“ [A] beautifully presented, richly illustrated volume. ”
Australian Women's Weekly
“ Ell leaves few pebbles unturned in this fulsomely illustrated voyage. From battleships to beach balls, trade and some of the best racing yachts ever built, Ocean is a highly readable exploration of the sea's enduring role in New Zealand life. ”
Christopher Moore, New Zealand Listener
“ That Ocean could be considered a portable maritime museum is a reasonable one. ... [Its] packed with charts, news photographs, reproductions of historic and contemporary paintings and advertisements. ... Ell covers a huge amount of territory and the result is a coffee table collectible for seafarers – and by-the-sea dwellers. ”
Kim Knight, Weekend Herald
“ Telling the epic tales of Aotearoa's pioneers and trailblazers, [Sarah Ell] paints a portrait of the maritime past of our little island rolling in the deep of the world's largest ocean, then brings it back to the future with stirring stories of those for whom the sea is life today. ”
“ This book will interest the general reader and help most of us understand an aspect of New Zealand history that has been insufficiently celebrated. ”
Peter Stupples, Otago Daily Times
December 3, 2018
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He pūkai tō Tū, he pūkai tō Rongo.
A heap of Tū (godof war), a heap of Rongo (god of peace)...
Our 15,000 kilometres of coastline is longer than that of China, and not much smaller than that of the United States. This makes us vulnerable to enemies from without.
However, much of New Zealand’s martial history relates to conflict from within: tribe against tribe before and in the early days of European settlement, then British troops, settler soldiers and kūpapa (collaborating) tribes against other Māori in the 1840s to 1870s. It wasn’t until the very end of the nineteenth century that New Zealanders were engaged against a foreign enemy, being sent to South Africa to fight for the British.Continue Reading