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Manahune A to Z

Manahune A to Z In 1930 a little girl dreams of what the future might bring. In 2008 the grownup girl relives the sorrows, hard work and joys of the 1930s and 1940s. Originally written in a notebook with alphabetised pages, the book’s sections range from ‘Afternoon Visitors’ to ‘ZZZ’, www.imitationraybanuk.com as the author tells a ‘little’ story within New Zealand’s wider history, but a ‘big’ story to the author’s family members.

To anyone with an interest in the work, entertainment and day-to-day lives of the people of our past, this book fills in a few gaps.

Published: 2008
ISBN: 978-0-908708-74-1
Author: Alice Love

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The Word for Food

The Word for Food The Word for Food is a unique and rare collection of recipes accompanied by anecdotes and poems, which are humorous, intriguing and sometimes poignant, telling of the recipe’s origins or the memories associated with them.

Prime Minister Helen Clark, Winston Peters and Dr Don Brash each contributed their favourite recipes, as have Murray Deaker, Dr Sam McGredy and literary geniuses C.K. Stead and Keri Hulme, along with many others.

There are homespun recipes from the early 1900s, recipes to satisfy children’s ravenous appetites, culinary masterpieces for lavish dinner parties and fillers for a bushman’s tuckerbag. Recipes from tropical islands are alongside ones from South Africa, Holland, the USA and Scotland. There is also a recipe for strawberry ice cream, which was served by Princess Alexandra at Kensington Palace for Queen Elizabeth II.

This is a recipe book that can be opened on every occasion when inspiration is needed in the kitchen.

Published: April 2008
Author: various
Available from: Neil Gunderson - gundo@value.net.nz

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Let ‘Em Go! A History of Coaching and Horse-drawn Transport in the South Island of New Zealand

Let ‘Em Go! A History of Coaching and Horse-drawn Transport in the South Island of New Zealand Horse-drawn vehicle transport played an enormous part in the development of early New Zealand, both socially and economically, over a relatively short period of 60 years. Very few roads existed in the 1860s outside the main towns, and coastal shipping mainly did the transportation of goods and passengers.

The discovery of gold in Otago required a quick and safe way to transport hundreds of hopeful miners and settlers to these new sources of possible wealth, and this proved the catalyst for developing the first horse-drawn commercial transportation in the South Island.

Ivan D. Taylor has a wide practical knowledge of working and driving horses. He has spent many years researching transport history and tells the history of the vehicles, as well as the stories of the drivers.

Published: 2008
ISBN: 0-908708-74-2
RRP: NZ$35.00
Author: Ivan D. Taylor

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A Life Less Ordinary

A Life Less Ordinary Max Pudney was born in Bournemouth, southern England, where he spent his first forty years. Near the end of WWII he was called up for National Service, but instead of going into the Services, as he expected, he was forced to work in the coalmines. On his release he took up photography, combined that with aviation and worked for BOAC for seven years.

In December 1967, Max and his family left England for New Zealand, where Max was employed by the recently formed New Zealand Television Corporation. He worked on assignments for programmes such as Town and Around and Tonight at Nine, was involved with filming the Golden Shears, met royalty and travelled with Sir Arthur Porritt on his farewell tour of the Pacific Islands.

After a wealth of interesting work, in 1976 Max chose early retirement, and then began writing for magazines, newspapers and Radio New Zealand. Now, still writing, Max travels widely with his partner Rose, and he firmly believes that youth is not just for the young; it is a state of mind whatever your age.

Published: 2007
ISBN: 0-908708-71-8
RRP: NZ$38.99
Author: Max Pudney

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A Suitable Job for Young Ladies

A Suitable Job for Young Ladies Karitane nurses have a proud history of service to families and the community. Many worked in the nurseries of public and private hospitals, in neo-natal units with premature babies, and helped families while working in homes all over New Zealand, as well as being in demand overseas for their skills and ability to adapt to varied circumstances. Today they work in Family Centres and form part of a team with Plunket nurses working in the community.

In spite of their contribution to the health and welfare of families, little has been written about their day-to-day work and the challenges they faced while 'casing' in a variety of homes both here and overseas.

