Tragedy at Pike River Mine

Tragedy at Pike River Mine Author Rebecca Macfie
ISBN-10 1877551902
Release 2014-07-01
Pages 275
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On a sunny afternoon in November 2010, in the beautiful Paparoa Range of the South Island, a massive explosion rocked an underground coal mine. Later that day two ashen men stumbled from the entrance. Twenty-nine men remained unaccounted for. Initial probes revealed fatally high methane levels in the mine - conditions deemed unsurvivable for the trapped men. But it was only after a second blast five days later that all hope was extinguished. Tragedy at Pike River Mine is a dramatic, superbly researched and page-turning account of a disaster that should never have happened, of the dramatic political and legal fallout, and the effect on the small West Coast community. It reveals an appalling string of mistakes, from consent being given for the mine in the first place, to lack of proper monitoring equipment, pressure to ignore safety requirements, and effectively only a single exit. It puts a human face on the people who suffered, and provides penetrating insight on who's to blame. This is an essential read for everyone who cares about the future of New Zealand and our values as a nation. Rebecca Macfie's writing on Pike River has been hailed for its veracity, perspicacity and powerful human interest.



Tragedy at Pike River Mine

Tragedy at Pike River Mine Author Rebecca Macfie
ISBN-10 OCLC:939659174
Release 2014
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In November 2010 an explosion rocked an underground coal mine. Later that day two ashen men stumbled from the entrance. Twenty-nine men remained unaccounted for. Five days later, after a second blast all hope was extinguished for getting the men out alive. This book discloses the mistakes that lead to the disaster; from consent being given to build the mine, to lack of proper monitoring equipment, pressure to ignore safety requirements, and only a single exit.



Tragedy at Pike River Mine

Tragedy at Pike River Mine Author Rebecca Macfie
ISBN-10 OCLC:939659174
Release 2014
Pages
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In November 2010 an explosion rocked an underground coal mine. Later that day two ashen men stumbled from the entrance. Twenty-nine men remained unaccounted for. Five days later, after a second blast all hope was extinguished for getting the men out alive. This book discloses the mistakes that lead to the disaster; from consent being given to build the mine, to lack of proper monitoring equipment, pressure to ignore safety requirements, and only a single exit.



Pike

Pike Author Peter Ewen
ISBN-10 0473294362
Release 2014
Pages 280
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Pike River, a modern mine supposedly with educated management, industry support and structure, but it was not enough to prevent tragedy in the 21st century. This should have been no surprise given New Zealand's Parliament did away with specific coal mining legislation.



The Things They Carried

The Things They Carried Author Tim O'Brien
ISBN-10 9780547420295
Release 2009-10-13
Pages 256
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A classic work of American literature that has not stopped changing minds and lives since it burst onto the literary scene, The Things They Carried is a ground-breaking meditation on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling. The Things They Carried depicts the men of Alpha Company: Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and the character Tim O’Brien, who has survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and writer at the age of forty-three. Taught everywhere—from high school classrooms to graduate seminars in creative writing—it has become required reading for any American and continues to challenge readers in their perceptions of fact and fiction, war and peace, courage and fear and longing. The Things They Carried won France's prestigious Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize; it was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.



Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee Author Dee Brown
ISBN-10 9781453274149
Release 2012-10-23
Pages 494
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The “fascinating” #1 New York Times bestseller that awakened the world to the destruction of American Indians in the nineteenth-century West (The Wall Street Journal). First published in 1970, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee generated shockwaves with its frank and heartbreaking depiction of the systematic annihilation of American Indian tribes across the western frontier. In this nonfiction account, Dee Brown focuses on the betrayals, battles, and massacres suffered by American Indians between 1860 and 1890. He tells of the many tribes and their renowned chiefs—from Geronimo to Red Cloud, Sitting Bull to Crazy Horse—who struggled to combat the destruction of their people and culture. Forcefully written and meticulously researched, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee inspired a generation to take a second look at how the West was won. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Dee Brown including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.



