Sunday, December 27, 2009

Place Names of New Zealand on National Radio

Peter Dowling is currently preparing Place Names of New Zealand, A.W. Reed's authoritative work on the subject, for a new edition in 2010. Fully updated, with condensed, easy-reference entries and over 1500 newly added names, it takes Reed's work into the 21st century.

On weekdays from 28 December 2009 to 22 January 2010, Peter will be talking place names on Radio New Zealand National's morning show, Summer Report. Check for where to tune in, and visit for details.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Seasons' Greetings

Seasons' Greetings

from Oratia Media
Libro International

Meri Kirihimete me ngā mihi o te tau hou ki a koutou katoa

Manuia le Kerisimasi, ma le Tausaga Fou


Fröhliche Weihnachten
und ein gutes neues Jahr

Monday, November 30, 2009

The Iron-Bound Coast on Radio New Zealand

Radio New Zealand National, Sounds Historical, Sunday evening 29 November 2009, second hour.

Click here to listen to Bob Harvey talking to Jim Sullivan about The Iron-Bound Coast: Karekare in the Early Years, and the life of author Wally Badham, who set out to preserve his crystal-clear memories of early Karekare for his nieces, but has created a work of living history that speaks to all New Zealanders.

Sounds Historical with Jim Sullivan gives listeners their chance to learn about the colourful, dramatic, and often remarkable events and people of New Zealand's past.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

In the news today

Graeme Hunt, author of the book

Graeme Hunt, author of the book "First to Care",

which gives a historical account of St John in New Zealand.

Photo / Greg Bowker, NZ Herald

Click here to read today's article in the NZ Herald

St John book celebrates 125 years of first aid for Kiwis
Story by Alanah May Eriksen

Friday, November 20, 2009

Nga Waka o Neherā

Sales Points:

  • Re-issue of the authoritative reference work on Maori voyaging canoes
  • Collects all published information on the topic into one volume
  • Essential item for libraries of New Zealand history
  • Attractive design with maps for easy reference
  • Includes special sections on Maui’s and Rata’s waka

The Book:

Finally back in print after more than five years, this is the essential reference work to the traditions of Maori canoes that voyaged to New Zealand – including lists of the waka, names of crew members and vessels, karakia and waiata, and maps. A must for lovers of history, students of Maori and nautical enthusiasts.

This is the second in a programme of short-run reissues of important New Zealand books by Libro International.

The Author:

Jeff Evans is a writer and photographer who works for leading clients in New Zealand and overseas. An authority on Maori canoes, Jeff is also the author of Waka Taua: The Maori War Canoe, The Discovery of Aotearoa and Maori Weapons in Pre-European New Zealand, and editor of Elsdon Best’s Notes on the Art of War. Jeff lives in Waitakere City.


  • Jeff is available for media opportunities or marketing support; check or contact Jeff on

027 2161400 or

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Gone West

I'm Murray Gray and I run Gone West Books in Titirangi.

I thought you might be interested in my Half-Price Book Sale on Sunday
December 6 from noon until late.

I'll have wine tasting, whisky nosing, pizzas, poetry and music to keep
you entertained. So please join me for a laid back afternoon at the shop.

You can get more information from my web site

Please feel free to distribute this invitation to your friends.


Monday, November 2, 2009

Monday, October 26, 2009

Read news about First to Care: 125 Years of the Order of St John in New Zealand, on

Saving Globalization, by Mike Moore

Saving Globalization: Why Globalization and Democracy Offer the Best Hope for Progress, Peace and Development
ISBN: 978-0-470-82503-7
320 pages
September 2009

Congratulations to Mike Moore on the release of
Saving Globalization. Oratia Media provided editorial consultancy in the manuscript stages of the project.

Globalization is not new, nor is it a policy, it’s a process that has existed as long as man looked over the horizon, travelled and traded. It can’t be stopped but it can be slowed. It came to a grinding halt in August 1914 and the Marxist detour cost millions of lives and lost three generations their opportunity and hope in many countries. More wealth has been created in the past 60 years than in all of history. After the most successful decade of sustained economic growth in history, this progress is threatened.

