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Duped!  by Les Kelly

Duped!

Les Kelly

Book

Full history, intrigue and facts of Predator Free New Zealand. The story behind Predator Free NZ and how, through a tapestry of theft and deception, successive governments have sabotaged the original concept and plans while setting up their own 'pois...

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Bird collector  by Alison Glenny

Bird collector

Alison Glenny

Book

A patchy archive of hallucinatory field notes, dictionary definitions from inside a dream, and diary entries from an alternate history. This collection of strange poems maintains both excitement and melancholy like the two-edged blade of a letter ope...

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Lieutenant-Colonel David Cossgrove V.D.  by Kevin White

Lieutenant-Colonel David Cossgrove V.D.

Kevin White

Book

"David Cossgrove was undoubtedly one of the key players in the social reforms of the 20th Century. Early in 1908, David was watching a self-formed patrol of Boy Scouts undertaking adventurous activities on a riverbank, near their homes in Kaiapoi, Ca...

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Dear Mr. Len!  by Len Wilson

Dear Mr. Len!

Len Wilson

Book

"Len's first overseas adventure was as part of a delegation of New Zealand university graduates to People's Republic of China in 1977 and he has been constantly traveling since then. This book covers over 40 years of travel to over 35 countries. Len's...

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Sleep well to live well  by Janis E. Grummitt

Sleep well to live well

Janis E. Grummitt

Book

"In this book, Janis outlines a simple approach that she has used herself to improve sleep. She spent 12 years researching practical ways to improve her brain after damage in 2007. She believes that sleep is fundamental to good health, happiness and ...

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Culture crossroads  by Rubinstine Manukia

Culture crossroads

Rubinstine Manukia

Book

"Pasifika people are at a crossroads and need to decide whether to retain their traditional cultural values and practices, to adopt those of the majority of New Zealanders or find a middle pathway to the future. They feel under pressure in their lives...

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A walk a day  by Peter (Peter Leon) Janssen

A walk a day

Peter (Peter Leon) Janssen

Book

"Walking is one of the best ways to see a country and in this book there's a short walk to suit everyone. All 365 walks are three hours or less and will suit those who enjoy walking but do not fancy a long tramp with heavy boots and a pack, or visitors...

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Uprising by Nic Low

Uprising

Nic Low

eBook

"This book is about walking as a form of knowing. Armed with Ngāi Tahu's traditional oral maps and modern satellite atlas, I crossed the Southern Alps more than a dozen times, trying to understand how our forebears saw the land. What did it mean to define...

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The mirror book by Charlotte Grimshaw

The mirror book

Charlotte Grimshaw

eBook

"Brave, explosive, and thought-provoking, this is a powerful memoir. 'It's material, make a story out of it,' was the mantra Charlotte Grimshaw grew up with in her literary family. But when her life suddenly turned upside-down, she needed to re-examine...

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The misadventures of Polly Gillespie by Polly Gillespie

The misadventures of Polly Gillespie

Polly Gillespie

eBook

"Polly Gillespie walks the reader through some of the ups and downs of life, with advice and warnings. She has been on radio and in magazines continuously since 1991. With empathy, self-deprecation and experience, she hopes to make you feel better about...

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Government and politics in Aotearoa New Zealand

Government and politics in Aotearoa New Zealand

Book

"The principle guide to the political context, institutions and processesz of government in New Zealand. It provides readers with a clear and comprehensive introduction to the history, theory and knowledge required to understand the New Zealand polit...

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The commercial hotel  by John Summers

The commercial hotel

John Summers

Book

"When John Summers moved to a small town in the Wairarapa and began to look closely at the less-celebrated aspects of local life – our club rooms, freezing works, night trains, hotel pubs, landfills – he saw something deeper. It was a story about his...

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Brutal  by Ron Palenski

Brutal

Ron Palenski

Book

"New Zealand versus South Africa ... the All Blacks against the Springboks. There's been no other rugby rivalry like it. For a hundred years, they've been battering away against each other, the outcomes see-sawing with the seasons. But it'sbeen more ...

