A Tohunga’s Natural World: Plants, gardening and food
In this remarkable sequel to his ground-breaking Tohunga: Hohepa Kereopa (2003), historian Dr Paul Moon again travels deep into Tuhoe territory – and deep into its past – to uncover a wealth of material. This time he reveals his discussions with Hohepa Kereopa on traditional plants, cultivation, gardening, foods, medicines, and other aspects of the natural Maori world. This book is indispensable for anyone with an interest in customary Maori life, and provides a unique perspective on the work of a great tohunga at the height of his powers.
230x152mm, 152pp, ppr, photographs
After Me Came The Berlin Wall: Lies, Spies and Journalism
“The world is full of writers straining hard to be funny and failing, whereas Merv Cull achieves his gentle whimsy with such apparent ease. This book is full of anecdotes that tell you a lot about our time. It's beautifully written, informative and so often very amusing.”
~ Gordon McLauchlan
230x152mm, 208pp, b/w photographs, ppr
Albatross Too Many
Life in the remote community
of Te Kuaka. ‘It’s
a marvellous story…so much of New Zealand in it; the real
New Zealand of small Maori and Pakeha communities; and it is written
well. My heartfelt congratulations.’ Michael King
210x148mm, 240pp, paperback
|Call to Mission
The Story of the Mission Sisters of Aotearoa New Zealand and Samoa
The first four Mission Sisters journeyed from France to Napier, New Zealand, in 1865. One hundred years later, there were more than three hundred Sisters living and working in New Zealand and elsewhere. This book looks at the often-overlooked important contribution that women, particularly Catholic Sisters, have made to the life of the Church.
240 x 165mm, 372pp, paperback, illustrated
McCahon: The Man and the Teacher
The life of this iconic New Zealand artist and
the influence he had on those he worked with and those he taught.
240x190mm, 160pp, ppr b/w
and colour photos
Dark Sun: Te Rapunga and the Quest of George Dibbern
The remarkable story of self-confessed ‘vagabond’ George Dibbern who roamed the Pacific for thirty years from Vancouver to Hobart, interrupted only by internment as a foreign national on Somes Island in Wellington harbour in both World Wars. ‘If you live in harmony with life,’ he wrote, ‘life will take care of you.’
240 x 165mm, 544pp, ppr with flaps,
100 black and white photographs
FitzRoy: Governor in Crisis 1843-1845
Superbly researched this uncovers the momentous and controversial career of New Zealand’s second Governor. ‘Paul Moon is to be congratulated on producing a readable FitzRoy biography…FitzRoy the book and the man deserve recognition.” Graeme Hunt, Editor, National Business Review
230x152mm, 304pp, ppr
A Centennial History of Fletcher Building
This centennial history sets the company’s history in the broadest political and economic context. It traces the many dilemmas its leaders faced as they searched for growth and responded to the relentless challenges of business: slumps, credit squeezes, marauding governments and asset strippers, capricious policy makers, demanding customers, internal arguments, fleet-footed new competitors and changing investor attitudes.
240 x 165mm, 392pp, hardback, illustrated
From the Edge of the Sky: A Memoir
Compelling and revealing, the often hectic and sometimes poignant tale of the life and times of New Zealand’s foremost storyteller.
230x150mm, 240pp, ppr
Fronting up: Classic New Zealand Magazine Covers
Fronting up is a rich, large-format sample of more than 100 classic magazine covers, all reproduced in full colour and all drawn from the extensive archives of the Auckland Museum Library.
260 x 282mm, 112pp, ppr with flaps,
full colour throughout
Lieutenant-Colonel Dr Percival Fenwick
A remarkable and moving first-hand diary account of the Gallipoli campaign with photographs taken by the author.
190x225mm, 104pp, ppr, b&w photos
Henry Cooper of Auckland Grammar School
Sir Henry Cooper (1909–1990) is probably best remembered now as a dynamic and dedicated headmaster of Auckland Grammar School, which he raised to the pre-eminent position it occupies today. But he also played a leading role in the development of the University of Auckland and of the Woolf Fisher educational trust for nearly 30 years.
