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  • Origins of the Maori Warsby Keith Sinclair

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 31.99

    Keith Sinclair's The Origins of the Maori Wars is a fascinating account of the Waitara purchase and the cause of war in Taranaki in 1860. The seeds of conflict were sown in the earliest days of European settlement in New Zealand, when colonists arrived to take up land for which they had paid before it had been procured. The King party, one of the... more...

  • The Nationbuildersby Brian Easton

    Auckland University Press 2002; US$ 23.99

    This is a collection of linked essays on individuals and companies from 1931 to 1984 who contributed in major ways to building the New Zealand nation. It captures the intertwining of the lives of politicians, their advisers, and those influence them, as well as the ideas and experiences that drove them. While it focuses on economic strategy, the book... more...

  • Sir Joseph Wardby Michael Bassett

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 31.99

    Sir Joseph Ward (1856?1930) was the leading political figure during the forty-year life of the Liberal Party in New Zealand. He was a member of Ballance's first Cabinet, twice Prime Minister (1906?12 and 1928?30), and was still a Cabinet Minister at the time of his death. This lively biography is the story of an ambitious first-generation New Zealander... more...

  • The Dominion of Signsby Nick Perry

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 31.99

    If you have ever wondered what led to the rise and fall of New Zealand's Telethon, or pondered the appeal of Metro magazine, or sought to understand the popularity of Billy T. James, this book is for you. The Dominion of Signs is a brilliant and provocative commentary on contemporary New Zealand culture. more...

  • 'Hauhau'by Paul Clark

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 23.99

    To most New Zealanders, the word 'Hauhau' conjures up a picture of bloodthirsty fanaticism. This book, the definitive study of the Pai Marire or 'Hauhau' M?ori movement in the 1860s, presents a different view. Pai Marire is shown as being a search for ways of meeting European settlement and domination, and of using European skills and literacy, on... more...

  • The Ideal Society and Its Enemiesby Miles Fairburn

    Auckland University Press 1989; US$ 31.99

    In this challenging and provocative study of the nature of settler society in 19th-century New Zealand, Fairburn focuses on the lives of the common people and presents a rigorous and original description of the place and time which is radically different from those of previous historians. An important book that will have a major impact on our understanding... more...

  • Logan Campbell's Aucklandby Russell Stone

    Auckland University Press 2007; US$ 31.99

    From the tale of One Tree Hill and a mysterious suicide to the wreck of the HMS Orpheus , the personalities, feuds, and dramas of 19th-century Auckland are brilliantly brought to life in this charming collection. Drawn from the author?s encyclopedic knowledge of Auckland, each of the 15 tales illustrates what daily life was like in the young colony... more...

  • Young Logan Campbellby R.C.J. Stone

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 23.99

    Sir John Logan Campbell is known as the Father of Auckland; he is synonymous with that city. As this first volume of his biography shows, however, he was not particularly enamoured of a pioneering life or of the settlement in which he led it. His purpose in coming to New Zealand and remaining here was to make enough money to live the life of a leisured... more...

  • His Wayby Barry Gustafson

    Auckland University Press 2002; US$ 31.99

    This the only authorized biography of New Zealand?s prime minister, Robert Muldoon?one of the dominant political figures of the last half-century in that country. Based on many hours of conversation with Muldoon himself as well as colleagues, friends, and family, and wide access to the prime minister?s official and private papers and diaries, this... more...

  • The Treaty of Waitangi Companionby Vincent O'Malley; Bruce Stirling; Wally Penetito

    Auckland University Press 2011; US$ 31.99

    The first comprehensive guide to key documents and notable quotations on New Zealand?s Treaty of Waitangi, this volume explores the relationship between the Maori and the Pakeha—New Zealanders who are not of Maori descent. Sourced from government publications, newspapers, letters, diaries, poems, songs, and cartoons, this enlightening anthology provides... more...