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How to walk a dog by Mike White

How to walk a dog

Mike White

eBook

The highs and lows, joy and heartache of owning a dog are told in this beautifully written story of life in and around a dog park.

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Jacinda Ardern by Michelle Duff

Jacinda Ardern

Michelle Duff

eBook

Michelle Duff delves into Ardern's beginnings in small-town New Zealand, discovering a nose-ringed teen fighting for equality and her own identity in a devout Mormon family. Duff tracks Ardern's political career from being dismissed as a 'show pony' to...

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James Cook  by Peter FitzSimons

James Cook

Peter FitzSimons

Book

The name Captain James Cook is one of the most recognisable in Australian history - an almost mythic figure who is often discussed, celebrated, reviled and debated. But who was the real James Cook? This Yorkshire farm boy would go on to become the fo...

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Kiwi Keith by Barry Gustafson

Kiwi Keith

Barry Gustafson

eBook

New Zealand's leading political biographer and author of the bestselling biography of Robert Muldoon now writes a definitive life of another prime minister, Keith Holyoake. One of our great farming politicians, Holyoake was Prime Minister for over eleven...

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Her life's work by Deborah Shepard

Her life's work

Deborah Shepard

eBook

"Presents the extraordinary life stories of five New Zealand women - Jacqueline Fahey, Merimeri Penfold, Anne Salmond, Gaylene Preston and Margaret Mahy. As artists, writers, teachers, film-makers and thinkers, each has carved out an impressive care...

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#NoFly  by Shaun C. Hendy

#NoFly

Shaun C. Hendy

Book

"What happens when a leading New Zealand scientist (and frequent traveler) rules out flying for a year? From overnight buses to epic train journeys, Shaun Hendy's experiences speak to our desire to do something - anything - in the face of growing cli...

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Secret  by Brian Toohey

Secret

Brian Toohey

Book

Australia is less secure than it has ever been and the greatest threat comes from our elected government. Political leaders increasingly promote secrecy, ignorance and fear to introduce new laws that undermine individual liberties and safety. It is a...

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How to walk a dog  by Mike White

How to walk a dog

Mike White

Book

Mike White began walking his SPCA-rescue huntaway, Cooper, at Wellington's dog parks ten years ago, and since then has become part of a remarkable community of people and their pets. Written with wit, wisdom and heartbreaking poignancy, How to Walk a...

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People of New Zealand  by Sam (Illustrator) Moore

People of New Zealand

Sam (Illustrator) Moore

Book

Who are the People of New Zealand in the 21st century? This diverse bunch of characters is easily recognisable and hilariously familiar. Sam Moore's Instagram account and Facebook page Ugly Ink went viral when he started posting images of classic Kiw...

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Fresh ink : 2019.

Fresh ink : 2019.

Book

"An anthology of short stories, extracts from novels, poetry and artwork, from established and respected New Zealand writers as well as some lively 'fresh ink' from previously unpublished literary voices."--Publisher's description.

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Jacinda Ardern  by Michelle Duff

Jacinda Ardern

Michelle Duff

Book

"Michelle Duff delves into Ardern's beginnings in small-town New Zealand, discovering a nose-ringed teen fighting for equality and her own identity in a devout Mormon family. Duff tracks Ardern's political career from being dismissed as a 'show pony'...

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The great unknown  by Geoff Spearpoint

The great unknown

Geoff Spearpoint

Book

"Geoff Spearpoint is a legend among New Zealand's tramping and mountaineering community. For over 50 years he has been undertaking many long, adventurous trips in the Southern Alps every year, decade after decade. These trips, usually a mix of both t...

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Fool moon by Murray Edmond

Fool moon

Murray Edmond

eBook

Fool Moon is a sparkling collection by a well-known poet. Constructed in four parts for the phases of the moon, it is as lively and irreverent as ever. There are bright glimpses of faraway places, warm conversations with friends, jokes and games with...

