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Auckland Then and Now tells the history of the city through a unique combination of vintage photos paired with their modern-day equivalent. After the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in February 1840 the new Governor of New Zealand, William Hobson, chose the site of Auckland as his new capital and named it after George Eden, Earl of Auckland, who was then Viceroy of India. He also named the hill with the best view of the harbour, Maungawhau, Mount Eden. Since that time, the city has thrived, driven by a variety of businesses including a gold rush. Auckland Then and Now pairs up vintage streetscenes from the Victorian era through to the 1950s, to show how the city has changed in over 150 years of development. Sites include: The Ferry Building, Viaduct Basin, Queen Street, Victoria Street, the Town Hall, Karangahape Road, Albert Park, War Memorial, Newmarket, Mount Eden, One Tree Hill, Mission Bay, St. Heliers, Harbour Bridge, Devonport and Takapuna Beach.
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Spread over a narrow isthmus, Auckland is one of the few cities in the world where two coasts are visible from the air. Using the latest drone technology, David Wall's photographs show an up-to-the-minute view of the pace of urban development in Auckland, and showcase a city of stunning scenic diversity.
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A fascinating insight into the story behind New Zealand's internationally renowned tourist jet boat venture which launched Queenstown's adventure tourism industry in 1965 and has thrilled over three million passengers in its first half century of operation. Jet boating arrived in New Zealand in the 1950s with the invention of the Hamilton jet unit by pioneer CWF (Bill) Hamilton. Tourism pioneers quickly identified the potential in Queenstown for commercial jet boating and in 1965 the Shotover Jet Boat Service Ltd was launched. During the following 50 years the trip through narrow and challenging Shotover Canyons has developed into a flagship New Zealand tourist activity - billed as the "world's most exciting jet boat ride". Shotover Jet has attracted many celebrities and received the royal stamp of approval and worldwide exposure when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge rode the canyons during their 2014 New Zealand tour.
This book is more than just a story about a high profile tourist jet boat company - it is a captivating history reflecting the indomitable New Zealand pioneering spirit and early risk taking tourism entrepreneurs. Accompanied by superb historic and contemporary photographs Shotover Jet - The Story Of Queenstown's Adventure Tourism Pioneer captures one of the most exciting times in New Zealand's tourism history
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It was because of Fiordland that Andris Apse became a photographer. Back in the 1960s, when he was 21 years old he first tramped through the Stuart Mountains and ‘discovered’ Fiordland. Andris was overwhelmed by the majestic scenery but was also frustrated by his inability to communicate his wonder at the place. So he learned to take photographs, and Fiordland quickly became his great photographic passion. And now, aged 72, with 50 years of professional photography behind him, and over 500 nights spent living in the most remote parts of this majestic wilderness, Andris has completed a full circle.
Fiordland is a master-work, a remarkable collection of photographs, that in stunning style, pays homage to the place of his early and greatest inspiration.
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Fiordland. Landscape and Life is one of the most ambitious photographic publications undertaken not only in this remote region, but in New Zealand. The book has over 140 images including every Fiord, major lake and of many other areas, both iconic and hidden throughout the extent of Fiordland National Park. Images are taken on a mixture of high quality formats using both film and digital, landscape and panoramic formats.
In addition to the landscape, the seasons, the weather, animal life and human activities, all have a place in the book. John Hall-Jones's authorative text complements the images and provides a valuable historical perspective.
A visual journey that will cover the many moods and aspects of this World Heritage Wilderness area here on our own doorstep!
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This is a collection of paintings illustrating the Port in those years, supported with archival photographs and historical comment.
Roger Morris is a maritime artist of International repute, as well as a professional seaman of broad experience. His work is illustrative with attention to detail, which lends itself to the interpretation and composition of historical subjects. Roger has published three previous books dealing with maritime history.
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The Auckland Book is a visually stunning unusual memento of what it's like to live one of the world's most desirable cities. In 128 fully illustrated pages it captures the City of Sails in a way no camera ever could.
