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Accusation: A wife’s story by Mary Fielding with Jane Westaway. ISBN 1877361151. Published by Longacre Press. Recommended retail price $19.95.
"I had no way of knowing that this evening marked the start of a long, agonizing process that would erode my belief, not in Steve but in myself".

Accusation is Mary Fielding’s true account of a nightmare that begins one ordinary evening with a knock at her front door.  Minutes later three police officers lead away her husband and later that night, Steve is charged with two counts of indecency.

What is his wife and the mother of his two daughters to believe?  And which is worse: that her husband is guilty as charged or that an innocent man is subjected to such an ordeal?  After a two-and-a-half year battle that threatens the Fieldings’ emotional and financial survival, Steve is spat out of a system that Mary now sees as deeply flawed, shockingly unjust.

It’s easy to believe in justice, to trust police to investigate and judges to deliver sound judgments.  Until, that is, someone in your family is arrested, charged and tried.  Then that belief can be shattered forever.

Accusation is a compelling story told with remarkable courage.

Author Mary Fielding lives in an average-sized city in New Zealand.  She is an accountant, her husband is a builder.  They have two children.  They are what is referred to as ‘an ordinary kiwi family.’  This is Mary’s story.

Soft cover, 248 pages. Published in September 2005.


At the End of the Day: Ten New Zealanders in Their 80s edited by Joan Maclean. ISBN 1877228990. Published by Steele Roberts. Recommended retail price $14.95.

What's new about old age? There are already increasing numbers of older people, living longer. As the baby boomers age this trend will be more significant, bringing issues about ageing into sharper focus.

These issues aroused Joan Maclean's curiosity and led to the interviews in this book. What do old people think about life in the modern world? The ten people who speak are all over 80, but there the similarity ends. They come from different cultural, religious, educational, and career backgrounds. They talk freely about their views of life and death, their hopes and fears.

At the End of the Day gives a frank picture of what it is like to be old at a time when younger people are wise to think about being old themselves -- to encourage them to prepare for what are likely to be very long lives, and to see old age in a positive light. Soft cover, 126 pages. Published in 2000.

Carved Pare, The: A Maori Mirror of the Universe by David Simmons. Published by Huia Publishers. ISBN 1877241954. Recommended retail price $19.95.

The pare is an important boundary between the world outside the meeting house and the world inside. It marks a tapu threshold into what is often called te poho, or the body of the ancestor who is the ancestor house, te whare tipuna. For the tribe and their visitors, to enter the house is to go into the body and, symbolically, to change one’s state. The pare above the only entrance has an important role to play in that tapu threshold.

This unique book documents, for the first time, Maori pare (carved door lintels) from wharenui (meeting houses). Many have been sourced from around the world and are presented with appropriate descriptions, stories and waiata about the people whose houses they adorn.

David Simmons has published widely on aspects of Maori culture. He holds a masters degree in anthropology and has been keeper in anthropology at both Otago and Auckland War Memorial museums. Upon his retirement, in 1986, he was awarded an MBE for his serves to Maori people. Soft cover, 248 pages. Published in 2001.

City Possessed, A ; The Christchurch Civic Creche Case by Lynley Hood. Published by Longacre Press. ISBN 1877135623. Recommended retail price $39.95.

Winner of the Montana New Zealand Book of the Year Award!

"Researching and writing this book often felt like the literary equivalent of a solo crossing of Antarctica." Lynley Hood

A City Possessed is a strong, compelling and shocking story about one of New Zealand's most high-profile criminal cases - a story of child abuse allegations, gender politics and the law. In detailing the events and debates leading up to and surrounding the Christchurch Civic Creche case, Lynley Hood shows how such a case could happen, and why. Her penetrating analysis of the social and legal processes by which the conviction of Peter Ellis was obtained, and has been repeatedly upheld, has far-reaching implications - not only for our justice system, but for the way in which we see ourselves.

Ms Hood is clearly interested in the truth, and in careful research, rather than holding a view and sticking with it through thick and thin. This is an important book - clearly written, well-researched, assiduously referenced,
and a compelling read. Dr Alison Jones, Director of the Institute for Research on Gender, University of Auckland

Hood says that when it comes to the Ellis case, and the manner in which those accused of sexual abuse of children are dealt with generally, grave injustices are and have been perpetrated. Much in this case went haywire. The result is a book that will elicit strong responses; outrage and bewilderment among them. Brian Turner, poet and publishing consultant

This book is a work of scholarship of the highest academic standard. The interpretation is a very important one, and one that is clearly supported by the evidence. Professor Mark Henaghan, Dean of Law, University of Otago.

Researching and writing A City Possessed began with the question: "What did or didn't happen at the Christchurch Civic Creche?' My seven-year search for answers took me far beyond the creche case and far beyond my personal comfort zone. I found myself digging through layer upon layer of unsuspected cover-up and unimagined scandal.

Lynley Hood's previous books are Sylvia! The Biography of Sylvia Ashton-Warner, winner of the 1989 Wattie Book of the Year and the PEN Best First Book of Prose; Who is Sylvia? The Diary of a Biography; and Minnie
Dean: Her Life and Crimes, a finalist in the New Zealand Book Awards. Lynley Hood held the Robert Burns Fellowship at the University of Otago in 1991.

She is a parent of three adult children and grandparent of one. She holds a MSc in Physiology, has been active in several voluntary organizations concerned with parenting and early childhood issues, and has written many articles and delivered numerous lectures to scientific, medical and lay audiences on various health issues. Hard cover, 672 pages. Published in 2001.


Crew Culture: New Zealand seafarers under sail and steam by Neill Atkinson. Published by Te Papa Press. ISBN 0909010757. Recommended retail price $29.95.

In this fascinating book, historian Neill Atkinson looks at New Zealand's merchant seafarers working in the coastal and international trades during the first 100 years of the country's life. During this time, seafarers were among the most important and distinctive groups of New Zealand workers. Whether wrestling with canvas high above the deck in a howling gale, or heaving coal in the stifling bowels of a steamship, their strength and skill were indispensable back in the days of sail and steam.

These men had a vibrant subculture, with its own language, songs, rituals and myths, which exerted an influence on the development of male identity in New Zealand. Yet while there have been many books published on famous ships, master mariners, shipwrecks and shipping lines, and many stirring tales told of mountainous seas and heroic deeds, the lives of ordinary sailors have remained obscure.

Beginning around 1840, when Maori played a prominent part in the coastal trade, the book charts the rise of steamships and their eventual dominance over sail, and closes with the Second World War, by which time New Zealand's domestic shipping industry and the distinctiveness of its workforce were on the wane.

Atkinson explores the rhythms and routines of working life at sea - the rigorous discipline, harsh conditions and constant dangers; the lore of the sea, including yarns, shanties and rituals like crossing the line; the struggle for improved working conditions and the conflicts that arose from the rigid hierarchy dividing seamen and their officers; the alluring world of the waterfront, with its boarding houses, bars and brothels; and the traits which these men embodied their rough, hard-drinking ways, their generosity and stoicism, their pride and prejudices and the strength of their mateship. This is the original crew culture, which subsequently helped to shape the work and social habits of other groups of men, from the kauri bushmen to sports teams, in New Zealand's unique history of male endeavor.

Neill Atkinson is a professional historian with a particular interest in maritime and labour history. He completed an MA in history at the University of Auckland, and now lives in Wellington, where he has worked for the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography and as a contract historian for the History Group, Ministry for Culture and Heritage. He has written a history of state-sector superannuation, a dozen biographies for the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography and several articles on labour history. Soft cover, 172 pages. Published in 2001.

