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Black hands by Martin Van Beynen

Black hands

Martin Van Beynen

eBook

"Journalist Martin van Beynen has covered the Bain story closely for decades ... Now, his book brings the story completely up to date: exploring the case from start to finish, picking through evidence old and new, plumbing the mysteries and motives,....

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New Zealand's great walks  by Paul Hersey

New Zealand's great walks

Paul Hersey

Book

New Zealand's Great Walks are world class. In a country blessed with hundreds of spectacular tracks to choose from, these are considered the best of the best. They pass through some of our most breathtaking landscapes - including golden sand beaches,...

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The abundant garden  by Niva Kay

The abundant garden

Niva Kay

Book

Niva and Yotam Kay of Pakaraka Permaculture, on the Coromandel Peninsula of Aotearoa New Zealand, share their long experience in organic gardening in this comprehensive book on how to create and maintain a productive and regenerative vegetable garden....

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Between Five Eyes  by Anthony R. Wells

Between Five Eyes

Anthony R. Wells

Book

A detailed look at UK-US intelligence through a personal lens based on working uniquely for UK intelligence as a British citizen and US intelligence as a US citizen. UK-US intelligence and the wider Five Eyes community of Canada, Australia and New Zealand...

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The last 8 possessions  by Michael Hamish-Scott

The last 8 possessions

Michael Hamish-Scott

Book

Hamish's account of his journey from Ireland back to New Zealand across Europe, parts of Africa, India, Nepal, Indonesia and Singapore.

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His way by Barry Gustafson

His way

Barry Gustafson

eBook

This the only authorized biography of New Zealand's prime minister, Robert Muldoon-one of the dominant political figures of the last half-century in that country. Based on many hours of conversation with Muldoon himself as well as colleagues, friends,...

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A voice for mothers by Linda Bryder

A voice for mothers

Linda Bryder

eBook

The Plunket Society, founded in 1907, has been heralded as New Zealand's most successful and famous voluntary organisation. Run by women for women, it played a vital role in the care of mothers and babies for most of the twentieth century, becoming a...

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Origins of the Maori Wars by Keith Sinclair

Origins of the Maori Wars

Keith Sinclair

eBook

Keith Sinclair's The Origins of the Maori Wars is a fascinating account of the Waitara purchase and the cause of war in Taranaki in 1860. The seeds of conflict were sown in the earliest days of European settlement in New Zealand, when colonists arrived...

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The nationbuilders by B. H. Easton

The nationbuilders

B. H. Easton

eBook

This is a collection of linked essays on individuals and companies from 1931 to 1984 who contributed in major ways to building the New Zealand nation. It captures the intertwining of the lives of politicians, their advisers, and those influence them,...

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Julius Vogel by Raewyn Dalziel

Julius Vogel

Raewyn Dalziel

eBook

Julius Vogel (1835?99) dominated New Zealand politics in a way that no man had done before him and few have done since. He was behind the policy that transformed New Zealand from a collection of sparsely settled and isolated provinces into a unified nation,...

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Letters of Frances Hodgkins by Frances Hodgkins

Letters of Frances Hodgkins

Frances Hodgkins

eBook

Letters of Frances Hodgkins is a generous selection of letters written by New Zealand's most internationally well-known artist. It shows that Hodgkins deserves not only her considerable reputation as a painter, but also that of a brilliant and engaging...

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Maori music by Mervyn McLean

Maori music

Mervyn McLean

eBook

This book is the best introduction available to Maori music - the instruments played, the songs and dance styles and what they were used for, performance, composition, teaching, etc. Based on 30 years of fieldwork that yielded 1300 recorded songs and...

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Traditional songs of the Maori by Mervyn McLean

Traditional songs of the Maori

Mervyn McLean

eBook

This classic study of indigenous Polynesian music, conducted in the 1960s, includes a survey of traditional songs in different styles that embody the fundamental values of Maori culture in New Zealand. Musical transcriptions, Maori texts, English tra...

