Pounamu Pounamu (Anniv Ed)

Author: Witi Ihimaera

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 1742532551

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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This anniversary edition of Witi Ihimaera's Pounamu Pounamu celebrates the 40th year in print of one of New Zealand's most seminal works of fiction. When Pounamu Pounamu was published in 1972, it was a landmark occasion for New Zealand literature in many ways. It was the first work of fiction published by a Maori writer, it was the first collection of short stories that looked at contemporary Maori life and it launched the career of one of New Zealand's best-known authors. The Pounamu Pounamu 40th Anniversary Edition is a beautiful hardback collector's volume. It features a foreword by Dame Fiona Kidman and a commentary by Witi Ihimaera on each of the stories. In these author's notes Witi looks back to events from his own childhood that inspired Pounamu Pounamu and the experience of writing and launching the book as a young man in the early '70s.
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Author: Witi Ihimaera

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 1742288103

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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Bulibasha is the title given to the King of the Gypsies, and on the East Coast of New Zealand two patriarchs fight to be proclaimed the king. Tamihana is the leader of the great Mahana family of shearers and sportsmen and women. Rupeni Poata is his arch enemy. The two families clash constantly, in sport, in cultural contests and, finally, in the Golden Fleece competition to find the greatest shearing gang in New Zealand. Caught in the middle of this struggle is the teenager Simeon, grandson of the patriarch and of his grandmother Ramona, struggling with his own feelings and loyalties as the battles rage on many levels. This award-winning novel is being reissued to tie in with the release of Mahana, the stunning film adaptation of the novel.
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The Whale Rider

Author: Witi Ihimaera

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780152050160

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 152

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As her beloved grandfather, chief of the Maori tribe of Whangara, New Zealand, struggles to lead in difficult times and to find a male successor, young Kahu is developing a mysterious relationship with whales, particularly the ancient bull whale whose leg
Posted in Juvenile Fiction

The Penguin History of New Zealand

Author: Michael King

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 1459623754

Category: New Zealand

Page: 724

View: 9979

New Zealand was the last country in the world to be discovered and settled by humankind. It was also the first to introduce full democracy. Between those events, and in the century that followed the franchise, the movements and the conflicts of human history have been played out more intensively and more rapidly in New Zealand than anywhere else on Earth. The Penguin History of New Zealand, a new book for a new century, tells that story in all its colour and drama. The narrative that emerges in an inclusive one about men and women, Maori and Pakeha. It shows that British motives in colonising New Zealand were essentially humane; and that Maori, far from being passive victims of a 'fatal impact', coped heroically with colonisation and survived by selectively accepting and adapting what Western technology and culture had to offer. This book, a triumphant fruit of careful research, wide reading and judicious assessment, was an unprecedented best-seller from the time of its first publication in 2003.
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30th Anniversary Edition

Author: Gary Paulsen

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 9781481486293

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 224

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Celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the Newbery Honor–winning survival novel Hatchet with a pocket-sized edition perfect for travelers to take along on their own adventures. This special anniversary edition includes a new introduction and commentary by author Gary Paulsen, pen-and-ink illustrations by Drew Willis, and a water resistant cover. Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson, haunted by his secret knowledge of his mother’s infidelity, is traveling by single-engine plane to visit his father for the first time since the divorce. When the plane crashes, killing the pilot, the sole survivor is Brian. He is alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but his clothing, a tattered windbreaker, and the hatchet his mother had given him as a present. At first consumed by despair and self-pity, Brian slowly learns survival skills—how to make a shelter for himself, how to hunt and fish and forage for food, how to make a fire—and even finds the courage to start over from scratch when a tornado ravages his campsite. When Brian is finally rescued after fifty-four days in the wild, he emerges from his ordeal with new patience and maturity, and a greater understanding of himself and his parents.
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Dark Eden

Author: Chris Beckett

Publisher: Corvus

ISBN: 0804138680

Category: Fiction

Page: 441

View: 1425

A marooned outpost of humanity struggles to survive on a startlingly alien world.
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Band of Angels

