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Polly Plum: A firm and earnest woman’s advocate - Mary Ann Colclough 1836–1885, by Jenny Coleman

Spotlight on colonial feminist ‘fanatic’ Mary Ann Colclough 1836–1885
 
Polly Plum is a biography of one of New Zealand’s earliest feminists, Mary Ann Colclough, whose publicly voiced opinions saw her described in the nineteenth century as ‘our own little stray strap of a modern female fanatic’.
 
English-born Mary Ann Barnes came to New Zealand in 1857, and soon gained notoriety for her outspokenness on issues relating to women’s position in society. A teacher and also a journalist for the Daily Southern Cross and the Weekly News under the nom de plume ‘Polly Plum’, she also engaged in public debates through the letters to the editor columns, undeterred by becoming ‘the best abused woman in New Zealand in the present day’.
 

Feel A Little: Little Poems About Big Feelings, by Jenny Palmer, illustrated by Evie Kemp

Feel A Little is a colourful, character-filled book about big feelings for little ones. It features poems by Jenny Palmer, illustrations by Evie Kemp, in their first ever collaboration. In partnership with Little Love this heartfelt project is a bright and beautiful hardback book.

Make Pause the Moon between Two Stars - the Lebanon Poems, by Philip Khouri

'I would stand time still,
make pause the moon between two stars,
stop the last train before the platform.'
 
On 5 June 1976, Philip Khouri walked alone across the Green Line which divided East and West Beirut during the Lebanese Civil War and hitched a ride to his maternal grandparents' village at the top of the mountain overlooking Beirut. The battle for the destruction or survival of the Palestinian refugee camp of Tal al-Zaatar began a few days later at the bottom of the mountain. The village became part of the battlefield.

The Chill Out Chair, by Josephine Carson-Barr

The Chill Out Chair is the second book in a trilogy of Nicholas Stories.; the first book being The GoodBye Chair
 
In this story Nicholas becomes a little emotional and Aunty Em says 'Kia Tau Nicholas', he likes the sound of this and asks her what it means, she tells him, settle down/chill out. As Nicholas ponders these words, we join him and his friend the whale, on an adventure saving the baby animals from the sea monster. Nicholas becomes their HERO. The story includes Te Reo, and New Zealand Sign Language.
 

Sport, Promotional Culture and the Crisis of Masculinity Sarah Gee and Steven Jackson

This book captures the contested terrain of contemporary masculinity and explores a range of conceptualisations, with a specific focus on the role of the media and promotional culture within the context of sport. Asking whether sport is the final frontier of masculinity in society, the book focuses on how the production and representation of sport-related advertising and marketing contribute to the shifting and contested nature of masculinity and its alleged crisis. Drawing upon conceptual and empirical examples spanning across sport celebrity, professional sport leagues, beer advertising and indigenous cultures, the authors explore the links between sport, masculinity, promotional and consumer culture. Collectively, the chapters illustrate how advertising and promotional campaigns continue to circulate representations of particular forms of hegemonic masculinity while also accommodating new forms.
 
Sport, Promotional Culture and the Crisis of Masculinity will be of interest to students and scholars in the fields of sociology of sport, media studies, marketing, gender and masculinity studies.
 

New edition of McGee's monumental Parliamentary Practice in New Zealand unveiled at Beehive

The standard reference work to the functioning of the House of Representatives, now in its fourth revised edition, was launched at a special event at Parliament this week, attended by politicians, leading civil servants and the legal fraternity.
 
Parliamentary Practice in New Zealand, David McGee’s monumental guide to how New Zealand’s Parliament works, was last revised 12 years ago.
 

Michelle O'Connell’s picture books open access to war stories for children

Masterton’s Michelle O’Connell had a dream of turning World War One commemorations into works of art accessible to children. Three picture books later, Miss O’Connell is launching Tinui: The Last Post at the Masterton Public Library on 22 April.
The book tells the story in pictures and words of one of the young pariticipants at the Anzac Day commemoration in the small Waiararapa town of Tinui.
 

Make Room for Pukeko, by Caroline Mead

A book to be shared and enjoyed with young children about a Pukeko who thinks he is a duck. But the ducks at the pond are not keen on his long legs or bright feathers, until one day, when danger looms, Pukeko proves his usefulness...
 
Author and illustrator Caroline Mead is an early childhood teacher.

Make Room for Pukeko
Publisher: Caroline Mead
ISBN: 9780473387709
Format: paperback
Size and extent: 290x210 portrait 24 pages

Reo Pēpi-Rua! Series 2

Dunedin māmā Kitty Brown and Kirsten Parkinson (Ngāi Tahu) have had a “massive” response to their unique, bilingual books from the NZ public. When sales reached over 5000 books and following two reprints for the fledgling publishing company, Reo Pēpi, the pair knew they better fast track production for further editions. A second series of Reo Pēpi books will be launched this Saturday April 8th with a whānau friendly party at the University Book Shop in their hometown Dunedin.