New Zealand History, Page Two.


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  • To Auckland by the Ganges
  • Enderby Settlement.
  • Dumont d'urville. Explorer & Polymath
  • Vaka Moana
  • Nga waka O Nehera. The First Voyaging Canoes.
  • Voyages of the Pioneers to New Zealand 1839-85
  • Tupaia
  • Polynesian Navigation & the Discovery of New Zealand
  • Waka Taua
  • Conquistador Puzzle Trail

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    By Robert M Grogans. Paperback 0.33kgs, 170mm x 240mm, 138 pages, Black & white illustrations. Published 2012.
    In 1863 there was only one method of travelling from Britain to the other side of the world by sailing ship, on a journey that could take up to four months, and when the vagaries of wind and weather could put travellers in peril during long voyages. The offer of grants of land in New Zealand was a means of enticing emigrants to the fledgling colony, particularly people who had a skill to offer.

    One such emigrant was David Buchanan, a journalist and editor of several prominent Scottish newspapers, who opted for a new life in the hope that the health and fortunes of his family would improve. He travelled with his surviving son and three daughters, having lost his wife giving birth to their ninth child.

    Using his journalistic skills, Buchanan maintained a daily journal of the voyage which was published twice-weekly in his former newspaper, the Glasgow Herald. His account blended accurate details of the vessel and its handling with anecdotal tales and experiences providing interesting snapshots of mid-nineteenth century life. His devotion to detail suggests a passenger's keen eye upon the operation and progress of the vessel by the ship's crew. Of especial interest is the description of daily life aboard a mid-19th century sailing ship, and the interaction between passengers and crew. The clear class distinction between cabin and steerage class passengers, as well as the many pitfalls and potential injuries to passengers and crew that are described make illuminating reading.

    Upon reaching New Zealand Buchanan and his fellow passengers had stepped into the unrest of the Maori Wars, which were closely reported in British newspapers such as the Glasgow Herald. David Buchanan and his family may have settled and led a prosperous life but whatever befell him, he is due our gratification for providing an interesting and valued account of experiences on a voyage during the dominant era of sailing ships.

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    THE ENDERBY SETTLEMENT. Britain's Whaling venture on the Subantarctic Auckland islands 1849-52
    By Conon Fraser. Softcover, 0.71kg, 165mm x 255mm, 256 pages, Full colour illustrations and photographs. Black and white photographs
    The British Enderby settlement on the Auckland Islands became synonymous in the 19th century for its association with whaling ventures. Charles Enderby - of Samuel Enderby & Sons, one of the most prominent English sealing and whaling firms had successfully petitioned for British government backing to establish a settlement on the Auckland Islands 'for the purpose of the whale fishery, as a station at which to discharge the cargoes and refit vessels. However isolation, a storm-swept climate, unproductive soil, inexperienced crews, drunkenness and - above all - a shortage of whales meant that the raw colony ran into trouble, and the parent company found itself facing disaster.

    Two special commissioners were sent to either close the venture down or move it elsewhere, and a bitter struggle developed, with Charles Enderby refusing to admit defeat and Governor Sir George Grey reluctantly becoming involved. Nevertheless, the settlement collapsed and the few Maori settlers on the islands, who had preceded and benefited from the colonists' presence, left soon after.

    Little trace of the colony remains, and the Auckland Islands are much as they were before Charles Enderby's arrival: uninhabited, isolated, wild, and beautiful, and now of World Heritage status.

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    By Edward Duyker. Hardback, 1.92kg, 180mm x 254mm, 664 pages, 68 Full colour, sepia and black & white photographs, and 10 maps.

    Set against a broad sweep of European and Pacific history, this comprehensive new biography of explorer Jules Sébastien César Dumont d’Urville (1790–1842) reveals his life and times as never before. Dumont d’Urville (1790–1842) is one of the most famous explorers of the age of sail, an exceptionally erudite navigator who has been called France’s Captain Cook. D’Urville cultivated a profound engagement not only with maritime exploration but also with botany, entomology, ethnography and the diverse languages of the world. He lived through a tumultuous period of revolution, territorial expansion and scientific discovery. As a young ensign he was decorated for his pivotal part in the acquisition of the famous Vénus de Milo.

