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.
Edited by Annabel Cooper, Lachy Paterson and Angela Wanhalla
The Lives of Colonial Objects is a sumptuously illustrated and highly readable book about
things, and the stories that unfold when we start to investigate them.
In this collection of 50 essays the authors, including historians, archivists, curators and
Māori scholars, have each chosen an object from New Zealand’s colonial past, and their
examinations open up our history in astonishingly varied ways.
Some are treasured family possessions such as a kahu kiwi, a music album or a
grandmother’s travel diary, and their stories have come down through families. Some, like the
tauihu of a Māori waka, a Samoan kilikiti bat or a flying boat, are housed in museums.
Others – a cannon, a cottage and a country road – inhabit public spaces but they too turn
out to have unexpected histories. Things invite us into the past through their tangible, tactile and
immediate presence: in this collection they serve as 50 paths into New Zealand’s colonial history.
While each chapter is the story of a particular object, The Lives of Colonial Objects as a
whole informs and enriches the colonial history of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Paperback with wide flaps,
full colour, 255 x 225 mm, 376 pp
ISBN 978-1-927322-02-4, $50
IN-STORE: JULY 2015
Migration, Ethnicity, and Madness: New Zealand, 1860–1910 provides a social, cultural, and political history of migration, ethnicity, and madness in New Zealand between 1860 and 1910. Its key aim is to analyse the ways that patients, families, asylum officials, and immigration authorities engaged with the ethnic backgrounds and migration histories and pathways of asylum patients and why. Exploring such issues enables us to appreciate the difficulties that some migrants experienced in their relocation abroad, hardships that are often elided in studies of migration that focus on successful migrant settlement.
Drawing upon lunatic asylum records (including patient casebooks and committal forms), immigration files, Surgeon Superintendents’ reports, Asylum Inspectors’ reports, medical journals and legislation, the book highlights the importance of examining antecedent experiences, the migration process itself, and settlement in the new land as factors that contributed to admission to an asylum. The study also raises broader themes beyond the asylum of discrimination, exclusion, segregation, and marginalisation, issues that are as
evident in society today as in the past.
Paperback, 156 x 234 mm, 248 pp, ISBN 978-1-927322-00-0, $45
Available in NZ and Australia only
IN-STORE: JUNE 2015
Dr Thomas Morland Hocken (1836–1910) arrived in Dunedin in 1862, aged 26. Throughout
his busy life as a medical practitioner he amassed books, manuscripts, sketches, maps
and photographs of early New Zealand. Much of his initial collecting focused on the early
discovery narratives of James Cook; along with the writings of Rev. Samuel Marsden and
his contemporaries; Edward Gibbon Wakefield and the New Zealand Company; and Māori,
especially in the south. He gifted his collection to the University of Otago in 1910.
Hocken was a contemporary of New Zealand’s other two notable early book collectors,
Sir George Grey and Alexander Turnbull. In this magnificent piece of research, a companion
volume to his Amassing Treasures for All Times: Sir George Grey, colonial bookman and
collector, Donald Kerr examines Hocken’s collecting activities and his vital contribution to
preserving the history of New Zealand’s early post-contact period.
Jacketed hardback, 155 x 240 mm,
424 pp & 40 pp photos,
ISBN 978-1-877578-66-3, $60
IN-STORE: JUNE 2015
Scots made up nearly 20 per cent of the immigrant population of New Zealand to 1920, yet until the past few years the exact origins of New Zealand’s Scots migrants have remained blurred.
From Alba to Aotearoa establishes for the first time key characteristics of the Scottish migrants arriving between 1840 and 1920, addressing five core questions: From where in Scotland did they come? Who came? When? In what numbers? and Where did they settle?
In addition, this important study addresses, through statistical analysis, issues of internal migration within Scotland, individual and generational occupational mobility, migration among Shetland migrants, and return migration.
From Alba to Aotearoa offers context to the increasing body of studies of the social and cultural history of New Zealand’s Scots, their networks, cultural transfers and identity.
