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One of our more adequate politicians? Jerry Mushin

Fighting for New Zealand: New Zealand in the 21st Century Mike Moore, MMSC Ltd, $19.95 Recent experience in New Zealand confirms that the first goal of all politicians in a democratic system is to win the next election, and here

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Firmly anchored in the past, Tony Simpson

The Oxford History of New Zealand  G W Rice (ed),  (2nd Edition), Oxford University Press, $59.95 When, in 1973, Professor J G A Pocock delivered his J C Beaglehole Memorial Lecture on British History to the New Zealand Historical Association (subsequently

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Editorial — Issue 8

Yes, in spite of certain doomsayers, we are still here. There is a national need for a journal of this kind, and that has been perceived by some generous supporters. In this issue we are publishing the names of the

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The basics of communication, Martin Taylor

Communicating Caring: A guide for health workers and caregivers Richard Bolstad with Margot Hamblett, Te Hata Ohlson, and Jan Hardie, Longman Paul, $32.95 In this book, Richard Bolstad provides a thorough introduction to the basics of communication, caring for others and

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Queen Victoria, dancing monarch, Wendy Pond

A New Most Excellent Dancing Master. The Journal of Joseph Lowe’s visits to Balmoral and Windsor (1852-1860) to teach dance to the family of Queen Victoria Allan Thomas (ed), Pendragon Press, $54.95 It is Boxing Day 1855. Queen Victoria is

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Reviewing health services, Ben Gray

Health where it hurts: The story of the Newtown Health Service Don Matheson (ed), Newtown Union Health Service, Wellington, 1992, $15 Health reforms: A second opinion,  Lyndon Keene (ed), Wellington Health Action Committee, 1992, $10 Core Services 1993/94: The First

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Short reviews, Dale Williams

A Dissolving Dream: A New Zealander in Amin’s Uganda, Heather Benson, Bridget Williams Books, $29.95 They met and married in Wellington, then returned to Joe’s native Uganda to live. As their children are born, and Heather starts rebuilding a run-down

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Family law in a bicultural society, Vivienne Ullrich

Family Law Policy in New Zealand Mark Henaghan and Bill Atkin (eds), Oxford University Press, $49.95 Some people will admit to not knowing how to boil an egg or change a tyre, but few will admit to not knowing about

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Shedding light on an unknown place, Lauris Edmond

Maud and Amber, A New Zealand mother and daughter and the Women’s Cause, 1865 to 1981 Ruth Fry, Canterbury University Press, $29.95 Mihipeka: Time of Turmoil Mihi Edwards, Penguin, $24.95 For the past twenty years or so historians and biographers

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A question of tone, Shelagh Duckham Cox

Employment Contracts: New Zealand Experiences Raymond Harbridge (ed), Victoria University Press, $29.95 I need to write two reviews of this book. The second should be placed on top of the first as a palimpset – to infuse, colour and modify

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