Moriori

Moriori Author Michael King
ISBN-10 9780143771289
Release 2017-09-01
Pages 240
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'A book to be treasured for the access it gives us to a little-known corner of the New Zealand experience.' Tipene O'Regan, Evening Post This award-winning, trail-blazing book by Michael King restored the Moriori of the Chatham Islands to their rightful place in New Zealand, Pacific and world history. This revised edition contains material that has come to light since first publication. 'King has set the record straight in a richly readable and often moving account of a long ignored sideshow to the history of our country.' Gordon McLauchlan, National Business Review 'It is authoritative but it is also popular history in the best sense, and that is precisely what is needed to clear away the brambles of racial prejudice and historical error which have all but overwhelmed the subject in the past.' Atholl Anderson, Otago Daily Times 'This book decisively strips away all the muddle . . . a clear, thoroughly readable and honest history of the Moriori.' Judith Binney, Sunday Star 'A timely book which must be read so that we will all know more about ourselves and about us as a nation.' Hirini Moko Mead, Dominion



The Fish Rots From The Head

The Fish Rots From The Head Author Bob Garratt
ISBN-10 9781847650504
Release 2010-08-06
Pages 320
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As a Chinese proverb says 'The fish rots from the head' and so it is with businesses and other organisations - the buck starts and stops in the boardroom. This third edition of Bob Garratt'sbestselling book that highlights the importance of effectivecorporate governance has been extensively updated following the corporate scandals of the early 2000s - Enron, WorldCom, Tyco - and the abysmal boardroom standards that the recent credit crunch and ensuing global financial crisis brought to light. This new edition builds on the Learning Board model developed by the author and now widely used internationally by corporations and public sector organisations such as the NHS. The result is a thought-provoking and highly practical book that will be invaluable to all those with responsibility for corporate governance - and also those who subject them to scrutiny. What Sir Adrian Cadbury, whose committee's groundbreaking report on corporate governance was published nearly twenty years ago, said about the first edition remains as true today as ever:'No director can afford to ignore this book'.



The Color of Water

The Color of Water Author James McBride
ISBN-10 9781408832493
Release 2012-03-01
Pages 256
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As a boy in Brooklyn's Red Hook projects, James McBride knew his mother was different. But when he asked about it, she'd simply say 'I'm light-skinned.' Later he wondered if he was different too, and asked his mother if he was black or white. 'You're a human being,' she snapped. 'Educate yourself or you'll be a nobody!' And when James asked what colour God was, she said 'God is the colour of water.' As an adult, McBride finally persuaded his mother to tell her story - the story of a rabbi's daughter, born in Poland and raised in the South, who fled to Harlem, married a black man, founded a Baptist church, and put twelve children through college.



New Zealand s Worst Disasters

New Zealand s Worst Disasters Author Graham Hutchins
ISBN-10 9781775592495
Release 2015-10-01
Pages 224
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A full train plunges into a raging river at Tangiwai; the Wahine is tossed onto rocks at the entrance to Wellington Harbour; an Air New Zealand DC-10 plunges into Mt Erebus; an earthquake destroys Christchurch … disasters like these are known to all New Zealanders: they are part of our history. But New Zealand has experienced many less well-known disasters, some of them shocking and brutal. Graham Hutchins and Russell Young describe some of the most extraordinary events in New Zealand history. Who knew that a fire killed 39 people at Seacliff Mental Hospital in 1942? That 10 people died in a lahar on White Island in 1914? That a yacht race between Lyttelton and Wellington in 1951 resulted in 10 fatalities? That a tornado ripped through 150 houses in Hamilton in 1948? A fire raging through Raetihi in 1918 was so fierce it destroyed houses, shops and 11 timber mills. Drownings were so common here in the 19th century that they were called ‘the New Zealand death’. These and many other remarkable stories are told in this eye-opening book. While it describes accidents and tragedies, it also reveals acts of heroism. For when human beings make mistakes, others often achieve daring feats of rescue. Some of the stories show that we underestimate Mother Nature at our peril, but many also testify to the courage of the human spirit. Few books are genuine page-turners; this one is.



The Call of the Wild and White Fang

The Call of the Wild and White Fang Author Jack London
ISBN-10 1904633676
Release 2004
Pages 371
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Presented together in one volume, these are two of the greatest and most popular animal stories ever written. Even to designate them as "animal stories" seems to undervalue them, because these tremendous works are so much more than mere children's tales, although they are admittedly still greatly loved by the young. Penned by Jack London at the beginning of the twentieth century, the first, The Call of the Wild, tells the story of Buck, a domestic dog who is kidnapped from his home in California and forced to pull sleds in the Arctic wastes. In the second, White Fang, a cross-breed that is three-quarters wolf and one quarter dog, endures considerable suffering in the Arctic before being tamed by a white American and taken to live in California. The two narratives are remarkable for the vividness of their descriptions and the success with which London imagines life from a nonhuman perspective.



