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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: New Zealand

By DK Travel

Dk Pub
Released: 2016-03-01
Flexibound (384 pages)

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Visit Middle Earth and discover the land of the Kiwis when you travel to New Zealand. From Auckland to Poor Knights Island, this travel guide takes you straight to the best attractions this island nation has to offer.

Filled with over 900 photographs and 65 detailed maps, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: New Zealand explores the country's Maori heritage, flora and fauna, beaches and national parks, focusing on the best scenic routes from which to explore the diverse New Zealand landscape—from the glistening glaciers on the West Coast to the surfers' paradise on Central North Island.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: New Zealand features:

   • Detailed itineraries and "don't-miss" destination highlights at a glance.
   • Illustrated cutaway 3-D drawings of important sights.
   • Floor plans and guided visitor information for major museums.
   • Guided walking tours, local drink and dining specialties to try, things to do, and places to eat, drink, and shop by area.
   • Area maps marked with sights.
   • Detailed city maps include street finder indexes for easy navigation.
   • Insights into history and culture to help you understand the stories behind the sights.
   • Hotel and restaurant listings highlight DK Choice special recommendations.

With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that illuminate every page, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: New Zealand truly shows you this region as no one else can.

About the series: For more than two decades, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides have helped travelers experience the world through the history, art, architecture, and culture of their destinations. Expert travel writers and researchers provide independent editorial advice, recommendations, and reviews. With guidebooks to hundreds of places around the globe available in print and digital formats, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides show travelers how they can discover more.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guides: the most maps, photographs, and illustrations of any guide.

A Kiwi Year: Twelve months in the life of New Zealand's kids (A Kids' Year)

By Tania McCartney

EK Books
Released: 2017-06-01
Hardcover (32 pages)

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Meet Charlie, Ruby, Oliver, Mason and Kaia - Kiwi kids representing a multicultural blend of culture and race that typifies our amazing country. They'll take you through a year in the life of New Zealand's kids, from celebrations, traditions and events, to our everyday way of life and the little things that make childhood so memorable.

A Kiwi Year is a picture book bursting with national pride. It's a snapshot of who we are as New Zealanders, blending our modern-day culture and lifestyle with past traditions and native heritage. Its pages feature meandering text, dates and gorgeous illustrations showcasing our five Kiwi kids at play, at school, at home, and enjoying the sights and sites of our great nation.

From the Bay of Islands to our hot springs and soaring mountains, vibrant cities and quaint country towns, this is our New Zealand childhood.

New Zealand (Country Explorers)

By Lyn Larson

Brand: Lerner Classroom
Released: 2011-01-01
Paperback (48 pages)

New Zealand (Country Explorers)
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Pack your bags! We're headed to New Zealand. On this whirlwind tour, you'll learn all about the country's landscape, culture, people, and more. We'll explore New Zealand's active volcanoes and narrow fjords, see the kiwi and kakapo birds, watch a rugby game, and taste a special feast called the hangi. A special section introduces New Zealand's capital, language, population, and flag. Hop on board and take a fun-filled look at your world!

The British Colonization of New Zealand: The History of New Zealand from Settlement to Dominion

By Charles River Editors

Charles River Editors
Released: 2018-07-23
Kindle Edition (61 pages)

The British Colonization of New Zealand: The History of New Zealand from Settlement to Dominion
 
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“When one house dies, a second lives.” - Māori proverb

By the mid-17th century, the existence of a land in the south referred to as Terra Australis was generally known and understood by the Europeans, and incrementally, its shores were observed and mapped. Van Diemen’s Land, an island off the south coast of Australia now called Tasmania, was identified in 1642 by Dutch mariner Abel Tasman, and a few months later, the intrepid Dutchman would add New Zealand to the map of the known world.

At the time, the English were the greatest naval power in Europe, but they arrived on the scene rather later. The first to appear was William Dampier, captain of the HMS Roebuck, in 1699, after he had been granted a Royal Commission by King William III to explore the east coast of New Holland. By then, the general global balance of power was shifting, and with the English gaining a solid foothold in India, their supremacy in the Indian Ocean trade zone began. The Dutch, once predominant in the region, began slowly to lose ground, slipping out of contention as a major global trading power. So too were the Portuguese, also once dominant in the region. It was now just the French and the English who were facing one another down in a quest to dominate the world, but their imperial interests were focused mainly in India and the East Indies, as well as the Caribbean and the Americas. As a result, the potential of a vast, practically uninhabited great southern continent did not yet hold much interest.