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Rugby folklore by Matt Elliott

Rugby folklore

Matt Elliott

eBook

"From superstitions to send-offs, All Blacks nick-names to world cup drama: Rugby Folklore is a miscellany of stories, quotes, and facts that made New Zealand rugby. New Zealand has played, celebrated and commemorated rugby like no other country. We took...

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The lost boys  by Paul Byrnes

The lost boys

Paul Byrnes

Book

In the First World War of 1914–1918, thousands of boys across Australia and New Zealand lied about their age, forged a parent’s signature and left to fight on the other side of the world. Though some were as young as thirteen, they soon found they could...

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Voice carried my family by Robert Sullivan

Voice carried my family

Robert Sullivan

eBook

Voice Carried My Family is a stunning collection by Robert Sullivan. It contains strong, pervasive themes such as the rewriting of New Zealand myths from a Polynesian perspective; there are also a number of beautiful love poems. The power of the spoken...

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Geography for the lost by Kapka Kassabova

Geography for the lost

Kapka Kassabova

eBook

In Geography for the Lost, travelling poems speak from different parts of the world and different moments in time, but always of the many ways to be lost and disoriented: in a place, in the past, in fear, in the very quickness of life. The voices here...

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The pop-up book of invasions by Fiona Farrell

The pop-up book of invasions

Fiona Farrell

eBook

The Pop-Up Book of Invasions is Fiona Farrell's poetic response to a six-month stay in Ireland as inaugural recipient of the Rathcoola Residency in County Cork. Part travelogue, part family record, part song and myth and history rewritten, this colle...

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Something for the birds by Jacqueline Fahey

Something for the birds

Jacqueline Fahey

eBook

Fizzing with wit and style and featuring original illustrations by the author, Something for the Birds is a lively, humorous and tragic memoir that traces the roots of a distinguished painter and her crucial role in New Zealand's feminist movement. J...

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GST  by Alastair McKenzie

GST

Alastair McKenzie

Book

"Alastair McKenzie's GST -- A Practical Guide is widely considered to be the authoritative New Zealand text on goods and services tax. In addition to covering the broad framework and operation of GST in New Zealand, the book provides in-depth coverage...

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Whole again  by Bronwyn Kan

Whole again

Bronwyn Kan

Book

The contributors draw from various sectors such as hospitality, product development and food nutrition and are gathered here to showcase their common interest in holistic health and conscious approach to business. This cookbook follows on from the success...

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Passion  by Marion Day

Passion

Marion Day

Book

"A Kiwi treasure and a breathtaking pictorial journal, Passion revolves around three themes: Living - A superb insight into life away from the hustle and bustle of cities, noise, and traffic; Feasting - Allows the reader to enjoy Marion's favourite d...

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Rottenomics  by Peter Dyer

Rottenomics

Peter Dyer

Book

"For over a quarter century our building industry, economy and Government have failed to provide this basic guarantee: new buildings will not rot. Leaky buildings are the result of an unfortunate confluence of industrial, legislative, historical and ...

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The big loop  by Dunc Wilson

The big loop

Dunc Wilson

Book

"In August 2015, Dunc Wilson became the first person to circumnavigate New Zealand on a bike. This 10,940 km journey followed one rule: cycle the closest available route to the coastline. The Big Loop candidly details Wilson's 240-day cycling adventu...

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I am more than just my tits  by Karin Horen

I am more than just my tits

Karin Horen

Book

Karin Horen tells the remarkable story of her continuing battle with breast cancer. At just 26 she was diagnosed with breast cancer and immediately underwent two surgeries, resulting in a partial mastectomy, a twelve-month course of chemotherapy and six...

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Day walks in New Zealand  by Shaun Barnett

Day walks in New Zealand

Shaun Barnett

Book

"New Zealand has un unparalleled selection of superb day walks, ranging from the easiest short strolls to more strenuous full-day tramps. These encompass all of New Zealand's landscape diversity, from, Cape Reinga to Stewart Island. Day Walks in New Zealand...

