The busy library elves have prepared Wellington City Libraries’ very own advent calendar, with literary treats for the 12 days of Christmas. Visit each day for a new surprise!
Read these popular recipes and save time preparing for the big Christmas cooking marathon. From traditional Christmas food to Instagrammable cake decorations, this selection of delicious recipes will take your stomach on a joy ride!
The Christmas table
“The Christmas table: festive menus & table crafts to celebrate the season in style. Planning the Christmas Day feast is an enjoyable thing to do each year for either a small or a large gathering of friends and family. This book showcases ways of organising the perfect menu, with many fabulous recipes to choose from. Also, there are beautiful but simple suggestions for decorating the Christmas table with both modern and traditional themes.” (Catalogue)
Christmas express : quick, delicious & easy recipes for the festive season
“Preparing food for Christmas can often mean days of labour-intensive cooking. If you don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen while everyone else is opening presents, then this book is for you. Using clever tricks and quality shortcuts, we show you how to create your favourite festive foods and flavours in a fraction of the time. It is all about spectacular food with minimum fuss. Enjoy over 100 illustrated recipes in this books.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
“Over 100 new recipes to show off on Christmas Day and over the holidays make this a standout book to have and use for years to come or to give as a gift to a loved one. The fabulous recipes and ideas are right up to date and will guide the reader through the Christmas festive season. The book is themed by celebration opportunity- Christmas Eve Brunch Family Lunch Christmas Night Boxing Day There’s everything in this book that a home cook needs to know about the festive season.” (Catalogue)
Fill the tins : easy baking for home / Gray, Sophie
“This substantial, beautiful baking book gives you all the recipes and tips you need for successful home baking. Sophie Gray is an expert home baker with lots of helpful hints as well as a thorough and exciting range of recipes for every baking occasion. Including cakes and cupcakes; slices and tray bakes; bready things; pies and pastry; Christmas recipes; lunchbox stuff and more. Full of classic recipes plus fresh new tastes, this is the ONE baking book everyone needs to own.” (Adapted from Syndetic Summary)
Christmas basics : simple easy to follow recipes for the festive season
“This book is written by Pamela Clark, food write associated with Australian Women’s Weekly for 5o years. A lot of cooks come up with wondrous feasts at Christmas gatherings. This cookbook will teach you all the tricks for producing just about every recipe you’ve ever dreamed of that’s suitable for the holiday season. Included are tips, hints, accompaniments, time lines with photos to guide you through the many fabulous recipes.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
Christmas with Kim-Joy : a festive collection of edible cuteness / Kim-Joy
“Kim-Joy’s baked creation was in the final of the Great British Bake Off 2018, and Baking with Kim-Joy was her bestselling debut book. Sharing her simple decorating techniques and delicious flavour, Kim-Joy will delight novice and seasoned bakers with her melted snowman cake pops, white chocolate igloos with marshmallow seals, penguin bao buns and incredible inspiration for designing your own magical gingerbread village.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
Holiday Crafting and Baking with Kids / Strand, Jessica
“Holiday Crafting & Baking with Kids will bring the whole family together for some good holiday fun. It’s for every occasion: Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s, and Boxing Day! Step-by-step instructions, helpful templates, and color photos make it a cinch for little ones to follow along. Best of all, the materials and ingredients are inexpensive, easy to find, and even easier to turn into amazing gifts and decorations.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
This blog collects sheet music from the big screen. If you are a music player, don’t miss the original theme song scores from the movies Avatar, James Bond and the all time classic Forrest Gum, Titanic, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Anastacia the Broadway show, to Disney favourites and the Simpsons.
“James Bond : the ultimate collection : featuring music from all 24 films : piano, voice, guitar.
“With all songs presented in expert arrangements for guitar, there’s never been a better way to experience the glamour and suspense of some of the greatest songs ever written for film. The James Bond theme (Dr. No) — Thunderball — You only live twice — Diamonds are forever — Moonraker — For your eyes only — All time high (Octopussy) — You know my name (Casino Royale) — Skyfall — Writing’s on the wall (Spectre).” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
The ultimate James Horner film score collection / Horner, James “Selections from The Amazing Spider-Man, An American Tail, Apollo 13, Avatar, A Beautiful Mind, Braveheart, Legends Of the Fall, The Mask of Zorro, The Perfect Storm, Star Trek II, and Titanic. With an introduction. The amazing Spider-Man (Promises/End titles) — Avatar (I see you) — Braveheart (For the love of a princess) — Legends of the fall (The Ludlows) — The mask of Zorro (Zorro’s theme) — The perfect storm (There’s no goodbye only love) — Titanic (My heart will go on).” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
First 50 movie themes you should play on the piano.
“(Easy Piano Songbook). Have you learned enough piano to feel ready to start playing from a songbook? Then this songbook featuring contemporary and classic movie hits should be perfect for you. It features 50 simply arranged, must-know favorites in easy piano notation. Songs includes: Forrest Gump Main Title (Feather Theme) — Gabriel’s Oboe (from The Mission ) — He’s a Pirate (from Pirates of the Caribbean ) — Theme from “Schindler’s List” — Star Wars (Main Theme) and more.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
Anastasia : the new Broadway musical / Flaherty, Stephen
“For one or two voices and piano, with chord symbols.
Based on the composer’s music for the 1997 animated film. Songs include: A rumor in St. Petersburg — In my dreams — Learn to do it — My Petersburg — Once upon a December — Stay, I pray you — We’ll go from there — Still — Journey to the past — Paris holds the key (to your heart) — Crossing a bridge — Close the door — In a crowd of thousands — Everything to win. “(Adapted from the catalogue)
Moana : music from the motion picture soundtrack / Miranda, Lin-Manuel
“This sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who is inspired to leave the safety and security of her island on a daring journey to save her people. This souvenir folio features nine easy-to play piano songs from the soundtrack by Hamilton ‘s Lin-Manuel Miranda. This souvenir folio also includes beautiful full-colour scenes from the film. Songs include: Where you are — We know the way — You’re welcome –Know who you are — I am Moana (Song of the ancestors).” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
The library of Disney songs.
“(Piano/Vocal/Guitar Songbook). There are songs for everyone in this collection of over 50 popular hits arranged for piano, voice and guitar from Disney movies past and present. It features classics from Cinderella and Peter Pan as well as modern favorites from Coco and Tangled and much more. Also includes songs from the movies: 101 Dalmatians, Aladdin, The AristoCats, Frozen, Lady and the Tramp, The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Pocahontas, Sleeping Beauty, Toy Story, and more.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
Theme from the simpsons sheet music / Elfman, Danny
“(Piano Solo Sheets). Piano solo sheet music for the opening theme to the longest running prime time cartoon, composed by Danny Elfman. This score can be downloaded onto iPad for eco-friendly sheet music.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
The books range from illustrated songbooks, to instrumental sheet music. Dive into the library’s wide range of song books and sheet music and find the hidden gems. You can search the catalogue for more carol sheet music.
Usborne Christmas songbook
“A fabulous clothbound hardback book with simple arrangements of traditional Christmas music for voice and piano. There are lyrics for all the carols, and chords for playing on a guitar, and the melody line can also be played on a recorder or violin. A charmingly illustrated collection of traditional Christmas carols , in a luxurious clothbound edition including sheet music and song lyrics. This book is good for very young audience to learn the songs as well as the professionals. ” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
The Christmas guitar big book : 100 great songs and carols
“Alfred’s Guitar Big Book series presents the best songs of each decade and each genre in complete note-for-note guitar tab transcriptions. Most books in the series are well over 250 pages and contain 30 to 40 or more songs each. With over 20 books in the series, the Big Books are a great way to build a complete reference library of all your favorite songs. Titles in this 100-song collection include (and these are just the “I”s): I Believe in Santa Claus * I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day .” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
Simple Christmas carols : the easiest easy piano songs.
