Denis Dwyer has loved rail travel since he travelled by steam train as a boy from Oamaru to Invercargill. Here he travels by rail through New Zealand, bringing the journeys alive with detail and humou..
A New Zealand Book of Beasts is a groundbreaking examination of the interactions between humans and 'nonhuman animals' - both real and imagined - in New Zealand's arts and literature, popular culture,..
Dealing with a relationship breakdown, custody dispute or other family or whanau crisis can be an overwhelming, emotional and stressful experience. The last thing you need is to be thrust into the unf..
New Zealand's history is peppered with mysterious tales of otherworldly beings, strange sightings, inexplicable disappearances and unusual crimes. While some of these stories have been handed down thr..
We became teenagers in the nineties when New Zealand felt a lot less cool about queerness and gender felt much more rigid. We knew instinctively that hiding was the safest strategy. But how to find yo..
Humans are changing the world in extremely complex ways, creating a new geological age called the Anthropocene. How do we - as parents, caregivers and as a society - raise our children and dependents ..
For many decades the Railways Department's design studios, Railways Studio, was New Zealand's 'go-to' advertiser. Its tourism and product ads appear on railway-station hoardings and billboards through..
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 confl..
The history of named student flats in North Dunedin reaches back to the 1930s. The authors share some of the stories of these flats, how they got their names, who lived in them and what life was like ..
Twelve extraordinary tales of crime and punishment: a collection of true crime writing by New Zealand's award-winning master of non-fiction. A court is a chamber of questions. Who, when, why, what ha..
For two periods in the early 1960s young science technician Don Webster wintered over in Antarctica, helping build extensions to the New Zealand station at Scott Base. It was barely two years after Si..
Based on the hugely popular Facebook page 'Shit Towns of New Zealand' this is a detailed catalogue of shit towns and cities across Aotearoa. Naturally, the first volume was received as a literary mast..
The Covid-19 lockdown in New Zealand caused fear, hardship and loss. Through this time of unprecedented national hardship, however, there emerged incredible stories of hope and optimism. Businesses in..
Southern Spirit: The People and Places of Southland is Ian Dougherty's take on a region he regards as part of his extended back yard. The book is a celebration of southern landscapes, from the fantast..
The best way to learn anything is by doing it - this is a maxim that goes back to Aristotle and one that journalist and writer Gordon McLauchlan always ascribed to. As he approached the end of his lif..
This is a book about New Zealanders and their deep connection to swimming in the outdoors. Every neighbourhood has its swimming hole up the river, its local beach, or a back road to the lake. A love o..
This book combines the writings of Gavine Campbell, who first went to the Nevis as a young school teacher in 1927 and stories of people who braved the challenges the Nevis threw at them. Gavine marrie..
'The air temperature was probably -35 degrees Celsius with wind chill. We couldn't stand still for long. Our brains felt taxed and our bodies were running on empty. On the Football Field not far from ..
The story of the young women charged with waging war on our nation's poor teeth In 1921, when the School Dental Service was established, New Zealand embarked on a unique social experiment: improving ..
A BOOK FOR THINKERS AND PARTICIPANTS IN NEW ZEALAND AND GLOBAL SOCIETYWhat is a New Zealander? How do we understand what makes New Zealand complex and unique? And what creates a sense of belonging and..
A BOOK FOR THOSE WANTING TO EFFECT CHANGE IN AOTEAROA 'What can we do?' is a common response to social, political or environmental issues. At this critical time, the ability to actively engage with co..
Dougal Rillstone was born in Gore, close to the Mataura River, over seventy years ago. The river was both swimming pool and playground during his childhood. One summer's evening, while he stood chest ..
Where are we? How did we get here? Where do we go now? A provocative and insightful exploration of rebuilding our homes, communities and cities after their devastation. From nineteenth-century attempt..
You can't help but wonder about the stories behind the unusual buildings you see around New Zealand - from cute colonial cottages to abandoned industrial buildings or ghost towns. Nicola McCloy went l..
Discover a world of wild, mysterious and audacious journeys In Wild Journeys Bruce Ansley retraces the path of the doomed surveyor John Whitcombe across the Southern Alps, follows the raiding party o..