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Part history, part biography, part social commentary, this fascinating book is about an event that set back race relations in New Zealand by one hundred years. In 1862, Rev Carl Sylvius Volkner was hanged, his head cut off, his eyes eaten and his blood drunk from his church chalice. His shrunken head was carried around the co... read more

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The extraordinary story of New Zealand's earthquakes, the science and forces that shape them, and the danger of earthquakes yet to hit. This is the story of New Zealand's turbulent tectonics, how earthquakes are measured and described, and how scientists are predicting future shakes across New Zealand. It features some of New... read more

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A landmark book about New Zealand's marine reserves that connects readers to New Zealand waters like never before. This important book, written by award-winning natural history writer Janet Hunt, examines New Zealand's 34 marine reserves, and the need to protect and preserve our seas and foreshores in their natural state. Eac... read more

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Accessible, nostalgic look at how dairy has shaped New Zealand, telling the story through lively text and great photographs. When you drive the length of New Zealand, you see more and more land being converted to dairy farms. Dairy prices are high and are providing lucrative lifestyles for dairy farmers - these are boom times... read more

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The most inspiring sporting stories of Kiwis who have triumphed against all odds.

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Few books have had the global impact of Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century. An overnight bestseller, Piketty's assessment that inherited wealth will always grow faster, on average, than earned wealth has energised debate. Hailed as 'bigger than Marx' (The Economist) or dismissed as 'medieval' (Wall Street Jo... read more

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A magnificent vintage craft and needlework book, coupled with social history.
Craft of all sorts is having a strong revival and there is no more expert writer and designer than the talented Rosemary McLeod. A longtime avid collector, maker, exhibition curator, craft historian and writer, her glorious new book is a treas... read more

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For London-based writer Kirsty Gunn, returning to the city of her birth to spend a winter in a tiny colonial cottage in Thorndon is an exciting opportunity to walk the very streets and hills that Katherine Mansfield left behind on her departure from New Zealand, but later longed to revisit. In this exquisitely written 'notebo... read more

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The divide between New Zealand's poorest and wealthiest inhabitants has widened alarmingly over recent decades. Differences in income have grown faster than in most other developed countries. Max Rashbrooke's succinct introduction to these changes in our society, drawn from the larger work Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis and... read more

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When someone says the word 'kitchen' I get an instant flash of that room, with its black stove and drying rack, its brown lino, its worn mat and wooden table, the Philco radio on the mantelpiece. And 'creek' works in a similar way. These are things that can start me writing.... Widely regarded as one of New Zealand's greatest... read more

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Acknowledged internationally for his ground-breaking scientific research in the field of magnetic resonance, Sir Paul Callaghan was a scientist and visionary with a rare gift for promoting science to a wide audience. Paul Callaghan: Luminous Moments brings together some of his most significant writing, offering eloquent narra... read more

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New Zealand is a small place, but its regions are not the same. Shamubeel Eaqub highlights the changing economic fortunes of people in different parts of New Zealand - the growing wedge between our regions. It is time for a rethink - a considered and coherent set of policies that will transcend political partisanship and regi... read more

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Description: Coal was the heroic fuel of New Zealand's 19th and early 20th centuries, the fuel on which the colony grew - the stuff that made possible the heating, cooking and lighting essential to family life, a lifestyle exalted during two World Wars and a depression. The hero fuel; pivotal, essential, exalted even as every... read more

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Negotiating a claim before the Waitangi Tribunal can involve troubling challenges to an iwi's legitimacy, sometimes from unexpected places. In this unique behind-the-scenes account of the negotiation of Ngai Tahu's Waitangi Tribunal claim, Sir Tipene O'Regan describes what happened when claims of New Age mysticism attempted t... read more

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The events surrounding the 'trial' of Lloyd Geering for heresy in the late 1960s were unprecedented in New Zealand. Charged with 'doctrinal error' and 'disturbing the peace and unity of the church', Geering was thrust into the heat of public debate. Sourced from his autobiography Wrestling With God, these dramatic events reve... read more

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Author: Valerie Monk
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 NZ Non Fiction

Awards:Shortlisted for Montana New Zealand Book Awards: Lifestyle and Contemporary Culture Category 2007.

The Crown Lynn Story is an irresistible mix of business innovation, stunning products and vivd characters. In the late 1930s Tom Clark, barely in his early 20s, beagn making porcelain tiles and electrical fittings alongside his family's brick and pipe works in New Lynn. By 1970 Crown Lynn was the biggest pottery in the southe... read more

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This book was first published in 1946 as Myths and Legends of Maoriland, and subsequently reprinted four times before the second edition was published in 1958, followed by the third edition in 1961. It went on to become one of New Zealand’s most recognised books of the genre, winning an Esther Glen medal for the best ch... read more

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These are interesting essays by one of Australasia’s leading media and social science intellectuals. ‘Culture’ is often seen as somehow elevated above daily life (set in a rarefied realm) or set apart from it (e.g. the anthropological study of cultures other than our own). But for contemporary sociologists a... read more

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Roses bred by Ken Nobbs and named after the early Far North pioneers - generally the wives of missionaries, but includes a few others also. Pictures of most roses, and a biography of the person the rose is named after.

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Author: Philippa Werry
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Awards:Finalist: New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults 2014 Finalist: LIANZA Elsie Locke Non Fiction Award 2014 Winner of a 2014 Storylines Notable Book Award

Useful for the whole family, this fascinating new book exposes the rich history behind Anzac Day in an engaging and informative style, seeking to answer the many questions children often ask their parents and teachers around the 25th of April every year. It covers all aspects of Anzac Day, from the Gallipoli Campaign and the ... read more

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