“(Easy Piano Songbook). Play 50 classic carols in the easiest of arrangements, presented simply, with lyrics. Includes: Away in a Manger * Deck the Hall * Ding dong! Merrily on high* The First Noel * Go, Tell It on the Mountain* Good King Wenceslas * Hark The Herald Angels Sing * It Came upon the Midnight Clear * Jingle Bells * O Holy Night * O Christmas tree *O come, all ye faithful Silent Night * The Twelve Days of Christmas * What Child Is This? * and more.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
100 most beautiful Christmas songs.
“Songs include: All is well — Almost there — Angels from the realms of glory — Angels we have heard on high — As long as there’s Christmas : from Beauty and the Beast, the enchanted Christmas — Away in a manger — Baby, it’s cold outside : from the motion picture Neptune’s daughter — Because it’s Christmas : (For all the children) — Believe : from Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Polar Express — The birthday of a King — Blue Christmas. And more. (Adapted from the Catalogue)
“(Super Easy Songbook). It’s super easy This series features accessible arrangements for piano, with simple right-hand melody, letter names inside each note, and basic left-hand chord diagrams. This edition includes 60 timeless carols: Away in a Manger * Coventry Carol * Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Op. 71a * The First Noel * Go, Tell It on the Mountain * Hark The Herald Angels Sing * It Came upon the Midnight Clear * Jingle Bells * Joy to the World * O Holy Night * Silent Night.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
“(Strum Together). The Strum Together series enables players of five different instruments or any combination of them to “strum together” on over 40 great songs. This easy-to-use format features melody, lyrics, and chord diagrams for standard ukulele, baritone ukulele, guitar, mandolin, and banjo. Songs include: Angels We Have Heard on High * Away in a Manger * Blue Christmas * Deck the Hall * The First Noel * Go, Tell It on the Mountain * A Holly Jolly Christmas and more.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
Find these hidden gems of eAudiobooks and eBooks by New Zealand authors on BorrowBox. Immerse yourself in the storylines that are read by the authors’ own voices. You can download the app from AppleStore or GooglePlay for a better experience.
Money in the Morgue : Unabridged edition / Ngaio Marsh, Stella Duffy Read by Stella Duffy
“Shortlisted for the CWA Historical Dagger Award 2018. Mr Glossop’s car breaks down he is stranded for the night at the isolated Mount Seager Hospital. Trapped with him are a group of quarantined soldiers with a serious case of cabin fever, three young employees embroiled in a tense love triangle, a dying elderly man, an elusive patient whose origins remain a mystery … and a potential killer. ” (Adapted from BorrowBox)
The Luminaries / Eleanor Catton Read by Mark Meadows
“It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery.” (Adapted from BorrowBox)
The Parihaka Woman / Witi Tame Ihimaera Read by Shavaughn Ruakere, Jim Moriarty
“Richly imaginative and original, weaving together fact and fiction, it sets the remarkable story of Erenora against the historical background of the turbulent and compelling events that occurred in Parihaka during 1870-80. As Erenora’s world is threatened by war and land confiscation, Erenora must take up her greatest challenge and save her exiled husband, Horitana.” (Adapted from BorrowBox)
The 10pm Question / Kate de Goldi Read by Stig Wemyss
“The 10pm Question is an award-winning novel which defies all age categories. It does so with a sparkling wit and an operatic cast of characters so delightful and maddening they become dear to us. Frankie Parsons is twelve going on old man, a talented boy with a drumbeat of worrying questions: animals, flu, and cancer. Only Ma answers his 10pm questions, but it is Ma who is the cause of the most worrying question of all. ” (Adapted from BorrowBox)
Displaced / Cristina Sanders
“Eloise and her family must leave Cornwall on a treacherous sea journey to start a new life in 1870s colonial New Zealand. On the ship across, Eloise meets Lars, a Norwegian labourer travelling below decks, and their lives begin to intertwine. When her brother disappears, her father leaves and the family are left to fend for themselves in their new home, Eloise must find the strength to stand up. An enthralling historical novel of immigration, courage and first love from an award-winning New Zealand author.” (Adapted from BorrowBox)
Access Road / Maurice Gee Read by Heather Bolton
“As she watches her brother losing the battle with his memories, Rowan wonders how long she can keep her own past at bay. Rowan was safe in her ‘upper crusty’ suburb, now drawn more strongly ‘out west’. Clyde Buckley – violent as a boy; enigmatic, subterranean as an old man – returns to his childhood territory. What does he want? What crimes does he hide? And how is Lionel involved? Rowan must find out. ” (Adapted from BorrowBox)
Mister Pip / Lloyd Jones Read by Susan Lyons
“After the trouble starts and the soldiers arrive on Matilda’s island, there comes a time when all the white people have left. Only Mr Watts and his wife remains. As Mr Watts stands before the class and reads the only book left to him, Great Expectations ‘by my friend Mr Dickens’, Dickens’s hero, Pip, starts to come alive in Matilda’s imagination. And on an island at war, the power of the imagination can be a dangerously provocative thing.” (Adapted from BorrowBox)
A Conversation With My Country / Alan Duff Read by Alan Duff
“A fresh account of New Zealand from one of our hardest-hitting writers. Following Once Were Warriors, Alan Duff wrote Maori: The Crisis and the Challenge. His controversial comments shook the country. A quarter of a century later, New Zealand and Maoridom are in a very different place. Alan never shies away from being a whetstone on which others can sharpen their opinions.” (Adapted from BorrowBox)
From time to time, we may stop and cherish the beautiful sceneries around us. Thanks to these artists who freeze the beautiful moments onto canvas, now we can cherish New Zealand scenery along with the rest of the world. This blog also includes artists’ work using different techniques.
Looking for the light : landscape photographs of New Zealand / Latham, Peter
“New Zealand born landscape photographer presents this epic collection of his most popular gallery fine-art prints, together with numerous new images of the New Zealand landscape. Peter’s poetic eye and unique presentation has earned him a coveted reputation in the elusive art market. ” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
Grahame Sydney : paintings 1974-2014 / Sydney, Grahame
“Grahame’s paintings of the Central Otago landscape and the wider South Island are known and loved by large numbers of New Zealanders at home and abroad, and have become touchstones that reflect the depth of feeling many people have for this country. His work now spans over four decades and encompasses oils, watercolours, egg tempera, lithographs, etching, photography and film. (Adapted from the catalogue)
Van der Velden : Otira / Vangioni, P. J.
“Petrus van der Velden is one of New Zealand’s keystone artists, and this sumptuous publication brings together major examples of his ground-breaking Otira series from public and private lenders throughout New Zealand. It highlights the manner in which van der Velden’s art has resonated throughout the twentieth and into the twenty-first century.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
Drawing the Waitakere Coast / Binney, D. H.
“In 2008, painter Don Binney completed 24 charming coloured pencil drawings of Auckland’s West Coast, from Huia to Te Henga (Bethells). They are evocative of the coast so many New Zealanders love and they are magnificent works in themselves. They are accompanied by text commenting on the landmarks shown in each of the drawings. “(Catalogue)
Art New Zealand.
“Art New Zealand is the major visual arts journal in New Zealand. First published in 1976, it has consistently surveyed New Zealand’s contemporary art with rigour and professionalism. It is essential reading and reference for those interested in New Zealand art. Its place in the art world is secure and its reputation is unequalled.” (Publisher’s website)
Artists’ impressions of New Zealand
“Denis Robinson’s latest offering is something of an artist’s road trip around New Zealand. There is a wide variety of techniques displayed in the work, and often this seems related to place, like central Otago, which attracts oil painters than Wellington, where watercolourists dominate the painting landscape. Denis Robinson has once again achieved a portfolio of striking artworks that not only demonstrates the deep well of artistic talent in this country, but also reflects the scenic beauty that surrounds us.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
Did you know that candy canes are from Germany; model railways that run around Christmas trees are American; turkeys are replaced by KFC in Japan; advent calendars are handmade in Switzerland; and midnight mass are followed by fireworks in Portugal? And of course, the Pohutukawa trees are iconic Christmas trees in New Zealand. Read the interesting selection about the world’s Christmas traditions in this blog.
