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AS PUBLISHERS of a wide range of books on New Zealand and the Pacific we give special emphasis to social history, natural history and the arts. Otago University Press also publishes Landfall, New Zealand's leading journal of new art and writing.


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fitz cover imageFitz:
The Colonial Adventures of James Edward FitzGerald

Jenifer Roberts

The story of James Edward FitzGerald, whose energy and enthusiasm contributed so much to the early history of Christchurch. Orator, writer, politician and journalist, he was the first Canterbury Pilgrim to set foot in New Zealand, first superintendent of the province of Canterbury, first leader of the general government, and founder of the Press newspaper.
From his early years in the Anglo-Irish gentry of England to his old age as auditor-general of the colony, FITZ is a gripping biography that reads like a novel, breathing new life into the extraordinary man who played a major role in public life through fifty years of New Zealand history.

Paperback, 400 pp, illustrated throughout, ISBN 978-1-877578-73-1, $40


white clock cover imageThe White Clock
New poems

Owen Marshall

Delving both into ‘the worlds of the mind’ and ‘where he happens to be’, Owen Marshall brings us poetry that is steeped in the Classics, history and literature, and yet is alive with the vivid particulars of damp duffle-coats and hot-air balloons, beer and bicycles, willows and skylarks, kauri gum and limestone tunnels.
Marshall’s work, taut with aphorisms, mining the philosophical, is nevertheless understated and wry. It is as likely to explore the nature of enduring love and the sacrifices made to adhere to a personal morality, as it is to delight in the image of a small child’s animal élan on a trampoline.
With a crisply erudite vocabulary, yet a direct and lucid manner, Marshall takes us from Gorbio to Nelson, from Turkey to St Bathans, from Richard III to resentful schoolboys on detention; from intimate endearments to a portrait of the disillusioned guy in the pub cover band. His dry, even acerbic humour and verbal control effect a keen-eyed watch on any melancholia and despair that grow out of staring too long into the fire of human folly.

Paperback, 94 pp, ISBN 978-1-877578-63-2, $25


flying kiwis cover imageFlying Kiwis
A history of the OE

Jude Wilson

Leaving home to see the world is something that succeeding generations of young New Zealanders have done in ever-increasing numbers. ‘Overseas experience’ or the ‘OE’ has been the topic of countless individual travel accounts, and has provided the subject matter for plays, films and novels. Until now, there hasn’t been a history of the OE.
Based on the oral accounts of several hundred travellers, across all seven decades of the OE, this vibrant history shows how the OE has changed over time. Well illustrated with the ephemera of popular culture surrounding youth travel, the book traces the emergence of the OE and the transport, media and other networks that have supported it.
Flying Kiwis is an essential read for anyone who has arrived in London with a few dollars and the address of a friend’s cousin.

Paperback, 296 pp, full colour, ISBN 978-1-877578-26-7, $45


pills and potions cover imagePills and Potions
at the Cotter Medical History Trust

Claire Le Couteur

Gauze containing ‘double cyanide of mercury and zinc’ … Fletcher’s Phosphatonic to ‘put your nerves right in a jiffy’…
In this fascinating and by turns alarming book, Claire Le Couteur has researched the background to some of the popular medical remedies in New Zealand’s medical history, based on items found in the collection of the Cotter Medical History Trust.
The Cotter Trust was established in Christchurch by retired surgeon Pat Cotter, with the aim ‘to collect, preserve and display artefacts of a medical nature’. It now holds the largest collection in the country of biographical notes of doctors, dentists, technical, managerial, administrative and nursing staff who have worked in Canterbury. This is augmented by a museum of historical medical implements and equipment, medicines and pharmacy equipment, photographs, documents, memorabilia and books …
Pills & Potions is a collector’s dream.

Paperback, 108 pp, colour throughout, ISBN 978-1-877578-57-1, $25
February 2014


kerikeri cover imageKerikeri Mission Station
and Kororipo Pā

Angela Middleton

A concise guide to the Kerikeri mission from its inception in 1819 until 1845, when it became a secular settlement and the Stone Store was sold to private owners. It includes a discussion of missionaries and Māori who were involved with the mission, including people such as Hongi Hika, Rewa and Moka.
The book is richly illustrated with photographs from the Kemp House and Stone Store collections of artefacts and objects, once in daily use. It contains a discussion and illustrations of the store accounts, revealing details of daily life at the mission – what food, clothing, tools and other goods were available, where they came from and who they were distributed to.

