Gisborne Books


Tangihau Station by Rebecca Harper

  Tangihau by Rebecca Harper  $70

 An iconic station in the notoriously beautifu, and difficult, East Coast region of the       North  Island, Tangihau translates to howling or crying wind.  Standing at the top of a hill with a screaming gale blowing, it is not difficult to understand why.  The station has left an indelible mark on the lives of all those who have ridden its steep faces and mustered its vast paddocks.  Spanning 6478 hectares (5206ha effective) at Rere, about 44 kilometers west of Gisborne, Tangihau stands supreme as one of the few large stations left in Poverty Bay.

Share My Days  by P.J. Corrin  $60

Peter Corrin's story begins in the early 1940's up the Whakarau Road, Gisborne.  This is his rural life and he has written this history for his family.  In his words,  " I believe history should be recorded, for the young.  It provides a glimpse back in time to an age of hard work, but also great adventures,  For the older people a touch of nostalgia, who may have "been there, done that".  An age of stron discipline from parents and authorities but less political correctness.  These were the days of my life and I wouldn't swap them."


Printer's ProgressPrinter's Progress - A New Zealand newspaper story 1840-2014 by Margaret Rees-Jones

RRP $50 paperback  $75 hardback

       New Zealand's first newspaper, the New Zealand Gazette, began in 1840 on a beach near what today is Wellington. James Muir happened along the beach at a propitious time; a qualified printer from Edinburgh, who had much adventuring along the way, he not only repaired the newly arrived press but pulled the first damp sheet. Most early New Zealand newspapers found the economic soil too tough and life for the printers was uncertain. In 1848 Muir and four other printers established the very successful Wellington Independent. They raced for the news in boats, worked a roster system as times, took produce as payment, and went against the fashion by illustrating their newspaper with woodblock prints. communication during this 175-year period and this story follows these changes, and with them the evolving communities of WPrinter's ink runs through six generations of the Muir family. James' son, Allen Muir, moved to Gisborne on New Zealand's North Island, where he bought the long-running Poverty Bay (Gisborne) Herald. It remains an independent daily newspaper to this day. But this is not just a story of a family, as it peers behind the scenes of New Zealand's newspaper world. It is a social history from the shop floor. Extraordinary changes have occurred in the world of printing and communication during this 175-year period and this story follows these changes, and with them the evolving communities of Wellington and in particular the East Coast area of Gisborne and its surrounds.


The Hangaroa StoryThe Hangaroa Story - Hellfire Jack Harris 1878-1908 and those who followed him.  By Hester Harris  $45

T.J. Harris (who became known as Hellfire Jack) was the first European settler in the Hangaroa area.  He purchased his land in 1878 and walked the Maori tracks to his property and built a "suitable" dwelling before being joined by his wife, Louisa and infant son.  This book is the story of Thomas Harris, the early farming days, the many farms the land had been split into, and the many farming families who followed in his footsteps, inlcuding the Harris family who still farm at Hangaroa.  The families include many well-known Gisborne names,  Barns-Graham, Ellmer, von Pein, Chrisp and many, many more.  Individual family members have written short histories of their farming lives and the whole project has been beautifully collated by Hester Harris.







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Nga Tama Toa - The Price of Citizenship.  C Company 28 (Maori) Battalion 1939-1945


The facinating story of the Maori Battalion's war, with the focus firmly on C Company, whose members were drawn from Tairawhiti, east coast of the North Island.  This book is now available in Te Reo, also.




Gisborne and East Coast history book from 1950 to 1012.  A Splendid Isolation by Sheridan Gundry.A Splendid Isolation by Sheridan Gundry
HB $115  PB $75
The history of Gisborne and the East Coast from 1950 to 2012 includes 100's of black and white photographs and is a must for every Gisborne and East Coast family.





Making a Killing by Sheridan Gundry


A history of the Gisborne and East Coast freezing works industry.



Te Araroa An East Coast Community by Bob McConnellTe Araroa by Bob McConnell

PB $72

History of Te Araroa, East Cape of New Zealand










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Gisborne - A Place by the Sea  Photographs by Gray Clapham  $40

Beautiful recent photographs of Gisborne town, historic buildings and beaches. Published 2012.

 Blue Sky Highway - The East Cape of New Zealand

 Blue Sky Highway - The East Cape of New Zealand Photographs by Gray Clapham $40

Photographs of the beaches, wharves and settlements on Highway 35 East Coast


   Horouta   -   The History of the Horouta Canoe, Gisborne and East Coast. (Awaiting reprint April 17)

   By Rongowhakaata Halbert    $120

Horouta is the definitive history of the descendants of the voyaging canoes that brought the first settlers from Polynesia to the lands that stretch from East Cape to northern Hawke's Bay. Assembled through painstaking historical and genealogical research over more than 70 years by Rongowhakaata Halbert and his family, this outstanding work of scholarship is destined to serve the needs of all New Zealanders,and especially the peoples of Gisborne and the East Coast, for generations to come.