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100 Amazing Tales from Aotearoa

Simon Morton is a Wellington-based broadcaster and presenter best known for his TV ONE show 'Why We Buy' and his Radio New Zealand National series 'This Way Up'. Riria Hotere (Ngati Maniapoto and Te A..

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100 days That Mapped a Nation, The

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Ask That Mountain : The Story of Parihaka

Parihaka has become a byword for Maori refusal to yield land, culture and dignity to New Zealand's colonial government. Well after the end of the New Zealand Wars, the people of this small settlement ..

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Barker's of Geraldine

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Beneath the Takitimus: A Hundred Years on Redcliff Station
Between Worlds

'Vivid, convincing and utterly memorable.'-Michael King, North & SouthAnne Salmond's extraordinary Between Worlds begins with the arrival of Cook's second expedition in 1773 and takes the story throug..

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Beyond Betrayal: Trouble in the Promised Land - Restoring the Mission to Maori

Beyond Betrayal delves into New Zealand's pioneering history, and asks why such promising partnerships descended into decades of distrust. After the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, a succession of gove..

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Braided River: Migration and the Personal Essay: 2019

The Braided River explores contemporary migration to New Zealand through an examination of 200 personal essays written by 37 migrants from 20 different countries, spanning all ages and life stages. Th..

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Broken Decade, The: Prosperity, Depression and Recovery in New Zealand, 1928-39

The Depression of the 1930s was a defining period in New Zealand history. It had its own vocabulary swaggers and sugarbags, relief work and sustenance, the Queen Street riots and special constables ..

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But I Changed All That: Fifty Firsts, NZ Women 1893-2018
BWB Text: First Migration

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City at the Centre: The History of Palmerston North

A RICHLY ILLUSTRATED HISTORY CELEBRATING 150 YEARS. City at the Centre tells the story of a small town carved out of the bush that once cloaked the Manawatu plains, whose growth was driven by the rail..

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Concise History of New Zealand 2E

New Zealand was the last major landmass, other than Antarctica, to be settled by humans. The story of this rugged and dynamic land is beautifully narrated, from its origins in Gondwana some 80 million..

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Cook Voyage Encounters, The

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Dead Letters: Censorship and subversion in New Zealand 1914-1920

In 1918, from deep within the West Coast bush, a miner on the run from the military wrote a letter to his sweetheart. Two months later he was in jail. Like millions of others, his letter had been stea..

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Finding Joseph Bryers of the Hokianga - Early New Zealand Settler

For historians of early New Zealand and the Hokianga and his family descendants, Joseph Bryers the settler has long been an enigma. This book by Kenneth Baker, his great-great-grandson and based on in..

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First Map: How James Cook Charted Aotearoa New Zealand

The story of how James Cook charted Aotearoa New Zealand, lavishly produced and richly illustrated Since it was published by the Admiralty in 1816, James Cook's chart of New Zealand has long be..

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Forgotten Wars: Why the Musket Wars Matter Today

Long-awaited short and reorganised version of The Musket Wars * Brilliantly written and clearly explained, with fact boxes * Detailed maps and plentiful illustrations Ron Crosby brilliantly rewrites h..

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From Suffrage to a Seat in the House: The path to parliament for New Zealand women

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 ..

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From Taranto to Trieste

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Gangland: New Zealand's Underworld of Organised Crime

New Zealand's underworld of organised crime and deadly gangs New Zealand is now one of the most lucrative illicit drug markets in the world. Organised crime is about making money. It's a busin..

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Great Tales from New Zealand History

Forty-six diverse, absorbing stories which reveal the often forgotten colour and vibrancy of our country's past. Who really did discover New Zealand? Who were the real villains at Parihaka? Have we wr..

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Great Tales from Rural New Zealand

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Great War for New Zealand: Waikato 1800-2000

A monumental new account of the defining conflict in New Zealand history. It was war in the Waikato in 1863-64 that shaped the nation in all kinds of ways: setting back Maori and Pakeha relations by s..

