NEW ZEALAND HISTORY. Page One.



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  • True Tales of Kawau Island
  • True Tales of Whangarei Heads
  • True Tales of Central Whangarei
  • True Tales of Great Barrier Island 2016
  • More True tales of Great Barrier Island
  • True Tales of the Chatham Islands
  • Ferntown to Farewell Spit.
  • The Waikato.
  • Motueka Wharf. 100 Years
  • Between the Ports. Collingwood to Waitapu
  • Great Barrier Island Shipwrecks
  • Captain John Gillies
  • Captain Jeremiah Nagle 1801-82
  • Voyages of the Brigantine 'Terror of Auckland' 1844-57
  • The Lancashire Witch
  • Some Voyages around New Zealand and Elsewhere
  • Trial of Strength.

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    TRUE TALES OF KAWAU ISLAND.
    By Compiled by Don Armitage. Paperback. 0.72 kgs, 188 pages, 210mm x 297mm (A4), full colour and monochrome photos and drawings. Published 2017

    A further title In the series of True Tales. This title feature Kawau Island, the history, the people, the land, yachts big and small, many wonderful images, recollections, stories and personalities.

    With 100 short stories and over 250 photos and illustrations, if you are a Kawau Islander, know someone who is, or just fascinated by NZ History, then this 2017 book in the series is a great addition to all those True Tales....

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    TRUE TALES OF WHANGAREI HEADS.
    By Jan Boyes and the Whangarei Heads Citizen's Association. Paperback. 0.84 kgs, 216 pages, 210mm x 297mm (A4), full colour and monochrome photos and drawings. Published 2016

    Another one in the series of True Tales. For those who were lucky enough to have lived here for much longer than others, this will bring back memories of times gone by; surely there is a place for a bit of nostalgia as well. And then there are stories which are not told from living memo, but which were passed on by deceased family and friends. True tales allows these stories never to be forgotten.

    The past shaped us and our actions today will shape the future. Applying historical knowledge is part of good decision making. True Tales creates that picture of our past, for us to learn from, to enjoy and to talk about.

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    TRUE TALES OF CENTRAL WHANGAREI .
    By Don Armitage. Paperback. 0.62 kgs, 161 pages, 210mm x 297mm (A4), full colour and monochrome photos and drawings. Published 2019

    The latest book in the True Tales series telling the living and past stories of Whangarei, complied by Don Armitage who has been involved in putting together or inspiring several other books in the series.

    In keeping with the tried and true format, the book contains historic and contemporary written and photographic takes on the development of the community and individuals who live there. Profusely illustrated with hundreds of black & White and colour photographs.

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    TRUE TALES OF GREAT BARRIER ISLAND 2016.
    By Don Armitage, 0.76 kgs, Paperback. 198 pages, 210mm x 297mm (A4), monochrome photos and drawings.Published 2016.

    There are more true stories and tales about Great Barrier Island that it is possible to publish in two volumes. This is the third in the series, another compilation of 100 stories and all up to 1500 words. If you enjoyed, all the stories in the first and second volumes, then this third one is a must. Guaranteed no repetitions!

    More Wonderful photographs, iconic personalities, and a magic reminder of a community reflecting on itself and giving the rest of us the opportunity to share some of the trials and tribulations of the colourful characters who chose a life on an island that has offered its riches to exploit and enjoy.

    There is no doubt that many of the characters in these stories will be recognised by people who are familiar with the society on the island - not least of course, people who will recognise themselves!

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    MORE TRUE TALES OF GREAT BARRIER ISLAND.
    By The Great Barrier Island History Research Group. Published 2014. Paperback. 216 pages, 210mm x 297mm (A4), monochrome photos and drawings.

    There are more true stories and tales about Great Barrier Island that it is possible to publish in one volume. This is the second in the series, another compilation of stories and folklore, all 'Great Barrier true', and all up to 1500 words. If you enjoyed all the stories in the first volume, then this second one is a must. Guaranteed no repetitions!

    More Wonderful photographs, iconic personalities, and a magic reminder of a community reflecting on itself and giving the rest of us the opportunity to share some of the trials and tribulations of the colourful characters who chose a life on an island that has offered its riches to exploit and enjoy.

    There is no doubt that many of the characters in these stories will be recognised by people who are familiar with the society on the island - not least of course, people who will recognise themselves!

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    TRUE TALES OF THE CHATHAM ISLANDS
    Compiled by Don Armitage for the Chatham heritage and Restoration Trust Inc. (CHART). Paperback. 0.92kg, 240 pages, 210mm x 297mm, black & white illustrations and photographs, Published 2015.

    This is a wonderful collection of short illustrated stories from many persons resident or associated with the Chatham Islands. This is a very relevant and accurate record of a small community of people going about their daily lives. As long as similar short story compilations are produced every few years for the rest of time, the accumulation of stories will not only increase in number, but become an increasingly important social history of the community.

    There are at the current time eighteen other “true Tales” books under way all using the same format. For instance, Great Barrier Island is collecting stories for its fourth such book.

