Ted Jenner is a poet, translator, and classical scholar who was born and bred in Dunedin. He has spent the last forty years living in Africa, Europe, and the northern parts of Aotearoa, publishing his work in a variety of literary journals. Writers in Residence is a compilation of most of Jenner’s short fiction and prose poetry written in the last ..
Bill Direen’s fifth novel takes place in a world where the earth’s resources are almost exhausted, the water supplies are contaminated and parts of the landmasses have imploded. A life and death struggle occurs between two irreconciliable forces: one in possession of the earth’s remaining wealth and power, the other carrying the genetic key to the ..
It’s 1994. Peggy and Greta are learning how to live sober. They go to meetings and they ring their support person, Diane. They have just enough money for one Tom Yum between them, but mostly they eat carrot sandwiches. They volunteer at the Salvation Army shop, and sometimes they sleep with men for money. They live with Heidi and Dell, who are also..
Don’t ask me to speak for the nations, we shiftthe hate with the light from our fascinatorsA queer / takatāpui Māori writer living in Berlin, Germany since 2015, Hinemoana Baker brings a unique perspective both to and from the ‘global North’. Drawing on the German meaning of the word ‘funken’ – to send a radio signal – her latest collection broadca..
u blow on my fingersand i feel ur breath in thesoft gapsthat i am trying to live inIn ransack, essa may ranapiri addresses the difficulty of assembling and understanding a fractured, unwieldy self through an inherited language – a language whose assumptions and expectations ultimately make it inadequate for such a task. These poems seek richer, les..
‘The first time I read Freya’s work I thought . . . uh oh. And then I thought, you have got to be kidding me. And then I thought, God fucking dammit. And then I walked around the house shaking my head thinking . . . OK – alright. And then – finally – I thought, well well well – like a smug policeman. Listen – she’s just the best. I’m going to say t..
Medieval Chinese poet Li He lived in the last brief flowering of the T’ang dynasty from 790-816, his evocations of the heavenly and the netherworlds are unique, possibly in the whole of the Chinese canon, and are the source of his honorific title, ‘the demon talented one’. Working from this fertile source, Mike Johnson has produced a collection of ..
Bill Direen’s poem sequence is a hymn to his childhood and to his water-bound native country, New Zealand. Working from the name Nova Zelandia that appeared on maps after the 1642 voyage of Abel Tasman, Direen voyages through his own land where everything was ‘new’ — his own childhood — and onwards to the sight, sense and smell of land bordered by ..
Trouble in Mind is an intense voyage into the life of a young woman, and a serious reflection upon the art of novel-writing. It is at once a twenty-first century novel and not a novel at all, but an eyeball, subject and object, made up of a million cells. "Experimental, assured, contemporary and local, Trouble in Mind is a healthy new leaf in the o..
Real and unreal landscapes, science fiction, rural New Zealand, the West Coast of the USA from Oregon to San Francisco, three stories in various voices and settings. In Digging Ground a family is separated by circumstance and by the state after a cataclysmic war. In Sunshower an overweight hitch-hiker is abused by a gang of thugs. The title story, ..
Stardust and Substance captures some of the magic of Jacinda Ardern’s extraordinary seven-and-a-half weeks’ campaign, defeating a National government in power for nine years.The story of her sensational achievement – with ‘relentless positivity’ and a ‘Let’s do this’ attitude – is told in this book by multiple authors, including Jacinda Ardern hers..
How, after a lifetime of losing and gaining weight, did I finally discover the Secrets of the Slims? Because I started a new job where no one knew I’d ever been fat – I was a Slim. And I found a whole new world on the other side of fat that I hadn’t even known existed – I learned what the Slims' know.Slims look at me as though I’m crazy ..
Provides an illuminating insight into two of the main categories of Maori descent groups- iwi and hapu. It shows what hapu were before European settlement and what they remain today, and their dynamic relationships with iwi. Iwi begins in the 18th century, when hapu were independent politically and iwi were conceptual groups, wide categories of peo..
Does DNA write our destinies? Or do the hands that nurture triumph over nature? What is it that determines who we really are?Caroline Barron’s father never found his birth mother. After he dies suddenly on her twentieth birthday, Caroline develops an insidious fear of her own untimely death. When she nearly bleeds out on an operating table during c..
Karin Horen tells the remarkable story of her continuing battle with breast cancer. At just 26 she was diagnosed with breast cancer and immediately underwent two surgeries, resulting in a partial mastectomy, a twelve-month course of chemotherapy and six weeks of radiotherapy.Unphased by her health scare, she moved forward with her life – meeting a ..
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...
‘She seems to me a poet of scale and embodiment. Her moments are informed by awe and intelligence – quick and seamless. They don’t have to try so hard. I felt novels and films in these poems. I thought: this is a poet of capacity.’— Eileen MylesCraven is an exceptional debut: Jane Arthur delights, unnerves and challenges in poems that circle both t..
Not in Narrow Seas is a major contribution to the history of Aotearoa New Zealand. It covers everything from the traditional gift-based Māori economy to the Ardern government’s attempt to deal with the economic challenges of global warming, and is the first economic history to underline the central role of the environment, beginning with the geolog..
The dead should come back changed, or what’s the point?Why do you hide your head beneath the bedclothes?Doesn’t everyone name themselves?Is your house a bottle? Are you trapped in there?Isn’t it nice to be this close to someone?Can we go back to our notes? Please?Urgent, witty and unnervingly beautiful, Oscar Upperton’s first collection takes famil..
This adaptable guide invites kaiako to rethink approaches to engaging ākonga, re-envisage the teacher/learner dynamic, revise old habits, and reconfigure learning environments to acknowledge and embrace cultural differences. Kaiako can use The Hikairo Schema for Primary several times over, drawing on their previous experiences to inform and to deve..
I’m sure we have all prayed, ‘God speak to me, show me!’ In this book James Coleman answers a very big ‘how’, as he vividly portrays ways God speaks to so many of us ‘in the spiritual language of pictures and images’. If you want to start to experience God speaking to you in visual form, to grow in this gift, or learn more about the biblical and hi..
Shirley Smith was one of the most remarkable New Zealanders of the 20th century, a woman whose lifelong commitment to social justice, legal reform, gender equality and community service left a profound legacy.She was born in Wellington in 1916. While her childhood was clouded by loss – her mother died when she was three months old and her beloved f..
In her new poetry collection How I Get Ready, Ashleigh Young fails to learn to drive, vanishes from the fossil record, and finally finishes writing a book.Cover by Sam Duckor-JonesAshleigh Young is the author of the poetry collection Magnificent Moon (VUP, 2012), and the essay collection Can You Tolerate This? (VUP, 2016) which won a Windham-Campbe..
The fifth Dan Delaney mystery has the former detective and spy-catcher and his family on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land which goes wrong from the moment they arrive. A plot is underway to desecrate sacred sites and incite conflict between the three great religions who call Jerusalem home. The Israeli authorities are determined to prevent another ter..