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Tūtira mai

Tūtira mai

Book

"When we see the need for change, we want to take action. But there is more to change than taking to the streets. From prison theatre and glaxroots community engagement to social enterprise and online campaigning, the ways citizens can make change are...

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Maybe baby  by Sue Saunders

Maybe baby

Sue Saunders

Book

"Many people find the road to having a family is not the smooth one they always expected. Whether there is an unforeseen physical problem, the lack of a suitable partner, or no problem that can be diagnosed, many people wind up seeking help. Pamphlets...

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Tiwaiwaka  by Rob McGowan

Tiwaiwaka

Rob McGowan

Book

Our energy to heal and create change, comes from the whenua - the living growing earth with all its beauty; from te Ngahere (Forests) and the rivers and mountains - the special places where Papatuanuku still retains that gift of life that once flouri...

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To the occupant by Emma Neale

To the occupant

Emma Neale

eBook

"To the Occupant takes the everyday and transforms it into something fine and precious and enduring. With an unsparing attention, Emma Neale creates shape-shifting poems that confound prejudices and subvert expectations. Displaying verve and confidence,...

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Pālemia  by Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi

Pālemia

Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi

Book

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The New Zealand wars  by Matthew Wright

The New Zealand wars

Matthew Wright

Book

From 1845 to 1875, New Zealand experienced a succession of conflicts that stretched from the Bay of Islands to Wellington. What they meant has been debated ever since. To some they were land wars, to others, the Maori wars; lately we are calling them...

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138 Dates by Rebekah Campbell

138 Dates

Rebekah Campbell

eBook

Gripping, authentic and inspiring, Rebekah Campbell's quest to find love and happiness is packed with hilarious mistakes and insights that can help us all become better at relationships.

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Felt by Jo (Johanna) Emeney

Felt

Jo (Johanna) Emeney

eBook

Couples in last-chance therapy, best friends unfriending, racist trolls trawling the comments section for game -- this collection is concerned with the things that make us feel. This felt realm is very much in nature, too. From the regal calm of goats...

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Ray Stone  by Gordon Campbell

Ray Stone

Gordon Campbell

Book

"The Nuvolari Alfa P3; ex-Moss Maserati 250F; Paul Fahey's Lotus Cortina, Shelby Mustang and Escort FVA/FVC, Ray Stone's place in New Zealand motorsport history is unequalled. Working with national and international drivers he earned the respect of all...

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Reflexology for dogs  by Jackie Segers

Reflexology for dogs

Jackie Segers

Book

"Reflexology for Dogs is the first book to provide practical instruction on reflexology for canines using specific touch techniques on the paws, face and outer ears, which correspond to parts of the dog's body. Included are other holistic therapies for...

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Strong words #2,  The best of the Landfall essay competition

Strong words #2, The best of the Landfall essay competition

Book

"Strong Words #2 showcases the long-listed entries for the 2019 and 2020 Landfall essay competitions. The contents, often poetic and psychologically insightful, gave editor Emma Neale a 'hell of an intriguingly hard time' deciding which sparkling exp...

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She is not your rehab  by Matt Brown

She is not your rehab

Matt Brown

Book

"Mataio (Matt) Faafetai Malietoa Brown offers the men in his barbershop a haircut with a difference: a safe space to be seen and heard without judgement. As the creator of My Fathers Barbers, Matt has inspired a new generation of New Zealand men to break...

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Eat well for less New Zealand  by Michael Van de Elzen

Eat well for less New Zealand

Michael Van de Elzen

Book

Cheap and cheerful recipes full of flavour, from series 1 and series 2 of New Zealand's hit series Eat Well for Less NZ. The New Zealand version of Eat Well for Less was a big hit and had a huge impact on the families involved. This book gives all the...

