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What they wrote A taste of contributor comments over our first 20 years   On New Zealand Books My hope is that New Zealand Books will provide a forum for frank discussion that dares to rise above the suffocating confines…
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Where the boys are, Anna Rogers

Native Wit Hamish Keith Random House, $44.99, ISBN 9781869418434 Daddy was a German Spy and Other Scandals: A Memoir Brian Edwards Penguin Books, $40.00, ISBN 9780143009221 Piano Rock: A 1950s Childhood Gavin Bishop Random House, $34.99, ISBN 9781869790103 Google “memoirs…
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Not getting it, Christina Barton

The Big Picture: A History of New Zealand Art from 1642 Hamish Keith Godwit, $49.99, ISBN 9781869621322 I have thought for a long time that a series on the history of art in New Zealand would make for good television…
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Built-in anodyne, Hamish Keith

Architects at Home — 30 New Zealand Architects and their Houses Adrienne Rewi & Euan Sarginson Shoal Bay Press, $49.95, ISBN 0 908704 32 1 The Bungalow in New Zealand Jeremy Ashford Viking, $34.95, ISBN 0-670-85673-8 Wellington’s Old Buildings David…
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Accounting for the culture, Hamish Keith

New Zealand Cultural Statistics 1995 Statistics Department and Ministry of Cultural Affairs, $39.95 Some years ago rugby commentator John Macbeth, in full flight during an encounter between Maori All Blacks and British Lions, declared a particularly elegant Black rush to…
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Culturally inappropriate, Hamish Keith

Gauguin and Maori Art Bronwen Nicholson, with contributions by Roger Blackley, Jonathan Mane‑Wheoki, Roger Neich, Richard Wolfe Godwit (with Auckland City Art Gallery), $29.95, ISBN 0 908877692 This is a small book, 80 pages in all, which is entirely appropriate…
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The blinds drawn, Hamish Keith

Painted Histories: Early Maori figurative painting Roger Neich, Auckland University Press, $79.95 One April morning in 1920 the Maori King Te Rata, his kaumatua, a greeting party and 1000 or so Waikato, gathered on the platform at Ngaruawahia railway station…
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