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  • Young Logan Campbellby R.C.J. Stone

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 28.99

    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...

  • The Future of Tokelauby Judith Huntsman

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 37.99

    The Future of Tokelau is a sequel to Judith Huntsman and Antony Hooper's Tokelau: A Historical Ethnography (1997), and follows the history of that small Pacific nation from the 1970s up to the recent referendum in which Tokelauans decisively voted against independence. This is an extraordinary story - a dramatic narrative - sometimes taking place under... more...

  • Kiwi Keithby Barry Gustafson

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 37.99

    New Zealand's leading political biographer and author of the bestselling biography of Robert Muldoon now writes a definitive life of another prime minister, Keith Holyoake. One of our great farming politicians, Holyoake was Prime Minister for over eleven years chiefly in the 1960s, Governor General from 1977 to 1980 and an MP for over 40 years. Though... more...

  • The Father and His Giftby R.C.J. Stone

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 31.99

    Few New Zealand biographies are so rich in social and personal detail. Written with the vivid touches of a novelist, The Father and his Gift completes the story of Sir John Logan Campbell, venerated in old age as the Father of Auckland, and presents a compelling portrait of Auckland. The final volume of Logan Campbell's life story traces his struggles... 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' Maori 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 Nationbuildersby Brian Easton

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 23.99

    Who shaped the New Zealand nation in the middle years of the twentieth century? The Nationbuilders is a collection of linked essays on individuals and companies in the years from 1931 to 1984 who contributed in major ways to building a nation. The book captures the intertwining lives of politicians, their advisers and their mentors, as well as the... more...

  • Settlersby Jock Phillips

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 28.99

    Who were our Pakeha ancestors? Did our forefathers and mothers come from particular areas of Britain, did they tend to be rural or city folk, were they Catholics or Protestants, farmers or factory workers? Drawing on a major analysis of death registers and shipping records as well as hundreds of biographical accounts of individuals and families, Settlers... more...

  • Coates of the Kaiparaby Michael Bassett

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 37.99

    In the course of his political career Gordon Coates (1878-1943) experienced the extremes of popular adulation and contempt. Handsome, young and debonair, with the common touch, he was a successful minister in the early 1920s and seemed full of promise when he became Prime Minister in 1925 on the death of W.F. Massey. Ten years later, after serving... more...

  • A Sort of Conscienceby Philip Temple

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 38.99

    A Sort of Conscience is a remarkably engaging study of the Wakefield family and the early settlement of British colonial societies. It draws on a rich store of sources to paint a portrait of a complex family whose influence crossed the globe. At once notorious and visionary, Edward Gibbon Wakefield and his brothers played a key but controversial role... more...

  • Singer in a Songless Landby K. R. Howe

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 28.99

    At the turn of the twentieth century, Edward Tregear was one of New Zealand's most prominent citizens and widely published intellectuals. He was an authority on Maori and Polynesian studies, a controversial 'socialist' and secretary of the Department of Labour, and a key player in attempts to form a united political labour movement in New Zealand.... more...