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  • Rescue Pilot
  • The Kiwi Pair
  • Out! Out!
  • Thirty Years Around the World
  • South Sea Vagabonds
  • The Chrysolite
  • True Tales of the Chatham Islands
  • Growing Up a Chatham Islander
  • A Bit Mental
  • The Lighthouse Children's Mother
  • Just Sea & Sky
  • Boaties' Tales

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    RESCUE PILOT
    By John Funnell. Paperback, 0.41 kgs, 153mm x 234mm, 288 pages, Black & white images. Published 2016

    The daring adventures of a New Zealand search and rescue Pilot.

    Often referred to as a ‘search and rescue daredevil’, John Funnell is one of New Zealand’s longest serving and most respected search and rescue pilots, having clocked an incredible 19,000 hours of flying time. Rescue Pilot shares stories from his 49 years flying search and rescue helicopters all over New Zealand – and beyond. John is a hero to the thousands of victims he has transported to safety over the years, and is perhaps best known for his unprecedented 1200-kilometre mission to save a MetService employee attacked by a shark on the remote subantarctic Campbell Island. Fearless and prepared to give pretty much any mission a go, John boasts a remarkable aviation career. he's a natural-born story-teller, and the adventures he recounts are utterly gripping.

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    THE KIWI PAIR
    By Hamish Bond & Eric Murray. Paperback, 0.40 kgs, 153mm x 234mm, 271 pages, Black & white, and colour Photographs.Published 2016

    A gritty story of commitment, self-discovery and the outer limits of human endurance.

    Hamish Bond and Eric Murray’s domination of world rowing is legendary. Double Olympic champions, world record holders and the winners of six World Championship titles in the coxless pair, they have been at the pinnacle of their sport since they captured their first title together in 2009.

    The Kiwi Pair shares the story of Bond and Murray’s unique partnership. Some would describe them as chalk and cheese, two contrasting personalities who nevertheless bring out the best in each other. Join them as they share the secrets to their success, their extreme training regime, the highs and lows of top level sport, and the extraordinary dedication it takes to be world-beating oarsmen.

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    OUT!OUT!
    THE LIFE AND DEATH OF SUNNY DECK

    By Murray Vereker Bindon. Paperback, 0.37 kgs, 144mm x 210mm, 176 pages, Colour Photographs. Published 2016

    - Excerpt from the New Zealand Herald - 'Kiwi sailor Murray Vereker-Bindon says he escaped death at least five times during a dramatic rescue from his burning yacht in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The 70-year-old yachtie had just seconds to abandon his yacht with friend Michael Boyd, 68, and Mexican skipper Victor Campos when it was engulfed in flames in the dead of the night. His 15-metre yacht Sunny Deck lies burnt-out at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean - and Mr Vereker-Bindon said a series of lucky escapes kept him from "undoubtedly" joining it.

    The two Kiwis were woken by the captain's yells about 1.30am as the yacht pitched in 5-metre swells. The engine had caught fire and heavy smoke was billowing through the ship making it difficult to see, Mr Vereker-Bindon said. Within minutes of the trio getting onto the deck "really furious" flames erupted out of the area where they were asleep. They jumped into the lifeboat in just boxer shorts and t-shirts, cutting themselves loose of the burning ship for fear of explosion but puncturing the lifeboat in the process....

    Out!,Out! is Murray's story of the sinking, and rescue, of the crew of the Sunny Deck

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    THIRTY YEARS AROUND THE WORLD
    By Tim Le Couteur. Paperback, 0.64kg 155mm x 235mm, 239 pages. Colour Photographs.

    This is the story of 3 separate voyages undertaken over the course of 30 years. Divided into 3 parts, the first part details the journey of the “Wei-Hai”, and the Le Couteur’s trip to New Zealand in 1971, via The Atlantic, Caribbean, Panama Canal and the Pacific. After settling down in Auckland and starting a family and business, Tim, Ginny and their 3 children decide the time is right to continue the dream so in 1993 they set off in “Falconer” for the second part. Starting with a circuit in the Mediterranean and after many adventures, they cross the Atlantic again, sell the yacht in Florida, and fly back home. Part 3 spans the years from 2001 to 2003. In their newly acquired yacht “Hesperine” they cruise the Med, Atlantic and Pacific again as well as covering new territory in the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea and back to the Mediterranean. Thus completing their circumnavigation.