Crime in New Zealand by Greg Newbold. Published by  Dunmore Press. Recommended retail price $22.

Crime in New Zealand examines the principal areas of criminal and deviant activity in New Zealand. It discusses the social and legal contexts in which crime and crime control measures have evolved since the 1960’s. The book deals unapologetically with such sensitive issues as gender bias in criminal justice, false sexual abuse allegations, Maori and Pacific islanders crime rates, the classification of illegal drugs and evidence tampering by the police.

The principal areas examined are:
¨ blue-collar property violations
¨ white-collar property violations
¨ offences by women
¨ sexual crimes
¨ violent crimes
¨ domestic violence
¨ drug offences
¨ crimes by gangs
¨ organized crime
¨ criminal injustice and wrongful convictions

Crime in New Zealand is written by well known criminologist Greg Newbold, a senior lecturer at the University of Canterbury and also a convicted drug dealer who spent much of a seven-and-a-half-year prison sentence in maximum security. This book is the first comprehensive study of crime in New Zealand to be published since 1970 and is one of the most detailed works on the subject ever written. Paddy’s view: A fascinating gutsy book that pulls no punches. Highly recommended. Soft cover, 279 pages.

Doing Our Best: New Zealand mothers speak from the heart edited by Leanne McKenzie & Gail Thomas. Published by Exisle Publishing. ISBN 0908988273. Recommended retail price $15.95

In this revealing book, over 100 New Zealand mothers speak from the Heart about their real-life experiences of motherhood. With honesty and good huor, they describe experiences both rare and commonplace, from everyday joys and laughter to extraordinary struggles and tragedy. There are stories about childbirth, about weening and infancy, about parenting young children and raising difficult teenagers. Among the subjects covered are preparing for a homebirth, caring for a disabled child, solo parenting, family holidays, rural isolation, motherhood versus career and coping with child death. Many of the stories offer encouragement and reassurance, others practical advice and guidance.

Leanne McKenzie and Gail Thomas asked women from all over New Zealand to contribute to this book, and the response was impressive, from teenage mothers to grandmothers, and from a range of ethnic backgrounds. Mothers everywhere will respond to the honest sharing of thoughts and feelings, hopes and disappointments, in this entertaining and inspiring celebration of New Zealand motherhood. Soft cover, 239 pages. Published in 2003.

Erosion of Marriage, The: the effect of law on New Zealand’s foundational institution by Angela Burgess. ISBN 0473086573. Published by the Maxim Institute. Recommended retail price $13.95.

“Angela Burgess provides a first-rate, carefully reasoned and persuasive legal analysis of the undermining of a fundamental societal institution. Unfortunately, as her research demonstrates, marriage is under severe threat. Her disturbing diagnosis is as timely as it is sobering. It deserves a wider readership. Burgess’ analysis is a sine qua non to sensible future policy in this critical area.” – Dr. Rex Ahdar, Faculty of Law, University of Otago

“Angela Burgess’ work is timely and provides an excellent basis for an important debate – if marriage is no longer the legal basis for family life, is there something better, or has the state of affairs arisen without much thought to the consequences?” – Professor Mark Henaghan, Dean of Law, University of Otago

Angela Burgess is a young, married, practicing solicitor in Christchurch, New Zealand. She graduated in 2000, from University of Otago with an LLB (First Class Honors). The Erosion of Marriage is an expanded version of her work which won the 2000 University of Otago Brookers Limited Prize for best honors dissertation. Soft cover, 100 pages. Published in 2002.

Essential Pocket Kiwi, The by Nicholas Tarling. Published by Dunmore Press. ISBN 0864692587. Recommended retail price $8.

Here is the New Zealander in a nutshell, or at least in a witty, light-hearted read.

Nicholas Tarling is a Kiwi watcher; he observes and captures here qualities that make up the enigmatic Kiwi character.

The Pocket Kiwi offers kiwis an essential look at themselves and will provide anyone else with wondrous insights and valuable tips. Soft cover, 106 pages.

EyeOpeners by Scott Eastham. ISBN 0958212635. Published by Horizon Press. Recommended retail price $27.95.

Open anywhere, read any page ... you may be by turns surprised, delighted, challenged, disturbed or inspired, but you will never again be bored. You'll find a refreshingly different perspective on life in New Zealand and aorund the world.

EyeOpeners is a new kind of book for a new kind of New Zealander. Scott Eastham takes aim at New Zealand and the world at large with wit, passion, intelligence and vision. EyeOpeners covers a rainbow array of themes ranging from the global village to local values, from media illusions to the perennial human quest for truth, goodness and beauty.

The author of several books on culture and communications, Scott Eastham lectures in English and Media Studies at Massey University. Soft cover, 196 pages. Published in 1999.

Exploring Maori Values by John Patterson. Published by Dunmore Press. ISBN 0864691564. Recommended retail price $21.

It is no easy matter for a Pakeha to achieve a sympathetic and deep understanding of Maori thought and practices. An imaginative and determined approach is needed.

This book offers Pakeha New Zealanders an insight into Maori thought and values and the basis for the sort of understanding and partnership that should exist between Pakeha and Maori. Indeed, it also presents a new perspective from which long-held Pakeha values can be reassessed.

Topics include Maori environmental values, values in the proverbs and myths, Maori virtues, reciprocity and balance, and Maori concepts of collective responsibility. Soft cover, 191 pages.

Family Hold Back: A 1930s Childhood by Lorraine Russell. ISBN 1877228532. Published by Steele Roberts. Recommended retail price $18.95.

Family Hold Back is a frank depiction of life during the Depression and World War II, through the eyes of a child. Lorraine Russell's memories capture a fresh, stark sense of the times -- often delightful; at other times haunting.

Lorraine's story begins with her Dad on relief work and Mom struggling to pay the rent and feed and clothe the children. Times are harsh and so are the people. Love is not spoken of; tenderness is rare. But the kids have fun swimming, eeling, blackberrying and mushroom gathering.

In 1938 Dad's job as a diesel mechanic has the family living in tents without water, plumbing or electricity. They shift camp and change schools frequently. During World War II New Zealand endures food shortages and rationing, and threats of air raids and Japanese invasion. At the end of 1940 the family moves into a new state house and in 1948 Lorraine leaves school to begin a career.

Lorraine Russell is a retired librarian who lives in Stokes Valley, near Wellington. She cares for her grandchildren after school, embroiders, plays bridge, and is a keen member of a writing workshop. She is currently working on a novel. Soft cover, 162 pages. Published in 2001.

Fire In Your Belly, A; Maori Leaders Speak by Paul Diamond. Published by Huia Publishers. ISBN 1869690303. Recommended retail price $24.95.

‘If you were to ask me about the nature of leadership in terms of what I’ve learned, you’ve got to have a fire in your belly for an outcome’ – Sir Tipene O’Regan

What makes a Maori leader? Traditional Maori leadership roles, like the rangatira who had the final say in nearly every area of tribal life, no longer apply – tribal affairs have become so complex that different skills are required at different times; national affairs require new vision and tactics.

At a time when Maori leadership is criticized in some quarters as self-serving, greedy and inept there six dynamic Maori leaders who have proven themselves through decades of service to their people speak candidly of those who have influenced them and the experiences that shaped their lives and galvanized them for the challenges of leadership. Their stories fuse public triumphs with private passions – sailing, art, rugby and family; education, language and land.

