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  • Voices from the Sea.
  • Roughy on the Rise.
  • Roughy.
  • Jagged Seas
  • Swimming Upstream
  • Nets, Lines and Pots- Vol 1
  • Nets, Lines and Pots- Vol 2
  • The Story of Sanford Ltd
  • The Ships of Omaha
  • The Era of Coastal Shipping in New Zealand
  • Vehicular Ferries of Auckland. The Floating Bridge
  • Bayswater Harbour Ferries of Auckland to Takapuna
  • Teak and Tide
  • A Voice for Shipping
  • Catlins Bound
  • 150 Years of New Zealand Shipbuilding

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    Managing New Zealand Fisheries.
    By Raewyn Peart. Paperback, 0.68kg, 208mm x 265mm, 168 pages, Colour Photographs. Published in 2018.
    The Environmental Defence Society's latest publication ‘Voices from the Sea’ is the result of an in-depth investigation into the operation of New Zealand’s inshore fisheries management system.

    Since 2013 a dozen whales, two orca, six hectors dolphins and thousands of seals have been caught by commercial fishing vessels in New Zealand waters, Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) figures released under the Official Information Act show. But the highest casualty rate has been of protected seabirds with nearly 10,500 animals from more than 70 different seabird species caught as commercial fishing bycatch in New Zealand waters in the past five years. The most common bycatch species are albatross, shearwaters and petrel.

    Authored by EDS Policy Analyst Raewyn Peart, the book evaluates whether the current approach is supporting thriving fisheries and communities, supported by healthy marine ecosystems, for the benefit of current and future generations of New Zealanders.

    The book includes interviews with approx 60 people who are closely involved in coastal fisheries including independent fishermen, quota owners, fisheries managers, recreational fishers, scientists and environmentalists. This is the first book on fisheries management in New Zealand to record these views.

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    By Tim Pankhurst. Paperback, 0.67kg, 152mm x 230mm, 346 pages, colour photographs. Published in 2017.
    The story of Orange Roughy is one of cowboys, characters and conservation.

    Roughy on the Rise charts the discovery of this mysterious deepwater fish, its expoitation, its depiction by environmental NGOs as the epitome of unsustainable fishing, the slow unlocking of its secrets, its key role in bankrolling the development of the New Zealand Seafood Industry - and latterly, its recovery.

    Tim Pankhurst records the story of the Orange Roughy, including the excesses of the roughy gold rush in its early years, with a remarkably candid series of interviews with skippers, crews, politicians and scientists.

    Despite mistakes being made, the evidence is that well managed fisheries can, and do, recover. The Marine Stewardship Council has recognised this by affixing its ecolabel, the International gold Standard of sustainable fisheries, to New Zealand's three major orange roughy fisheries. A testament to a turnaround in one of the world's most contoversial fisheries.

    Author Tim Pankhurst heads Seafood New Zealand. the Industry's peak body. He has been a journalist for 35 years.

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    By Alistair (AJ) Peach. Paperback, 0.39kg, 140mm x 215mm, 204 pages, black & white, colour photographs. Published in 2015.
    This is a book about marine fishing [trawling] the deep mid-ocean ridges for Orange Roughy, and the parallel story of a fishing buddy trying to establish a new fishery for Conger Eels.

    A fishing yarn and memoir about a decade of fishing that began in the South of New Zealand at Jackson Bay and progresses to the major New Zealand Ports.

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    By David Grant. Paperback, 1.28kg, 200mm x 270mm, 383 pages, black and white and colour photos. Published 2012.
    From humble beginnings in 1879 until the time it merged with the Waterside Workers' Union in 2003 to become the Maritime Union of New Zealand, the New Zealand Seamen's Union played an integral and essential role in this country's seafaring industry.
    Labour historian David Grant traverses the huge changes that have occurred in the working lives of seamen, and union practice, through these years. He portrays a union that was assertive and volatile but always steeped in never-ending struggle to win jobs for its members and to better their lives, which were often grim, particularly in the early years.
    The Seamen's Union was integrally involved in the country's biggest industrial disputes - in 1890, 1913 and 1951. In these and lesser quarrels class solidarity became a byword for its existence, hewn by decades of collective struggle with kin unions against the forces of capital - alongside participation in political struggles such as opposition to the Vietnam war, nuclear ship visits and apartheid in South Africa. Nonetheless, Grant eschews the labels 'militant' and 'irresponsible', which are often levelled at the union, instead arguing that the union has in fact been moderate and considered in all of its political and industrail activity.