Paperback, 76 pp, ISBN 978-1-877578-34-2, $29.95
December 2013


unpacking the kists cover imageUnpacking the Kists
The Scots in New Zealand

Brad Patterson, Tom Brooking and Jim McAloon

Historians have suggested that Scottish influences are more pervasive in New Zealand than in any other country outside Scotland, yet curiously New Zealand’s Scots migrants have previously attracted only limited attention. A thorough and interdisciplinary work, Unpacking the Kists is the first in-depth study of New Zealand’s Scots migrants and their impact on an evolving settler society.
The authors establish the dimensions of Scottish migration to New Zealand, the principal source areas, the migrants’ demographic characteristics and where they settled in the new land. Drawing from extended case studies, they examine how migrants adapted to their new environment and the extent of influence in diverse areas including the economy, religion, politics, education and folkways. They also look at the private worlds of family, neighbourhood and community, customs of everyday life and leisure pursuits, and expressions of both high and low forms of transplanted culture.
Contributing to international scholarship on migrations and cultural adaptations, Unpacking the Kists demonstrates the historic contributions Scots made to New Zealand culture by retaining their ethnic connections and at the same time interacting with other ethnic groups.

Hardback, 412 pp, ISBN 978-1-877578-67-0, $70
December 2013


among secret beauties cover imageAmong Secret Beauties
A memoir of mountaineering in New Zealand and the Himalayas

Brian Wilkins

Climbing entered the world stage in the 1950s: this was the era that produced not only Sir Edmund Hillary but a strong body of world-class New Zealand climbers. In this important and dramatic book Brian Wilkins, who was part of the adventure, shares his experiences of climbing in the Southern Alps and the Himalayas.
During the New Zealand Alpine Club expedition to the Himalayas in 1954, the year after Everest, Wilkins was the climber most closely associated with Hillary. Hillary’s two narrow escapes from death during the expedition saw Wilkins in a unique position to gauge the character and actions of this legendary figure at a formative stage in the famous climber’s career.
Wilkins’ New Zealand climbing includes the first ascent of the northeast ridge of Mt Aspiring, a gripping drama of survival and human endurance and a test of the ethics of mountaineering.
In this account he also submits the writings of his contemporaries to robust critical attention, writing with warm gentle humour, honesty and insight.

Paperback, 220 pp, colour photos throughout, ISBN 978-1-877578-48-9, $45
December 2013


ara mai cover imageAra Mai he Tētēkura
Visioning Our Futures
New and emerging pathways of Māori
academic leadership

Edited by Paul Whitinui, Marewa Glover & Dan Hikuroa

With less than 2 per cent of the total Māori population holding a doctorate, the need for Māori leadership planning in academia has never been greater. The purpose of this book is to present the experiences of new and emerging Māori academics as a guide for others aspiring to follow.
In 2010 Professor Sir Mason Durie oversaw the creation of the Te Manu Ao Academy at Massey University, designed to advance Māori academic leadership. In partnership with Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, the course looked to develop participants' thinking around effective leadership principles, values and ideas.
This book grew from that programme, in response to the need to create the space for new and emerging Māori academic leaders to speak openly about what leadership means both personally and professionally.

…a significant publication that gives just cause for optimism … for Māori futures …
Emeritus Professor Sir Mason Durie

Paperback, 176 pp, ISBN 978-1-877578-60-1, $30
November 2013


refuge cover imageRefuge New Zealand
A nation's response to refugees and asylum seekers

Ann Beaglehole

Unlike people who choose to migrate in search of new opportunities, migrants to leave their homeland. Typically, they are escaping war and persecution because of their ethnicity, their religion or their political beliefs. Since 1840, New Zealand has given refuge to thousands of people from Europe, South America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
Refuge New Zealand examines New Zealand's response to refugees and asylum seekers in an historical context. Which groups and categories have been chosen, and why? Who has been kept out and why? How has public policy governing refugee immigration changed over time?
Aspects of New Zealand's response to refugees and asylum seekers considered in the book include: the careful selection of refugee settlers to ensure they will 'fit in'; the preference for 'people like us' and the exclusion of so-called 'race aliens'; the desire for children, especially orphans; responses to the increasing diversity of refugee intakes; the balance between humanitarian, economic and political considerations; and the refugee-like situation of Maori.
As the book also shows, refugees and asylum seekers from overseas have not been the country's only refugees. War, land confiscations and European settlement had made refugees of Maori in the nineteenth and early twentieth century, with displacement and land loss contributing to subsequent Maori social and economic deprivation.