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Going by train  by Graham Hutchins

Going by train

Graham Hutchins

Book

"Railways played a pivotal part in the development of New Zealand's economy, towns and cities, and helped shape a distinctive culture. This is a comprehensive account of our railways story, from the earliest days of the colony, through rail's growth and...

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Talking with champions  by Tristan K'Nell

Talking with champions

Tristan K'Nell

Book

In 'Talking with Champions', the author shares his interviews with the finest athletes across Australia and New Zealand. Also featured are several international champions including Laila Ali, George Foreman, Evander Holyfield and Larry Holmes. Tristan...

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Leisure & pleasure by Caroline Daley

Leisure & pleasure

Caroline Daley

eBook

"This book explores an unexpected aspect of New Zealand social history: the modern body at leisure. It begins by tracing the only New Zealand tour of Eugen Sandow, the most famous strongman of his age. His rich New Zealand legacy is examined as Daley...

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The tribes of Muriwhenua by Dorothy Urlich Cloher

The tribes of Muriwhenua

Dorothy Urlich Cloher

eBook

"The Tribes of the Muriwhenua is described by the author as a 'story of beginnings, evolution and consolidation, applied to the people who make up the tribes of the Muriwhenua'. It is the history of the Far North and the iwi Ngati Kuri, Te Aupouri, N...

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Voters' veto

Voters' veto

eBook

"Offering a comprehensive review of the election, Voters' Veto continues the series of election studies begun in 1990 by researchers in the New Zealand Election Studies Programme and funded by the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology. Based...

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In the glass case by C. K. (Christian Karlson) Stead

In the glass case

C. K. (Christian Karlson) Stead

eBook

"Over a quarter of a century, C. K. Stead has built up a widely accessible collection of reviews and critical essays on New Zealand literature. In the Glass Case covers a wide spectrum of New Zealand writers, who are examined from a remarkably consis...

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Kin of place by C. K. (Christian Karlson) Stead

Kin of place

C. K. (Christian Karlson) Stead

eBook

"In Kin of Place, C. K. Stead addresses most of the leading New Zealand literary figures of the last decades of the twentieth century including Allen Curnow, Lauris Edmond, Kendrick Smithyman, Frank Sargeson, Janet Frame, Ian Wedde, Maurice Gee and E...

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Sing-song by Anne Kennedy

Sing-song

Anne Kennedy

eBook

"Anne Kennedy's first book of poetry deals with the domestic life of a family - mother, father, and two small children - but in particular the gruelling experience of eczema from which the little girl suffers. Told from the mother's point of view and...

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The world regained by Dennis McEldowney

The world regained

Dennis McEldowney

eBook

First published in 1957, The World Regained describes Dennis McEldowney's increasing disability caused by a congenital heart condition, the operation at Green Lane Hospital in 1950 that relieved this condition, and the mixed emotions he felt upon red...

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The darling north by Anne Kennedy

The darling north

Anne Kennedy

eBook

"In the seven long-ish poems of her new collection, multi-talented writer Anne Kennedy explores past and present, here and there, north and south, earth and paradise, hello and goodbye. In unfolding couplets, 'The Darling North' engages with a woman's...

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An absurd ambition by E. H. (Eric Hall) McCormick

An absurd ambition

E. H. (Eric Hall) McCormick

eBook

"Eric McCormick was, from about 1940 until his death in 1995, one of New Zealand's most distinguished writers and scholars. He pioneered the appreciation and study of the painter Francis Hodgkins, and he wrote several biographies. The autobiographica...

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I can until I can't  by Frances (Multiple Sclerosis patient) Watts

I can until I can't

Frances (Multiple Sclerosis patient)...

Book

Chronicles Fran's Watts childhood and youth in England, emigration to New Zealand, and living with and managing her Multiple sclerosis.

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100 days that mapped a nation  by Graeme Lay

100 days that mapped a nation

Graeme Lay

Book

October 2019 marks the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook's first landfall in New Zealand. The One Hundred Days that Mapped a Nation celebrates this historic occasion by looking at Cook's intrepid journeys to New Zealand and the Pacific that we...

