Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Discover Your Home, our reading recommendations

Discover @ the Library

See what you can discover @ the library from your home and about your home. The New Zealand bay villa is familiar to most kiwi’s and in every town, city and rural setting you can see these houses being lovingly restored. Why don’t you come in and check out our display on the 2nd floor or read some interesting snippets on early New Zealand housing online via your laptop, tablet or phone.

Stewart, D. (2002). The New Zealand villa: Past and present. Auckland: Penguin Books.

This book traces the origins and development of the bay villa that forms a substantial part of our housing in New Zealand. The author takes the reader on a journey through a typical villa, beginning with the exterior and leading us inside, exploring the house room by room. The enjoyable part of this book is the social history that woven throughout and the photos that evoke memories of the past. This is essential reading for prospective buyers and villa owners.

  Online resource
Housing - http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/housing - Te Ara: Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Petersen, Anna K. C. (2001). New Zealanders at home: a cultural history of domestic interiors 1814-1914. Dunedin: University of Otago Press.
New Zealand and New Zealanders have been influenced by European design.  Early Maori whare were deemed to be uncivilised and therefore Samuel Marsden arranged for chiefs in the Bay of Islands to visit his parsonage in Parramatta.
When the first three English families arrived at Rangihoua in 1814 with very few personal possessions, they were each allocated a room in one large raupo whare built for them by Maori.  1
Maori had their own cultural significance of items within the whare and did not readily take to the new English ways. The chiefs who adopted the foreign customs, of dealing with food such as eating with knives and forks, retained their mana because they were seen to be enlightened enough to make a choice.  2 
1. p. 17 & 2. p. 23

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