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Women's suffrage in New Zealand by Patricia Grimshaw

Women's suffrage in New Zealand

Patricia Grimshaw

eBook

The definitive account of the New Zealand suffrage movement, Women's Suffrage in New Zealand remains the only study of how New Zealand became the first country in the world to give women the vote. It tells the fascinating story of the courage and the...

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Independence and foreign policy by Malcolm McKinnon

Independence and foreign policy

Malcolm McKinnon

eBook

Independence and Foreign Policy is the first interpretive study of New Zealand foreign policy to cover the period 1935-91. Based on years of detailed research, it draws extensively on relevant sources both inside and outside government. It is also an...

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Walter Nash by Keith Sinclair

Walter Nash

Keith Sinclair

eBook

Walter Nash (1882?1968) was among the most influential of the group of Labour Party leaders who created the welfare state. He was a member of parliament for almost 40 years and he was one of New Zealand political leaders known internationally. Keith ...

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Kinds of peace by Keith Sinclair

Kinds of peace

Keith Sinclair

eBook

Admirably clear and concise in its account of the aftermath of the land wars, Kinds of Peace examines the political, religious and other reactions among Maori towards the coming of peace. It considers the effect of the wars on the Maori people of Wai...

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The ideal society and its enemies by Miles Fairburn

The ideal society and its enemies

Miles Fairburn

eBook

The book proceeds by setting up and testing a number of hypotheses about settler society in New Zealand. It begins with the view of the colonists themselves, who saw New Zealand as an ideal society brimming with natural resources and with minimal soc...

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Building the new world by Erik Olssen

Building the new world

Erik Olssen

eBook

These essays are the result of a study of the Dunedin working-class suburb of Caversham. Olssen discusses a number of important theoretical issues the writing of history, the question of class, the role of gender, the nature of work and the growth of...

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Historical frictions by Michael Belgrave

Historical frictions

Michael Belgrave

eBook

The land claims presented before the Waitangi Tribunal, first established in 1975 as a permanent commision of inquiry to address claims by the Maori people, are discussed in this analysis of the role of legal courts and commissions in mediating disputes...

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The loving stitch by Heather Nicholson

The loving stitch

Heather Nicholson

eBook

The Loving Stitch is an engaging history of a subject never before explored but familiar to many New Zealanders. Heather Nicholson's knowledge of knitting and spinning is formidable but she also knows how to tell a good story and has a keen sense of humor....

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A show of justice by Alan Ward

A show of justice

Alan Ward

eBook

First published in 1974, A Show of Justice remains the essential and definitive text on official policies towards the Māori people in the nineteenth century. Professor Ward shows how an understanding of the past explains why Māori today, formally equal...

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A carved cloak for Tahu by Mere Whaanga

A carved cloak for Tahu

Mere Whaanga

eBook

Oral histories, legends, and accounts of contemporary life of a New Zealand Maori tribe are presented in this cultural that includes colonial histories of the Native Land Court and traditional histories from the Northern Hawke's Bay.

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Treasury by Malcolm McKinnon

Treasury

Malcolm McKinnon

eBook

Commissioned by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, this interpretive history tackles New Zealand's most important department of state, the Treasury Department. The history of the complex interplay between New Zealand's government, economy, and people...

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The back of the painting  by Linda (Conservator) Waters

The back of the painting

Linda (Conservator) Waters

Book

"The seal of the Prince of Yugoslavia, the icon that protected persecuted Russians, Monet's repurposed canvas, the excised first wife, the stolen Tissot ... all these stories can be found on the backs of paintings in New Zealand art museums. This ......

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A biker's tale  by John Hellemans

A biker's tale

John Hellemans

Book

"An hilarious tale about an epic event, written from a unique perspective. To be able to appreciate the story, the reader needs to be young at heart, have a vivid imagination and a love for adventure. If that sounds like you, join the writer on his j...

