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Events in the Life of Phillip Tapsell

May 05, 2021

Our latest book recounds the adventurous life of one of the original Pākehā-Māori and reveals a strong Danish–NZ connection

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Vale Gordon Ell

Apr 10, 2021

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of author, publisher and environmentalist Gordon Ell last Thursday after a short illness. 

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First Encounters — the fourth in Oratia Book’s growing NZ Series

Edited by father-and-daughterauthors Gordon Ell and Sarah Ell, First Encounters: New Zealand 1642–1840 covers nearly 200 years from Abel Tasman in 1642 and Joseph Banks in 1769, to early settlers such as John Logan Campbell in 1840 — in first-person accounts that preserve the English of the times.

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The Forgotten Wars: Why the Musket Wars matter today

Oct 14, 2020

Distinguished author Ron Crosby outlines why the Musket Wars were a crucial phase of New Zealand history and should be taught today.

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