New Releases

Tanya Ashken: Jeweller, Silversmith, Sculptor

This publication, the first major survey of Tanya Ashken’s work, features ninety of her silversmithing and jewellery pieces and 66 sculptures. 168 pages in total.

Three writers have contributed essays, each focusing on a different aspect of Tanya’s life. Lesleigh Salinger presents a concise biography of her life and works, while Philip Clarke looks at a life shared between Tanya and her husband, John 

Drawbridge. Damian Skinner’s piece examines how Tanya’s work fits into the New Zealand arts and crafts scene.

Technological Innovation and Economic Growth in New Zealand - 1918 to "Think Big"

This new book looks at technological innovation in New Zealand from the end of the first world war until ‘Think Big’ in the 1980s.

My Mother and the Hungarians, and other small fictions

1950s New Zealand captured in flash fiction 
A new work of flash fiction from prize-winning poet and short-fiction author Frankie McMillan provides an intriguing evocation of 1950s New Zealand.
My Mother and the Hungarians, and other small fictions, published by Canterbury University Press (CUP), will be launched this month at the 2016 WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival. 

Arts Revealed: Eastern Bay of Plenty - Conversations with artists, writers, musicians and performers

This publication features 28 people involved in the ‘arts’ in the broader sense, and is about why they are driven to create, write or perform.

The book is ‘person focused’, so that in a unique way, each artist tells their story conversation style. Included are full colour plates on their creative environment.

Andrea Cooper became the interviewer, while Heather Hourigan,the facilitating author, did the camera work.

Bleak City, by Marisa Taylor

Alice Moorhouse is beginning to find her way as a young woman when her life is disrupted by a series of earthquakes. As she and her family deal with the physical and emotional toll of living in a broken city, their recovery is confounded by greedy insurers determined to protect their profits, bumbling bureaucrats unable to coordinate their efforts and uncaring politicians determined to spin the recovery for their own ends. How does Alice build a life in a devastated city and discover who she really is?
Available from 26 August 2016 from independent booksellers,, and the author's website

The Maori Meeting House, by Damien Skinner

‘A welcome addition to the growing body of literature on the modern meeting house as a statement of Māori identity, culture and mana.’ – Ranginui Walker

They are part of New Zealand’s landscape, often glimpsed from country roads, but also amongst our cityscapes. The Māori meeting house, or whare whakairo, has been an iconic feature of our country for 170 years, and now we have a handsome, comprehensive new guide to their history and meaning. With more than 100 historical and contemporary photographs and original watercolour illustrations, The Māori Meeting House: Introducing the Whare Whakairo celebrates every aspect of these fascinating taonga.

In an informative and personal narrative, author Damian Skinner brings together existing scholarship with his own reflections as a Pākehā art historian and curator who has spent many years researching Māori art. “It can be tricky territory being a Pākehā scholar looking at Māori art, because curiosity starts to look like a claim to possession and ownership,” Skinner says.

120 Days at Astrolabe, by Captain Kevin Judkins

This is a five-voyage snapshot of events that occurred at Astrolabe Reef, between 22nd October 2011 and 11th June 2012, during the primary phase of the Rena salvage operation.
It is an up-close and personal account of events. Witnessed, recorded and photographed from the anchor-handling vessel GO Canopus, while undertaking a multitude of duties relating to the salvage operations on location around Astrolabe Reef.

Don’t Dream It’s Over: Reimagining Journalism in Aoteroa New Zealand

Lay-offs. Political influence. Online convergence and new digital platforms. The rise of citizen journalism, social media, clickbait and PR. Funding cuts, sponsored news and regulations. The erosion of mainstream media . . . Journalism is operating in unprecedented territory.
Don’t Dream It’s Over is the latest multi-author book from the independent, cooperative publisher Freerange Press. It explores the changing nature of journalism in this country: as it once was, as it is today, and as we might imagine it working in the future.

Ruby and the Blue Sky, by Katherine Dewar

Grammy night, 2021.  Ruby wins ‘Best Song’ and makes an impulsive acceptance speech that excites nature lovers across the world.  While Ruby and her band celebrate, an extreme evangelical sect, funded by covert paymasters, dispatches a disciple on a ruthless mission to England.
As the band plays its sold-out tour, Ruby is pursued by eco-groupies insisting she use her new fame to fight climate change.