Wind, wind energy and windy stories

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)