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Inside out  by Deb Bailey

Inside out

Deb Bailey

Book

"Inside out: why leadership starts with you is a self-leadership book that provides a holistic approach to how we can become our best future self and live a life by design. It is a collection and celebration of the many leaders Deb Bailey has worked with...

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Seedling field guide, common pest plants in Auckland.

Seedling field guide, common pest plants in Auckland.

Book

"This seedling field guide on pest plants, along with its companion guide on native plants, is intended to support gardeners, landscapers and environmentalists who are fostering native biodiversity. They are intended to help readers to identify seedlings...

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Seedling field guide, common natives in Auckland.

Seedling field guide, common natives in Auckland.

Book

"This seedling field guide on native plants, along with its companion guide on pest plants, is intended to support gardeners, landscapers and environmentalists who are fostering native biodiversity. They are intended to help readers to identify seedlings...

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Ni s kućom ni bez kuće  by Ivana Hebrang Grgić

Ni s kućom ni bez kuće

Ivana Hebrang Grgić

Book

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The devil took her by Michael Botur

The devil took her

Michael Botur

eBook

Melanie's increasingly disturbing journal entries have to be delusional ravings--if they're not, there's something terrible out there, snatching runaways in the night and spiriting them off to somewhere unspeakable. In his debut collection of horror ...

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Nothing like a Dane  by Keri Bloomfield

Nothing like a Dane

Keri Bloomfield

Book

"Humorous and heartfelt, Nothing Like a Dane is a memoir of a New Zealander living her best life in Denmark. The Danish concept of hygge is a wonderful thing. Even if most fail miserably when they try to pronounce or explain its true essence. Unless you're...

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Resonating distances  by Richard Von Sturmer

Resonating distances

Richard Von Sturmer

Book

"Resonating Distances is a work of complexity made out of simplicity. Each of the five sections consists of ten three or four part tanka sequences; from which the nouns have been excerpted and then employed as seeds with which to write ten prose pieces...

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Harnessing the nine hallmarks of aging  by Greg (Biotechnologist) Macpherson

Harnessing the nine hallmarks of aging

Greg (Biotechnologist) Macpherson

Book

"How can we slow the aging process? Scientists and philosophers have been seeking the answers to aging for centuries, but over the last past few decades our understanding of why and how we age has dramatically expanded, helping unlock the secrets of the...

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Mystical experiences  by David Wattam

Mystical experiences

David Wattam

Book

"An inspiring true story of awakening to inner spiritual potential In this inspiring book, the author describes his gradual awakening to his inner spiritual potential. Using diaries that he kept for over twenty-five years he charts his experiences as...

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Tea & bicky time  by Brian Meekins

Tea & bicky time

Brian Meekins

Book

"This is a collection of poems and observations by older persons. The author has a background of world travel and is a retired engineering man. Included in this collection are some poems written to him many years ago by Aunty Alice. She was a wonderful...

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Democracy in Aotearoa New Zealand  by G. W. R. (Geoffrey W. R.) Palmer

Democracy in Aotearoa New Zealand

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

Book

"A survival guide to democracy in Aotearoa New Zealand, this book aims to unravel the mysteries of our political system and show how ordinary people can navigate the political world and influence decisions made by our government. Its 40 chapters include...

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So far, for now  by Fiona Kidman

So far, for now

Fiona Kidman

Book

"It is a little over a decade since Fiona Kidman wrote her last volume of memoir. But her story did not end on its last page; instead her life since has been busier than ever, filled with significant changes, new writing and fascinating journeys. From...

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Knowing the song by Colin Gibson

Knowing the song

Colin Gibson

eBook

Starting with the New Zealand Supplement to With One Voice in 1982, the New Zealand Hymnbook Trust has worked faithfully to make the best contemporary, local hymns available to churches and choirs in our country. Their key music books - Alleluia Aote...

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Standing in my own shoes

Standing in my own shoes

eBook

21 Kiwi Olympians and Paralympians share what they learned about 'success' from their experiences in Tokyo. Some of the athletes recorded themselves speaking the letters. There are letters from athletes like Lisa Carrington, Hamish Bond and Lydia Ko....

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Ko au ko e tama Niue by David Riley

Ko au ko e tama Niue

David Riley

eBook

Fourteen Niue young people worked with teacher-writer David Riley, to bring you this book - Ko Au Ko e Tama Niue. The stories they've written demonstrate their immense pride in being Niue. You'll read about a beloved ancestor, swimming in Niue, fishing...