A very British Christmas : twelve days of discomfort and joy / Marsden, Rhodri
“This is a twelve-stage sleigh ride through the best, worst, strangest and funniest aspects of the Christmas holiday, with cultural icons saluted, national habits dissected and personal reminiscences from those who’ve eaten all the mince pies and lived to tell the tale. The essential Christmas stocking filler for every Brit who’s ever found themselves on a deflating air bed in their parents’ spare room wedged up against the washing machine come Christmas Eve.” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk)
Christmas : a biography / Flanders, Judith
“In Christmas: A Biography, social historian and best-selling author Judith Flanders casts a revealing eye on the myths, legends and history of the season, from the origins of the holiday in the Roman empire to the emergence of Christmas trees in central Europe, to what might just possibly be the first appearance of Santa Claus in Switzerland! The acclaimed author of The Victorian House and The Victorian City tells the story of the celebration of Christmas.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
“The Christmas season is a time for being with family and friends, for mixing ageless traditions and new ideas. American Christmas will help you discover fresh ways to entertain with festive menus, handmade party favors, and colorful decorations. Eight celebratory occasions—from a New England cookie exchange to a cozy fireside Christmas Eve supper, or a Wine Country Christmas dinner—showcase the true Christmas spirit. Detailed plans help you stay organized.” (Catalogue)
Scandinavian Christmas : over 80 celebratory recipes for the festive season / Hahnemann, Trine
“In Scandinavia the whole period of Christmas, from the first Sunday in Advent to New Year’s Day, is marked by festivals and celebrated in traditional but beautifully contemporary style. Hygge, cosiness in Danish, is about being inside with candles, great comfort food and lots of cakes and sweets. Jars of decorated cookies, gingerbread houses and clogs filled with little presents.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
Rick Steves’ European Christmas / Steves, Rick
“Rick Steves, America’s expert on Europe, teams up with co-author Valerie Griffith to explore the rich and fascinating mix of Christmas traditions: Christian, pagan, musical, and edible in Norway, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, and Switzerland. Romans cook up eels, Salzburgers shoot off guns, Germans buy “prune people” at markets, Norwegian kids hope to win marzipan pigs, and Parisians ice-skate on the Eiffel Tower.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
A New Zealand Christmas : three centuries of Kiwi Christmas celebrations from the Alexander Turnbull Library / Ell, Sarah
“This sister volume to the successful Map New Zealand is a treasure trove of Christmas Kiwiana from down the years. Drawing on the Turnbull’s extensive collection, the selection of utterly charming Christmas cards, Christmas Day dinner menus, photographs, recipes, advertisements and poster art show the various ways in which we’ve celebrated Christmas and our nation over time..” (Adapted from Fishpond)
Festivals in the Southern Hemisphere : insights into cosmic and seasonal aspects of the whole earth / Samson, Martin
“Many Christian festivals traditionally draw imagery and symbolism from the northern hemisphere seasons. Rudolph Steiner shared cosmic, spiritual imaginations for the northern hemisphere, and in this book Martin Samson develops a useful equivalent guide for the southern hemisphere. He concludes that the essence of Christian festivals works at the same time for the whole earth, but take on nuances through the opposite seasons.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
Kiwiana are certain items and icons from New Zealand’s heritage. It could be described as all the weird and wonderful quirky things from years gone by that contribute to our sense of nationhood — our Kiwi identity: gumboots, ‘Buzzy Bee’ toys, Pavlova, pineapple lumps, shell ashtrays, and a cookbook.
Kiwiana : uniquely New Zealand / Barnett, Stephen
“Revised edition of: New Zealand! New Zealand! : in praise of kiwiana / Stephen Barnett, Richard Wolfe. Hodder & Stoughton, 1989. This beautifully illustrated books included biographical references, and is the iconic celebration of kiwi social life, popular culture and customs. Author Richard Wolfe is a US columnist of the Guardian; and Stephen Barnett is a famous social history and popular culture author in New Zealand.” (Adapted from the catalogue)
Crikey! : talk about Kiwiana / Wolfe, Richard
“It is an illustrated collection of Kiwiana, documenting the stories behind the objects, events and people that have defined the popular culture of New Zealand. Contents include: Quarter-acre paradise; Corker grub; A fine drop; Glad rags; At the chalkface; Crouch, touch, engage; Fair dinkum fun; Up the boohai; Tangata whenua; Godzone country; Gummint; Number-eight wire; Cow cockies; Hard yakker; Pedal to the metal; Go bush; The shaky isles.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
All about Kiwiana : New Zealand treasures and traditions / Gunson, Dave “This book features New Zealand treasures and traditions, though published as a children’s book, this illustrated book features what’s unique in New Zealand traditions. The author Dave Gunson was also an illustrator and designer. He has received many awards and prizes,The Natural World of New Zealand (1998), written by Gerard Hutching and contributed to by Gunson, won the 1998 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
Edmonds cookery book.
“In 1879, Thomas Edmonds, a grocer, sold his first batch of 200 tins, telling his customers that their baking was ‘sure to rise’. Now It’s not a Kiwi Kitchen without Edmonds. This New Zealand’s favourite and bestselling cookbook has been fully revised! It has been an essential ingredient in New Zealand kitchens for over 100 years. Full of everyday recipes that are sure to be a success from afghans to bacon and egg pie, now the New Zealand icon is completely up to date and better than ever. ” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
ICONZ : an iconic look at New Zealand identity / Ellis, Belinda
“ICONZ is an encyclopaedic collection of 64 illustrated graphic icons cataloguing New Zealand’s popular culture and identity. ICONZ pushes past ‘kiwiana’, to depict iconic New Zealanders, Maoridom, cuisine, products and pastimes, as well as comparable aspects of our flora and fauna. The icons have been applied to a range of retail merchandise: art-quality prints and stationery; clothing and accessories; household items; even chocolates.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
Made in New Zealand : stories of iconic Kiwi brands / McCloy, Nicola
“New from the best selling author of WHYKICKAMOOCOW and RETURN TO WHYKICKAMOOCOW. Were Ches and Dale real people? Is a Swanndri named after a waterproof water bird? Why not Lemon and Thames? And what’s so odd about Oddfellows? This appealing, whimisical book is a light social history into the stories behind some of New Zealand’s iconic products, stores and brands.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
KIWI : the Australian brand that brought a shine to the world : a history of the Kiwi Polish Company / Dunstan, Keith
“The story of the Melbourne family who created the iconic Kiwi brand which took Australian shoe polish to the world, and is still the most widely used shoe polish globally. William Ramsey who founded this world famous polish product named the brand after his wife Annie’s country of origin, kiwi (New Zealand). Author Keith Dustan, was an Australian journalist and writer, won the Medal of Order of Australia. ” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
Black Angus : 150 years in New Zealand / Bryant, Geoff
“A celebration of New Zealand’s most popular beef breed and the stories of those who have farmed Angus in this country for 150 years. Since 1863, Angus has become the dominant breed of beef cattle, with stock numbers now in the tens of thousands. Author Geoff Bryant travelled throughout the country interviewing people and photographing people and places. ” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
Kiwiana cupcakes, cake pops and whoopie pies / Day, Kirsten
“Kirsten Day does cupcakes, cake pops and whoopie pies Kiwiana-style, creating delectable treats to celebrate our Kiwi culture. In full colour with never-fail recipes, tips and hints, advice on Kiwiana styling and variations on design. This recipe makes fun occasions with fun cupcakes. This fully illustrated book is easy to follow even for young bakers.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
Explore the gems of Wellington and forget about the rest of the planet for a while. Have a browse at these books that help you explore the best of Wellington, since the summer is approaching… or almost.