230 x 152mm, 472pp, hardback, b&w photographs
Hobson: Governor of New Zealand 1840-1842
Essential reading for anyone with an interest in New Zealand’s early history and implications of the Treaty of Waitangi.
210x148mm, 320pp, ppr
Hone Heke: Nga Puhi Warrior
A captivating account of the life of Hone Heke, first to sign the Treaty of Waitangi, then feller of the flagpole who at one stage seemed to hold the future of the young colony in his hand.
230x152mm, 184pp, ppr
Houses in Africa
This revealing and often amusing memoir follows the author’s life from her family’s arrival in Zambia in the 1970s from Yugoslavia to Swaziland and then South Africa.
210x148mm, 160pp, b/w photos, ppr
In Flanders Fields
The World War One Diary of Private Monty Ingram
“One of the most vivid, gripping and revealing diaries ever written by a New Zealand soldier of the First World War.”
Associate Professor Glyn Harper, Centre for Defence Studies, Massey University
230 x 152mm, 176pp, b/w photos throughout, cased, jacketed
In Step with Time
A history of the Sisters of St Joseph of Nazareth, Wanganui, New Zealand.
232x166mm, 366pp, b/w phtos, ppr
Kirsa: A Mother’s Story
The compelling story of the life and disappearance, in 1993, of Napier schoolgirl Kirsa Jensen, and the aftermath. It is a remarkable and detailed account of how a mother faces the ultimate nightmare.
210x148mm, 384pp, b/w photos, ppr
The Don Rowlands leadership guide
Innovative, invigorating, inspirational, Listen is a major breakthrough in leadership thinking. You will never again lose sleep over how to motivate and lead people. Listen is a book that will challenge the way you approach business. It is a blueprint to transform your management and leadership skills.
210 x 135mm, 128pp, hardback, illustrated
The Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart Aotearoa New Zealand 1883-2006
In 1883 three young Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart arrived in Temuka, South Canterbury, to teach in the parish school. One hundred years later, the Sisters of St Joseph - affectionately known as the ‘Brown Joes’ - were teaching in Catholic primary and secondary schools from Panguru in the north to Balclutha in the south. This is their story.
230 x 152mm, 356pp, ppr, illustrated
Ngapua: The Political Life of Hone Heke Ngapua, MHR
Hone Heke Ngapua (1869-1909) was one of the foremost Maori leaders of the past two centuries. He received enormous recognition as an MP, working alongside Carroll, Ngata, and Seddon, and emerged as the country’s first pan-tribal Maori leader.
230x152mm, 400pp, b/w photos, ppr
One of Ben’s
Shadbolt’s first and bestselling volume of memoir. It is not just his story, it is also that of his felonious forbears and robust relatives – the first Shadbolts who arrived in New Zealand from Britain via the penal colonies of Australia. ‘Fast moving, tough, intimate and funny.’ The Australian
230x150mm, 328pp, b/w photos, ppr
Opo: The Hokianga Dolphin
Eric and Elizabeth Lee-Johnson
A best selection from Eric Lee-Johnson's unique photographic record of Opo and the Hokianga of the 1950s. While living there he photographed Opo throughout the summer while she played to the crowds and swam among delighted children and adults. The resulting photo-essay captures the atmosphere and magic of the time.
230 x 185mm, 48pp, b/w photos, ppr
Oswald Blumhardt: New Zealand Plant Pioneer
The fascinating story of Northland’s Oswald Blumhardt and his legendary Koromiko Nursery. Os had a lifelong interest in plants, in collecting, propagating and hybridising. To this end, he travelled extensively through Borneo, Thailand, Vietnam, New Guinea and Fiji camping in the lush high mountains and collecting seeds and other plant material to grow and hybridise in his nursery back home.
240 x 185mm, 136pp, b/w & colour photographs, paperback with flaps
Postcards from Tukums
A Family Detective Story
In 1904, Ann's grandparents, Adolph and Yetta Manoy, and their three daughters left Tukums in Latvia, then part of Imperial Russia, to settle in Stratford, New Zealand. Their story is revealed by the discovery of a set of beautiful postcards, reproduced here, and letters originally mailed to the Manoys from their homeland.
