Birds bring may­hem

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There’s a Tui in our Teapot, He Tu¯ i kei ro¯ Tipa¯ ta, by Dawn McMil­lan, il­lus­trated By Nikki Slade Robin­son, Ma¯ ori text by Ngaere Roberts. Pra­tia Books, $24.99 ..

Bilin­gual bird may­hem cames to Nan’s kitchen when a tui is dis­cov­ered in the teapot. But that’s not all!

Turn the page and you will find a takahe is us­ing Nan’s toaster and a kea is feast­ing on her ki­wifruit.

All our favourite Kiwi birds fea­ture in this hi­lar­i­ous tale.

There’s also a fun spread at the end hat shares facts about the 16 na­tive birds fea­tured.

Rhyming text in both English and Maori with bright, colour­ful il­lus­tra­tions . . . this is a treat for both adults and kids alike.

— Colleen Thorpe

Sports writer and broad­caster Phil Gif­ford has teamed up with pho­tog­ra­pher Barry Dur­rant to pro­duce Black Boots, a look at New Zealand’s rugby le­gends.

“In our small quiet coun­try,” says Gif­ford, “where television didn’t go na­tion­wide un­til 1965, and shops closed on Satur­day, rugby dom­i­nated our win­ter week­ends. Un­til they walked on to the field and started play­ing, the All Blacks were part of us; they were the pig farmer down the road in In­gle­wood, the bank clerk who stamped our sav­ings ac­count book in Haw­era and the freez­ing worker on the bus with us in Otahuhu.”

Thanks to the skill of sharp­shoot­ing pho­tog­ra­phers, Gif­ford and Dur­rant have brought back a past era of he­roes.

Fol­low­ing is an ex­tract from the book:

When all boots were black

pop­u­lar that crowds of 20,000 would flock to Eden Park as late as the 1970s to see the lo­cal he­roes play.

Grounds were of­ten mud heaps. I grew up in Waihi in the early 1960s, where, at Rugby Park, a li­ne­out was some­times de­layed so bits of fired clay from the old de­mol­ished brick­works the ground was built over could be pulled out of the mire and thrown across the side­line.

Touch judges and television match of­fi­cials were un­heard of. Play­ers sorted things out them­selves. Fa­mously in 1956 a vet­eran prop, Kevin Skin­ner, was re­called from re­tire­ment to deal with a rugged South African front row. ‘I only threw two punches in the third test,’ Skin­ner would say, ‘and af­ter that I told the ref­eree to tidy it up.’

Grand­stands were small, and seats for an in­ter­na­tional game at a premium. Fans would start sleep­ing out­side grounds on Thurs­day night for a Satur­day af­ter­noon test so they could get the best po­si­tions on the ter­races. Later in the week, we’d watch the high­lights of tests in black and white in Cal­tex news­reels at movie the­atres, where you stood up when they played ‘God Save The Queen’ be­fore the show started.

And we re­lived the drama in black and white pho­tographs in news­pa­pers and mag­a­zines. Welling­ton pho­tog­ra­pher Barry Dur­rant, and the late Mor­rie Hill, prowled the side­lines in the days when the boots on the play­ers were all black, and fast burst dig­i­tal cam­eras tak­ing a dozen shots a sec­ond weren’t even dreamed of. Pho­tog­ra­phers were sharp shoot­ers, who needed the eye to recog­nise, and the re­flexes to seize, the frac­tion of a sec­ond that con­tained the great, the per­fect mo­ment. Thanks to their skills, an era that has gone for­ever can be en­joyed again in this book. The dirty lit­tle se­cret of this fun insight into the Shaky Isles au nat­u­ral is that it will prob­a­bly ap­peal as much to par­ents as the tar­geted gap in the mar­ket it aims for — ju­nior read­ers.

A spi­der bi­ol­o­gist, Pol­lard ex­plains the ex­tra­or­di­nary nat­u­ral phe­nom­ena of NZ in such sim­ple terms that it will fas­ci­nate kids and covertly ed­u­cate the adults read­ing it to them.

Based on the lat­est sci­en­tific re­search, it will help you drop the odd scintillating fact on, say, eels, glow­worms or glaciers, into tea­room con­ver­sa­tion. But, in re­al­ity, it’s your kids who re­ally need to know that NZ has the world’s ninth-long­est coast­line, and so much more.

— Peter Shand

Show­tym Ad­ven­tures An­nual By Kelly Wil­son, Pen­guinRan­domHouse, $24 ..

For all those lit­tle girls who are horse­mad, Kelly Wil­son, star of the TV se­ries Keep­ing up with the Kaimanawas, has come up with an an­nual just for you.

The Show­tym Ad­ven­tures An­nual is packed with games and puz­zles, quizzes and ac­tivites based around Kelly and her sis­ters and their ponies.

Dis­cover lots of fun pony ac­tiv­i­ties to try and rid­ing tips to put into prac­tice.

Take a sneak peek be­hind the scenes with the Wil­son Sis­ters at Show­tym Sta­bles, read all about Cap­tain, a very spe­cial wild horse, and learn the Wil­son Sis­ters’ se­crets to a happy pony.

This is the per­fect book for any­one who loves horses and ponies! — Colleen Thorpe

A visit to the Henri Malartre Car Mu­seum Lyon 1973, above; In Lon­don 1963, play­ers with chef Inia Te Wi­ata, left.

by Phil Gif­ford, Pho­tographs by Barry Dur­rant; Bateman Pub­lish­ing, $49.99

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