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The 50 best birdwatching sites in New Zealand  by Liz Light

The 50 best birdwatching sites in New Zealand

Liz Light

Book

"New Zealand has a diverse range of bird species and is especially important for pelagics. Thirteen of the world's 18 penguin species have been recorded in the New Zealand region (including the Ross Dependency). Nine of these species breed here. Of petrels,...

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The dark island  by Benjamin Kingsbury

The dark island

Benjamin Kingsbury

Book

"From 1906 to 1925 Quail Island was the site of New Zealand's leprosy colony. The colony began by accident, as it were, after the discovery of a leprosy sufferer in Christchurch. As further patients arrived from across the country, it grew into a con...

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Boys' night out by Anne French

Boys' night out

Anne French

eBook

What do women want? And what makes them think their relationships with men can provide it? This is Anne French's poetic account of the worlds of men and women.

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The Tudor style by Elizabeth Smither

The Tudor style

Elizabeth Smither

eBook

Her poems are characteristically slim, so the substantial selection of her work gathered in The Tudor Style has a striking effect. As Bill Manhire says, Smither's poems 'wave to one another, open doors and climb through windows'. This subtle and witt...

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Star waka by Robert Sullivan

Star waka

Robert Sullivan

eBook

This collection of 100 poems by a Maori writer shows a variety of subject and tone but is unified by recurring motifs and a persistent Maori perspective.

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The whimpering of the state by B. H. Easton

The whimpering of the state

B. H. Easton

eBook

"Has MMP worked? This work goes behind the political theatre of elections and parliament to investigate how the policy process and policy outcomes have changed followiung the election of New Zealand's first MMP parliament. The book consists of an analysis...

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Sir Joseph Ward by Michael Bassett

Sir Joseph Ward

Michael Bassett

eBook

Sir Joseph Ward (1856-1930) was the leading political figure during the forty-year life of the Liberal Party in New Zealand. He was a member of Ballance's first Cabinet, twice Prime Minister (1906-12 and 1928-30), and was still a Cabinet Minister at the...

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Look back harder by Allen Curnow

Look back harder

Allen Curnow

eBook

The collected critical writings of one of New Zealand's major poets and critics, covering half a century of his work. Of the thirty-eight items (reviews, essays, lectures, interviews, and letters) included, his controversial introductions to his anthologies...

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A city possessed  by Lynley Hood

A city possessed

Lynley Hood

Book

A story of child abuse allegations, gender politics and the law. This work details the events and debates leading up to the Christchurch Civic Creche case. It shows how such a case could happen, and why, and analyzes the social and legal processes by...

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A Sharp Left Turn by Mike Chunn

A Sharp Left Turn

Mike Chunn

eBook

A rollercoaster yarn about Mike Chunn's years in the ground-breaking band Split Enz, but also the powerful story of how he dealt with a crippling mental health issue and went on to become one of our most influential music identities.

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The good the bad and the downright ugly side of New Zealand business  by Ralph Bathurst

The good the bad and the downright ugly side of New Zealand business

Ralph Bathurst

Book

Ralph Bathurst's The Good, The Bad, and The Downright Ugly Side of New Zealand Business charts the course of business decisions over the last twenty-five years that led to some of New Zealand's worst losses and greatest successes. From how team cultu...

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No ordinary man  by John Steele

No ordinary man

John Steele

Book

"Arthur Purchas was said to be perhaps the most gifted person ever to come to this country. Surgeon and doctor, architect, engineer, geologist, explorer, musician, botanist, artist, priest, inventor, in his time he was one of our most prominent citizens....

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Big ideas for small houses  by Catherine Foster

Big ideas for small houses

Catherine Foster

Book

"A look at a range of small houses around New Zealand, and the strategies the owners used to get a toehold in the tight housing market. From building a secondary dwelling on an existing family section, to tiny houses on pocket handkerchief pieces of ...

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We are here  by Chris McDowall

We are here

Chris McDowall

Book

"Clustered yet scattered, we New Zealanders live across the country's physical landscapes, experiencing its varied weather and environments. We co-create its political, economic and social systems on a daily basis. Each of us has a particular view of...

