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Te Puna - A New Zealand Mission Station

RRP $326.99

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Evangelical missionary societies have been associated with the processes of colonisation throughout the globe, from India to Africa and into the Pacific. In late 18th-century Britain, the Church Missionary Society for Africa and the East (CMS) began its missionary ventures, and in the first decade of the 19th-century, sent three of its members to New South Wales, Australia, and then on to New Zealand, an unknown, little-explored part of the world.

Across the globe, a common material culture travelled with its evangelizing (and later colonizing) settlers, with artefacts appearing as cultural markers from Cape Town in South Africa, to Tasmania in Australia and the even more remote Bay of Islands in New Zealand. After missionization, colonization occurred. Additionally, common themes of interaction with indigenous peoples, household economy, the development of commerce, and social and gender relations also played out in these communities.

This work is unique in that it provides the first archaeological examination of a New Zealand mission station, and as such, makes an important contribution to New Zealand historical archaeology and history. It also situates the case study in a global context, making a significant contribution to the international field of mission archaeology. It informs a wider audience about the processes of colonization and culture contact in New Zealand, along with the details of the material culture of the countrya (TM)s first European settlers, providing a point of comparison with other outposts of British colonization.


Explore France & Italy

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How do you say hello in French? What does Notre Dame look like up close? Why is the Leaning Tower of Pisa leaning? What's a gondola? Discover this and more in this engaging children's book. This Activity Book Series takes a fun approach to teaching History, Geography, Social Studies and Language by placing them into a "travel" theme. Explore France & Italy presents different cultures, places, events, and monuments as engaging, interactive activities for kids, ages 6-12. "Playful Learning" is the key. Great for on the road, in the train & in the air, the kids can get familiar with the major landmarks and special places and things in France & Italy. Engaging the kids in the trip makes for quality family time. Also fitting for the classroom & home-school, or for time well spent away from the TV. There's a great big world out there, Explore It! ------------------------------------------- This book includes: - Travel Activities: 28 pages filled with 16 different cultural activities from dot to dot, language speak & write, mazes, drawing, memory games and more. Most activity books only provide 4-5 different activities, not this series. These activities also bring out the essence of the event, place or thing, letting the reader step deeper into the culture for a better experience. - Teachers Guide: Text explaining the history and origin of each activity is provided, so the learning can go deeper than just the activity itself. History, Geography, Social Studies and fun facts are expanded on here. - Answers Section: Make sure you can get it right n test yourself in the process. Some activities have more than one right answer and originality is encouraged. ------------------------------------------- Books available in the Explore Series: - Explore France & Italy https: //www.createspace.com/4798055 - Explore Thailand & Burma https: //www.createspace.com/4782235 - Explore Southeast Asian islands https: //www.createspace.com/4963013 - Explore Southeast Asia https: //www.createspace.com/4761767 - Explore Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam https: //www.createspace.com/4806413 - Explore Western Europe Interactive eBook (best for iPad): https: //itunes.apple.com/en/book/explore-western-europe-teaser/id869670957?l=en&mt=11 - Explore Western Europe http: //bookstore.authorhouse.com/Products/SKU-000320989/Explore.aspx Interactive eBooks: Apple iBooks store (best for iPad) https: //itunes.apple.com/en/book/explore-western-europe-teaser/id869670957?l=en&mt=11 Upcoming books in the Explore Series: - Explore Spain & Portugal - and many more... ------------------------------------------- Be sure to come by and say hello at: www.facebook.com/explorebks


The New Zealand Hobbit Crisis

RRP $18.99

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All was not well in Middle-earth . . . After the third Lord of the Rings movie premiered in 2003, fans of the series eagerly anticipated production and release of its prequel, The Hobbit. It turned out they had a while to wait, as a series of troubles delayed production for years. Then, in September 2010, when almost everything seemed resolved, U.S. and international actors unions issued a pub-lic alert advising their members "not to accept work on this non-union production." Warner Bros. threatened to rip the troubled production from the country and events quickly spiraled out of control. New Zealand plunged into crisis. Saving the Hobbit was do or die for the local film industry, and the government scrambled to avoid disaster. Protests and rallies erupted and the island nation's currency fell on the possibility of losing the half-billion dollar project. Director Peter Jackson vowed to "fight like hell" to keep the shoot in New Zealand. But then studio executives flew in from Los Angeles like colonial masters ready to bring down the hammer. What happened next was almost unbelievable - and proved, if nothing else, that not all Hollywood drama is on the screen. This short book (70 pp. plus bibliography, etc.) tells the tale.



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