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Peter Sheppard. by Peter J. Sheppard

Peter Sheppard.

Peter J. Sheppard

Book

"Architect and avid traveller Peter Sheppard takes us along on his explorations, with a series of photographs and photo books highlighting the connections, similarities and differences between people, places, the built environment and material cultur...

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Zanskar  by Peter J. Sheppard

Zanskar

Peter J. Sheppard

Book

"Zanskar is sometimes called the most-isolated inhabited place on earth. It's cut off from the world for eight months each year by heavy snow and no road access; but it becomes vibrantly alive for the short summer."--Publisher description.

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Embodied knowledge, can tame anything

Embodied knowledge, can tame anything

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"The title is a collection of essays on New Zealand Feminist art practice from the 1970's to 2020, focused on the works featured in the exhibition of the same name held at The Dowse Art Museum in 2018. The book examines trends, artists, works and sig...

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Yellow moon = E marama rengarenga : selected poems  by Mary M. (Mary Maringikura) Campbell

Yellow moon = E marama rengarenga : selected poems

Mary M. (Mary Maringikura) Campbell

Book

"Yellow Moon = E Marama Rengarenga represents a 'selected poems' from Mary Maringikura Campbell. Writing since her teens, the book collects the poems that Maringikura has wished to retain in print, including the whole of her first collection Maringi,...

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Lost gold  by Colin Miskelly

Lost gold

Colin Miskelly

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This special book-format issue of Birds New Zealands journal Notornis is devoted to the birds of the Auckland Islands Maukahuka/Motu Maha, the largest and biologically most diverse island group in the New Zealand subantarctic region. Its 19 chapters,...

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Every now and then I have another child  by Diane (Diane Edith) Brown

Every now and then I have another child

Diane (Diane Edith) Brown

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"... Every Now and Then I Have Another Child is an inventive and heartfelt meditation on motherhood, the creative impulse and the blurred line between imagination and reality."--Back cover.

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The noyse from the musicians celebrating the sesquicentenary of the Auckland Grammar School  by Robert L. (Robert Lucas) Hunt

The noyse from the musicians celebrating the sesquicentenary of the Auckland Grammar School

Robert L. (Robert Lucas) Hunt

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The book includes the history of music at the school, 79 full biographies of prominent musicians who made music in the country and overseas, and a full list of all boys who were connected with music at the school from 1869.

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Walking home  by Michele Amas

Walking home

Michele Amas

Book

The Documentary -- New House First Night -- When You Are Away -- Alice's Baby -- This Is About You - Isn't It? -- The Tender Years (i) -- Walden Pond -- Morning Noon and Night -- Swimming in Greytown -- Separate Lines -- Standing -- Home Town -- The ...

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Childhood of an idiot by Dom Harvey

Childhood of an idiot

Dom Harvey

eBook

'I entered the world kicking and screaming in 1973. I put my theatrical entrance down to me craving a nicotine fix. Mum smoked, like a chimney, right through the nine months of pregnancy. As far as anyone knew back then smoking was good for the unborn...

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You have a lot to lose by C. K. (Christian Karlson) Stead

You have a lot to lose

C. K. (Christian Karlson) Stead

eBook

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Māori Television by Jo Smith

Māori Television

Jo Smith

eBook

"Based on a Marsden Grant and three years of interviews with key stakeholders, this is a deep account of Māori Television in its first ten years. Jo Smith argues that today's arguments must be understood within a broader context shaped by non-Māori i...

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Pēwhairangi by Angela Middleton

Pēwhairangi

Angela Middleton

eBook

"When a small group of three English families landed in the bay below Rangihoua pa under the protection of its chief and inhabitants, the story of Pewhairangi began. It is the story of New Zealand's first permanent European settlement, at Hohi, and the...

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Weaving te Whāriki

Weaving te Whāriki

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"Aotearoa New Zealand's early childhood curriculum document in theory and practice"--Cover. "Aotearoa New Zealand's early childhood curriculum framework, Te Whāriki, was recognised internationally as an innovative and far-sighted early childhood curr...

