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Updates for Kindle edition of our history book

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Hurricane Press has published a revised and updated edition of its best-selling ebook The Complete History of New Zealand (in less than two hours).

Peter Jessup’s 36,000-word summary of New Zealand’s story was first published as a print edition in 2011 and then as an ebook in 2013.

One of the benefits of digital publishing is the ability to update books. The Kindle edition of the book is available from Amazon, the world’s biggest distributor of ebooks.

For more information, see The Complete History of New Zealand (in less than two hours) – ebook edition.


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Our workshops

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Writing a book can often turn out to be the easy part – getting it published can be the biggest challenge.

Hurricane Press hosts regular workshops to help those who want their works to reach an audience, whether it’s a select few or an international market.

Managing director Josh Easby leads participants through a programme that covers print and electronic publishing. For more details of the programme contents, click here.

Please contact us if you want to know more about this workshop and others we run.

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Football with a smile

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Waikato writer Jeff Neems is now a published author after Hurricane Press compiled a collection of his popular magazine column, Football Dad, and published them as an ebook.

Having enjoyed the humourous stories about a football-loving parent willing to go to great lengths to help develop the next generation of international players, Hurricane Press managing director Josh Easby asked Neems if he could make the work more widely available.

“Anyone who has tried to be a supportive parent for their kids’ sports activities will relate to Football Dad. It’s not just applicable to football – it could be about any sport, anywhere in the world.”

More details about Football Dad are here.

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Instant! Maori now available as ebook

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The highly successful Maori-English phrase book Instant! Maori is now available in ebook format.

Having sold tens of thousands of copies in print, the ebook edition has been published by Hurricane Press and is being distributed by Amazon, the world’s largest distributor of electronic books.

Instant! Maori, by Nick Theobald and Paul (Paaora) Walker provides a street-wise guide to speaking Maori in a way that’s sure to bring a smile.

More details about Instant! Maori here.

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We win national award

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One of our digital magazines has won a national award for being football’s Publication of the Year.

Hurricane Press publishes the quarterly digital magazine FANZ: The Football Magazine for Friends of Football as the group’s official publication.

A special issue of the magazine was chosen for the award by the NZ Football Media Association at a national awards dinner in Auckland.

Presenting the award to Hurricane Press managing director Josh Easby, NZFMA chair Simon Kay said the publication was a credit given the speed with which it was needed to be produced to celebrate the achievements of Auckland City FC at the FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco.

The special issue was produced in less than a week and has been read by football fans all over the world.

For more about the publication – and to read a copy of it online for free – click here.

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Instant! Maori

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by Nick Theobald and Paul (Paaora) Walker

The English-Maori phrase book that’s fun – and helps you speak Maori in seconds!

Instant! Maori is an easy-to-use phrase book packed with hundreds of practical and down-to-earth words, sayings and phrases. Using phonetics, it enables readers to speak correct Maori in seconds. The content includes the short and long version of what to say on a Marae (Maori meeting house), how to introduce yourself and family, and heaps of practical phrases you can use every day.

This popular guide also has a sense of humour – sections include how to speak to your pets, a selection of pick-up lines and even provides verbal exit strategies if you find yourself surrounded by gang members!

With Instant! Maori in hand, you’ll be able to ask everything from will you marry me? to does my bum look big in this?, and all with perfect pronunciation.

The print version of this book has sold tens of thousands of copies in New Zealand and internationally, proving to be equally popular with tourists who want to enjoy and understand the Maori language, and language students (young and old) who want to speak their country’s indigenous tongue.

About the authors

Nick Theobald was born in Wellington and has produced six other highly successful Instant! phrase books: Cantonese, Mandarin, Thai, Japanese, Hindi and German.

Paul (Paaora) Walker was born in New Plymouth has B.A. in Maori from Waikato University. Affiliated to Te Atiawa and Taranaki, he lives in Auckland with his family.

  Preview this ebook and buy it from Amazon here:


Authors: Nick Theobald & Paul (Paaora) Walker

ISBN: 978-0-9941359-0-2

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RRP US$2.99


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Football Dad

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By Jeff Neems

Football Dads are everywhere … and not just in football. They’re the parent who volunteers to help with their kids’ sports team – or who are left with the job when other parents go missing. 
This well-crafted volume of amusing columns comes from a father who has spent many hours travelling to and from games, tirelessly helping his kids as they take up The Beautiful Game.
Through Football Dad you’ll meet the oddballs he meets on the sidelines and in the clubrooms. Many a parent will recognise these characters … and smile.
Football Dad’s collection of stories were originally published in the award-winning football magazine The Range, published by WaiBOP Football in New Zealand. They have also appeared in FANZ, the official magazine of Friends of Football.

About the author

Jeff Neems is a football-loving dad who lives in the Waikato, New Zealand, where he has worked as a journalist and communications manager.

Author: Jeff Neems

ISBN: 978-0-9941359-1-9

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RRP US$0.99


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More success for workshop author

Waikato’s Don Jessen is forging a successful new career as a writer after attending one of our Hamilton workshops on How to Get Published.

A former caravan manufacturer, Jessen came to the workshop in August 2012, saying he wanted to learn whether he could learn how to convert his desire to write into becoming a published author.

Following the workshop, Hurricane Press introduced him to contacts at David Bateman Ltd, with a recommendation that they look to consider publishing two books Jessen planned about caravans.

‘While we liked the idea of the books ourselves, we felt Bateman would do an excellent job because they have a guy (Bill Honeybone) who specialises in the Kiwi-bloke-outdoors type of book,’ Hurricane Press’ managing director Josh Easby said.

Bill Honeybone loved the concepts and in 2014, Retro Caravans: Vantastic Kiwi Collections became a Top 10 Non-fiction List bestseller, and in 2015 A Great Indoors for the Great Outdoors: The Liteweight Caravan Story, was also published by Bateman. Since then, Jessen’s third book, Retro and Vintage Boats, has also launched.

‘It just started as a hobby. I never expected things to go this way. I started only intending to do a history of Liteweight Caravans and one thing led to another,’ Jessen told the Waikato Times.

For information about our How to Get Published workshops, click here.