Auckland Libraries: Book list

Democracy in New Zealand

It’s election year, and every vote counts! For those wanting a refresher on current and ongoing issues in Aotearoa New Zealand, these books offer a rundown of our political climate and parliamentary systems, as well as how to enact political change.

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Public knowledge

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From archives and mātauranga Māori to formal education models and knowledge types that inspire action, this multi-author book explores the state of our public knowledge, its potential and how it affects our public life and conversations.

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Democracy in New Zealand

Raymond Miller

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From MMP to leadership primaries, spin doctors to 'dirty politics' - the country's political system is undergoing rapid change. Democracy in New Zealand provides an up-to-date and concise introduction to New Zealand politics and how it works.

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The broken estate

Melanie Bunce

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In the age of Trump, fake news and clickbait headlines, it is easy to despair about the future of journalism. Insightful and impassioned, this short book provides a much-needed assessment of the future for New Zealand journalism in a troubled world.

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Protest Tautohetohe

Stephanie Gibson

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Aotearoa has a long legacy of activism. This richly illustrated book brings together the objects made by protesters to proclaim and symbolise their causes and their struggles - from banners to badges, t-shirts to tea towels, posters to photographs.

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Government for the public good

Max Rashbrooke

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In this wide-ranging book, Max Rashbrooke goes beyond anecdote and partisanship, delving deep into the latest research about the sweeping changes made to the public services that shape our lives.

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Don't dream it's over

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Explore the strengths and weaknesses of the traditional media and seek new directions we could take to enhance journalism's role as an important pillar of democracy.

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Safeguarding the future

Jonathan Boston

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In a world becoming more uncertain by the day, this is essential reading for anyone questioning how democratic societies can plan for and tackle unforeseen challenges ahead.

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The New Zealand project

Max Harris

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Unashamedly idealistic, The New Zealand Project ultimately does not seek to prescribe a new future but instead kick-start a fresh and bigger conversation about how to improve the country - and the world - we all inhabit now.

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The interregnum

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In these essays, Aotearoa’s sharpest emerging thinkers debate current serious issues, from unstable work to climate change. The interregnum interrogates the future from the perspective of the generation who will shape it.

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Towards democratic renewal

G. W. R. (Geoffrey W. R.) Palmer

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This clear, revised constitution defines what government must be accountable for and transparent about, protects the rights of our peoples and tangata whenua, and offers steps towards upholding the sovereignty and integrity of Aotearoa.

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Student political action in New Zealand

Sylvia Nissen

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It was not long ago that students were dismissed as apathetic. Today, young people are making waves in Aotearoa and around the world. Sylvia Nissen considers what it means to be politically involved from the perspective of students today.

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