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  • Final Approachesby Gerald Hensley

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 28.99

    Final Approaches is a memoir by a distinguished senior civil servant, written in a tradition of wit, elegance, learning and intelligence more familiar in Europe than in our own literary history. In a career that engaged with international and national dramas at every turn Hensley writes not about himself but about people, the famous and the forgotten;... more...

  • From Tamaki-Makau-Rau to Aucklandby Russell Stone

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 37.99

    The isthmus between two harbours on which modern Auckland now stands and which Maori called Tamaki-makau-rau was a virtual population void when Hobson bought it in 1840 from the resident owners as the site of his new capital. But it was reputed in former times to be the most densely settled region in Aotearoa. From Tamaki-makau-rau to Auckland explains... more...

  • The Tribes of Muriwhenuaby Dorothy Urlich Cloher

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 18.99

    The Tribes of the Muriwhenua is described by the author as a 'story of beginnings, evolution and consolidation, applied to the people who make up the tribes of the Muriwhenua'. It is the history of the Far North and the iwi Ngati Kuri, Te Aupouri, Ngai Takoto, Te Rarawa and Ngati Kahu. For each iwi, Cloher gives whakapapa and a variety of lively and... more...

  • The New Zealand Wars and the Victorian Interpretation of Racial Conflictby James Belich

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 23.99

    The New Zealand Wars is a powerful revisionist history. Revealing the enormous tactical and military skill of Maori, and the inability of the 'Victorian interpretation of racial conflict' to acknowledge those qualities, this account of the New Zealand Wars changed how the country's history was understood. Belich undertakes a complete reinterpretation... more...

  • Country of Writingby Lydia Wevers

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 37.99

    This pioneering work examines the vast literature of travel that brought New Zealand into the newsstands, libraries and smoking rooms of nineteenth-century Europe and helped place it on the literary map while connecting the new colony to the interests of empire. Wevers's stimulating discussion also provides an oblique history of the young nation. more...

  • The Dominion of Signsby Nick Perry

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 37.99

    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...

  • Sir Joseph Wardby Michael Bassett

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 23.99

    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...

  • Being Maori-Chineseby Manying Ip

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 28.99

    Being Maori-Chinese uses extensive interviews with seven different families to explore historical and contemporary relations between Maori and Chinese, a subject which has never been given serious study before. A full chapter is given to each family which is explored in depth often in the voices of the protagonists themselves. This detailed and personal... more...

  • Waihou Journeysby Caroline Phillips

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 23.99

    As the Waihou river wends its way across the Hauraki Plains to the Firth of Thames it passes through an immensely rich archaeological landscape. This land was the birthplace of many of New Zealand models of Maori culture history, ideas that now date back 40 years and that have scarcely been questioned since. Waihou Journeys is an investigation of the... more...

  • Chiefs of Industryby Hazel Petrie

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 37.99

    Chiefs of Industry is the first book to explore the entrepreneurial activity of Maori in the early colonial period. It focuses on two industries, coastal shipping and flourmilling, where Maori were spectacularly successful in the 1840s and 1850s - the 'golden age' of Maori enterprise. Historian Hazel Petrie shows how quickly and effectively Maori society... more...