Extreme inequality, corruption and environmental degradation threaten the stability and legitimacy of many developing countries’ regimes. Anti-globalization and anti-capitalist campaigners’ confidence has been emboldened due to the present economic crisis. Protectionist rhetoric is growing as are the arguments to control and regulate markets. Leaders are meeting to discuss how to face these problems and create a new international architecture. How did we get to this position? What should we do? What is it that determines why some contemporary states are successful while others have failed?

Saving Globalization departs from its analysis of the globalised economy in the twenty-first century to answer these question by tracing the development of what Moore considers to be ‘the big ideas of history’: democracy, independent courts, the separation of church and state, property rights, independent courts, a professional civil service, and civil society. Democratic capitalism has worked for most people. Why? It is a remarkable story, from the Greeks to the Geeks, encompassing technological progress and the corrections and contradictions between liberty and equality, technology, growth and the environment. In defence of the many virtues and opportunities that globalisation offers, Mike Moore makes the case for a fresh and new approach to our international Institutions and for domestic policies that promote equity and fairness.

The book controversially attacks the new enemies of reason and evidence. The threats now come from all sides, especially workers in developed countries who fear for their jobs. Mike Moore is a political practitioner turned theoretician.

About the author: Michael Kenneth Moore ONZ (known as Mike Moore, born 28 January 1949) is a politician from New Zealand who has served both as Prime Minister of New Zealand and Director-General of the World Trade Organization.

More Information About this Book

First To Care

Media release

22 October 2009

Landmark history launched today in Christchurch

A landmark history of St John is being launched today on the site where the organisation was founded in New Zealand in 1885.

First to Care: 125 Years of the Order of St John in New Zealand, 1885–2010 brings to life the history of one of our most ubiquitous and vital charitable organisations.

The book launch, at St Mary's church hall in Merivale, Christchurch, kicks off the 125th anniversary year celebrations of St John in New Zealand.

Author Graeme Hunt unearths new information about the founding of the former St John Ambulance Association in 1885, the creation of its complementary arm, the former St John Ambulance Brigade, in 1892, and the development of what is now one of the country’s leading healthcare organisations.

The heavily illustrated book provides a vivid account of public-spiritedness, enterprise and innovation by people involved in St John over the past 125 years, peppered with occasional disputes and setbacks along the way.

St John chief executive Jaimes Wood said First to Care was not only a frank account of the first 125 years of St John in New Zealand but also a social history of the role of an iconic organisation in national life.

“From Graeme Hunt’s history we see how St John developed into a dynamic organisation capable of serving the needs or a varied and demanding community.

“The challenges St John faced in 1885 –– developing a strong organisation drawing on the collective skills of volunteers and paid staff, working with governments and healthcare providers and winning the hearts and minds of the public –– are those we face today.

“Graeme has identified the ability of St John to meet the challenges and adapt to a changing world. The book is an important part of explaining where we came from, where we are and where we are going.”

Graeme Hunt said St John had gone through many changes since 1885 but remained true to its twin international mottos, Pro fide (for the faith) and Pro utilitate hominum (for the service of humanity).

“St John invented and popularised ‘first aid’ as we know it. It provided medical assistance from the sidelines of our sports fields from as early as 1891 and it played a leading role in disaster relief from its formative days. From humble beginnings it established a nationwide ambulance service that today is the envy of the St John fraternity worldwide.

“In 1885 St John’s success depended heavily on the service of volunteers –– ordinary New Zealanders who gave up their spare time to serve their fellow citizens. Today volunteers remain crucial to the success of the wide range of services St John offers.”


First to Care: 125 Years of the Order of St John in New Zealand, 1885–2010

ISBN 978–1–877514–03–6

Format: 344 pages, trade paperback

Author: Graeme Hunt

Publishers: Libro International, an imprint of Oratia Media Ltd, Auckland, and Waddington Press Ltd, Auckland, for the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem and

Recommended retail price: $60

Graeme Hunt is available for interviews.

Publishing and distribution queries should be directed to Peter Dowling, Libro International, at 09 817 2951 or 027 614 8993. Note the book will not be released officially until 23 October 2009.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Support the Karekare Surf Lifesaving Club

Buy your copy of The Iron-Bound Coast at $55 a copy (normal retail price $60)

from the Karekare Surf Lifesaving Club

Contact: Phil Parks, ph: 8128911,

Karel Witten-Hannah, ph: 8128863

Shalema Wanden-Hannay, ph: 8128788,,
1 Karekare Rd, Karekare, Waitakere City


A New Zealand publishing gem, The Iron-Bound Coast was destined to disappear without a trace until, following a chance meeting shortly before his death, Wally Badham entrusted it to Bob Harvey.
Now readers can discover the rare yarn-telling talents of Badham, who died in 2001, together with stunning photos that conjure up the Karekare coast in a time when the world was young.
Beautifully printed in a hardback edition of 200 pages, with 215 rarely seen photos, this book is a must for anyone who loves Karekare.