Wellington from above / Stewart, Graham
“Wellington is hailed as the best little capital city in the world – it is the southernmost capital and is known for its friendly atmosphere. The heart of the city is compact, walkable and alive with restaurants and cafes that give a welcome with stylish a la carte dining and pavement outdoor casual fare. It boasts more bars, cafes and restaurants per capita than New York. Greater Wellington reaches to Upper Hutt and beyond to the Kapiti Coast.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
Day walks of Greater Wellington / Gavalas, Marios
“Wellingtonians and visitors alike have difficulty choosing a walking area to explore because they are so spoilt for choice. This book lists over 70 walks divided into 5 regional sections – the western coast north to Otaki, Wellington city, the eastern bays, Wainuiomata Valley and the Hutt Valley. With overviews of popular walking areas, each walk is given a track grade, approximate travel time, easy access details, notes on the track itself and points of interest to highlight the most memorable features. ” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
Art & about : a pocket guide to Wellington’s public art / Sutton, Frances
“Wellingtonians and visitors love the city’s profusion of public art. Complete with maps and photos to help you uncover even the most hidden treasures, this book tells you about each work and the artist who made it. From classical statuary and Maori symbolism to wind sculptures and the inspired creations of Weta Workshop, there’s a visual and artistic feast in Wellington waiting for you to discover. Also discover the forgotten underground streams now have an above-ground presence.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
A walk a day : 365 short walks in New Zealand / Janssen, Peter
“Walking is one of the best ways to see a country and in this book there’s a short walk to suit everyone. All 365 walks are three hours or less and will suit those who enjoy walking but do not fancy a long tramp with heavy boots and a pack, or visitors pressed for time, and families with young children. Every walk includes a highlight, whether it’s an historic landmark such as Kerikeri’s Stone Store; a dramatic natural feature, like the Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki, on the South Island’s West Coast.” (Adapted from catalogue)
Tart & bitter : four decades of dining nightmares : the best of David Burton in the Dominion Post / Burton, David
“Over his long career as a restaurant critic, David Burton has written approximately 2000 restaurant reviews for The Dominion Post and its predecessor The Evening Post, as well as Cuisine magazine. Of these, the vast majority have been either positive or at least mixed. However, Tart & Bitter is a selection of `absolute scorchers’. These reviews build a highly entertaining picture of the most ground-breaking era of New Zealand’s restaurant history.” (Adapted from Catalogue)
Raupo to deco : Wellington styles and architects, 1840-1940 / Mew, G
“This book celebrates a century of architectural achievement in Wellington, linking the style characteristics, from raupo thatching to art deco ornament. It contains biographies of more than 300 architects associated with Wellington plus photos, elevations and rare plans. The authors last collaboration was the prize-winning Ring Around the City, documenting the development of Wellingtons suburbs.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
This blog includes some innovative ideas for improving housing quality, sustainability, and affordability.
150 best tiny space ideas / Zamora Mola, Francesc
“Discover the latest innovations in tiny space design in this lush compendium in the 150 Best series, showcasing 150 full-color profiles. As the price of large residences have become increasingly out of reach for many people, aspiring home owners have begun to think smaller. All the projects featured in this handsome reference were created by internationally renowned architects. Encompassing current trends in small space design, this book offers the work of international visionaries who have created and transformed a range of accommodations, from a micro-apartment in Taipei City to a silo in Phoenix to an island shack in British Columbia. ” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
How to survive a leaky home : risks, remedies and repairs / Van Dongen, Yvonne
“This book will provide information on the following: Tell-tale signs and other not-so-obvious signs, who to go to, what steps to take, how the Weathertight Homes Tribunal works, whether to go to court or use the state system, what to expect in terms of time and cost, what to claim for and whether to stay in the home or go during repair.” (Catalogue)
New Zealand property investor.
“The New Zealand Property investor magazine provides readers with information you can use to successfully invest in residential property. You can learn from the experts, read the stories of your fellow investors and keep up to date with the latest house prices and rental statistics.” (Catalogue)
Buying a house in New Zealand / Ripley, Alison
“Buying property in New Zealand is not only for those who have emigrated; the country is also an ideal destination for those who wish to escape from the bleak northern winters and spend a second summer in their dream house down under, helped by the “open-door” policy that allows nonresidents to live in New Zealand for up to six months without ….” (Catalogue)
Green modern : eco-conscious contemporary New Zealand homes / McCall, Claire
“Green Modern showcases design-conscious New Zealand houses that embrace a more sustainable way of living. Ranging from inner-city homes to remote retreats, each house demonstrates how thoughtful design and environmentally-responsive building techniques can work together to produce beautiful and ecologically sound living spaces. They are ‘smart’, eco-conscious homes that champion style and sustainability. ” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
Managing your investment property / Barnes, Rachel
“The property market is booming and more investors than ever are using property to build wealth. But there is more to property investing than just purchasing the right property. Whether you’ve got a property manager or are a DIY landlord, this is the essential guide for all Australian and New Zealand investors to ensure they’re effectively managing their investment and getting the maximum cashflow. Covering everything from finding tenants, setting the rent and securing a bond, to maintaining the property, Managing Your Investment Property covers all of the essential information to get the most out of your investment.” (Catalogue)
The sophisticated property investor : for new and seasoned commercial property investors / Brill, Jeff
“Those of you who want financial freedom and/or have a need to create a legacy to leave a secure money machine behind for your children, need to read this book. Herein you will learn the tools needed to invest in the commercial property sector, be it a building of your own or a share in one. No longer is this investment vehicle an exclusive domain for the rich, many mums and dads are learning how to play and making substantial gains to secure their future. Contains an interview with Sir Robert Jones and other specialists in their fields.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
Warm house, cool house : inspirational designs for low-energy housing / Hollo, N
“We all want to minimise our environmental impact, but we don’t always know how. In this book, respected Australian architect Nick Hollo provides valuable advice, illustrated by more than 100 inspiring contemporary examples of low-energy housing design, to help keep our homes cool in summer and warm in winter with little or no cooling and heating by appliances. From project and kit homes to new architect-designed houses, renovations and extensions, these low-energy principles can easily be incorporated into every home. ” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
It’s International Fraud Awareness Week. Learn how to protect your hard-earned money and personal information. At the end of the list, we’ve also included some books that are to be taken as purely fiction.
Identity theft and fraud : evaluating and managing risk / Archer, Norman P.
“Personal data is increasingly being exchanged and stored by electronic means, making businesses, organizations and individuals more vulnerable than ever to identity theft and fraud. This book provides a practical and accessible guide to identity theft and fraud using a risk management approach. It outlines various strategies that can be easily implemented to help prevent identity theft and fraud. It addresses technical issues in a clear and uncomplicated way to help decision-makers at all levels understand the steps their businesses and organizations can take to mitigate identity theft and fraud risks. And it highlights the risks individuals face in this digital age.” (Catalogue)
Hype : how scammers, grifters and con artists are taking over the internet, and why we’re following / Bluestone, Gabrielle
“We live in an age where scams are the new normal. A charismatic entrepreneur sells thousands of tickets to a festival that never happened. Respected investors pour millions into a start-up centered around fake blood tests. Reviewers and celebrities flock to London’s top-rated restaurant that’s little more than a backyard shed. Hype pulls back the curtain on the manipulation game behind the never-ending scam season—and how we as consumers can stop getting played.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
Swiped : how to protect yourself in a world full of scammers, phishers, and identity thieves / Levin, Adam
“Increasingly, identity theft is a fact of life. We might once have hoped to protect ourselves from hackers with airtight passwords and aggressive spam folders, and those are good ideas as far as they go. One such company is a nameless firm located in Russia, which has a trove of over a billion internet passwords. Another set up a website full of live streams of hacked web cameras, showing everything from people’s offices and lobbies to the feeds from baby monitors. By telling memorable stories and extracting the relevant lessons, the author offers a strategy for dealing with these risks. You may not be able to prevent identity theft, but you certainly shouldn’t wait until it happens to take action. Levin’s approach is defined by the three M’s: minimizing risk, monitoring your identity, and managing the damage.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
Identity theft handbook : detection, prevention and security / Biegelman, Martin T.
