March 2020 (103)

Scott Base Antarctica The Early Years

ISBN: 9780473458522

Author: Don Webster   

For two periods in the early 1960s young science technician Don Webster wintered over in Antarctica, helping build extensions to the New Zealand station at Scot...


For two periods in the early 1960s young science technician Don Webster wintered over in Antarctica, helping build extensions to the New Zealand station at Scott Base. It was barely two years after Sir Edmond Hillary’s support of the 1957-58 Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition. Don describes in detail the design and construction of the buildings of the base, providing an invaluable historical record of both the physical base itself and also of daily life there in the summers and winters of those early years. Storms, severe cold and aircraft accidents are described in vivid detail. The book has 370 photographs many never before published.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 268


Dimensions: 210 x 250 mm


Publication Date: 31-12-2019


$59.99
Journey To The Centre Of My Being

ISBN: 9789387242647

Author: Jim Wilson    Publisher: Zen Publications

Jim Wilson is an adventurer: mountaineering; Antarctic exploration; adventure films with Sir Edmund Hillary (on one of which he drove a jet boat up Mother Gang...


Jim Wilson is an adventurer: mountaineering; Antarctic exploration; adventure films with Sir Edmund Hillary (on one of which he drove a jet boat up Mother Ganga from ocean to sky); climbing and school building with Sir Edmund in the Everest region of Nepal; and sailing to Pacific islands in a small yacht. These physical adventures provide an exciting backdrop to this book. But Jim is also a religious adventurer. He relates in depth, with clarity and humour, his long journey in search of a satisfying way of understanding and experiencing the true nature of his self, and of his place in this mysterious universe. Studying Western philosophy and theology moved him away from intense involvement in the liberal Christianity of his parents. So he looked to India, inexhaustible source of inspiration. For two years he studied Indian philosophy and religion at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. Then he taught for 23 years in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, returning many times to India and Nepal. Though profoundly moved by the religions he studied and taught about, he was unable to accept the metaphysical beliefs underpinning them. Increasingly, though, he became fascinated by modern scientific discoveries about the universe, and about our planet and the evolution of life on it. So he wove together elements from religious and scientific traditions. In particular, he took Adi Shankara’s Advaita, also known as spiritual monism, and applied it to the physical universe, adding in also feelings and attitudes from New Zealand’s indigenous Maori religion. He now believes that the centre of his being is the physical energy of the universe, with which, therefore, he is at one. He finds this deeply satisfying in understanding, and emotionally and morally experiencing, his place on this planet and in the universe. Because it owes so much to spiritual monism he calls it physical monism, or physical Advaita.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 230


Dimensions: 153 x 230 mm


Publication Date: 01-11-2019


Tags: March 2020   Biography   Travel
$39.99
Alcohol : A Dangerous Love Affair

ISBN: 9780473503215

Authors: George A F Seber, D Graeme Woodfield    Publisher: Wild Side Publishing

An in-depth study of the effects of alcohol on users, the community, the nation of New Zealand, and globally Written for anyone interested in alcohol, as even m...


An in-depth study of the effects of alcohol on users, the community, the nation of New Zealand, and globally Written for anyone interested in alcohol, as even moderate drinkers are at health risk. The data available is enormous, but we are left with the impression that our political peers have conveniently ignored this elephant in the room. This compendium of verified data on alcohol examines nearly every aspect of its involvement in our lives, our community, our country, and globally. Alcohol is highly addictive and can destroy a person’s life. The nature of the addiction is described, and how it affects the brain. Some tips for low risk drinking are given as well as strategies for controlling alcohol consumption.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 256


Dimensions: 229 x 153 x 13 mm


Publication Date: 02-04-2020


$39.99
The Fallibility of Religion

ISBN: 9780473511524

Author: David Weaver    Publisher: Quentin Wilson Publishing

“Unless major changes in dogma take place soon, religion is doomed to extinction and mankind to social chaos.” In The Fallibility of Religion, David Weaver...


“Unless major changes in dogma take place soon, religion is doomed to extinction and mankind to social chaos.” In The Fallibility of Religion, David Weaver explores this statement without fear of its controversial nature and with a commitment to creating the much-needed clarity he believes is necessary in discussing the future of religion. Spiritual belief is, in Weaver’s view, a personal matter, not to be imposed doctrinally, and religion is a social construct with the critical role of providing structures within which communities can prosper. We need religion to survive in order to fulfil its true purpose of providing a social structure and rules for communal behaviour, he argues, but this will only happen if the existing religious claims to infallibility and exclusivity are eliminated.  Many millions of people who no longer believe in a spiritually ordered life are rejecting religion without recognising its intrinsic value as the guardian of our communal values and the rightful authority for the maintenance of social order. The one thing that religion is not, Weaver believes, is the owner of our spiritual beliefs. In this passionate thesis, Weaver asks and responds to the question, How is religion to survive and continue to play its all-important role in the modern, materialistic and sceptical environment prevalent in much of the world today?