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Reclaiming indigenous governance

Reclaiming indigenous governance

Book

This volume showcases how Native nations can reclaim self-determination and self-governance via examples from four important countries.

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Fifteen million years in Antarctica  by Rebecca Priestley

Fifteen million years in Antarctica

Rebecca Priestley

Book

"Fifteen million years in Antarctica offers a deeply personal tour of a place in which a person can feel like an outsider in more ways than one. With generosity and candour Priestly reflects on what Antarctica can tell us about earth's future and asks:...

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A conversation with my country by Alan Duff

A conversation with my country

Alan Duff

eBook

"Returned from living in France, he views his country with fresh eyes, as it is now: homing in on the crises in parenting, our prisons, education and welfare systems, and a growing culture of entitlement that entraps Pakeha and Māori alike"--Publishe...

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Promises, promises  by Claire Robinson

Promises, promises

Claire Robinson

Book

A lively history of political advertising in New Zealand, from the first election of the modern era in 1939 to today. Brimming with political-party campaign advertisements, this colourful, engaging book brings together 80 years of political advertisements...

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A sharp left turn  by Mike author. Chunn

A sharp left turn

Mike author. Chunn

Book

"A rollicking yarn about the early days of ground-breaking band Split Enz, but also the powerful story of how Mike Chunn dealt with a crippling mental health issue and went on to become one of our most influential music identities. This is a gripping...

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Dream fish floating by Karlo Mila

Dream fish floating

Karlo Mila

eBook

This is a refreshing and welcome addition to the growing list of women's writing in Oceania. Karlo draws wisdom and compassion from her ancestral cultures but is not constrained by them. Honest and unafraid, she has spread her net wide in order to capture...

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Mad on radium by Rebecca Priestley

Mad on radium

Rebecca Priestley

Book

"Prize-winning author Rebecca Priestley reveals the alternative history of ‘nuclear New Zealand’ – a country where there was much enthusiasm for nuclear science and technology, from the first users of x-rays and radium in medicine; the young New Zeal...

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Friendly fire by G. C. (Gerald Christopher) Hensley

Friendly fire

G. C. (Gerald Christopher) Hensley

eBook

An insider account of New Zealand’s anti-nuclear policy and the unravelling of the ANZUS alliance. In 1984, the newly elected Labour Government’s anti-nuclear policy collided with a United States foreign policy based on nuclear deterrence. After three...

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Home in the howling wilderness by Peter Holland

Home in the howling wilderness

Peter Holland

eBook

"During the nineteenth century European settlers transformed the environment of New Zealand’s South Island. They diverted streams and drained marshes, burned native vegetation and planted hedges and grasses, stocked farms with sheep and cattle and poured...

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At the white coast by Janet Charman

At the white coast

Janet Charman

eBook

Here an expat poet finds herself in alien yet strangely familiar territory, a place her ancestors 'got off'. What must she do to survive? Score herself a bedsit, work in a pub, hunt up an office job - and keep an eye out. Set on the cusp of the 1970s...

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Patched by Jarrod Gilbert

Patched

Jarrod Gilbert

eBook

"The Devil’s Henchmen throwing Molotov cocktails at the Epitaph Riders in Christchurch’s first gang war. Prime Minister Rob Muldoon surrounded by Black Power members at the Royal Tiger Tavern in Wellington. The Magogs and the Mothers, PEP schemes and...

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Lucky legs by Steve Gurney

Lucky legs

Steve Gurney

eBook

The keys to success in a motivational autobiography by New Zealand's top multisport athlete.Steve Gurney is an exceptional athlete. He has been in 19 of the epic Coast to Coast races in a row, and he has won nine of them. He has represented New Zealand...

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Karl Wolfskehl  by Friedrich Voit

Karl Wolfskehl

Friedrich Voit

Book

"Karl Wolfskehl (1869-1948) came to New Zealand in 1938 as a refugee. Disturbed by the rising anti-Semitism he had left Germany for Switzerland and Italy in 1933. When Italy began to adopt anti-Jewish legislation he fled Europe for distant New Zealand...

