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You had to be there, Simon Upton

Creating a National Spirit – Celebrating New Zealand’s Centennial ed William Renwick Victoria University Press, $39.95, ISBN 0864734751 How many people can recall New Zealand’s 150th birthday? And of those who can, what is it that is most vividly remembered?

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An end to cultural thumb-sucking, Gordon McLauchlan

Great New Zealand Argument: Ideas About Ourselves ed Russell Brown Activity Press, $29.95, ISBN 95826340X For decades after 1930, a year seldom passed without a book or long magazine article by a New Zealander or a visiting scholar examining New

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Posted in Non-fiction, Review and Sociology

Swamp thing, Elizabeth Smither

Elizabeth Smither seeks out A Girl of the Limberlost. I can still remember my fear of the swamp. Was it because of The Hound of the Baskervilles? But A Girl of the Limberlost held a deeper kind of fear when

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Women on top, Linda Burgess

Linda Burgess responds to The Women’s Bookshop’s invitation to vote for the top 10 women writers of the last 50 years … and assesses the results.  Speaking in that slightly miffed voice that people can use when they get a

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Poem — Jan FitzGerald

McLaren Falls  in this place the river rises to meet us & rungs of spray swing from bank to sky ducks pedal down to Freshwater Atlantis in this place indefinable grapnels to granite & lake-loving cypress tai chi in the

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Yes, Minister, Bob Gregory

The Tie That Binds: The Relationship Between Ministers and Chief Executives Colin James Institute of Policy Studies and the New Zealand Centre for Public Law, Victoria University of Wellington, $25.00, ISBN 0908935676 Public service reform was not a major election

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Dealing with the fallout, Nick Matwiyoff

Nuclear New Zealand: Sorting Fact from Fiction Andrew McEwan Hazard, $39.99, ISBN 187727058X In July 2002, on the 36th anniversary of the first French nuclear tests on the Mururoa Atoll, John Doom of Papeete’s Association Mururoa e Tatou announced that an

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In their natural habitat, Barry Gustafson

Political Animals: Confessions of a Parliamentary Zoologist Jane Clifton Penguin, $29.95, ISBN 0143019643 Two Titans: Muldoon, Lange and Leadership Jon Johansson Dunmore Press, $34.95, ISBN 1877399019 I have always loved Jane Clifton. I mean her well-informed, insightful and quirky newspaper

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Take me there now, Garth Baker

A Tramper’s Journey Mark Pickering Craig Potton Publishing, $29.99, ISBN 1877333174 Ride: The Story of Cycling in New Zealand The Kennett Brothers The Kennett Brothers, $39.95, ISBN 095834907X Just this week, someone I know who cannot bear to be more

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Posted in Natural History, Non-fiction, Review and Sport
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