Paperback, 150 x 230 mm,
ISBN 978-1-877578-79-3, $45
IN-STORE: JUNE 2015
Edited by Anna Plumridge
Katherine Mansfield filled the first half of her ‘Urewera Notebook’ during a 1907 camping tour
of the central North Island, shortly before she left New Zealand forever. Her camping notes
offer a rare insight into her attitude to her life at the time, and her country of birth, not in
retrospective fiction but as a 19-year-old still living in the colony.
This publication is the first scholarly edition of the ‘Urewera Notebook’. It provides an
original transcription, a collation of the alternative readings and textual criticism of prior
editors, and new information about the politics, people and places Mansfield encountered
on her journey. As a whole, this edition challenges the debate that has focused on Mansfield’s
happiness or dissatisfaction throughout her last year in New Zealand to reveal a young writer
closely observing aspects of a country hitherto beyond her experience and forming a complex
critique of her colonial homeland.
Hardback, 156 x 234 mm, 128 pp, 20 b&w images
ISBN 978-1-927322-03-1, $49.95
Available in NZ and Australia only
Edited by David Howard
Dunedin poet Iain Lonie (1932–1988), a Cambridge scholar who enjoyed an international reputation as a medical historian, died before his poetry was fully appreciated. He published five slim volumes but his style was not the one that dominated New Zealand poetry at the time. And yet, argues Damian Love in an essay in this volume, ‘To read him now is, for most of us, practically to discover a new resource.’
This collection, assembled from sources public and private, is the result of poet David Howard’s determination to rescue a memorable body of work from oblivion. As well as the poems from Lonie’s published volumes, it includes over a hundred unpublished works, two essays and an extensive commentary.
While his keen interest in mortality was focused by the premature death of his wife Judith (aged 46), Lonie’s poetry is also an attempt to recover the loved in us all. As he eavesdrops on desire and grief he reports back, often wittily, leaving the most poised body of elegiac poetry New Zealand has. For younger poets, Iain Lonie’s poetry has become ‘a place to go on from’.
Jacketed hardback with ribbon, 140 x 210 mm, 392 pp
ISBN 978-1-927322-01-7, $50
Edited by David Eggleton
Still at the very centre of local culture, New Zealand’s liveliest and most important literary magazine returns in 2015 with Landfall 229, showcasing the best of our contemporary writing across a breadth of styles and themes.
Paperback, 215 x 165 mm, 208 pp, 16 in colour ISBN 978-1-877578-90-8, $30
Edited by Judith A. Bennett
Oceanian Journeys and Sojourns focuses on how Pacific Island peoples – Oceanians – think
about a range of journeys near and far: their meanings, motives and implications.
In addition to addressing human mobility in various island locales, these essays deal with
the interconnections of culture, identity and academic research among indigenous Pacific
peoples that have emerged from the contributors’ personal observations and fieldwork
Firmly grounded in the human experience, this edited work offers insights into the
development of new knowledge in and of the Pacific. More than half the authors are
themselves Oceanians and five of twelve essays are by island women.
Likely audiences: University students and academics as well as government and aid agencies in
and around the Pacific region. Universities, students, bureaucrats and advisers to government
and aid donors are likely purchasers.
Paperback, 160 x 240 mm,
ISBN 978-1-877578-88-5, $45
200 years of contact and change
Tiny Niue lies alone in the south Pacific, a single island with formidable cliffs rising from the
deep ocean. Far from the main shipping routes and with a daunting reputation, ‘Savage Island’
did not naturally invite visitors.
Yet Niue has a surprisingly rich history of contact, from the brief landings by James Cook
in 1774 through to the nineteenth-century visits by whalers, traders and missionaries, and
into the twentieth century when New Zealand extended its territory to include the Cook
Islands and Niue.
To date, this story has not been told. Using a wide range of archival material from
Niue, New Zealand, Australia and Britain, Margaret Pointer places Niue centre stage in an
entertaining and thoroughly readable account of this island nation through to 1974, when
Niue became self-governing.