    Profusely illustrated with many colour photographs, this is more than a family log of journeys taken. Tim Le Couteur also uses his writers skills to record the changes and improvements in boat design, equipment and technology over the last three decades.

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    SOUTH SEA VAGABONDS.
    By J.(Johnny) W. Wray. Hardback, 0.59 kgs, 165mm x 240mm, 289pages, 2 sections of full colour photographs.
    South Sea Vagabonds, the book that inspired generations of New Zealand sailors, is reprinted on its 75th anniversary.

    "This book is written primarily for dreamers, and they don't mind if a man can write or not as long as the facts are there. It is written for the man who works in a city office and dreams about sparkling blue waters and coconut palms and white sails bellying to the warm trade-winds. It will, perhaps, show him how it is possible to break away from the ties of civilization, build himself a boat and sail in her wherever he wills. I was a dreamer once, but now my dreams have come true, and I am satisfied and happy." ~ excerpt from the preface of South Sea Vagabonds by Johnny Wray

    When unemployed Aucklander Johnny Wray wrote and published South Sea Vagabonds in 1939 he probably had no idea of the effect his story would have on generations of New Zealand back-yard sailors. The book charted his building of the 35 foot yacht Ngataki in his backyard from materials scavenged throughout the city, his cruises around the Hauraki Gulf and subsequently with crews of young New Zealanders, his adventures in the South Pacific, cruising the Islands, racing, trading, even hunting for treasure.

    Johnny’s tale of those adventures, South Sea Vagabonds, is funny and unafraid. Not surprisingly, it was an instant success. Four editions and seventy five years later the book is fondly remembered and often sought

    Johnny died on Waiheke Island in 1986 but the legend he created for New Zealand sailors lives on: with spirit and determination they can do anything. The Ngataki survived, number eight wire and all, and has been restored by the Tino Rawa Trust.

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    Also available in a Paperback Edition.

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    THE CHRYSOLITE. NEW ZEALAND IMMIGRATION SHIP 1861-1862
    By Belinda Lansley. Paperback, 0.18kg 152mm x 230mm, 116 pages.
    The beautiful and fast clipper ship Chrysolite was built in 1858 in Canada. Built of wood, 182.6 feet long, 36.5 feet in breadth and 22.9 feet deep, tamarack and pitch pine and partly sheathed in felt and yellow metal and fastened with iron bolts, she made two trips to the Port of Lyttelton, New Zealand in 1861 and 1862, delivering immigrants to a new land on the other side of the world.

    Using original passenger lists, official documentation as well as passenger biographies, the story of this ship is retold, and her history, which includes a floating cap on the water and an amputation by anchor, is part of the Chrysolite 's fascinating story.

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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 eleven other “true Tales” books under way all using the same format. For instance, Great Barrier Island is collecting stories for its third such book.

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    GROWING UP A CHATHAM ISLANDER.
    By Val Mete. Paperback, 204 pages, 138mm x 212mm. Published in 2012.
    The Chatham Islands are New Zealand's most easterly region, consisting of an isolated archipelago of eleven islands (only two of which are inhabited) lying about 800 km east of Christchurch on NZ's south island. Many visitors experience a trip to the Chathams as a 'step back in time' and this is exactly what Val Mete has written about in her first book of memoirs from her childhood. Of Moriori descent, Mete's stories warmly depict the adventures of extended family life and wisdom of her elders, as well as the appreciation for the landscape and ever-present South Pacific with its crayfish, abalone, kina, and blue cod. The abundant historical photos in Mete's book show the island lifestyle in the 1930s - 1980s. From horse-drawn mail carts and fishing nets, to the days of the early horse races and crayfish industry, the reader gets a clear taste of the abundant 'kaimoala' (seafood) and other resources on the islands that the locals gathered, shared, and now value as they reflect back to a time when they were young and things were quite different.