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First encounters

First encounters

Book

"Europeans had no idea what they would find when they first set eyes on Aotearoa. The records they kept of their encounters with this new land and its Māori inhabitants reveal stories of great wonder, curiosity, misunderstanding and adventure. [This ...

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Kōpiko Aotearoa  by Jonathan Kennett

Kōpiko Aotearoa

Jonathan Kennett

Book

"A cape to cape journey covering an ambitious 1,060 km across the North Island. Pedal your way off the beaten track on a hilly and scenic route that reveals heartland New Zealand ... This guide includes cue sheets, maps and elevation charts, plus details...

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Kōpiko Aotearoa  by Jonathan Kennett

Kōpiko Aotearoa

Jonathan Kennett

Book

"A cape to cape journey covering an ambitious 1,060 km across the North Island. Pedal your way off the beaten track on a hilly and scenic route that reveals heartland New Zealand ... This guide includes cue sheets, maps and elevation charts, plus details...

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Wild seas to Greenland  by Rebecca Hayter

Wild seas to Greenland

Rebecca Hayter

Book

"When I sailed to Greenland with 1994 Whitbread Round the World Race winner Ross Field, I knew many yachties would want to know how Ross applied 35 years' ocean racing experience to the refit of his 20-year-old, 55ft aluminium sloop; how he managed his...

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Auckland  by Bryan Jackson

Auckland

Bryan Jackson

Book

"Local historical happenings in Auckland from 1840 to 1989. Over its history many Aucklanders have been involved in numerous incident, accidents and tragedies. While some have been amusing many have dire consequences."--www.wheelers.co.nz

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Other fish to fry  by Kim Goldwater

Other fish to fry

Kim Goldwater

Book

Other Fish to Fry is an autobiographical journey through the first 80 years of the author's life. It is also a history of the struggle of Jewish families to escape the violence and oppression of the Russian dominated Eastern European countries to find...

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Selected poems  by Margaret Jeune

Selected poems

Margaret Jeune

Book

"The book includes the work from her published books Flight Paths, Upbeat and My Sketchbook and the anthologies Three Poets and Lockdown: COVID-19 New Zealand, along with 51 uncollected poems and a section of new poems. Also included is an Introduction...

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The artillery at Anzac  by Chris Roberts

The artillery at Anzac

Chris Roberts

Book

This meticulously researched book provides the first comprehensive study of the employment of artillery and naval gunfire support at Anzac. Faced with huge difficulties on inferior ground the Australian, New Zealand, Indian, and British gunners quickly...

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The wilder years  by David Eggleton

The wilder years

David Eggleton

Book

"'What is invariably terrific in Eggleton’s poetry is not only the relish of his attack, but the flash of lyric underwing colour as he dives on his prey.' – Ian Wedded. David Eggleton, Poet Laureate of Aotearoa 2019-21, has published nine poetry coll...

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Felt  by Jo (Johanna) Emeney

Felt

Jo (Johanna) Emeney

Book

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Keepers  by Cherie Metcalfe

Keepers

Cherie Metcalfe

Book

Take your cooking to the next level without fuss with these fabulous delicious recipes which are easy to prepare and that your family and friends will love. Created with heart by trained chef Cherie Metcalfe of Pepper & Me and featuring some her most...

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Our first foreign war  by Nigel Robson

Our first foreign war

Nigel Robson

Book

Foreshadowing our unseemly haste to fight for King and Country in 1914, New Zealanders were enthusiastic supporters of the colonial war between Britain and the Boers when it was declared in 1899. The country welcomed the chance to prove itself and its...

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I am in bed with you  by Emma Barnes

I am in bed with you

Emma Barnes

Book

"I am in bed with you. The room varies. But I'm always on the left. I am pulling the pieces of myself into myself. In the winter I left myself behind in the 90s. I'm coming back now. You can see the light touching me. I can see layers of tissue finally...

