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Looking for home, David Cohen

Barefoot Years Martin Edmond Bridget Williams Books, $15.00, ISBN 9781927277676 On Coming Home Paula Morris Bridget Williams Books, $15.00, ISBN 9780908321117 Somewhere in the course of his perceptive career, in what one assumes was a more or less idle moment,…
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Tangata ora, Matariki Williams

Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History Atholl Anderson, Judith Binney and Aroha Harris Bridget Williams Books, $100.00, ISBN 9781927131411 The final chapter of the weighty Tangata Whenua is titled “Tangata Whenua, Tangata Ora”, and the book could just as easily have…
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Town and country, Brian Easton

Growing Apart: Regional Prosperity in New Zealand Shamubeel Eaqub Bridget Williams Books, $15.00, ISBN 9781927277614 When the Farm Gates Opened: The Impact of Rogernomics on Rural New Zealand Neal Wallace Otago University Press, $30.00, ISBN 9781877578724 In the last hundred…
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Posted in Economics, Non-fiction, Review

No drive-by answers, David Cohen

Sorrows of a Century: Interpreting Suicide in New Zealand, 1900-2000 John C Weaver Bridget Williams Books, $60.00, ISBN 9781927277232 All of us seek happiness, Pascal declared centuries ago, even at the point of a warm gun. “This is without exception,”…
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A poverty of compassion, Rod Oram

Child Poverty in New Zealand Jonathan Boston and Simon Chapple Bridget Williams Books, $50.00, ISBN 9781927247860 “New Zealand has the necessary resources to reduce child poverty, and equitable and efficient ways to secure these resources are available. The question is…
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Human rights and public fright, Anne Opie

The Quiet War on Asylum Tracey Barnett Bridget Williams Books, $5.00, ISBN 9781927131909 (EPUB), 9781927131916 (KINDLE), 9781927277983 (PDF) The Punitive Society: Falling Crime and Rising Imprisonment in New Zealand  John Pratt Bridget Williams Books, $5.00, ISBN 9781927277270 (EPUB), 9781927277287 (KINDLE),…
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The inequality divide, Tim Hazledine

Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis Max Rashbrooke (ed) Bridget Williams Books, $40.00, ISBN 9781927131510 Judgements of All Kinds: Economic Policy-Making in New Zealand 1945-1984  Jim McAloon Victoria University Press, $50.00, ISBN 9780864738974 Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis is more than…
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Singing in tune, David Round

Treaty of Waitangi Settlements Nicola R Wheen and Janine Hayward (eds) Bridget Williams Books with the New Zealand Law Foundation, $50.00, ISBN 9781927131381 This book contains a dozen essays on aspects of Treaty of Waitangi settlements. Three cover their context,…
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Imperial entanglements, Paul Moon

Webs of Empire: Locating New Zealand’s Colonial Past  Tony Ballantyne Bridget Williams Books, $50.00, ISBN 9781927131435 Books on Britain’s colonisation of New Zealand range from the often jingoistic efforts of some writers in the 19th century, through to the heavily…
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Getting fit for the Empire, Caroline Daley

Strong, Beautiful and Modern: National Fitness in Britain, New Zealand, Australia and Canada, 1935–1960 Charlotte Macdonald Bridget Williams Books, $50.00, ISBN 978927131404 In July 1937 the Physical Training and Recreation Act was passed in Britain. A few months later the…
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