“Not a week goes by when identity theft isn t mentioned in the media or that a Congressional outcry isn t heard about this unrelenting crime. The first authoritative book on identity theft, Identity Theft Handbook is written by a career professional who has spent over 25 years investigating and preventing identity theft in both the public and private sectors. Its rich real-world content includes interviews with government and private sector thought leaders. As well, the costs of identity theft, future trends, and prevention guidance is discussed. For investigators, auditors, and managers.” (Catalogue)
Fraud : an American history from Barnum to Madoff / Balleisen, Edward J
“In this sweeping narrative, Edward Balleisen traces the history of fraud in America-and the evolving efforts to combat it-from the age of P. T. Barnum through the eras of Charles Ponzi and Bernie Madoff.” (Catalogue)
Spam nation : the inside story of organized cybercrime–from global epidemic to your front door / Krebs, Brian
“Explores “the criminal masterminds driving some of the biggest spam and hacker operations targeting Americans and their bank accounts. Tracing the rise, fall, and alarming resurrection of the digital mafia behind the two largest spam pharmacies–and countless viruses, phishing, and spyware attacks–he delivers the first definitive narrative of the global spam problem and its threat to consumers everywhere”–Amazon.com.” (Catalogue)
The con men : a history of financial fraud and the lessons you can learn / Gough, Leo
“Financial fraud, whether large or small is a persistent feature of the financial markets. If you scratch the surface of the investment world you’ll find a continuous stream of major financial scandals which are almost unbelievable in the sheer scale of their subterfuge. The Con Men shines a spotlight on some of these gargantuan frauds from the last 25 years. It questions how these men did it, why they did it, how there were able to get away with it, proposes strategies and tactics so that the reader can avoid being swindled.” (Catalogue)
Stealing your life : the ultimate identity theft prevention plan / Abagnale, Frank W.
“The charismatic forger immortalized in the film Catch Me If You Can exposes the astonishing tactics of today’s identity theft criminals and offers powerful strategies to thwart them based on his second career as an acclaimed fraud-fighting consultant… Brimming with anecdotes of creative criminality that are as entertaining as they are enlightening, Stealing Your Life is the practical way to shield yourself from one of today’s most nefarious and common crimes.” (Catalogue)
The truth machine : the blockchain and the future of everything / Casey, Michael J.
“Many of the `legacy systems’ once designed to make our lives easier and our economy more efficient are no longer up to the task; big banks have grown more entrenched, privacy exists only until the next hack, and credit card fraud has become a fact of life. However, there is a way past all this-a new kind of operating system with the potential to revolutionise our economy: the blockchain.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
Dot.con : the art of scamming a scammer / Veitch, James
“Dot Con is the story of what happened when James Veitch decided to play the scammers at their own game, providing a hilarious showcase of the conversations he orchestrates with online imposters. Naturally, James replies with an offer of help, ready to wire money by Western Union (it’s always Western Union) safely and securely, but not before the recipient has given something in return. Whether it s his long-lost love recounting tales of their favourite moment together, or the business man providing a quote for James’ new book, it s amazing to see how easy it can be to scam the scam artists.” (Catalogue)
There are three meteor showers you can watch in New Zealand this year; head to Royal Astronomy website for more details. And have a browse below at the books starring astronomy.
Dark skies : a practical guide to astrotourism / Stimac, Valerie
“Discover the best stargazing destinations around the world with Lonely Planet. This comprehensive companion includes guides to 35 dark-sky sites and national parks, where to see the aurora, the next decade of total solar eclipses and how to view rocket launches, plus the lowdown on commercial space flight”–Page 4 of cover.” (Catalogue)
Night sky with the naked eye : how to find planets, constellations, satellites and other night sky wonders without a telescope / King, Bob
“No telescope? no problem! Learn how to spot the International Space Station, follow the moon through its phases, find planets, and watch meteor showers. The author also introduces readers to the best apps and websites to help skywatchers enjoy the wonders of the night sky without the need for a telescope or other expensive equipment.” (Catalogue)
The path of minor planets / Greer, Andrew Sean
“In 1965, on a small island in the South Pacific, a group of astronomers gather to witness the passing of a comet, but when a young boy dies during a meteor shower, the lives of the scientists and their loved ones change in subtle yet profound ways. Denise struggles for respect in her professional life, married Eli becomes increasingly attracted to Denise and her quixotic mind, and young Lydia attempts to escape the scientists’ long-casting shadows. Andrew Sean Greer’s remarkable and sweeping first novel, The Path of Minor Planets, is an exploration of chances taken and lost, of love found and broken, and of time’s subtle gravitational pull on the lives of everyday and extraordinary people.” (Catalogue)
“The world’s best-selling astronomy magazine offers you the most exciting, visually stunning, and timely coverage of the heavens above. Each monthly issue includes expert science reporting, vivid color photography, complete sky coverage, spot-on observing tips, informative telescope reviews, and much more! All this in a user-friendly style that’s perfect for astronomers at any level.” (Catalogue)
The practical astronomer / Gater, Will
“An accessible and inspirational astronomy guide that gives you all the knowledge you need to expand your understanding of the night sky.This guide explains and demystifies stargazing, teaching you to recognise different objects such as moons, comets, and asteroids, and explains how they move through the sky over the course of the night and the year. The Practical Astronomer begins with observation with the naked eye, and illustrated introductions show you how to set up and use binoculars and telescopes, and how to take your own pictures.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
30-second astronomy : the 50 most mindblowing discoveries in astronomy, each explained in half a minute
“A beautifully illustrated, full-colour guide with all of the big questions of the world above our heads explained in half a minute.” (Catalogue)
Meteorites : a journey through space and time / Bevan, Alex
“Meteorites is a lavishly illustrated full-colour reference work by two acknowledged world authorities on the subject. Written in an accessible style, the book explains what meteorites tell us about the early history of our solar system” (Catalogue)
With more and more electric vehicles and scooters on the road, it’s time to think about future transport and technologies. This booklist includes a science fiction book about future cars. Enjoy!
