JUST TO LET YOU KNOW I’M STILL ALIVE – Postcards from New Zealanders during the First World War
($49.95 – GST inclusive)
This book takes the reader on a journey into the colourful world of the picture postcard during World War One when the form of communicating was to mail a postcard with a message on the reverse side to a loved one serving on the battle fields of Europe.
They were the emails of yesteryear, the economic way to communicate with family and friends across the miles. When war was declared in 1914, postcards took on a more meaningful purpose on a scale not seen before. Beyond their heart-filled personal messages to and from the battlefront, postcards also became a patriotic and propaganda tool. The Dominion of New Zealand was quick to rally and answer the call to serve King and Country and it was not long before New Zealand publishers were producing original works by New Zealand artists and photographers for the local market.
They were cherished as prized possessions for their photographs and art and became collectables in private postcard collections. These wonderful and thought provoking postcards with their handwritten messages give a poignant insight into the life and times in New Zealand during the Great War.
Glenn Reddiex is a Deltiologist, Genealogist, and a First World War historian. He has served with the Royal New Zealand Navy and in later years with the Joint Information Services Agency (JISA) in the New Zealand Defence Force. His interest in genealogy and the history of the First World War began while living in England. He undertook research throughout Europe exploring ephemera, letters and postcards to gather historical information. From these origins, Glenn became a keen collector of postcards with a fascination for the artistry, photography and social history of each of the cards in his collection.
Format: 280 mm (depth) x 210 mm (width), 184 pages,
Portrait format, Limpbound with cover flaps
ISBN: 978-1-86934-127-5 Bar Code: 9781869341275
BLACK JERSEY – SILVER FERN – Tom Ellison – First Maori to Captain the All Blacks
($29.95 – GST inclusive)
Black Jersey Silver Fern’ is an informative and fascinating account of the life of a significant figure in the history of rugby in New Zealand. Tom Ellison was a man ahead of his time.
Sir Graham Henry, five times World Rugby coach of the year.
Tom Ellison is the man behind the black jersey and silver fern of the All Blacks. He was the “Mr Rugby” of his era, a tremendous player who captained the All Blacks in 1893 (the first Maori to do so), captained, coached and selected teams, developed the role of the wing-forward which was to give New Zealand an enduring advantage and wrote one of the first instructional books on rugby. His views were respected nationally and he was widely quoted.
His story is rich in individuals and incident. His great-grandfather was chief Taiaroa of Ngai Tahu, his grandfather Edward Weller the whaler of Otakou and his father Raniera the discoverer of gold at Maori Point on the Shotover River. Tom Ellison went from Te Aute College to Wellington to become one of the first Maori lawyers. He had a myriad of interests and brought energy and fresh vision to them all. This is the story of his life – the first biography of Tom Ellison.
The author, Denis Dwyer, has an MA (Hons) in English and History and diplomas in journalism and teaching. His family roots in rugby run deep – his grandfather Jack scored the winning try for Otago against Arthur Harding’s Anglo-Welsh team at Carisbrook in 1908 (the roar could be heard at the gasworks a mile away!).
Format: 230mm (depth) x 150mm (width)
224 pages, 96 photographs,
Portrait format, Limpbound with cover flaps. ISBN: 978-1-86934-125-1
Bar Code: 9781869341251
YELLOW CARDS & SIN BINS – New Zealand Rugby Tales
Illustrated by Lance Prutton
($24.95 – GST inclusive)
Just when you thought it was time to relax in Godzone, it becomes apparent that 2015 is World Cup year. Rugby in Rugbyland (New Zealand) needs to be galvanised with a view to proving to the world that we are still the best.
The material in this book will enable you to relax and enjoy the lighter side of the often serious business of rugby – until things get really serious at the World Cup. Tall tales, short pieces, trenchant trivia and whimsical observations relating to the All Blacks, Super Rugby players, provincial and club participants – and a raft of adherents in between – serve to remind us that rugby humour can be quite distinctive. And you don’t have to wallow in nostalgia – or yesterday’s jokes – to get away from it all. Most of the material in this book is as contemporary as a Sonny Bill Williams off-load.
Graham Hutchins is one of New Zealand’s most versatile writers, having written books on rugby, cricket, travel, small-town life, rock music, railways and other subjects – always with a strong New Zealand flavour and often from a humorous aspect. He is regarded as one of our foremost rugby storytellers.
He is a self-confessed rugby fanatic who follows the game religiously, enjoying all aspects, be they serious, humorous or otherwise. As long as the All Blacks win.
Format: 210mm (depth) x 140mm (width), 128 pages, Portrait format, Limpbound
ISBN: 978-1-86934-124-4 Bar Code: 9781869341244
PHIL DICKSON’S WELLINGTON
($45.00 – GST inclusive)
By international standards Wellington is not a large city, yet it contains all that would be expected of an important national capital. The appeal of Wellington lies in its compactness.