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Pay packets & stone walls  by Elizabeth Welch Orr

Pay packets & stone walls

Elizabeth Welch Orr

Book

A pioneering feminist's candid memoir. Elizabeth Orr has made a long and distinguished contribution to the campaign for equal pay and pay equity for women in New Zealand.

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Faulty caskets  by Craig Payne

Faulty caskets

Craig Payne

Book

Craig Payne is a former Funeral Director and Embalmer who offers you this very personal perspective and insight into the world of Funeral Directing and Embalming in a unique and original autobiographical style.

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Constellations  by Zac Langdon-Pole

Constellations

Zac Langdon-Pole

Book

The BMW Art Journey is a joint initiative of Art Basel and BMW that offers artists an opportunity to undertake a journey of creative discovery to a destination of their own choosing. Like a mobile studio, the BMW Art Journey can take an artist to alm...

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The Kalimpong Kids  by Jane McCabe

The Kalimpong Kids

Jane McCabe

Book

In the early 20th century, 130 young Anglo-Indians were sent to New Zealand in an organised immigration scheme from Kalimpong, in the Darjeeling district of India. They were the mixed-race children of British tea planters and local women, and were placed...

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Youth justice in New Zealand  by Nessa author. Lynch

Youth justice in New Zealand

Nessa author. Lynch

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Youth Justice in New Zealand critiques law, theory and practice in the New Zealand youth justice system. Reflecting on the unique challenges of children and youth, it analyses the principles, legislation and policies governing the operation of the yo...

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Kiwi school days. Volume 3  by Ross Sutton

Kiwi school days. Volume 3

Ross Sutton

Book

This is the third volume of a trilogy detailing the everyday experiences of NZ school children. It covers state and private schools, single sex schools and co-educational from throughout New Zealand. This particular volume has a special emphasis on Maori...

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From suffrage to a seat in the house  by Jenny Coleman

From suffrage to a seat in the house

Jenny Coleman

Book

"New Zealand has always proudly worn its status of being the first country to enfranchise women. But not many know that it took a further 40 long years to get the first woman elected to Parliament. In fact women were not even entitled to stand as candidates...

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The mirror steamed over  by Anthony Byrt

The mirror steamed over

Anthony Byrt

Book

"In the early sixties at the Royal College of Art in London, three extraordinary personalities collided to reshape contemporary art and literature. Barrie Bates (who would become Billy Apple in November 1962) was an ambitious young graphic designer from...

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You have a lot to lose  by C. K. (Christian Karlson) Stead

You have a lot to lose

C. K. (Christian Karlson) Stead

Book

"New Zealand's most extraordinary literary everyman - poet, novelist, critic, activist - C. K. Stead told the story of his first twenty-three years in South-West of Eden. In this second volume of his memoirs, Stead takes us from the moment he left New...

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Colin McCahon. Vol. 2 1960–1987, Is this the promised land?  by Peter Simpson

Colin McCahon. Vol. 2 1960–1987, Is this the promised land?

Peter Simpson

Book

"Colin McCahon (1919-1987) was New Zealand's greatest twentieth-century artist. Through landscapes, biblical paintings and abstraction, the introduction of words and Maori motifs, McCahon's work came to define a distinctly New Zealand modernist idiom...

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Observations of a rural nurse  by Sara McIntyre

Observations of a rural nurse

Sara McIntyre

Book

"Sara McIntyre, the daughter of the artist Peter McIntyre, was nine years old when her family first came to Kākahi, in the King Country, in 1960. The family has been linked to Kākahi ever since. On the family car trips of her childhood, McIntyre got used...

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Know your place  by Golriz Ghahraman

Know your place

Golriz Ghahraman

Book

"When she was just nine, Golriz Ghahraman and her parents were forced to flee their home in Iran. After a terrifying and uncertain journey, they landed in Auckland where they were able to seek asylum and - ultimately - create a new life. In this open...