As important as the written story is the visual record, and many remarkable images are
published here for the first time. Together, text and images unravel a fascinating and colourful
Pacific story of Nukututaha, the island that stands alone.
Paperback, 170 x 245 mm, 384 pp, full colour,
ISBN 978-1-877578-95-3, $50. Not available in US
Chosen by Alan Roddick
Charles Brasch (1909–1973) was the founder and first editor of Landfall, New Zealand’s
premier journal of literature and ideas.
Born in Dunedin, he grew up to be at home in the literature, art and architecture of
Europe, but returned to devote his life to the arts in his own country – as editor, critic,
collector and patron.
Brasch’s vocation, however, was to be a poet. As he said in his memoir Indirections, in
writing poems he ‘discovered New Zealand
because New Zealand lived in me as no other
country could live, part of myself as I was part of it, the world I breathed and wore from birth,
my seeing and my language.’
This selection shows his journey of discovery, as Charles Brasch learned by reading poets
such as Rilke, W.B. Yeats and Robert Graves to find his own voice as ‘a citizen of the English
It is presented as a beautifully bound cased edition.
Hardback, 210 x 140 mm, Endpapers and ribbon, 152 pp
ISBN 978-1-877578-05-2, $35
To feel safe and sacred in this world, I need to treasure the sanctuary within me
Sanctuary: The discovery of wonder is an engaging and moving book full of spiritual insight,
wisdom and warmth. It is the result of a decade of exploration and contemplation of the
concept of sanctuary by Julie Leibrich, a poet and writer, formerly a research psychologist and
Mental Health Commissioner.
Sanctuary is written in a way that happily combines reason and imagination, poetry and
critical thinking, knowledge and originality, producing a highly readable and rewarding book.
Sanctuary cuts across genres: at once a spiritual memoir; a collection of personal journal
entries and brief discourses; and a window into the views of influential writers, thinkers and
poets, and of the author’s friends and acquaintances. Julie Leibrich’s life journey has led her to
discover through ‘wondering, wandering and wonderment’ the elements of the world and self
that are most sacred.
Paperback, 200 x 200 mm, 228 pp, full colour, ISBN 978-1-877578-96-0, $40
Edited by Gautam Ghosh & Jacqueline Leckie
Asians and the New Multiculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand presents thought-provoking
new research on New Zealand’s fastest-growing demographic – the geographically, nationally
and historically diverse Asian communities.
What kind of multicultural framework best suits New Zealand’s rapidly expanding ethnic
diversity? Can the Treaty of Waitangi – initially set up to accommodate British settlers and to
recognise the tangata whenua – serve as the basis for New Zealand’s immigration policy in the
new millennium? Could all citizens embrace multiculturalism?
Aotearoa New Zealand is a fusion of indigenous, settler and immigrant populations. This
collection examining Asian communities in Aotearoa highlights the unresolved tensions
between a dynamic biculturalism and the recognition of other ethnic minorities that are
increasingly asserting themselves.
Multiculturalism and Asian-ness are addressed together for the first time in this articulate
addition to the ongoing debate about the population diversity of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Paperback, 152 x 230 mm, 312 pp, colour photos
ISBN 978-1-877578-23-6, $40
This book tells the story of the case of George Gwaze, twice charged and twice acquitted of the rape and murder of his ten-year-old adopted niece, Charlene Makaza.
When Charlene is found unconscious one morning, gasping for breath, with a high fever
and lying in a pool of diarrhoea, her family rush her to the Christchurch 24-hour clinic. She is
treated for overwhelming sepsis and transferred to hospital. Sadly her life cannot be saved and
at 1.00am she dies.