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Two shakes of a lamb's tail  by Danielle Hawkins

Two shakes of a lamb's tail

Danielle Hawkins

Book

"A charming, sometimes heartbreaking, oftentimes laugh-out-loud journey through the seasons with a New Zealand country animal vet. Danielle Hawkins is a farm vet, mother, sheep farmer's wife and author. From calving cows to literary lunches, pet lambs...

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My darling lemon thyme  by Emma Galloway

My darling lemon thyme

Emma Galloway

Book

Spiced pumpkin snacking cake, Pea, mint + halloumi fritters, Mushroom + lentil lasagne, and Roasted strawberry + ginger 'ice cream' are among the beautiful, nourishing, simple-to-make and absolutely delicious recipes celebrated in Emma Galloway's third...

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Rita Angus  by Jill Trevelyan

Rita Angus

Jill Trevelyan

Book

Jill Trevelyan won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009 for this magnificent biography of one of New Zealands leading 20th century artists. Now back in print, this revised edition brings the book up to date with new as...

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Buller  by Peter Coburn

Buller

Peter Coburn

Book

"Buller... your endless offering is only witnessed by the lucky few - those who take the time to accept your welcome into a timeless world of real experience." This stunning new book from Peter Coburn is filled with breathtaking photography, highlighting...

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The long cold nights of June  by Debby Curreen

The long cold nights of June

Debby Curreen

Book

On a cold dark Tuesday night in June 2006, my youngest brother, George (Hori) committed suicide. In the months and years that followed, I wrote constantly, pouring out my grief, anger and disbelief that I no longer had my beloved, little brother in my...

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The lovely people  by B. C. (Beverley Cynthia) Ross

The lovely people

B. C. (Beverley Cynthia) Ross

Book

Historical record of first European settlers to Mangawai (Mangawhai) and Districts, who were here initially as Coast Guards prior to settlement by the British 58th Rutlandshire Regiment of Foot from 1854.

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Ransack  by Essa May Ranapiri

Ransack

Essa May Ranapiri

Book

"u blow on my fingers / and i feel ur breath in the / soft gaps / that i am trying to live in" In ransack, essa may ranapiri addresses the difficulty of assembling and understanding a fractured, unwieldy self through an inherited language – a language...

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The grief almanac  by Vana Manasiadis

The grief almanac

Vana Manasiadis

Book

"tell me the truth: the energy goes somewhere This bold hybrid of poetry, memoir, letter, essay and ekphrasis shows what alchemy can happen when pushing at the boundaries of what poetry is. Using strikingly unique forms and melding Greek with English,...

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Mission to the ends of the earth  by Russell Smith

Mission to the ends of the earth

Russell Smith

Book

What happened in the ten years after Samuel Marsden preached the first sermon in the Bay of Islands, NZ, in 1814? How did the first missionary families fare? What about their relationships with Maori? And the spread of the Christian message?

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Perfection  by Earle Brown

Perfection

Earle Brown

Book

"Hailing from small beginnings in rural Waimate, William Manchester became a battalion medical officer with the New Zealand Amy in the United Kingdom during World War II. Selected in 1941 to train as a plastic surgeon, serendipitously under the supervision...

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Gulf wars  by Richard Gladwell

Gulf wars

Richard Gladwell

Book

The 2021 36th America's Cup was the latest edition of the America's Cup yacht race. It was contested on the inner Hauraki Gulf off Auckland, New Zealand, between the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Circolo della Vela Sicilia of Italy. The Royal ...

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Adams on criminal law

Adams on criminal law

Book

Adams on Criminal Law has been New Zealand's most trusted criminal law reference for over 40 years. The Student Edition looks at the Crimes Act 1961 and Criminal Procedure Act 2011 and offers practical commentary on key sections. The concise way in which...