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South Island tiny house by Corianne Holmes

South Island tiny house

Corianne Holmes

eBook

"Back in 2014, my husband and I risked everything to move to New Zealand to start a new life together. A tiny house on wheels was never part of our original plans but I can't imagine what our lives would be like if we hadn't built the South Island...

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Bordering on miraculous  by Lynley Edmeades

Bordering on miraculous

Lynley Edmeades

Book

"In this luscious collaboration poet Lynley Edmeades and painter Saskia Leek explore ideas of the quotidian and its everyday miracles. Their close, intense domestic observations merge with the philosophical, in a quest for deeper meaning. Leek's high...

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Living lightly by Nicola (Nicola Joan) Turner

Living lightly

Nicola (Nicola Joan) Turner

eBook

"The food we eat, the clothes we wear, the stuff we buy, the waste we create - how we consume is having a massive impact on our own wellbeing, and the wellbeing of the planet. How do you reduce your impact when you don't want to compromise your lifestyle?...

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Pesticides and health  by Neil Pearce

Pesticides and health

Neil Pearce

Book

"New Zealand has been one of the world's heaviest users of dioxin, a notorious toxic chemical. In this BWB Text a leading epidemiologist uses the example of dioxin to illustrate how badly New Zealand handles problems of environmental pollutants, and why...

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Touring Edwardian New Zealand  by Paul Moon

Touring Edwardian New Zealand

Paul Moon

Book

"A fascinating insight into life in NZ at the turn of the 20th century and the evolving face of Aotearoa over time. The Edwardian era (1901-1910) marked a pivotal time in New Zealand's history. In the main centres, the country had emerged as a modern,...

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A portrait of Leonardo  by Donovan Bixley

A portrait of Leonardo

Donovan Bixley

Book

"Strip back the layers of varnish and discover the man behind the masterpieces, the personality that drove one of the greatest minds in history. The life and times of Leonardo da Vinci are vividly imagined by Donovan Bixley."--Back cover.

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The story of New Zealand's unique birds  by Alan Froggatt

The story of New Zealand's unique birds

Alan Froggatt

Book

"The Story of New Zealand's Unique Birds explores why the remarkable birdlife of New Zealand is subject to so much attention from birders, scientists, and the general public around the world. It begins by looking at why New Zealand is such an odd and...

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Night school  by Michael Steven

Night school

Michael Steven

Book

"Winner of the Kathleen Grattan Poetry Award 2021, poet Michael Steven's Night School explores the gap between fathers and sons, the effects of toxic masculinity, how power corrupts and corrodes, and whether weed, art and aroha can save us in a godless...

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Grow  by Sophie. author. Merkens

Grow

Sophie. author. Merkens

Book

"Sophie Merkens takes us on a journey across Aotearoa meeting 37 inspiring women who find meaning and connection through food. From mothers, gardeners, hunters, chefs and hobbyists, their conversations dive deep into how food influences their lives. Grow...

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Island notes by Tim Higham

Island notes

Tim Higham

eBook

An off-grid house on Aotea Great Barrier Island promises to fulfil one man's dreams, until cracks start to appear. Part Man Alone, part love story, Island Notes explores questions of belonging, loss and impermanence and whether the life, seas and forests...

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Super mum  by Stacey Broadbent

Super mum

Stacey Broadbent

Book

"Motherhood. It's a crazy journey and one of life's joys, even though, at times, it's not quite what you imagined it would be. I've made mistakes. My children aren't perfect. My body has changed in ways I wasn't expecting. And even though they bring me...

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Solo  by Hazel Phillips

Solo

Hazel Phillips

Book

"One afternoon, journalist Hazel Phillips decided to close her laptop and head for the hills. She then spent the next three years living in mountain huts and tramping alone for days at a time, all the while holding down a full-time job. As she ranged...

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A Gentle Radical by Gareth Hughes

A Gentle Radical

Gareth Hughes

eBook

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Coastal stations  by Brian Cameron

Coastal stations

Brian Cameron

Book

"The rich history of two of Wairarapa's historic coastal sheep stations, Flat Point and Glenburn, is captured by farmer-historian Brian Cameron who, like his parents and grandparents, farmed Flat Point Station, situated south of Castlepoint light-house...

