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($45.00 – GST inclusive)
Phil Dickson

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)
Graham Bush

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

($29.99 – GST inclusive)
Stephen Journée

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

ISBN: 978-1-86934-122-0
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 Portrait

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.

ISBN 978-1-86934-121-3
Bar Code: 0 781869 34 1213

Shakey Isles

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.

ISBN 978-1-86934-119-0
Bar Code: 9 781869 34 1190

Super City

AUCKLAND – A Portrait of Today and Yesterday

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

The author spent the first week of February – two weeks before the earth moved – shooting a photographic essay of Christchurch and the suburbs to complement photographs he had taken in the early 1950s. His colour photographs taken in February suddenly became yesterday’s pictures. The photograph on the front cover of the Cathedral was taken on 2 February, 20 days before the eathquake.

Christchurch, the suburbs and the surrounding town centres were dealt a severe body blow when the earthquake of Tuesday, 22 February 2011, struck at 12.51pm. It was New Zealand’s worst disaster in modern times. This book takes a look back in time at the city and suburbs before the magnitude 6.3 earthquake flattened much of its iconic structures and heritage buildings. It is a pictorial journey in both black and white and colour of a city in happier times; a book of memories, of a city beloved by New Zealanders and beyond; a city known for being ‘very English’ because of its style of architecture and many inner-city greens.

Punting on the Avon River, dining on the ‘strip’ in Oxford Terrace, taking a ride on a tourist tram, the Arts Centre, the Pier at New Brighton, and much more, are all part of life in this unique city.

Format: 250mm x 250mm Extent: 96 pages of colour plates
Limpbound with cover flaps
ISBN: 9781869341169
Bar Code: 9781869341169



This photographic essay takes the reader on a flight of discovery over the capital city of New Zealand, to the suburbs and beyond.

Hailed as the best little capital city in the world – the cooliest! – it is the southernmost capital and is known for its friendly atmosphere. The heart of the city is compact, walkable and alive with restaurants and cafés that give a welcome with stylish à la carte dining and pavement outdoor casual fare. It boasts more bars, cafés and restaurants per capita than New York. It is a fun place to work and relax. Greater Wellington reaches to Upper Hutt and beyond to the Kapiti Coast and many beaches to the north.

Format: 250mm x 250mm Extent: 128 pages of colour plates Limpbound with cover flaps
ISBN: 9781869341152
Bar Code: 978186934115


DUNEDIN – A Portrait of Today and Yesterday

This book gives an insight into a city through the decades: the imposing building facades, hills that rise steeply from the harbour centre, a look back at the city streets showing a city that has largely been saved from the demolition ball of the 1950s and 1960s. Like San Francisco, Dunedin’s little cable cars once climbed the hills right up to the stars!

Dunedin, at the head of the Otago harbour, is a city of dignified charm with elegant Edwardian and Victorian stone, brick and concrete buildings, majestic cathedrals and churches. Private residences with towers and turrets of architectural splendour, cast iron lacework balustrades, ornamental fretwork and finials; old villas and cottages.

The city was founded on gold discoveries in Central Otago by sturdy Scottish stock and is known as the Edinburgh of the south. For a time in the 19th century it was the largest city in New Zealand and the commercial capital of the country. Home to New Zealand’s first university, the first medical school and teachers’ college, it is a university town with a student population of about 20,000.

Format: 250mm x 250mm Extent: 64 pages of colour plates
Limpbound with cover flaps
ISBN: 9781869341176
Bar Code: 9781869341176


COURAGE IN THE SKIES – New Zealand Airmen at War
Paul Harrison & Brian Lockstone

A few extraordinary New Zealand pilots flew with distinction in the First World War but it was during the six years of the Second World War that thousands from this country served with honour, pride and gallantry in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, the Royal Air Force and the Air Branch of the Royal Navy.

The RNZAF had been a separate service for only two years when war was declared but it soon became a major force. At its peak in 1944, it boasted nearly 44,000 men and women and 26 fighter, bomber, flying boat, dive bomber and transport squadrons, aerodrome construction, radar, marine, and engineering servicing units in New Zealand and the Pacific and a network of operational and training stations, radar, repair, support, rehabilitation and headquarters units at home. Seven New Zealand squadrons flew with the RAF.

In words and a wealth of illustrations, aviation history experts Brian Lockstone and Paul Harrison recount New Zealanders’ path of glory across the skies of Europe, Africa, the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, the Middle East, India, Burma, Malaya, the Dutch East Indies and the South West Pacific. More than 4000 made the ultimate sacrifice – a heavy price considering that, of the 140,000 New Zealanders who served overseas, 104,000 were in the army.

