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  • Time and Tide.
  • Islands of the Gulf.
  • True tales of Kawau Island
  • True tales of Whangarei Heads
  • True tales of Great Barrier Island 2016
  • More True tales of Great Barrier Island
  • True Tales of the Chatham Islands
  • 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 Voyagers
  • The Lancashire Witch
  • Some Voyages around New Zealand and Elsewhere
  • The Pandora Survey
  • Chasing the White Whale

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    TIME AND TIDE. THE STORY OF THE PELORUS MAIL BOAT.
    By Lorain Day. Hardback. 0.94 kgs, 239 pages, 195mm x 230mm, full colour and monochrome photos. Published 2017

    A place ruled by time and tide, the breathtaking Marlborough Sounds are the setting for this story of the Pelorus Mail Boat, one of the world's last such mail services. One hundred years ago, a 17 year old set out from Havelock on a two day journey in his homemade boat to deliver mail and provisions to the isolated families of the Sounds. That young man was Eric Johnson, who, together with his remarkable family, served the people of the Sounds for more than 50 years.

    Time and Tide tells this story and features some of the history of this intriguing area - early settlement, gold, fascinating characters, pig-hunting tales and the men and women who have continued the story of the Pelorus Mail Boat to the present day.

    Taking you on a journey through the Sounds' rich natural and human history, threading it to life in the Sounds today, and showing you a glimpse of what the future may hold.

    The esssence of the Sounds and the unique people that shape this magical and beautiful area is encapsulated in this lovey book. A wonderful introduction to a place that sparks the imagination, and the perfect memento of a visit to a place that captures the heart.

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    ISLANDS OF THE GULF.
    By Shirley Maddock & Don Whyte. Hardback. 0.66 kgs, 296 pages, 160mm x 245mm, Black and White photos. Reprinted 2017

    The all-time classic telling of life in the 1960s Hauraki Gulf. First Published in 1966

    In 1964 trailblazing author Shirley Maddock and photographer Don Whyte made an extraordinary voyage around the Hauraki Gulf, documenting its people and places. This was a watershed moment in New Zealand history where New Zealanders were given the opportunity to see themselves, not just in the pages of this book but also on screen. It was a time when the way of life on the Gulf islands was a resourceful one, largely cut-off from the outside world. The best-selling and much loved Islands of the Gulf is a precious record of a bygone era, and an enchanting must-have for New Zealand households, baches and boats.

    Right on Auckland's doorstep, across 4000 square kilometres of ocean lie some 40 islands - more if you count the gannet perches. In the early 1960s Shirley Maddock joined Captain Fred Ladd, the pilot whose jaunty seaplanes served those isolated island communities, to film New Zealand's first (locally produced) documentary series, Islands of the Gulf, publishing a book of the same name. Maddock would visit everyone from farmers to gumdiggers, rangers to nurses, flying through the morning haze to the rugged battlements of Great Barrier and the dim, bluish mound of Little Barrier; over the top of North Head to the bone white tower of the light on Tiritiri Matangi; beyond to Kawau, east to Rakino and the little Noises; south-east to the long golden lengths of Waiheke and Ponui, and last to the clouded peaks of the Moehau Ranges; and nearer to the inner harbour islands of Motutapu and Motuihe, Brown's Island with its lopped-off crater and, at the entrance to the Gulf, the last great volcano, Rangitoto.

    This new 2017 edition is being published to coincide with the remake of Islands of the Gulf showing on TV ONE prime-time later this year with Shirley Maddock's daughter, actress and writer, Elisabeth Easther.

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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 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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    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 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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    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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