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    FERNTOWN TO FAREWELL SPIT
    by Carol Daber & Cheryl Win. Paperback. 0.82kg, 175 pages, 280mm x 211mm, black & white photographs, Published 2003.

    Seafood and coal were the resources that first brought people to the northwest shores of Golden Bay. From the north bank of the Aorere river to the tip of Farewell Spit, the warm shallow waters and low lying coastal sand dunes were home to shellfish, snapper, flounder and seabirds. Pakawu, the home of the shag, was a staging post on the greenstone trail to the West Coast and many Maori passed from Puponga to West Wanganui and beyond. From the 1850s the rich coal deposits in the Wakamarama range attracted new settlers and investors, and many of the families who stayed to farm first came as coalminers or goldminers.
    Today there is very little evidence of the industrial past. The timber mills, flaxmills, wharf and railway lines are gone, the lighthouse on the tip of Farewell Sit is automated and only fishing boats and pleasure boats venture along the shallow northwest coastline of the Bay. Land and sea are farmed and harvested, and people come from all over the world to enjoy the isolated beauty and tranquillity of Pakawau, Wharariki, Kaihoka and other special places from Ferntown to Farewell Spit.

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    THE WAIKATO.
    A History of New Zealand's Greatest River


    By Paul Moon. Hardback, 1.4kg, 175mm x 240mm, 453 pages, black and white & colour photos. Published 2018.

    From snow to surf, the Waikato is New Zealand’s longest river. This fascinating account takes a historical journey along its 425 kilometre length, uncovering extraordinary reports of the people, places and events along its route.

    Starting from a desolate, icy volcanic plateau, historian Paul Moon traces the Waikato’s path through dense native forest, undulating pastureland, dams, several towns, a city, and a swampy delta, until it exits into the Tasman Sea at Port Waikato. Along the way he uncovers settlements that have disappeared, sites scarred by wars, some of the world’s most convulsive geological events, great tragedies, and the remarkable stories that have taken place along the river.

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    MOTUEKA WHARF. 100 YEARS.

    By Carol Dawber with Motueka & District Historical association.. Softback, 0.79kg, 260mm x 210mm, 175 pages, black and white & colour photos. Published 2016.

    The waterside town of Motueka has always been heavily dependent on its port. Over the years passenger services have operated between Riwaka, Motueka and Nelson, fishing fleets have worked the tides, fertiliser has come in shiploads and hops, tobacco, timber and livestock have gone out over the wharf. In 1955, when shipping was at its height, 276 vessels entered the harbour. There have been two wharves at Motueka and their history involves not only extremes of weather and tide but also intense local politics and a petition to Parliament to enable the formation of the Motueka Harbour Board. This book was commissioned to celebrate the centennial of the present Motueka wharf built in 1916, rebuilt and extended in ferro-cement in 1924 and now owned by Talley's Group Ltd. It records the ships that worked the Tasman Bay port, the people who provisioned, loaded and went to sea in them and the families whose lives were bound up with the wharf.

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    BETWEEN THE PORTS. COLLINGWOOD TO WAITAPU.

    By Carol Dawber with Motueka & District Historical association.. Softback, 0.79kg, 260mm x 210mm, 192 pages, black and white & colour photos. Published 2008.

    Bay was settled and supplied by sea and the ports of Collingwood and Waitapu were the entry points. Smaller motor launches, yachts and fishing vessels also used the waterways, and it was not until the 1900's that road travel became viable and settlers between the ports began looking to Takaka for their services. The hills behind Parapara and Onekaka were rich in minerals. Gold, silver, limestone and iron were important to the economy and it was for those industries that the wharfs, roads and bridges were built. Between the wars the Onekaka iron works was one of the two biggest employers in Golden Bay, while at Tukurua and Puramahoi farming and timber milling provided work for the settlers. This is a book of memories, not only for the families who lived between the ports but for everyone who grew up in rural New Zealand.

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    GREAT BARRIER ISLAND SHIPWRECKS.
    By The Great Barrier Island History Research Group. Published 2010. Paperback. 56 pages, 210mm x 297mm (A4), monochrome photos and drawings.
    While not a complete and final list of the Island's shipwrecks, (as there is always the possiblity of discovering more), this book is as much as is known up until 2010, when this book was published. The stories of the Island's wrecks are certainly full of variety, interest, tragedy, survival and examples of the best, and worst, of human behaviour.

    Amongst the contents, which range from 1842 through until 1989, there are the stories, and histories of many boats and yachts whose final resting places are now in the annals of Great Barrier history. The Schooner Osprey in 1864, the Cutter Rangitira (1883), the Steamer Wairarapa (1894) and the yacht Rose-Noelle to name but a few.

    This is a small slice of New Zealand history, and a fascinating look at the Island in the Gulf.

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    CAPTAIN JOHN GILLIES.
    By The Great Barrier Island History Research Group. Published 2010. Paperback. 33 pages, 148mm x 210mm (A4), monochrome photos and drawings.
    Captain John Gillies, over a period of three years between early February 1846 and February 1849, finished off and launched New Zealand's largest-ever sailing ship at Nagle's Cove, Great Barrier island. He had also built the brig Tryphena in New South Wales, (after which Tryphena Great Barrier Island is named) and for these things alone he deserves his story told, but there was much more to the man than that...