A Fire in Your Belly is drawn from interviews with remarkable individuals; Sir Tipene O’Regan, Whatarangi Winiata, Iritana Tawhiwhirangi, Sir Robert Muhata, Hirini Moko Mead and Pita Sharples, who have united, mobilized and led their people on the path towards Maori language revival, cultural renewal, the settlement of Treaty claims and, ultimately, Maori self-determination. Soft cover, 220 pages. Published in 2003.

Fishing Methods and Devices of the Maori by Elsdon Best. Published by Te Papa Press. ISBN 090901034X. Recommended retail price $19.95

Elsdon Best (1856-1931) was a prolific recorder of pre-European Maori social life and material culture. The body of his published work established him as New Zealand’s foremost ethnographer of Maori society. It was a life-long project underpinned by a belief that the Maori were a people under threat of extinction.; Yet, by the time of his death, Best’s work had assumed new importance as it informed a Maori cultural renaissance. Today, his work remains a unique and valuable record of Maori tradition.

As the title suggests this is an in-depth look at Maori fishing methods written at a time when most of these were still in use. Elsdon Best was the best all-round European chronicler of Maori life and lore and these reprints by Te Papa are of inestimable value. Hard cover, 264 pages. Published in 1986 (first published 1929).


Forest Lore of the Maori by Elsdon Best. Published by Te Papa. ISBN 0909010307. Recommended retail price $29.95.

A massive compendium of information about Maori and their interaction with the forest. Elsdon discusses uses of plants and provides masses of information abut New Zealand bird life and how Maori caught them. He even has time for the extinct moa.

Hard cover, 421 pages. Published in 1977 (first published 1942).


From Innocents to Agents: children and children’s rights in New Zealand by Michael Reid . Published by the Maxim Institute. ISBN 9780958265256. Recommended retail price $29.95.

From Innocents to Agents is a timely analysis of the rise of children’s rights in New Zealand.  It examines the evolution from a nineteenth century understanding of children as ‘innocents’ needing protection within families, and where state involvement was minimal, to a more contemporary view of children as ‘empowered agents’ where the state and its agencies are primary.  The author contends that a particular interpretation of international law has impacted domestic legislation and played a significant role in changing the status of children.  This book is a must read for all interested in the future of family life and the welfare of New Zealand’s children.

“The account is as elegant and compelling as it is troubling…  This beautifully written,  extensively documented book should be read by any person concerned about children’s wellbeing, family autonomy and liberty…”
Dr Steven L Nock, Professor, Department of Sociology and Psychology, University of Virginia

“From Innocents to Agents is a very comprehensive analysis of the history of children’s rights in New Zealand which those who agree or disagree with the basic thesis should read.”
Professor Mark Henaghan, Dean of Law, University of Otago

“From Innocents to Agents helpfully explores and highlights the development of the children’s rights movement, revealing a tension that has never existed before between parental authority and the modern administrative state…  It is a timely issue that demands the serious and informed attention of us all.”
Fiona Mackenzie, Family Lawyer and Principal, Mackenzie Elvin Solicitors

Michael Reid researched and wrote From Innocents to Agents for Maxim Institute, an independent research and public policy think tank.  He has a doctorate in history and has taught in primary and secondary schools in New Zealand for 15 years.  Michael is married with three children.

Soft cover, 279 pages. Published in 2006.

Games and Pastimes of the Maori by Elsdon Best. Published by Te Papa Press. ISBN 0909010315. Recommended retail price $29.95.

Another superb historical and cultural record by Elsdon Best.

Hard cover, 334 pages. Published in 1976 (first published 1925).


Greenstone Trails: The Maori and Pounamu by Barry Brailsford. ISBN 095835023X. Published by StonePrint Press. Recommended retail price $33.

Prized for its beauty and durability, greenstone was fundamental to the Maori way of life. Yet it was not won easily, for in nature it lies hidden deep in New Zealand’s most inhospitable terrain.

Barry Brailsford follows in the footsteps of those Maori parties who went in search of the precious pounamu. Via Maori traditions, the narratives of early European explorers, the evidence of modern archaeology and his own extensive field research, he takes us along ancient trails across angry swollen rivers, through somber forests and over treacherous snowfields into the heart of the Southern Alps. Along the way we discover truths about the land, the people and the greenstone itself. Packed with maps and illustrations, this book will delight all those who love New Zealand and its history. Soft cover, 192 pages. Published in 1996.

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Haka; a Living Tradition by Wira Gardiner. ISBN 1869588800. Published by Hodder Moa Beckett. Recommended retail price $15.95.

The haka has always been a vital part of Maori culture and tradition.  Today it has a growing influence on the lives of all New Zealanders.  It provides a powerful and dramatic vehicle for welcoming visitors, for challenging opponents, for rejoicing in victories, for protesting injustices, and for celebrating culture and a way of life.

This story of the haka begins with its origins in the mists of time and looks at its place in legend and in the early Maori world, and the observations of it by the first European explorers, missionaries and settlers.  It discusses the various haka types, the roles of men and women, the origins and importance of the well-known Ka mate! haka, and how this special dance has been used in war, sport and politics.

In a contemporary commercial world the haka has been the focus of much debate and its story reflects the evolving relationship between Maori and non-Maori New Zealanders.  Haka has been an instrument of nation building, an expression of New Zealanders’ differences and an icon of our unique identity.

Wira Gardiner has tribal affiliations to Ngati Awa, Ngati Pikiao, Whakatohea and Te Whanau-a-Apanui.  He has been a soldier, a senior public servant and is now a businessman.  He is the author of 28th (Maori) Battalion and a social history of the Treaty settlement process. Soft cover, 112 pages. Published in 2001.


Icons Nga Taonga: From the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Published by Te Papa Press. ISBN 090901096X. Recommended retail price $59.95.

Icons Nga Taonga opens the doors on the collections of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Superb illustrations and lively text introduce a magnificent array of ‘icons’ – taonga Maori, artworks and famous objects, domestic artifacts, Pacific treasures, and rare specimens from the natural world.

From McCahon’s paintings to the Britten motorcycle, from a waka taua to the plants collected on James Cook’s first expedition, from Phar Lap’s mighty skeleton to an embroidered colonial sampler, these items come from all areas of the museum. Each has a significant story to tell, and together they offer a fascinating glimpse into the life and history of New Zealand.

But this is a museum of contemporary research as well as one that holds crucial historical records. The collections provide not only tangible evidence of the country’s heritage, but also an opportunity to unravel the secrets of the past. The museum’s foundation in the mid-nineteenth century rested on a major group of taonga Maori, dating back several centuries, and on early collections of New Zealand’s flora and fauna. Pacific pieces, art, and items of ‘historical interest’ were added, and decades of scholarship have created the rich narrative that flows from the collections today.

Icons Nga Taonga contains surprises and questions, accounts of conflict as well as achievement, silences as well as fact. But it is above all a celebration – a celebration of the work of many people, past and present, whose lives have intersected with the nation’s treasures. These pages make a permanent record of Te Papa’s extraordinary, diverse collections. for all readers to enjoy. Large format soft cover with flaps, 304 pages. Published in 2004.

In Search of the Southern Serpent by Hamish Miller and Barry Brailsford. ISBN  0958243417. Published by Stoneprint Press. Recommended retail price $34.95

.Captain James Cook encountered a Neolithic World of New Zealand, peopled by Maori to whom stone was the supreme industrial material.  Cook, an enlightened explorer, and his scientists observed and recorded in fascinating detail Maori life, as they saw it.

Yet, the deeper knowledge, the truly astonishing ‘sciences’ mastered by this Stone People, were not even suspected, let alone observed.  The ‘serpent’ wisdom escaped their grasp.

