No. 8 Re-Wired: 202 New Zealand Inventions That Changed TheWorld

by Jon Bridges
$36.99

Publisher: Penguin NZ

Publication Date: September 24, 2014

ISBN: 9780143571957

Binding: Paperback

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If necessity is the mother of invention then Kiwi ingenuity is its father.

No. 8 Re-wired is a comprehensive, colourful treasury of New Zealand inventions - jam-packed with the stories behind 202 home-grown creations and the crafty people who dreamt them up. From well-known innovations (human flight, the discovery of DNA, the pavlova) to lesser-known feats (instant coffee, the referee's whistle, the electronic petrol pump) to the newest in high-tech world-firsts (robots and jetpacks!), it is the most complete and entertaining book ever on Kiwi ingenuity. And, yes, the pav is definitely ours.

A surprising and absorbing account of Kiwi can-do, and a celebration of the No. 8 wire spirit on which New Zealand is built, it's also a revealing look at how innovation can power us into the future.

'No. 8 Re-wired brilliantly celebrates New Zealanders' disrespect for the status quo.'

- Sir Ray Avery