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New Zealand by Craig McLachlan

New Zealand

Craig McLachlan

eBook

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Doctors divided  by Geoffrey Rice

Doctors divided

Geoffrey Rice

Book

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Over the Gentle Annie  by Michael Fowler

Over the Gentle Annie

Michael Fowler

Book

"More than two decades of research by an ex-Rangitikei woman has culminated in a historic tribute about the early settlers and the farming history of the Central North Island. Wendy Campbell, who now lives in Hawke’s Bay, grew up in Inland Patea, where...

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South Canterbury heritage guide  by Keith Bartholomew

South Canterbury heritage guide

Keith Bartholomew

Book

"Timaru author Keith Bartholomew has rewritten the South Canterbury Heritage Guide, first published in 1990, as members of the South Canterbury Historical Society felt it was time to re-release it with the demolition of 29 featured buildings over the...

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We're all made of lightning  by Khadro Mohamed

We're all made of lightning

Khadro Mohamed

Book

"Khadro Mohamed expertly navigates the experience of being a Muslim woman in Aotearoa, bringing us along on her journey of selfhood. Shifting between Aotearoa, Egypt and Somalia, we get a glimpse into her worlds, which are rich and full of life. Mohamed...

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More than just a number  by Douglas Wingfield

More than just a number

Douglas Wingfield

Book

"Douglas (Scotty) Wingfield a Vietnam Vet tells of his decade long battle to find and gain recognition for himself as well as almost 100 missing Airmen of No. 41 Squadron RNZAF who served in the Vietnam War. His story encompasses the civilian and Mi...

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Tour Aotearoa official guide  by Jonathan Kennett

Tour Aotearoa official guide

Jonathan Kennett

Book

"This two-volume set provides riders with step-by-step instructions, route maps, and insider tips on how to cycle from Cape Reinga down to Bluff"--Back cover.

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The lost wrecks of Wairarapa  by Mark Pacey

The lost wrecks of Wairarapa

Mark Pacey

Book

"The Wairarapa coast is treacherous and has claimed its fair share of ships. From the loss of the first Pakeha vessel, the whaling barque David in 1841, there have been many others that became wrecked here. While some were recovered and would live to...

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Survive & thrive  by Paul Kewene-Hite

Survive & thrive

Paul Kewene-Hite

Book

This book is designed for entrepreneurs, and hopeful entrepreneurs, of all ages, education levels, and backgrounds. The frameworks in this book have been used successfully in coaching and training individuals and groups in high schools, business scho...

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Power surge  by J. F. Boshier

Power surge

J. F. Boshier

Book

"The 1980s transformed New Zealand and those decisions still shape the country. Think Big was created under Robert Muldoon's National Government in response to soaring global oil prices. Marsden Point, Tiwai Point Aluminum Smelter and the synthetic p...

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Dish fast  by Sarah Tuck

Dish fast

Sarah Tuck

Book

Simple, elegant design paired with delicious but fast recipes, Dish: Fast will become an instant kitchen must-have. Dish Magazine is celebrating its 100th edition this Christmas, and the celebration starts with the publication of this stunning cookbo...

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New Zealand nurses  by Pamela J. (Pamela Janet) Wood

New Zealand nurses

Pamela J. (Pamela Janet) Wood

Book

"Author Pamela Wood's New Zealand Nurses draws on a wealth of nurses' personal stories to identify the values, traditions, community and folklore of the nursing culture from 1880 - when hospital reforms began to formally introduce 'modern nursing' into...

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How to be a bad Muslim and other essays  by Mohamed Hassan

How to be a bad Muslim and other essays

Mohamed Hassan

Book

"Funny, elegiac and chilling, these essays from award-winning New Zealand writer Mohamed Hassan blend storytelling, memoir and non-fiction to map the experience of being Muslim in the C21st. This is the breakout non-fiction book from award-winning New...

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A gentle radical  by Gareth Hughes

A gentle radical

Gareth Hughes

Book

"Jeanette Fitzsimons was a visionary, a pioneer and a radical. This is the story of someone who battled the patriarchy, the old boys' club in Parliament and had the courage to challenge political sacred cows. She was the co-leader of the Green Party ...

