When Polly Evans read a survey claiming that the last bastion of masculinity, the real Kiwi bloke, was about to breathe his last, she was seized by a sense of foreboding. Abandoning the London winter she took off on a motorbike for the windswept beaches and golden plains of New Zealand, hoping to root out some examples of this endangered species for posterity. But her challenges didn't stop at the men. Just weeks after passing her test, Polly rode from Auckland's glitzy Viaduct Basin to the vineyards of Hawkes Bay and on to the Southern Alps. She found wild kiwis in the dead of night, kayaked among dolphins at dawn, and spent an evening on a remote hillside with a sheep-shearing gang. As she travelled, Polly reflected on the Maori warriors who carved their enemies' bones into cutlery, the pioneer family who lived in a tree, and the flamboyant gold miners who lit their pipes with five-pound notes, and wondered how their descendents have become pathologically obsessed with helpfulness and Coronation Street. The author of the highly acclaimed It's Not About the Tapas reaches some unexpected conclusions about the new New Zealand man - and finds that evolution has taken some unlikely twists.
Author : Lisa Hamilton-Gibbs
ISBN : 0473345617
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This is the delightful story of Herb, a Kiwi bird who dreamed that he could fly. With the encouragement of his best friend Lola the ladybird, he embarks on a pilgrimage to learn how. With determination and self- belief he circumnavigates the globe, travelling as fast as Santa! Herb becomes an overnight sensation inspiring animals all over the world to dare to dream big!
Why did the top fall off Mt Cook? Do male kakapo ever get lonely? Why do sheep like to 'follow the leader'? Are there glaciers in the North Island? What did Maori use for chewing gum? Are there moose in Fiordland? . . . and why can't kiwis fly? Why Can't Kiwis Fly? is a succinct, quirky and informed collection of questions and answers about New Zealand's natural history. Crammed full of fascinating, fun and sometimes challenging facts, it's a lively, bite-sized introduction to our natural world.
Author : Dov M. Gabbay
ISBN : 9789401717397
Genre : Philosophy
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We are happy to present the second volume of the Handbook of Defeasible Reasoning and Uncertainty Management Systems. Uncertainty pervades the real world and must therefore be addressed by every system that attempts to represent reality. The representation of un certainty is a major concern of philosophers, logicians, artificial intelligence researchers and computer sciencists, psychologists, statisticians, economists and engineers. The present Handbook volumes provide frontline coverage of this area. This Handbook was produced in the style of previous handbook series like the Handbook of Philosophical Logic, the Handbook of Logic in Computer Science, the Handbook of Logic in Artificial Intelligence and Logic Programming, and can be seen as a companion to them in covering the wide applications of logic and reasoning. We hope it will answer the needs for adequate representations of uncertainty. This Handbook series grew out of the ESPRIT Basic Research Project DRUMS II, where the acronym is made out of the Handbook series title. This project was financially supported by the European Union and regroups 20 major European research teams working in the general domain of uncer tainty. As a fringe benefit of the DRUMS project, the research community was able to create this Handbook series, relying on the DRUMS partici pants as the core of the authors for the Handbook together with external international experts.
I started writing the day my first grandchild was born. When I looked into his eyes I saw the generations off my family. It was then I realised that the reason my father could not help me to understand who or what I was. Quite simply I had no idea any more than my father before. That is what motivated me to write happiness is a recipe hard to find. It was in constructing this rime I discovered this hidden talent for stretching information with poetry. This book is an illustration of my story to reason for me and those I love what is life worthy, writing and sharing these and other poems have brought many rewards to my life we have great potential.
In the dead of winter, Polly Evans ventures to the remote Yukon Territory in Canada's far northwest, where temperatures plunge to minus forty and the sun rises for just a few hours each day. Her mission: to learn to drive sled dogs. But when she arrives, she finds there's more to this unspoilt wilderness than deathly cold. In a pristine landscape patrolled by wolves and caribou, Polly takes her first bruising lessons in the art of mushing. But before the snows melt in spring, she hones her skills and becomes infatuated with this brutal, beautiful land where jagged gems of hoar frost glisten on the spruce boughs and the northern lights weave green and red across the skies. Above all, she discovers a deep affection for the loving, mischievous huskies who with such courage and enthusiasm escort her through the lone white trails of the unforgiving north.
Brilliant young New Zealand physicist, Dr. Brandon Maine, is unexpectedly engulfed by an unknown family history in German colonial East Africa. Lured by the mysterious Rachel, his exploratory visit morphs into chaos when he stumbles across unlikely friends whose discovery of an enormous uranium field threatens them all. In the midst of gathering evil, Bran is swept into the vortex of an Africa he never knew existed-a world of the supernatural and atrocities that have shackled the continent for generations and almost destroy him. Drawing from these ancient unseen powers, rapacious politician Gabriel Iramo will stop at nothing-including genocide-to gain control of the country and plunge a continent back into the old ways. The shocking discovery that there is no safe middle ground shatters Bran's laissez-faire approach to life while holding the clue to Africa's revival. But to live the adventure and be true to its demands will take all that he has and alter the course of nations.
Author : Dr Perry R Hinton
ISBN : 9781317798163
Genre : Psychology
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What are stereotypes and why do we use them? Are all stereotypes bad? Can we stop people from using them? Questions such as these have fascinated social psychologists for many years.Perry Hinton provides an accessible introduction to this key area, giving a critical and concise overview of the influential theories and approaches, as well as insights into recent work on the role of language and culture in stereotyping.
When Gillian Orrell abandoned corporate life in London to tramp New Zealand’s nine Great Walks, she had little idea of what to expect. But uncertainty and inexperience soon gave way to the challenge of the walks themselves, as she embarked on the greatest adventure of her life. Fighting snowstorms, blisters and the attentions of unwanted tramping companions, she determined to enjoy whatever fate might throw her way. The hazards were soon outweighed by the natural splendour of New Zealand’s great outdoors, as she trekked over mountains, through rivers, along beaches, past glaciers, into craters, around lakes, beside active volcanoes and through some of the oldest forests in the world. New Boots in New Zealand is a day-by-day account of all nine Great Walks, from the majesty of the famous Milford Track to the unexpected variety of the Heaphy and the beguiling mystery of the Whanganui River Journey. Full of humour and joie de vivre, it is a hugely enjoyable armchair read as well as an essential source of information for anyone intending to walk in New Zealand. Covers all nine Great Walks: Milford, Routeburn, Abel Tasman, Kepler, Heaphy, Whanganui River, Lake Waikaremoana, Tongariro and Rakiura, and includes photographs and maps.
Charlie, who wants to explain to his classmates why the kiwi is so different from other birds, follows his stuffed friend Kiwi on a journey through time on which one of his ancestors helps him understand how the kiwi--and all birds--evolved.