By then the world was largely mapped, with just regions such as the Arctic Archipelago and the two poles remaining terra incognita. A few gaps needed to be filled in here and there, but all of the essential details were known. At the same time, a great deal of imperial energy was at play in Europe, particularly in Britain. Britain stood at the cusp of global dominance thanks almost entirely to the Royal Navy, which emerged in the 17th and 18th centuries as an institution significantly more than the sum of its parts. With vast assets available even in peacetime, expeditions of science and explorations were launched in every direction. This was done not only to claim ownership of the field of global exploration, but also to undercut the imperial ambitions of others, in particular the French.

In 1769, Captain James Cook’s historic expedition in the region would lead to an English claim on Australia, but before he reached Australia, he sailed near New Zealand and spent weeks mapping part of New Zealand’s coast. Cook later asserted that the only major sources of timber and flax in the Pacific region were to be found in New Zealand and Norfolk Island, which would prove crucial to the British Empire and the Royal Navy in particular, and Cook also provided a firsthand account of a tense standoff with New Zealand’s indigenous natives on the shoreline. Over the next 90 years, Cook’s journey and his account would lay the basis for British activities in the region, and those activities would forge the modern history of New Zealand at a great cost.

The British Colonization of New Zealand: The History of New Zealand from Settlement to Dominion analyzes the expeditions that discovered New Zealand and the early settlements and conflicts waged there from 1650-1850. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about the European settlement of New Zealand like never before.

War Blacks: The Extraordinary Story of New Zealand's WWI All Blacks

By Matt Elliott

HarperCollins
Released: 2017-09-26
Paperback (320 pages)

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War Blacks is the extraordinary story of New Zealand's national sport and The Great War, and the effect each had on the other. Rugby and war have played major roles in the forging of a national New Zealand identity. This is the story of where both met, on the hot sands of Egypt and the muddy fields of Britain and France during World War I. War Blacks presents for the first time the stories of more than 90 men who had been, were, or would be All Blacks and their 1914-18 wartime service, wearing the double silver fern of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force or the badges of other nations. While first-class and senior rugby in New Zealand came to a halt as the war progressed - "fit to play, fit to fight" - the game played an important role in the recreation and morale of our troops. The mighty rivalry between the All Blacks and the Springboks can be traced to this period. When the "Invincibles" were touring the Northern Hemisphere in 1924-25, the ex-soldiers in the team made a point of visiting the battlefields they had fought on only a few years earlier, as well as the graves of their fallen comrades. Arguably the most famous of the New Zealand player-soldiers was Dave Gallaher, captain of the "Originals" All Blacks in 1905, who lost his life in 1917 at Passchendaele. He was one of 13 All Blacks killed in action during WWI. Others were wounded and left suffering the effects of active service for the rest of their lives. But amongst those who played after the war was Maurice Brownlie, one of the greatest forwards the game has seen. War Blacks is the moving - and at times humorous - story of our national sport and The Great War, and the effect each had on the other.

A Maverick New Zealand Way

By Ms Mary Jane Walker

A Maverick Traveller Ltd
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FINALIST IN THE TRAVEL CATEGORY, INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS, 2018.A Maverick New Zealand Way is a Maverick writing about her own country. After her mother died, Mary Jane walked all New Zealand for four years. She will make you feel like you have already arrived. And perhaps even that you have known her and her country for years.Mary Jane shares her love of environmental conservation and volunteering, trekking and adventure. She suggests sustainable travel tips, alternative places to visit and places to stay that only locals know about, off the beaten track.Discover the stunning back country of New Zealand, through walks, treks, mountain ascents and even a spot of mountain biking. Mary Jane, a self-proclaimed ‘Maverick Traveller’, sets out on many of the walks and mountain ascents throughout New Zealand’s North and South Islands.Learn about native bush and wildlife nestled among a variety of landscapes – glaciers, volcanoes, grassy plains, waterfalls, lakes, vast stretches of ocean and geothermal areas, as well as areas of special significance to Māori, and cityscapes both modern and colonial.WITH 625 photos, maps and other images

New Zealand: Travel for kids: The fun way to discover New Zealand (Travel Guide For Kids)

By Dinobibi Publishing

Independently published
Paperback (59 pages)

New Zealand: Travel for kids: The fun way to discover New Zealand (Travel Guide For Kids)
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Going on a family vacation to New Zealand or just want to learn more about this amazing country?


Make sure you get the most out of the trip with New Zealand– Travel For Kids

Dinobibi and Jack will join you in every step of the journey. You will have so much fun discovering New Zealand – its history, geography, flags and symbols, wildlife, culture and more!

Whether preparing for a vacation, or simply wanting to learn about New Zealand, this book gives you all you need to know, fun places to visit, tasty food to try, and fun, interactive pop quizzes throughout.
Come join Dinobibi and Jack on an adventure and DISCOVER New Zealand.

