Those who laid the foundations of New Zealand’s Unitarian movement, most of whom came from the United Kingdom, argued strongly that all religious claims must be open to critical examination and review, with the individual conscience the final judge. Among those who had a large role, note especially William Jellie who was the first minister of the A.. More
A lively and accessible book written by one of our most well-known commentators on matters past and present, this popular New Zealand history introduces our country’s story to general readers and students and has been updated to include the Helen Clark years, the rise of John Key, the Christchurch earthquakes and the 2011 Rugby World Cup... More
When Thomas Powell and his family left England and sailed for India in the early 1850's they weren't to know they would become a prominent family in New Zealand. They were very much involved in early Wanganui and took part in business, sport, music and local body affairs. Wilmot Powell becomes a captain in the Militia and leads his unit in the defe.. More
In his Illustrated History of New Zealand, noted historian Matthew Wright brings New Zealand's turbulent, exciting past to life, tracing our journey from the arrival of Polynesians over 800 years ago, to the discovery by Europe, race relations, jingoism, devastating world wars, the age of the pavlova paradise, the turbulence of the Springbok tour p.. More
‘Black November’ details New Zealand’s worst public health crisis, and its worst natural disaster. Over 8,500 New Zealanders died from influenza and pneumonia in just six weeks in 1918 when the country was swept by the so-called ‘Spanish’ influenza pandemic. Nearly a quarter of the victims were Maori, who died at seven times the death rate of Europ.. More
"I love the writing: the honesty of it, the search that is always there, the courage to face hard truths and at the same time imagine others’ lives with compassion." Elizabeth Smither"A Hungarian exile of 1956 with a gift for poetry reflects on a Budapest childhood during World War Two. A complex family spanning the spectrum of Jews, peasants and u.. More
Originally published 1866, by Lockwood and Co.Thomas Musgrave's account of the wreck of the Grafton.On November 12, 1863 the Grafton left Australia. On the 18th they met with foul weather that threw them off course, but nevertheless they arrived at Campbell Island dropping anchor on December 2nd. They found no tin on the island and so Musgrave deci.. More
Coal was the heroic fuel of New Zealand’s 19th and early 20th centuries, the fuel on which the colony grew – the stuff that made possible the heating, cooking and lighting essential to family life, a lifestyle exalted during two World Wars and a depression. The hero fuel; pivotal, essential, exalted even as everybody grumbled about the mess it made.. More
Dunedin: Founding A New World City is concerned with the early European settlers of Dunedin – who they were, why they came, how they survived and mostly thrived – and with the decisions they made that continue to profoundly effect the appearance and personality of the city nearly a century and three-quarters later. It is a story of the longest and .. More
This extracted chapter from NEW ZEALAND AS IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN 2 contains Patrick Evans' essay about Katherine Mansfield, and offers one whimsical view of what could have happened had she returned to New Zealand to live permanently, rather than remaining in Europe.
The full NEW ZEALAND AS IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN 2, containing sixteen additiona.. More
Fighting to Choose chronicles one of the most important yet neglected chapters in New Zealand’s recent political history. More than thirty-five years ago, at the height of the second wave of feminism, New Zealand passed a conservative abortion law that bucked a trend in the West toward liberalisation.
How did this happen in a cou.. More
On the third of February 1931, at 10.47am, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Hawke's Bay. In Hastings at least 93 people lost their lives, with hundreds more injured. This book details the destructive impact of the 1931 quake on the Hastings CBD and its subsequent recovery. The 15 city blocks of the CBD are catalogued with hundreds of previousl.. More
New Zealand’s public sector has consistently rated well internationally on a variety of measures of comparative government performance. In the 1980s New Zealand achieved a step change in public sector reform when it introduced a distinctive and widely applauded model of public management. Despite attempts at continuing improvement, however.. More