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Love God, love your neighbour and it's ok to be Trans  by Allyson Hamblett

Love God, love your neighbour and it's ok to be Trans

Allyson Hamblett

Book

""This book looks at gender through biblical texts and asks whether the biblical account makes room for trans, intersex and gender diverse people. The first and second creation accounts in Genesis suggests that Adam and Eve were more like trans creation...

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Taking the ridge  by Jeffrey McNeill

Taking the ridge

Jeffrey McNeill

Book

"Meticulously researched and drawing on soldiers' diaries and letters as well as previously unpublished New Zealand and German archival material, Taking the Ridge tells the story of New Zealand's great victory of the First World War, the Battle of Me...

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All experience is an arch  by Dick Sainsbury

All experience is an arch

Dick Sainsbury

Book

"This book is a compilation of essays, vignettes and discussion papers written by a retired geriatrician to consider some of the issues associated with ageing and older people, including the health conditions of later years. These are supplemented by...

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Spyda's guide to New Zealand motorcycle road racing circuits from past to present  by Graeme Staples

Spyda's guide to New Zealand motorcycle road racing circuits from past to present

Graeme Staples

Book

"A real labour of love for the author, Graeme ‘Spyda’ Staples, this book has been compiled as a comprehensive guide to road racing circuts the length and breadth of New Zealand: from Whangarei in the far north to Otatara, on the outskirts of southernmost...

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Niho taniwha  by Melanie Riwai-Couch

Niho taniwha

Melanie Riwai-Couch

Book

The book is centred around the Niho Taniwha model in which both the learner and the teacher move through three phases in the teaching and learning process: Whai, Ako and Mau. Educational success for Maori students is about more than academic achievement...

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Moturoa  by Basil Avery

Moturoa

Basil Avery

Book

"This book is the outcome of a project that began in April 2007 to preserve the history and cultural foundations of the present-day Moturoa Island in a sequel to Marion Spicer's book Moturoa - An island the Bay, 1914-1968. It covers the forty period from...

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Misadventures in the screen trade  by Alison Cubitt. author. Ripley

Misadventures in the screen trade

Alison Cubitt. author. Ripley

Book

"A young woman in a man's world takes on the media industry. Can she hit the heights of her dreams, or will she fall flat on her face? Sydney 1981 Alison Ripley Cubitt couldn't wait to make her mark. Having escaped her fractured New Zealand family only...

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Breaking good  by Lisa Mead

Breaking good

Lisa Mead

Book

Lying in a Christchurch hospital bed, 11-year-old Lisa Mead cheats death after her appendix bursts. Three years on, she asks for divine help. God answers her call. What the Pakeha girl from Brighton Beach doesn't know is that an appointment with the ...

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Natural learning  by Jane Evans

Natural learning

Jane Evans

Book

"Also known as unschooling this type of home education is based on the idea that everyone learns best when they are interested, instrinically motivated and operating in a real world scenario. Children, and their interests, are shown respect and they ...

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The story of New Zealand freeskiing  by Sam Masters

The story of New Zealand freeskiing

Sam Masters

Book

"How did a snow-sports outlier spawn some of the best skiers in the world? This is the story of a new type of skiing that launched wave after wave of ripping Kiwi skiers onto the global stage. In the resulting carnage, it was often the New Zealanders...

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The Stink  by Carolyn Adams

The Stink

Carolyn Adams

Book

"The Stink is the record of a Wellington soldier Chauncey Adams through his experience in WW2. It is based on his letters and diaries. It also includes his photographs which he helpfully captioned. The story begins in Wellington and covers his enrollment,...

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Stone wall country  by Catherine Ballard

Stone wall country

Catherine Ballard

Book

The fascinating story of the Bay of Islands and Kaikohe dry stone walls, the origin of the stones and the people who built them. Based on recollections of living people, who give an overview of how the walls were built, and historical records. This d...

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The cereal entrepreneur  by Kaz Staples

The cereal entrepreneur

Kaz Staples

Book

"This is Kaz's story from humble beginnings. Strapped for cash with two babies at home in 1997, she decided to make Christmas cakes out of her home kitchen to sell at the local markets. Twenty-two years later, knowing it was time to let go of her baby...

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Surviving marmite  by Anisa MacLean

Surviving marmite

Anisa MacLean

Book

"In 2000, when I was just seven years old, my family immigrated from Iran to New Zealand. Fresh off the plane, we settled in Timaru, a port 'city' where everyone farms and wears gumboots under their rugby shorts. There, we stood out like a bunch of M...

