxim    Publisher: Fraser Books

The Fisher Monoplane and early aviation in the Wellington region. Paul Maxim tells the story of the first flights exactly 100 years ago – near Carterton – o...


The Fisher Monoplane and early aviation in the Wellington region. Paul Maxim tells the story of the first flights exactly 100 years ago – near Carterton – of an aeroplane wholly constructed in New Zealand.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 80


Publication Date: 01-06-2003


$20.00
Heart of the City : The Story of Christchurch's Controversial Cathedral

ISBN: 9780995143845

Author: Edmund Bohan    Publisher: Quentin Wilson Publishing

From the days even before Christchurch was settled its cathedral has been the focus of ferocious public debate: Where should a cathedral be built? How would it ...


From the days even before Christchurch was settled its cathedral has been the focus of ferocious public debate: Where should a cathedral be built? How would it be paid for? Should it be built in wood or stone in an earthquake-prone country? Who should oversee the building? It took far too long to build and its financial position has often been perilous. In recent times there have been fresh quarrels over a visitors’ centre and whether ratepayers should help to pay for necessary earthquake strengthening. And, when the building was left almost in ruins, should it be demolished and rebuilt or should it be restored? And, most important of all to the people of Christchurch, to whom did it really belong? It has been a tranquil and lovely place of devotion and worship, and a venue for the celebration of civic, national and international events. Thousands of tourists have walked its aisles and climbed its tower. It has won fame for the beauty of its music. Along with the Avon/Ōtakaro River, its silhouette appears on all the city’s official signage. Christ Church Cathedral has stood in its square for close to a century and a half. Acclaimed historian Edmund Bohan tells the full and fascinating story of this beloved building, from its begin-nings in an embryonic settlement to its resurrection after disaster. In a lively, approachable text – well-illustrated throughout – he outlines the cathedral’s remarkable past and brings to life the equally remarkable people who have worked and worshipped there. He details the triumphs and the troubles, and looks to a future in which this instantly recognisable church will once again stand as the safe and welcoming heart of the city to which it belongs.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 320


Dimensions: 153 x 234 mm


Publication Date: 14-02-2022


$50.00
DUE > 20th Feb 2022
Trams Still Around New Zealand

ISBN: 9780995138520

Publisher: New Zealand Railway & Locomotive Society

Trams Still Around New Zealand is true to its title, detailing the existence of 99 trams; 85 New Zealand trams and 14 trams from Australia now resident here. Be...


Trams Still Around New Zealand is true to its title, detailing the existence of 99 trams; 85 New Zealand trams and 14 trams from Australia now resident here. Between the covers the reader will discover that the tramcar in New Zealand is far from a street vehicle of the past. Already the tram has returned to the streets of Auckland and Christchurch. Coverage is given to each of the trams now running within the boundaries of transport museums in New Zealand, those that are in storage but not yet running, with coverage also of trams still used as baches around New Zealand. Each tram portrayed has its history outlined with generous photographic coverage of each tram in original condition, as stored, and finally as restored (if that has occurred). Also featured are the Wellington and Dunedin cable-cars. Wrapping up this most interesting book is a broad coverage of the various tramway societies and groups.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 160


Dimensions: 210 x 280 mm


Publication Date: 20-10-2021


$49.00
DUE > 22nd Oct 2021
Nga Kete Matauranga Maori Scholars At The Research Interface

ISBN: 9781988592558

Authors: Jacinta Ruru, Linda Waimarie Nikora    Publisher: Otago University Press

In this beautiful and transformative book, 24 Māori academics share their personal journeys, revealing what being Māori has meant for them in their work. Thei...