During the course of Charlene’s short illness the diagnosis shifts from infection to
sexual assault and homicide, and her grieving family find themselves publicly engulfed in a
criminal investigation. What unfolds next is a surreal set of events so improbable that they
seem fictitious. Murder that Wasn’t meticulously explores the facts surrounding this case,
based on scientific, medical and court records and individual interviews, to tell this family’s
Paperback, 230 x 150 mm, 180 pp plus 12 pp photos
ISBN 978-1-877578-99-1, $35
The Conch Trumpet calls to the scattered tribes of contemporary New Zealand. It sounds the
signal to listen close, critically and ‘in alert reverie’. David Eggleton’s reach of references, the
marriage of high and low, the grasp of popular and classical allusion, his eye both for cultural
trash and epiphanic beauty, make it seem as if here Shakespeare shakes down in the Pacific.
There are dazzling compressions of history; astonishing paens to harbours, mountains,
lakes and rivers; wrenchingly dark, satirical critiques of contemporary politics, of solipsism,
narcissism, the apolitical, the corporate, with a teeming vocabulary to match. And often too a
sense of the imperative, grounding reality of the phenomenal world – the thisness of things:
Cloud whispers brush daylight’s ear;
fern question-marks form a bush encore;
forlorn heat swings cobbed in webs.
– from ‘Nor’wester Flying’
In this latest collection David Eggleton is court jester/philosopher/lyricist, and a kind
of male Cassandra, roving warningly from primeval swampland to gritty cityscape to the
information and disinformation cybercloud.
Paperback, 170 x 225 mm, 124 pp, ISBN 978-1-877578-93-9, $25
Edited by David Eggleton
Landfall 228 is an event, an occasion: an arts and literary festival between covers.
Offering darting word-play, erudite exploration of culture and literature, and lots of imaginative and critical writing from notable practitioners and new talent, Landfall 228 contains a carousel of exuberant poets, a bureau of unpredictable essayists, a cavalcade of zestful artists, a cluster of fresh and risky prose writers.
Paperback, 215 x 165 mm,
208 pp, 16 in colour
ISBN 978-1-877578-47-2, $30
Bay of Islands Missions and Māori 1814 to 1845
When a small group of three English families were landed in the bay below Rangihoua pā in 1814, under the protection of its chief and inhabitants, the story told in Pēwhairangi began. It is the story of New Zealand’s first permanent European settlement, at Hohi, and the church mission that it represented, and of the other mission communities subsequently established in the Bay of Islands, at Kerikeri, Paihia, Te Puna and Waimate. It is a story of Ngāpuhi and Pākehā engagement, as neighbours, over four decades.
More than anything else, the rich fabric of this book is a story of people: of the chiefs Te Pahi, Ruatara, Hongi Hika, Tāreha, Korokoro, of the missionaries John King, Thomas Kendall, James Kemp, John Butler, George Clarke, William Yate and Henry Williams, of the mastermind Samuel Marsden, and of the wives and children of all these men: Hongi’s wife Turikatuku and daughter Hariata, Hannah King and Hannah Butler, Hone Heke and George Clarke junior, Marianne Williams and Charlotte Kemp. And recording the multiple comings and goings in the Bay were the artists, amateur and professional, whose works supply many of the book’s fine illustrations.
Paperback, 342 pp, full colour, ISBN 978-1-877578-53-3, $50
An Impressionist Portrait
Joel L. Schiff
Dunedin-born artist Grace Joel (1865–1924) exhibited to acclaim in London and Paris, yet she and her art are relatively unknown today.
Joel excelled at portraiture and mother and child studies, and was skilled in portraying the nude. She received her artistic training in Melbourne, and lived for the mature years of her career in London, where her work appeared at the prestigious Royal Academy, as well as the Paris Salon and the Royal Scottish Academy. She also held a number of solo exhibitions at prominent venues in Australasian, English and European cities. Today she is claimed by New Zealand, Australia and Britain.
One possible reason why Joel’s work has not remained visible is that few details of her personal life survive. Only three letters have been found, and they reveal little of the person who wrote them. Undaunted, author Joel (no relation) Schiff has pulled together from the words of her contemporaries, various newspaper accounts, scraps in other historical archives and close study of her extant paintings a portrayal of this talented woman that is as intimate and engaging as her work. He also sets Grace Joel and her work in the times in which she lived, and the artistic communities of which she was a part.