255 x 190mm, 288pp, paperback, full colour throughout
Puketutu and its People
Paul Goldsmith and Michael Bassett
Puketutu is the only significant island in the Manukau Harbour. Pioneer businessman Sir John Logan Campbell owned the island for nearly 50 years. Subsequent owners include Sir Henry Kelliher, a leading figure in Auckland’s business and social life. Puketutu is currently owned by the Sir Henry J Kelliher Charitable Trust and incorporates a luxurious function centre – many Aucklanders would have been guests at weddings and other events at the former Kelliher mansion set on beautifully landscaped grounds. This is a lively and beautiful tribute to this major landmark, written by two well known Auckland historians..
255 x 235mm, 116pp, cased, jacketed, illustrated
|Rails Toward the Sky
The Story of Driving Creek Railway
When Barry Brickell became New Zealand's first full-time craft potter he combined his passion for railways with his engineering skills to build a short line for bringing clay and firewood down from the hills to his Coromandel kilns. Over the next 30 years he kept extending the line, and Driving Creek Railway is now a major tourist attraction carrying thousands of passengers a year over the spectacular spirals, zigzags and the world's only double-deck railway viaduct. This fascinating and beautifully illustrated book he tells us how he managed it.
256 x 210mm, 228pp, hardback, full colour
Rudi Gopas: A Biography
A detailed and highly readable biography of this renowned New Zealand artist and art teacher.
240x190mm, 288pp, b/w photos, ppr
Saving the City
The History of the Order of the Good Shepherd and the Community of the Holy Name in Auckland, 1894-2000.
210x280mm, 152pp, b/w photos, ppr
| Stress & Enterprise
The Career of Richard Izard
Izard’s career did not follow text-book pathways of thrift and steady progress. In business he generated much stress as he made mistakes, chewed through business partners, exasperated countless bank managers and strained some friendships. There were long periods of drift, depression and desperation but when high spirits seized Richard Izard, he was unstoppable.
230 x 152mm, 228pp, hardback, illustrated
|Such Absolute Beginners
Journalist, author, and broadcaster Ian Cross has made many splashes in New Zealand’s small pond and in this rich and rewarding memoir he reveals much of his life that would easily elude any would-be biographer.
230 x 152mm, 160pp, b/w & colour photographs, ppr
|The Edges of Empires
New Zealand in the Middle of the Nineteenth Century
… an elegant and compelling read, a fresh and engaging analysis that gives lie to the myth that the 1850s were some kind of ‘golden age’ in New Zealand’s history. Moon’s book … prises open the complex arrangement of competing interests, challenges and pressures on both Maori and … quite literally on the edge of two great empires.
Professor Giselle Byrnes, Department of History, Waikato University
230 x152, 240 pages, paperback, illustrated
The Logans: New Zealand’s Greatest Boatbuilding Family
Robin Elliott, Harold Kidd
A rare insight into this complex family of Scottish origin, its brilliant individuals and to the times when they were turning out the very best yachts and launches in the Southern hemisphere. Details of every known Logan vessel.
260x282mm, 144pp, b/w photos, ppr
Paul Goldsmith and Michael Bassett
The Myers is a sweeping study of four generations of the Myers family. It moves from Prussian Poland to the goldfields of Ballarat to bankruptcy in the South Island and then to a growing fortune in beer and liquor.
240 x 165mm, 432pp, b/w and colour photographs, cased, jacketed
The Path to the Treaty of Waitangi / Te Ara Ki Te Tiriti
Presents compelling evidence that the British Crown did not intend to rule Maori, and that Maori never consented to be ruled by the British Crown.
230x152mm, 232pp, ppr
The Struggle for Tamaki Makaurau
The Maori Occupation of Auckland to 1820
Maori Auckland is synonymous with Ngati Whatua, or so it seems. However, there is a much longer and far more contentious history of the area which challenges this assumption, and raises the possibility of several other tribes staking a claim for dominion over Auckland.
230 x 152mm, 154 pages, ppr
Celebrating Integrated Dance
Touch Compass is an exceptional dance company and this beautifully illustrated book celebrates and chronicles the first decade of the company's achievements.
