GENERAL NON-FICTION NEW ZEALAND BOOKS

New Zealand books on assorted topics, mainly non-fiction.
Popular culture, politics, collectables etc.

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ALT GROUP LIMITED  
Pioneering Spirit: A History of Fisher and Paykel

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.
ISBN9780473204631

NEW hardback with no dust jacket as issued ( was shrink wrapped but was removed to check content).
$45
Fisher & Paykel, 2012, 503 pages. [#2841 company history, new zealand, industry]





BASSETT Michael 
Working with David
Inside the Lange Cabinet

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.
ISBN9781869710941

VG- hardback with rubbed edges of the covers. VG dust jacket.
$35 C/D
Hodder Moa 2008, 616pp. [#2848 new zealand, history, politics, biography ]





DOUGHTY Ross 
The Holyoake Years

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
$15 B/C
Ross A Doughty 1977, 274pp. [#2759 new zealand, biography, politics, history ]





HAGER Nicky   Secret Power
New Zealand's role in the international spy network. ECHELON, GCSB, Waihopai spy base, and the non-governmental links with the international espionage community.

VG softback
$25 B/C
Craig Potton 1996, 299pp. ISBN0908802358 [#2633 new zealand, politics ]





HAYWARD Margaret 
Diary of the Kirk Years

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.
ISBN0589013505

VG hardback in VG dustjacket with mild handling wear
$10 C/C
Cape Catley/Reed 1981 First Edition, 322+ plates
[#2998 ]





JONES Bob 
Letters

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
$15 B/C
Collins 1982, 200pp.[#2791 new zealand politics social commentary]





LEALAND Geoff A Foreign Egg in Our Nest? American Popular Culture in New Zealand
VG+ $15 C/B Victoria University Press 1988 first edition soft cover, 126pp. ISBN 0864730780 [# 956 nz other]

LEWIS Richard and Helen Hartman   The Wind and the Rain, a bulletin for schools 17,500/2/66-13853D
G+ school library stamp on some pages, rear cover has pen writing indicating it is a teacher's reference copy $25 B/B Govt Printer 1966 soft cover, 32pp poetry for use in schools illustrated with b&w photography [#1853 nz other]

McCALLUM Janet 
Women in the House
Members of Parliament in New Zealand.

Thirty-six women have served as Members of Parliament in New Zealand in the 100 years of universal suffrage up to 1993.
ISBN0908561415

VG softback
$20 D/D
Cape Catley 1993, 284 pp
[#3282]





NORTHCOTE-BADE S. 
Colonial Furniture in New Zealand

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.
ISBN0589006835

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.
$15 B/C
Reed 1971 first edition, 164pp. [#3327]





NOVITZ David and Bill Willmott editors   Culture and Identity in New Zealand VG $15 C/B GP Books 1990 soft cover 302pp ISBN 0447014224 [#513 othernz]

RIDLEY Jack   The Tasman Challenge Towards a South Pacific Federation
VG+ single name to first page, SIGNED BY AUTHOR to title, small label to inside cover shows as author's own copy $25 C/C Moana Press 1989 soft cover, 148pp. ISBN 0908705573 [# 958 nz other]

SCHRODER J H E   The Ways of Words
VG+ VG+ $15 B/B Pegasus 1969 first edition hard cover. 111pp A predecessor of Max Cryer's grammatical studies this book collects some of the discussions on grammar from the radio show "Words and their ways" [# 764 othernz]

SCOTT Dick 
Stock in Trade
Hellaby's First Hundred Years 1873-1973
cover image of Stock in Trade Hellaby's First Hundred Years 1873-1973

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.
$10 B/C
Southern Cross Books 1973, 176pp.
[#3379 ]





SIEGFRIED Andre Translated By David Hamer 
Democracy in New Zealand

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
$30 C/C
Victoria University Press 1982, 408pp. [#2738 new zealand, politics, history]






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