Underpinning the Maori way lay remarkable understandings of the rhythms of the universe, the great cosmic tides, the effects of the moon, and the power of the rivers of energy that pulsed through the earth to influence life.

Maori earth wisdom remained hidden until, in recent times, the Elders of the tribes decided to share their sacred lore.  This remarkable ancient knowledge is archetypal, born of universal truths that leap ahead of the logical mind to offer answers of an intuitive kind.  They knew great rivers of energy glowed around the planet and created power places where these met.  Their understanding mirrored that of the Ancients in Europe, Asia, Africa and America who also honored such places as sacred.

In Search of the Southern Serpent  is a journey into the power of place.  Here the western mind of the pagan, the priest and the scientist encounter the Maori lore of the shamanic mind.  And they do not collide – instead they gently touch to open doors of many kinds.  They take us beyond the five senses.

Hamish Miller is a blacksmith, a metal sculptor, dowser, author of It’s Not Too Late, The Definitive Wee Book of Dowsing and co-author of The Sun and the Serpent and The Dance of the Dragon.  Hamish read engineering at St. Andrews and Edinburgh, spent some time on product design and manufacture then finally moved to Cornwall to work with metal.  He as appeared on television, talked on radio and lectured in Europe, America, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.  Hamish lives with his partner, dowser and researcher, Ba Russell, in the West Penwith.

Born in Westland, New Zealand, where the land shouts history at every turn, Barry Brailsford followed its call into the writing and publishing world.  Barry’s work is a journey into the wisdom traditions of the Pacific peoples and the story of their past.  He is author of The Tattooed Land, Greenstone Trails, Song of Waitaha, Song of the Stone and Song of the Old Tides.

His five novels, in the Chronicles of the Stone series, are based on ancient migration trails.  Barry has an MA in history and in 1990 was awarded an MBE for his contribution to education and Maori scholarship. Soft cover, 234 pages. Published in 2006.

Interactive Identities: Jewish Women in New Zealand by Livia Käthe Wittmann. Published by Dunmore Press.  ISBN 086469315X . Recommended retail price $16.

Jewish identity is one of the many differences which enrich the New Zealand cultural landscape. In spite of a number of publications on some of the Jewish communities, there is little general knowledge as to what Jewishness means and how Jewish people living in New Zealand conceive of themselves ethnoculturally.

In the years 1994 and 1995, forty-eight women were interviewed in two main centres and asked how they position themselves within ‘bicultural’ Aotearoa/New Zealand and also within the Jewish communities of their affiliation. The book deals with the changing historical meaning of Jewish collective identity, the ‘bicultural’ challenge and the tensions of gender identities internal and external to Judaism. Soft cover, 161 pages.

In The Public Good?: Censorship in New Zealand by Chris Watson and Roy Shuker. Published by Dunmore Press. ISBN 0864693052. Recommended retail price $28.

The landscape of censorship is a frequently changing one, but the same arguments tend to arise repeatedly: to what extent and by whom should controversial material be censored: How much violence is acceptable, and how does it affect our children? When does sexually explicit material become pornographic and potentially harmful? How can material available on the Internet be controlled when it crosses unseen borders in an invisible form?

In this book censorship is viewed from both the international perspective and in the specifically New Zealand context. We are shown how the ever-changing global media technologies and the evolution of public opinion constantly present new challenges for censorship and the law-makers. Soft cover, 220 pages.

Jane Austen: Antipodean Views by Susannah Fullerton & Anne Harbers. Published by Addenda Books. ISBN 0908022166. Recommended retail price $11.98.

Jane Austen wrote her six novels in a small English village almost 200 years ago. She never traveled abroad and she never mentioned Australia or New Zealand. So why do people “down under” read her novels today? Why do they watch films based on her books in record-breaking numbers? Why do they find her plots, characters and ideas so relevant to their lives?

Jane Austen – Antipodean Views shows just what Jane Austen means to poets and politicians, singers and students, actors and All Blacks, composers and cartoonists. It includes responses ranging from “Jane who?” to “Reading Pride and Prejudice that first time was like losing my literary virginity.”

Share Dame Joan Sutherland’s delight in Jane Austen’s insight into the social life of her time and Mem Fox’s “groans of pleasure” on first being taught Jane Austen at university. Discover why writer John Marsden refuses to read Persuasion. Find out who does NOT like Jane Austen. Enjoy the tale of Murray Ball’s attraction to the “bafflingly sexy” Elizabeth Bennet.

Whether you are a Jane Austen devotee who re-reads her novels every year, or have only seen a film based on one of her books, you will enjoy the varied and amusing responses in Jane Austen – Antipodean Views. Soft cover, 168 pages. Published in 2001.

Justice With Both Eyes Open by Marc Alexander. ISBN 1877270601. Published by Hazard Press. Recommended retail price $29.95.

Never have ordinary New Zealanders been more anxious about crime than today. Many feel their safety threatened and their property insecure as they lawfully go about their daily life; they fear that their children could fall victim to sexual predators or worse; that drugs are pervading all levels of society; that the police can no longer protect the weak and apprehend the wicked – in short, that society is under siege.

But what are the facts, and what sensible conclusions can we draw from them? In this new book, Marc Alexander asks the big questions, such as: Why does the system not prevent re-offending: Is life imprisonment without the possibility of parole a sensible option for some crimes? He also takes a deeply thoughtful look at the causes of crime and considers why the system has often failed the victims and their families.

He casts a critical eye over local case studies, while broadening the focus to draw lessons from police and criminal justice systems overseas, providing a clearly reasoned argument for change in policing, the courts and sentencing, parole, prison, the family and drugs.

Justice With Both Eyes Open is essential reading for all who want a better and safer world for their children.

Marc Alexander, Member of Parliament and deputy chair of the Law and Order Select Committee, has long been a passionate campaigner for criminal justice reform. He has an M.A. in political science from the University of Canterbury and has written papers on criminal justice reform. Before entering parliament he was a Sensible Sentencing Trust spokesman, a radio talk-show host, a television chef and a restaurateur. Soft cover, 286 pages. Published in 2004.

Lust to Kill: Notorious New Zealand murders by Fred McLean. Published by IPL Transpress. ISBN 0908876831. Recommended retail price $12.95.

Fred McLean here takes eight famous cases from the period from the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi to just after World War One, and with creative construction fully explores the emotions and thoughts behind the actions of those involved. The results are stories that make absorbing and even at times entertaining reading.
Covered are:

¨ Thomas Hall - a gambler who married into money, then to get his hands on it poisoned his father in law - then tried to dispose of his wife the same way. Yet he escaped the gallows. Was this because he was the nephew of a well-heeled former premier?
¨ John Caffrey - the boozey, moody merchant navy master who, when his fiancée stood him up in favour of another man, planned to abduct her and carry her off to a South Pacific island together with his "bosum mate" William Penn and his sleazy girlfriend. The plan went shamefully wrong and both Caffrey and Penn ended their days on the gallows.
¨ William Good who after a lifetime on the run from English, French and Australian authorities killed a man on a ship in Wellington harbour. He was caught and publicly hung, while a crowd of onlookers ate refreshments.
¨ Richard Burgess who came to New Zealand in the 1860s and formed a gang which preyed on travellers and gold prospectors in the South Island, robbing and murdering them. They were caught and executed in Nelson - except for the most vicious member of the gang who was reprieved.
¨ Two men, both aspiring to be rich, teamed up to search for gold near the lawless Westport of the 1860s. One was brutally murdered, the other convicted for it on circumstantial evidence.
¨ Mary Dobie, a talented 29-year-old artist whose murder in Taranaki fanned the embers of the recently ended Maori Wars.
¨ Lionel Terry who shot dead a Chinaman in Wellington in 1907 to publicise his belief in the "yellow peril", becoming a cause celebre in the process. He escaped the gallows but but spent half a century incarcerated in mental institutions.
¨ Dan and Martha Cooper, 1920s back street abortionists and "baby farmers" who did a roaring trade until the police became suspicious. Both were tried: Dan was hung, Martha wasn't.

