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This winter we've picked some our our favourite new books for you to enjoy

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Breaking the Dark

No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling author Lisa Jewell launches the Marvel Crime program with an original story of Jessica Jones. Meet Jessica Jones: a private investigator and retired super hero

Prepare to be hooked

The Paris Affair

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society meets Lucinda Riley in this breath-taking story of how one woman's disappearance spurns the search of a lifetime.

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Where is Hairy Maclary?

Have you seen Hairy Maclary? Where is he hiding? Lift the flaps to see if you can spot the raggedy rascal and his rollicking gang!

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The blockbuster thriller of 2024

Combining the talents of two of our greatest storytellers, James Patterson and Michael Crichton present an engrossing event thriller about a volcanic eruption in Hawai'i.

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Waitohu

Kia ora! Welcome to Waitohu - a journal where the Māori lunar calendar invites us to write about our lives in a new way.

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From the #1 bestselling creator of the hit Netflix series Fool Me Once

How can a man who’s already dead be wanted for murder? This is the question sports agent Myron Bolitar asks himself when two FBI agents visit him in New York looking for his long dead former client and rival, Greg Downing.

Could Greg Downing still be alive?

How an Underbird Became a Wonderbird

What happens when a pūteketeke egg turns up in a duck's nest? Find out in this entertaining picture book raising funds for Aotearoa New Zealand's Bird of the Century!

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At The Grand Glacier Hotel

From award-winning novelist Laurence Fearnley comes an intriguing story about recovery, reflection and reconnecting with ourselves and others.

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Feel your best — for the rest of your life

The essential new book from bestselling health writer and trusted menopause advocate Niki Bezzant, author of This Changes Everything.

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Features

Article
A Guide to Waitohu Journal

Nau mai ki Waitohu! Read on to learn about Hinemoa Elder's inspiration behind Waitohu, and how to use this special journal.

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Where to start with: Māori Made Easy

Keen to start your language learning journey but don't know where to begin? Scotty Morrison's bestselling series is the resource you need!

Q&A
Dolly Alderton on heartbreak, finding inspiration, and her new novel Good Material

The bestselling author talks heartbreak, fiction versus non-fiction, and her latest novel Good Material

Article
The New Zealand Popular Penguin Line-up

To celebrate 50 years of publishing in Aotearoa, we are excited to re-issue eleven New Zealand classics in the Popular Penguin format. Have you read them all? 

Article
The book to read based on your favourite Taylor Swift era

We’ve compiled a book guide to what should be on the top of your TBR pile, depending on your favourite Swift Era.

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How to write a short story

Penning short stories is a great way to improve your writing. The form demands your idea be delivered with clarity and be structured tightly. We asked our authors for their best tips on writing short fiction to help you with your next story.

Brand new recipes

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Red Roasted Pasta

This homemade pasta sauce is so simple, it feels like you’re cheating.

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Cheese Scones

I simply had to include our cheese scone recipe again, after sharing it in my second book. However, this time I have simplified it — sometimes I find that cheese is all that is necessary. Of course, if you prefer, feel free to add some diced bacon, onions or herbs.

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Raunchy Cauli Tacos

This was originally called Crunchy Cauli. But one day, after Otis had written up the blackboard menu, a customer must have leaned up against it and smudged the ‘CR’ — so now it looked like ‘RA’. Nek minnit, a customer asked us what Raunchy Cauli was. And the name stuck.

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Raspberry & Rosewater Cupcakes

Oh so pretty and fragrant — almost too good to eat! I find that just a hint of rose flavour is enough, so when making the icing start with a small amount and add more if desired.

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Spinach & Ricotta Gnudi with Lemon, Sage & Pine Nut Brown Butter Sauce

A nod to the Italian keto mummas for this comforting dish! The soft, pillowy gnocchi-like dumplings are made with ricotta instead of potato, which makes them lighter and less chewy than their cousins. The gnudi are then baked instead of boiled and drenched in a wonderfully buttery finger-licking sauce.

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Epic prawns & beans

Harissa & garlicky sourdough croutons

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Garlic mac & cheese

A flavourful fuss-free favourite, perfect for lunches.

Activities

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Nanny Rina's Amazing Nets Colouring Sheet

Colour in this sheet from a heartwarming story about aroha, whānau, passing down traditional knowledge and welcoming in the new year

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Willa and Woof: Camp Chaos maze activity

Help Willa find Woof with this fun maze activity!

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Ways to keep busy this long weekend

Activities to keep the children engaged this weekend (regardless of the weather!)

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Detective Beans colouring-in activity

Detective Beans and the Case of the Missing Hat colouring activity.

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Bluey Mother's Day colouring-in activity for the whole family!

Wackadoo! Unwind with this great colouring-in activity, just in time for Mother’s Day!

