Te Rangikaheke wrote about most aspects of Maori culture, including language, genealogies, and legends, before 1854. The Library holds copies of his manuscripts. Visit us on the 2nd floor to explore these vivid accounts of Te Arawa history.
This book is a story of Paul Henry, a natural-born story teller. This story is a very unusual story from his eventful childhood to his adventurous career in journalism to his recent outrageous comments on television which divided the country.
" In the summer of 1991 I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother who loved me. I was just like you. Until the day my life was stolen. For eighteen years I was a prisoner. I was an object for someone to use and abuse. For eighteen years I was not allowed to speak my own name... On August 26, 2009, I took my name back. My name is Jaycee Lee Dugard. I don't think of myself as a victim. I survived. A Stolen Life is my story- in my own way, exactly as i remember it."
The lighthouse keeper and his wife, three decades on the coast - Lena, still breeding racehorses at 94 - the bloke who drives the bulldozer down at the tip - an elderly water dowser, you have to take a rest after an hour or so.... In this unusual and engaging book the skills of one of New Zealand's leading writers and a top photographer combine to present a unique picture of the people Jim Henderson calls "the heroic everyday"
A classic NZ story of life on remote Stephens Island, famous for its wildlife and stronghold of the pre-historic Tuatara. Above all this is a human story of self-discovery and the lighthouse community, far away from the everyday world. This book is funny, suspenseful and surprising. As she brings alive a way of life now gone forever, drawing even the most home-bound reader into becoming part of the island's rare, wild magic.