Otago University Press (154)

Born to a Red-Headed Woman

ISBN: 9781877578878

Author: Kay McKenzie Cooke    Publisher: Otago University Press

Using the extraordinary capacity of music to revive the places and people from our pasts, this poetic memoir springs from over 50 song titles of song lines and ...


Using the extraordinary capacity of music to revive the places and people from our pasts, this poetic memoir springs from over 50 song titles of song lines and spans more than four decades.
Laconic, wry, subtly philosophical, Kay McKenzie Cooke's new collection carries us from her rural Southland girlhood in the 1950s and 60s to the bitter pressures of adopting out her baby as a teenager in the 1970s, and to her present as grandmother, mother, wife and author.
A plain-spoken honesty, a sensitivity tot he natural world, a gentle humour, a deep sense of how the richness of our relationships lodges in ordinary rituals and routines: all combine in a quietly moving autobiography.
"Born to a Red-Headed Woman" is documentary, vivid, ever grounded in the workaday detail of farming, the changing decades, family, city life and job. Yet at times the language peels right back to the tender nerve of major, formative losses.
If Cooke's observations of the daily are the simple melodic lines that seem to coast on the surface, beneath that runs a rich bass line of meditation on time, on meaning, how to live a life true to oneself, and to familial love.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 72


Dimensions: 148 x 210 mm


Publication Date: 28-04-2014


$25.00
When The Farm Gates Opened

ISBN: 9781877578724

Author: Neal Wallace    Publisher: Otago University Press

The economic reforms launched by the 1984 David Lange-led Labour government changed New Zealand forever. Agriculture bore the brunt of those changes and Rogerno...


The economic reforms launched by the 1984 David Lange-led Labour government changed New Zealand forever. Agriculture bore the brunt of those changes and Rogernomics, the name by which the era came to be known, became an historical reference point for the primary sector: a defining and pivotal moment when financial subsidies abruptly ended and farming learned to live without government influence, interference or protection.
The changes were more sweeping and wide ranging than anything farmers and farming
had expected. Some adjusted, some did not. Farmers downed tools in protest, many were forced from their land, families split, there was a spike in suicides and stories spread of farmers hiding machinery from repossession agents.
Thirty years on, there has been little documentation of what is folklore and what is fact.
This gripping and moving book, by award-winning agricultural journalist Neal Wallace,
relates the story of a rural sector battered and bruised by rapid change. It traces the period building up to the economic changes by talking to political and sector leaders, and the most important contribution comes from interviews with those most affected: farmers and community leaders who recollect and reveal their often very painful experiences.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 160


Dimensions: 150 x 230 mm


Publication Date: 28-05-2014


$30.00
Fitz : The Colonial Adventures of James Edward FitzGerald

ISBN: 9781877578731

Author: Jenifer Roberts    Publisher: Otago University Press

The story of James Edward FitzGerald, whose energy and enthusiasm contributed so
much to the early history of Christchurch. Orator, writer, politician an...


The story of James Edward FitzGerald, whose energy and enthusiasm contributed so
much to the early history of Christchurch. Orator, writer, politician and journalist, he
was the first Canterbury Pilgrim to set foot in New Zealand, first superintendent of the
province of Canterbury, first leader of the general government, and founder of the Press
newspaper.
From his early years in the Anglo-Irish gentry of England to his old age as auditor-general
of the colony, FITZ is a gripping biography that reads like a novel, breathing new life into the extraordinary man who played a major role in public life through fifty years of New Zealand history.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 400


Dimensions: 170 x 245 mm


Publication Date: 28-03-2014


Tags: Biography   New Zealand
$40.00
Kitchens : The New Zealand Kitchen in the 20th Century

ISBN: 9781877578373

Author: Helen Leach    Publisher: Otago University Press

‘You could say that the 1930s saw the highpoint of Macaroni Cheese.’

‘New Zealand kitchens of the late twentieth century became increasingly s...


‘You could say that the 1930s saw the highpoint of Macaroni Cheese.’

‘New Zealand kitchens of the late twentieth century became increasingly spacious, as the average number of household members declined.’

