The Women of New Zealand
When the first edition of New Zealand in the Making was published in 1930, it took its place immediately as the authoritative economic history of the Dominion. It is still set as a text by the University of New Zealand. In this new revised edition, Professor Condliffe has rewritten the book completely, and where necessary brought it up-to-date. On many historical developments, especially the economic development of the Maori people, the story is carried right up to the present day. The statistical material used has been carried to 1935, when the first Labour government came to power, and subsequent developments are treated in the author's new book The Welfare State in New Zealand. The extensive list of references to source material has also been brought up to date and will prove invaluable to students and subsequent research workers.
New Zealand in the Making is a fascinating study of the organized settlement, growth and development of a new country and tells how, after exploring many avenues, the settlers finally discovered where their economic prosperity lay, namely in the development of their pastures for sheep-raising and later dairying.
From the beginnings of settlement, a literate community was conscious of its destiny, and records—including statistics—were kept so that the economic development can be measured quantitatively. Professor Condliffe has brought order out of this mass of documentary material by applying the techniques of an economic analyst, but in so doing has lost neither the continuity nor the sense of adventure that has marked New Zealand development from the first projects of planned colonisation.
'Thoroughly recommended as a standard work on its subject.' —Foreign Affairs.
'We do not often meet such a stimulating and well-informed study of an imperial problem as this.'—Week-end Review.
'This is the best book that has been written about New Zealand for a generation, and should at once become the standard work on its economic and social history. It is indeed the first satisfactory account of the recent development of the Dominion.' —Journal of the Royal Institute of International Affairs.
'Professor Condliffe writes with knowledge and understanding … He is more than an economist. He knows his history and can take a wide sweep.'—Law Journal.
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In 1940 (the hundredth anniversary of New Zealand) the Government commissioned a number of authorities to produce accounts of New Zealand life and history. None was more favourably received than Mr. Oliver Duff's volume—New Zealand Now (which sold out in record time). This was no documented or statistical analysis. It was, rather, an impressionistic sketch of New Zealand life. Mr. Duff was concerned with the "feel" of life in his own country and conveyed his personal view with both eloquence and precision. His portraits of some characteristic New Zealanders stick specially in the memory.
What it feels like to be a New Zealander in 1955 is not so very different from what it felt like in 1940. So essentially did the author distil the "New Zealandishness" of 1940 that it remains a remarkable portrait of this country fifteen years later. Moreover it is clearly of interest beyond the shores of New Zealand itself to all who have some curiosity about the life and affairs of the Commonwealth. This edition has a new preface and a postcript.
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Professor Condliffe, during a recent prolonged visit to New Zealand as Consultant to the Reserve Bank, had an excellent opportunity to study recent developments in New Zealand at first hand and the result is the first complete appraisal of recent experimental legislation in the country which has probably gone furthest along the road to social welfare. This book, a sequel to his authoritative volume New Zealand In The Making, covers the whole period of experiment up to 1957. He tells how, during the period of the first Labour government (1935-49), great changes were made in social legislation, and attempts were made to stabilize the domestic economy behind the cover of exchange control and guaranteed export prices. He discusses how the social services were developed, local industries fostered, and the recent rapid increase in population. New Zealand's statistical records are among the best in the world and it is therefore an excellent laboratory in which to study the forces at work in economic development, international trade and social reform.
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There are many historical works on New Zealand, but The Long White Cloud, which Pember Reeves wrote nearly fifty years ago, is still regarded as the best. It owes its reputation to its comprehensive scope, for its author viewed history as the record of the whole life of a people, not merely political and military, but including its economic, social and cultural ideas and activities, and its ethnological and physical background. It is also magnificently readable and holds attention by its clarity, wit, liveliness and gift for characterisation.
Pember Reeves was himself one of the actors in his own story; formerly a barrister and a journalist, he entered the New Zealand Parliament in 1887 and, after holding several ministerial posts, eventually came to London as Agent-General. For eleven years he was Director of the London School of Economics and was intimate with the Fabians of his day. He died in 1932. This fourth edition of his great work has been brought up-to-date by the addition of chapters by Dr. A.J. Harrop covering the history of New Zealand during the last fifty years. The book has also been re-illustrated with some splendid modern photographs of New Zealand landscape.
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'A well written record of many interesting expeditions into the High Alps and lesser known ranges of New Zealand and a valuable addition to the literature of mountaineering. It should prove very useful to all contemplating a visit to the mountains of New Zealand as it gives much useful information on the conditions of travel both in the bush and on the high snows, together with notes on equipment … and the organization of rescue parties in the event of accident. The bibliography is proof of the growth of interest in New Zealand mountaineering, whilst numerous excellently reproduced photographs convey a clear idea of the manifold and varied beauties of the New Zealand Alps which are unquestionably one of the loveliest ranges of mountains within the British Empire.'—Frank Smythe.
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Europeans generally associate the South Sea Islands with girls in grass skirts, endless dancing and an unquenchable joie de vivre. The natives are known to have free and lighthearted habits that even excite our envy. In this popular-scientific account of the sexual life and family relations of the Polynesians, Bengt Danielsson (one of Thor Heyerdahl's comrades on the famous Kon-Tiki raft) reveals the extent to which this widespread conception of the South Sea as a lovers' paradise is justified.
This comprehensive account—the first of its kind—is based on personal observation during years of travel and residence among various Polynesian peoples, as well as extensive literary research. Most of the descriptions quoted in the book are taken from older records of Polynesian habits and ideas in many languages that have not for the most part been available to English readers.
Love in the South Seas is written in an easy and entertaining style. It deals with a variety of matters such as aesthetic ideals and means of attraction, sexual education and the games played by Polynesian youth, the laws of marriage and marital fidelity, polygamy, and "unnatural" tendencies, religion, and the sexuality and social position of woman. The author's numerous parallels with conditions in Europe serve to enlighten in a new and rather unexpected way our own sexual problems.
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'Partly a serious report of the way of life of a simple people not yet wholly corrupted by the great world and partly a wonderful day-dream of escape … Strikes me as a certainty in the bestseller stakes. It is Arcadian, idyllic, a vision of the golden days, and very funny.'—News Chronicle.
'He is a thoroughly entertaining writer, a keen observer and an objective reporter with never an axe to grind…. He produces a narrative which has a quality that makes it nearly impossible to put down.'—Yorkshire Post.
'Entrancing book.'—Birmingham Gazette
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