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Ignoring the book I would like to respond to some of the criticisms of A Field Officer’s Notebook (AFON) made by Tom McLean in his review “Shivers of emotion” (NZB Spring 2018).   (more…)
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The light, fantastic toe, Jennifer Shennan

Limbs Dance Company – Dance for All People, 1977–1989  Marianne Schultz Marianne Schultz in conjunction with DANZ, $40.00 ISBN 9780473407698 This book about Limbs, New Zealand’s brightest modern dance troupe, in its heyday in 1980s Auckland, is dedicated “for Sue…
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Undercooked, Paul Moon

The Pacific in the Wake of Captain Cook, with Sam Neill Meaghan Wilson Anastasios HarperCollins, $45.00, ISBN 9781460756393 Is there anything new to say about Captain James Cook’s expeditions to the Pacific? Edited accounts of his voyages appeared from 1773…
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Where perspectives collide, John McCrystal 

The Imaginary Lives of James Pōneke Tina Makereti Vintage, $38.00, ISBN 9780143771562 You don’t have to be a good old-fashioned structuralist to look into the patterns of history and see the tectonic grind of ideas reflected in the rippling of…
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The Māori economy, old and new, Gyles Beckford

Heke Tangata: Māori in Markets and Cities Brian Easton for Te Whanau o Waipareira Oratia Books, $30.00, ISBN 9780947506438 In late 1984, a small group of Māori politicians, public servants and their helpers, invented an iwi to welcome hundreds of…
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Melody slithering through the misery, Martin Lodge

Good-bye Maoriland: The Songs and Sounds of New Zealand’s Great War Chris Bourke Auckland University Press, $60.00, ISBN 978869408718 For both civilians and the soldiers alike on active service during WWI, music proved a significant and enduring element of New…
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Wading in the waters, Sam Mahon

Beyond Manapouri: 50 Years of Environmental Politcs in New Zealand Catherine Knight Canterbury University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781988503042 The battle to preserve our waters in this country has left us, as a nation, almost as bruised and divided as we…
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Down by the river, Nicholas Reid

The Waikato – A History of New Zealand’s Greatest River Paul Moon Atuanui Press, $70.00, ISBN 9780994137616 At 425 kilometres, the Waikato is the longest river in New Zealand. The case Paul Moon makes in The Waikato – A History…
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A child’s-eye view, Anna Mackenzie

The Mapmakers’ Race Eirlys Hunter Gecko Press, $25.00, ISBN 9781776572038 Time Twins Arne Norlin and Sally Astridge Submarine, $25.00, ISBN 9780473406325 Finding David Hill Puffin, $20.00, ISBN 9780143772392 The bonds of family and place, seen from an appropriately youthful viewpoint,…
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Giving them what they want, Linda Burgess

Donato and the Cartege Blade Fiona Jordan Mary Egan Publishing, $25.00, ISBN 9780473437367 1918: Broken Poppies Des Hunt Scholastic, $19.00, ISBN 9781775432821 How Not to Stop a Kidnap Plot Suzanne Main Scholastic, $17.00, ISBN 9781775434801 Dawn Raid Pauline (Vaeluaga) Smith…
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