Canterbury University Press (92)

Great Barrier Island (Revised Ed)(updated 2011)

ISBN: 9781877257001

Author: Don Armitage    Publisher: Canterbury University Press

First publishd in 2001 and now extensively revised, this book describes Great Barrier Island's history and natural features, including flora, fauna, habitats an...


First publishd in 2001 and now extensively revised, this book describes Great Barrier Island's history and natural features, including flora, fauna, habitats and endangered species, both terrestrial and marine. Profusely illustrated, it is an esential resource for all visitors to what Sir Peter Blake called 'probably my favourite island in the whole world'.


Pages: 192


Dimensions: 240 mm


Publication Date: 16-04-2014


$39.95 $19.99
Pushing His Luck : Report of the expedition and death of Harry Whitcombe

ISBN: 9781877257889

Author: Hilary Low translated from Jakob Lauper    Publisher: Canterbury University Press

In 1863 Henry Whitcombe, a young civil engineer and Canterbury's Provincial Road Surveyor, led an expedition to find a route across the Southern Alps in advanc...


In 1863 Henry Whitcombe, a young civil engineer and Canterbury's Provincial Road Surveyor, led an expedition to find a route across the Southern Alps in advance of the West Coast gold rushes. Jakob Lauper, a hardy Swiss goldminer, was hired to accompany him. The journey turned to tragedy. Dogged by appalling weather and half-starved, the two men traversed the Main Divide by a pass that now bears Whitcombe's name, and struggled down to the western beach. There the exhausted Whitcombe drowned while attempting to cross the flooded Taramakau River. Against extraordinary odds, Lauper survived and made his way back to Christchurch. His report on the expedition was translated into English and published mid-1863. Pushing His Luck provides for the first time an accurate translation of Lauper's vivid account, and explains the significance of new information brought to light. Nearly 150 years after the event, the truth about this journey is finally told.


Pages: 144


Tags: New Zealand   History
$45.00
Palmer: The Parliamentary Years

ISBN: 9781877257926

Author: Raymond Richards    Publisher: Canterbury University Press

Young Geoff Palmer from Nelson, son of a crusading newspaper editor, was a serious and purposeful child who latched onto the idea of being a lawyer when it was ...


Young Geoff Palmer from Nelson, son of a crusading newspaper editor, was a serious and purposeful child who latched onto the idea of being a lawyer when it was put to him by his well-read mother. He absorbed progressive ideas at the University of Chicago law school and planned to use legal means to effect social reform when he entered parliament in 1979.\nIn 1984 Palmer became deputy prime minister in the radical fourth Labour government, his organisational and diplomatic skills a good foil for David Lange's disordered brilliance. Through hard work and high intelligence, Palmer compiled a record of reform unmatched in this country's history, concerning parliamentary procedures, the voting system, the environment, longstanding Maori grievances, the Bill of Rights, economic reform and many other matters, big and small. He also shaped the legislative programme of the most reforming government in New Zealand's history.\nAfter five turbulent years Lange resigned, and Palmer became New Zealand's 33rd prime minister. His government made major and controversial decisions, but Palmer stepped down after only 13 months, after a challenge from within his own party.\nWritten for a wide audience, Palmer: The Parliamentary Years is the product of research involving more than 200 linear metres of archives, as well as interviews with Palmer, his family and associates, some now deceased. It is a fascinating warts-and-all, authorised biography of the political career of one of New Zealand's brightest sons.\n\nPublishing November 2010.


Pages: 472


Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm


Publication Date: 01-11-2010


Tags: Biography   New Zealand   History
$45.00
Singing Historian : A memoir

ISBN: 9781927145319

Author: Edmund Bohan    Publisher: Canterbury University Press

Historian, biographer, novelist, broadcaster, lecturer and international singer Edmund Bohan is the author of 18 books, including biographies of Edward Staffor...