Paperback, c.276 pp, ISBN 978-1-877578-50-2, $45
November 2013


Landfall 226 coverLandfall 226: Heaven and Hell

Edited by David Eggleton

•Some of the best contemporary imaginative local writing from established New Zealand writers and some newer, more provocative talents

•Artwork by painter Liz Maw, sculptor Lonnie Hutchinson and printmaker Marian Maguire

•Contains the winning entry in the 2013 Landfall Essay Competition and announces the winner of the 2013 Kathleen Grattan Poetry Award

Paperback, 208 pp, 16 in colour, ISBN 978-1-877578-45-8, $30
November 2013


Making a new Land cover imageMaking a New Land
Environmental histories of New Zealand

(New edition)

Edited by Eric Pawson & Tom Brooking

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 New 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.

Paperback, 396 pp, illustrated, ISBN 978-1-877578-52-6, $50
November 2013


peace cover imagePeace, Power & Politics
How New Zealand became nuclear free

Maire Leadbeater

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 Elsie 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.

Paperback, 292 pp, over 200 images, ISBN 978-1-877578-58-8, $55, November 2013


creature comforts cover imageCreature Comforts
New Zealanders and their pets: An illustrated history

Nancy Swarbrick

New Zealand has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world – in 2011, 68 per cent of all Kiwi households had at least one pet: almost half had a cat and nearly a third had a dog. Yet until now no book has explored how pets came to be such an integral part of the New Zealand way of life.
Creature Comforts does just this. By chronicling the major events and ideas that have shaped pet keeping in New Zealand, this fascinating and entertaining book explains the strong relationship we have with our animal friends, and how this has changed over time. It looks at the social impact of fanciers’ organisations, the moral influence of the SPCA and other animal welfare groups, the educational role of calf clubs, and the questions raised by animal rights activists. Along the way, it tells the stories of some memorable companion animals.
The book is beautifully illustrated and includes many previously unpublished historical images.

Paperback, 292 pp, full colour, ISBN 978-1-877578-61-8, $55, November 2013


cover brasch journalsCharles Brasch
Journals 1938–1945

For most of his adult life, Charles Brasch’s most intimate companion was his diary. In these journals, written in London during the Second World War, he is a young man searching for answers. Is he a pacifist? Should he join the army? Is he homosexual? Should he marry? Should he return home to New Zealand when the war ends? Are his poems any good? Some questions are resolved in the course of the journals, others not, but it all makes compelling reading. So, too, do the people we meet in these pages: kith and kin, conscientious objectors, civil servants working at Bletchley Park (as Brasch was to), members of the Adelphi Players, fellow fire wardens, refugees from Europe, and artists and writers both English and Kiwi. As Rachel Barrowman writes in her introductory essay, on his return home Brasch was to hold ‘a central place in New Zealand literary life for two decades’, as founder of Landfall, and as patron, mentor and writer. In these splendid journals, he prepares for that role.

'I have to think about my return to NZ & the possibility of living there; the thought of it haunts me, part vision, part nightmare …' Charles Brasch, 21.6.42

Hardback, 648 pp, ISBN 978-1-877372-84-1, $60, October 2013


cover image ecosanctuariesEcosanctuaries
Communities building a future for NZ’s threatened ecologies

Diane Campbell-Hunt with Colin Campbell-Hunt

Over the past 10 years many communities around the country have launched ambitious projects to bring New Zealand’s native ecologies back to the mainland. By building predatorproof fences around big areas of land the aim is to protect native flora and fauna from introduced predators such as possums, mice, rats and stoats.
These projects have faced a difficult balancing act as they try to build and sustain the social and economic support needed.
Diane Campbell-Hunt was two years into a study of the long-term sustainability of these ventures when she was tragically killed in a tramping accident in 2008. Her work had assembled the experience of a wide range of people involved with these projects – volunteers, DOC staff, trustees, iwi, employees, community leaders and project champions.
After Diane’s death, her husband Colin took up the challenge to write up her research, and Ecosanctuaries is the result.

Paperback, 286 pp, ISBN 978-1-877578-56-4, $40, October 2013


childhoods cover imageChildhoods
Growing up in Aotearoa New Zealand

Edited by Nancy Higgins & Claire Freeman

Children are citizens with autonomy and rights identified by international agencies and United Nations conventions, but these rights are not readily enforceable. Some of the worst levels of child poverty and poor health in the OECD, as well as exceptionally high child suicide rates, exist in Aotearoa New Zealand today. More than a quarter of children are experiencing a childhood of hardship and deprivation in a context of high levels of inequality. Maori children face particular challenges.
In a country that characterises itself as ‘a good place to bring up children’, this is of major concern. The essays in this book are by leading researchers from several disciplines and focus on all of our children and young people, exploring such topics as the environment (economic, social and natural), social justice, children’s voices and rights, the identity issues they experience and the impact of rapid societal change. What children themselves have to say is insightful and often deeply moving.

