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Here be gods, monsters and mortals, David Eggleton

Pūrākau: Māori Myths Retold By Māori Writers Witi Ihimaera and Whiti Hereaka (eds) Penguin Random House, $38.00, ISBN 9780143772965 In Pūrākau: Māori Myths Retold By Māori Writers, the retelling of mythic stories is a communal activity, with one storyteller picking…
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On not relying on truthiness, Brian Easton 

A Conversation With My Country Alan Duff Penguin Random House, $39.00, ISBN 9780143773269 In 1990, a comet brightened the New Zealand literary scene and society with the publication of Alan Duff’s Once Were Warriors, for it involved both an extraordinary…
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Posted in Māori, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

Stirring up the dust, John McLellan

Tutu Te Puehu: New Perspectives on the New Zealand Wars John Crawford and Ian McGibbon (eds) Steele Roberts, $50.00, ISBN 9780947493721 In February 2011, over 150 years after the start of the First Taranaki War, the first ever conference dedicated…
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Posted in History, Māori, Non-fiction, Review, War

Melody slithering through the misery, Martin Lodge

Good-bye Maoriland: The Songs and Sounds of New Zealand’s Great War Chris Bourke Auckland University Press, $60.00, ISBN 978869408718 For both civilians and the soldiers alike on active service during WWI, music proved a significant and enduring element of New…
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Posted in Māori, Music, Non-fiction, Review

Getting the archive to the people, Matariki Williams

He Reo Wāhine: Māori Women’s Voices from the Nineteenth Century Lachy Paterson and Angela Wanhalla Auckland University Press, $50.00, ISBN 9781869408664 This book is weighty with expectation, what unfolds within its covers being immediately problematised by the title, He Reo…
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Posted in Gender, History, Māori, Non-fiction, Review

Colliding pasts, Lydia Wevers

Tears of Rangi: Experiments Across Worlds Anne Salmond Auckland University Press, $65.00, ISBN 9781869408657   The cover blurb suggests Tears of Rangi is Anne Salmond’s “most ambitious book to date”, and in many respects this is the case, since in…
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Posted in History, Māori, Non-fiction

Championing indigenous art histories, Stella Ramage

Colonial Gothic to Māori Renaissance: Essays in Memory of Jonathan Mane-Wheoki Conal McCarthy and Mark Stocker (eds) Victoria University Press, $80.00, ISBN 9781776561094 The Gedenkschrift – essays by colleagues collected in posthumous commemoration of an esteemed academic – is an…
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Posted in Art, History, Māori, Non-fiction, Review

Connecting kindred tribes, David Eggleton

Black Marks on the White Page Witi Ihimaera and Tina Makereti (eds) Penguin Random House, $40.00, ISBN 9780143770299 Billed as a guidebook to the contemporary literature of Oceania, Black Marks on the White Page is not quite that; it’s too…
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Posted in Art, Literature, Māori, Non-fiction, Pacific, Short stories

A most “vigorous afterlife”, Roger Blackley

Gottfried Lindauer’s New Zealand: The  Māori Portraits Ngahiraka Mason and Zara Stanhope (eds) Auckland University Press and Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, $75.00, ISBN 9781869408565 This extremely elegant book, with its unusual, tall-and-thin “hyper-portrait” format, brings the artist Gottfried…
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Protect, promote, and attract an audience, Wayne Hope

Māori Television: The First Ten Years Jo Smith Auckland University Press, $45.00, ISBN 9781869408572 The birth of the Māori Television Service in March 2004 coincided with nationwide protests against the Labour government’s plan to entrench, legislatively, Crown ownership of the…
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Posted in Māori, Media, Non-fiction, Review
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