The reality of training and casing in homes was far from genteel or easy. A lot of responsibility was put on young shoulders, and much was expected of Karitane nurses that was not in their training manual.

After the Karitane hospitals closed in the late 1970s, and the Society was reorganised, Karitane nurses faced new challenges and a different training.

Joyce Powell, a former Plunket nurse with a long-time interest in New Zealand history, has interviewed former Karitane nurses and recorded their stories.

Many of us have reasons to be grateful for the work of Karitane nurses, and here the publisher expresses a personal debt of gratitude to the Wellington Karitane nurses of the 1930s. Without the dedication of these women, the publisher's mother would not have survived babyhood.

Published: 2007
ISBN: 0-908708-69-6
RRP: NZ$30.00
Author: Joyce Powell

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The Ultimate Kiwi Pub Crawl

The Ultimate Kiwi Pub Crawl With law and lifestyle changes, the 'local' in many areas of New Zealand is having trouble surviving. People buy their alcohol and take it home, or eat and drink at restaurants. Young people frequent clubs and bars. Our rural hotels, in particular, are noticing a downturn in trade.

Hotels are being sold, the buildings put to other uses, or just closing and the building falling into disrepair. A major part of our history is fading away.

The Ultimate Kiwi Pub Crawl records stories from some of these pubs for future generations - brief histories, ghost stories - told by the publicans or their customers.

For over 20 years Bob Walters lived with agoraphobia. Then, after a promise to his dying brother, and with help from his doctor, Bob and his wife Marie began to explore New Zealand, visiting hotels and taverns on their journey. Their camera has lovingly recorded every pub they visited, and they took notes of pub stories.

From Northland to Bluff, the authors visited 1,000 pubs in under 4 years. They had a small beer in each and took a photo before leaving to prove they'd visited.

Careful planning went into each trip. Birthdays, Christmas, Mothers & Fathers Days produced petrol vouchers to help with costs. Bob sold a much-loved collection of records to fund one trip down the South Island. They travelled roads some of us have never heard of, and have seen more of New Zealand in four years than most of us will see in a lifetime. The walls of their home are now covered with photos of pubs, and 400+ appear in this book.

Published: April 2006
ISBN: 0-908708-68-8
RRP: NZ$38.00
Author: Bob & Marie Walters

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Missions, Moons & Masterpieces - the Giffords of Oamaru

Missions, Moons & Masterpieces - the Giffords of Oamaru Three men from one family contributed significantly to the social, educational, cultural, geographical and scientific life of pioneering and early 20th Century New Zealand.

The Reverend Algernon Gifford emigrated to New Zealand after twelve years in Labrador. He was the first Church of England minister for North Otago and during 28 years of service was charged with the building of St Luke's Church, Oamaru, and churches in Maheno and Hampden.

Edward August Gifford was a highly regarded painter in England and Italy before coming to New Zealand to join his brother. He was equally adept in oils and watercolours, and enjoyed portraiture and detailed figure drawing as well as broad landscapes. His contribution to the country's developing art culture has been reflected in exhibitions of his works, which are still held in New Zealand galleries today.

Algernon Charles Gifford, eldest son of Algernon, was sent to England for schooling and University, returning to teach at Waitaki Boys' High School and Christ's College. He then spent 33 years teaching mathematics and science at Wellington College, where he was fondly nicknamed 'Uncle Charlie'. He was also a noted mountaineer, explorer, photographer and astronomer.

Published: November 2005
ISBN: 0-908708-66-1
RRP: NZ$40.00
Author: Michael Gifford

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Glendon - Topiary & Tranquility, a History of Two Gardens

Glendon - Topiary & Tranquility, a History of Two Gardens Deep in the heart of the Wairarapa stands a house built in 1982 by Newman pioneer John Cooper. He took up topiary as a hobby and developed a garden that became a tourist attraction. Animals, suites of furniture, human figures and elaborate geometric shapes attracted and amused visitors during the 1920s and 1930s.