Insane mode : how Elon Musk’s Tesla sparked an electric revolution to end the age of oil / McKenzie, Hamish
“Tells the story of Tesla and argues that, under Elon Musk’s “insane mode” leadership, the company is bringing an end to the era of gasoline-powered transportation.” (Catalogue)
Autopia : the future of cars / Bentley, Jon
“Cars are one of the most significant human creations. But in the next thirty years, this technology will itself change enormously. If Google get their way, are we all going to be ferried around in tiny electric bubble-cars? Or will we watch robots race a bionic Lewis Hamilton? And what about the future of classic cars? From mobile hotel rooms to electric battery technology; from hydrogen-powered cars to jetpacks, Autopia is the essential guide to the future of our greatest invention.” (Adapted from Catalogue)
All about electric & hybrid cars / Traister, Robert JSelf-driving cars : the new way forward / Fallon, Michael
“Author Fallon presents a history of how the technology used in self-driving cars has developed, identifies recent technological gains, and surveys recent controversies surrounding the potential mass adoption of self-driving cars.”–Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)
Hop, skip, go : how the transport revolution is transforming our lives / Rossant, John
“Urban expert John Rossant and business journalist Stephen Baker look beyond the false promises of the past to examine the real future of transportation and the repercussions for the world’s cities, the global economy, the environment, and our individual lives. In an engaging, deeply reported book, the authors travel to mobility hotspots, from Helsinki to Shanghai, to scout out this future.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
The passengers / Marrs, John
“A ruthless hacker has targeted eight driverless cars, setting them on a fatal collision course. If the authorities interfere with the vehicles before they reach their destination, they will explode, killing everyone on board. Now the hacker is insisting that the public – and a select jury – judge who should live and who should die. It’s a trial by social media – a popularity contest that will be fought to the death…”–Publisher description.” (Catalogue)
Carbon neutral by 2020 : how New Zealanders can tackle climate change
“Climate change has become one of the central issues of our time. This book offers a positive response by presenting solutions from a range of New Zealand experts, all of whom show how we can rethink our current practices, mobilise people and put in place new ways of doing things that will help create a carbon neutral society. This is a timely, important book and a positive response to an absolutely critical issue from many of the best-informed people in New Zealand.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
Te Pātaka holds Central Library’s huge collection of books, DVDs, CDs and vinyl. Now you can virtually visit the amazing Te Pātaka collection with this panoramic interior view. It even comes with the library sounds that you may miss (or wish to turn off, and now you can!)
Click and drag your mouse to move through the photo and enjoy the added links to parts of our collection via the catalogue.
Whether you have a talent to show, baking to share, or just need fill up your kids’ school holidays, these books will help your crafts and produce go further, and even make a profit!
More sewing to sell : take your handmade business to the next level : 16 new projects to make & sell! / Lindsay, Virginia Keleher
“Take your handmade business to a truly professional level with practical advice from industry experts! Best-selling author Virginia Lindsay teaches you how to sell your handmade items for a real profit. This hands-on guide to the sewing business, including sixteen new sewing patterns, all copyright- and royalty-free, ready to customise for craft fairs or online shops. Make the most of your fabric, time, and resources when selling handmade totes, aprons, quilts, and more!” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
Traybakes : 40 brilliant one-tin bakes for enjoying, selling and giving / Miles, Hannah
“Traybakes are one of the simplest forms of cakes and are always popular. The joy of a traybake is that it can be prepared in very little time and cut into easy and regular shaped slices or squares to serve or sell – and of course to eat! They transport easily in their tin and are just right for offering up at a bake sale. Every recipe fits the same standard tin size, so there is no hunting for specially sized equipment, and they each make 24 slices. Chocolate brownies and blondies, lemon meringue, red velvet and more.” (Catalogue)
The lemonade stand cookbook : step-by-step recipes and crafts for kids to make–and sell! / Strahs, Kathy
“Kids have been running lemonade stands for decades, whether to raise money for a new bike, for a charitable cause, or simply to conquer boredom. Inspired by dozens of kid experts from all over the country, the author has poured her expertise as a food writer, entrepreneur, and mother into the ultimate guide to setting up your own lemonade stand. Find delicious drinks, such as Classic Lemonade and Cold-Brew Iced Tea, sweet treats such as Polka Dot Blondies and Chocolate-Dipped Marshmallows, grab-and-go snacks such as Owen’s Cheddar Chompers and Sunflower Crunch Balls. ” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
Sustainable market farming : intensive vegetable production on a few acres / Dawling, Pam
“Sustainable Market Farming is a comprehensive manual for farmers raising organic crops sustainably on a few acres. Targeted at serious growers, this practical book provides profiles of a full range of crops, information about new, efficient techniques and farm-specific business skills to help ensure a successful, profitable enterprise.” (Catalogue)
How to show & sell your crafts : how to build your craft business at home, online, and in the marketplace / Jayne, Torie
“For crafters who want to take their craft to a new entrepreneurial level, this book is the perfect guide. Using highly-visual, step-by-step tutorials, How to Show & Sell Your Crafts is packed with helpful branding, selling, and merchandising tips that no serious crafter should be without. Using the workspaces, shops, salons, and “through-the-keyhole” profiles of some of the world’s most successful crafters, readers will learn the best ways to merchandise and sell their items online, at craft fairs, markets, pop-up events, exhibitions, and in shops. ” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
Paper Christmas : 16 papercrafting projects for the festive season / Dawe, Emily
“Emily Dawe shows you how to create and style your Christmas in paper, from greetings cards and gorgeous gift tags to beautiful bunting and seasonal snowflake table runners. Use wrapping paper, origami paper or card with a hint of glitter and a spark of inspiration to make your Christmas extra special.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
Gardening for Profit / Collyns, Kate
“More and more of us are discovering the rewards of growing our own food. But what about producing enough to sell, or even trying to make a living in this way? This book is for anyone who is interested in selling some produce for profit – whether just surplus from a vegetable garden or wholesale from a fully developed professional business. It has everything including: finding land; winning customers and marketing your produce; working out what equipment you’ll need (and how much to budget for); sourcing funding; and deciding which crops to grow.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
The big book of kombucha : brewing, flavoring, and enjoying the health benefits of fermented tea / Crum, Hannah
“Presents instructions for brewing and preparing the fermented tea known as kombucha, discussing its long history and health benefits, with recipes for smoothies, cocktails, sauces, salads, and puddings.” (Catalogue)
Creative calligraphy made easy : a beginner’s guide to crafting stylish cards, event decor and gifts / Lim, Karla
“Add a special touch to your next event with an elegant handwritten menu and place cards. Renowned calligraphy designer and instructor Karla Lim breaks down the complex craft into simple steps so you can get amazing professional results in your cards and gifts, while also enjoying this meditative process.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
Modern terrarium studio / George, Megan
“Clean lines and bold color: these aren’t your average terrariums. Author Megan George presents 25 easy-to-make terrariums and living landscapes that push the boundaries of traditional terrarium design. An overview of the author’s favorite popular plants, including tillandsias, cacti, succulents, tropical plants and mosses.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
For the young at heart, here are some great books that will bring you back to the pre-McDonalds time. From famous Aunt Daisy’s baking book to the early cars with style and speed. Enjoy!
