Ngaio Press
39 Dublin Street, Martinborough
New Zealand
(Postal address:
PO Box 153, Martinborough 5741, NZ)

Phone: +64-6-306-8502

 

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 ABOUT US 
Ngaio Press is a boutique publisher specialising in quality books about New Zealand and New Zealanders. Our titles are available in good book stores and direct from our office in Martinbrough. We also mail books within New Zealand and overseas. To find out more, including prices and how to order, click on the links or book covers below:
LATEST BOOKS 

Whey cover WHEY TO GO   The development of whey protein concentrate is New Zealand's biggest waste to riches success story. Beginning in the early 1970s, we led the world in the magical new technology of dairy ultrafiltration to turn huge amounts of surplus whey byproduct from casein and cheese plants into specialised, highly tailored and valuable food ingredients. Written by the scientists, technologists and marketers who pioneered the revolution, it is a fascinating story about how industrial innovation really works in practice. 

VicladyA VICTORIAN LADY'S JOURNEY TO NEW ZEALAND  Jane Wheeler, from rural Western Australia, went on a voyage of discovery in 1901, when she sailed with her husband and sister from Fremantle to Auckland, then travelled south to Rotorua and the thermal wonderland. Along the way, Jane kept an extensive and literate travel journal in which she described the voyage, the stopovers in Melbourne and Sydney, and her experiences of what was them known as Maoriland. She makes keen observations on Rotorua's natural wonders and the local Maori.   

GOING ABROAD  (NOW IN THIRD PRINTING)
Illustrated social history about early migrants to the Free Church of Scotland settlement in Otago, NZ, in the mid 19th century. Going Abroad has become a standard reference for people researching their roots in Otago and Southland, plus the life they left behind in Scotland and the nature of sailing ship voyages to the ends of the earth. ONLY A HANDFUL LEFT

PIANO IN THE PARLOUR  Pianos were in huge numbers of New Zealand front parlours through Victorian and Edwardian times and into the 1920s. Central to home and community entertainment, they also stoked the flames of love for courting couples. Written by historian and musician John MacGibbon, Piano in the Parlour is a richly illustrated social history that looks affectionately at a time when pianos were the home entertainment system and most cherished domestic possession in New Zealand and many other countries. The book includes words and music for 17 typical parlour songs.
 

LAST SHEPHERD  Anecdotes and observations from five decades in the wool industry by former Wool Board chief executive Roger Buchanan. Roger worked in many parts of the industry from wool scouring to international marketing and negotiating as a senior executive in wool grower organisations. He offers penetrating analysis of wool’s rise and fall, and vividly describes highs, lows and fascinating incidents from his experiences in China, Japan, South Asia, Russia, UK, Europe and the Middle East.

MEET ME AT BEGG'S, by historian Clare Gleeson, tells the story of Charles Begg & Co Ltd, or Begg’s as it was better known. Founded in 1861 and trading until 1970, Begg's had branches in most New Zealand towns and cities.  Synonymous with music, the company retailed and manufactured instruments, published sheet music, promoted overseas artists and supported music in all its facets. It brought overseas innovations and technology to New Zealand by way of gramophones, radios, televisions and a myriad of other electrical appliances. One of the New Zealand's liveliest and best illustrated business histories.

DESERT SURGEONS  New Zealand's Mobile Surgical Unit in the Western Desert in World War II brought treatment of the injured right up near the battle front, pioneering ideas that were taken up by field medical units in other Allied armies. And they got into some dramatic scrapes with Rommel's troops, who held them in high regard. Researched and written by Michael Shackleton, a surgeon himself, who did similar work in Vietnam.  

PLAYING AGAINST THE WIND  Besieged by communists and vampires; apprehensive about the Bomb and the Cold War; in constant trepidation that his family was about to implode; and trying to prepare himself for sporting glory on a postage stamp of backyard grass, Neville Martin’s Wellington childhood and adolescence was never going to be an easy ride. Playing against the Wind provides a glimpse of a Wellington (and a world) long gone. The stories are at once nostalgic, sometimes touching – but above all, funny.