Margaret Lucas, who now lives on the property, provides new and detailed information, and a number of previously unpublished historic black-and-white photographs.

The topiary had gone and the house was derelict when Margaret and Kel Lucas moved onto the property. Margaret tells of their struggle to restore the house and establish a garden that is very different from John Cooper's, but also remarkable. Margaret's love of the garden's tranquillity adds great charm to the text. Colour photos of 'before' and 'after' show just how well Margaret and Kell succeeded, and the garden once again attracts visitors.

Published: December 2004
ISBN: 0-908708-65-3
RRP: NZ$19.95
Author: Margaret Lucas

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Plunket Pioneers - Recollections of Plunket Nurses from 1940 to 2000

Plunket Pioneers - Recollections of Plunket Nurses from 1940 to 2000 In this fascinating and down-to-earth story our early Plunket Nurses recall the momentous task they were set - to "Help the Mothers and Save the Babies". Not only did they improve the lives of generations of New Zealand mothers and babies, lowering infant and mortality along the way, but they created one of New Zealand's most enduring icons.

Published: 2003
ISBN: 0-908708-57-2
RRP: NZ$29.95
Author: Joyce Powell

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Playwrights in New Zealand - A Short History of the Playwrights Association of New Zealand

Playwrights in New Zealand - A Short History of the Playwrights Association of New Zealand The Playwrights Association of New Zealand has played a significant role in the growth of local drama, helping writers, organising competitions and seminars, encouraging theatre groups to present local plays, and generally promoting the cause of New Zealand drama.

This account of PANZ's work and achievements since its foundation in the 1950s uncovers the talented personalities that have led this country to hold a proud tradition of writing for stage, screen and radio. It forms an important contribution to the history of theatre in New Zealand.

Published: 2001
ISBN: 0-908708-51-3
RRP: NZ$19.50
Author: John Dunmore

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Laplace in New Zealand, 1831

Laplace in New Zealand, 1831 During the course of an expedition around the world in the corvette Favorite, Captain Cyrille-Pierre-Theodore Laplace visited the Bay of Islands, where he and his officers carried out detailed scientific work.

Their observations of the land and its native inhabitants, erudite and frank as they are, make fascinating reading from a distance of more than 150 years. But in addition to important scientific work, Laplace's visit had significant repercussions for New Zealand history, setting in motion a chain of events which culminated in the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Professor Sinclair, one of New Zealand's leading French scholars, analyses the expedition's visit in detail, providing a translation of Laplace's own account, and identifying almost all the geographic features which subsequently appeared on French charts.

This book forms an important contribution to early New Zealand history and is published with the assistance of the Department of Internal Affairs, Wellington.

Published: 1998
ISBN: 0-908708-45-9
RRP: NZ$29.95
Author: Keith V Sinclair

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Visions & Realities - France in the Pacific 1695 - 1995

Visions & Realities - France in the Pacific 1695 - 1995 Terra Australis, the mysterious Southern Continent, was one of the world's most enduring myths.

The search for the 'other world' beneath the globe led the French in a battle for the South Seas that was to end, not with the discovery of an Antipodean continent awash with people standing on their heads, but with France becoming one of the great powerhouses of Pacific development.

Visions & Realities is the story of France's influence in the Pacific, from the earliest days of tiny ships lost in the vast ocean to the present day, when attitudes to colonialism have changed the Pacific so dramatically.

Published: 1997
ISBN: 0-908708-41-6
RRP: NZ$29.75
Author: John Dunmore

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New Zealand and the French - Two Centuries of Conflict

New Zealand and the French - Two Centuries of Conflict How did the early explorers react to their first encounter with the Maori? What attracted Jules Verne to New Zealand as an exotic setting for his writings? Why did Akaroa enjoy such advanced social services and a booming economy and then fade into obscurity? These and many more recent questions are addressed in this fascinating study of France's impact on New Zealand, from the earliest sightings of a new and unknown land to the political and economic issues that have shaped relations between the two countries in the twentieth century.

Published: 1997
ISBN: 0-908708-42-4
RRP: NZ$35.00
Author: John Dunmore

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