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Natural History

Plants are so ubiquitous, such a common feature of the world around us, that we rarely stop to consider the profound impact they have on our everyday lives. We give flowers on special occasions, spend many dedicated hours nurturing gardens, use them for dyes and construction, and turn them into cosmetics and medicines. We are... read more

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‘For some scientific questions, Antarctica is the best – and sometimes the only – place to look for answers. Visiting this frozen landscape is to gain a fresh perspective on our world, almost like going to another planet and looking back with renewed wonder on Earth.’ In Science on Ice, award-winni... read more

 
‘Visiting this frozen landscape is to gain a fresh perspective on our world, almost like going to another planet and looking back with renewed wonder on Earth.’
 
Award-winning science broadcaster and writer Veronika Meduna has produced a stunning book about the exhilarating landscape... read more

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In this revelatory book, Callum Roberts uses his lifetime's experience working with the oceans to show why they are the most mysterious places on earth, their depths still largely unexplored.
In The Ocean of Life we get a panoramic tour beneath the seas: Why do currents circulate the way do? Where exactly do they ... read more

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Tui is an intimate and rare look at the beginning of a tui’s life. It is presented as a series of photographs showing the 37-day development of a pair of tui from eggs to fledglings. The author is a photographer living at Lake Tarawera, surrounded by native forest and an abundant variety of bird life. One spring morning... read more

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Author:Mark Jones and Julian Fitter
Awards:Shortlisted for Montana New Zealand Book Awards: Environment Category 2009.

The albatross is a creature of legend, poetry and dreams. But today, over three-quarters of albatross species are edging towards extinction. This book is a celebration of these amazing birds, featuring photographs by award-winning wildlife photographer Tui De Roy, the latest research by leading international experts and a fac... read more

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The bright orange and black monarch is arguably the world’s best-loved butterfly, and has become New Zealand’s most domesticated and observed one. This book is a response to the unique educational opportunity that the monarch offers. Many New Zealand children have had their first fascinating introduction to biolog... read more

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A New Zealand guide to the art of foraging - the ultimate guide to finding sustainable, free and fascinating plants.
In New Zealand's urban and rural wildernesses, there is an abundance of food just waiting to be discovered if only you know what to look for. Foraged food is healthy, economical and sustainable but the ... read more

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This is an enlighteningly grotesque illustrated introduction to the omnipresent cockroach. The worlds city dwellers, especially in places like Manhattan, grow accustomed to having several hundred uninvited house guests in their homes at all times: cockroaches. Slinking in the shadowy hollows between walls, under sinks, and al... read more

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A collection of over 200 photographs from the landmark BBC series that takes you across the world to experience some of the spectacles on earth. It unlocks the secrets of the skies and offers a glimpse into a previously inaccessible world. It offers a study of natural flight.

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Our Far South is packed with history and wildlife, and is renowned for its breathtaking and photogenic beauty. But does our appreciation of the region run more than skin deep? Do Kiwis really understand how important the region is and what issues are facing it? In February 2012, Gareth Morgan trapped ten of New Zealand's top ... read more

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Our planet hosts over a million islands. From Britain to Japan, Mauritius to Manhattan, they are small living geological, biological and cultural laboratories. Ranging from the ancient continents to the accretions of an ocean sandbank, they can lie in the sea, in a river, in a lake. Some are entire countries: Madagascar, Jama... read more

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Earthquakes are perhaps the most terrifying of all natural disasters. They strike without warning, they cannot be controlled, there is no escape. And New Zealand has suffered more than its fair share of major shakes, which have brought with them death, injury, fear and sometimes cripplingly expensive damage. Wellington in 184... read more

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Banks Peninsula, treasured by Christchurch city dwellers, peninsula residents and visitors from afar, is a unique volcanic landform jutting eastwards into the Pacific from the otherwise unsurprising Canterbury Plains. Once forested from side to side, and from sea to summits, the land was stripped of nearly all its trees, and... read more

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Embark on an incredible journey through the dizzying diversity, complexity and majesty of the Animal Kingdom. Discover how primitive slime fungi cells coalesce and function for a time as a single animal, or witness the millions of Monarch butterflies that aggregate on trees in Mexico. Meet the Coelacanth fish thought to be ex... read more

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Beautiful Ducks plucks 40 of the world's most distinctive duck breeds from the pond and displays them in all their glory. Stylishly lit and shot against draped backgrounds, these sitting ducks are prize-winning examples that have been primped and preened for their moment in the spotlight. They reveal not only a surprising div... read more

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This fascinating book charts the relationship between Mark Rowlands, a rootless philosopher, and Brenin, his extraordinarily well-travelled wolf. More than just an exotic pet, Brenin exerted an immense influence on Rowlands as both a person, and, strangely enough, as a philosopher, leading him to re-evaluate his attitude to l... read more

The Philosopher and the Wolf by Mark Rowlands has been around for quite some time, but I've only just got around to reading it - it is just great! Rowlands was a Philosophy lecturer at a University in USA when he bought a wolf cub. The book tells the story of their 11 years together along with the philosophical ideas ... read more

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How to Snog a Hagfish! explores the most bizarre, the most disgusting and the most fascinating creatures that inhabit the oceans. When attacked, the hagfish (also known as the slime eel) ties itself in a knot that travels the length of its body, squeezing out mucus by the bucketful and making it impossible for a predator to k... read more

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A beautiful and highly portable illustrated guide to the butterflies of New Zealand, Hawaii, Fiji, Kiribati, Tuvalu, French Polynesia and other Pacific Islands. Features life-size and enlarged reproductions. The book also investigates the extraordinary migrations butterflies have achieved across vast oceans, and the effect of... read more

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Serengeti is arguably the most well-known and highly treasured conservation area in the world. In 1972 the United Nations meeting on National Parks and Protected Areas agreed to set up World Heritage Sites, now supervised by UNESCO, and at that meeting they voted Serengeti top of the list. What makes this site outstanding? Wh... read more

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