FOR THE DURATION
 Lt Bruce Robertson left in January 1940 with the first echelon of Kiwi volunteers and served in Egypt, Libya and Syria before being captured at El Alamein. He endured prison camps in Italy and Germany before being liberated by the Americans in April 1945. Robertson wrote it down with great skill when it happened and his diaries and notebooks have now been transcribed and illustrated.  One of the more perceptive personal accounts of Kiwi service in World War II, from both active service and POW points of view.

YOUR FAMILY'S HISTORY: research, write and publish it. Expanded from lectures given by John MacGibbon at the National Library of New Zealand and Otago University. A great starter for new researchers, and valuable advice and information for people who want to move to the next stage: writing and publishing their family's story. Third revised edition.

KHAKI ANGELS
While others dived for cover, the bravest of the brave went in.
Brendan O’Carroll’s new book pays tribute to the courageous ‘Khaki Angels’: stretcher-bearers and other Kiwi frontline medical people who put others before self in two world wars, serving in Gallipoli, Europe, North Africa, Greece, Italy and the Pacific. Khaki Angels also looks at general wartime medical matters: field organisation, what caused death and injuries, what the injuries were like and how they were treated.
... and we meet some heroes.

MAORILAND STORIES
First published in 1895, these short stories were written by Alfred Grace, a member of the celebrated Maoriland School of Writing that flourished between 1896 and 1915. These writers' romantic treatment of the Maori people helped shape New Zealand’s culture in the early twentieth century. This near-facsimile edition includes an extended essay by Dr Anne Maxwell which discusses the author and his stories, placing them in their historical and cultural context. SOLD OUT

SHEPHERD'S PROGRESS
Scottish shepherds and their border collies are woven into the legend of New Zealand’s high country sheep stations. James Elliot was one of these and he ended up managing a large group of sheep runs in Central Otago for New Zealand's great Victorian and Edwardian mercantile partnership, Ross & Glendining. A profusely illustrated book that is part family history, part farming history and part social history. SOLD OUT
 

ALL FORMED UP
The story of Wellington Returned and Services’ Association (RSA) from its beginnings in 1916 until 2007. Of the many RSAs in New Zealand towns and cities, Wellington has been the most broadly influential because its capital city location meant it worked closely with the national organisation. Until a history of NZRSA is published, this is de facto a history of the RSA in New Zealand.

 
JAYCEE
In its heyday, Jaycee was one of New Zealand’s liveliest service organisations and contributed greatly to our social infrastructure. Every community has amenities built or aided by the Jaycees and they also trained leaders for roles in politics, local government and business. This readable and well-illustrated book remembers the fun times and the more serious times, while making an important contribution to New Zealand history and the international study of service organisations.
BARCE RAID
The famous and exciting Long Range Desert Group raid on Barce airfield and town in WWII, from both Allied and Italian sides in the action. Written by foremost LRDG authority Brendan O'Carroll, this full-colour, heavily illustrated hardback will enthrall general readers and Special Forces enthusiasts alike.
 
OTHER GREAT TITLES STILL IN PRINT 

A DRIVEN MAN
Missionary Thomas Grace in New Zealand, 1850-1879: controversy, danger, and battling for Maori causes. New Zealand at the time of the Land Wars, through the eyes of a fearless critic – an important information source for anyone interested in interactions between settlers and tangata whenua. SOLD OUT 
 

BEARDED BRIGANDS
T
he legendary Long Range Desert Group in North Africa during World War II, in the celebrated diaries & photos of Trooper Frank Jopling. Only a handful left
 

 
WOOL: A history of New Zealand's wool industry

The definitive  story by Bill Carter & John MacGibbon of New Zealand's sheep and wool industry from colonial times to the present day. A major work of New Zealand history.

STRUAN'S WAR

WWII battles, recreation and sightseeing in North Africa and Palestine –  photos and diaries of a New Zealand Division gunner who was as talented with his camera as he was with his pen.

THE MAGIC HOUR

John Giacon, prolific magazine writer and one of New Zealand fishing's great raconteurs, shares a lifetime's experience in the sport in one of the most charming fishing books of recent years.



UP THE BLUE

North Africa and Italy in WWII: Roger Smith's Kiwi classic about the people, the places, the fighting and the psychology.

CHRISTINA'S STORY
Life in the New Hebrides as a New Zealand Presbyterian missionary's wife, 1938-1956. NOT a tale of piety and conversion.

 


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