The Iron-Bound Coast is a rare book discovered by Waitakere City Mayor Bob Harvey while researching Auckland’s spectacular west coast. Wally Badham set out to preserve his crystal-clear memories of early Karekare for his nieces, but has created a work of living history that speaks to all New Zealanders. Bob recalls his excitement on discovering The Iron-Bound Coast:
I realised this is truly a rich gem, a legacy of not only remote Karekare beach, but a grand story of this country. Wally speaks in a voice that reflects the time; a time that is now rapidly fading in memory and people.

The Karekare Surf Lifesaving Club warmly invites you to a book night in the Club on Sunday the 25th of October at 7.00pm. Cash bar & book sales.
Speakers: Bob Harvey on The Iron-Bound Coast
Ted Scott on his book Spirit of the West

Entry: Koha/Donation to the Club’s NEW BUILDING FUND

Memoirs and Kiwi ingenuity

Read the review of The Iron-Bound Coast: Karekare in the Early Years

on the NZ Book Month blog.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

The Iron-Bound Coast book launch

12 September 2009 - Going West Books & Writers Festival

Oratia Media was pleased to launch the third title of its Libro International book list - The Iron-Bound Coast: Karekare in the Early Years - at the Going West festival. On stage, publisher Peter Dowling and writer Bob Harvey spoke to a crowd of over 150 about the historical significance of the book and its wry and witty tales, while a slideshow of old pictures in the background gave an insight of Karekare at the beginning of last century. Author Wallace Badham died in 2001, but he was represented by family members including son, Warwick.

Thanks to the Badham family, the local organisations that supported the book, our talented publishing team, and the fine people behind the Going West festival for their help in making this a memorable night.

Read more about the making of The Iron-Bound Coast book, and an interview with Bob Harvey on the Western Leader

Bookman and blogger Graham Beattie was there to report on the Festival.

And after the talks the celebrations continued with Italian nibbles made by Oratia Media Creative Director Alessandra Zecchini, and wine offered by Artisan Wines.

And now a final note: a few guests from the launch asked to know the recipe of the chilled cucumber soup, so here it is:

Alessandra's Chilled Cucumber Soup


1 telegraph cucumber
A few generous pinches of salt
4 tbsp white balsamic condiment (or white aromatic vinegar)
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
5 fresh mint leaves
2 garlic cloves, peeled
750 ml plain full cream yogurt
Salt and pepper to taste.
Carrot sticks and Borage flowers to decorate.

Slice the cucumber (do not peel) and place in a colander with salt. Stir and let the cucumber sweat for 30 minutes. Rinse well under cold running water and then place in a blender with the vinegar (only use white vinegar). Let the cucumber absorb the vinegar for 10 minutes, the add extra virgin olive oil, mint, garlic and yogurt. Blend a few times, until liquid and lightly frothy. Adjust with salt and pepper to taste and store in the fridge until serving time. Shake well before serving and decorate with thin carrot sticks and borage flowers.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Going West Books & Writers Festival Programme 2009

The Going West Books and Writers Festival comprises an exciting range of word-based events including the theatre

season, poetry slam, rare and second-hand book market, writers in schools programme, the literary weekend - bringing together

writers and performers from around the country and Storyfest, the free family day.

The festival will be running from 17 August - 26 September

at various venues in Waitakere City.

Celebrate the West:

Westside Forever - FREE Afternoon

Saturday 12 September

Outrageous Fortune

4:30 to 5:30 - An insiders look at 'Outrageous Fortune' with James Griffin, Rachel Lang and Robyn Malcolm (Cheryl)

5:30 Book launch - The Ironbound Coast - Karekare in the Early Years,
with wine and nibbles

For the Festival Programme click here

Thursday, September 3, 2009

The Iron-Bound Coast

The Iron-Bound Coast is a rare book. Discovered by writer and Waitakere City mayor Bob Harvey while researching Auckland’s spectacular west coast, the two manuscripts for the work were written in long hand with photos laboriously pasted in. Wally Badham had set out to preserve his crystal-clear memories of early Karekare for his nieces, but has created a work of living history that speaks to all New Zealanders.