Paperback, 244 pp approx, ISBN 978-1-877578-86-1, $50
The New Zealand kitchen in the 20th century
This engrossing history of the domestic kitchen covers 10 decades that saw our culinary traditions accommodate extraordinary changes in technology and the irresistible process of globalisation. Each chapter surveys the external influences on households and their kitchens, samples the dishes prepared during the decade, and discusses the structure of meals. A study of kitchen equipment and design then closes each chapter, cumulatively revealing more innovation in these aspects than in what we ate.
Kitchens is the culmination of a 10-year research and writing project by anthropologist Helen Leach, supported by the Marsden Fund of the Royal Society of New Zealand, focusing on the material culture of cooking by New Zealanders living in the past two centuries. The project has led to the publication of From Kai to Kiwi Kitchen (2010), The Pavlova Story (with Mary Browne, 2008), The Twelve Cakes of Christmas (with Mary Browne and Raelene Inglis, 2011) and this book.
Paperback, 285 x 215 mm, full colour, 264 pp, ISBN 978-1-877578-37-3, $49.95
A New Zealand woman and her family in England 1916–19
The Diaries of Annie Montgomerie
Edited by Susanna Montgomerie Norris with Anna Rogers
Annie’s War is a remarkable book. There have been many published collections of soldiers’
diaries and letters from the First World War, but never a first-hand account of one New
Zealand family’s life in England during these challenging and frightening years.
When her sons, Oswald and Seton, decided they wanted to serve as pilots, which meant
enlisting in Britain, Annie Montgomerie decreed that the whole family would go too. So from
1916 to 1919 they lived in London, facing Zeppelin attacks, giving hospitality to young New
Zealand friends who left to fight (and sometimes never came back), watching Oswald and
Seton go off to war, and suffering in the influenza epidemic.
Through all this Annie kept a diary, in which she recorded her deep love and concern
for her family, her hatred of the war, her forthright, amusing and proudly Kiwi views on the
English and myriad fascinating details about wartime London life. Annie’s granddaughter,
Susanna Montgomerie Norris, has transcribed and edited this extraordinary account, along
with many letters and diary excerpts from her pilot father, Seton. Richly illustrated with
contemporary photographs and other memorabilia, and superbly annotated by Anna Rogers,
Annie’s War offers a unique and compelling view of a crucial time in world history.
Paperback, 256 pp, ISBN 978-1-877578-75-5, $45
Writer Elspeth Sandys was born during the Second World War, the result of a brief encounter
between two people who would never meet again. The first nine months of her life were spent
in the Truby King Karitane Hospital in Dunedin, where she was known by her birth name,
Frances Hilton James. This would change with her adoption into the Somerville family. A new
birth certificate was issued and Frances James became Elspeth Sandilands Somerville.
Tom and Alice Somerville, Elspeth’s new parents, lived with their son John in Dunedin’s
Andersons Bay. While Elspeth was happy among the ebullient and welcoming Somerville clan,
she had a difficult relationship with her adoptive mother, who was frequently hospitalised
with mental health problems.
Elspeth’s search for her birth parents did not begin until much later in her adult life. What
she discovered after an exhaustive search provided answers that were both disturbing and,
What Lies Beneath is a searing, amusing, and never less than gripping tale of a difficult life, beautifully told.
Paperback, 224 pp plus 16 pp photos, ISBN 978-1-877578-89-2, $35
This book is a history of the British Enderby settlement on the Auckland Islands 1849–52
and its associated whaling venture. Isolation, a stormswept climate, unproductive soil,
inexperienced crews, drunkenness and above all an unexpected shortage of whales meant the
raw colony ran into trouble and the parent company found itself facing disaster.
Two special commissioners were sent to either close the venture down or move it elsewhere,
and a bitter struggle developed, with Charles Enderby refusing to admit defeat and
Governor Sir George Grey reluctantly becoming involved.
