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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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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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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

ebook format

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

ebook format

RRP US$0.99


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FANZ: The Football Magazine

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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.

Easby collects NZFMA award for Best Publication

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.


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The Range

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Hurricane Press has provided editing and design services to help WaiBOP United publish its matchday magazine, The Range.

The magazine won the NZ Football Media Association’s Programme of the Year award in 2014.

The magazine is a 24-page full colour A5 printed publication that is also available in a digital format. An example of the publication can be read below.

To learn how we can help edit, design and publish your printed and digital publications, contact Hurricane Press.


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Welcome to New Zealand

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by Josh Easby

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

‘An excellent picture book.’ – Natalie Gauld, editor Hawkes Bay Today

‘A quirky glance at some of our known and not so well known town entrances.’Daily Post, Rotorua

‘Most interesting.’ – John Key, Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism

‘Shows why Kiwis have a worldwide reputation for friendliness.’Timaru Herald

‘The best way to show off the character of our country.’ – Kit Packer, New Zealand Holiday & Travel

‘What a hoot!’ – Mark Bunting, radio broadcaster

‘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

Josh Easby

Josh Easby

 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

ISBN: 978-0-9864522-0-8

Soft cover, 128 pages

25cm x 18cm (landscape)

RRP NZ$19.99

For trade sales of this title, please contact Hurricane Press.

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The Kiwi Beer Lover’s Cookbook

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by Sam Cook

Beer is used as a key ingredient to bring fresh life to 145 classic Kiwi dishes — everything from roast lamb to Anzac biscuits!

Chef Sam Cook shows how beer can add flavour and other qualities to starters and dips, breads, soups, meats, poultry, fish, stews and desserts in this innovative and fun cookbook that’s easy to use.

What the reviewers say

‘Some of the recipes will have you raising your eyebrows in wonderment and perhaps even a little disbelief, but give them a go. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.’ — Jillian Allison-Aitken, Southland Times

‘Beautifully presented with great recipes … an innovative slant on reinvigorating some classic Kiwi dishes.’ — Robyn Yousef, Howick & Botany Times

‘If you want to get dad a little more keen on the cooking, show him this baby.’Herald On Sunday

‘The recipes are well set out with clear instructions, the ingredients are fairly simple and readily available and the photography is great.’ — Elaine Fisher, Bay Of Plenty Times

‘I can vouch for the Savoury Swirl Bread, by far the easiest loaf I’ve ever made and strangely addictive.’ — Sally Butters, House & Garden

‘A brilliant idea and even better that it was done in New Zealand.’ — Steve Joll, broadcaster and author of Blokes Who Bake

‘The layout of the pages is very clear, instructions easy to follow so even the most novice cook can have a go.’Wairarapa Times Age

‘A little masterpiece packed with mouth–watering colour illustrations of great dishes’ — Bob Molloy, Bay Chronicle

‘A great cookbook for everyday use . . . Highly recommended.’ — Jonathan Rees, Sunday Star Times

‘A well–written and interesting selection of recipes which are easy to follow’ — James Boucher, The Star, Dunedin

‘A great book featuring a wide range of wonderful tasty–sounding recipes.’Daily Post, Rotorua

‘Wonderful recipes – real Kiwi food.’ — Ed Taylor, Radio Wanaka

Afghan biscuits

Afghan biscuits

Fish boil up

Fish boil up

Venison chilli

Venison chilli







About the author

Sam Cook is the pen-name for an accomplished chef who has worked internationally, always experimenting with beer, cooking and combinations of the two!

Author: Sam Cook

ISBN: 978-0-9864522-1-5

Soft cover, 144 pages

21cm x 21cm

RRP NZ$24.99

For trade sales inquiries, please contact Hurricane Press.

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LIVE: Gigs that Rocked New Zealand

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by Bruce Jarvis and Josh Easby

Whether they played to a few hundred in a back bar or to 80,000 fans in a stadium, many of the world’s biggest music stars have performed in New Zealand.

This beautiful coffee table book celebrates 50 years of tours, concerts and one-off shows performed in New Zealand by our favourite acts.

From Johnny Cash in 1959 to today’s artists, this large format high quality book revives memories of shows that created history — The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Split Enz, Elton John and many more.

Weighing more than 2kg, the 288–page hardback book is arguably the boldest music book publishing project ever attempted in this country.

More than 50 photographers and 20 of the country’s best music writers have collaborated to bring together this amazing collection of images and stories about the best concerts in New Zealand over the past 50 years.

Photographers include Bruce Jarvis, Kent Blechynden, Murray Cammick, Garry Brandon and other concert specialists. We’ve also had access to private and public collections, including those at the Alexander Turnbull Library and at major newspapers.

Writers include Josh Easby, Phil Gifford, Russell Baillie, Graham Reid, Garth Cartwright, Bryan Staff and Murray Cammick, with contributions from musicians like Mike Chunn (Split Enz), Midge Marsden and Chris Parry (Music Hall of Fame inductee).

What the reviewers say

‘A volume that will have your ears ringing for days.’ — Russell Baillie, Entertainment Editor, New Zealand Herald

‘Spectacular… bloody brilliant, loved it!’ — book blogger Graham Beattie

‘This book is on a grand scale.’ — Tom Cardy, Entertainment Editor, Dominion Post

‘Some of the images belong in the rock photo hall of fame.’ — Chris Bourke, author of Blue Smoke, writing in The Listener

‘This coffee–table page–turner captures the magic.’ — Graham Reid, music writer, author and editor Elsewhere.co.nz

‘Brings them all back like a Beatle singing Yesterday.’ — Tommy Kapai, Bay of Plenty Times

‘Superb.’ — Grant Harding, Hawkes Bay Today

‘Dynamic photographs and memories.’Kia Ora Magazine

‘A stunning book, both visually and in its content.’ — Jillian Allison-Aitken, Southland Times

‘Awesome.’ — Sir’Vere, Rip It Up

‘Epic in its scope.’ — Piers Fuller, Wairarapa News

‘Looks great – an amazing compilation.’ – Neville Aitchison, Employment Today

‘Fantastic!’ — Maggie Barry, Radio Live

‘Stunning!’ — Robert Scott, The Breeze

‘Magnificent!’ — Noelle McCarthy, RNZ National

‘Fantastic!’ — Tim Gruar, Groove Wellington

‘Brilliant!’ — Charlotte Ryan, bfm Auckland

‘One of the best books to land on my desk for a long, long time. I love it.’ — Kerrie-Maree Adams, KMTV

‘I can confirm you have a hit on your hands.’ — Murray Lindsay, radio broadcaster

Bruce Jarvis

Bruce Jarvis

Josh Easby

Josh Easby








About the authors

Bruce Jarvis is New Zealand’s foremost rock photographer having recorded the visits of some of the world’s biggest acts during the 1970s and 1980s. Easby is a writer and editor who has been to more than 500 live concerts and festivals. Jarvis runs his own photography business while Easby manages Hurricane Press, an independent publisher.

Author: Bruce Jarvis and Josh Easby

ISBN: 978-0-9864522-6-0

Hardback, 288 pages

24.5cm x 33cm (portrait), weights 2kg

RRP NZ$89.99

For trade sales of this title, please contact Hurricane Press.