Major biography about legendary New Zealand yacht designer and boatbuilder Des Townson

MEDIA RELEASE Des Townson: A  Sailing Legacy by Brian Peet, published in hardback by Mary Egan Publishing, 18 September 2019, RRP: $80.00 ‘(Des Townson: A Sailing Legacy) is, without doubt, the most intimate and accurate portrayal that we will ever see of Des Townson and his yachts, but it also …

Book aims to empower children of prisoners

University of Auckland researcher and solo mother, Ivana Mlinac, was inspired to write children’s book Stardust after completing her research into parental incarceration. Sadly, as many as 23,000 children living in New Zealand experience the negative impacts of their parent being in prison, including financial hardship, bullying and separation anxiety. …

WHALE OIL: One man’s fight to save his reputation, then his life

Truth is stranger than fiction. For Auckland businessman Matt Blomfield, the truth is stranger than strange. In May 2012, Blomfield found himself the target of a vicious online attack; the work of Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater. The attack came out of the blue, destroying Blomfield’s reputation and career, stealing …

Gretchen Albrecht: Between gesture and geometry

THE LIFE AND CAREER OF ONE OF NEW ZEALAND’S MOST INFLUENTIAL AND ESTEEMED CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS Gretchen Albrecht CNZM is one of our most prominent painters. In a significant new book published by Massey University Press this month, art historian Luke Smythe surveys her career and assesses her work and practice, …