Author: Witi Ihimaera

Publisher: Robson Books Limited


Category: Maori (New Zealand people)

Page: 225

View: 9047

'As soon as he saw it, Miro Mananui knew what it was. An owl, its cryptic flaring with the dawn.' Who has the owl come for? Whose name has it cried out to Miro Mananui, the Matua of the village of Waituhi? In 'Band of Angels', mane lives and stories intersect. The passionate Mattie Jones bears a horrifying secret; Tama Mananui makes the most of an arranged marriage with a woman 20 years older; Nani Paora holds the key to the past and a history filled with bloodshed; and his grandson Pene may well be the key to the future. Pita Mahana's attempts to reinstate the past set in train events that lead to the return of the owl for its victims. Fuelled by passion, politics, psychic power and the search for truth, Band of Angels is another compelling novel from the master story teller Witi Ihimaera.
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Once Were Warriors

Author: Alan Duff

Publisher: Univ. of Queensland Press

ISBN: 9780702228292

Category: Domestic fiction

Page: 198

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Alan Duff's ground-breaking first novel is one of the most talked-about books ever published in New Zealand and is now the basis of a major New Zealand film. This hard hitting story is a frank and uncompromising portrayal of Maori in New Zealand society. It is a raw and powerful story in which everyone is a victim until the strength and vision of one woman transcends brutality and leads the way to a new life. Alan Duff was born in Rotorua and now lives in Havelock North. He is the author of two novels, Once Were Warriors and One Night Out Stealing and one work of non fiction, Maori, the Crisis and the Challenge.
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Owls Do Cry

A Novel

Author: Janet Frame

Publisher: Counterpoint

ISBN: 1619028697

Category: Fiction

Page: 211

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First published in New Zealand in 1957, Owls Do Cry, was Janet Frame’s second book and the first of her thirteen novels. Now approaching its 60th anniversary, it is securely a landmark in Frame’s catalog and indeed a landmark of modernist literature. The novel spans twenty years in the Withers family, tracing Daphne’s coming of age into a post-war New Zealand too narrow to know what to make of her. She is deemed mad, institutionalized, and made to undergo a risky lobotomy. Margaret Drabble calls Owls Do Cry “a song of survival”—it is Daphne’s song of survival but also the author’s: Frame was herself misdiagnosed with schizophrenia and scheduled for brain surgery. She was famously saved only when she won New Zealand’s premier fiction prize. Frame was among the first major writers of the twentieth century to confront life in mental institutions and Owls Do Cry is important for this perspective. But it is equally valuable for its poetry, its incisive satire, and its acute social observations. A sensitively rendered portrait of childhood and adolescence and a testament to the power of imagination, this early novel is a first-rate example of Frame’s powerful, lyric, and original prose.
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New Zealand's China Experience

Its Genesis, Triumphs, and Occasional Moments of Less Than Complete Success

Author: Chris Elder

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780864738370

Category: History

Page: 256

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New Zealand’s China Experience collects fiction, poetry, personal accounts, historical narrative, anecdotes, transcribed oral narratives, newspaper articles and more, all bearing in one way or another on New Zealand perceptions of China and contacts with China and the Chinese. The book is richly illustrated with photographs, paintings, posters, and cartoons, and includes photographs by Brian Brake, George Silk, and Tom Hutchins, and three works by the contemporary artist Kerry Ann Lee. This unique collection brings together history from an 1823 report pointing to the importance of the Chinese market, to firsthand reports of the bombing of Shanghai from Yunan caves. The book also marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between New Zealand and China in December 1972.
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White Lies

Author: Witi Ihimaera

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9781775533061

Category: Maori (New Zealand people)

Page: 327

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A medicine woman a giver of life is asked to hide a secret that may protect a position in society, but could have fatal consequences. When she is approached by the servant of a wealthy woman, three very different women become players in a head-on clash of beliefs, deception and ultimate salvation. This compelling story tackles moral dilemmas, exploring the nature of identity, societal attitudes to the roles of women and the tension between Western and traditional Maori medicine.
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The Marble Maker

