In the winter of 1866 New Zealand s most notorious bushranger, Richard Burgess, knelt at a small desk in his Nelson prison cell, took up his quill pen and began to write. His life, he knew, was beyond..
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..
As a group of islands in the far south-west Pacific Ocean, New Zealand's history is steeped in the sea. Its people have encountered the sea in many different ways: along the coast, in port, on ships,..
If World War One was the crucible that forged an independent New Zealand identity, then the two decades following are surely the years in which the foundation for the new nation was laid. In shedding ..
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..
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..
New Zealand has a disappointing record of preserving our oldest and proudest buildings. In this book well known historian Richard Wolfe features 20 notable structures which, for various reasons, no lo..
A full train plunges into a raging river at Tangiwai; the Wahine is tossed onto rocks at the entrance to Wellington Harbour; an Air New Zealand DC-10 plunges into Mt Erebus; an earthquake destroys Chr..
Harry Evison re-examines New Zealand colonial history in the light of a number of original documents, particularly the ten Ngai Tahu deeds by which the Crown acquired Maori title to the southern half ..
Christchurch faces the unprecedented situation of having to rebuild its entire central city in a First World economy in the twenty-first century. Disasters fundamentally disturb the normal rules we li..
Introducing general readers to New Zealand archaeology, Pakeha Settlements in a Maori World tells the story of the first European encounters with a new land. This is a fascinating approach to history ..
This extensively researched book tells the story of one of the darkest hours of Australia and New Zealand's First World War military. With the forensic use of decades-old documents and soldier account..
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 Welli..
This is a story of how ordinary people created a movement that changed New Zealand's foreign policy and our identity as a nation. The story of peace activism from our pre-recorded history to 1975 was ..
New Zealand was the last country in the world to be discovered and settled by humankind. It was also the first to introduce full democracy. Between those events, and in the century that followed the f..
In this fascinating and by turns alarming book, Claire Le Couteur has researched the background to some of the popular medical remedies in New Zealand's medical history, based on items found in the co..
From Wellington's Plimmer Steps to the green hills of Motukawa. This is the story of a family - several generations of influential people - starting with 'the father of Wellington', John Plimmer, whos..
Post Marks: The Way We Were - Early New Zealand Postcards, 1897-1922 reveals the pioneer roots of New Zealand culture, the importance society placed on industry and infrastructure and the rapidly chan..
Promoting Health in Aotearoa New Zealand is the first comprehensive text on health promotion in New Zealand. Primarily written for students, practitioners and policy makers in the health sector, it wi..
We know a lot about the early missionaries who came to New Zealand from 1814 and how Christianity developed through their complex interactions with Maori. Less well known are the ways in which settler..
By the early 20th century, the ideology of racial distance predominated in British India. This simultaneously threw a spotlight on the 'Anglo-Indian problem' and sent intimate relationships between Br..
The decades of the 1950s and 60s continue to exert a powerful fascination, and in New Zealand, these postwar years have been remembered in popular culture as a golden age. But what was life really lik..
The two world wars played an important role in the evolution of plastic and maxillofacial surgery in the first half of the 20th century. This book is about four of the key figures involved. Sir Harold..
Unlike people who choose to migrate in search of new opportunities, refugees are compelled to leave their homeland. Typically, they are escaping war and persecution because of their ethnicity, their r..
The story of Riccarton Bush and its association with the Deans family encapsulates the natural and social history of Canterbury. This story began several thousand years ago with an ancient floodplain ..
Rough on Women is, in some respects, the prequel to Abortion Then and Now: New Zealand abortion stories from 1940 to 1980, in which women recorded their firsthand experiences of abortion. In contrast ..
In 2013 the Royal New Zealand Ballet marks the company's sixtieth anniversary. This is a triumph for the vision of Poul Gnatt, who in 1953 established a dance company which undertook national touring...
This is the first book to take a trans-Tasman look at the nineteenth-century phenomenon that was the gold rushes in Australia and New Zealand. It explores links between the rushes, particularly those ..
The secular character of New Zealand has become an accepted 'fact' of our time. Nevertheless, Christian organizations and discourses have played an important role in framing New Zealand's life and ide..
Sailing with Cook: Inside the Private Journal of James Burney RN is about the young James Burney's experience of shipboard life and the momentous events that took place during the second voyage of exp..
New Zealanders, while generally peaceable and tolerant people, have never shied away from war. Even in the current era, Anzac Day is a major event here, and the haka is one of our most recognisable cu..