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Tracking the cats  by Brian Devlin

Tracking the cats

Brian Devlin

Book

Brian Devlin tells the complete story of the assembly of Jaguar & Daimler XJ6 cars at the former New Zealand Motor Corporation Plant Quarantine Road, Stoke, Nelson, between 1971 and 1978. The factory has been gone now for more than twenty years and there...

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My mother and other secrets  by Wendyl Nissen

My mother and other secrets

Wendyl Nissen

Book

Wendyl's mother suffered from Alzheimer's, and during her last days she told Wendyl the most amazing stories of her life. It was as if her failing memory was delving back into the past in one final desperate attempt for it to be remembered. Being adopted...

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The mirror book  by Charlotte Grimshaw

The mirror book

Charlotte Grimshaw

Book

"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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Greater Auckland walks  by Peter Jassen

Greater Auckland walks

Peter Jassen

Book

"Prolific New Zealand travel writer Peter Janssen describes his favourite walks throughout Auckland and the Greater Auckland Region. From Mahurangi to Waiuku and the Waitakere Ranges to Waiheke Island, Peter describes family friendly walks which incl...

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This is us by Pete Carter

This is us

Pete Carter

eBook

'This is Us' is a collection of over 200 interviews with New Zealanders, spanning the country, that reflects the diversity of New Zealand and its people. The result is a book that provides fascinating insight into the common threads that weave the fabric...

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West Island by Stephanie Johnson

West Island

Stephanie Johnson

eBook

Five notable twentieth-century New Zealanders who made their lives in Australia are the subject of this fascinating biographical investigation by award-winning author Stephanie Johnson. Roland Wakelin, Dulcie Deamer, Jean Devanny, Douglas Stewart and...

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Women mean business by Catherine Bishop

Women mean business

Catherine Bishop

eBook

"From Kaitaia in Northland to Oban on Stewart Island, New Zealand's nineteenth-century towns were full of entrepreneurial women. Contrary to what we might expect, colonial women were not only wives and mothers or domestic servants. A surprising number...

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Things OK with you?  by Vincent O'Sullivan

Things OK with you?

Vincent O'Sullivan

Book

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The misadventures of Polly Gillespie  by Polly Gillespie

The misadventures of Polly Gillespie

Polly Gillespie

Book

"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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Where art meets craft  by Richard Donald

Where art meets craft

Richard Donald

Book

Gennie de Lange trained at the Wellington Polytechnic, the Hammersmith and Middlesex Schools of Art and the Chelsea Pottery in London. She has had many exhibitions throughout New Zealand and has exhibited overseas. The technique is demanding and she is...

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Love you  by Girol Karacaoglu

Love you

Girol Karacaoglu

Book

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Here today, gone tomorrow  by Elaine Blick

Here today, gone tomorrow

Elaine Blick

Book

[This book] is a travelogue with a difference. Two retired women set off in a campervan from London to tour Europe. Neither has driven a campervan before, much less had any experience driving on the right. They journey through four countries and cover...

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The door  by Nathan Foster

The door

Nathan Foster

Book

"Having experienced severe trauma during his childhood, Nathan Foster sets out on an adventure of self-discovery in the exciting but often dangerous and violent New Zealand club scene"--Back cover

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Simply food  by Eleanor Ozich

Simply food

Eleanor Ozich

Book

This cookbook contains 80 recipes that can be made with just 15 minutes of hands-on time to produce a healthy and delicious meal. Including options for easy, healthy breakfasts, lunchbox fillers, no-mess tray bakes, one-pot wonders, throw-together salads...

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Speed kings  by John Smailes

Speed kings

John Smailes

Book

Winning the Indianapolis 500, the greatest spectacle in motorsport, has been a quest for Australians and New Zealanders since the first race in 1911. Seventeen have tried and two have succeeded: Scott Dixon in 2008 and Will Power in 2018. Rupert Jeff...

