Place names have great linguistic and cultural significance, vivifying the landscape and giving it deeper character and interest. Banks Peninsula, Lyttelton Harbour and the Port Hills of Christchurch offer a wonderfully diverse and kalei... read more

Place Names of Banks Peninsula and the Port Hills
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John and Charles Enys: Castle Hill Runholders (1864-1891) records the story of two Cornish brothers who ran the Castle Hill sheep run for more than 25 years in the late 19th century. Extracts from letters by both brothers and painti... read more

John and Charles Enys: Castle Hill Runholders 1864-1891
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Nophoto
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War Blacks is the extraordinary story of New Zealand's national sport and The Great War, and the effect each had on the other. Rugby and war have played major roles in the forging of a national New Zealand identity. This... read more

War Blacks: the Extraordinary Story of New Zealand's WWI All Blacks
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Following the ongoing success of A Short History of New Zealand, Great Tales of New Zealand History and Great Tales of Rural New Zealand - all reprinted and still going strong - Gordon McLauchlan has turned his masterful storytelling skills to one... read more

A Short History of the New Zealand Wars
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 New Zealand Historical

Pearls of wisdom contained in proverbs - whakatauki - have been gifted from generation to generation as an intrinsic part of the Maori world.
As powerful metaphors, they combine analogy and cultural history in the most economical of words. Sho... read more

Mauri Ora: Wisdom from the Maori World
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This was the great era (1956-1965) when New Zealand middle and long-distance runners showed a clean pair of heels to the world...Peter Snell, Murray Halberg, Bill Baillie, Marise Chamberlain, John Davies, Jeff Julian, Barry Magee and Neville Scott. It was a decade w... read more

Peter Snell and the Kiwis Who Flew
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These fascinating 'tales and reminiscences of the Golden Coast direct from Westland's earliest pioneers' were originally compiled by Carl Pfaff for The Diggers' Story, first published in 1914 to mark the 50th anniversary of the gold rushes that transformed this remote ... read more

The Diggers' Story
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Dates matter, and they are often a starting point for our engagement with history. For most New Zealanders, days like 6 February or 25 April are laden with significance. They are recognised as markers of important moments in our past; they inspire pride, con... read more

Today in New Zealand History
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A haunting, off-the-beaten-track destination, the little-known Catlins region of New Zealand is as mysterious today as it ever was. In this first in-depth look at the lives of its inhabitants, award-winning writer Diana Noonan and photographer... read more

Women of the Catlins: Life in the Deep South
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