    This book also surveys d’Urville’s scientific contribution and the plant and animal species he collected. And it discusses his conceptualisation of the peoples of Pacific—it was d’Urville who coined the terms ‘Melanesia’ and ‘Micronesia’. D’Urville made an invaluable contribution to Pacific exploration as well as to the ethnography and natural history of Australia and New Zealand.

    Using primary documents that have long been overlooked by other historians, including D'Urville's personal journal, author Edward Duyker charts the multiple facets of d’Urville: his passionate but emotionally fraught marriage; his scientific legacy in the Pacific, Australia, New Zealand and Antarctica and his secret orders to search for the site for a French penal colony in the Antipodes.

    This is an unrivalled biographical work, fully encompassing the private and public world of this indubitably larger than life figure.

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    Edited By K.R.Howe, Hardback, 245m x 300mm, 360 pages, monochrome and full colour photographs.
    The discovery and settlement of the islands of the Pacific is the last and greatest story of human migration. The daring explorers who crossed the vast ocean that covers a third of the erath's surface were the world's first deepsea sailors and navigators. Thousands of years before any other peoples left the sight of land, they were venturing across unknown seas to settle far-flung islands.
    Published to support a major international touring exhibition of the same name, this richly illustrated account of Pacific voyaging, past and present, presents the very latest findings from world authorities. These fascinating insights are interwoven with superb photographs, artefacts, maps and diagrams, which together tell a story that is a testament to the ingenuity and bravery of humankind.
    Entertaining and informative chapters cover
  • the human settlement of the globe
  • origin traditions of Pacific peoples
  • important findings in archaeology, linguistics and genetic studies
  • traditional canoe building and sailing techniques
  • amazing pre-instrument navigational systems
  • ancient Pacific voyaging and trading routes
  • the arrival of the West and its impact on Pacific peoples
  • the modern revival by today's Pacific peoples of canoe building and traditional navigation

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    By Jeff Evans. Paperback, 0.38 kgs, 170mm x 245mm, 223 pages, black & white illustrations. Published 2016

    The arrival of the Polynesian people in Aotearoa was the final step in a series of remarkable voyages which saw them touch every spot of land through out the South Pacific.

    Much information has been passed down about the waka and their journeys, but this knowledge has never before been combined into onbe book. Nga waka o Nehera fills a major gap in New Zealand historical reference literature by bringing together for the first time the written traditions of those waka remembered as having voyaged to Aotearoa.

    This book features:

  • Alphabetical listing of the nearly 200 waka, including waka relating to the Chatham islands
  • List of crew members associated with waka
  • name variations
  • Karakia and Waita
  • Maps showing major reference points and landing sites.

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    By John McLean. Paperback, 0.63 kgs, 160mm x 250mm, 272pages, some full colour and black & white illustrations.
    A lot of New Zealanders have at least one - and often several - forebears who sailed from Britain in the nineteenth century to take part in the pioneering process, which built the country that we know today.

    From a variety of sources, including the diaries of passengers on a number of emigrant ships - mostly sailing vessels but also a few steamships - the author has told the story largely in the words of the participants themselves, thus giving a unique insight into what life was like during the long voyage (up to five months) down the Atlantic, around the Cape of Good Hope and through the storms of the southern ocean to New Zealand.

    The reasons for emigrating, the tearful farewells, the onslaught of seasickness, quarrels , epidemics, storms, fires, shipwrecks, shipboard activities, the fun of "crossing the line" into the southern hemisphere, and finally the excitement of viewing for the first time the land that they had gone through so much discomfort to reach - all are told in highly readable, if not entertaining, way that exposes the reality of life on an emigrant ship in the days of sail.

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    By Joan Druett. Paperback, 1.02 kgs, 153mm x 233mm, 440 pages, Sepa, Colour, Black & white illustrations and drawings.Published 2011
    The Remarkable story of Captain Cook's Polynesian Navigator.

