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'The life, the health, the intelligence, and the morals of the nation count for more than riches, and I would rather have this country free from want and squalor and unemployed than the home of multi-millionaires.'—Richard Seddon, 1905 Casting a long shadow over New Zealand history, Richard John Seddon, Premier from 189... 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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In the world of rugby, the All Blacks have an unsurpassed legacy of success. We are the best of the best. Legends in Black, a truly special book and the result of unprecedented access to some of the biggest names in New Zealand rugby, reveals the experiences, secrets and reflections of All Black greats on why we win. Through ... 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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 NZ Non Fiction

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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We kiwis are literally eating ourselves to death. In the move from cooking to convenience food we have given up control of what we eat. As a result our food is heavy on sugar, fat and salt, and light on the nutrients our body needs. This is causing a hidden health crisis that will swamp our hospitals just when the baby boo... read more

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Author: Rebecca Macfie
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 NZ Non Fiction

Awards:Winner of NZSA E. H. McCormick Best First Book for Non-fiction 2014 Shortlisted for The New Zealand Post Book Award for Non-fiction 2014 Winner of the inaugural Bert Roth Award for Excellence in Labour History 2014 NZ POST BOOK AWARDS 2014 NZSA best first book Winner - 2014

On a sunny afternoon in November 2010, in the beautiful Paparoa Range of the South Island, a massive explosion rocked an underground coal mine. Later that day two ashen men stumbled from the entrance. Twenty-nine men remained unaccounted for.
Initial probes revealed fatally high methane levels in the mine - conditions d... read more

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In this revealing book, Max Cryer explores the truth or otherwise of facts and beliefs we may have always been told are true, but which on closer examination may not be. In a wide-ranging book encompassing social history, language, music, politics, food, sport, the natural world and much more, we discover the truth behind som... read more

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Heart-warming and compulsive reading, this is an entertaining, lively and moving novel from one of New Zealand's favourite authors. 'Donny Mac was released at Eastertime about a month before Pansy Holloway, also known as Nightshade, disappeared for good.' After a short stint in prison on trumped-up charges, the loveable simpl... read more

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An intimate, raw memoir by a founding member of one of NZ’s iconic rock bands, Hello Sailor; a tale of creativity, misadventure, success and excess. It was like David and Goliath. Only Goliath wasn’t about to be blown away, and David was stoned. Dave McArtney’s description of Hello Sailor’s campaign to... read more

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In 1940, 28-year-old Jack Elworthy left to fight in Europe. He would return seven years later, changed forever. Like many soldiers, Jack had experienced the best and worst of human nature - from kindness and bravery of Crete civilians to the unimaginable horrors of Dachau. He escaped from Greece as the Nazis rolled in, fought... read more

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One of New Zealand's greatest rally drivers and a hill-climbing superstar tells his inspiring story for the very first time. Rod Millen was a hero of New Zealand rallying in the 1970s. Having won several championships he quickly established himself as New Zealand's number one driver. But thereafter Millen went on to do what v... read more

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Graham Hutchins fell in love with trains at an early age. Living in the railway town of Te Kuiti, he often gazed on the steaming monsters as they thundered through the King Country. Before long train travel became more than a pastime, more than a fascination: he was hooked. In his new book he recounts a journey he undertook a... read more

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The unauthorised biography of the New Zealand teen superstar, Lorde by a New York Times bestselling author.

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Indispensable guide to every All Black from the very first player — James Allan in 1884 to the most recent crop selected for the All Blacks end-of-year tour in 2013. A headshot of every player — many in full colour — is accompanied by a potted biography, including all playing statistics. The most comprehensi... read more

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The gripping story of an iconic New Zealand high country sheep station in the heart of the South Island's MacKenzie Country. There are two ways into the MacKenzie Country: via Fairlie and Burke's Pass or over the Lindis. Whichever way you drive, when you enter the MacKenzie you know you are somewhere very different and very s... read more

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Three sisters and their journey to save New Zealand's Kaimanawa horses from the biennial cull. Vicki, Kelly and Amanda Wilson are three of New Zealand's most prominent and popular show jumping riders. They're also nationally recognised horse trainers. Continuing from the success of their blog, 'Keeping up with the Kaimanawas'... read more

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The engaging, witty, fascinating memoir of one of New Zealand's most eminent neurologists and winemakers. It all began when Ivan Donaldson's girlfriend, Chris, gave him Hugo Johnson's book Wine in 1966. A light bulb went off in the mind of the talented, ambitious young doctor. A fascination with wine started when he and that ... read more

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