Soft cover, 280 pages.

Manu Tukutuku, Te: The Maori Kite by Bob Maysmor. ISBN 1877228265. Published by Steele Roberts. Recommended retail price $26.95.

Maori kites are enjoying a remarkable cultural resurgence. In his introduction to this revised and expanded edition of the classic work on this art form, Professor Hirini Moko Mead says Bob Maysmor's book has played a valuable role in the revival of interest in kite-making.

Te Manu Tukutuku covers the history and tradition, techniques and materials of the ancient kites and describes how contemporary artists and kite-makers have further developed the art. Also included are easy instructions on how you can make a Maori kite.

Bob Maysmor co-founded the New Zealand Kitefliers Association in 1984. He has been an enthusiastic kite-maker and kite-flier for many years. A former director of the Dowse Art Museum, he is now curator at Pataka Museum in Porirua. Bob lives at Paremata, near Wellington. Hard cover, 112 pages. Published in 2001.

Maori Agriculture by Elsdon Best. Published by Te Papa Press. ISBN 0-909010-27-7. Recommended retail price $29.95.

Early Maori colonizers were confronted with a climate that made it difficult to cultivate their staple food crops. Ever adaptable they switched to local products and found ways to grow difficult crops such as sweet potato and taro. They evolved an impressive variety of implements with which to tend their gardens and an elaborate set of rituals. These are all described in great detail, usually from first hand experience by Elsdon Best. This is a reprint of the original 1925 publication. Hard cover, 315 pages, reprinted in 1975.

Maori Religion and Mythology Part 1 by Elsdon Best. Published by Te Papa Press. ISBN 0909010366. Recommended retail price $29.95.

The best available contemporary account of Maori mythology and religion.

Hard cover, 424 pages, 1995 (first published 1924).



Maori Religion and Mythology Part 2 by Elsdon Best. Published by Te Papa. ISBN 0477010938. Recommended retail price $29.95

More superb cultural and archaeological stuff by Elsdon Best.

Hard cover, 682 pages. Published in 1995 (first published 1924)



Maori Storehouses and Kindred Structures by Elsdon Best. Published by Te Papa Press. ISBN 0909010358. Recommended retail price $19.95.

Hard cover, 116 pages. Published in 1974 (first published 1916).



Masculinities in Aotearoa/New Zealand edited by Robin Law, Hugh Campbell and John Dolan. Published by Dunmore Press. ISBN 0864693257. Recommended retail price $27.

Behind the hackneyed icon of the Kiwi Bloke with all its connotations of black singlets, muddy gumboots and Number 8 fencing wire, there are many different kinds of men and many different types of masculinity on New Zealand.

In the last ten years, social scientists have begun to explore how societies have come to define what it means to ‘be a man and how this definition changes over time. Masculinities in Aotearoa/New Zealand is the first interdisciplinary collection in New Zealand on this emerging topic, bringing together authors from the disciplines of anthropology, geography, women’s studies, education, history and media studies.

This book will appeal to a wide range of readers, from the general reader who wants to look behind the stereotypical mythology of the bloke, to students at university and college seeking a guide to current research on masculinities. Soft cover, 259 pages.

McGill's Dictionary of Kiwi Slang, Catchphrases, Characters and Kiwiosities by David McGill. Published by Silver Owl Press. ISBN 0959797963. Recommended retail price $10.95.

The companion volume to the author's A Dictionary of Kiwi Slang, 25,000 sold. This collection expands into catchphrases, commentaries, jokes, ditties and characters contributing to Kiwi English as we use it, and includes a revised an updated version of The Dinkum Kiwi Dictionary, which has been out of print in the nineties.

New slang like lomu-ed, the Otahu sidestep, Ruthanasia, shark biscuit.
Why would you stop a Presbyterian?
How could Frank Bunce play piano while pouring concrete?
What is the Australian haka? Who is the Screaming Skull? Where is Dorkalofa?

Do you know the difference between a goneburger, a turboburger and a wallyburger? Who are Les Miserables Bastards and why don't they like kiwifruit? Asll is revealed in this double-value sequel to the first slang collection Harry Orsman in the Evening Post called 'a delight' and Professor Gordon in the Sunday Times said was 'a real bewdy'. Soft cover, 152 pages. Published in 1997.

New Zealand Society 2nd Edition edited by Paul Spoonley, David Pearson and Ian Shirley. Published by Dunmore Press. ISBN 0864691882. Recommended retail price $34.

New Zealand Society introduces the reader to a sociological understanding of contemporary New Zealand society. Sociology is a discipline which offers new and critical insights on the way in which society works. It provides an exciting area of study, and the best of New Zealand sociology is provided here as specialist contributors discuss their particular areas of interest: family, community, urban, rural, class, racism and ethnicity, gender, the state, social policy, health, education, politics, mass media, crime, deviance and punishment, work, leisure and recreation, art and ideology and population.

This new edition is based on a very successful first edition and the earlier and equally successful New Zealand Sociological Perspectives (1982). It covers all major areas and issues of contemporary society in a easily understood style. Soft cover, 381 pages.

Nga Patai Racism & Ethnic Relations in Aotearoa/New Zealand edited by Paul Spoonley, Cluny Macpherson, David Pearson. Published by Dunmore Press. ISBN 0864692668. Recommended retail price $32.

Nga Patai offers new and critical insights into the issues of racism and cultural identity in Aotearoa/New Zealand in the late 1990s. It is the third book in a series which began in 1984. Since then, a number of the issues central to political and popular debate in this area have changed but others, such as the significance of the Treaty of Waitangi, continue. What has not changed is the central importance of such debates as they continue to dominate New Zealand in the last years of the twentieth century.

The book provides chapters on the post-war migration to New Zealand of Tagata Pasefika (Pacific Islanders) and, more recently, East Asians and South Africans, and their incorporation (or lack of it) into New Zealand society. There are debates about how we understand our history and ourselves as cultural or ethnic groups, especially in the case of Maori, Tagata Pasefika and Pakeha; gender and ethnicity; Treaty policies; the role of the media, justice and education in inter-group relations; and the evolution of bicultural and multicultural policies.

Nga Patai will be of interest to tertiary level students and teachers, as well as policy and decision-makers, those on the receiving end of such policies and anyone who is interested in a contemporary understanding of racism and cultural diversity. Soft cover, 300 pages.

Nga Waka Maori: Maori canoes by Anne Nelson. Published by IPL Transpress. ISBN 0908876084. Recommended retail price $24.95.

Among the finest creations of Maori culture are without doubt the magnificent waka taua or war canoes. Richly carved and elaborately painted and decorated, they were were regarded as the foremost status symbol of a tribe until the 18th century. But waka taua were just one of a number of different types of waka which played an essential role as the only form of transport in pre-European New Zealand.

This book looks at the origins and development of Maori canoes, the different types, the spiritual significances, their central role in Maori society and how this role changed with European contact. It describes waka racing in pre- and post-European times, explains how waka were manned, paddled, sailed and navigated around the New Zealand coastline, on rivers such as the Waikato and Wanganui, and in the Chatham Islands.
Included are profiles of some of the best-known waka taua.