    His life, from his birth in Scotland in or about 1800, to his time in Australia and his drowning in Coromandel Harbour was filled with activity and variety and is an essential piece in the understanding of early European Great Barrier Island history.

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    CAPTAIN JEREMIAH NAGLE 1801-82. (VOLUME 1 1801-43)
    By Don Armitage. Softback, 0.22 kg, 210mm x 298mm 54 pages, Sepia Photographs. Published 2018

    Jeremiah William Nagle was born on the 21st November 1801 in Cork, Ireland. A robust, intelligent well-educated character whose profession and interests led him around the world, and into contact with the power elite of the many countries he visited, including New Zealand. For this reason, he fills a unique niche in our history, and becomes part of a story that needs told.

    This is the first volume, of a planned three volume set, which takes in his Irish birth up until 1843 when he is living with his family at what became Nagles Cove, on Great Barrier Island.

    Profusely illustrated with many rare photographs and illustrations, this is a wonderful addition to the written history of Great Barrier Island.

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    VOYAGE OF THE BRIGANTINE 'TERROR OF AUCKLAND' 1844-57
    By Don Armitage. softback, 0.18 kg, 210mm x 298mm 43 pages. Published 2018

    For a few short years in the 1840's, the Brigantine 'Terror of Auckland' (more commonly referred to just 'Terror') was a familiar sight, calling variously at Great Barrier Island, Coromandel. Waiheke Island, Auckland, Kawau Island and the Bay of Islands.
    Built by Peter Abercrombie at Coromandel during 1842-4, she wasa approximately 25m in overall length with a beam of 4.6m. Specifically built to service the Great Barrier Island copper mine

    For almost 7 years from 1844 until 1851 (She was caught in a Hurricane in 1857) her Master was Captain William Lancaster Dunning, With a crew of between 8 and 10.

    This is her story.

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    THE LANCASHIRE WITCH: NEW ZEALAND IMMIGRATION SHIP 1856-1867.
    By Belinda Lansley. Pbk, 153mm x 223mm, 162 pages.
    The clipper ship Lancashire Witch was a very large, fine vessel which ferried four loads of immigrants to New Zealand. The Witch made two journeys to the Port of Lyttelton and two to the North Island, leaving many amazing stories in its wake. Waves like mountains, frightening snow and hail, and 28 tragic deaths. "Truly this is an ill-fated ship" wrote diarist David Carr.

    Using ship diaries, and official documentation, the fascinating story of the Lancashire Witch has been retold. It includes passenger biographies and the fate of the ship's own "Lancashire Witch", possibly the most hopeless female immigrant to ever land in New Zealand.

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    SOME VOYAGES AROUND NEW ZEALAND AND ELSEWHERE.
    By Perce Hapham. Pbk, 150mm x 222mm,
    Following his boyhood dreams and as a gift to his grandchildren on his 80th birthday, Perce Hapham describes his many voyages around New Zealand , to the islands of the South Pacific and solo return across the Tasman. He weaves observations about people, places, boats and the sea into an unusually acute feeling for the fascination of cruising in small boats.

    Starting from days and nights cruising on the Tauranga Harbour in a 10 ft sailing dinghy, he progresses some 70 years of increasing sophistication in cruising. centuries old methods of navigation have been replaced by GPS and Chartplotters. Rigs have changed from mostly gaff-rigged to almost entirely Bermudan. Roller furling has come of age for both jibs and mainsail..

    So it is that age is much less of a barrier to continued cruising

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    TRIAL OF STRENGTH.
    Adventures and Misadventures on the Wild and Remote Subantarctic Islands.
    By Shona Ridell. Hardback. 1.00 kgs, 254 pages, 195mm x 270mm, colour, black & white & monochrome photos. Published 2018

    The world's subantarctic islands circle the lower part of the globe below New Zealand, Australia, Africa and South America in the 'Roaring Forties' and 'Furious Fifties' latitudes. They are filled with unique plants and wildlife, constantly buffeted by lashing rain and furious gales, and surrounded by a vast, powerful ocean.
    New Zealand and Australian subantarctic islands in particular have a rich and fascinating human history, from the early 19th-century explorers and sealers through to modern-day conservation and adventure tourism. And yet, the subantarctic islands are often called our 'forgotten islands' because so few people know of their existence, despite their status since 1998 as World Heritage sites.

    Trial of Strength is a history book filled with compelling photos, and one that, for the first time, includes women's stories as more than just a footnote.
    Balanced and engaging, this book features classic tales of infamous shipwrecks, lesser-known stories of intrepid pioneers, as well as more recent stories of adventure tourism, conservation wins, and dramatic helicopter rescues.

    Written by the descendant of two 19th-century British colonial settlers and packed with stunning photographs, Trial of Strength will leave you with an appreciation for the tenacity of the human race and the forbidding forces of nature.

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