230 x 185mm, 136pp, colour and b/w photographs, paperback with flaps
Tohunga: Hohepa Kereopa
For the first time, the world of the tohunga – which up until now has lain carefully concealed for centuries – is brought out into the open. Subject matters ranging from natural healing to modern life offer an exclusive insight into the realm of a great tohunga.
230 x 152mm, 172pp, ppr
The Tohunga Journal
Hohepa Keropa, Rua Kenana and Maungapohatu
The final work in the trilogy dealing with the great Tuhoe tohunga Hohepa Kereopa. A powerful, moving work, evoking the majesty of the Ureweras, delving into the metaphysical realm of one of Maoridom’s most renowned tohunga, and traversing a remarkable period of New Zealand history.
230 x 152mm, 136pp, ppr
Trevor Moffitt: A Biography
“Trevor Moffitt in my opinion is one of New Zealand’s greatest artists. He’s got the X factor in spades [and he] has indelibly portrayed and cast a ‘New Zealand way of life’ in oils.”
~ Warwick Henderson
240x185mm, 228pp, b/w photographs and colour reproductions, paperback with flaps
Vintage New Zealand Launches:
A Winkelmann Portfolio
Harold Kidd and Robin Elliott
This is a stunning collection of photographs of early powerboats and launches taken from the mid 1890s to the late 1920s by renowned maritime photographer Henry Winkelmann. The wide range of images shows a variety of craft, some utterly obscure, some quite famous, from elegant launches and humble working boats to dashing early speedboats. All capture the essence of the boat, the place and the time.
260 x 282mm, 108pp, b/w photos, ppr
Waiting for the Revolution
The story of the James Edwards, the eldest of eight children brought up in numbing poverty in the Depression and the son of Jim Edwards leader of Auckland’s unemployed and imprisoned in 1932 for leading the Auckland Riots.
230x148mm, 160pp, ppr
|Way Back Then, Before We Were Ten
New Zealand Writers and Childhood
In this wonderful collection of stories and memoir from childhood twenty-six distinguished New Zealand writers evoke memories of their early years. Their stories and memoirs resonate with love and betrayal, friendship and disloyalty, elation and anxiety. The writing features parents and teachers, peers, siblings and other relatives, the loveable and the unloveable. There are wondrous discoveries of the natural and cultural world and glimpses into the enigmatic realm that is adulthood.
230 x 152mm, 208pp, paperback
We Won, You Lost. Eat That!
A Political History of Tax in New Zealand since 1840
As politicians struggle with the temptations that the power of taxation dangles before them and taxpayers respond to frequent changes in methods and levels of taxation, the battles have been fiercely fought. Auckland biographer and historian Paul Goldsmith shows in this fast-paced book that our tax history is full of drama and controversy.
240 x 165mm, 384pp, paperback, illustrated
Where Giants Dwell: A Sailor’s Tale
A story about ships and the men who work them, about gales, strikes, lockouts, fist fights and murder. Personal and sometimes humorous account of life at sea and in New Zealand’s toughest unions.
230x152mm, 224pp, b/w photos, ppr
Winkelmann’s Waitemata: Classic Auckland Yachting
Robin Elliott, Harold Kidd, Rodney Wilson
Henry Winkelmann is probably the greatest marine photographer this country has known, and here a broad selection of his classic yachting images has been put together in a single volume. They range from the mid-1880s through the heydey of mullet boat racing before the First World War and end with images taken just before his retirement in the mid-1920s. Large format.
260 x 282mm, 80pp, b/w photos, ppr
Yvonne Rust: Maverick Spirit is the fascinating, richly illustrated biography of Northland's iconic artist, pioneer potter, and inspired arts educator, Yvonne Rust, QSM. Yvonne grew up during the Depression years as the only white child in Te Hapua, in the Far North. She graduated with a Dip.FA in 1946, and went on to teach art in schools and as a painter and at the forefront of the pottery movement in the 1950s, she worked closely with such luminaries as Barry Brickell, Ted Bracey, Faith McManus, Richard Parker, Sir Jon Trimmer and Michael Trumic.
255 x 210mm, 244pp, paperback, full colour