This engrossing history of the domestic kitchen covers 10 decades that saw our culinary

traditions accommodate extraordinary changes in technology and the irresistible process of globalisation. Each chapter surveys the external influences on households and their kitchens, samples the dishes prepared during the decade, and discusses the structure of meals. A study of kitchen equipment and design then closes each chapter, cumulatively revealing more innovation in these aspects than in what we ate.

Kitchens is the culmination of a 10-year research and writing project by anthropologist

Helen Leach, supported by the Marsden Fund of the Royal Society of New Zealand, focusing on the material culture of cooking by New Zealanders living in the past two centuries. The project has led to the publication of From Kai to Kiwi Kitchen (2010), The Pavlova Story (with Mary Browne, 2008), The Twelve Cakes of Christmas (with Mary Browne and Raelene Inglis, 2011) and this book.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 264


Dimensions: 215 x 285 mm


Publication Date: 20-11-2014


Tags: History   New Zealand
$49.95
Grace Joel : An Impressionist Portrait

ISBN: 9781877578861

Author: Joel Schiff    Publisher: Otago University Press

Dunedin-born artist Grace Joel (1864–1924) exhibited to acclaim in London and Paris, yet she and her art are relatively unknown today.

Joel excel...


Dunedin-born artist Grace Joel (1864–1924) exhibited to acclaim in London and Paris, yet she and her art are relatively unknown today.

Joel excelled at portraiture and mother and child studies, and was skilled in portraying

the nude. She received her artistic training in Melbourne, and lived for the mature years of

her career in London, where her work appeared at the prestigious Royal Academy, as well as the Paris Salon and the Royal Scottish Academy. She also held a number of solo exhibitions at prominent venues in Australasian, English and European cities. Today she is claimed by New Zealand, Australia and Britain.

One possible reason why Joel’s work has not remained visible is that few details of her

personal life survive. Only three letters have been found, and they reveal little of the person who wrote them. Undaunted, author Joel (no relation) Schiff has pulled together from the words of her contemporaries, various newspaper accounts, scraps in other historical archives and close study of her extant paintings a portrayal of this talented woman that is as intimate and engaging as her work. He also sets Grace Joel and her work in the times in which she lived, and the artistic communities of which she was a part.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 244


Dimensions: 200 x 270 mm


Publication Date: 10-12-2014


$50.00
Maurice Gee A Literary Companion: The Fiction for Young Readers

ISBN: 9781877578847

Author: Elizabeth Hale (Editor)    Publisher: Otago University Press

Maurice Gee's fiction for younger readers blends exciting stories with serious issues. Told through a range of genres, from fantasy to realism, adventure to sci...


Maurice Gee's fiction for younger readers blends exciting stories with serious issues. Told through a range of genres, from fantasy to realism, adventure to science fiction, mysteries, psychological thrillers and gangster stories, they offer a distinctive body of work that shows New Zealand to children and young adults.

This book is the first of two that pays tribute to Maurice Gee's distinctive contribution to New Zealand literature. It argues that the depth and excitement of Gee's fiction for young readers makes for an impressive introduction to New Zealand culture, history and storytelling. Overview chapters explore the motivations, themes, contexts and reception of Gee's work, from the fantasy novels Under the Mountain, The World Around The Corner and the O and Salt trilogies, to the five realist and historical novels, including The Fat Man, The Champion and The Fire-Raiser.

This volume will appeal to students, teachers, readers and writers of New Zealand literature, children's literature and fantasy literature. A second book, by Lawrence Jones, will discuss Gee's fiction for adult readers.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 256


Dimensions: 150 x 230 mm


Publication Date: 20-08-2014


$35.00
Peace Power & Politics : How New Zealand Became Nuclear Free

ISBN: 9781877578588

Author: Maire Leadbeater    Publisher: Otago University Press

This is a story of how ordinary people created a movement that changed New Zealand's foreign policy and our identity as a nation.

The story of peace...


This is a story of how ordinary people created a movement that changed New Zealand's foreign policy and our identity as a nation.

