Godley Gifts




  • Godley Gifts wins three gold medals at the New Zealand national book awards, Pride in Print 2008.


D McPhail

David McPhail

Had Christchurch become New Zealand's capital in 1856, when it became New Zealand's first city, New Zealanders might today likely have adopted Canterbury's and Christchurch's founder, John Robert Godley, as its George Washington or Thomas Jefferson since Godley, perhaps alone among New Zealand's early founders possessed comparable stature. Britain's great 19th century Prime Minister, William Gladstone, went further, describing Godley as a 'king among men', thus likening him to Agamemnon.

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