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The half-gallon quarter-acre Pavlova paradise by Austin Mitchell

The half-gallon quarter-acre Pavlova paradise

Austin Mitchell

eBook

A witty, satirical description of life in 1960s New Zealand, and Kiwi culture, by Austin Vernon Mitchell MP, who was an extremely popular TV figure in New Zealand. Yorkshireman Austin Mitchell emigrated to New Zealand and taught history and politics at...

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Bassett Road machine-gun murders by Scott Bainbridge

Bassett Road machine-gun murders

Scott Bainbridge

eBook

On Saturday, 7 December 1963, Eric Lewis called around to 115 Bassett Road, Remuera, Auckland to collect the rent. After his persistent knocking went unanswered, Lewis let himself in. He was not prepared for the scene awaited him when he opened the door:...

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Pavlova paradise revisited by Austin Mitchell

Pavlova paradise revisited

Austin Mitchell

eBook

A follow up to Mitchell's first book, THE HALF-GALLON QUARTER-ACRE PAVLOVA PARADISE, this witty, satirical description of life in 1980s New Zealand charts changes in Kiwi culture. In this book the very funny Austin Mitchell revisits the country he fi...

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Fleeing polio on wings  by Barbara author. Ker-Mann

Fleeing polio on wings

Barbara author. Ker-Mann

Book

"Life has thrown some hard balls at Barbara Ker-Mann. At age three, she was smitten with infantile paralysis, causing inflammation of her central nervous system resulting in the lifelong loss of leg function. It was a terrible time in her development...

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Crossing the Southern Alps  by John Greatheart

Crossing the Southern Alps

John Greatheart

Book

Visitors to New Zealand will find this an essential travel guide for crossing the Southern Alps in the South Island, either by road on State Highway 73, or on the world famous TranzAlpine train journey. The guide relates points of interest along both...

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The unconventional career of Muriel Bell by Diana Brown

The unconventional career of Muriel Bell

Diana Brown

eBook

Appointed New Zealand's first state nutritionist in 1940, Muriel Bell was behind ground-breaking public health schemes such as milk in schools, iodised salt, and water fluoridation. The first woman in New Zealand to be awarded the research degree of Doctor...

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You have a lot to lose by C. K. Stead

You have a lot to lose

C. K. Stead

eBook

"New Zealand's most extraordinary literary everyman - poet, novelist, critic, activist - C. K. Stead told the story of his first twenty-three years in South-West of Eden. In this second volume of his memoirs, Stead takes us from the moment he left New...

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We can make a life by Chessie Henry

We can make a life

Chessie Henry

eBook

Six years later, his daughter Chessie interviews him in an attempt to understand the trauma that led her father to burnout, in the process unravelling stories and memories from her own remarkable family history. Chessie rebuilds her family's lives on...

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Squashed possums by Jonathan Tindale

Squashed possums

Jonathan Tindale

eBook

"Ten years after returning from the New Zealand outback, Jon receives a mysterious manuscript in the post. Narrated by Jon's former home, the lone caravan, Squashed Possums reveals what it's like to live in the wild through four seasons, including Ne...

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Notes from New Zealand by Edward Kanze

Notes from New Zealand

Edward Kanze

eBook

Unlike Australia, which is geologically stable, New Zealand is young and impetuous--ready to rumble at any moment. Temperate and green as the jade its original Maori inhabitants dug from the land, the country's modern cities and prosperous farms coexist...

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Will to win  by Lana McCarthy

Will to win

Lana McCarthy

Book

"A fascinating deep-dive into the development of the Silver Ferns' traditions, the evolution of team culture and the nuts-and-bolts of leadership at an elite sporting level. The 12 legendary players and coaches interviewed - including Lois Muir, Leigh...

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Life and times of pioneering women of the Chatham Islands

Life and times of pioneering women of the Chatham Islands

Book

"The Chatham Islands lie some 860 km east of Christchurch, surrounded by the South Pacific Ocean. There could rarely be a more isolated place, in the 19th and early 20th century, for young women to travel to as the wives of early settlers or governme...