The Telltale Lilac Bush and Other West Virginia Ghost Tales

The Telltale Lilac Bush and Other West Virginia Ghost Tales Author Ruth Musick
ISBN-10 9780813128276
Release 2010-09-12
Pages 208
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" West Virginia boasts an unusually rich heritage of ghost tales. Originally West Virginians told these hundred stories not for idle amusement but to report supernatural experiences that defied ordinary human explanation. From jealous rivals and ghostly children to murdered kinsmen and omens of death, these tales reflect the inner lives—the hopes, beliefs, and fears—of a people. Like all folklore, these tales reveal much of the history of the region: its isolation and violence, the passions and bloodshed of the Civil War era, the hardships of miners and railroad laborers, and the lingering vitality of Old World traditions.



The Last Camel Died at Noon

The Last Camel Died at Noon Author Elizabeth Peters
ISBN-10 9781780337630
Release 2012-03-01
Pages 400
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Join our plucky Victorian Egyptologist, together with her devastatingly handsome and brilliant husband Radcliffe, in another exciting escapade This time Amelia and her dashing husband Emerson set off for a promising archaeological site in the Sudan, only to be unwillingly drawn into the search for an African explorer and his young bride who went missing twelve years back. They survive the rigours of the desert, the death of their camels, and the perfidy of their guides, only to find themselves taken prisoner in a lost city and civilisation. Amelia and Emerson must bravely continue making archaeological finds while doing their best to rescue the innocent... and themselves.



He Rode with Butch and Sundance

He Rode with Butch and Sundance Author Mark T. Smokov
ISBN-10 9781574414707
Release 2012
Pages 440
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The definitive biography of infamous western outlaw Harvey Alexander Logan, better known as Kid Curry. A violent conflict with a ranching neighbor in Montana caused him to flee to the Hole-in-the-Wall valley in Wyoming, where he became involved in rustling and eventually graduated to bank and train robbing as a member of the Wild Bunch. This outlaw group was a melding of the best of the Hole-in-the-Wall gang and Butch Cassidy's Powder Springs gang. Smokov shows that Curry was not the bloodthirsty killer that many have claimed. He contends that Curry was the actual train robbing leader of the Wild Bunch.



Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Author Mark Twain
ISBN-10 0520055209
Release 1985
Pages 451
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Faithfully reproduced from the University of California scholarly edition, sparingly annotated, and includes all the original illustrations that Twain commissioned for the orginal edition.



Coal and the Coast

Coal and the Coast Author Paul Maunder
ISBN-10 1927145260
Release 2011-11-01
Pages 112
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The bodies of 29 men are still entombed in the collapsed Pike River mine, more than a year after the tragic explosion and fire of 19 November 2010. What do their deaths mean for workplace health and safety? Is there a future for coalmining in this era of climate change? How has the Coast changed from the centre of radicalism it represented in the early 20th century? What is the way forward for a region that has felt betrayed by a succession of political decisions and developments over several decades?



Theft

Theft Author BK Loren
ISBN-10 9781619020856
Release 2012-06-01
Pages 224
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Willa Robbins is a master tracker working to reintroduce the Mexican wolf, North America’s most endangered mammal, to the American Southwest. But when Colorado police recruit her to find her own brother, Zeb, a confessed murderer, she knows skill alone will not sustain her. Willa is thrown back into the past, surfacing memories of a childhood full of intense love, desperate mistakes, and gentle remorse. Trekking through exquisite New Mexico and Colorado landscapes, with Zeb two steps ahead and the police two steps behind, Willa must wrangle her desire to reunite with her brother and her own guilt about their violent past. In this remarkable debut, Loren’s lyrical prose gives voice to the wildlife and land surrounding these beautifully flawed characters, breathing life into the southwestern terrain. Within this treacherous and mesmerizing landscape, Theft illustrates the struggle to piece together the fragile traces of what has been left behind, allowing for new choices to take shape. This is a story about family, about loss, and about a search for answers.