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Hot off the press: Pumiceland Pioneers May 24, 2011

Posted by Andrew Killick (Publishing Manager) in 5. News.
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Pumiceland Pioneers was a labour of love for author Doug Martin. The book tells the story of how the Martin family broke in a farm on New Zealand’s volcanic plateau, and about their descendants’ involvement with the land. At one level this book is a family history, but it is also a unique and interesting insight into farming life and a very valuable addition to New Zealand’s recorded social history.

This was a book project driven by Doug’s passion for his subject and the farming life, given the trademark Castle professional touch. Illustrated throughout with historical photographs. This will be of interest to people in the Rotorua area, but more widely to those who are interested in how New Zealand was developed and farmed.

This is the second book about a farming family that Castle has been involved with in the last few months – the other being Good God – the Goodalls! (more info about that one here)

Contact us for more info about Pumiceland Pioneers or to talk to us about your book project.

An award-winning subject May 9, 2011

Posted by Andrew Killick (Publishing Manager) in 3. Castle Books, From Kabul with Love.
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Last year, when we began publicising the excellent book From Kabul with Love, we described the subject of the book, Dr Howard Harper, as being “one of New Zealand’s unsung heroes”. The wonderful thing is that since then, Howard has become a lot more “sung”!

The original publication of the book coincided with Howard being awarded the Augusta Award – a distinguished “old boys” award from Auckland Grammar, an award previously received by such people as Sir Edmund Hillary.

Last month, Howard was again honoured, this time with the Supreme Award at the KEA 2011 World Class New Zealand Awards.

Here’s an interview from the KEA event in which he pays tribute to his faith and the reasons why he has invested his life in helping the people of Afghanistan and nearby countries (and continues to do so)…

Dr Howard Harper interview at World Class New Zealand Awards 2011 from World Class New Zealand on Vimeo.