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The Auckland Hospital 'Central' Laboratory, 1897-1950  by John (John Gordon) Buchanan

The Auckland Hospital 'Central' Laboratory, 1897-1950

John (John Gordon) Buchanan

Book

"When John Buchanan was appointed to the position of Assistant Haematologist in the Auckland Hospital Laboratory in 1964, the high standard of work and fine spirit of the staff aroused his curiosity about earlier times. This book is the result. It traces...

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The wanderer. Book one  by Ronald Greville Riddell

The wanderer. Book one

Ronald Greville Riddell

Book

This is a shared journey, which traverses many landscapes, seascapes, continents. The sojourners share many experiences, dialogues, ideas; helping one another on their life journeys, helping to realise each other, fulfill each other. The Wanderer is ...

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From Venus to Antarctica by John Dunmore

From Venus to Antarctica

John Dunmore

eBook

"High adventure, drama, discovery, science and map making. This is the first-ever full-length English language biography of D'Urville – one of the nineteenth century's great explorers. Bad-tempered and irreverent, D'Urville was loved by his men but hated...

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North Island complete drivers atlas

North Island complete drivers atlas

"A comprehensive road atlas for the North Island of New Zealand. Includes New Zealand cycle trails."-- Provided by publisher.

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South Island complete drivers atlas

South Island complete drivers atlas

"A comprehensive road atlas for the South Island of New Zealand. Includes New Zealand cycle trails."-- Provided by publisher.

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Talking on water  by John Hawkesby

Talking on water

John Hawkesby

Book

John Hawkesby and John Cowan present a coffee table book telling the origins of CBA and sharing anecdotes from the past 50 years…

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Alive and going home  by Nick Jennings

Alive and going home

Nick Jennings

Book

"Alive and Going Home begins with the author's arrival in New Zealand and ends as a tribute to the country's mountains where he played and sometimes worked. In between, it takes us to places few of us get to journey to - actual places and metaphysica...

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Women in boots  by Marion K. Stell

Women in boots

Marion K. Stell

Book

"--We follow the Australian and New Zealand national players - schoolgirls, factory workers, university graduates and professionals - as they navigate the male-dominated world of football.."--Back cover.

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Our incredible dogs  by Phillipa Werry

Our incredible dogs

Phillipa Werry

Book

"Dogs have played a central role in the lives of New Zealanders, from working farm dogs, to police dogs, loyal companions, mascots, little heroes and fictional dogs that have become part of our culture. In this book we look at the dogs that have been...

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Behold the Moon by Peter Entwisle

Behold the Moon

Peter Entwisle

eBook

Behold the Moon describes the European history of the Dunedin district (New Zealand) before the arrival of the Scottish settlers in 1848. It details a forgotten war between Maori and Pakeha sparked by a Maori chief's theft of a red shirt and a sealer...

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Our game  by Ron Palenski

Our game

Ron Palenski

Book

The year 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the first game of rugby in Nelson; this book celebrates 150 years of New Zealand's national game, the game more than any other that has helped shape the New Zealand psyche and identity. It will take the form...

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Running hot by Lisa Tamati

Running hot

Lisa Tamati

eBook

The first Australasian woman to take on Badwater - the world's toughest race through Death Valley - Lisa Tamati's incredible journey of ultra-running endurance, heartbreak and resilience is an astounding read for athletes as well as the armchair-incl...

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Ngaio Marsh by Joanne Drayton

Ngaio Marsh

Joanne Drayton

eBook

While Ngaio Marsh had a larger-than-life public persona, she was fiercely protective of her private life. This fasinating biography of Ngaio Marsh pieces together both the public and private Marsh in a way that is as riveting as a crime novel. Through...

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Wild kinship  by Monique Hemmingson

Wild kinship

Monique Hemmingson

Book

"Wild Kinship features 28 creative entrepreneurs in a wide range of industries across Australasia who have environmental sustainability at their core. Meet the industry leaders who are foraging a new path and changing the world in their wake. From tiny...