    Tupaia, lauded by Europeans as 'an extraordinary genius', sailed with Captain Cook from Tahiti, piloted the Endeavour about the South Pacific, and interceded with Maori in NZ. A gifted linguist, a brilliant orator, and a most devious politician, could aptly be called the Machiavelli of Tahiti. Being highly skilled in astronomy, navigation, and meteorology, and an expert in the geography of the Pacific, he was able to name directional stars and predict landfalls and weather throughout the voyage from Tahiti to Java.

    Though he had no previous knowledge of writing or mapmaking, Tupaia drew a chart of the Pacific that encompassed every major group in Polynesia and extended more than 4,000 kilometres from the Marquesas to Rotuma and Fiji. He was also the ship's translator, able to communicate with all the Polynesian people they met. As a man of high social ranking, Tupaia performed as an able intermediary, interpreting local rituals and ceremonies.

    Joseph Banks is famous for his detailed, perceptive descriptions of the manners and customs of the Polynesian people. Much of the credit for this belongs to Tupaia. Not only did Tupaia become one of the ship's important artists, drawing lively pictures to illustrate what he described, but he could justly be called the Pacific's first anthropologist.

    Despite all this, Tupaia has never been part of the popular Captain Cook legend. This is largely because he died of complications from scurvy seven months before the ship arrived home. Once he was gone, his accomplishments were easily forgotten-indeed, by removing Tupaia from the story, what the Europeans had achieved seemed all the greater.

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    By Jeff Evans. Paperback, 0.30 kgs, 175mm x 245mm, 128 pages, Black & white illustrations.Published (Reprint) 2011

    This book offers a straightforward account of how and why Polynesian seafarer's made their journey south to New Zealand. The first part of the book discusses the origins of the voyages, legends of the homeland and the explorer Kupe, traditional Polynesian navigation techniques, and the preservation of seafaring knowledge by Maori. The second part of the book presents a gripping account of the canoe Hawaiki-nui retracing the route from Tahiti to New Zealand in 1985 using traditional voyaging methods.

    Richly illustrated with photos, maps and drawings, this is an essential guide to a great story of discovery.

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    By Jeff Evans. Paperback, 0.20 kgs, 185mm x 250mm, 76 pages, Black & white illustrations.Published (Reprint) 2017

    A Maori war canoe being paddled at full speed is an awesome sight. Thanks to the renaissance in canoe building, more and more traditional waka taua are on the waterways, and feature in major events like the Queen's Jubilee. Waka Taua gives a concise introduction to all aspects of the war canoe: its history, recent revival, types and variants, phase of building, parts of the waka, crew responsibilities and paddling techniques. With numerous historical and contemporary photographs and drawings, this easy-to-read book is the perfect reference for these amazing craft.

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    By Winston Cowie. Paperback, 0.62 kgs, 210mm x 268mm, 203 pages, Black & white, colour illustrations. Published (Reprint) 2015

    Praised by both the Portuguese and Spanish Embassies to New Zealand, Conquistador Puzzle Trail is a comprehensive assessment of potential pre-Tasman Portuguese and Spanish discovery voyages to Australia and New Zealand. Conquistador Puzzle Trail is the new and current 'go to' international text on the subject that the Portuguese and / or Spanish may have discovered Australia and New Zealand. It also presents details of New Zealand's 'oldest' shipwreck, a likely Dutch vessel.

    Everybody has heard little tidbits about the Conquistador Puzzle whether it be about alleged caravels wrecked on Dargaville's coast; 'Spanish' helmets being found and reburied on the Pouto Peninsula; oral tradition of sailors coming ashore and being massacred by Maori or Aborigines; pohutukawas on the far side of the world; or the Napier Broome Bay cannon or Mahogany ship in Australia, to name a few.

    Conquistador Puzzle Trail takes the reader through each puzzle piece, puts the arguments for and against its antiquity to the reader, and encourages the reader to decide for themselves, what part of the Conquistador Puzzle that piece forms....

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    New Zealand Naval History, and NZ Nautical Tales

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