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Overlapping associations, Tom Larkin

Japan and New Zealand, 150 Years ed Roger Peren New Zealand Centre for Japanese Studies, Massey University, in association with the Historical Branch, Department of Internal Affairs, [not for sale], ISBN 0958350574   In 1878, Asajiro Noda, the eight-year-old son

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An indispensable resource, Alan Wells

Weavers of Song: Polynesian Music and Dance  Mervyn McLean Auckland University Press, $79.95, ISBN 1 86940 212 X   A companion volume to the same author’s Maori Music 1996: reviewed in our March 1998 issue), Mervyn McLean’s Weavers of Song

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Miscellany: Short reviews, Dale Williams

Godwits Return, Margaret Clark (ed), Bridget Williams Books, $29.95 New Zealanders are a restless lot – the more job training we get, the more likely we are to pack up and swim in bigger ponds overseas. Sometimes we come back.

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How misleading it all is, K R Howe

The Happy Isles of Oceania: Paddling the Pacific Paul Theroux, Hamish Hamilton, $34.95 The barrage of criticism that greeted this book in New Zealand needs to be ignored. The exception taken to Paul Theroux’s acerbic comments about New Zealanders and

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More polemic than analysis, Barrie Macdonald

Tu Galala: Social Change in the Pacific David Robie (ed), Bridget Williams Books, Wellington, and Pluto Press, Annandale, Australia, 1992, $39.95 At one level David Robie, a journalist well-versed in political and environmental conflicts in Oceania, has succeeded in bringing

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June 1992: Music and the arts, House Notes

The Great New Zealand Songbook Les Cleveland, Godwit, Auckland, 1991, $29.95 Les Cleveland’s friendly and informal approach illuminates this collection of 60 New Zealand songs from early ballads to goldrush classics and Ruru Karaitiana’s ‘Blue Smoke’. An excellent introduction is

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From the marae to modernism: the buildings in which we live, Pam Wilson

New Zealand Architecture from Polynesian Beginnings to 1990 Peter Shaw, photographs by Robin Morrison, Hodder & Stoughton, Auckland, 1991, $59.95 ‘New Zealand’s European-derived architectural history may be short but it should be accorded the same respect we now give as a

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Strong on descriptive narrative, K R Howe

Years of the Pooh Bah: A Cook Islands History Dick Scott, Cook Islands Trading Company/ Hodder and Stoughton, Auckland, 1991, $49.95 This beautifully produced and heavily illustrated book is an account of the ‘ignorance’, ‘neglect and … vague benevolence’ that

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The Oceanic heritage, Wendy Pond

Songs and Stories of Tokelau. An introduction to the cultural heritage Allan Thomas, Ineleo Tuia and Judith Huntsman (eds), Victoria University Press, Wellington, 1990, $14.95 (Cassette available from the School of Music. Box 600, Wellington, $8.00) Waiata Maori Songs in history

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