Extensively illustrated, thoroughly researched and written by a leading authority on the subject, this book provides fascinating reading for anyone with an interest in Maori history and culture as well as in traditional marine craft and navigation. Soft cover, 126 pages.

Nuclear New Zealand: Sorting Fact From Fiction by Andrew McEwan. ISBN 187727058X. Published by Hazard Press. Recommended retail price $29.95.

Is New Zealand ‘nuclear free’? Has it ever been? These questions are discussed by the former head of the National Radiation Laboratory, Dr. Andrew McEwan, in this hard-hitting new book based on a lifetime’s involvement in health physics and nuclear research. Natural sources of radiation are all around us, and our health system depends on radioactive materials made in other countries’ nuclear reactors, for both diagnostic tests and the treatment of cancers. As well as this ‘double standard’ he points out all kinds of misunderstandings about nuclear power and waste disposal, the bonb tests, food irradiation, radiation from natural sources, and other radiations.

“This book represents an important milestone. Dr. Andrew McEwan, who led the National Radiation Laboratory for many years, has not only been at the center of every scientific study of New Zealand nuclear issues over the past three decades, but is by far the best informed New Zealand scientist on the world history of radioactivity and nuclear radiation. He is a fearless presenter of fact. This book will help you look beyond the myths and understand the scientific perspective related to nuclear testing, radiation and the safety of the nuclear industry. The book is encyclopedic in its depth of information and insight.” --Paul Callaghan, Alan MacDiamid Professor of Physical Sciences

Nuclear New Zealand is essential reading for anyone prepared to have their preconceived views challenged.

Dr. Andrew McEwan had an almost 40-year association with the National Radiation Laboratory from his appointment as a scientist with a first-class honors degree in physics in November 1963, until 2002. He was Director of the Laboratory for 13 years and a member of the Radiation Protection Advisory Council for 18 years. He has an international reputation in radiation protection and dosimetry and has been involved in studies at several nuclear weapons test sites. He is a member of a standing committee of the International Commission on Radiological Protection, which sets international standards for radiation protection, a Fellow of the Australasian Radiation protection Society, serving as Society President from 2000 to 2002, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Soft cover, 283 pages. Published in 2004.

Pa Maori, The by Elsdon Best. Published by Te Papa Press. ISBN 0909010390. Recommended retail price $29.95.

Hard cover, 459 pages. Published in 1995 (first published 1927).




People of The Land – A Pacific Philosophyby John Patterson. Published by Dunmore Press. ISBN 0864693672.  Recommended retail price $21.

This sequel to the author’s acclaimed first book on Maori philosophy, Exploring Maori Values, develops the idea that we humans can and need to become “people of the land” in the Maori sense (tangata whenua, developing a harmonious interdependence with the environment in which we live rather than continuing to dominate it.

Although arising out of Maori concepts, this is a model for human life which is available to any culture and is urgently needed to replace discredited ideas of human sovereignty over the natural environment. Soft cover, 151 pages. Published in 2000.

Race Apart, A : Parliament and Race Separatism, The Story by Walter Christie. ISBN 0473052474. Published by Wyvern Press.  Recommended retail price $18.95.

This is the second work by Walter Christie. Treaty Issues was his first, written against what he saw as ‘the huge and elaborate Maori and Treaty of Waitangi edifice created on fallacious and unwise grounds.’

A Race Apart goes further, confirming that race separatism was never intended, the Treaty of Waitangi became obsolete once effective government was established and that ethnic and other forms of evolution have also acted to make the present political direction sadly wrong. As well, the chapters relate the vital century and a half since Hone Heke (he being the first to take up arms against the government) the narrative all the way set against the colorful backdrop formed by the passing political scene. We are enabled, era by era, to witness the leaders on parade, together with their aspirations, their problems and the surprises they encounter.

Overall, but contrary to present political fashion, the author’s conclusion is that race separatism, re-tribalization and cultural de-hybridization were not intended in 1840, have never been wise, are not valid now and, the public having been enticed down a race-separatist by-way, it is time for new leaders to reclaim parliament to put matters right. Soft cover, 246 pages. Published in 1998.

Ruahine: Mythic Women by Ngahuia Te Awekotuku. Published by Huia Publishers. ISBN 1877283827. Recommended retail price $17.95.

“Everything has changed.”

Hinemoa, Mahinaarangi, Muriwai, Wairaka, Huritini, Kakara, Rona, Haumapuhia and Kurungaituku are women of mana in Maori myths and histories.

Their traditional stories are presented here alongside beautiful and fresh retellings. Ngahuia Te Awekotuku brings a subtle trickster’s voice to this steamy, sometimes shocking collection othat journeys from alien abduction to vampirism via love, revenge and sexual trespass …

Soft cover, 142 pages. Published in 2003.

Silent Migration, The; stories of urban migration as told to Patricia Grace, Irihapeti Ramsden and Jonathan Dennis. ISBN 1877266108. Published by Huia Publishers. Recommended retail price $34.95.

Here are the remarkable stories of fifteen original members of the Ngati Poneke Young Maori Club, the cultural group founded in the 1930s. These frank recollections are told here with a surprising freshness and lack of romance. They begin with the experiences of Maori children and teenagers over ninety years ago. Soft cover, 248 pages. Published in 2001.

Song of Waitaha: Histories of a Nation by Barry Brailsford. ISBN 0958337810. Published by Wharariki Publishing Company. Recommended retail price $84.95

“At last our story is told.  Now the brave ancestors we have hidden for so long stand again for all to see.”

 With these words the Elders of Waitaha tell us that their ancient and sacred lore is shared for the first time.  Bound in secrecy for centuries, protected through the ages by those who gave their lives to keep it safe, this knowledge travels out of the past to be revealed in ‘Song of Waitaha’.

For years New Zealand archaeologists have been puzzled by a people who lived without weapons and created trading systems that moved industrial stone the length of the country.  These writings explain they were a peaceful confederation of over two hundred iwi known as the ‘Nation’.  It tells their story from the dawntime of exploration and settlement to the final days.

Song of Waitaha’ repairs the torn fabric of our past and opens doors into the future.

“If we are not gentle with life, the garden within us dies.”

The Histories tell of a society where many peoples walked in harmony with each other.  It shows how they honored the land and waters to sustain life – harvesting birds and fish to increase the numbers, cutting tall trees for waka and leaving the forest stronger, carving stone without breaking its spirit, respecting the rivers – keeping the environment in balance.

This treasure from the days of the ancestors journeys out of timeless realms where the people and the land were one beneath the stars.  It carries wisdom born of the ancient trails of the spirit and adds a thousand years of wonder to our past.  It reminds us – if we lose our story we lose our dream. Hard cover, 311 pages. Published in 2006.

We are grateful to Makere and Te Porohau Ruka Te Korako for doing us the honor of letting us sell their wonderful books.

Sport in New Zealand Society edited by Chris Collins. Published by Dunmore Press. ISBN 0864693583. Recommended retail price $39.

Sport in contemporary New Zealand society is difficult to ignore. It has helped create demand for clothing, footwear, print media and television and radio programming. It is now a source of income for many and significant wealth for a few. For many New Zealanders sport provides relaxation, excitement and enjoyment and is a major source of meaning in their lives; for others it is a source of alienation. It has an impact on all New Zealanders.

In Sport in New Zealand Society, Editor Chris Collins has gathered a team of university contributors who are active in teaching and research in the field of sport studies to create a current and comprehensive text which analyzes sport in the New Zealand social context. The text begins by examining theoretical perspectives relevant to the study of sport. It then examines the development of sport in New Zealand and a number of related issues such as globalization, drugs, gender, Maori participation, religion, coaching, identity formation, media, culture, violence and politics. This book will be a valuable resource for students, managers, coaches, policy analysts and others involved in sport.
Soft cover, 348 pages, published March 2000.