The topography and its harbour are assets to be treasured. Spared the outlook of endless urban or suburban views that are the norm of so many other large cities, Wellingtonians can enjoy the wonderful backdrop of their hills and harbour from most residences and commercial locations. Opportunities for the adventurer are never far away.
Phil Dickson, Wellingtonian, wanderer and artist, invites the reader on a voyage of self-discovery in and around the city and further afield in the nearby forest parks. His sketches and paintings, together with his historical knowledge, reflect his love of his home city.
Phil Dickson is an elected artist member of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts and an active member of Wellington Art Club and exhibits regularly at their exhibitions as well as at other art societies. Phil was recently a guest artist at a Watercolour New Zealand National Exhibition.
Format: 210mm (depth) x 260mm (width), 96 pages landscape format
83 paintings and drawings, three maps. case bound, laminated jacket
ISBN: 978-1-86934-123-7 Bar Code: 9781869341237
FROM SURVIVAL TO REVIVAL – Auckland’s Public Transport since 1860
($59.99 – GST inclusive)
Transport is integral to the character of any city. The story of its evolution since early colonial times reveals much about the development of Auckland itself.
From individual pioneer entrepreneurs operating plodding horse-buses, through the dynamic construction of an outstanding electric tram system, a network of harbour ferry services and a regrettably brief interlude of trolley-buses to the electrification of suburban rail and the ubiquitous diesel bus, public transport has played a vital part in Auckland’s living and lifestyle. The coming of the motorway from the 1950s was a two-edged sword – wonderful for private car users but a potential wrecker of buoyant public transport.
Transport both public and private is an outcome – the inputs are planners, politicians, institutions and pressure groups interacting in various combinations of public and private good which result in policies, projects, infrastructure and facilities which have aspired to serve Auckland and its citizens.
To assert that the development of transport in Auckland was, as in most cities, a chronicle of unbroken and inspirational progress would be preposterous. Seemingly interminable backtracking over the need for a harbour bridge and a central underground rail link as well as the curious flirting with a guided busway `solution’ prove this.
The 1980s witnessed the nadir of public transport in Auckland with the rail system hovering perilously close to outright closure and all modes struggling to survive economically. Revival has been steady rather than spectacular, but it continues to be driven by an ongoing realisation that for Auckland to be a truly first-world metropolis it needs a vibrant network of buses, trains and ferries as much as its motorways and myriad of motor vehicles.
Dr Graham Bush is a former Associate-Professor of Political Studies at the University of Auckland where for twenty-five years he specialised in the teaching and research of New Zealand local government. He is the author of seven books, including two histories of the Auckland City Council and two editions of the text, Local Government and Politics in New Zealand. His most recent work is The History of Epsom (2006), of which he edited and was the principal contributor.
A lifelong Aucklander, Dr Bush has been active as a public transport advocate since the early 1980s. He was a member of the Auckland Regional Land Transport Committee from 1999 until 2008 and since then has been secretary of the Auckland-based Campaign for Better Transport.
Format: 255mm (depth) x 184mm (width), 372 pages
250 black and white plates and 16 colour plates. Limpbound with cover flaps
ISBN: 978-1-86934-120-6 Bar Code: 9781869341206
WELLINGTON DOWN UNDER
($29.99 – GST inclusive)
This book takes you on a voyage of discovery around the Wellington harbour and bays – a journey few people will ever experience – to the magic and colourful world that lives in all its splendid beneath the water.
Stephen Journée, a skilled diver and photographer, gives a rare insight into the world below and brings to life all the fish varieties and other forms of marine life that have made the Wellington harbour and the surrounding coastal bays their home over the centuries.
From the unbelievable colour of the sea sponges, sea squirts, jewel anemones, blue and read moki, triplefin’s, seahorses, jellyfish, to schools of jack mackerels and spotties, to dolphins and the occasional visit by pods of orcas, all feature between these covers.
Stephen also takes the reader on a tour of famous shipwrecks of the 19th and 20th centuries, a look back in time and what remains from past tragedies; wharves and slipways from yester-year.
Stephen grew up by the beach in Christchurch and has loved the marine environment ever since. After moving to Wellington and starting a scuba diving business, he spent a lot of his time underwater. Stephen is passionate about the protection of the marine environment and raising awareness of the impact people can have on it. This book has been produced to show people that even in an urban harbour, there is an abundance of life. We are all responsible for its protection.
Format: 286mm (depth) x 210mm (width) 72 pages of colour and black and white plates.