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Colour in Ring Ting Tūī!

Colour in these sheets from the melodious counting picture book bursting with troublesome tūī!

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Play and Grow with The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Join The Very Hungry Caterpillar on his adventures with these fun activities.

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Bluey Easter activity pack

Celebrate Easter with this free printable download.

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Emma Memma colouring-in activity

Colour in with Emma Memma!

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Bluey Christmas Activity

Get in to the Christmas spirit with Bluey

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid No Brainer QUIZ

Test your knowledge in this fun No Brainer quiz put together by Sylvie from Waterview Primary!

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Blue, Blue Christmas colouring sheet

Get into the holiday spirit with this Blue, Blue Christmas colouring in activity!

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Keep entertained this long weekend!

Activities to keep the children engaged this weekend (regardless of the weather!)

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Make your own Diary of a Wimpy Kid costume

Zoo-wee-mama! Dress up in your best DIY Wimpy Kid outfit with these fun printable Greg and Rowley masks.

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Critters of Aotearoa Colouring in Sheet

Meet some of our cute and curious critters with this colouring in sheet!

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The Māori Alphabet with Stacey Morrison

A simple pronunciation guide to the Māori alphabet

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Lulu and the Dance Detectives The Pool Party Poisoning word search

Magnifying glasses at the ready! Channel your inner detective to complete this word search

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Bluey and Bingo's guide to making Dad laugh

Bluey and Bingo share their guide for making Dad laugh this Father's Day.

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DIY Ranger's Apprentice cloak

How to make your own Ranger's Apprentice Cloak for book week and beyond!

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There Was an Odd Farmer Who Swallowed a Fly Word Search

A fun word search to see what the odd farmer might swallow in this favourite nursery rhyme with a pitch-perfect Kiwi twist!

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Throw a Hairy Maclary Party!

Download everything you need to throw your own frolicking Hairy Maclary birthday party!

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QUIZ: Which classic picture book do you belong in?

Take this fun quiz to find out which classic picture book you belong in.

Audiobooks from New Zealand

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The Everything Guide

Every woman’s honest, healthy guide to eating, moving and feeling your best — for the rest of your life.

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Māori Made Easy Pocket Guide

Everything you need to speak te reo Māori with confidence.

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The Art of Winning

A unique and inspiring deep dive into leadership, strength and resilience from one of sport's true masters: All Black legend Dan Carter.

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Bite Back

A compassionate guide to navigating eating disorders, for those experiencing them and their loved ones, from someone who has been there.

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Pounamu Pounamu - Te reo Māori edition

Witi Ihimaera’s first published book — Pounamu Pounamu — translated into te reo Māori. Published in collaboration with Kotahi Rau Pukapuka.

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The Denniston Rose

A number one bestseller, this favourite New Zealand novel captures a real 19th century community.

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The Astromancer

A lively story with stunning illustrations that reveals the tradition of Matariki.

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The Whale Rider

A classic novel that became a classic film.

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A History of New Zealand in 100 Objects

New Zealand history through a new lens – 100 objects offer 100 entry points into the powerful, captivating stories of our shared past.

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Poor People With Money

A darkly comic, gritty, punch-in-the-guts new novel that captures life on the poverty line, from the author of 1986, Iceland and I Thought We’d Be Famous.

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Wawata - Moon Dreaming

Dr Hinemoa Elder, author of Aroha, New Zealand's top-selling non-fiction title of 2021, shows us how to reclaim intimacy with others, with ourselves, and with our planet using the energies of Hina, the Māori moon.

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How to Loiter In a Turf War

A genre-bending work of autobiographical fiction from one of Aotearoa’s fiercest and most versatile artists.

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Gabriel's Bay

Warm, witty and wicked, this is the perfect escapist read!

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Grand

The astonishing debut memoir about mothers and daughters, drinking, birth and loss, running away and homecoming from prize-winning writer and broadcaster Noelle McCarthy.

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The Penguin History of New Zealand

The definitive and bestselling history of Aotearoa New Zealand by one of our leading historians, continuously in print for 20 years.

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Letters to You

Beautiful gift package book of letters to provide support, information, encouragement and tips on practical help for anyone suffering low moments.

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Cousins

One of Patricia Grace's most popular novels.

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A Māori Phrase a Day

A modern, user-friendly phrasebook for all New Zealanders.

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Your Money, Your Future

A real-life handbook to finding financial freedom on any income, from the creator of New Zealand’s leading finance podcast Cooking the Books and author of Tales from a Financial Hot Mess.

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This Changes Everything

The must-have guide to perimenopause and menopause for every woman: What's happening, what you can do, and what really works.

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Shed Couture

An entertaining celebration of sustainable fashion, buying well and finding your style in the twenty-first century.

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