The story of peace activism from our pre-recorded history to 1975 was told in Peace People: A history of peace activities in New Zealand (1992) by Elsie Locke. In this new book her daughter Maire Leadbeater takes the story up to the 1990s in an account of the dramatic stories of the colourful and courageous activist campaigns that led the New Zealand government to enact nuclear-free legislation in 1987. Politicians took the credit, but they were responding to a powerful groundswell of public opinion.

In this country nuclear disarmament has become part of our communal psyche to a greater extent than in any other western-aligned nation, but when politicians choose pragmatism over principle in foreign policy, peace and justice suffer. Peace activism is an ongoing story.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 344


Dimensions: 200 x 270 mm


Publication Date: 20-11-2013


Tags: History   New Zealand
$55.00
Among Secret Beauties

ISBN: 9781877578489

Author: Brian Wilkins    Publisher: Otago University Press

Climbing entered the world stage in the 1950s: this was the era that produced not only Sir Edmund Hillary but a strong body of world-class New Zealand climbers....


Climbing entered the world stage in the 1950s: this was the era that produced not only Sir Edmund Hillary but a strong body of world-class New Zealand climbers. In this important and dramatic book Brian Wilkins, who was part of the adventure, shares his experiences of climbing in the Southern Alps and the Himalayas.

During the New Zealand Alpine Club expedition to the Himalayas in 1954, the year after Everest, Wilkins was the climber most closely associated with Hillary. Hillary’s two narrow escapes from death during the expedition saw Wilkins in a unique position to gauge the character and actions of this legendary figure at a formative stage in the famous climber’s career.

Wilkins’ New Zealand climbing includes the first ascent of the northeast ridge of Mt Aspiring, a gripping drama of survival and human endurance and a test of the ethics of mountaineering.

In this account he also submits the writings of his contemporaries to robust critical attention, writing with warm gentle humour, honesty and insight.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 220


Dimensions: 150 x 230 x 12 mm


Publication Date: 20-12-2013


$45.00
Creature Comforts New Zealanders and their Pets

ISBN: 9781877578618

Author: Nancy Swarbrick    Publisher: Otago University Press

New Zealand has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world – in 2011, 68 per cent of all Kiwi households had at least one pet: almost half had a c...


New Zealand has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world – in 2011, 68 per cent of all Kiwi households had at least one pet: almost half had a cat and nearly a third had a dog. Yet until now no book has explored how pets came to be such an integral part of the New Zealand way of life.

Creature Comforts does just this. By chronicling the major events and ideas that have shaped pet keeping in New Zealand, this fascinating and entertaining book explains the strong relationship we have with our animal friends, and how this has changed over time. It looks at the social impact of fanciers' organisations, the moral influence of the SPCA and other animal welfare groups, the educational role of calf clubs, and the questions raised by animal rights activists. Along the way, it tells the stories of some memorable companion animals.

The book is beautifully illustrated and includes many previously unpublished historical images.


Pages: 292


Dimensions: 200 x 270 mm


Publication Date: 20-11-2013


Tags: History   New Zealand
$55.00
Ara Mai he Tetekura Visioning our Futures

ISBN: 9781877578601

Author: Paul Whitinui, Marewa Glover, Dan Hikuroa    Publisher: Otago University Press

With less than 2 per cent of the total Māori population holding a doctorate, the need for Māori leadership planning in academia has never been greater. The pu...


With less than 2 per cent of the total Māori population holding a doctorate, the need for Māori leadership planning in academia has never been greater. The purpose of this book is to present the experiences of new and emerging Māori academics as a guide for others aspiring to follow.

In 2010 Professor Sir Mason Durie oversaw the creation of the Te Manu Ao Academy at Massey University, designed to advance Māori academic leadership. In partnership with Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, the course looked to develop participants' thinking around effective leadership principles, values and ideas.

This book grew from that programme, in response to the need to create the space for new and emerging Māori academic leaders to speak openly about what leadership means both personally and professionally.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 174


Dimensions: 150 x 230 mm


Publication Date: 20-11-2013


Tags: Education   New Zealand
$30.00
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