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138 dates  by Rebekah Campbell

138 dates

Rebekah Campbell

Book

"What will it take to follow your dream? On the outside, Rebekah Campbell has an enviable life. At thirty-five, she is founder of hot Sydney start-up Posse.com, she writes one of Australia's most popular blogs and she gives inspirational talks at con...

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Labour saving by M. J. (Michael John) Cullen

Labour saving

M. J. (Michael John) Cullen

eBook

"In this ... memoir, Hon. Sir Michael Cullen describes his lengthy political career, including his major economic policies. Among the many highlights are the New Zealand Superannuation Fund, also known as the Cullen Fund; KiwiSaver; and the Working f...

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The hundred years war by Jamie Wall

The hundred years war

Jamie Wall

eBook

"The Hundred Year War is the story of the intense competition between the All Blacks and Springboks over the past 100 years, the games they've played and the battles that have raged from parliaments to the streets. It's an examination of two cultures...

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God's cuisine for balance by G. T. To'omata

God's cuisine for balance

G. T. To'omata

eBook

"God's Cuisine for Balance is a book sharing the importance of a balanced life style and how it can be achieved by eating great healthy food for the body, getting essential good knowledge and education for the brain, and having safe loving enculturation...

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Dear Mr. Len! by Len Wilson

Dear Mr. Len!

Len Wilson

eBook

"Len's first overseas adventure was as part of a delegation of New Zealand University graduates to People's Republic of China in 1977 and he has been constantly traveling since then. This book covers over 40 years of travel to over 35 countries. Len's...

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Mamas in lockdown

Mamas in lockdown

eBook

"Mamas in Lockdown is an emotional and inspiring collection of personal stories from over 70 parents who were pregnant or gave birth during lockdown.Covid-19 has had a huge impact on the people of Aotearoa New Zealand, especially those having a baby....

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Catherine Brough  by Catherine Brough

Catherine Brough

Catherine Brough

Book

"For more than six decades Catherine Brough has painted the New Zealand landscape, 'en plein air,' pursuing both the realities of its light, atmosphere and geology, and its abstract formal materiality on canvas, finely tuned in painterly, expressionist...

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The change makers

The change makers

Book

A collection of stories of those who brought about change. People between the ages of 70 and 90 have faced massive societal change - arguably more than anyone in the history of mankind. Was it easy for them? How were they able to grow and develop in ...

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New Zealand Air Force  by Barry O'Sullivan

New Zealand Air Force

Barry O'Sullivan

Book

"This detailed study of New Zealand’s air forces – what the service men and women wore and carried – is a first. This book includes the often-overlooked ground trades and women in the service as well as the flyers. It include items that were manufactured...

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The little ache  by Ian Wedde

The little ache

Ian Wedde

Book

"The Little Ache - a German notebook was written in 2013-14, while Ian Wedde was researching his acclaimed novel The Reed Warbler. In Berlin and the north of Germany around Kiel, nineteenth-century ancestors whisper to him amid the clamour of history...

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Enough horizon  by Carol.. author. Markwell

Enough horizon

Carol.. author. Markwell

Book

"Blanche Edith Baughan (1870-1958) was one of New Zealand's first poets and travel writers - her poems were praised for their New Zealand vernacular and her travel writing introduced people here and overseas to our walks and wilderness areas. Born in...

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Kiwi Falcons  by Steve Holmes

Kiwi Falcons

Steve Holmes

Book

"The Ford Falcon is as much a part of Kiwi culture as fish and chips on the beach, or rugby, or wearing jandals in summer. Ford Australia launched the Falcon in 1960, and while it took the best part of five years before Ford New Zealand introduced it....

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New Zealand's France  by Alistair Watts

New Zealand's France

Alistair Watts

Book

"In New Zealand's France, Dr Alistair Watts investigates the origins of the New Zealand nation state from a fresh perspective - one that moves beyond the traditional bicultural view prevalent in the current New Zealand historiography. That New Zealand...

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Hunting life  by Peter Ryan

Hunting life

Peter Ryan

Book

"Intrepid hunter, adventurer and writer Peter Ryan has produced yet another deeply satisfying collection of hunting tales, complemented by sensational imagery." --Publisher description.