Nevertheless the settlement collapsed, and the few Maori settlers on the islands, who had
preceded and benefited from the colonists’ presence, left soon after. Little trace of the colony
remains, and the Auckland Islands are much as they were before Charles Enderby attempted
to realise his dream: uninhabited, isolated, wild and beautiful, and now of World Heritage
Paperback, 256 pp, ISBN 978-1-877578-59-5, $50
Explorer Jules-Sébastien-César Dumont d’Urville (1790–1842) is sometimes called France’s Captain Cook. Born less than a year after the beginning of the French Revolution, he lived through turbulent times. He was an erudite polymath: a maritime explorer fascinated by botany, entomology, ethnography and the diverse languages of the world. As a young ensign he was decorated for his pivotal part in France’s acquisition of the famous Vénus de Milo.
D’Urville’s voyages and writings meshed with an emergent French colonial impulse in the Pacific. In this magnificent biography Edward Duyker reveals that D’Urville had secret orders to search for the site for a potential French penal colony in Australia. He also effectively helped to precipitate pre-emptive British settlement on several parts of the Australian coast. D’Urville visited New Zealand in 1824, 1827 and 1840. This wide-ranging survey examines his scientific contribution, including the plants and animals he collected, and his conceptualisation of the peoples of the Pacific: it was he who first coined the terms Melanesia and Micronesia.
D’Urville helped to confirm the fate of the missing French explorer Lapérouse, took Charles X into exile after the Revolution of 1830, and crowned his navigational achievements with two pioneering Antarctic descents.
Edward Duyker has used primary documents that have long been overlooked by other historians. He dispels many myths and errors about this daring explorer of the age of sail and offers his readers grand adventure and surprising drama and pathos.
Jacketed hardback, 70 photos & maps, 664 pp.,ISBN 978-1-877578-70-0, $70
Not available in the US
Stevan Eldred-Grigg with Zeng Dazheng
White Ghosts, Yellow Peril is the first book ever to explore all sides of the relationship between
China and New Zealand, and the peoples of China and New Zealand, during the whole of the
seven or so generations after they initially came into contact.
The Qing Empire and its successor states from 1790 to 1950 were vast, complex and torn by
conflict. New Zealand, meanwhile, grew into a small, prosperous, orderly province of Europe.
Not until now has anyone told the story of the links and tensions between the two countries
during those years so broadly and so thoroughly.
The reader keen to know about this relationship will find in this book a highly readable
portrait of the lives, thoughts and feelings of Chinese who came to New Zealand and New
Zealanders who went to China, along with a scholarly but stimulating discussion of race
relations, government, diplomacy, war, literature and the arts.
White Ghosts, Yellow Peril for some years to come will be the key general text in the field of
the early history of New Zealand and China.
Paperback, Full colour, 384 pp, ISBN 978-1-877578-65-6, $55
A Literary Companion:
The fiction for young readers
Edited by Elizabeth Hale
Maurice Gee’s fiction for younger readers blends exciting stories with serious issues. Told
through a range of genres, from fantasy to realism, adventure to science fiction, mysteries,
psychological thrillers and gangster stories, they offer a distinctive body of work that shows
New Zealand to children and young adults.
This book is the first of two that pays tribute to Maurice Gee’s distinctive contribution
to New Zealand literature. It argues that the depth and excitement of Gee’s fiction for
young readers makes for an impressive introduction to New Zealand culture, history and
storytelling. Overview chapters explore the motivations, themes, contexts and reception of
Gee’s work, from the fantasy novels Under the Mountain, The World Around the Corner and
the O and Salt trilogies, to the five realist and historical novels, including The Fat Man, The
Champion and The Fire-Raiser.
This volume will appeal to students, teachers, readers and writers of New Zealand
literature, children’s literature and fantasy literature. A second book, by Lawrence Jones, will
discuss Gee’s fiction for adult readers.
Paperback, 208 pp, ISBN 978-1-877578-84-7, $35
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, 344 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
Available in NZ and Australia only
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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