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A colourful, often surprising celebration of Kiwi can-do, No. 8 Re-wired is the most complete and entertaining book about Kiwi inventions yet.

If necessity is the mother of invention then Kiwi ingenuity is its father.
No. 8 Re-wired is a comprehensive, colourful treasury of New Zealand inventions – jam-packed with the stories behind 202 home-grown creations and the crafty people who dreamt them up. From well-known innovations (human flight, the discovery of DNA, the pavlova) to lesser-known feats (instant coffee, the referee's whistle, the electronic petrol pump) to the newest in high-tech world-firsts (robots and jetpacks!), it is the most complete and entertaining book ever on Kiwi ingenuity. And, yes, the pav is definitely ours.
A surprising and absorbing account of Kiwi can-do, and a celebration of the No. 8 wire spirit on which New Zealand is built, it's also a revealing look at how innovation can power us into the future.
'No. 8 Re-wired brilliantly celebrates New Zealanders' disrespect for the status quo.'
—Sir Ray Avery


No. 8 Re-wired has a cheerily old-fashioned appeal. ... Although it does justice to many of the most-lauded of our inventions – the tote, stamp-vending machines – it's the lesser-known breakthroughs that will fascinate many.

North & South

This collection of fascinating New Zealand history is neither predictable nor po-faced ... Our best and brightest have much to answer for – and to be proud of.

Kia Ora

A compendium of fascinating episodes about some well-known New Zealand innovations, some that are less famous – and some that will be.


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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    September 24, 2014


    272 pages

    RRP $45.00

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  • EBook


    September 24, 2014

    Penguin eBooks

    272 pages

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