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Making a New Land

Environmental Histories of New Zealand
(New edition)

Edited by Eric Pawson and Tom Brooking
Pawson and Brooking

Making a New Land presents an interdisciplinary perspective on one of the most rapid and extensive transformations in human history: that which followed Māori 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 well-illustrated and 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.

Charles Brasch

Journals 1938-1945
Brasch medium

Transcribed by Margaret Scott, with a dramatis personae and annotations by Andrew Parsloe, these are the journals of an intelligent young man, just 30 when they begin, living through World War II in Britain.

In entries that quickly become a daily habit/ necessity, Brasch struggles with relationships, what part he can play in the war effort, what he should do with his life, whether he should return to New Zealand … and creates a moving and always interesting document. Hundreds of people – especially emerging writers and artists, both British and Kiwi – appear in these pages.

Cultural historian Rachel Barrowman's introductory essay, Finding 'a Home for the Spirit', discusses the journals as an exploration of “identity and self … during the restless war years”. This diary gives a close-up view of the self-defining years of a young man whose quiet presence continues to radiate through New Zealand's literary and art scene.

Peace, Power & Politics

How New Zealand Became Nuclear Free

By Maire Leadbeater

Leadbeater medium

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.

For further information and more books: Otago University Press


Books by Otago alumni

Subordinate Legislation In New Zealand, by Ross Carter, Jason McHerron and Ryan Malone, LexisNexis, July 2013 (also available in eBook).

A History of State of Origin, by Will Evans, Slattery Media Group (Melbourne), October 2013.

Survey Marks: A 2013 Celebration – 50 years of the School of Surveying and 125 years of the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors, edited by M. S. Strack, Dunedin, 2013.

Creating a New Zealand Prayer Book: A Personal Reminiscence of a 25-Year Odyssey 1964-89, by Brian Carrell, Theology House (Christchurch), 2013.

Lan Yuan: A Garden of Distant Longing, by James Beattie and Duncan Campbell, Shanghai Museum and Dunedin Chinese Gardens Trust, September, 2013.

International Law as the Law of Collectives: Towards a Law of People, by John R. Morss, Ashgate Publishing, 2013.

The Contested Terrain of the New Zealand All Blacks: Rugby, Commerce, and Cultural Politics in the Age of Globalization, by Jay Scherer and Steven Jackson, Peter Lang Publishers (Oxford), 2013.

Creative Perfektion: The Why and How of Creative Thinking, by M. Kilgour and E. C. de Run, Penerbit UNIMAS (Malaysia), 2013.

The Peril and Promise of Medical Technology, by D. Gareth Jones, Peter Lang Publishers (Oxford, Bern), 2013.

Peace in Action: Practices, Perspectives and Policies that Make a Difference, edited by Raymond King, Victor MacGill and Roger Wescombe, 2013.

Argula von Grumbach. 1492-1554/7: A Woman Before Her Time, by Peter Matheson, Cascade Books, Eugene, OR, 2013.

The Battlecruiser HMS New Zealand our “Gift Ship”, by Denis Fairfax, NZ Defence Force, November 2013.


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