Author: Sacha Cotter

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781775502241

Category: Picture books for children

Page: N.A

View: 5315

"A child dreams of inventing a new marble and having the recipe appear in the Book of Marbles. In a chaotic lab, with a sheep as an assistant and using ingredients as diverse as 'teeth bling from a retired rapper', 'three pints of swooshy night air' and 'a snippet from a sheep's fringe', the child lights up the stoves and, with a bang, marbles that have never been seen before rain down"--Publisher information.
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Geomaterials in Cultural Heritage

Author: Marino Maggetti,Bruno Messiga

Publisher: Geological Society of London

ISBN: 9781862391956

Category: Science

Page: 351

View: 3171

This volume gives a broad view of the application of geoscience techniques to the study of monuments and objects from excavations and museums, including their origin, technique of manufacture, age and conservation, and reaffirms the important contribution of geosciences in the interdisciplinary approach to the study of complex materials such as minerals, rocks, glass, metals, mortar, plaster, slags and pottery. The papers in this book cover three topics: the study of pottery, glass, stone and mortar; the application of Raman spectroscopy to a wide variety of objects; and the future of archaeometry. These interdisciplinary studies include field geology, geophysics, microscopy, textural analysis, physical methods and geochemistry. These studies unlock information from the ancient materials, such as the provenance of raw materials, the firing technology, the ancient recipes and the alteration pathways.
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Mother of Eden

Author: Chris Beckett

Publisher: Broadway Books

ISBN: 0804138710

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

View: 3071

“We speak of a mother’s love, but we forget her power.” Civilization has come to the alien, sunless planet its inhabitants call Eden. Just a few generations ago, the planet’s five hundred inhabitants huddled together in the light and warmth of the Forest’s lantern trees, afraid to venture out into the cold darkness around them. Now, humanity has spread across Eden, and two kingdoms have emerged. Both are sustained by violence and dominated by men – and both claim to be the favored children of Gela, the woman who came to Eden long ago on a boat that could cross the stars, and became the mother of them all. When young Starlight Brooking meets a handsome and powerful man from across Worldpool, she believes he will offer an outlet for her ambition and energy. But she has no inkling that she will become a stand-in for Gela herself, and wear Gela’s fabled ring on her own finger—or that in this role, powerful and powerless all at once, she will try to change the course of Eden’s history.
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The Rope of Man

Author: Witi Ihimaera

Publisher: Raupo

ISBN: 9780790008943

Category: Families

Page: 325

View: 3362

THE ROPE OF MAN is two books in one. The first book, TANGI, is set in 1973 and focuses on Tama Mahana, a young 20-year old newspaper reporter working in Wellington, as he attends his father's funeral in Waituhi. The second book, THE RETURN is a sequel, set in 2005; Tama Mahana, now 52, is living in London and is a successful TV anchorman of an international news show. This time it is his mother, Huia, who is dying, and as Tama travels back to New Zealand he realises that both he and his mother are powerless to prevent the secret that they have been harbouring for the last 32 years from blowing their family apart. Epic in scope, THE ROPE OF MAN is a story of love, loss and redemption. It is also a triumphant extension to Witi Ihimaera's exploration of Maori identity - but, this time, on a world stage. Engaging, passionate and lyrical, the novel is pure Ihimaera - blending dramatic flair and humour. It is bound to be one of the most talked-about books of the year.
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Nadia's Kitchen