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Moth hour  by Anne Kennedy

Moth hour

Anne Kennedy

Book

"In 1973, Anne Kennedy's brother Philip was partying on a hillside when he accidentally fell to his death. In 'Moth hour,' Anne Kennedy returns to the death of her brother and the world he inhabited. Kennedy's poems grapple with the rebellious world of...

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A practical guide to legal issues for older people  by Vicki Ammundsen

A practical guide to legal issues for older people

Vicki Ammundsen

Book

"This new book gives practical guidance on the legal issues affecting people as they age. It covers the issues involved in planning for older age, the issues faced by older people as they deal with new and changing circumstances, planning for how to deal...

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Joseph Banks' Florilegium  by Joseph Banks

Joseph Banks' Florilegium

Joseph Banks

Book

Joseph Banks accompanied Captain Cook on his first voyage round the world from 1768 to 1771. A gifted and wealthy young naturalist, Banks collected exotic flora from Madeira, Brazil, Tierra del Fuego, the Society Islands, New Zealand, Australia and J...

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Lost and somewhere else  by Jenny Bornholdt

Lost and somewhere else

Jenny Bornholdt

Book

"Where do I stand? / Usually / in the little square of sunlight / by the back door." In Lost and Somewhere Else, Jenny Bornholdt finds many places to stand: at home, in memories of places and people, and in the Ernst Plischke-designed Henderson House...

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Craven  by Jane Arthur

Craven

Jane Arthur

Book

Craven is an exceptional debut: Jane Arthur delights, unnerves and challenges in poems that circle both the everyday and the ineffable – piano practice, past lives, being forced onto dancefloors. This is a smart and disarming collection that traces t...

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Paddocks to place  by Richard Howard

Paddocks to place

Richard Howard

Book

"This story is focussed on those people in the recent past who played the role in the establishment of the Mary Thomas centre. It is also a story that reflects the community-centres work of so many community-activated people like them, at that time and...

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River song  by Mark Cloutier

River song

Mark Cloutier

Book

'Although there's plenty of practical advice here, this book is more about why we fish, what makes it special and how it makes us feel.' - Mark Cloutier Every fisherman has a special stretch of water, where the fish are always plentiful and the memories...

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The new everyday

The new everyday

Book

"Smart, simple and inspiring recipes that are healthy, quick and easy to make. Including over 100 recipes with delicious photography and step-by-step methods. Save time and reduce stress with a cookbook that includes something for everyone--Publisher...

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Mid-century living  by Christine author. Fernyhough

Mid-century living

Christine author. Fernyhough

Book

An incurable collector shares her astonishing collection of vintage New Zealand art, objects and design and her classic 1960s seaside bach. For over 30 years, philanthropist and best-selling author of The Road to Castle Hill Christine Fernyhough has built...

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Tales from a financial hot mess  by Frances (Journalist) author. Cook

Tales from a financial hot mess

Frances (Journalist) author. Cook

Book

"Forever wrestling with annoying debt? Clueless about where your pay cheques go? Want to get ahead? Journalist, podcaster and reformed money mess Frances Cook is here for you. Tales from a Financial Hot Mess is the story of how Frances got her money ...

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The Auckland University Press anthology of New Zealand literature

The Auckland University Press anthology of New Zealand literature

eBook

"From Polynesian Mythology to the Yates' Garden Guide, from Allen Curnow to Alice Tawhai, from Jessie Mackay to Alison Wong, from Julius Vogel to Albert Wendt, from the letters of Wiremu Te Rangikaheke to the notebooks of Katherine Mansfield - Māori,...

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The making of New Zealanders by Ron Palenski

The making of New Zealanders

Ron Palenski

eBook

"[This book] is an account of how transplanted Britons and others turned themselves into New Zealanders, a distinct group of people with their own songs and sports, symbols and opinions, political traditions and sense of self. Looking at the onset of...

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