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The unluckiest All Black?  by Robert Greig Pringle

The unluckiest All Black?

Robert Greig Pringle

Book

"Too big for the Primary School reps, and in his day the tallest man to have played on Lancaster Park, Nugget Pringle won Wellington caps in his first season of senior rugby with the Oriental Club, and went on to win an All Black cap the following year,...

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Ground & centre by Kate Genet

Ground & centre

Kate Genet

eBook

"Do you keep coming home exhausted and not know why? Do you have to spend time around people who just seem to drain you? Are you an empath, or someone sensitive to people, places, and atmosphere? Learning to take care of yourself on an energetic, spirit...

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Robin White  by Sarah Farrar

Robin White

Sarah Farrar

Book

"The first book to be devoted to Robin White's art in 40 years. Its assessment of her remarkable 50 years as an artist includes fresh perspectives by 24 writers and interviewees from Australia, the Pacific and Aotearoa New Zealand and celebrates her status...

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Echidna, or The many adventures of Hinenākahirua as she tries to find her place in a colonised world  by Essa May Ranapiri

Echidna, or The many adventures of Hinenākahirua as she tries to find her place in a colonised world

Essa May Ranapiri

Book

"Echidna is a dangerous animal; she pokes holes in men just to remind them what kind of monster she is wakes up every single morning and chooses violence cos what choice does she really have? essa may ranapiri's second poetry collection follows the...

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Living at Mount Algidus  by Gail Turner

Living at Mount Algidus

Gail Turner

Book

Living At Mount Algidus is a compelling story of life at Mt Algidus, New Zealand's best known high country station, told through the eyes of city dweller Gail Turner. It is a beautifully told story of her son Ben and his wife Anna's five years spent ...

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Nothing like a Dane by Keri Bloomfield

Nothing like a Dane

Keri Bloomfield

eBook

"Humorous and heartfelt, Nothing Like a Dane is a memoir of a New Zealander living her best life in Denmark. The Danish concept of hygge is a wonderful thing. Even if most fail miserably when they try to pronounce or explain its true essence. Unless you're...

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Tunui -- Comet by Robert Sullivan

Tunui -- Comet

Robert Sullivan

eBook

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Crete 1941 by Bernard Francis Cadogan

Crete 1941

Bernard Francis Cadogan

eBook

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The bird in the chimney  by Moira Goldie

The bird in the chimney

Moira Goldie

Book

"Moira Goldie writes about her earliest memories growing up as part of a large family of aunts, uncles and cousins in Dumbarton, near Glasgow in Scotland. At the age of nearly five, Moira, her brother Gilbert and her parents set sail for New Zealand to...

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Meeting Papa  by Michelle Campbell

Meeting Papa

Michelle Campbell

Book

Michelle is at the crossroads of her life-stuck in a 9-5 job going nowhere fast she suddenly decides to quit, handing in her lanyard I.D to live out her dream of walking from Cape Reinga to Bluff on Te Araroa. With her ever supportive partner Jack, the...

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Moonshadow  by Emma Eaglen

Moonshadow

Emma Eaglen

Book

"On the cusp of enjoying family life as a new mother, Emma’s life takes a sudden turn after her husbands terminal cancer diagnosis. Autobiographically based around contemporaneous writings of Emma Eaglen during her husbands illness and as a young wid...

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Assembly  by Mark Webster

Assembly

Mark Webster

Book

"New Zealand's car assembly industry began with the Colonial Motor Company piecing together Ford Model Ts in the early 1920s, and the first true production line came in 1926 with General Motors. For the next 70 years, as governments imposed tariffs o...

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Lag law

Lag law

Book

"Lag Law answers heaps of common questions you might have if you’re going to prison, you’re in prison, or you’re getting out of prison. It talks about your rights in prison, and sets out the laws and rules that affect you when you’re put in prison. Lag...

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Rangitoto Island  by Victoria Purdie

Rangitoto Island

Victoria Purdie

Book

"Rangitoto Island is located just off Auckland in New Zealand, yet many people aren't aware of its somewhat controversial history and beauty. I have had a long association with Rangitoto Island my whole life, but it wasn't until I started researching...

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Moonshine and earthlings  by Nadine. author. LaHatte

Moonshine and earthlings

Nadine. author. LaHatte

Book

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