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    By Jennifer Haworth. Paperback, 210mm x 260mm, 350 pages, published 2010.
    Nowadays New Zealand’s King Salmon is commonplace; it is found on every supermarket shelf and is an alternative on most restaurant menus. This fish is now a major export earner whose trade is worth in excess of $70 million a year and it provides jobs for hundreds of New Zealanders.
    It is, however, a relatively new industry based on a premium species of salmon – Chinook. These salmon are not indigenous but were brought here from the McCloud River in northern California at the beginning of the 20th century. Just a few importations of ova were sufficient to establish ‘home runs’ in many South Island rivers.
    The government believed these fish would form the basis of a canning industry, but the numbers were never sufficient. Instead salmon became a game fish for South Island anglers. In the 1970s there were attempts to introduce legislation to allow trout and salmon farming. Trout farming created a political furore and was dropped but salmon farming was supported by the acclimatisation societies, who could see the value of enhanced river runs developed by private hatcheries.
    To establish a successful industry experimentation was needed. New Zealanders knew very little about the biology of salmon and even less about salmon farming. But through experimentation and innovative science, salmon hatcheries were able to restock rivers. Ocean ranching was tried. This followed the salmon’s natural pattern and used the sea to rear the fish. When this failed to produce the necessary returns it was abandoned.
    Sea cage farming became the preferred method but there had to be considerable development and modification for New Zealand conditions.
    Salmon is now a popular fish in many parts of the world. The discovery that salmon is rich in omega-3 means that it has become not just a luxury but a necessary part of our diet.
    Swimming Upstream shows how innovative many early salmon farmers were; it covers their trials and problems which nearly cost them their industry and shows how they, as men and women with a passion, won through in the end.

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    By Emmanuel Makarios. Paperback, 0.40 kgs, 190mm x 260mm, 112 pages. Monochrome photographs. Reprinted 2005.
    This is a three volume narrative of episodes in the story of New Zealand's commercial fishing history. Volume three is now out of print. The tales recount the activities of the hardy individuals, who in the face of often adverse weather and economic conditions, have sought to earn a living from the sea, as well as their vessels and the communities in which they lived.
    There are in total thirty-seven chapters in the three books. Together they document a fundamental aspect of New Zealand's maritime heritage, and its economic and social history. There can be no doubt that this book will appeal to those who have served in the fishing boat or the general work boat industry for some years. They are certain to recognise some of the personalities and vessels that they have passed by during their service at sea.

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    By Emmanuel Makarios. Paperback, 0.44 kgs, 190mm x 260mm, 120 pages. Monochrome photographs. Published 1997
    This is a three volume narrative of episodes in the story of New Zealand's commercial fishing history. Volume three is now out of print. The tales recount the activities of the hardy individuals, who in the face of often adverse weather and economic conditions, have sought to earn a living from the sea, as well as their vessels and the communities in which they lived.
    There are in total thirty-seven chapters in the three books. Together they document a fundamental aspect of New Zealand's maritime heritage, and its economic and social history. There can be no doubt that this book will appeal to those who have served in the fishing boat or the general work boat industry for some years. They are certain to recognise some of the personalities and vessels that they have passed by during their service at sea.

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    THE STORY OF SANFORD LTD, The First One Hundred Years.
    By Paul Titchener. Hbk, 190mm x 255mm, 133 pages, monochrome and full colour photographs and drawings.
    The history of Sanford Limited, New Zealand's biggest fishing company, is the history of fishing in New Zealand, Auckland in particular, and as such will be of interest not only to those engaged in the Fishing Industry, but also to anyone interested in the maritime history of New Zealand.
    The author is well known as a maritime historian in New Zealand and he has recorded the human interest side, such as when pigeons were used to inform the Company of catches from their large war-time steel trawlers! He traces the development of the technology as well as the human side.
    This book has just come onto our shelves although it was published in 1981. This centenary edition is an in-house item and we are very glad to include it in our selection of New Zealand fishing industry books. It contains many excellent photos in colour and monochrome of old and relatively new fleet vessels; pictures of personalities afloat and ashore and a host of anecdotes that New Zealand fishermen will recognise.