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Preserving with Aunt Daisy : over 200 trusted recipes for jams, jellies, pickles and chutneys. / Daisy
“A collection of over 200 of Aunt Daisy’s best-loved recipes for jams, jellies, pickles and chutneys … also includes 24 beautiful colour photographs as well as a step-by-step guide to preserving, an equipment list, and a seasonal guide”–Back cover.” (Catalogue)
The cars we loved : New Zealanders’ love affair with British cars of the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s / McCrystal, John
“A Blokes and Shed take on New Zealanders’ love affair with old British cars.” (Catalogue)
Silver hair : say goodbye to the dye– and let your natural light shine! / Massey, Lorraine
“Whether you’re naturally graying, weaning yourself off the dye, or coveting the chic #grannyhair trend, your hair will shine with this empowering guide. Here are step-by-step tips on letting nature take its course—or using lowlights, highlights, blending, and toning to transition with minimal drama (and avoid a skunk line). Tips on haircuts, tricks for the best care (conditioning is crucial). Products, including the DIY variety. Plus, the most flattering clothing and makeup to accentuate any shade of gray.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
Vintage fashion knitwear : collecting and wearing designer classics / Fogg, Marnie
“This fashion book covers 100 years of knitwear fashions, showing iconic and groundbreaking styles that epitomize each decade.” (Catalogue)
Your shout : a toast to drink and drinking in New Zealand / Hutchins, Graham
“An account of New Zealand’s constant, sometimes troubled, always fascinating and often humorous encounters with alcohol, from the early days of European contact to the present day.” (Catalogue)
Eat up New Zealand / Brown, Al
“With great stories about New Zealand food as well as more than 150 recipes this is a nostalgic treasure trove that gets to the heart of what New Zealand culture is and the food that reflects that. Eat Up New Zealand honours the past with updated Kiwi classics like roast lamb, pies, flounder, corned beef, pikelets, cheese scones, feijoa and tamarillo desserts, preserves and much more.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
Kiwi collectors : curious and unusual Kiwi hobbies / Elliott, Matt
“An interesting collection is as much about the collector as it is the assembled possessions. Join bestselling author Matt Elliott as he tracks down a variety of collectors from around the country. Their beloved items range from firearms to carnivorous plants, Temuka pottery to railway signals. Doors are unlocked, lights switched on and dust is blown off as Matt is welcomed into an array of basements, sheds and garages, and entertained by owners who are serious collectors but don’t take themselves too seriously”–Publisher information.” (Catalogue)
Petrolheads in sheds : unique Kiwi car collections / Holmes, Steve
“A collection of photos and stories of amazing hidden car collections from around New Zealand. From the author of the popular KIWI HOt RODDER’S GUIDE tO LIFE and the KIWI UtE DRIVER’S GUIDE tO LIFE comes a book about the hidden world of New Zealand car collectors. Steve Holmes has collected stories from across New Zealand, from the weird to the wonderful, accompanied by amazing photographs of the sheds, the cars and the petrolheads who inhabit them.” (Catalogue)
Mid-century living : the Butterfly House collection / Fernyhough, Christine
“Christine Fernyhough has built an extraordinary collection of over 4000 everyday objects of mid century New Zealand craft, design and folk art. From furniture to toys and games, tableware to ornamental objects, Royal Family memorabilia to Kiwiana, Crown Lynn to hand-coloured scenic posters, together these objects are a gloriously nostalgic, colourful and tangible record of the way we lived and the things we surrounded ourselves with. Christine has devoted her classic 1960s seaside bach, ‘The Butterfly House’ to housing her collection, transforming it into a beguiling mid-century fantasy.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
Antiques in the Antipodes : the story of a shop / Sanders, Yvonne
“Yvonne Sanders Antiques Ltd is an Auckland icon. Yvonne herself has traded as an international antiques dealer for more than 43 years, travelling extensively twice every year to source stock from a dozen different countries … her stock is large and eclectic. Originally trained as a teacher, she has taught antiques at night school … .The collectors, decorators, colleagues and craftsmen who have been associated with the business are described in detail and their story is also the social history of an era”–Publisher’s description.” (Catalogue)
What is Wellington famous for? I guess you know the answer. This blog has picked some useful, interesting and relevant books for the windy city residents. Enjoy!
The wind city / Wigmore, Summer
“Wellington. The wind city. New Zealand’s home of art and culture, but darker forces, forgotten forces, are starting to reappear. Aotearoa’s displaced iwi atua, the patupaiarehe, taniwha, and ponaturi of legend, have decided to make Wellington their home, and while some have come looking for love, others have arrived in search of blood. A war is coming, and few can stand in their way. Saint (lovably fearless, temporarily destitute, currently unable to find a shirt) may be our only hope.” (adapted from catalogue)
The wind at my back : a cycling life / Maunder, Paul
“A lone cyclist, disappearing into a wild landscape – brave, free, engaged with the world. It’s the kind of image that sells bikes, magazines, clothing; a romantic image that all cyclists aspire to. For cycling is an activity deeply and intimately involved with landscape. The bicycle allows us to explore, to engage with wild places, and return in time for dinner. It also allows us to investigate our surroundings closer to home. It is an activity which, for most of us, happens at a speed that allows a great deal of voyeurism. ” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
Build your own small wind power system / Shea, Kevin
“Build Your Own Small Wind Power System focuses on the untapped potential for small wind power closer to home. This hands-on guide shows you how to install a grid-connected, residential-scale, wind power system. You’ll get step-by-step details on the “how to” basics of getting your own systems up and running, including how to evaluate your site for wind power potential, getting permits, and financing it.” (Catalogue)
The amateur wind instrument maker / Robinson, Trevor
“Describes the materials and methods used in creating various wind instruments for individuals who have basic woodworking and metalworking skills.” (Catalogue)
Asian kites : from the Thai cobra to the Japanese octopus / Hosking, Wayne
“Instructs readers on how to build and fly kites, and provides background information and kite designs from China, Malaysia, Thailand, Korea, and Japan.” (Catalogue)
How to sail a boat / Vance, Matt
“To sail a boat is a magical, and sometimes mystical, experience. The sailor is free from the cares of life on land, entirely absorbed in the enterprise of moving a craft across the water. For the uninitiated, though, willingly putting oneself at the mercy of nature’s unpredictable forces, winds, waves, and weather can seem quite daunting. Here, Matt Vance takes readers inside the mind of a sailor, from the first scary moment of handling a boat solo to the exhilaration of sailing across oceans and discovering new worlds.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
A windy day walk / Dixon, Pamela
“Findlay and Gran go for a walk on a windy Wellington day.” (Catalogue)
Power from the people : how to organize, finance, and launch local energy projects / Pahl, Greg
“Greg Pahl explains how to plan, organize, finance, and launch community-scale energy projects that harvest energy from sun, wind, water, and earth. He also explains why community power is a necessary step on the path to energy security and community resilience – particularly as we face peak oil, cope with climate change, and address the need to transition to a more sustainable future.” (Adpated from the Catalogue)
Kiteboarding : where it’s at … / Hapgood, Alex
“A stunning photographic celebration of the extreme sport of kiteboarding, packed with information about the top players, ultimate destinations and key championships worldwide.” (Catalogue)
So everyone is talking about the Internet of Things, but do we know what it’s about? We’ve delivered the future technology through the traditional method of hand-picked books. And we hope you enjoy them now and into the future!
The Internet of things : do-it-yourself projects with Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and Beaglebone Black / Norris, Donald
“The Internet of Things gets you started working with the most popular processing platforms and wireless communication technologies to connect devices and systems to the Internet using sensors. You’ll learn the basics of object-oriented programming and relational databases so you can complete your projects with ease. Each project features a list of required tools and components, how-to explanations with photos and illustrations, and complete programming code. ” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
Pax technica : how the internet of things may set us free or lock us up / Howard, Philip N
“Should we fear or welcome the internet’s evolution? The “internet of things” is the rapidly growing network of everyday objects–eyeglasses, cars, thermostats–made smart with sensors and internet addresses. Soon we will live in a pervasive yet invisible network of everyday objects that communicate with one another. Philip N. Howard discussed the empowerment, privacy, political manuipulation around the new era, Pax Technica.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
Designing the Internet of things / McEwen, Adrian
“Take your idea from concept to production with this unique guide: how to successfully combine hardware, embedded software, web services, electronics, and cool design to create cutting-edge devices that are fun, interactive, and practical. If you’d like to create the next must-have product, this unique book is the perfect place to start. Both a creative and practical primer, it explores the platforms you can use to develop hardware or software, discusses design concepts that will make your products eye-catching and appealing, and shows you ways to scale up from a single prototype to mass production.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
Smart homes and communities : fostering sustainable architecture / Friedman, Avi
“The term “smart” in reference to homes and communities describes places whose function is related to or affected by information technology. Designers and planners are paying significant attention to the design of dwellings and neighborhoods and are considering new economic realities, by integrating innovative digital appliances, which are also helping to foster economic sustainability for future generations.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
Sustainable luxury : the new Singapore house : solutions for a livable future / McGillick, Paul
“Singapore is celebrated as one of the most livable cities in Asia, and Sustainable Luxury shows how the prosperous, forward-looking nation is pioneering innovative solutions for environmental, economic, social, and cultural issues faced the world over.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
Wireless-wise families : what every parent needs to know about wireless technologies / McLean, Lyn
“How much do you know about mobile phones and other wireless devices and the radiation they emit?’Smart’ families are exposed to wireless radiation from ‘smart’ devices. ‘Wise’ families make informed decisions about using wireless technologies safely. This book, by consumer advocate and educator Lyn McLean, shows you in simple, practical terms what you need know to live wisely in our ever more connected world.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
What to think about machines that think : today’s leading thinkers on the age of machine intelligence
“Stephen Hawking recently made headlines by noting, “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.” Others, conversely, have trumpeted a new age of “superintelligence” in which smart devices will exponentially extend human capacities. No longer just a matter of science-fiction fantasy (2001, Blade Runner, The Terminator, Her, etc.), it is time to serious consider the reality of intelligent technology, many forms of which are already being integrated into our daily lives. World’s most influential scientists, philosophers, and artists answered one of today’s most consequential questions: What do you think about machines that think? ” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
At this point in history we are lucky to be able to travel freely within New Zealand and the bubble countries. So what about also taking your mind on a journey with these travel books?