Fresh, Tasty Recipes from Masterchef NZ Winner Nadia Lim

Author: Nadia Lim,Kieran Scott

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781869799113

Category: Cooking

Page: 255

View: 3274

Organised by seasons, this is a must-have collection of recipes that will become favourite staples in every household. Covering breakfasts, lunches, nibbles, starters, main meals and desserts there's inspiration for everyone; and Nadia's half Kiwi/half Malaysian heritage means that her food style is modern Kiwi with Asian and Mediterranean influences. A few examples are: Mint and Caper Lamb, Roast Tomato, Asparagus, Feta and Butterbeans; Lime Coconut Bombes with Raspberry Sauce; Pear, Date, Rocket, Blue Cheese and Walnut Salad; Chocolate Panna Cotta with Plum Sorbet; Potato Top Guinness Pie with Savoy Cabbage, Bacon and Croutons; Cranberry Coconut Cake and much more! Nadia's training as a dietitian and nutritionist is evident throughout the book with the recipes being well thought out and balanced, her excellent tips and header notes and her philosophy of how to eat clearly outlined in the introduction. With great attention to detail, Nadia has delivered a thorough, carefully thought-out cookbook. Her delight in cooking and eating is plain to see and the beautiful photography by Kieran Scott and styling by Tamara West adds up to a stunner of a cookbook!
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A Necklace of Wrens

Author: Michael Hartnett

Publisher: Gallery Books

ISBN: 9781852350086

Category: Poetry

Page: 123

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One of his country's best-loved poets, Irish born Michael Hartnett, died in October '99 in Ireland. He was 58 years old. This collection presents a generous selection of Hartnett's poems in Irish and his own translation of them into English.
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Literary Memoirs

Author: Jos? Victorino Lastarria

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198027669

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 448

View: 7438

Novelist, scholar, journalist, statesman, and leading member of Chile's "Generation of 1842"--an intellectual movement so named for the founding of the National University--Jos? Victorino Lastarria (1811-1888) lived his life at the forefront of nineteenth-century Chilean and Spanish American culture, literature, and politics. Recuerdos Literarios (or Literary Memoirs) is his masterpiece, encompassing the candid memories of a tireless activist, both the creative and critical sensibilities of an influential Latin American early modernist, and an eyewitness account of the development of Chilean literature and historiography. An ardent, eloquent participant in every defining artistic and ideological debate in Chile during the formative mid-1800s, Lastarria recorded his epoch as closely as he did his own origins, education, ambitions, and career. Sometimes reminiscent of Montaigne's essays, E?a de Quieroz's journalism, or Barbusse's didactic convictions, Literary Memoirs is an engrossing account of Chile's newly ordained nationhood. This addition to Oxford's prestigious Library of Latin America series is more than a retelling of things past; it is an informed yet informal testament to the idea of chilenidad (or "Chileanness") and a detailed portrait of one of Chile's cultural architects. For this new edition of Literary Memoirs, Frederick M. Nunn's introduction presents an informative historical background and R. Kelly Washbourne's translation carefully preserves Lastarria's form and content.
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National at 80

The Story of the New Zealand National Party

Author: Colin James

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781869539818

Category: New Zealand

Page: 408

View: 5969

The National Party was formed in 1936 and in 2016 it turned 80. Its first 50 years were described in Barry Gustafson's The First 50 Years: A History of the New Zealand National Party, and a precis of this period begins Colin James's main text From Turbulence to Stability 50 to 80. An independent political journalist, Colin James examines the Party's aim to be a truly national party and how it balanced liberal/conservative and ideological/pragmatic elements in the Party through the turbulent years from 1986 to achieve stability under John Key's leadership. From Ruthenasia and the mother of all budgets to the pragmatic approach of the last decade, National at 80, covers the main story of the Party over the last 30 years; its values, policies and leadership wrangles. The story includes the first MMP coalition government, and working with new minority parties, as well as National's programme of Treaty settlements. Added to the stories of the political wing of the Party, this insightful text looks at the Partys organisation and membership, and its drive for professionalism over a number of campaigns and elections. There are biographies of all MPs since 1986, as well as major office holders, at the back of the book. The text is accompanied by over 300 photos and images, many featuring campaign pamphlets, slogans and leaflets providing an interesting snapshot into the country's key concerns since the 1980s.
Posted in New Zealand