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Obituary — Campbell Smith

The world a stage Gregory O’Brien recalls the life and work of artist and writer Campbell Smith (1925-2015) The last time I saw Campbell Smith was in June a year ago. Friends from around the country had gathered at Hamilton’s…
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Obituary — Margaret Mahy

Margaret Mahy  1936-2012 The three most intelligent people I’ve known: Margaret Mahy, Ted Rye, Maurice Duggan, all storytellers, all dead. In them, the torrents of intellect and imagination came together like the staff of Hermes with its twining snakes Knowledge…
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Obituary — Christine Cole Catley

Christine Cole Catley 1922-2011 Dame Christine Cole Catley, who died in August aged 88, was indisputably one of New Zealand publishing’s most widely admired and loved personalities. She came to publishing via editing work with AH & AW Reed, setting…
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Obituary — Yvonne du Fresne

Yvonne du Fresne 1929-2011 Yvonne du Fresne was one of New Zealand’s finest writers of literary fiction, her work exploring the experiences of this country’s European migrant communities. Born in Takaka in 1929, du Fresne was a second-generation New Zealander…
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Obituary — Judith Binney

Judith Binney  (1940-2011) Judith Binney dedicated her books to those from whom she herself had learnt: in 1995, Sir Monita Delamere and Sir Keith Sinclair; in 2009, Tuhoe’s great 19th-century leaders, “who chose to walk the long paths to peace”,…
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Obituary — Harvey McQueen

Harvey McQueen 1934-2010 Harvey McQueen, who died in Wellington on December 25, was a poet, anthologist, reviewer, memoirist, educational journalist and author, past president of PEN (now New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc)), and literary gardener – a…
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Obituary — J C Sturm

J C Sturm (1927-2009) In 1927 a daughter was born at Opunake in Taranaki to a young Maori couple named Mary and Jack Papuni. They named their baby Te Kare, but the little girl would never know her mother, who…
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Obituaries — Hugh Price, Bub Bridger and Louise St John White

Hugh Price 1929–2009 Being born with club feet was good luck, Hugh Price said – during remedial massage his mother read to him, getting him hooked on books. He came to champion access to literature as a fundamental human right.…
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