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              Thomas Potts of Canterbury: Colonist and conservationist
                

              Thomas Potts of Canterbury: Colonist and conservationist (Paperback)

              By Star, Paul

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                1 Sep 20

              In 1858 Canterbury settler Thomas Potts protested against the destruction of totara on the Port Hills near Christchurch. A decade later, as a member of Parliament, he made forest conservation a national issue. Through his writing he raised the then novel idea of protecting native... birds on island reserves, and proposed the creation of national domains or parks. As a pioneering colonist, acclimatist and runholder, however, Potts own actions threatened the very environments he sought to maintain. This makes him a fascinating subject as we confront present-day problems in balancing development and conservation. This book is about, and partly by, Potts, and through him about New Zealand and the course and consequences of colonisation. It describes and interprets his life, from his early years in England through to his 34 years in New Zealand. Excerpts from Potts vivid 1850s diary, written from close to the edge of European settlement, are published here for the first time. Thomas Potts of Canterbury also reproduces 11 long-forgotten essays by him from the 1880s, in which he reflected on the 1850s and what had happened since both to New Zealands natural environment and to Maori and Pakeha. Sixteen pages of contemporary images supplement the text. Thomas Potts of Canterbury will appeal to anyone interested in the early history of Canterbury, in environmental change, and in early efforts in New Zealand towards conservation. It is a story of conflicting goals, magnificently exemplified in the life and writings of a man who strove, 150 years ago, to be both colonist and conservationist.
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              ISBN 9781988592428
              Published NZ 1 Sep 2020
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              Refocusing Ethnographic Museums through Oceanic Lenses
               

              Refocusing Ethnographic Museums through Oceanic Lenses (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Schorch, Philipp; Contributions by Kahanu, Noelle M. K. Y.; Mallon, Sean; Pakarati, Cristian Moreno; Mulrooney, Mara

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              Refocusing Ethnographic Museums through Oceanic Lenses offers a collaborative ethnographic investigation of Indigenous museum practices in three Pacific museums: Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Hawai'i; Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa; and Museo Antropologico Padre Sebastia...n Englert, Rapa Nui.
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              ISBN 9781988592398
              Published NZ 10 Aug 2020
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              Sinking Lessons
               

              Sinking Lessons (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Armstrong, Philip

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              The poems in Sinking Lessons portray the vitality of a world full of things and beings we too often disregard, using language that vibrates in harmony with the lively tales it tells - from small, everyday events to stories of shipwrecks and strandings, resurrections and reanimati...ons, arctic adventures and descents into the underworld.
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              ISBN 9781988592411
              Published NZ 30 Jul 2020
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              Bus Stops on the Moon
                

              Bus Stops on the Moon (Paperback)

              By Edmond, Martin

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                12 Oct 20

              Bus Stops on the Moon is a personal and a cultural history. As memoir, it is a sequel to The Dreaming Land (2015). A troubled and restless young Martin Edmond is on his way to becoming the wiser, older man who will sit down and write both narratives. As cultural history, the book... gives us a participants-eye view of the early years of Alan Brunton and Sally Rodwells avant-garde theatre troupe Red Mole. Formed in 1974, Red Mole performed Dadaesque cabaret, agit-prop, costume drama, street theatre, circus and puppetry, live music, and became a national sensation. They toured the country with Split Enz and travelled internationally. One of Red Moles five founding principles was to escape programmed behaviour by remaining erratic. They ticked that one off. In Bus Stops on the Moon Martin Edmond offers, with his customary elegance, a rich and entertaining picture of the high times and low lives of Red Mole.
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              ISBN 9781988592510
              Published NZ 12 Oct 2020
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              From Suffrage to a Seat in the House: The path to parliament for New Zealand women
               

              From Suffrage to a Seat in the House: The path to parliament for New Zealand women (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Coleman, Jenny

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              The history of women striving to share in governing the country, a neglected footnote in the nation's electoral history, is now captured in this essential work by Jenny Coleman. She has drawn on a wide range of sources to create a rich portrayal of a rapidly evolving colonial soc...iety.
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              ISBN 9781988592268
              Published NZ 30 Jun 2020
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              Making a New Land: Enviromental Histories of New Zealand
               

              Making a New Land: Enviromental Histories of New Zealand (Paperback, New edition)