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Mezzaluna  by Michele J. Leggott

Mezzaluna

Michele J. Leggott

Book

"The selected poems of award-winning and critically acclaimed New Zealand poet Michele Leggott"--

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I know this to be true

I know this to be true

Book

'I Know This to Be True' is a global five-year project founded on original interviews to inspire a new generation of leaders. Truth, wisdom, inspiration and what really matters for the most inspiring leaders of our time. Politician, feminist and champion...

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Ripiro Beach  by Barron Caroline

Ripiro Beach

Barron Caroline

Book

Does DNA write our destinies? Or do the hands that nurture triumph over nature? What is it that determines who we really are? Caroline Barron's father never found his birth mother. After he dies suddenly on her twentieth birthday, Caroline develops a...

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Not in narrow seas  by B. H. Easton

Not in narrow seas

B. H. Easton

Book

Not in Narrow Seas is a major contribution to the history of Aotearoa New Zealand. It covers everything from the traditional gift-based Maori economy to the Ardern government's attempt to deal with the economic challenges of global warming, and is the...

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Tooth and veil by Noel O'Hare

Tooth and veil

Noel O'Hare

Book

"In 1921, the School Dental Service was established. A social experiment unique to New Zealand, it was lauded around the world and later modelled in 15 countries. This is the story of those on the front line of that experiment, the dental nurses who ...

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The big o  by Patrick Skene

The big o

Patrick Skene

Book

The Big O by Patrick Skene is the story of Olsen Filipaina, a New Zealand Hall of Fame rugby league legend who was a pathfinder for the Maori and Pasifika players who today dominate the Australian National Rugby League. In a career that saw him play 29...

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From the horse's mouth by Mike Dillon

From the horse's mouth

Mike Dillon

eBook

From the moment he embarked on a wisecracking career as a barber, through the halcyon days when he not only enthralled the nation's turf fans with his masterly race calling but owned a speedster called McGinty (an icon in its own right) to being in hot...

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Enduring love  by Robert Mclean

Enduring love

Robert Mclean

Book

"Robert McLean is a defiantly modernist poet who often uses traditional metres and rhyme to explore the complexities of history and selfhood. His intellectually cosmopolitan and questioning verse attempts to re-illuminate how acts of attention--by Ni...

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Under the covers  by Jenny (Jennifer Ann) Lynch

Under the covers

Jenny (Jennifer Ann) Lynch

Book

"Former editor Jenny Lynch takes the wraps off the unreported side of life in print, explodes myths, unearths secrets and shows that even on seemingly conservative publications such as the New Zealand Woman's Weekly things were seldom exactly as they...

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Soul midwife's journal  by Margaret McCallum

Soul midwife's journal

Margaret McCallum

Book

"How we do dying and death really matters. This affects not only the one who is dying, but all who are touched by his or her journey. I hope this small book can help in reclaiming our understanding of death as a natural process, and one more affected...

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Pins  by Natalie Morrison

Pins

Natalie Morrison

Book

"At the centre of this book-length poem is a sister's disappearance, and a peculiar inheritance: an obsession with pins. Pins held between the teeth to tell a fortune, a downpour of a thousand pins, precious pins borrowed for an art installation. In ...

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Bill Birch  by Brad Tattersfield

Bill Birch

Brad Tattersfield

Book

"Bill Birch was the quiet achiever of New Zealand politics. A trusted lieutenant to Prime Ministers Muldoon, Bolger and Shipley, Birch was at the heart of the action across a turbulent quarter-century of political and social change. From 'Think Big' and...

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Dances with death  by Tuma Hazou

Dances with death

Tuma Hazou

Book

"A remarkable insight into Middle East affairs and events through the eyes of an accomplished journalist with 40 years experience in the media. Author Tuma Hazou attributes the ongoing turmoil in the Middle East to the 1917 Balfour Declaration commit...