Both authors had the privilege of knowing and serving alongside many Second World War veterans. Courage in the Skies is their tribute to the personalities, aircraft and events of those memorable years.

Format: 250mm (depth) x 210mm (width)
Extent: 160 pages of historic photographs of the personnel and the aircraft
Limpbound with cover flaps.
ISBN: 9781869341114
Bar Code: 9781869341114


WELLINGTON – The Best Little Capital City in the World (reprinted)

Wellington – the seat of government and the cultural and creative capital of New Zealand – has been hailed as the ‘Best Little City in the World’. Famed for its warmth to visitors, it boasts the largest number of bars and restaurants per capita in the country and is known for the public parties it stages to celebrate sporting events and live entertainment. Film director Sir Peter Jackson is based in ‘Wellywood’, where the Lord of the Rings world premieres were held.

The city is also often referred to as the San Francisco of the southern hemisphere because of the homes that cling to the hills and the cable car that has been running since 1902 from Lambton Quay in the heart of town to the suburb of Kelburn. The waterfront, from the railway station to Oriental Bay, is popular for walking, running, biking, fishing or just sitting and soaking in the sights and sounds of this vibrant city.

Birthplace of New Zealand’s most famous short-story writer, Katherine Mansfield, Wellington is also blessed with the nation’s best cricket oval, is alive with street sculpture and is home to the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, the national art collection and the New Zealand Ballet Company. And only 10 minutes from the central business district is the world’s first fully-fenced urban wildlife sanctuary.

This colourful and fascinating record of New Zealand’s capital city will delight Wellingtonians and visitors alike.

250mm (depth) x 210mm (width) 64 pages Colour plates throughout – 150 photographs
Limpbound, four-colour matt embossed and UV vanished jacket.
ISBN: 9781869341145
Bar Code: 9781869341145


Portrait of a Nation (reprinted)

A pictorial parade of New Zealand since European settlement, showing the vast changes; the unbelievable growth of some towns and the demise of others. Over 850 photographs tell the story of the early pioneer spirit that gave the country a solid base which generations have built on to make it a country that is today admired and respected globally.

Illustrated are the times of celebration and tragedy; the engineering feats that tamed the rugged landscape; New Zealanders who conquered the world with courage and others with ingenuity who were trail-blazers in their field of expertise.

To give the reader an instant recognition of the archival pictures featured, colour photographs show the same scene today. The author’s concept has been to create a balanced archive of New Zealand in photographic form.


An easy guide to correct punctuation
including how to know the difference between your and you’re
Mary Mountier

If you don’t realise the title “Your Joking” is a deliberate mistake... then you’d better read this book. If you do get the point, but have ever slipped up on when to use an apostrophe in other similar words (like it’s and its, or who’s and whose), then this is a must have reference book for you to place alongside your Oxford Concise Dictionary.

Mary Mountier has produced this handy little guide for everyone who still bothers about punctuation and correct English.

It’s written in non-academic language, with easily understood rules for avoiding mistakes. It includes sections on “Confusing words”, which explains when to use “complementary” rather than “complimentary”, or “imply” instead of “infer”, and “Words to avoid”, such as the non-word “agreeance”.

The book is far from pedantic, recognising that language standards are always changing, and in some situations (like texting) don’t matter much, Anyone who wants their writing to be taken seriously needs to follow the rules of English as they are commonly accepted today.

Hold Very Tight

Portrait of an Art Deco City (reprinted)
Graham Stewart

Readers get an instant insight of the 1931 Napier earthquake and the city in the early years of the 20th century as they turn the pages, all the historic photographs are matched with present day colour scenes from the same spot. It is like being there with the buildings tumbling all around.

This wooden Victorian town was replaced after the 1931 earthquake and fire with the fashionable architecture vogue of the 1930s, the modern American style of the era which is known today as Art Deco. In February each year Napier hosts an Art Deco weekend with wine, food, jazz, dancing, vintage cars, plane rides and a variety of entertainment, showcasing one of the most outstanding collections of Art Deco buildings in the world.

Napier is now a tourist destination for New Zealanders and overseas visitors, a popular port of call for tourist ships. In 1931 the population of the town was just over 16,000, today the population is over 57,000. The country’s oldest winery was established in 1865 at The Mission vineyards at Greenmeadows. Graham Stewart was a photographer with the former Napier daily newspaper the Daily Telegraph from 1959 to 1964.