Still Being Punished by Rachael Selby. Huia Publishers. ISBN 1877241490. Recommended retail price $ 12.95.

“I have seen rangatahi arrogantly pass judgement on their elders who do not speak te reo Maori. I see the pain felt by our elders who were punished as children and who now suffer at the hands of the rangatahi who do not know about our history.”

The stories collected here are told by Maori men and women who were physically disciplined at school for speaking the Maori language. Their stories are of the on-going effects of institutional violence meted out at the intersection of body, language and society. Soft cover, 70 pages. Published in 1999.

Stone Implements of the Maori, The by Elsdon Best. Published by Te Papa Press. ISBN 0909010293 Recommended retail price $29.95

More by Elsdon Best. Written, as with all of his works, at a time when these implements were still being or had been recently, used. This series is not usually about history, it's about the things that Maori were still using and practicing when Elsdon was writing. Hard cover, 445 pages. Published in 1974 (first published 1912)



Tangata O Te Moana Nui: The Evolving Identities of Pacific Peoples in Aotearoa/New Zealand edited by Cluny Macpherson, Paul Spoonley, Melani Anae. Published by Dunmore Press. ISBN 0864693699. Recommended retail price $30

The increasingly visible Pacific population is now a permanent and growing element of New Zealand society. Since the mid nineteenth century, some 202,000 people of Pacific descent have made Aotearoa their home. This collection looks at the ways in which Pacific peoples see and identify themselves, at the forces which are changing these ways, the processes of change, and the ways in which the transformations are reflected in various social contexts in this country.

While this book is primarily about the evolution and emergence of new forms of identity and community within these Pacific populations, it also examines some of the contributions which these communities are making to the emerging post-colonial institutions, values and practices of Aotearoa/New Zealand.

As scholars reflect on the increasingly fluid and dynamic nature of ethnicity and ethnic identity in the twenty-first century, there is a need for texts which focus on these processes within the local context with which many of our students are engaged. of ethnicity, the politics of dominant groups, especially Pakeha, and the evolving nature of various forms of paid employment and regional labor markets in New Zealand. Soft cover, 325 pages, published in 2001.

Taonga Maori: A Spiritual Journey Expressed Through Maori Art. ISBN 978-0-7305-6206-1. Published by Te Papa Press. Recommended retail price.

This catalogue is a superb reminder of the taonga (treasures) that were shown to national and international acclaim in the Te Mäori exhibition of 1983–87. In fully illustrated essays, Mäori write about the meaning of the taonga and about their myths, culture, and society. More than 100 photographs take you back in time. Each photograph – whether of an exquisite carving, tiki (pendant), or kōauau (flute) – tells a story. If you missed the Te Mäori exhibition, are interested in Mäori history, or just delight in a story, this beautiful catalogue is for you.

Taonga Maori: Icons from Te Papa. ISBN 1-877385-23-9. Published by Te Papa Press. Recommended retail price.

A selection of treasured items from Te Papa's collection of taonga Maori - precious cultural treasures of the indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Here are ancient treasures from our many iwi (tribes). These rare hei tiki, significant carved buildings and figures, and richly feathered cloaks illustrate traditional Maori life. Alongside these are pieces by contemporary Maori artists that show a powerful spiritual and genealogical engagement with past. Each piece is photographed in full color and accompanied by a lively, informative description. Softcover, 108 pages. Published in 2006.

Tattooed Land, The by Barry Brailsford.  ISBN 0958350228. Published by StonePrint Press. Recommended retail price $48.

The Tattooed Land shares the secrets carved into the land itself. This much sought after book is republished as a completely revised edition that encompasses the author’s latest research. It now spans 2,000 years of settlement of the South Island of New Zealand, based on detailed archaeological surveys of pa, gardens, villages and trails, the ancient lore and knowledge of the first peoples, and historical documents. It opens doors to a deeper understanding of the broader history of New Zealand.

Hundreds of visuals, consisting of maps, sketches, diagrams and photographs, take us on to the land to reawaken the past and bequeath to this generation some of its many gifts.

“Barry Brailsford has produced an extraordinary book" Jill Hamill, NZ. Archaeologist

“Gives the landscape of the South Island new meaning" Sir Stephen O’Regan. Hard cover, 262 pages. Published in 1997.

Treasures From the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa . ISBN 1877385123. Published by Te Papa Press. Recommended retail price $34.95.

Te Papa is New Zealand’s bold and innovative national museum and home to the country’s richest collections.

In this book are hundreds of collection items from taonga prized by many Maori iwi to centuries of art from Europe and New Zealand, significant historical pieces, art and objects from the Pacific , and many of the extraordinary animals and plants that make up our natural environment.  Over 300 beautiful full-color photographs and informative, lively captions bring these fascinating objects and animals to life.  From the rare to the familiar, this is a cabinet of true New Zealand treasures for all readers to enjoy. Soft cover, 220 pages. Published in 2005.          

Treaty Issues by Walter Christie.  ISBN 0473043076. Published by Wyvern Press. Recommended retail price $18.95.

This book reviews a situation fraught with misunderstandings and misconstrued meanings. The author claims that vital historical evidence is excluded, and is misleading about the most important Treaty of New Zealand.  In early chapters he looks at what he describes as the Partnership Fallacy. Did the Treaty form the basis of a sovereignty partnership or did it signify that a majority of Maori chiefs accepted, for their people, being governed by Britain through the person of a Governor? That they did so accept, the author supports in a number of ways, using evidence from many top sources, some of which have not been brought to public attention for over half a century.

The author devotes attention to linguistic issues, which are vital. He examines pivotal terms, such as sovereignty and rangatiratanga, and he reviews each section of the Treaty, in both Maori and English. Later chapters discuss how Maoris familiarized themselves with Western society; matters concerning land; the rise of the Ratana Movement, the role of the Court of Appeal and the Waitangi Tribunal.   For sixty years, the author says, the parties of Labour and National have led the country ‘down a contrary byway’, until it is now at a ‘threshold of reform.’

The book concludes with an all-important chapter which looks ahead at the possible, future developments, and calls for a New Zealand free from the prejudices of the past – be they of gender,, ethnicity, religion or stemming from prior political conflicts.

Walter Christie was born in Gisborne in 1926. Walter attended the Wellington Technical College in 1940-41 and in 1942 was apprenticed to Philips. He attended night classes in radio theory and similarly passed School Certificate. He played rugby for Onslow and rowed for the Wellington club. He was in the RNZAF for most of 1945 and later trained as a primary teacher. He taught at Khandallah, Lower Hutt and Berhampore. He took three years to see the North Island, doing scrub cutting, fencing, forestry work, bridge building and working on the reconstruction of the Opua Wharf.He resumed teaching at Edgecumbe, was sole-teacher at Matira, deputy principal at Mt. Albert and graduated BA. He was Director of Education at Niue and once back in New Zealand taught at Manurewa, Netherton and Auckland where he retired as principal in 1986.

From wide observation he had seen that not all was well, politically, with New Zealand, so in retirement took up the study of its history with emphasis on politics, economics, finances and sociology. He arrived at the conviction that the Treaty did not mean what politicians accepted. Treaty Issues is the outcome of his work.  Soft cover, 188 pages. Published in 1997.