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One girl, one dream by Laura Dekker

One girl, one dream

Laura Dekker

eBook

"The amazing autobiographical account of the youngest ever solo circumnavigation of the Earth. Aged just 14, New Zealand-born Laura Dekker defied the authorities and braved the open oceans to realise her dream of becoming the youngest ever sailor to....

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Law alive  by Grant Morris

Law alive

Grant Morris

Book

Law alive: the New Zealand legal system in context, third edition is an innovative introduction to the New Zealand legal system, adopting a 'law in context' approach that will encourage to see the law as a living part of the political, social, economic...

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The heart and flow of motherhood  by Angelena Davies

The heart and flow of motherhood

Angelena Davies

Book

"Autobiography; motherhood, children, intuition, authenticity, relationships, personal growth, spirituality, New Zealand"--Publisher information.

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Heron MJ1  by Patrick Harlow

Heron MJ1

Patrick Harlow

Book

"Ireland has its DeLorean, England had Lotus and, for a short time, New Zealand had the Heron MJ1, these three cars were similar with their supercar look and sports car handling and performance. Ross Baker, a Rotorua A-Grade Mechanic, had a look at t...

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Health and safety at work in New Zealand  by Rachael Schmidt-McCleave

Health and safety at work in New Zealand

Rachael Schmidt-McCleave

Book

"Health and Safety at Work in New Zealand: Know the Law is an authoritative, practical guide to the Health and Safety at Work in New Zealand Act 2015 and its accompanying regulations. When the new legislation came into force on 4 April, 2016 it brought...

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A natural year  by Wendyl Nissen

A natural year

Wendyl Nissen

Book

A Natural Year follows writer Wendyl Nissen's life in the peaceful New Zealand countryside over one year. It's the story of what happens in her garden, her kitchen and her life over twelve months, and the thoughts inspired by each passing season. She...

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One minute crying time  by Barbara Ewing

One minute crying time

Barbara Ewing

Book

This vivid memoir by well-known New Zealand actor and novelist Barbara Ewing covers her tumultuous childhood, adolescence and young-adulthood in Wellington and Auckland in the 1950s and early 1960s — a very different time — and ends in 1962, when she...

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Jacinda Ardern  by Madeleine Chapman

Jacinda Ardern

Madeleine Chapman

Book

"New Zealand's prime minister has been hailed as a leader for a new generation, tired of inaction in the face of issues such as climate change and far-right terrorism. Her grace and compassion following the Christchurch mosque shooting captured the w...

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Peter Boggs  by Sasha Grishin

Peter Boggs

Sasha Grishin

Book

'How does a gallery choose which artists it will represent? is a question I am sometimes asked, often by artists I have just rejected. There is no one answer, but a good guide in making a decision is who is recommending them-what do their peers think...

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Alcohol  by G. A. F. (George Arthur Frederick) Seber

Alcohol

G. A. F. (George Arthur Frederick) ...

Book

An in-depth study of the effects of alcohol on users, the community, the nation of New Zealand, and globally - everything you need to know about alcohol. This compendium of verified data on alcohol examines nearly every aspect of its involvement in our...

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AUP new poets. 6  by Ben Kemp

AUP new poets. 6

Ben Kemp

Book

Relaunched under the editorship of Anna Jackson in 2019, AUP New Poets 6 includes substantial selections from the poetry of Ben Kemp, Vanessa Crofskey and Chris Stewart. We move from Kemp's slow-paced attentive readings of place and people, in a sele...

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Free to be children

Free to be children

Book

"Sexual abuse of children wrecks lives, families and communities. In this landmark book, well-known registered clinical psychologist Robyn Salisbury seeks the wisdom of those who have devoted many years, each in their own domain, to working with child...

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Mrs D is going without by Lotta Dann

Mrs D is going without

Lotta Dann

eBook

Lotta Dann was in trouble - her fun drinking habit had slowly morphed into an obsessive hunger for wine. One bottle a night was never quite enough. When she tried to cut down, she found it nearly impossible to have an alcohol-free day. Everyone around...

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