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Is bias one-sided? Bill Oliver

Muriwhenua Land Report Waitangi Tribunal GP Publications, $99.95 If academic historians need a reminder that they do not have a corner on the past, they could not do better than read this report.  It is a formidable and elaborate intellectual…
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An anxious Kiwi psyche, Bill Oliver

An anthology of New Zealand poetry in English My brief is to look at this anthology from a socio-historical point of view. But before a document can be used as historical evidence it is necessary to ask what kind of…
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Settling the matter, Bill Oliver

Maori Sovereignty: the Maori Perspective Hineani Melbourne Hodder Moa Beckett, $24.95, ISBN 1 86958 208 x Maori Sovereignty: the Pakeha Perspective Carol Archie Hodder Moa Beckett, $24.95, ISBN 186958 209x Return to Sender: what really happened at the fiscal envelope…
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Getting facts on your side, Bill Oliver

Waikato Raupatu Claims Settlement Act 1995 For the most part history is published in books and journals and the people who do it are named. Anyone who reviews a historical publication is expected to keep a sharp lookout for errors…
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Necessity or choice, Bill Oliver

Justice and Identity:  Antipodean Practices Margaret Wilson and Anna Yeatman (eds) Bridget Williams Books, $39.95, ISBN 0 908912 60 9 Many of the essays in this book are written in what I have come to recognise as a post‑modernist manner.…
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Pandora’s envelope: it’s all about power, Bill Oliver

Crown Proposals for the Settlement of Treaty of Waitangi Claims Hon Douglas Graham, Department of Justice Though the text of the Crown Proposals is a good deal less euphoric in tone than the hype which accompanied their release in December,…
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The virtue of defeat, Bill Oliver

I am not sure why I or anyone else should bother about the politics of a poet, especially of a poet whose typical response to politics varied only between contempt and rage. Still, he wrote a considerable number of political…
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