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Chiefs of Industry: Maori Tribal Enterprise in Early Colonial New Zealand

by Hazel Petrie

Drawing on a wide range of sources in both English and Maori, this study explores the entrepreneurial activity of New Zealand’s indigenous Maori in the early colonial period. Focusing on the two industries—coastal...


Changing Times: New Zealand Since 1945

by Jenny Carlyon & Diana Morrow

From the “golden weather” of postwar economic growth, through the globalization, economic challenges, and protest of the 1960s and 1970s, to the free market revolution and new immigrants of the 1980s and...


Zone of the Marvellous: In Search of the Antipodes

by Martin Edmond

Imaginative and cerebral, this volume recounts the fantastic history of the antipodes—namely Australia and New Zealand—from the Western perspective over the course of the past five millennia. Tracing the fiction...


Te Iwi Maori: Population Past, Present and Projected

by Ian Pool

Te Iwi Maori presents an engrossing survey of the history of the Māori population from the earliest times to the present, concentrating particularly on the demographic impact of European colonisation. It also...


Over the Mountains of the Sea: Life on the Migrant Ships 18701885

by David Hastings

Drawing upon more than 80 personal diaries and journals of those on board, this resource explores the rich experience and the trials and tribulations of hopeful Anglo-Celtic pilgrims headed to Australia and...


Origins of the Maori Wars

by Keith Sinclair

Keith Sinclair's The Origins of the Maori Wars is a fascinating account of the Waitara purchase and the cause of war in Taranaki in 1860. The seeds of conflict were sown in the earliest days of European settlement...


From Tamaki-Makaurau-Rau to Auckland: A History of Auckland

by Russell Stone

Drawing on oral histories of the indigenous Maori peoples of the area, archaeological evidence, and early missionaries’ diaries and histories, this model of local history provides a comprehensive contextual...


Show of Justice: Racial Amalgamation in Nineteenth Century New Zealand

by Alan Ward

First published in 1974, A Show of Justice remains the essential and definitive text on official policies towards the Māori people in the nineteenth century. Professor Ward shows how an understanding of the...


A Press Achieved: The Emergence of Auckland University Press 19271972

by Dennis McEldowney

Written by a former managing editor who is also a distinguished writer, this book charts the origins of the Auckland University Press up to its formal recognition in 1972. It provides a valuable document in...


World Famous in New Zealand: How New Zealand's Leading Firms Became World Class Competitors

by Colin Campbell-Hunt

How can NZ firms in a small economy at the edge of the world make it on the international stage? This pioneering study answers these questions based on close study of 10 world class NZ companies. By a respected...


Waihou Journeys: The Archaeology of 400 Years of Maori Settlement

by Caroline Phillips

Drawing on archaeology, Maori oral history, European accounts, this is a fascinating study of cultural change and development by Maori in a single region of New Zealand.


The New Zealand Family from 1840: A Demographic History

by D. Ian Pool, Arunachalam Dharmalingam & Janet Sceats

An authoritative demographic history of the New Zealand family from 1840–2005, this reference is a collection of statistics that interprets the changing role of the family and its members. Using detailed...


No Fretful Sleeper: A Life of Bill Pearson

by Paul Millar

Outlining the career of one of New Zealand’s most distinguished fiction writers and sharpest critics, this fascinating narrative details the life and work of Bill Pearson. Beginning with his difficult childhood...


New Zealand and the Vietnam War: Politics and Diplomacy

by Roberto Rabel

Starting with the first Indochina War in the 1950s, this historical analysis covers the story of New Zealand's relations with Vietnam up to the end of the Vietnam War in the 1970s. Exploring the diplomatic history...


Maori Origins and Migrations: The Genesis of Some Pakeha Myths and Legends

by M. P. K. Sorrenson

Since Europeans first set foot in New Zealand they have speculated about where the Māori people came from, how they made their way to New Zealand and how they lived when they arrived here. Theories have abounded:...


Kinds of Peace: Maori People After the Wars, 1870-85

by Keith Sinclair

Admirably clear and concise in its account of the aftermath of the land wars, Kinds of Peace examines the political, religious and other reactions among Māori towards the coming of peace. It considers the effect...


Joyita: Solving the Mystery

by David Wright

In 1955 the United States-owned ship Joyita mysteriously disappeared while sailing between Apia, Samoa, and Tokelau in the Pacific Ocean. The ship was discovered in poor condition near Fiji five weeks later,...


Final Approaches: A Memoir

by Gerald Hensely

This memoir presents the life of a distinguished civil servant and gives a fascinating look into a dramatic political career spanning from Singapore to New York City. With an unerring eye for humor blended with...


A Civilized Community: A History of Social Security in New Zealand

A Carved Cloak for Tahu: A History of Ngai Tahu Matawhaiti

by Mere Whaanga

Oral histories, legends, and accounts of contemporary life of a New Zealand Maori tribe are presented in this cultural that includes colonial histories of the Native Land Court and traditional histories from...