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May 29 , 2010

No 8 Rewired

202 New Zealand Inventions that Changed the World


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

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