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  • The 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 earliest... more...

  • The Treaty of Waitangi Companionby Vincent O'Malley

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 37.99

    Since the Treaty of Waitangi was signed by Maori chiefs and Governor Hobson in 1840 it has become the defining document in New Zealand history. From the New Zealand Wars to the 1975 Land March, from the Kingitanga to the Waitangi Tribunal, from Captain Cook to Hone Harawira,The Treaty of Waitangi Companiontells the story of the Treaty and Maori and... more...

  • New Zealand As It Might Have Been 2by Stephen Levine

    Victoria University Press 2011; US$ 13.00

    A mix of short stories and commentariessome whimsical, some grimthis work of creative conjecture offers a perceptive and positive new slant on significant New Zealand events and personalities. With a modest degree of adjustment, this compilation examines what if? scenarios ranging from the historical and literary to the athletic and offers alternative... more...

  • Fish of the Weekby Steve Braunias

    Awa Press 2009; US$ 11.99

    A collection of New Zealand's most celebrated journalist's works, this lascivious selection of Steve Braunias's columns addresses a variety of topics, including the current state of New Zealand steak, the beauty of mangroves, the lunacy of film festivals, the attractions of small towns, the charms of Cambridge University, and the strange habits of... 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...

  • His Way: a Biography of Robert Muldoonby Barry Gustafson

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 37.99

    His Way is the only authorised biography of New Zealand prime minister Robert Muldoon - one of the dominant political figures of the last half-century in that country. His Way was 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... more...

  • Walter Nashby Keith Sinclair

    Auckland University Press 2013; US$ 31.99

    Walter Nash (1882-1968) was among the most influential of the group of Labour Party leaders who created the welfare state. He was a member of parliament for almost 40 years and he was one of New Zealand political leaders known internationally. Keith Sinclair's engrossing biography traces Walter Nash's development from his youth through to his determination... more...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...