New Zealand and the British Empire: The History of New Zealand under British Sovereignty

By Charles River Editors

Charles River Editors
Released: 2018-12-30
Kindle Edition (92 pages)

New Zealand and the British Empire: The History of New Zealand under British Sovereignty
 
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*Includes pictures
*Includes contemporary accounts
*Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading
*Includes a table of contents

“When one house dies, a second lives.” - Maori proverb

By the mid-17th century, the existence of a land in the south referred to as Terra Australis was generally known and understood by the Europeans, and incrementally, its shores were observed and mapped. Van Diemen’s Land, an island off the south coast of Australia now called Tasmania, was identified in 1642 by Dutch mariner Abel Tasman, and a few months later, the intrepid Dutchman would add New Zealand to the map of the known world.

At the time, the English were the greatest naval power in Europe, but they arrived on the scene rather later. The first to appear was William Dampier, captain of the HMS Roebuck, in 1699, after he had been granted a Royal Commission by King William III to explore the east coast of New Holland. By then, the general global balance of power was shifting, and with the English gaining a solid foothold in India, their supremacy in the Indian Ocean trade zone began. The Dutch, once predominant in the region, began slowly to lose ground, slipping out of contention as a major global trading power. So too were the Portuguese, also once dominant in the region. It was now just the French and the English who were facing one another down in a quest to dominate the world, but their imperial interests were focused mainly in India and the East Indies, as well as the Caribbean and the Americas. As a result, the potential of a vast, practically uninhabited great southern continent did not yet hold much interest.

By then the world was largely mapped, with just regions such as the Arctic Archipelago and the two poles remaining terra incognita. A few gaps needed to be filled in here and there, but all of the essential details were known. At the same time, a great deal of imperial energy was at play in Europe, particularly in Britain. Britain stood at the cusp of global dominance thanks almost entirely to the Royal Navy, which emerged in the 17th and 18th centuries as an institution significantly more than the sum of its parts. With vast assets available even in peacetime, expeditions of science and explorations were launched in every direction. This was done not only to claim ownership of the field of global exploration, but also to undercut the imperial ambitions of others, in particular the French.

In 1769, Captain James Cook’s historic expedition in the region would lead to an English claim on Australia, but before he reached Australia, he sailed near New Zealand and spent weeks mapping part of New Zealand’s coast. Cook later asserted that the only major sources of timber and flax in the Pacific region were to be found in New Zealand and Norfolk Island, which would prove crucial to the British Empire and the Royal Navy in particular, and Cook also provided a firsthand account of a tense standoff with New Zealand’s indigenous natives on the shoreline. Over the next 90 years, Cook’s journey and his account would lay the basis for British activities in the region, and those activities would forge the modern history of New Zealand at a great cost.

New Zealand and the British Empire: The History of New Zealand under British Sovereignty analyzes the expeditions that discovered New Zealand, the early settlements and conflicts waged there from 1650-1850, and the exploration that mapped New Zealand and led to its status as a dominion. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about New Zealand under British sovereignty like never before.

From Kai to Kiwi Kitchen: New Zealand Culinary Traditions and Cookbooks

By Helen Leach

Otago University Press
Paperback (208 pages)

From Kai to Kiwi Kitchen: New Zealand Culinary Traditions and Cookbooks
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In the past two decades, cuisine and culinary history have attracted increasing attention, with both popular and academic books reflecting the growth of interest. Recipes are both sensitive markers of the socioeconomic conditions of their times and written representations of a culture's culinary repertoire yet, despite the vast number of cookbooks that survive, they have not been the primary focus of research projects. Acknowledgement of their potential contribution to our understanding of culinary history has been slow. This book is a first in its field.

Western Front: The New Zealand Division 1916-18 (New Zealand Military Series Book 2)

By Matthew Wright

Intruder Books
Released: 2015-03-24
Kindle Edition (184 pages)

Western Front: The New Zealand Division 1916-18 (New Zealand Military Series Book 2)
 
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The New Zealand experience on the Western Front began in 1916 and lasted over two years. It was socially shaping, a tragedy of epic proportions that drew in nearly half of all the young men of fighting age in New Zealand. And it provokes questions. Why did so many New Zealanders sail from the ‘uttermost ends of the Earth’ to die by numbers in muddy foreign soil? And were the tactics really as mindless as climbing out of a trench and walking very slowly towards the Germans until everyone was dead?

Matthew Wright provides some answers in this no-holds-barred account of New Zealand’s three-year hell on earth in Flanders and Picardy. Drawing on soldiers’ diaries and letters, some published here for the first time, Wright paints the vivid, harrowing picture of a life-and-death struggle shared, over the span of the war, by more than 100,000 young Kiwi soldiers.


 
 
 

 
 
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