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In the service of one’s country, Mary Varnham

Le Quesnoy 1918: New Zealand’s Last Battle Christopher Pugsley Oratia, $45.00, ISBN 9780947506490 My father served on the Western Front, having signed up at the age of 17 or thereabouts. He came from a lonely farm in the Akatarawa Valley,…
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Fighting the good fight, Philip Simpson

Fight for the Forests Paul Bensemann Potton and Burton, $70.00, ISBN 9780947503130 This book is a marvellous chronicle of the people, the campaigns, the sorrows and sacrifices and, ultimately, the achievement to protect New Zealand’s unique publicly owned native forests.…
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Posted in Natural History, Non-fiction, Science

The good, the bad and the ugly, John O’Leary

Scoundrels and Eccentrics of the Pacific John Dunmore Upstart Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781988516219 William Deans: The Passionate Pioneer Louise Deans Wily Publications, $35.00, ISBN: 9781927167342 Just as Australia’s Outback has its “characters” (according to popular legend, at least), so that…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Review

Believing not belonging, Mike Grimshaw

New World, New God: Rethinking Christianity for a Secular Age Ian Harris Mākaro Press, $30.00, ISBN 9780994137869 In 1967, Lloyd Geering, Principal of Knox Theological Hall and Old Testament lecturer, was tried for heresy by the Presbyterian Church of New…
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Prior tense, Paul Morris

Arthur Prior: A “Young Progressive”: Letters to Ursula Bethell and to Hugh Teague 1936-1941 Mike Grimshaw (ed) Canterbury University Press, $60.00, ISBN 9781927145593 A N Prior graduated from Otago University in philosophy and taught there and at the universities of…
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Undercooked, Paul Moon

The Pacific in the Wake of Captain Cook, with Sam Neill Meaghan Wilson Anastasios HarperCollins, $45.00, ISBN 9781460756393 Is there anything new to say about Captain James Cook’s expeditions to the Pacific? Edited accounts of his voyages appeared from 1773…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Review

The Māori economy, old and new, Gyles Beckford

Heke Tangata: Māori in Markets and Cities Brian Easton for Te Whanau o Waipareira Oratia Books, $30.00, ISBN 9780947506438 In late 1984, a small group of Māori politicians, public servants and their helpers, invented an iwi to welcome hundreds of…
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Posted in Economics, Non-fiction, Review

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

The light, fantastic toe, Jennifer Shennan

Limbs Dance Company – Dance for All People, 1977–1989  Marianne Schultz Marianne Schultz in conjunction with DANZ, $40.00 ISBN 9780473407698 This book about Limbs, New Zealand’s brightest modern dance troupe, in its heyday in 1980s Auckland, is dedicated “for Sue…
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Wading in the waters, Sam Mahon

Beyond Manapouri: 50 Years of Environmental Politcs in New Zealand Catherine Knight Canterbury University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781988503042 The battle to preserve our waters in this country has left us, as a nation, almost as bruised and divided as we…
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