Te Whanau: A Celebration of Te Whanau O Waipareira by Bronwen Christianos. ISBN 0473072289. Recommended retail price $19.95

How do Maori assert themselves economically, socially and culturally in the highly competitive environment of the 21st century technological revolution? Is it possible for traditional social structures to survive in an increasingly urbanized world that is moving at an ever-faster pace? How do indigenous peoples compete for their share of the opportunities and wealth that abound in a 'developed' society, without sacrificing the things they hold sacred?

From the 1950s to the 1970s, Maori in Aotearoa New Zealand underwent what was possibly one of the most rapid urbanizations of any indigenous people in history. The migration from rural areas to the cities was accompanied by immense long-term social consequences, ranging from the fragmentation of traditional tribal and family groupings to a profound sense of dislocation from whanau, iwi, the land and even the Maori language.

Statistics and social indicators showed (and continue to show) Maori disproportionately represented at the "bottom of the heap." For decades, each new government promised to address the problem and subsequently left little more than a cosmetic make-over in 'Maori affairs.' Successive generations of Maori were unable to speak their own language, and many had little idea of their own whakapapa or lineage.

While the Government was earnestly addressing Treaty of Waitangi issues in the 1990s, a tectonic shift in thinking was taking place, with the shockwaves emanating from Waitakere City in West Auckland. What would happen if a pan-tribal, city-based whanau took responsibility for their own economic and social development, building complex, sophisticated business networks and social support systems? Was it possible to take the best of both worlds, the profit-oriented capitalist system and integrate this with caring, people-centered traditional structures?

Te Whanau O Waipareira is the response to and the result of this fresh thinking. The wairua or spirit of the whanau or extended family is centered on Hoani Waititi Marae while the organization has expanded from Waitakere City, with a structure and dynamic similar to that of the World Wide Web. The outlook is inclusive and expansive instead of insular and defensive.

The book you aar reading about is no dry history. Rather it is the story of Waipareira, as told in their own words by the participants. The success of Waipareira is offered as a model to other organizations, not only of indigenous peoples but any group or business. If you have ever offered a comment about "what they should do" or "what we must do" to get things right, you are invited to become acquainted with Te Whanau to get a sense of the positive thinking and inspired work originating with this committed and dedicated group of people who share an exciting vision of their journey together to the future.

Waking Up in Strange Places by John Bluck.  ISBN 1-877161-72-1.  Published by Hazard Press. Recommended retail price $15.

As the century changes, a sense of place is vital for New Zealanders, both Pakeha and Maori. But discovering somewhere to really belong can’t be found prepackaged anywhere. John Bluck takes us on a journey through a series of locations which, have helped to build his sense of place: Nuhaka, Napier, Christchurch, Boston, Gisborne, Auckland, Geneva, Africa, Europe, Dunedin and the little settlement of Blackball on the West Coast. He describes, with rare insight, the physical and emotional landscape of each town and country - the people he encountered and the events he experienced. But this is more than one man’s personal voyage; the markers on John Bluck’s road reveal new ways for us to see where we stand, in this country and in the world, and to recognize the places that give us a sense of belonging. John Bluck’s last book was Long, White and Cloudy: the search for a Kiwi spirituality. This more personal account offers great rewards to anyone who has ever gone in search of a place to call their own. Soft cover, 124 pages. Published in 1999.

Whare Kohanga and its Lore, The by Elsdon Best. Published by Te Papa Publishers. ISBN 0909010331. Recommended retail price $19.95.

Maori lore from Elsdon Best; includes information about birth and birth rites and other aspects of Maori culture.

Hard cover, 93 pages, 1975 (first published 1929)


Whispers of Waitaha: Traditions of a Nation by Makere and Te Porohau Ruka Te Korako.  ISBN 0958254106. Published by Wharariki Publishing Company. Recommended retail price $84.95.


Our elder grandmothers instructed the teachers of the families to: “hide our nation, hide our information, hide our belief systems in the wananga of silence, to wait the time of Tumatawera…”

The teachers kept everything hidden in the mokopuna.  The grandchild became the nation’s library and all information was concealed inside the minds of the mokouna.

The patterns of life, the patterns of the universe and the patterns of the families were faithfully transferred across into the mokopuna for the future in the time of Tumatawerra.

The wisdom keepers had seen in the smoke of the ritual fires the “strangers”, making huge changes in the way life would be controlled in Waitangi-ki-Raro.  No prayers would again be sent to Io the parentless creator both male and female in essence.  No gathering as elder teachers in public.  No elder teacher practices and no gatherings of our people.  Fear had come with the stranger.

Tahana Rerenga o Io had come and gone in his universal flight in the heavens measuring the time of the coming of Tumatawera and our people dreamed the dream of freedom from the fear in the stranger.

Grandmothers of Waitaha, helped farewell their husbands and sons into the fiery wars of the stranger, not once but many times in the name of civilization and support of the strangers realm.  So the grandmothers whispered into the one hundred and many years since the stranger came.

Grandmother Ivy Elizabeth McAnergney, nee Baird, of the family of Ngati Rakai and Ngati Pakau in the summer of 1999 stated quietly to those gathered around her.

“It is time for Waitaha to step out of the shadows and to walk tall like our ancestors did…”

It is now the time of Tumatawera, and the laws of the land have become softer to the voices of the grandmothers of Waitaha allowing the teachings of our ancestors to be written for the benefit of our children and our grandchildren.

Whispers of Waitaha: Traditions of a Nation tells simply of the oral transfer of information from grandparent to grandchild.  This transfer, allowing for the “moko”, design and the “puna”, pool, to hold onto not only the physical attributes of transfer, but for the grandchild to become aware of the great pools of memory that reside universally.

These pools of memory and experience are accessed by the mokopuna, grandchild with the appropriate psychological, geological, biological and spiritual keys, within the safety and structure of the teachings.

Our wisdom keepers have long realized and teach continually that we will never lose our story, therefore we will never lose our dream of the guture.  And the grandmothers smile and whisper,

“When gentleness and kindness are given us, plant the thoughts of love in your garden within you and speak of the warmth that surrounds the thoughts of love to them.”

For you are Waitaha and you are of the moko and puna of the universe. Hard cover, 334 pages. Published in 2006.

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Will to Kill: The Barlow trial and other notable New Zealand murders by Fred McLean. Published by IPL Transpress.
ISBN 0908876025. Recommended retail price $15.95.

On a fine summer evening in 1994, businessmen Eugene Thomas and Gene Thomas were gunned down in their Wellington offices in a mysterious 'gangland' style slaying. The police's principal suspect, John Robert Barlow, was to undergo three controversial trials for their murder before being finally convicted the following year. Fred McLean here examines the facts and myths of this and 15 other solved and unsolved New Zealand murders, including:

¨ The Ormondville massacre
¨ The Mangeweka massacre
¨ The case of Dennis Gunn, the first person to be convicted solely on fingerprint evidence
¨ The saga of Westland mass-murderer Stan Graham
¨ The unsolved case of the murder of homosexual Miles Herbert Radcliffe
¨ The enigma of Marie Emily West
¨ The infamous case of teenage schoolfriends Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker who bashed Pauline's mother to death with a rock in a stocking in a Christchurch park (subject of the film Heavenly Creatures)
¨ The trial of "teenage dominatrix" Renee Chignell and her boyfriend for the murder of connoisseur sado-masochist Peter Plumley Walker
¨ The Aramoana massacre of 1990 in which 13 people were shot dead through the actions of a "survivalist" gunman.

Soft cover, 184 pages.

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He Waiata Onaata: Songs from the Past

Journeys Into the Mystery by Gary Cook

New Zealand Education and Treatyism by Walter Christie

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