135 colour plates & 5 black and white plates Limpbound with cover flaps
Bar Code: 9781869341220
60 years ago this tragedy shook the Nation
$24.95 (GST inclusive)
The complete story of Tangiwai – Christmas Eve 1953 – as told by someone who was there – when 151 people lost their lives through forces and circumstances beyond man’s control.
At the time, Tangiwai was rated the eighth worst railway tragedy in the world by the toll of those killed and injured.
Since that sad Christmas Eve – many questions are still being asked:
Was it negligence by man?
Why were recurring lahars ignored?
Was it an accident waiting to happen?
The name Tangiwai means ‘weeping waters’ or ‘waters of sorrow’, from tangi, to weep or lament; and wai, water.
It was so named to commemorate the loss of a Maori paramount chief who, according to legend, perished in a raging torrent that suddenly overwhelmed the normally placid crossing place in the Whangaehu River.
Fiordland greenstone is also known as Tangiwai because the flecks in it resemble tears.
Format: 280mm (depth) x 210mm (width) – portrait format
60 pages – black and white and colour plates running with text, Limpbound.
ISBN: 1 86934 090 6
Bar Code: 9781869340902
WELLINGTON – A Portrait of Today and Yesterday
Supreme a Situ’, ‘Absolutely Positively Wellington’, ‘The Coolest Little Capital City in the World’, ‘Wellywood’ — that’s Wellington, a compact city with buzz, always ahead of the trends, populated by people who love their city and the style of life the city offers. Cafés and restaurants abound, and Wellingtonians enjoy the theatre, the opera, the arts, the nightlife, the sporting venues (including the magnificent stadium) and the country’s best cricket oval. Since 1865 it has been the world’s southernmost capital city at latitude 41º 7’ south.
This book takes you on a journey through the decades and gives an insight into the Wellington of today, so take a walk down the corridors of the past and compare them with the present.
This is the author’s fifth pictorial book on Wellington’s history and as a recipient of the Absolutely Positive Wellingtonian Award in 2012 from the Wellington City Council; it is obvious that his love affair for Wellington has extended over many decades.
Format: 245mm (depth) x 250mm (width): 144 pages of colour and black and white plates.
A total of 475 photographs. Limpbound with cover flaps.
Bar Code: 0 781869 34 1213
THE SHAKY ISLES – New Zealand Earthquakes
This is the story of New Zealand’s major earthquakes, from pre-European times to the present day, with three chapters covering the Canterbury disaster. Lively, approachable and well-illustrated, it describes vividly the physical and psychological havoc earthquakes cause and reminds us of the need to be prepared.
Earthquakes are perhaps the most terrifying of all natural disasters. They strike without warning, they cannot be controlled, and there is no escape. And New Zealand has suffered more than its fair share of major shakes, which have brought with them death, injury, fear and sometimes cripplingly expensive damage. Wellington in 1848 and 1855, the Wairarapa in 1942, Inangahua in 1968, Edgecumbe in 1987, Gisborne in 2007… We are continually reminded that we do indeed inhabit the ‘shaky isles’, and that another big earthquake, probably on the Alpine Fault, is still a strong possibility.
Growing up in Christchurch, author Anna Rogers had little experience of earthquakes. Later, when she lived for a dozen years in Wellington, the ground shook occasionally to remind everyone of the capital’s position on New Zealand’s main fault line. But nothing could have prepared her, or anyone else, for the 7.1 earthquake that struck Canterbury in the pre-dawn darkness of 4 September 2010, destroying many heritage buildings and homes, and its fatal successor, on 22 February 2011, which took the lives of 185 people and almost annihilated the Christchurch CBD.
Format: 250mm (depth) x 210mm (width): 248 pages of colour and black and white plates. Limpbound with cover flaps.
Bar Code: 9 781869 34 1190
From basic huts on the foreshore to a city of 1,5 million, New Zealand’s super city has had a remarkable history of change and development over the past 170 years. This book shows the dramatic changes and puts the reader into the picture showing the past coupled with the present using graphic photographs taken over the decades. Some pioneering colour photographs taken by the author when colour photography was in its infancy feature along with many classic photographs recorded on glass plates over 100 years ago. Over 290 plates, with all photography from the late 1940s taken by the author unless otherwise credited on the page by the image. The author took 190 of the photographs in this book.
Format: 250mm x 250mm Extent: 144 pages of colour and black and white plates.
Limpbound with cover flaps.
ISBN: 978 1 86934 118 3
Bar Code: 9781869 34 1183
CHRISTCHURCH – A Portrait of Yesterdays
WELLINGTON FROM ABOVE
DUNEDIN – A Portrait of Today and Yesterday
COURAGE IN THE SKIES – New Zealand Airmen at War
WELLINGTON – The Best Little Capital City in the World (reprinted)
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