Paperback, 344 pp, colour photos,
ISBN 978-1-877578-49-6, $50, Australasian edition, September 2013


lange coverA Rising Tide
Evangelical Christianity in New Zealand 1930–65

Stuart M. Lange

•A new history about New Zealand Christianity

In New Zealand, evangelical Christianity has always played a significant role. This book explores the fascinating story of the resurgence of evangelical Protestantism in the 1950s and 60s, and its pre-war origins.
The story focuses especially on evangelicals in the mainstream churches, in the universities, and in evangelical organisations. It is about the leading personalities, and the ideas that moved them, during a period when a moderate British-style evangelicalism was paramount.
The story of evangelical Protestantism has been extensively written about by historians in Britain and the US. This important book helps tell the New Zealand part of that story.

Paperback, 600 pp, ISBN 978-1-877578-55-7, $40, September 2013


Meikle cover imageReconstructing Faces

The art and wartime surgery of Gillies, Pickerill, McIndoe and Mowlem

Murray C. Meikle

The two world wars played an important role in the evolution of plastic and maxillofacial surgery in the first half of the 20th century. This book is about four of the key figures involved. Sir Harold Gillies and Sir Archibald McIndoe were born in Dunedin; McIndoe and Rainsford Mowlem studied medicine at the University of Otago Medical School, and Henry Pickerill was foundation Dean of the University of Otago Dental School.
The author describes how these surgeons revolutionised plastic surgery and the treatment of facial trauma, working on soldiers, fighter pilots and civilians disfigured by bombs, shrapnel and burns. Eventually Gillies et al. were supported by a vast surgical enterprise that included surgeons, dentists, anaesthetists, artists and photographers, nurses and orderlies.
The text is fully illustrated with photos, drawings and case notes by the surgeons and war artists at military hospitals at Boulogne-sur-Mer, Aldershot and Sidcup in the First World War, and civilian hospitals at East Grinstead, Basingstoke and Hill End in the Second. The book includes a DVD of Rainsford Mowlem performing a variety of plastic operations in 1945.
This book is a must for anyone interested in the history of medicine and the treatment of casualties in the two world wars.

Hardback, 264 pp, ISBN 978-1-877578-39-7, $60, August 2013


Pacific Identities coverPacific Identities and Well-being

Cross-cultural perspectives

Edited by Margaret Agee, Tracey McIntosh, Philip Culbertson, Cabrini ‘Ofa Makasiale

This anthology addresses the mental health and therapeutic needs of Polynesian and Melanesian people and the scarcity of resources for those working with them. It is divided into four parts – Identity, Therapeutic Practice, Death and Dying, Reflexive Practice – that approach the concerns of Maori, Samoans, Tongans, Fijians and people from Tuvalu and Tokelau. Contributors include a wide range of writers, most of who are Maori or Pasifika. Poems by Serie Barford, Selina Tusitala Marsh and Tracey Tawhiao introduce each section.
As Pasifika populations expand, so do the issues generated by colonisation, intermarriage, assimilation, socioeconomic insecurity and international migration. The stresses of adolescence, identity, families, death and spirituality are all explored here in innovative research that offers a wealth of inspiration and ideas to supportive family, friends and practitioners.

Paperback, 330 pp, ISBN 978-1-877578-35-9, $45, Australasian edition, July 2013


Cover of Being a Doctor

Being a Doctor
Understanding Medical Practice

Hamish Wilson & Wayne Cunningham

  • For doctors in practice, students and doctors in training

  • Foreword by Dr Glenn Colquhoun

Sometimes caring for patients can leave clinicians feeling overwhelmed with the daily tasks of doctoring. As an antidote, this book explores principles and assumptions of modern medicine seldom taught in medical school. Starting with the meaning of suffering and how the ‘science’ of medicine has evolved, the authors use many clinical stories to provide a fresh perspective on the work and roles of the modern doctor.

Paperback, 276 pp, ISBN 978 1 877578 36 6, $35, June 2013


Diplomatic Ladies diplomatic ladies cover
New Zealand's Unsung Envoys

Joanna Woods

Diplomatic Ladies tells the inside story of New Zealand’s diplomatic wives and daughters over a hundred years of diplomacy. Based on private letters, MFAT archives and personal interviews, it records many unknown episodes in New Zealand’s diplomatic history, including the part played by the spouses in Baghdad during the first Gulf War, and the perils faced by diplomatic wives in Saigon and Tehran. It also gives a unique insight into the workings of diplomatic life and the role of the diplomatic hostess.

Paperback, 288 pp., illustrated throughout, ISBN 978 1 877578 30 4, $49.99, December 2012



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