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Harraways: Going for Grain: 150 years of Milling at Green Island, Dunedin
He Reo Wahine: Maori Women's Voices from the Nineteenth Century
Heaphy Track

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History of New Zealand Women

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Journals of Captain Cook

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Kalimpong Kids, The: The New Zealand story, in pictures

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..

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Kitchens: The New Zealand Kitchen in the 20th Century

This engrossing history of the domestic kitchen covers 10 decades that saw our culinary traditions accommodate extraordinary changes in technology and the irresistible process of globalisation. Each c..

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Ko Taranaki Te Maunga

In 1881, colonial troops invaded the village of Parihaka on the Taranaki coast. In an attempt to quell the non-violent direct action taken by the community against land confiscations, the government s..

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Lasting Impressions: Story of New Zealand's Newspapers
Life and Times of a Choral Society: Dunedin's City Choir 1863-2013
Lives of Colonial Objects, The

The Lives of Colonial Objects is a sumptuously illustrated and highly readable book about things, and the stories that unfold when we start to investigate them. In this collection of 50 essays the a..

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Living Among the Northland Maori

`I love this sort of life: visiting the Maori, sleeping at their places, organising my house, etc.' A French Marist priest, Father Antoine Garin was sent to run the remote Mangakahia mission stat..

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Long Time Coming:  story of Ngai Tahu's treaty settlement negotiations with the Crown

The Ngai Tahu settlement, like all other Treaty of Waitangi settlements in Aotearoa New Zealand, was more a product of political compromise and expediency than measured justice. The Ngai Tahu claim, T..

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Making a New Land: Environmental Histories of New Zealand

Making a New Land presents an interdisciplinary perspective on one of the most rapid and extensive transformations in human history: that which followed Maori and then European colonisation of New Zea..

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Making History: A New Zealand Story

`Men no longer whisper "Revolution", they shout it; and they no longer carry banners, but throw bricks' - Letter home from Harvard, 1970. Jock Phillips grew up in post-war Christchurch where hist..

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Making Our Place: Exploring Land-use Tensions in Aotearoa New Zealand

Fascination with the interplay of people and place inspired the editors to bring together New Zealanders from differing backgrounds and disciplines to explore some of the stories and sites of conflict..

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Mataatua Whare: Te Wharenui I Hoki Mai

Mataatua wharenui is the most travelled Maori meeting house in the country. Built in 1875, it was taken to Australia, London and Otago before being returned to Whakatane after more than a century away..

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Matters of the Heart: A History of Interracial Marriage in New Zealand

In the history of intimate relations between Maori and Pakeha, public policy and private life are woven together. Matters of the Heart reveals much about how Maori and Pakeha have lived together in th..

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Merchant, Miner, Mandarin:  life & times of the remarkable Choie Sew Hoy

In 1869, a businessman from China's Guangdong Province first set foot on New Zealand soil at Port Chalmers. It was the beginning of an illustrious career that would change the shape of commerce and in..

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Mid-Century Living: The Butterfly House Collection

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 ..

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Migration, Ethnicity and Madness: New Zealand 1860-1910

Migration, Ethnicity, Madness: New Zealand 1860-1910 provides a social, cultural, and political history of migration, ethnicity, and madness in New Zealand between 1860 and 1910. Its key aim is to ana..

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More Than Just a Place of Work: A History of Dunedin's Hillside Railway Workshops
Mothers' Darlings of the South Pacific: Children of Indigenous Women and US Servicemen WWII
Musket Wars: A History of Inter-Iwi Conflict 1806 - 1845

First published in 1999, with an introduction by the late Michael King, The Musket Wars established Ron Crosby's reputation as a daring, original chronicler of New Zealand history. This best-selling h..

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Nation Waited, The

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New Zealand Wars & the Victorian Interpretation of Racial Conflict

Revealing the enormous tactical and military skill of Maori, and the inability of 'Victorian interpretation' to acknowledge those qualities, Belich's account of the New Zealand Wars offered a very dif..

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New Zealand Wars | Nga Pakanga o Aotearoa, The

The New Zealand Wars were a series of conflicts that profoundly shaped the course and direction of our nation's history. Fought between the Crown and various groups of Maori between 1845 and 1872, the..

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