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Making ways

Making ways

Book

"Published to accompany an architectural exhibition by the same name held at Objectspace, Auckland, in 2019. Contains two essays, and transcripts of four conversations held as part of the exhibition"--Publisher information.

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Chronic fatigue syndrome, M.E.  by Rosamund Vallings

Chronic fatigue syndrome, M.E.

Rosamund Vallings

Book

"Carefully describes the process for accurate diagnosis, and the difficulties entailed. [The author] clearly explains all aspects of the illness, and how it affects the body's many systems and functions. In separate sections she provides sound advice...

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Life as a novel : Volume two, 1973-2004  by Philip Temple

Life as a novel : Volume two, 1973-2004

Philip Temple

Book

Through his fiction, non-fiction and international journalism, Maurice Shadbolt played a leading role in projecting New Zealand to the world throughout the second half of the 20th century. In Volume Two Philip Temple tells of Shadbolt's epic coverage...

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Death in a raincoat

Death in a raincoat

Book

"Death in a raincoat is the 20th collection in the acclaimed Re-Draft series bringing together contributions from 88 sparkling young Aotearoa New Zealand writers..."--Back cover.

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New Zealand  by Tasmin Waby

New Zealand

Tasmin Waby

Book

Lonely Planet's Best of New Zealand is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Explore Auckland's dining and music scene, sample Wellington's craft beer, and binge on adrenaline...

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Dwelling in the margins

Dwelling in the margins

Book

On the periphery of Aotearoa New Zealand's publishing scene, there is a rich and varied cottage industry of small press publishers. They work in collaboration, in gaps between paid gigs and with the support of like-minded peers: poets who print,...

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On we go  by L. Jane Sayle

On we go

L. Jane Sayle

Book

The book is developed from moments of intense connection with environments, landscapes and seasons, and the authors' shared understanding that simple but inspiring moments are a source of strength, a solution to the hysteria of contemporary life. The...

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Rugby  by Tony Williams

Rugby

Tony Williams

Book

Clear, concise and authoritative. Learn how to play or coach rugby to get the most enjoyment out of the game and win! The complex laws of rugby are threaded throughout the book in a way that makes them simple to understand. Explanations of the basic skills...

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Marks of identity  by Hamish Thompson

Marks of identity

Hamish Thompson

Book

"Mark of Identity contains over 50 logos from New Zealand's top graphic designers in the boom years of the 1960s and 1970s "--Back cover.

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New Zealand's North Island (Te Ika-a-Māui)  by Brett Atkinson

New Zealand's North Island (Te Ika-a-Māui)

Brett Atkinson

Book

Lonely Planet's New Zealand's North Island is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Experience Pacific Island culture, black-water raft or explore trendy Wellington; all with...

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New Zealand (Aotearoa)  by Charles Rawlings-Way

New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Charles Rawlings-Way

Book

"Lonely Planet's New Zealand is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Glide through turquoise waters past pods of orcas in Bay of Islands; try black-water rafting in asto...

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Kate Edger  by Diana Morrow

Kate Edger

Diana Morrow

Book

"In 1877, Kate Edger became the first woman to graduate from a New Zealand university. The New Zealand Herald enthusiastically hailed her achievement as 'the first rays of the rising sun of female intellectual advancement'. Edger went on to become a pioneer...

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Crusade on!  by Matt McIlraith

Crusade on!

Matt McIlraith

Book

"The Crusaders are not just another sports team. Out of a modest beginning grew the most formidable professional club entity rugby has ever seen. Yet sustained on-field excellence is just part of the story of a team that succeeded by living its stated...

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Linkability  by Lynnaire Johnston

Linkability

Lynnaire Johnston

Book

"Link-Ability 4 powerful strategies to maximise your LinkedIn Success is packed with valuable insights, essential know-how and practical tips for using LinkedIn to achieve your professional and business goals. Lynnaire Johnston, the Word Wizard, is ranked...

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