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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For the men and women of the skilled trades in the early 20th century, the skills and
knowledge of their respective crafts were a source of identity and pride. Together with the
so-called unskilled, who built the infrastructure for the new society, these workers laid the
cultural and social foundations of a new and fairer society.
This book uses photographs to show two processes fundamental to creating a new society:
the transformation of swamp into farmland then cityscape, and the transplantation of the
knowledge and skill acquired in the Old World that were essential to building a new world.
Paperback, 176 pp, ISBN 978-1-877578-51-9, $50
The natural history of New Zealand’s wildlife capital
Neville Peat & Brian Patrick
Dunedin city and its environs are home to an amazing range of habitats and landscapes, of
plants, animals, birds, insects and geological features. From the ocean, with its albatrosses and
penguins, to the high alpine zone of inland ranges, this book introduces a magnificent natural
This brand-new fully revised edition of Wild Dunedin includes new and updated
information and stunning new images, including a look at the new jewel in Dunedin’s natural
history crown, Orokonui Ecosanctuary.
A must-read for visitors and Otago residents alike.
Paperback, 156 pp, ISBN 978-1-877578-62-5, $40
The economic reforms launched by the 1984 David Lange-led Labour government changed
New Zealand forever. Agriculture bore the brunt of those changes and Rogernomics, the name
by which the era came to be known, became an historical reference point for the primary
sector: a defining and pivotal moment when financial subsidies abruptly ended and farming
learned to live without government influence, interference or protection.
The changes were more sweeping and wide ranging than anything farmers and farming
had expected. Some adjusted, some did not. Farmers downed tools in protest, many were
forced from their land, families split, there was a spike in suicides and stories spread of
farmers hiding machinery from repossession agents.
Thirty years on, there has been little documentation of what is folklore and what is fact.
This gripping and moving social history, by award-winning agricultural journalist Neal
Wallace, relates the story of a rural sector battered and bruised by rapid change. It traces the period building up to the economic changes by talking to political and sector leaders, and the
most important contribution comes from interviews with those most affected: farmers and
community leaders who recollect and reveal their often very painful experiences.
Paperback, 160 pp, ISBN 978-1-877578-72-4, $30
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 Peter Black and Mark Braunias
• Announces the winners of the Seresin Landfall Residency 2014 and the Caselberg Trust International Poetry Prize 2014
Paperback, 208 pp, 16 in colour, ISBN 978-1-877578-46-5, $30
New poems by
Winner of the Kathleen Grattan Poetry
Cloudboy is a deep-mulling, richly sensitive account of a mother’s adjustments to the needs of an autistic child.
This prize-winning suite of poems grows out of extremes of love and frustration, as the
poet introduces a bright, unpredictable, markedly individual boy to the rigid, often airless
routines of the school system.
Any empathetic parent knows the fears and anxieties of sending a young child into
the world of other children, their casual cruelties and dreamy naivety. Each concern is
exponentially increased when a child’s educational and emotional needs set them apart.
Cloudboy writes his own version of Genesis; he invents a new language; he sketches intricate
maps; he reads Aristotle and develops an obsession with Dr Who; he interrupts; he sways; his
‘fists come clenched and swinging’. To onlookers, Cloudboy seems troubled, trouble.
Cirrus, cumulus, arcus, stratus: cloud forms speak to Harvey of the phases of the mother–child bond; the mood-swings and leaps of her child’s mind; the mutability of personality;
the attraction and evaporation of human kindness; presence and absence; reverie and
forgetfulness; the intensity and yet bittersweet transience of early childhood.
With a limber, gorgeously metamorphic sense of sculptural and sonic aspects of poetic
form, this book is a tender and detailed atlas of a child’s imaginative potential. Yet one of
the most remarkable gifts it reveals for us readers is Cloudmother’s own finely calibrated
Paperback, 80 pp, ISBN 978-1-877578-80-9, $25
New poems by Kay McKenzie Cooke
Using the extraordinary capacity of music to revive the places and people from our pasts,
this poetic memoir springs from over 50 song titles or song lines and spans more than four
Laconic, wry, subtly philosophical, Kay McKenzie Cooke’s new collection carries us from
her rural Southland girlhood in the 1950s and 60s to the bitter pressures of adopting out her
baby as a teenager in the 1970s, and to her present as grandmother, mother, wife and author.
A plain-spoken honesty, a sensitivity to the natural world, a gentle humour, a deep sense
of how the richness of our relationships lodges in ordinary rituals and routines: all combine
in a quietly moving autobiography.
Born to a Red-Headed Woman is documentary, vivid, ever grounded in the workaday
detail of farming, the changing decades, family, city life and job. Yet at times the language
peels right back to the tender nerve of major, formative losses.
If Cooke’s observations of the daily are the simple melodic lines that seem to coast on the
surface, beneath that runs a rich bass line of meditation on time, on meaning, how to live a
life true to oneself, and to familial love.
Paperback, 72 pp, ISBN 978-1-877578-87-8, $25
and other poetic novellas
Cilla McQueen was New Zealand Poet Laureate 2009–11. One of her writing projects during
her time as laureate was Serial, which she described as ‘exploring a space between prose and
poetry’. It was published in chapters on the Poet Laureate website.
Retitled Edwin’s Egg and other poetic novellas, this work is now published for the first time
in hard-copy format, combining McQueen’s evocative text with wonderful images from the
collection of the Alexander Turnbull Library.
Published in association with the Alexander Turnbull Library
8 slim volumes in a slipcase, 264 pp, ISBN 978-1-877578-13-7, $39.95
The Colonial Adventures of James Edward FitzGerald
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
Paperback, 400 pp, illustrated throughout, ISBN 978-1-877578-73-1, $40
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
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
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
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
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
Hardback, 412 pp, ISBN 978-1-877578-67-0, $70
Among Secret Beauties
A memoir of mountaineering in New Zealand and the Himalayas
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
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
Ara Mai he Tētēkura
Visioning Our Futures
New and emerging pathways of Māori
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
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
ISBN 978-1-877578-60-1, $30
Refuge New Zealand
A nation's response to refugees and asylum seekers
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
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
208 pp, 16 in colour,
ISBN 978-1-877578-45-8, $30
Making a New Land
Environmental histories of New Zealand
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
The book is well illustrated with photographs, maps, cartoons and other graphics.
Paperback, 396 pp, illustrated, ISBN 978-1-877578-52-6, $50
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
Paperback, 292 pp,
over 200 images,
ISBN 978-1-877578-58-8, $55, November 2013
New Zealanders and
An illustrated history
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
292 pp, full colour,
ISBN 978-1-877578-61-8, $55, November 2013
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
Communities building a future for
NZ’s threatened ecologies
Diane Campbell-Hunt with
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
Growing up in Aotearoa
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,
ISBN 978-1-877578-49-6, $50,
Australasian edition, September 2013
A 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,
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
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
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
Hamish Wilson & Wayne Cunningham
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 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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