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    - one man's mission to lilo the Waikato & live more awesome.
    By Jimi Hunt. Paperback. 0.35kg, 227 pages, 154mm x 234mm, mental colour photographs ,Published 2013.
    Jimi Hunt is a man who has spent most of his life doing ridiculous things for his own amusement. Things like building the country's biggest waterslide, playing golf through the streets of downtown Auckland, and holding an alternative summer Olympics including events such as sandcastle building and frisbee golf.

    But what none of his friend knew was that Jimi had been silently battling with depression. It was eating him alive from the inside, affecting his business, losing him friends and slowly, painfully destroying his marriage.

    Disillusioned with the help and advice he received, he read that having a goal could help with depression. Five minutes later Jimi set his goal and announced to the world - he would travel the entire length of the Waikato River on an inflatabe mattress. Loneliness, 21,000 people following the journey on Facebook, chancing upon a dead body in the river, unbridled kindness from strangers, physical pain and crazy psychic predictions are just some of the strange tales from the river.

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    THE LIGHTHOUSE CHILDREN'S MOTHER.
    By Jeanette Aplin. Paperback, 150mm x 210mm, 228 pages, Black and white photographs.
    This is the sequel to Jeanette Aplin's classic The Lighthouse Keeper's Wife, the review of which follows below.
    The family have now moved south from rugged Stephens island to a remote, wave-splashed dot in Fouveaux Strait - Dog Island, only a few feet above sea level.
    Here, as the idyll and magic of island life spin their web ever more closely around the two families who live there, the author finds the old problems of lighthouse isolation get a fresh twist. She writes engagingly of solitude and of her own mother's influence as she ponders the old question: how much of the way we were brought up do we automatically repeat with our own children?
    Always candid and happy to laugh at herself and as ever at one with the natural scene, Jeanette Aplin carries her readers with her as she faces new challenges, falls in and out of love with small things, and finds new strenghts. They cannot help, too, but wonder with her - is this really the right place to be raising children?
    Over three years on Dog Island, living a way of life now gone forever and with her husband, children and the other family as tutors, the author gains more insight and learns more about the complexities of 'being human'.

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    JUST SEA & SKY.
    By Ben Pester. Paperback, 130mm x 198mm, 191 pages, black & white photos.
    Ben Pester's enchanting account of his epic voyage from Plywouth to New Zealand in 1953 provides a fascinating glimpse into the bygone age of traditional seamanship. Without the modern luxuries we take for granted today, Ben and his crew, Peter Fox, set off with no onboard radio, GPS, electronics, or even cabin lights, lifejackets or liferaft. Instead, they embarked on their 14,000-mile voyage aboard the 39ft gaff yawl Tern II relying solely on hand steering, cranking the engine by hand and navigating with sextant, oil lamps and torches.
    As Tern II made her way around the world, Ben and Peter stumbled across drunken harbourmasters, encountered the mafia, witnessed the legacy of slavery and experienced lost civilisations in the Pacific. This delightfully personal and very engaging account is a true adventure story, told in captivating detail and enriched with photographs and route maps of the voyage.
    This book shows how it was, and still is, possible to appreciate the simple pleasures of traditional sailing without the complications of modern-day equipment. It will enchant the landlubber and transport today's sailor back into the different world of only a few decades ago.

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    By Peter Jessup. Hardback, 190 pages, 135mm x 205mm. Published 2011.
    They say the happiest 2 days in a Boatie's life is when he buys his boat and when he sells it. Between these two events anything can, and does happen. Veteran journalist Peter Jessup has been sunk twice, runaground several times, run out of fuel, left the bung out, forgotten the keys and made all the other mistakes it's possible to make.

    This book is a selection of amazing stories from New Zealand and the world of boating.

    Was NZ$25.00 + delivery.
    Now NZ$15.00 + delivery.

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