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  • True tales of Whangarei Heads
  • True tales of Great Barrier Island 2016
  • More True tales of Great Barrier Island
  • Rugged Coast, Rough Seas
  • Motueka Wharf. 100 Years
  • Between the Ports. Collingwood to Waitapu
  • Great Barrier Island Shipwrecks
  • Captain John Gillies
  • The Pandora Survey
  • Chasing the White Whale
  • Whaleship Arrivals at the Bay of Islands
  • Whaleship Arrivals at Mangonui, Whangaroa, Auckland
  • The Voyagers
  • The Lancashire Witch
  • Some Voyages around New Zealand and Elsewhere

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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 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 stories and folklore, all 'Great Barrier true', and all under 1500 words. If you enjoyed, and believed, 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 to carve a life on the rugged backside of 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 under 1500 words. If you enjoyed, and believed, 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 to carve a life on the rugged backside of 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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    RUGGED COAST, ROUGH SEAS.Wairarapa's Maritime History

    By Ken Scadden. Softback, 0.65kg, 210mm x 263mm, 179 pages, black and white & colour photos. Published 2016.

    Surely the Wairarapa doesn't have a maritime history, there are no Ports or Wharves and only a few fishermen earning their living from the sea.” This has been a commonly held view, and the reason this book has not been written until now. In fact, the maritime history of the Wairarapa coast is both fascinating – and important.
    The sea lane from Auckland to Wellington, via the Wairarapa coast, was a critically important highway during the 19th century. Coastal shipping, with its use of surfboats, delivered the essentials of life ashore and took off wool, tallow and timber in the decades before roads were carved through the bush to remote settlements and sheep stations.

    Rugged Coast, Rough Waters tells the story of shipping – of national and local importance – on the Wairarapa coast. It also document’s the coast’s Maori maritime history and the barely remembered sealing, whaling and flax industries that once flourished The unforgiving, exposed coastline and the storms that rage along it have resulted in over 70 shipwrecks and more than100 lives lost.

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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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    THE PANDORA SURVEY.
    By Brian Byrne. Pbk, 195mm x 294mm, 304 pages, full colour and black & white illustrations and drawings.
    The 1848-1856 Great Survey of New Zealand, carried out in two phases, unquestionably answered one of the most pressing and vital needs of a fledgling colony; namely, a comprehensive hydrographic survey of its coastline, estuaries, and rivers.

    The story of the initial phase of that monumental undertaking was told some twenty-nine years ago in The Cruise of the Acheron; however, a full account of the second phase: its completion by Byron Drury in HMS Pandora, between 1851-1856, has remained unrecorded. To rectify this oversight, this book provides a detailed history of the Pandora Survey, together with its findings and the careers of her officers; in addition, it explores the origins of the Great Survey and looks into selected aspects of the Acheron Survey of 1848-1851.

    With the Survey having taken place during the golden age of British hydrography, both the colonial and imperial viewpoints are considered in order to place it within the context of the global vision of Sir Francis Beaufort, the hydrographer of the Navy, who held that surveys were a great duty which all maritime nations owed to the interest of navigation.

    The Pandora and Acheron Surveys, together with their harvest of charts which are still held in the highest esteem by hydrographers, cartographers and mariners, form a major part of New Zealand's early hydrographic and cartographic history; and in thier time they played a significant role in the successful settlement of Europeans in New Zealand and its subsequent economic development.

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    CHASING THE WHILE WHALE
    By Lindsay Alexander. Paperback, 0.51 kg, 145mm x 210mm 325 pages, Colour, black and white & sepia illustrations. Published 2015

    Dramatic tales of ships and shipwrecks, cannons, murders and flagpoles, of whaleships and the whalemen who sailed them.

    Chasing the White Whale resurrects long-forgotten stories from the turbulent history of the Bay Of Islands, New Zealand. Because of it's unique past and pivotal role in New Zealand's history Kororareka/Russell has more dramatic sagas than any other town in the country, and many are recounted here, most for the first time..

    Kororareka provided a safe anchorage, easy for square-rigged ships to sail into, and out of, with good water at Watering Creek just a short row away from the anchored ships. 'Recruits' were readily and cheaply procurable. It was a difficult time to be a sailor to desert from the Bay Of Islands, as local Maori formed a very effective security net and were paid a 'bounty' for any runaway whalemen they captured and returned. The certainty of retaining their crews greatly increased the appeal of 'The Bay' to whaleship captains. Kororareka was built on the uncertain fortunes of the whaling trade.

    The title is a refernce to Herman Melville's novel of the hunt for Moby Dick, and, less obviously, to Hollywood film-maker Stacy Woodward's chase, with a camera, of a white humback whale off Whanamumu Harbour in 1933.

    Lindsay Alexander is a resident of Russell, Bay of Islands and author of two other reference works on whaleships in Northern New Zealand waters

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    WHALESHIP ARRIVALS AT THE BAY OF ISLANDS NEW ZEALAND 1841-1894
    By Lindsay Alexander. Paperback, 1.17 kg, 210mm x 300mm 269 pages, Sepia Photographs. Published 2011

    These two volumes are compilations of original research on whaleship arrivals at the ports on the North East Coast of New Zealand. Many more ships, mainly American, visited these ports during the middle and later years of the Nineteenth Century than has been previously recognised. This is so much so that whaling elsewhere in the south-west Pacific probably also requires new assessment.

    The Lists are arranged chronologically with numerous annotations with references, that give a more comprehensive background to the ships and their crews and the northern New Zealand ports at the time.

    While the main texts of the books are databases of whaleship arrivals, an Overview in each book - with quotes from contemporary sources - gives a summary, including graphs, of the social and economic implications of the whaleships at the Bay of Islands and Mangonui.

    Indexes of Ships and Captains are arranged by month and year of arrival.

    The books will be primarily of interest to whaling historians and historians researching early New Zealand. However, as over the years, many whalemen deserted from ships at these ports and some established families in New Zealand, the book will also be of interest to genealogists.

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    WHALESHIP ARRIVALS AT MANGONUI,WHANGAROA, AUCKLAND AND OTHER NORTHERN PORTS
    By Lindsay Alexander. Paperback, 0.74 kg, 210mm x 300mm 201 pages. Published 2013

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    THE VOYAGERS
    By Paul Moon. Paperback, 0.58 kg, 155mm x 230mm x 15mm, 250 pages, black and white/ sepia illustrations. Published 2014

    Caught in the crossfire of inter-tribal wars, witnesses to cannabalism and to scenes of both ethereal beauty and chilling terror - the early European explorers of New Zealand were a diverse group of individuals who undertook voyages of sometimes epic proportions through the country. In The Voyagers Paul moon tells dramatic stories of Europeans discovering and exploring New Zealand during the first half of the 1800s.

    Ocean adventures, cross-country trekking and spiritual conquests, first contacts with the Maoris, artists seeking the 'sublime' scientific discovery and commercial pursuits all intertwine to form a fascinating portrait of a land undergoing immense change.

    This is a perceptive and absorbing account ot 19th century exploration, and of the very human characters who helped put New Zealand on the map.

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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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