The Auckland Book combines the talents of award-winning writers with seven young illustrators. Michael Fitzsimons and Nigel Beckford are creative directors and professional writers at Fitzbeck Creative, a specialist publishing company. The Illustrations team includes four very talented graduate from the Auckland University of Technology's Design School - Alisha Brunton, Ivy Niu, Sarah Ryan and Ezra Whittaker-Powley. Other contributing illustrators are Jess Lunnon and Sandi MacKechnie who received Best Design Awards for their work on the Wellington Book and NZ Book, and Cynthia Merhej, recently arrived from London.
Stylish, funky, and fact-filled it is an ideal gift for visitors and locals alike. It covers everything from Auckland landmarks, history and geography to favourite haunts and past times. If you like Auckland, you'll love this gloriously illustrated celebration of one of the world's most unique cities.
First published in 2014 (at $50.00 retail), we have aquired a small quantity at $10.00 each.
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In this compelling and generously illustrated exploration of beach life over the past 90 years, writer, historian and style commentator Douglas Lloyd Jenkins examines how attitudes towards the beach have evolved and how the beach – a hotbed of hedonistic pleasures as well as a magnet for holidaying families – has in turn brought about important social change. Open to all, yet increasingly fringed with expensive property accessible only to the rich, the New Zealand beach has always been a place of extremes.
In Beach Life, Jenkins provides a colourful account of pioneering trends and pivotal influences that have shaped kiwis’ enduring attraction to the beach and the lasting impact the beach has had on every aspect of New Zealand society.
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Islands are slightly out of control, still wild even in the absence of wildness. They have a strange effect on you, as if your life has shifted somewhere else...
New Zealand is a nation surrounded by hundreds of islands. Some are idyllic retreats, home to grand mansions or towering lighthouses. Others have poignant histories as persons, quarantine stations and leper colonies. A precious few have become sanctuaries, safe from harmful predators, while others harbour generations of farmers, whalers and muttonbirders. Then there are those that barely sustain life at all – the jagged remains of an ancient land mass, lying deep beneath the sea.
This book covers them all and Bruce Ansley’s text is perfectly complimented by Award winning photographer Jane Ussher’s stunning photographs.
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The Harbours are drowned river valleys. They differ greatly in size, but share a similar climate with prevailing westerly winds. Settled by Maori in the 13th and 14th centuries, they have played significant roles in our history. Today the Manauka and porirua harbours support large urban polpulations and commercial activities, while the others are less populated and more remote. To this day, Marae dot their shores.
Harbours covered in this book include:
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A Photographic celebration of New Zealand's loved beaches. From the Far North to the Deep South and the Coasts between. This book is an ode to New Zealand's Coasts. From its city beaches that are enjoyed by thousands to the remote edges that make you feel gloriously insignificant. Not every beach is in here, nor does it include all the spots that feature in 'The Best Beach' lists, but some favourites are here. Is yours?
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This book pays homage to the narrow margin between the ever restless Pacific and Tasman and the fragile hinterland we call home.
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Closer to home he conveys us to Codfish Island, the site of the first European settlement in southern New Zealand and now a sanctuary for the very rare Kakapo. From Codfish Island one of the early sealer settlers, James Spencer, crossed the southern mainland to found Bluff, the oldest town in New Zealand.
In visiting these historic places the author makes full use of the original firsthand descriptions of Dr. Edward Shortland, Captain Stokes, Commissioner Mantell and Chief Surveyor Thomson, whose journals are important treasures in our history.
The text is liberally illustrated with some 200 photographs, inlcuding a priceless collection of Maori taonga (treasures) in the Southland Museum; these treasures recently toured New Zealand on exhibition.
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Now Matiatia finds itself at a crossroads - this beautiful heritage site is also a transport hub for the island. The pressure for development is real, yet the bay's historical significance must be respected. Waiheke residents, urban planners, the Auckland council, shipping operators and other local industry all have a keen interest in what happens next at Matiatia.
Understanding the past is cruscial to the decisions being made today. Waiheke hoistorian Paul Monin tells the story of Matiatia from occupation at the time of the first Maori settlement of Aotearoa to the present day. Here in a fertile bay in the magnificent setting of the Hauraki Gulf is a microcosm of New Zealand's history. Charmingly written, Matiatia - gateway to Waiheke explores the area's archeology, politics, ecology and society, illustrated with a rich selection of photograps and maps.
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