Bob Harvey recalls his excitement on discovering The Iron-Bound Coast: I realised this is truly a rich gem, a legacy of not only remote Karekare beach, but a grand story of this country. Wally speaks in a voice that reflects the time; a time that is now rapidly fading in memory and people.”

Illustrated with 215 photos, most never before published, this hardback edition marks the third release of the Libro International book imprint from Waitakere-based publisher Oratia Media.

Managing director Peter Dowling heralded the publication: “We are thrilled to publish The Iron-Bound Coast, a work of historical significance and entertaining content. We hope we’ve done Wally proud – everyone who reads it seems to fall under his spell.”

Review copies are available now; the book launches at the Going West Books and Writers Festival on 12 September and will be in stores from 15 September.

Extracts and photos from the work are available to selected media.

The Author

Wallace Badham grew up at Karekare and left only with the onset of World War II. His unhappy later life belied the accomplishments and adventure of his youth, when he was among the first pilots in Auckland and spent days roaming across the remote valleys of the Waitkare Ranges. He retained a deep affection for the area and its history until his death in 2001.


Bob Harvey, historian, writer and mayor of Waitakere City, has edited the Badham text. A prolific author, Harvey is the author of six books centred on the west coast and its history, including Untamed Coast, Rolling Thunder and Wild Beast: The Art of Dean Buchanan. Bob spends much of his time at his beach home in Karekare.


The Iron-Bound Coast is the third book from Libro International, the new book division launched this year by Oratia Media. It follows Outrageous Fortune: The West Family Album, and Tim Tipene’s Kura Toa: Warrior School. Libro International is taking New Zealand history, Maori studies, children’s and general nonfiction titles to the world.

The Iron-Bound Coast: Karekare in the early years

Wallace Badham; edited by Bob Harvey

ISBN: 978-1-877514-01-2

Format: 200 pages, jacketed hardback

Publisher: Libro International, an imprint of Oratia Media Ltd, Auckland;

Recommended retail price: $60

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Library Week 2009

Photos by Chris Hoult
Wednesday 12 August 2009, Waitakere Central Library

Talk: Publishing in West Auckland.

Peter Dowling from Oratia Media spoke about local publishing, including the new Libro International book Outrageous Fortune: The West Family Album.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Libro International's latest book, Outrageous Fortune: The West Family Album,
is featured in the NZ Herald
(including an extract from the Outrageous Fortune drinking game)

Friday, July 31, 2009

Congratulations to Len Castle and Lopdell House Gallery for taking out the Illustrative Category in the 2009 Montana New Zealand Book Awards with Len Castle: Making the Molecules Dance (ISBN 978-0-95828-951-1). The talented people behind the book are the main tenants of the building in which we work, and it's great to have such quality publishing coming out of Titirangi. The book is available from Lopdell House Gallery,

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Coming soon


Outrageous Fortune: The West Family Album is the ultimate fan handbook to New Zealand's favourite family, the Wests, and their associates from the hit TV3 show Outrageous Fortunes. Written by the show's writers and featuring the actors’ take on the series, the album features script extracts, a trivia quiz and a drinking game – and probes the characters to reveal all from Cheryl’s recipes to Pascalle’s philosophy, Ted’s racing tips to the Tool Guy code.

Written by James Griffin and Rachel Lang, the multiple award-winning creators and executive producers of Outrageous Fortune, and Tim Balme, who has been a storyliner and scriptwriter since the show’s second season.

ISBN: 978-1-877514-00-5

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Thursday 28 May 2009

The launch of the Kura Toa
warrior school, and the reissue
of Tim's book
Kura Toa Warrior School.

From left: author and Kura Toa Warrior School founder Tim Tipene, Reverend Owen Paikea, Mayor Bob Harvey, and Nimpo Dojo's Aotearoa Chief Instructor Travis Rapana.

Kura Toa is launched with an audience of over 100, young and old,

Oratia Media Managing Director Peter Dowling outlined the partnership with Tim Tipene for existing and future books.

Mayor of Waitakere Bob Harvey gave ringing support to the work Tim does with young people in the community.

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