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The land as a traceable commodity, Wendy Pond

National Overview: Waitangi Tribunal Rangahaua Whanui Series Alan Ward GP Publications, $154.65 (3 volumes), ISBN 1 86956 209 7 In 1993 I attended the first Pacific island peoples’ science conference in Suva. At that time there were still western scientists…
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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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Vietnam more goyishe, Adam Levy

Far from the Promised Land? Ann Beaglehole and Hal Levine GP Publications, $39.95 ISBN 0958341742 There were more synagogues in New Zealand last century than there are today. Hokitika had a synagogue and so did Timaru and Nelson. Many South…
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The ski lifts are free, Les Cleveland

You Are Too Old to Drive Dear: Elderspeak and Ageism in an Ageing Society  Sik Hung Ng Victoria University Press, $8.95, ISBN 0 864732813 Beyond Good Intentions: Support Work with Older People  Anne Opie Institute of Policy Studies, Victoria University…
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Wincing and reading on, Barbara Mabbett

Style Book: a guide for New Zealand writers and editors Derek Wallace and Janet Hughes, (revised and expanded) GP Publications, $29.95 ISBN 1 86956 123 6 The word “style”, occupying as it does several columns of the Big Oxford, can…
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Posted in Language, Non-fiction, Review

Ian Duncan: Politics, the Budget and a business

Out of the Woods Reg Birchfield and lan Grant GP Publications, $34.95 The subject of restructuring and sale of state trading enterprises in New Zealand has attracted a number of writers from a variety of professional backgrounds. It is not…
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A sporting chance, Roger Robinson

Roger Robinson and Anna Rogers review books that document ‘a little-discussed area of women’s endeavour’.   Athletes of the Century: 100 Years of New Zealand Track and Field Peter Heidenstrom, GP Publications, $49.95 The world’s first international races for women…
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Posted in Gender, Non-fiction, Review, Sport

Approaches to Writing, Ian Gordon

Committed to Print J E Traue, Victoria University Press, Wellington, $24.95 The Common Writer Robert Neale, Oxford University Press, Auckland, $29.95 Real Writing Rachel McAlpine, GP Publications, Petone, $24.95 These three books approach the craft of writing from three very…
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Posted in Literature, Non-fiction, Review

Politics and Society, Gavin McLean

The 1990 Election: Perspectives on Political Change in New Zealand E M McLeay (ed), Department of Politics, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, 1991 The 1990 election was the dullest in recent decades, with a battered, cynical electorate sensing the inevitability…
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Posted in Media, Non-fiction, Politics & Law, Review
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