Historian, biographer, novelist, broadcaster, lecturer and international singer Edmund Bohan is the author of 18 books, including biographies of Edward Stafford, James Edward FitzGerald and Sir George Grey; the general histories of New Zealand: The Story So Far and Climates of War: Conflicts in New Zealand 1859-1869; and the O'Rorke series of historical novels. The Stafford and Grey biographies were Montana Book Award finalists. During his long singing career - much of it based in Britain - he sang more than 170 different major choral, operatic and orchestral works, and broadcast regularly. This light-hearted memoir, richly anecdotal and enlivened with pen-portraits of memorable personalities - musical, literary and academic - chronicles with wit and a sharply observant eye a lifetime of achievement as singer and writer. Following childhood in wartime Invercargill inside a close-knit family, he enjoyed schooldays at Christchurch Boys' High School and defining years at Canterbury University. After teaching for a period he left for Sydney and then London, establishing a career as a versatile 'general practitioner' of singing, mainly in concerts but enjoying memorable times with Benjamin Britten's English Opera Group and Kent Opera. A tour home with the NZSO prompted a permanent return as the end of 1987, where he resumed his 19th-century studies. He has concentrated on writing since then; though he continued to play character roles for Canterbury Opera, Wellington City Opera and the State Opera of South Australia for another dozen years. A dedicated family man, he now tends his Opawa garden - and plans new projects.


Pages: 228


Publication Date: 01-06-2012


Tags: New Zealand   Biography   Music
$30.00
A Canoe in Midstream: Poems New and Old

ISBN: 9781877257797

Author: Apirana Taylor    Publisher: Canterbury University Press

Poems new & old Apirana Taylor is a popular and acclaimed poet, short-story writer, novelist, playwright, actor, musician and painter. This, his fifth volu...


Poems new & old Apirana Taylor is a popular and acclaimed poet, short-story writer, novelist, playwright, actor, musician and painter. This, his fifth volume of poetry, includes much new work, together with many old favourites (the ones most requested at readings).


Pages: 172


Dimensions: 146 x 210 mm


$27.99
New Zealand Inventory of Biodiversity Volume 1

ISBN: 9781877257728

Author: Dennis P. Gordon    Publisher: Canterbury University Press

This volume is the first of three that provides a complete review and inventory of New Zealand's entire living and fossil biodiversity. More than 220 New Zealan...


This volume is the first of three that provides a complete review and inventory of New Zealand's entire living and fossil biodiversity. More than 220 New Zealand and overseas specialists have collaborated to produce the most comprehensive book of its kind in the world. Together, the three volumes will list every one of the 55,000-plus known species of New Zealand's animals, plants, fungi and micro-organisms. These volumes are affiliated with Species 2000, an international scientific project with the long-term goal of enumerating all known species on Earth into one seamless list - the Catalogue of Life, a kind of online telephone directory. To date, only New Zealand has compiled a checklist of its entire biota. Approximately 52% of this country's species are endemic - found only in New Zealand's freshwater, marine, and land environments. We have a responsibility to the global community to preserve this unique heritage or taonga. But further than that, all of our species - including many of the naturalised aliens included in the survey - are important to New Zealand's economy, ecology, and well-being.
Written for the advanced high-school and tertiary-level reader, these volumes are also intended to be a kind of 'Cooks Tour' of the kingdoms and phyla of life that will, it is hoped, provide an appreciation of the wondrous diversity of nature.


Pages: 592


Dimensions: 210 x 280 mm


Publication Date: 14-08-2012


$89.95
Christchurch Changing: an Illustrated History

ISBN: 9780908812530

Author: Geoffrey Rice    Publisher: Canterbury University Press

This lively survey tells the story of a major New Zealand city, the capital of Canterbury province and the South Island's largest metropolitan centre. Why was ...