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    By Carol & James Ramage. Limp back, 210mm x 297mm (A4), 165 pages, full colour and sepia photos and drawings.
    This book describes origins of the principle builders, the Meiklejohn family, and the scows and early sailing vessels and the environment in which they were built and operated in the Omaha vicinity. Omaha is in the north west corner of the Hauraki Gulf, north of Kawau Island.
    The vessels described feature those built by the principle shipbuilding families, the Meiklejohns, Darrochs, Mathesons, and also other builds. One of the authors - Carol Ramage - is the great grandaughter of Septimus Meiklejohn, which was a major motivation for producing the book.
    The presentation is lavish with many pictures of the ships and their surroundings, full colour, original sepia and black and white photographs, and colour reproductions of paintings. The book is very well priced. The histories of vessels are detailed and the narrative will be absorbing to anyone having an interest in the area, and in general of coastal trade by sailing vessel in New Zealand.

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    By Murray Jennings. Hardback, 197mm x 266mm, 193 pages, monochrome photographs.
    For many years the transport of goods between New Zealand towns was done by ships which would voyage from one port to another. Gradually as roads improved this trade died. The introduction of the inter-island roll-on roll-off ferries in 1962 finally killed most coastal trade. Many small ports simply ceased to operate and with them went a whole era of New Zealand social and maritime history.
    This book presents the stories of some of those who worked on ships and the history of the port of Raglan is presented as an illustrative example of a coastal port that no longer exists as such. The bulk of the book is a presentation of all the motor ships that operated between 100 and 1600 tonnes with illustrations, specifications and a brief history.

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    By David Balderston. Softback,0.88 kg, 210mm x 298mm, 235 pages, black and white images. Published 2016.
    Over 50 years ago the completed Auckland Harbour Bridge made obsolete in an afternoon those (7) in number, vehicular ferry boats that had plied the harbour since 1910. Though a way of life and employment was lost for their crews, to the general public, the passing of the "vekulars" went unlamented.. Nowadays these Ferry Boats, so unique to Auckland, are only a dim memory: with the only 'customers' who experienced them now being rather elderly....

    Nevertheless, these interesting and peculiar little ships, designed for utility rather than beauty, served the Harbour well.

    It was their inadequacies that made the Harbour Bridge a reality, which in turn changed the face of Auckland and brought the North Shore a step closer to their Southern neighbours...

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    By David Balderston. Softback,0.88 kg, 210mm x 298mm, 235 pages, black and white images. Published 2016.
    For 17 years, a street railway ran from Bayswater Wharf, through Takapuna Streets and around the Lake to Milford. This was the only marine and tramway system in New Zealand, conceived and financed as part of the Land Development scheme for Takapuna and Bayswater.

    Tramcars, towed by "Steam Dragons" connecting with the ferry from Auckland, provided an efficient transport system to feed population for the new housing estates being opened up on the Shore.

    In 1927, motor buses took over and nowadays noting, apart from the connecting Ferry, is left of the Takapuna Tram System. Nevertheless, the "Steam Dragons" have some claim to have woken the sleeping quiet beach settlements of Takapuna into vibrant Auckland suburbs.

    This is their story.

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    By Nigel Costley. Softcover , 0.73kg, 170mm x 240mm, 272 pages, black and white, sepia, and colour photographs. Published 2014.
    From the Ganges to Picton, New Zealand : the Changing Fortunes of the Last Surviving 19th Century Merchantman

    The Edwin Fox was built in 1853 in Sulkeali on the Hooghly River in India and sold to Duncan Dunbar II in 1854. It is the world's ninth oldest wooden troop ship and was used to carry soldiers to the Crimea War (1853-1856), convicts to Australia and bring immigrants from Britain to New Zealand. In the 1880s steam arrived and Edwin Fox was fitted out as a floating freezer hulk and used in several New Zealand ports. In 1897, it was towed to Picton and used as a freezer ship and then as a coal hulk. The ship was virtually derelict when the Edwin Fox Society took it on as a project. The New Zealand Historic Places Trust placed a category-one listing on the ship.