Bind: paperback


Pages: 168


Dimensions: 153 x 234 mm


$29.99
The Radicals

ISBN: 9780473436001

Author: Marolyn Krasner   

After twenty-five years of extremist feminist activism, D is on probation for assaulting homophobes and she is becoming something she never wanted to be: respec...


After twenty-five years of extremist feminist activism, D is on probation for assaulting homophobes and she is becoming something she never wanted to be: respectable. D’s mom and girlfriend hope her life as leader of the feminist collective Pussy Power is over, but D feels like a failure. When she finds out her estranged father has jumped on the white power bandwagon and is sharing the personal details of marginalized people on his badly designed website, she reconnects with her toxic Pussy Power cofounder and triggers a chain of events that causes her new life to implode, which is very bad, but is also exactly what she wants.


Bind: paperback


Publication Date: 29-02-2020


$25.00
Into The Labyrinth (Dreamweavers Book 2)

ISBN: 9780473505479

Author: Isa Pearl Ritchie    Publisher: Te Ra Aroha Press

A sound broke through the usual calm—the same cracking sound I had heard while I was awake!  The fragments Awa Bryant trapped just after she learned she was...


A sound broke through the usual calm—the same cracking sound I had heard while I was awake!  The fragments Awa Bryant trapped just after she learned she was a long-awaited-for Dreamweaver are terrifyingly close to breaking free – so close that even in the waking world she can hear their efforts to crack their giant glass dome prison. Veila the Dreamcharmer is training her to use her powers, but Awa is impatient, distracted and still struggling with anxiety in her waking life. Yet, the threat grows stronger. She learns from Veila and the Priestess Tree that she must find the mysterious Dreamrealm labyrinth in order to master her powers and learn to alchemise the fragments before they can do more harm.   Even with the training and the guidance she’s received, can she succeed in her quest and defeat them before the marvellous Dreamrealm is destroyed?


Bind: paperback


Pages: 204


Dimensions: 127 x 203 mm


Publication Date: 20-02-2020


$22.99
Where Do The Pine Trees Go?

ISBN: 9780473505509

Authors: Erica Kinder, Mikis van Geffen    Publisher: Southern North Island Wood Council

One morning Fred is woken by a crashing sound. He peeks out the curtains and sees the pine trees on the farm, his favourite place to play, being taken down by a...


One morning Fred is woken by a crashing sound. He peeks out the curtains and sees the pine trees on the farm, his favourite place to play, being taken down by a logging machine. Fred is horrified but soon learns all about harvesting, replanting and the wonderful uses and benefits trees have. This book contains facts from the Forestry Sector in New Zealand and depicts part of the story of our renewable resource, along with the industry that cares for its growth and use. There is also hidden wooden objects on each page to try and find. Check the key on the last page to see if you found them all. At the end is also a word find, colouring, a maze, and some forestry facts about New Zealand


Bind: paperback


Pages: 34


Dimensions: 220 x 255 mm


Publication Date: 31-01-2020


$19.99
Nana's Shed

ISBN: 9780473504007

Authors: Marie Munro, Rachel Doragh, Piripi Walker    Publisher: Nana's Shed Books

Nana dreams of having a shed in her garden. Despite the passing of time, the parts for the shed lie in a pile on the lawn. Grandson, Jacob, and his friend, Max,...


Nana dreams of having a shed in her garden. Despite the passing of time, the parts for the shed lie in a pile on the lawn. Grandson, Jacob, and his friend, Max, take matters into their own hands. Using some ingenuity, and the sort of imagination that makes everything possible, they build the shed that Nana has always wanted!


Pages: 28


Dimensions: 280 x 210 mm


$25.00
Nana's New Porch

ISBN: 9780473503994

Authors: Marie Munro, Rachel Doragh, Piripi Walker    Publisher: Nana's Shed Books

Nana's back porch is draughty and old, it's dangerous, rickety, slippery and cold. This fully bilingual book incorporates the characters from Nana's Shed and Be...


Nana's back porch is draughty and old, it's dangerous, rickety, slippery and cold. This fully bilingual book incorporates the characters from Nana's Shed and Bella's Fringe in a story that revels in the fertile imaginations of Kiwi kids, especially those who enjoy building things, teamwork, creativity and working with tools. The text has been translated by Piripi Walker, NZSTI, who has "kept the words simple and clear so the rhythm is right and each sentence will stand up well when delivered aloud".


Bind: paperback


Pages: 28


Dimensions: 210 x 280 mm


$25.00
Bella's Fringe

ISBN: 9780473462734

Authors: Marie Munro, Rachel Doragh    Publisher: Nana's Shed Books

Bella's a bit of a rebel. She knows her own mind and there is one thing she knows for certain - haircuts are out! So Bella's hair just grows and grows. This hum...


Bella's a bit of a rebel. She knows her own mind and there is one thing she knows for certain - haircuts are out! So Bella's hair just grows and grows. This humorous story about Bella's hair continues with the search activities in te reo Māori that appeared in "Nana's Shed”" and extends the counting in English and te reo to 20.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 44


Dimensions: 210 x 280 mm


$25.00
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