              Edited by Pawson, Eric; Brooking, Tom

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              Making a New Land presents an interdisciplinary perspective on one of the most rapid and extensive transformations in human history: that which followed Maori and then European colonisation of New Zealand's temperate islands. This is a new edition of Environmental Histories of Ne...w Zealand, first published in 2002, brimming with new content and fresh insights into the causes and nature of this transformation, and the new landscapes and places that it produced. Unusually among environmental histories, this book provides a comprehensive analysis of change, focusing on international as well as local contexts. Its 19 chapters are organised in five broadly chronological parts: Encounters, Colonising, Wild Places, Modernising, and Contemporary Perspectives. These are framed by an editorial introduction and a reflective epilogue. The book is well illustrated with photographs, maps, cartoons and other graphics.
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              ISBN 9781877578526
              Published NZ 1 Oct 2013
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              The Twelve Cakes of Christmas: An evolutionary history, with recipes
                

              The Twelve Cakes of Christmas: An evolutionary history, with recipes (Hardback)

              By Leach, Helen; Brown, Mary; Inglis, Raelene

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              Accessible well-illustrated food history Same format and same author as The Pavlova Story Includes 12 historic Christmas cake recipes for todays cooks Plus hints for ensuring your Christmas cake is rich and moist! The many and varied Christmas cakes we enjoy today have a lineage ...that stretches back to at least the twelfth century. This wonderful book traces their history, with a special focus on the twentieth century.
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              ISBN 9781877578199
              Published NZ 30 Nov 2011
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              Wild Heart: The possibility of wilderness in Aotearoa New Zealand
                

              Wild Heart: The possibility of wilderness in Aotearoa New Zealand (Paperback)

              Edited by Abbott, Mick; Reeve, Richard

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              mages of pristine forests, mountain ranges, untameable rivers and empty expanses of coastline are the key attraction in how we promote Aotearoa New Zealand internationally: 100% Pure no less. Such wildness is at this nations psychological and physical core. This book searches for... an understanding of the wild, of what makes wilderness such an important part of our psyche. What could wilderness in Aotearoa New Zealand become, and, consequently, what might we its people also become? Contributors: Mick Abbott, Allison Ballance, Shaun Barnett, James Beattie, Mike Boyes, Tom Brooking, Stephen Espiner, Gerard Hindmarsh, Julian Kuzma, Robin McNeill, Cilla McQueen, Les Molloy, Harvey Perkins, Kerry Popplewell, Richard Reeve, Jacinta Ruru, Geoff Spearpoint, Brian Turner, Pip Wells, Jon West, Kerry Wray.
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              ISBN 9781877578205
              Published NZ 30 Nov 2011
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              Peace, Power & Politics: How New Zealand Became Nuclear Free
               

              Peace, Power & Politics: How New Zealand Became Nuclear Free (Paperback)

              By Leadbeater, Maire

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              "This is a story of how ordinary people created a movement that changed New Zealand's foreign policy and our identity as a nation. The story of peace activism from our pre-recorded history to 1975 was told in Peace People: A history of peace activities in New Zealand (1992) by El...sie Locke. In this new book her daughter Maire Leadbeater takes the story up to the 1990s in an account of the dramatic stories of the colourful and courageous activist campaigns that led the New Zealand government to enact nuclear-free legislation in 1987. Politicians took the credit, but they were responding to a powerful groundswell of public opinion. In this country nuclear disarmament has become part of our communal psyche to a greater extent than in any other western-aligned nation, but when politicians choose pragmatism over principle in foreign policy, peace and justice suffer. Peace activism is an ongoing story"--Publisher information.
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              ISBN 9781877578588
              Published NZ 1 Nov 2013
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              Dunedin Soundings: Place and Performance
                

              Dunedin Soundings: Place and Performance (Paperback)

              Edited by Bendrups, Dan; Downes, Graeme

              The 'Dunedin Sound' of the 1980s is a phenomenon known throughout the world. But what does Dunedin music-making sound like in the 21st century? Dunedin Soundings features writing from musicians, composers and scholar/practitioners. They discuss genres as diverse as brass band, op...era, classical, Indonesian gamelan, jazz, rock and more, the intricacies of the composition and lyric-writing processes, digital remixing, and scoring for film and TV. Together, they reveal the ways in which these supposedly separate music fields have the potential to inform and stimulate each other. The theoretical idea behind the book is that performance and composition practices constitute a process of research. The writers are practitioners who are recognised nationally and internationally for their contributions to New Zealand music across genres, including composer Anthony Ritchie, the Verlaines' Graeme Downes, Emmy-award nominee Trevor Coleman, and Refuel and Dunedinmusic.com founder Scott Muir. This book is for everyone with a serious passion and wide-ranging intellectual curiosity for music, and anyone wanting an insider's glimpse into music-making in Aotearoa New Zealand.
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              ISBN 9781877578229
              Published NZ 29 Dec 2011
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              Interest Age 14+ years
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