    Written by Nelson-based author Nigel Costley, the book is from a concept developed by late Marlborough author Don Grady. Costley is the third author to attempt to write about the Edwin Fox. Costley had two manuscripts to work with and “truckloads” of research when he began the endeavour in 2010. Although it took four years for the book to be completed, Costley did not grow tired of the subject. The tale of the Edwin Fox was a rich human interest story, he said. “It’s had such a versatile career. There’s just a lot of colour and drama in the story that I was able to pick up on.”

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    By Gavin McLean. Hardcover, 0.54kg, 195mm x 268mm, 96 pages, colour and monochrome photographs. Published in 2009.
    The New Zealand Shipowners' Federation was formed at Auckland in 1906 to succeed a short-lived local association. Although initially ignored by the country's largest shipowner, the Union Steam Ship Co, the Federation played an important part in settling the 1917 and 1922 seamen's strikes. From then until the 1990s much of its time was occupied with industrial negotiations. As land (and later air) transport ate into the coastal general cargo trade, rate setting became another core business item. The third strand of the business was lobbying government.
    That mix changed in the decade between 1984 and 1994 when governments radically reformed the economy. The shipping industry had already gone through a technological revolution with containers, roll-on, roll-off and bulk carriers drastically trimming the New Zealand fleet. The political revolution went further, reshaping the ownership of the ports and shipping industries and work practices. In remarkably short order, changes previously thought politically impossible, were enacted. In the twenty-first century the New Zealand Shipping Federation is the advocate for domestic shipping playing its full part in addressing the country's transport and environmental concerns - in short, it is A Voice for Shipping.

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    CATLINS BOUND. William McPhee's Southern-Built Sailing Ships, New Zealand 1860-1870s.
    By Mike McPhee. Paperback with flaps, 170mm x 240mm, 262 pages, colour and monochrome photographs and a CD of music by The Maritime Crew.
    In 1856 William McPhee finished his shipbuilding apprenticeship in Canada, signed on board a sailing ship, and set out to see the world. A year or two later he arrived in southern New Zealand and began working his trade. This is the story of the ships he built on Stewart Island and in the Catlins.
    His ketches and schooners delivered timber and general cargo to villages and towns around New Zealand. They battled through both Foveaux and Cook Straits; storms accompanied them and dangerous river entrances awaited them. The Nora, Eliza Simpson, Jane Hannah, Owake and Catlin served for years before the unforgiving sea claimed them and their brave crewmen. Two of his smaller vessels, the Anna and the Jane ventured into the Southern Ocean and somehow survived the sub-Antarctic. His biggest ship, the John Bullock, traded regularly from Melbourne to Hokitika and was finally lost in Northern New South Wales.

    There were few navigation aids in those days and all coastal vessels had near-misses or strandings; only good luck, sturdy construction and a skilled captain could save a ship that got into trouble - captains like Stephen Tall, Bill Hanning, Daniel Mcphaiden, Edward Tonge, Roert Norman, Alexander Purdie, James Tunbridge, Roderick Currie, Otto Arndt, John Mason and Charles Hayward.

    You will meet the ships, and the captains - good ships and good seaman, they knew their business well.

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    By Miles Hughes, Second Edition. Published in 2014.

    The first European ship to be built with New Zealand timbers was the Fancy, built in Sydney in 1893. A year prior to that,a group of deserted sealers began construction of the first European-built vessel in New Zealand. This schooner was ultimately launched in 1795.

    European settlement of New Zealand began with traders establishming isolated settlements on the coast, often under the protection of the local Maori Chief. With the mountainous interior of the country heavily forested, the only means of travel between these communities was by sea.

    This (Second Edition) of the book lists more than 1,200 New Zealand Shipbuilders, Shipwrights and boatbuilders, including their biographies and the names and specifications of over 5,600 vessels. The various types of vessels built during this 150 year period include: dinghies, pinnaces, whaleboats, Maori war canoes, ships boats, gigs. barges, punts, dandys, luggers, open sail boats, cutters, ketches, galliots, schooners, topsail schooners, brigs, brigantines, barques, barquentines, fully rigged ships, yawls, scows, dredges, floating cranes, naval patrol boats, tugs, minesweepers and a sbmarine, oli launches, maotor launches and yachts of all types.

    A valuable source of information on New Zealand's maritime history, and for anyone seeking vessel history,or biographical and ancestestoral history.

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