This lively survey tells the story of a major New Zealand city, the capital of Canterbury province and the South Island's largest metropolitan centre. Why was the city established in the middle of a swamp? What was it like to live in Christchurch in the 1850s, the 1870s or the 1940s? What has changed, what has disappeared, and what has survived from the past? Who were the people who made Christchurch what it is today? What makes Christchurch distinctive among New Zealand's cities? These and many other questions are answered in this highly readable account.


Pages: 192


Dimensions: 210 x 285 mm


Tags: New Zealand   History
$39.95
The Natural History of Canterbury

ISBN: 9781877257575

Author: Michael Winterbourn    Publisher: Canterbury University Press

The expansive third edition of The Natural History of Canterbury provides a comprehensive, up-to-date account of knowledge of Canterbury's flora, fauna and env...


The expansive third edition of The Natural History of Canterbury provides a comprehensive, up-to-date account of knowledge of Canterbury's flora, fauna and environment. Written with a broad audience in mind, it will be an invaluable resource for natural scientists, students, environmental managers, and interested lay readers from Canterbury and throughout New Zealand. Chapters cover geology, geomorphology and geography of the region, its climate and soils, and the history of Maori colonisation and life. Vegetation, past and present, is dealt with in detail, as a fossil and present-day faunas, including birds, amphibians, reptiles and marine mammals. Extensive use of colour photographs enable the reader to visualise many of the remarkable plants, animals and landscapes found in the region. First published 1927; this 3rd edition first published May 2008, Christchurch. 260x190mm / 924pp


Pages: 924


Dimensions: 190 x 260 mm


Publication Date: 01-04-2008


$195.00 $75.00
Ikawai: Freshwater Fishes in Maori Culture and Economy

ISBN: 9781877257865

Author: R. M. McDowall    Publisher: Canterbury University Press

This landmark publication draws together all that has ever been written about the role of freshwater fishes in the lives of early Maori. Species such as tuna (...


This landmark publication draws together all that has ever been written about the role of freshwater fishes in the lives of early Maori. Species such as tuna (eels), kanakana (lamprey), inanga and kokopu were of high importance in the traditional diets of Maori, who were well aware of the places and seasons in which these fish could be harvested. Bob McDowall has made it his life's work to read every word ever written on the subject of Maori fisheries, from passing references in explorers' diaries, to the significant literary achievements of Elsdon Best and Te Rangi Hiroa in the 1920s, to the recent reports of the Waitangi Tribunal. In Ikawai , all the knowledge on record is connected into a coherent account for the first time, and interpreted in the light of modern scientific knowledge of the fish fauna. As well as being highly informative, Ikawai also serves to illustrate the beauty associated with Maori fisheries. Bob has amassed an extraordinary collection of photographs of the fish themselves, of the artefacts Maori customarily used in catching fish, and of artworks by modern Maori practitioners, some reflecting the many legends and stories associated with fish. He has also unearthed some stunning and highly significant historical images that were hidden away in archives, libraries and photographic collections. This compendium is an essential resource for anyone interested in the lives and livelihood of New Zealand's earliest settlers


Pages: 832


Dimensions: 190 x 258 mm


Publication Date: 01-05-2011


$130.00
New Zealand Inventory of Biodiversity Volume 3

ISBN: 9781927145050

Author: Dennis Gordon    Publisher: Canterbury University Press

This volume is the third in the trilogy that provides a review and inventory of New Zealand's entire living and fossil biodiversity - an international effort i...


This volume is the third in the trilogy that provides a review and inventory of New Zealand's entire living and fossil biodiversity - an international effort involving more than 220 New Zealand and overseas specialists and the most comprehensive of its kind in the world. Together, the three volumes list every one of almost 55,000 known species of New Zealand's animals, plants, and micro-organisms. These volumes are affiliated with Species 2000, and international scientific project with the long-term goal of enumerating all described species on Earth into one seamless list - the Catalogue of Life, a kind of online biological telephone directory.


Pages: 616


Publication Date: 01-10-2011


$89.95
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