Also there are a few links to the world’s famous destinations, which you can virtually visit. Click on the links to these destinations you may not previously have been to, are now free, so sit back and enjoy.
RV travel lifestyle.
“RV Travel Lifestyle, New Zealand’s longest-running NZ-owned motorhome travel publication. We visit NZ’s most beautiful spots north to south from Cape Reinga to Stewart Island and everywhere in between. Hire or buy an RV for an amazing way to explore our pristine and often wild places. We visit cycleways, historic and cultural sites, stunning beach and mountain destinations to inspire our readers.” (Catalogue)
North & south.
“North & South is New Zealand’s premier monthly current affairs and lifestyle magazine, specialising in long-form investigative journalism, delivered by award-winning writers and photographers. North & South also showcases New Zealand ingenuity and creativity, explores the country and profiles its people. It is a touchstone of New Zealand life.” (Catalogue)
The lord of the rings location guidebook / Brodie, Ian
“Since the first screening of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring in 2001, New Zealand has become the embodiment of Middle-earth to millions of movie-goers and Tolkien readers the world over.This definitive full-colour guidebook showcases the principal movie set locations around New Zealand as seen in all three films.” (Adapted from catalogue)
Surf dreams : New Zealand surf culture / Morrison, Derek
“This book presents 15 major surfing communities and those who live there and who live to surf (Ahipara, Tutukaka, Piha, Whangamata, Mt Maunganui, Raglan, Taranaki, Gisborne, Lyall Bay, Kaikoura, Westport, Greymouth, Sumner, Dunedin, Riverton). The characters, the competitions, the breaks, the communities, the dream lifestyles”–Publisher information.” (Adapted from catalogue)
Gourmet trails : Australia & New Zealand.
“This book is perfect for travel enthusiasts and foodies. Each trail features a blend of food producers, farmers markets, restaurants and cafes, wineries and breweries, all combining to create a weekend-long itinerary that is not only a delicious taste experience but also shines a light on local food culture, specialties and traditions. It includes detailed itineraries recommending the most interesting stops, the best places to stay and, of course, where to eat along 40 weekend-long trails.” (Adapted from catalogue)
Behind Winery Doors : Marlborough & Nelson New Zealand
“Features 45 of Marlborough and Nelson’s leading vineyards including maps of the region. Each vineyard is captured in photographs, memorabilia, sketches and where appropriate, press clippings, along with information about their history, how they came to the name and logo, and what they proudly produce.” (Catalogue)
4WD North Island : 102 off road adventures / Cockroft, Andy
“This book covers a wide variety of 4WD tracks (some of them very tough indeed). It includes a free CD which has photos taken all along the routes and details for the GPS user. The author, Andy Cockroft, is very well known and active in 4WD circles.” (Adapted from catalogue)
Our delicious adventure : recipes and stories of food and travel / Grover, Jane V.
“Yearning to break with the routine of the everyday, Jane Grover and her family – fisherman husband Mr G and their brave teens – spent a season exploring Australia’s southern coastline from Sydney to Perth and recorded their adventures in delicious, juicy detail. Enjoying the simple life, they camped under the stars, fished for dinner and cooked on campfires on the beach as they took on this beautiful country. Join her as she gathers cockles on the Fleurieu Peninsula, nets blue swimmer crabs in Streaky Bay, savours local raspberries from the Albany Farmers’ Market and eats freshly shucked oysters from the shoreline of Bruny Island in Tasmania.” (Adapted from catalogue)
Imagine everything becomes miniature size, and moves fast while you are standing beside as if you were a giant! No, I’m not talking about the book Gulliver’s Travels or the movie Godzilla. I’m talking about model railways. In this list, you will find resources for building vivid New Zealand sceneries, train tracks, wiring, and much more.
Model railway detailing manual : a source book of period photographs from the steam age / Postlethwaite, Alan
“Railway modellers constantly refer to photographs for details of real scenes. Here, a whole library of useful illustrations is brought together to give a single reference source, arranged in over 70 themed mini chapters. The most popular period for modellers are the last days of steam on British Railways, 1958 to 1967, and the 300 previously unpublished photographs were taken during those years.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
The big book of Lionel : the complete guide to owning and running America’s favorite toy trains / Schleicher, Robert H
“In 1900, Joshua Lionel Cowen invented his first toy electric train, and within a few short years Lionel layouts became a part of American living rooms at Christmastime. In this officially licensed guide, veteran hobby industry writer Robert Schleicher presents an illustrated treasury of practical advice for the Lionel enthusiasts or beginners. Contains comprehensive information for prototype railroads, including track plans, scenery and structures, wiring and track how-to, and maintenance and restoration techniques.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
The railway magazine.
“The Railway Magazine has been published since 1897 and is now the UK’s best-selling general interest rail title. Every month, The RM provides enthusiasts and professionals with authoritative and informed news coverage of the following: – Network Rail and the train operating companies – Locomotives, multiple units, carriages and wagons – Steam, heritage and the preservation world, inc narrow gauge- Metro and underground systems – In addition, the magazine carries frequent items of overseas interest. ” (Adapted from the Catalogue)
The model railway design manual : how to plan and build a successful layout / Freezer, Cyril John
“Before beginning construction work on a model railway it is essential to have a workable design. The plan needs to take into account the space, time, budget and personal skills available, as well as the type of railway to be modelled. Here, Cyril Freezer draws on more than 50 years experience in designing and building model railways to explain how each stage should be undertaken. Includes 150 specially-drawn track layout diagrams.” (Catalogue)
Hornby magazine yearbook. No. 5
“This is a digest of popular features from the Hornby magazine, plus a whole range of new and informative articles covering topics of interest to the broadest range of model railway enthusiasts.” (Catalogue)
Gorgeous garden railways / Horovitz, Marc
“This book features large portraits and informative text on garden railroad landscaping, trains, infrastructure, ponds and water features, and other landscape challenges. Marc Horovitz, editor of Garden Railways, and Pat Hayward, horticultural editor of Garden Railways offer details that both model railroaders and garden enthusiasts will appreciate.” (Catalogue)
A train is for life / Waterman, Pete
“This is a photographic portrait of Pete Waterman’s fantastic model railway collections, packed with photographs revealing the enormous skill of the model makers.” (Catalogue)
Scenery for your model railroad / Danneman, Mike
“Create a more realistic scene around your model railroad and add the finishing touches that give a railroad character! This book shows you how, from creating a backdrop to adding ground cover, trees, water, and more.” (Catalogue)