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Being a distance grandparent  by Helen Ellis

Being a distance grandparent

Helen Ellis

Book

"This book tells the candid story of how distance parents and distance grandparents struggle – and succeed – to adapt to their new reality. This isn’t family life as they had imagined it. If you are a distance parent or distance grandparent, all those...

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Sharing the mic  by Brian Pauling

Sharing the mic

Brian Pauling

Book

"From Invercargill to Auckland, community access radio has been broadcasting by, for and about New Zealanders across four decades. Within a rapidly shifting mediascape, the twelve current stations came into existence through a combination of passion,...

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Natural healing solutions you can make at home  by Lizzie Kershaw

Natural healing solutions you can make at home

Lizzie Kershaw

Book

"In our modern environment, we are continually exposed to a steady stream of pollution which has the potential to undermine our well-being... Take back your power to stay well! Discover how easy it is to make your own safe to use healing balms and ...

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Labour saving  by M. J. (Michael John) Cullen

Labour saving

M. J. (Michael John) Cullen

Book

"In this ... memoir, Hon. Sir Michael Cullen describes his lengthy political career, including his major economic policies. Among the many highlights are the New Zealand Superannuation Fund, also known as the Cullen Fund; KiwiSaver; and the Working f...

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The orphan conspiracies  by James Morcan

The orphan conspiracies

James Morcan

Book

"Throughout the Orphan trilogy, James & Lance merge fact with fiction by incorporating real-world theories on known individuals and organizations. Now, with this non-fiction companion volume, they provide detailed analysis for each one of those contr...

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Beyond refuge by Abann Kamyay Ajak Yor

Beyond refuge

Abann Kamyay Ajak Yor

eBook

Beyond Refuge is a new way to brining resettled people and host society together to share settlement and integration lived experience that might encourage connection, understanding and relationship building. Stories of resettlement in Auckland is about...

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The sensational South Island by Mary Jane Walker

The sensational South Island

Mary Jane Walker

eBook

First published in February 2021, The Sensational South Island is the companion volume to The Neglected North Island: New Zealand's other half, judged 'Best Antipodean Cultural Travel Book 2021' by Lux Life magazine, lux-review.com. Both books expand...

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The Western Districts Community Foundation  by Ian McHardy

The Western Districts Community Foundation

Ian McHardy

Book

"The Western Districts Community Foundation (WDCF) may not have changed greater Auckland, but it exercised a tangible influence in West Auckland from when it was formed in the early 1970s. This book is a record of the how and the why of the Foundation,...

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Through that which separates us

Through that which separates us

Book

"Conceptualised and developed by contemporary artist Cushla Donaldson with publishers Te Reo Kē and The Physics Room, Through That Which Separates Us is a collection of writing, artworks, and interviews which form a genealogy of deportation in Australasia...

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Kiwi farmers' guide to life  by Tim Fulton

Kiwi farmers' guide to life

Tim Fulton

Book

"Kiwi Farmers' Guide to Life does just that, telling stories of New Zealand farmers, agribusiness entrepreneurs and even a couple of scientists. Each one knows about sweat, quick thinking and the importance of a sense of humour in the world of agricu...

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Prague in my bones  by Jindra Tichá

Prague in my bones

Jindra Tichá

Book

"One of the most influential Czechs living abroad, New Zealand author Jindra Tichý's fascinating memoir is one of exile and survival, of distance and painful longing. It depicts in a moving way the pain and confusion of banishment from home, family and...

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Selected poems  by Harry Ricketts

Selected poems

Harry Ricketts

Book

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Beachcombing  by Ceridwen Fraser

Beachcombing

Ceridwen Fraser

Book

"If you've ever walked along a beach or rocky shore and peered, poked or wondered at the things cast upon it by the waves, this book is for you. Sea foam, ambergris, giant squid, stranded whales, seaweed, shells, plastic, dead birds, shoes and pieces...