In this beautiful and transformative book, 24 Māori academics share their personal journeys, revealing what being Māori has meant for them in their work. Their perspectives provide insight for all New Zealanders into how mātauranga is positively influencing the Westerndominated disciplines of knowledge in the research sector. It is a shameful fact, says co-editor Jacinta Ruru in her introduction to Ngā Kete Mātauranga, that in 2020, only about 5 percent of academic staff at universities in Aotearoa New Zealand are Māori. Tertiary institutions have for the most part been hostile places for Indigenous students and staff, and this book is an important call for action. ‘It is well past time that our country seriously commits to decolonising the tertiary workforce, curriculum and research agenda,’ writes Professor Ruru. The book demonstrates the power, energy and diversity that can be brought out into the world by Māori scholars working both comfortably and uncomfortably from within, without and across diverse academic disciplines and mātauranga Māori. – Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith These deeply personal stories provide a portal into the te ao Māori world, which many outside it seek to understand, but struggle to find a frame in which to do so. The abstract concept of decolonising the tertiary workforce is brought to life and given meaning by these kōrero of strength, where the authors display courage and vision from within an environment so often hostile to Indigenous ways of knowing. Read it, be inspired, and welcome this refreshingly written challenge to embrace mātauranga Māori and build a stronger academy. – Professor Juliet A. Gerrard, Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor Kaitohutohu Mātanga Pūtaiao Matua ki te Pirimia


Pages: 304


Dimensions: 230 x 260 mm


$60.00
A Coroner Speaks For The Dead to Protect The Living

ISBN: 9780473549992

Author: Wallace Bain   

Wallace Bain retired in early 2020 after 28 distinguished years as a Coroner, most recently in Rotorua. During these years Mr Bain developed a national reputati...


Wallace Bain retired in early 2020 after 28 distinguished years as a Coroner, most recently in Rotorua. During these years Mr Bain developed a national reputation for his sensitivity and compassion in dealing with difficult cases such as those of Nia Glassie and Moko Rangitoheriri. That a child is killed in New Zealand as a result of abuse every five weeks he finds “unacceptable”. He has also developed a reputation for being “a Coroner on the warpath” for his forthright demands from time to time that New Zealand’s laws and regulations be changed to protect ordinary citizens. His work as a Coroner, says Wallace Bain, has been to speak for the dead to take care of the living. “After climbing the mountain I can finally enjoy the view.”


Bind: paperback


Pages: 269


Dimensions: 153 x 234 mm


Publication Date: 26-02-2021


$39.99
Equity and Governance: 75 Years of Blindness Advocacy in New Zealand 1945-2020

ISBN: 9780995132948

Author: Greg Newbold    Publisher: Blind Citizens New Zealand

Equity and Governance picks up from where Greg Newbold’s previous book, Quest for Equity, left off, and covers the Association of Blind Citizens’ history si...


Equity and Governance picks up from where Greg Newbold’s previous book, Quest for Equity, left off, and covers the Association of Blind Citizens’ history since 1995. After briefly reviewing the Association’s first 50 years (1945–1995), the book covers the group’s convoluted and eventful history over the subsequent 25 years. The book focuses on what is called the governance revolution, which resulted in consumer-controlled governance of the Royal New Zealand Foundation for the Blind’s board of trustees in 2002. Gaining control over board composition, however, did not, contrary to the expectations of many, end the conflicts between the Association and the Foundation. In fact, in the 18 years since the passage of the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind Act 2002, although relations have for the most part been smooth, tensions at times have been as trying as they were before the passage of the Act. The last 25 years has seen as much activity and passion from within the Association of Blind Citizens as at any time in its history and significant developments have occurred. This book chronicles the intricate matrix of activities and campaigns engaged in by the Association since its 50th Jubilee in 1995.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 248


Publication Date: 10-10-2020


$45.00
Return to Rugby Land

ISBN: 9789551723446

Author: David Scott    Publisher: David Scott

After a forty year voluntary exile, an expatriate kiwi returns to New Zealand to travel around while reporting on the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Return To Rugby Land...


After a forty year voluntary exile, an expatriate kiwi returns to New Zealand to travel around while reporting on the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Return To Rugby Land is a challenging and provocative social commentary encompassing more than just the games or scenery. Scott explores sport's place in society, along with the myths, psyche and anxieties of a small nation. While questioning comfortable shibboleths, including about Maori and women, his personal account offers heartfelt insights and a broad understanding of New Zealand inextricably linked to the omnipresent game of rugby.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 269


Dimensions: 138 x 210 mm


Publication Date: 20-12-2019


$24.00
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