New Zealand books on assorted topics, mainly non-fiction.
Popular culture, politics, collectables etc.
Fisher & Paykel Appliances Holdings, established in New Zealand in 1934. From humble beginnings the firm became a leader in the production of household appliances. This company history is profusely illustrated. The book's white boards mirror the usual white enamelled surfaces of refrigerators, washing machines etc.
NEW hardback with no dust jacket as issued ( was shrink wrapped but was removed to check content).
Fisher & Paykel, 2012, 503 pages. [#2841 company history, new zealand, industry]
Bassett was the Minister of Internal Affairs during the second Lange Labour government, and he writes from his first hand experience of Lange's highs and lows, and how his deteriorating health affected him in the later years.
VG- hardback with rubbed edges of the covers. VG dust jacket.
Hodder Moa 2008, 616pp. [#2848 new zealand, history, politics, biography ]
A large and heavy volume published by Historic Places Trust covering the history and architecture of many historic buildings in New Zealand's South Island.
architecture, colonial, heritage
VG hardback in VG dust jacket
New Zealand Historic Places Trust /Methuen 1983, 264pp.
Political history of Keith Holyoake, with reference to his ancestry. A New Zealand MP, Prime Minister and Governor General, Holyoake promoted the national identity and self-determination of New Zealand at a time when it was still considered by many as a colonial outpost..
VG hardback in G+ dust jacket with some wear or soiling
Ross A Doughty 1977, 274pp. [#2759 new zealand, biography, politics, history ]
Craig Potton 1996, 299pp. ISBN0908802358 [#2633 new zealand, politics ]
Long before he became Prime Minister of New Zealand, Norman Kirk said to his private secretary, Margaret Hayward, "You and I are going to write about all this." He encouraged her to take notes - she already was - and sometimes pointed out matters of particular significance because he believed people should record history as it happened. He himself planned to write memoirs eventually, and said he would be wanting Margaret Haywards assistance then. "Our book," as he called it, was to come a long way in the future. This is Margaret Hayward's own diary, not the book Norman Kirk himself may have written, with or without her assistance. Politicians, even statesmen, tend to blur the edges in their memoirs. It is a diary distilled from millions of words, jotted down virtually daily. Nothing like it has been published before. Here is a view of life from the top, recorded with unique knowledge from inside. It is a frank account of the good and the bad, of diplomacy on the world scene where the Kirk charisma shone bright, and of small domestic details springing from the seeds of a deprived childhood. Norman Kirk had a vision of a better world. He also understood the practical politics with which such visions must be allied if good is to come to pass. It is to help point the way to a better future that Margaret Hayward has compiled this diary of the Kirk years. New Zealand Labour government.
VG hardback in VG dustjacket with mild handling wear
Cape Catley/Reed 1981 First Edition, 322+ plates
This collects actual letters written by Jones to various New Zealand identities and they are full of wit! ISBN000216566X
VG hardback in VG dust jacket
Collins 1982, 200pp.[#2791 new zealand politics social commentary]
A celebration of the mingling of European and Pacific cultures in contemporary New Zealand. Many photographs.
pasifika, art, literature, society
VG- softback, mild wear, and gift inscription to first page.
David Ling 1996, 124pp.
The Southland Frozen Meat and Produce Export Company offered bright prospects for the new settlers of a largely untamed land. But it had an uneasy beginning in a period of adversity.
For its first 13 years the company reeled from difficulty to disaster, in spite of tantalisingly fleeting glimpses of how impressive its potential was to the people of Southland, and how its success promoted the very welfare of the province. Then in 1895 financial catastrophe struck. Seemingly, it could not continue.
But the rallying call went out through the province. Soon it became apparent that the company would not only be saved, but that it would grow from strength to strength. That it did as it diversified over several decades into land development and other activities allied with its main object - the killing, processing and freezing of animals for export.
This book gives the history of the company's formative years and its period of consolidation. Later it goes behind the scenes and into the board room to show how some of the largest commercial decisions of the province were made.
Agriculture, Bluff, Mataura, Makarewa, freezing works, meat works, southland
VG hardback in VG dust jacket
Southland Frozen Meat Ltd 1981, 448pp.
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Thirty-six women have served as Members of Parliament in New Zealand in the 100 years of universal suffrage up to 1993.
Cape Catley 1993, 284 pp
A study of furniture and furnishings in New Zealand homes, from the earliest cabin furniture of the immigrant ships, as well as Maori adaptation of European furniture. Cabinet making, antique household furniture and house design and construction.
G+ hardback in G+ dust jacket with a few short repaired tears to edges, with two longer ones to the rear of the dust jacket. Front hinge of book is cracked and binding a bit loose. Gift inscription. Good reference copy.
Reed 1971 first edition, 164pp. [#3327]
History of R and W Hellaby Ltd. from beginnings in 1873 as a butchery with two brothers, to a fmeat processing freezing works and an international exporter.
VG- hardback with G+ dust jacket. Jacket has been pasted to the book endpapers by the flaps.
Southern Cross Books 1973, 176pp.
A classic commentary on the nature of New Zealand politics and society at the turn of the twentieth century, mid-point in the reign of 'King Dick' Seddon. Siegfried's is a young man's view of a youthful country, capturing and conveying the feel of New Zealand in the eighteen-nineties. This new edition includes an introduction and additional notes by the editor. ISBN0705506983
NEW shrink wrapped softback
Victoria University Press 1982, 408pp. [#2738 new zealand, politics, history]