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Far-flung by Rhian Gallagher

Far-flung

Rhian Gallagher

eBook

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Speed kings by John Smailes

Speed kings

John Smailes

eBook

The fascinating, definitive story of Australia and New Zealand's quest to win the world's greatest motor race.

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Heroics & heartbreak by Jamie Wall

Heroics & heartbreak

Jamie Wall

eBook

"The story of the All Blacks campaign for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, with insightful analysis and full commentary. What happened to the All Blacks at the 2019 Rugby World Cup? They were aiming for their third title in a row. A win would have capped a decade...

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My honest poem by Jess Fiebig

My honest poem

Jess Fiebig

eBook

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Facing the haka by Andy (Sportswriter) Burt

Facing the haka

Andy (Sportswriter) Burt

eBook

"This brilliant selection of photographs and stories describes what it means to stare down the most famous ritual in sport, from the perspective of those who have been there. Facing the Haka examines the significance that the All Blacks' haka has in the...

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Peat by Lynn Jenner

Peat

Lynn Jenner

eBook

"Peat starts out as Lynn Jenner's study of the Kapiti Expressway, built between 2013 and 2017 and passing, at its nearest point, about a kilometre from her own house. She decides to create a kind of archive of the construction of this so-called Road ...

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How I get ready by Ashleigh Young

How I get ready

Ashleigh Young

eBook

"In her new collection of poems, Ashleigh Young fails to learn to drive, vanishes from the fossil record, and finally finishes writing a book."--Back cover

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I am in bed with you by Emma (Author) Barnes

I am in bed with you

Emma (Author) Barnes

eBook

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Christchurch massacre in New Zealand by S. L. M. Rifai

Christchurch massacre in New Zealand

S. L. M. Rifai

eBook

"This book examines the Christchurch massacre in New Zealand that took place in March 2019. The massacre sent some shockwaves across Muslim communities in the west. No one expected Muslim devotees to be butchered in broad day light like this in any w...

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Manawa Hine by Queenie Rikihana

Manawa Hine

Queenie Rikihana

eBook

Manawa Hine: He wāhine e tohe ki te tai - Women who swam against the tideText by Kuini RikihanaIllustrations by Sarah WairauTranslated by Hēni JacobFrom Kuini Rikihana, author of Illustrated Māori Myths and Legends, comes Manawa Hine, a collection of...

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The invisible sentence by Verna McFelin

The invisible sentence

Verna McFelin

eBook

"The incredible story of how a woman and her family survived poverty and injustices, and yet received miraculous provision. How did a woman who suffered such trauma go on to change the face of the justice system in New Zealand and the world? Verna's and...

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Tautua  by Misa Telefoni Retzlaff

Tautua

Misa Telefoni Retzlaff

Book

"Misa Telefoni Retzlaff attended primary school at Marist Brothers’ in Apia and attended King’s College (Auckland) where he was awarded Scholars and Honours Ties. He was the first student at King’s College to win the prestigious Kelliher Economics Sc...

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Te mahi māra hua parakore by Jessica Hutchings

Te mahi māra hua parakore

Jessica Hutchings

eBook

"Jessica Hutchings (hua parakore gardener, activist, academic and certified Te Waka Kai Ora grower) explains the political implications of the decisions that we make about growing and eating kai. She encourages us to take control over the food security...

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Dance and cultural difference in Aotearoa by Kristie Mortimer

Dance and cultural difference in Aotearoa

Kristie Mortimer

eBook

This book provides a critical reflection on the ways dance studio teachers recognize, reflect and respond to cultural difference within their dance studio classes, particularly in the rural context in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Through dance teachers narratives,...

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The Kiwi runners' family tree. Volume two:  by Dreydon Sobanja

The Kiwi runners' family tree. Volume two:

Dreydon Sobanja

Book

"This second volume showcases the inspirational Kiwi running stars of our millennium to date. The majority of their stories are based on personal interviews and intertwined with those who have gone before them. There is a robustness to this family tree...

