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A top designer in dried floral welcomes you into her studio to learn the craft's potential. Today in floral design, dried flowers and botanicals give their fres...
A top designer in dried floral welcomes you into her studio to learn the craft's potential. Today in floral design, dried flowers and botanicals give their fresh cousins a strong run for their long-held position as the classic material. Today, unrecognizable from the 1970s (when they were first trendy), dried flowers are a popular material for the most modern, contemporary creations in flower art. Antonia De Vere, a top designer in dried floral creations, here welcomes you into her studio to understand the potential you'll be able to enjoy when working with dried flowers. She shares how and why dried floral has become her career and her source of creative energy. In photos and text, De Vere shows you dozens of exciting ideas through her creations, which range from 10-foot-high restaurant installations to delicately shaped ikebana-inspired pieces to small sparks of pop art in bud vases. Learn how to select, dry, and assemble flowers and foliage. Then enjoy 18 step-by-step projects that bring De Vere's popular design style into your own home. This art's sustainability and zero-waste focus-damaged flowers that can't be sold for fresh bouquets can be used productively-is another reason "forever flowers" are perfect for today.
Dimensions: 203 x 254 mm
Publication Date: 28-09-2021
Will thrill-seeking, speed king, Lucas, resist the temptation, or will he drive his car down the stairs? Find out in Marie Munro and Rachel Doragh’s fourth, ...
Will thrill-seeking, speed king, Lucas, resist the temptation, or will he drive his car down the stairs? Find out in Marie Munro and Rachel Doragh’s fourth, fully bilingual New Zealand children’s picture book, translated by accredited Māori translator, Piripi Walker. Rachel Doragh’s dynamic illustrations incorporate related Māori words and phrases and bring the story to life in an authentic kiwi environment. Piripi Walker’s translation has kept the words simple and clear, so the rhythm is right, and each sentence flows when delivered aloud. Selling Points • Bilingual text (English and Māori). In line with Ministry of Education requirements for “Beginning to use te reo Māori Levels 1-2” (simple, short dialogues, phrases and sentences, simple questions. Simple reo Māori words, phrases, and sentences with some complex or less familiar reo Māori phrases and sentences). • Child-centred storyline about family relationships, an ethnically diverse group of friends, colours and an ever-present temptation. • Flowing, easy-to-read English text with literal Māori translation. • Colourful illustrations that are lots of fun and provide opportunities for conversations about family relationships, ethnicities, flora, fauna, colours and natural consequences. • Day-to-day New Zealand content. • English/Māori glossary for colours, and a simplified personal introduction that includes family relationships and friends. • Will appeal to children who enjoy playing with family and friends.
Dimensions: 210 x 280 mm
Publication Date: 30-11-2021
Te Puna Waiora : The Weavers of Te Kahui Whiritoi
Raranga, the Māori art of weaving, is deeply bound with the customs and protocols of te ao Māori. The weavers of Te Kāhui Whiritoi are considered to be the m...
Raranga, the Māori art of weaving, is deeply bound with the customs and protocols of te ao Māori. The weavers of Te Kāhui Whiritoi are considered to be the most accomplished of all Māori weavers, and are of great significance to the art history of Aotearoa New Zealand. Written in te reo Māori and English, this book shares the energy, culture and strength of the weavers of Te Kāhui Whiritoi, and their taonga. It honours their voices, stories and knowledge, celebrating weaving as a significant artform with a long and special history and a vibrant future. Features: • Kakahu,, whāriki (mats), kete, pōtae (hats), piupiu, tukutuku panels, pākē (rain capes), paraerae (shoes) and more. • Beautifully photographed works by Whero Bailey, Cath Brown, Te Aue Davis, Diggeress Te Kanawa, Matekino Lawless, Toi Te Rito Maihi, Eddie Maxwell, Saana Murray, Pareaute Nathan, Ranui Ngarimu, Reihana Parata, Connie Pewhairangi, Emily Schuster, Riria Smith, Sonia Snowden, Madeleine Tangohau, Christina Wirihana and Mere Walker. • Insightful texts by Donna Campbell, Awhina Tamarapa and Ngahuia Te Awekotuku. • Engaging, personal interviews with many of the weavers.
Dimensions: 225 x 275 mm
Publication Date: 01-12-2021
Can't Get There From Here : New Zealand's Shrinking Railway 1920-2020
Urban passenger rail patronage in Auckland and Wellington is now booming after many years of decline. Outside these two centres, however, the situation is quite...
Urban passenger rail patronage in Auckland and Wellington is now booming after many years of decline. Outside these two centres, however, the situation is quite different: intercity and regional passenger rail services are scarce, and no other city possesses suburban rail. Not only does this hamper the mobility of regional New Zealanders, it is incongruous in light of the climate emergency declared by many local councils. Can’t Get There from Here traces the expansion and – more commonly – the contraction of New Zealand’s passenger rail network over the last century. What is the historical context of today’s imbalance between rail and road? How far and wide did the passenger rail network once run? Why is there an abject lack of services beyond the North Island’s two main cities, even as demand for passenger transport continues to grow? This book seeks to answer these questions. In this fascinating study, Andre Brett argues that the trend away from passenger rail might appear inevitable and irreversible but it was not. Things could have been - and still could be - very different. We need to understand the challenges that brought passenger rail to the brink of extinction in order to create policy for future transport that is efficient and sustainable.
