The modern farmer faces a constant battle for survival.
Not only do farmers and their families cope with everything nature throws at them, they have to meet the challenges presented by technology, the environment and the way society raises the bar on farming methods.
Despite these obstacles and through innovation, courage and sheer commitment, farmers and their businesses continue to thrive in New Zealand.
Author and photographer Ross Hyland toured New Zealand in search of the farms and farming families who are setting the standard for excellence.
Join him as he finds those who so admirably represent our land our people …
About the author
Ross Hyland has been involved in agriculture across New Zealand for well over forty years as a farmer, agri-businessman and feed miller.
He has been a director with Lincoln Agritech, sat on the University’s Research and Commercialisation committee and Chaired the Lincoln University farms committee tasked with re-invigorating the University’s engagement with the farming community. He chairs the University of Auckland’s AgriTech and FoodTech commercialisation team.
Ross was also the principal author of the red meat industry’s ‘Pathways to Long-term Sustainability’ report in 2015.
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.”
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.
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.
Hurricane Press publishes a digital football magazine read by lovers of the game all around the world.
FANZ: The Football Magazine is published for the Friends of Football group as its official publication.
The quarterly magazine won the NZ Football Media Association’s Publication of the Year in 2015, and was judged runner-up in the same category in 2016.
The 2015 award was for a special issue produced in a matter of days to mark the achievements of Auckland City FC in finishing third at the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco.
Hurricane Press’ Josh Easby (left) receives the Publication of the Year award from Simon Kay.
Awards judge Simon Kay said: “The quality of the publication and the speed with which it was produced are a credit to Friends of Football and editor Josh Easby, and did a grand job of maintaining and building on the feel-good factor created by Auckland City’s giant-killing run.”
FANZ is usually between 44 and 52 pages but the ease of digital publishing means extra pages can be added easily and no extra cost of production.
An example of the award-winning publication can be read below.
To learn how we can help edit, design and publish your printed and digital publications, contact Hurricane Press.
A celebration of Kiwi hospitality! This is a collection of 450 photographs of New Zealand’s most interesting ‘welcome signs’ – the signs at the entrance to almost every town, city and village in the country.
It’s a fascinating alternative to the usual pictorial books of New Zealand, whether you want it as a gift for a visitor or to remind yourself why we’re such a friendly nation.
The book has been widely acclaimed, featuring on TV One’s Breakfast (Paul Henry: “It’s brilliant”) and TV3’s Campbell Live.
What the reviewers say
‘A lovely cheerful book and we guarantee it will be well looked at, put down and picked up again.’ – South Waikato News
‘Quirky and beautifully presented.’ – Coast FM broadcaster Rick Morin
‘Enjoy provincial New Zealand from the couch.’ — Ana Samways, NZ Herald‘s Sideswipe columnist
‘Fantastic book.’ — Paul Henry, television and radio broadcaster
‘Lots of fun!’ — James & Gretchen, More FM Southland
A sample of what’s inside the book
About the author
Josh Easby is a writer and publisher who lives in Cambridge, New Zealand. He compiled the collection of images in this book while completing a four-month road trip to every town, city and village in New Zealand.
Author: Josh Easby
Soft cover, 128 pages
25cm x 18cm (landscape)
For trade sales of this title, please contact Hurricane Press.
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