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Surviving Centrepoint  by Rachel Clare King

Surviving Centrepoint

Rachel Clare King

Book

"A powerful survivor's memoir from a former child resident of New Zealand's infamous Centrepoint Community Shortly before I turned 13, my life changed forever when my family moved to the notorious Centrepoint Community on Auckland's North Shore, then...

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Reawakened  by Jeff Evans

Reawakened

Jeff Evans

Book

"This book features interviews with 10 master navigators who trained under Mau Piailug (1932-2010), the legendary teacher of traditional, non-instrument wayfinding methods for open-ocean voyaging across the Pacific. They were given the status of mast...

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'Amui 'i mu'a, ancient futures  by Dagmar Dyck

'Amui 'i mu'a, ancient futures

Dagmar Dyck

Book

"'Amui 'i Mu'a – Ancient Futures is the significant creative outcome of recent 'hands-on' research by Dagmar Vaikalafi Dyck and Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi in historic collections at museums in Australasia, across Europe, the United Kingdom and the United...

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Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Epsom, 1921-2021

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Epsom, 1921-2021

Book

This beautiful book recounts the fascinating history of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Epsom. It tells the story of the Sisters of Mercy who founded the parish and school, and features photos and memories of those involved in the first 100 years of Ep...

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Rangikura  by Tayi Tibble

Rangikura

Tayi Tibble

Book

"Rangikura is the fiery second collection by Tayi Tibble. These poems live in the space between the end of the world and a new day. They ask us to think about our relationship to desire and exploitation. They are both nostalgic for, and exhausted by,...

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Historic homesteads of Hawke's Bay  by Angus Gordon

Historic homesteads of Hawke's Bay

Angus Gordon

Book

"These gracious homes - dotted across the sun-drenched uplands of Hawke's Bay - rose unashamedly from the golden fleeces on the sheep's backs, to become monuments to our settler heritage. Set in spacious grounds and framed by enormous exotic trees, such...

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Party legend  by Sam Ducker-Jones

Party legend

Sam Ducker-Jones

Book

"Sam Duckor Jones's first poetry collection was a tour of small towns, overgrown lawns, and giant clay men. In Party Legend he turns once again to questions of existence but at an even bigger scale. These are poems about creation, God, intimacy, the ...

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Unofficial parkrun Guide by Alison King

Unofficial parkrun Guide

Alison King

Book

When you have a parkrun barcode you can run or walk at any of the free, weekly, timed 5km events around the world. In this book Alison King guides you around the events of New Zealand. You can find out how the event came to be and what else is to be ...

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Surrealist art = He toi pohewa : masterpieces from Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen  by Elizabeth Bisley

Surrealist art = He toi pohewa : masterpieces from Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Elizabeth Bisley

Book

"This comprehensive book showcases all the works from the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam that appear in the exhibition of Surrealist art hosted by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in 2021. It includes biographies of all the fea...

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Knock knock  by Trish Palmer

Knock knock

Trish Palmer

Book

"Extraordinary stories from a lifetime spent conducting interviews. This is the world of the dreaded door-knock from the other side of the door. Trish Palmer has been working as an interviewer and area manager for market research companies for over 20...

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Big dog small dog  by Selina McIntyre

Big dog small dog

Selina McIntyre

Book

"Owning a dog is a huge responsibility and the more we prepare for such a major life decision, the more we empower ourselves. With the right signals, you'll soon be able to understand and speak your dog's language, helping you cement the foundations of...

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Tree sense

Tree sense

Book

At a moment when the planet is so clearly in peril, the trees stand as both guardians and messengers. They have words for us - if only we would listen. As climate change imposes significant challenges on the natural world we are being encouraged to p...

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When we dead awaken  by James Robins

When we dead awaken

James Robins

Book

"On April 24th 1915 Armenian intellectuals of the Ottoman Empire were arrested en masse marking the beginning of the Armenian Genocide. The following day, April 25th 1915, saw the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landing at Gallipoli. This book draws...

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