Dimensions: 170 x 240 mm
Publication Date: 15-11-2021
Performer - A Memoir
Paul Maunder’s compelling memoir tells us of ‘the road less travelled’ as he reflects on his role as film-maker, theatre director, educator, writer, full...
Paul Maunder’s compelling memoir tells us of ‘the road less travelled’ as he reflects on his role as film-maker, theatre director, educator, writer, full-time parent, producer, actor and teller of stories, combined with personal relationships, the development of his political and ideological beliefs, the experiences of being brought up by adoptive parents and his later contact with his birth family. One of the many strengths of this memoir is the perception, honesty and analysis brought to this experience. Beautifully and sensitively written, this memoir tells not only a personal story but evokes the immense social changes within New Zealand over the 1950’s to the present time.
Dimensions: 230 x 150 x 20 mm
Publication Date: 06-12-2021
Louise Henderson : From Life
In the story of New Zealand art, there's no one quite like Louise Henderson. A painter trained in embroidery and design. A French woman who found freedom to be ...
In the story of New Zealand art, there's no one quite like Louise Henderson. A painter trained in embroidery and design. A French woman who found freedom to be herself in New Zealand. A modernist who looked to European tradition for inspiration. And a pioneer of abstraction who remained engaged with the world around her. The first substantial book on Henderson - and the only publication to illustrate artwork and archival material from across her seven-decade career - Louise Henderson: From Life connects this extraordinary artist with an international discussion about women modernists and confirms her importance in New Zealand's visual culture.
Dimensions: 245 x 290 mm
Publication Date: 15-11-2019
Author: Ian Austin
Some families shouldn’t stick together. When unlimited wealth and power are incorporated into the mix too, no boundaries are safe from being crossed to get wh...
Some families shouldn’t stick together. When unlimited wealth and power are incorporated into the mix too, no boundaries are safe from being crossed to get what you want. Dan Calder’s thrown in at the deep end to help Police make some sense of all the evidence about the terrorist bombing plot at Auckland International Airport, but the one thing he needs most of all is the one thing he doesn’t have… Time! When Calder challenges the authorities view, he’s summarily dumped altogether from the investigation. Aggrieved and hell bent on solving the outrageously audacious crime, he takes off to St Louis in search of a missing sister and preventing the family reunion to end all reunions. One insatiable desire passed down through four generations in America’s broken heart city, a mercenary entirely focused on the job, unbreakable family bonds and Dan Calder’s career covering up a domestic life in turmoil. Everything is on the line with multiple stories interwoven by time and blood… Bonded. Taking inspiration from arguably the most famous, rare and sought after postage stamps ever, Ian Austin has created a brand new crime thriller using the real life stories and histories of those few Plate 77 Penny Reds known to exist . From being lost in earthquakes to stolen from auction houses, the fabled Plate 77's are accepted as the 'Holy Grail' for philatelists across the globe. Using his vast police experience, including undercover and specialist surveillance stints. Austin's Dan Calder character has embedded himself into New Zealand's crime writing culture, with his previous books The Agency, The Second Grave and Frozen Summer. Bonded sees Calder become a truly international crime busting traveller for the first time. Taking his skills and his internal struggles across the Atlantic Ocean to the United States and thereby opening the potential for a whole new audience. Bonded is an edge of the seat thriller and Ian Austin's best yet.
Dimensions: 153 x 254 mm
Publication Date: 19-11-2021
More Than A Roof
More Than A Roof is about housing. It's about nostalgia, anger, contentment, longing, fear and much much more. It brings together voices from across the spectru...
More Than A Roof is about housing. It's about nostalgia, anger, contentment, longing, fear and much much more. It brings together voices from across the spectrum - from those with no homes, those in emergency accommodation, in caravans, in cars, on boats, in rentals, or in their own houses. Drawing together well-known writers and first-time poets, it's a unique and timely collection. Each poem lets us in to a personal viewpoint and narrative that gently and inevitably leads to a self-reflection of what makes up our own home. A welcome respite to the endless editorials on the housing crisis and who is to blame. – Vic Crockford and David Zussman, Community A house, a home, to be homeless, to be at home in the world… I guarantee you’ll be moved by the stories in this collection, lavish in its multiplicity of voices. It’s beautiful and heart-warming, and at times it will move you to tears. A wonderful read. – Bernadette Hall
Dimensions: 129 x 198 mm
Publication Date: 20-11-2021
1921 : Rugby, Race & Empire
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.
Dimensions: 160 x 240 mm
Publication Date: 31-10-2021
The Joke Collector's Notebook
Heard a funny one-liner in the playground? Found some hilarious jokes online? Jot them all down in The Joke Collector's Notebook, complete with 100 illustrated ...
Heard a funny one-liner in the playground? Found some hilarious jokes online? Jot them all down in The Joke Collector's Notebook, complete with 100 illustrated jokes, fun challenges, and handy tips on finding and telling jokes. Perfect for joke-lovers aged 8 and up.
Dimensions: 152 x 229 mm
Publication Date: 01-10-2021