Book Corner: Winter reads

Take a moment to catch your breath this winter, with one of Farm Trader's top pick new reads

Historic Homesteads of Hawke’s Bay by Angus Gordon



Discover the architectural delights and character of rural homes within the Hawke’s Bay region interwoven with stories of the families at the heart of them.

The evolution of the wool industry is threaded throughout this book, which is packed with glorious photography of examples of some of the most unique and visually arresting homes in the region. Better still, a number of them offer B&B or accommodation options (including glamping), so you can experience the history and grandeur first-hand.

The hardback book makes a perfect coffee table accessory, ideal for dipping into at short intervals. Author Angus Gordon is well equipped to share his passion for historic homesteads – he lives in one of the very homes depicted in the book.

WIN: Head to our competitions page to enter for the chance to win your own copy of the delightful Historic Homesteads of Hawke’s Bay by Angus Gordon.

Flit the Fantail and the Matariki Map by Kate Quin


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I te Timatanga In the BeginningAn easy-to-read story about problem-solving, with native New Zealand flora and fauna, some insight into Matariki, counting in te reo, and featuring some of the cutest characters, this is a book that kids are sure to enjoy.

Join Flit and his friends, Keri the kiwi and wise old Ruru, as they explore the night skies to work out how to capture a sparkling star. When the friends get lost, they follow the twinkling clues in the sky to find their way back home.

Accompanied by beautiful illustrations, kids will love to read this book time and time again. A Maori edition is also available: Ko Flit, te Tirairaka me te Mahere Matariki.

Retold and illustrated by Peter Gossage



If you’re looking to introducing kids to Maori legends and myths, this is a good place to start. I te Timatanga In the Beginning recounts the struggle of the children of Ranginui and Papatuanuku as they try to part their parents and bring light to the world.

The new 20th-anniversary edition of this Maori creation myth features a stunning new cover design and bilingual text – perfect to familiarise children with both the language and the stories.

An easy read, the bold design and brief text will keep the little ones entertained and will make for a great bedtime reading.

Hunting Life: Moments of Truth
by Peter Ryan

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Peter Ryan has hunted for more than four continents, among them, Africa and South America, and many of his experiences were related in two earlier stylish books Wild South and Hunting NZ. He writes in a sensitive manner with a deep respect for the wild animals and birds he likes to hunt.

The author’s two earlier books were highly regarded and this one continues that high standard.

A delightful enhancement to the author’s absorbing tales and photography are excellent illustrations by several artists from around the world.

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