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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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Poem — Jeanette Stace

Between   It is hard to tell its length, it appears to have no breadth. Between is a line of loops joining, between is a series of leaps separating, between is the arrow pointing. Between likes to give you little…
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A book reader; what else? Laura Kroetsch

The Dominion of Signs Nick Perry, Auckland University Press, $34.95 A few weeks ago a debate appeared in the Times Higher Education Supplement which Colin MacCabe (head of research and education at the British Film Institute) and Graham McCann (a…
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Posted in Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

Apology to C K Stead

C K Stead has taken exception to two aspects of a review of The Faber Book of Contemporary South Pacific Stories in our issue of March 1994. If Roger Robinson’s review gave readers the impression that the absence of four…
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A nation’s rough habit, Piet de Jong

On A Roll: A History of Gambling and Lotteries In New Zealand David Grant, Victoria University Press, $39.95 Victoria University Press has backed a winner with this history of gambling and lotteries in New Zealand. The subject has everything. It…
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Editorial — Issue 17

Colin James: New fizz  This issue leads with two reviews of Laura Ranger. That is not because she is a curiosity, 10 years old and an accurate poet. It is because her first slim volume is the best book we…
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The pix are choice, Piet de Jong

The Story of Beer: Beer and brewing – a New Zealand History Gordon McLauchlan, Penguin, $39.95 If this book were a swimming pool, you’d break your neck every time you dived into it. Shallow maybe, but it probably achieves all…
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Issue 17 Winter 1995

Editorial: Colin James: “New fizz” Letters Apology to C K Stead Harvey McQueen: Laura Ranger, Laura’s poems Philippa, Octavia and Laura Horgan: Laura Ranger, Laura’s poems Jane Stafford: Jenny Bornholdt, How We Met Bill Manhire, “Some screens” (a poem) Jeanette…
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Redesigning the collectivist rudder, Michael Cullen

Simon Upton’s extended, but muted, cry of anguish (New Zealand Books, December 1994) marks a major intellectual maturing on the part of the New Zealand National Party’s only serious thinker. Had it been written in mid-Victorian Britain one would confidently…
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Electricities: Work in progress, Gregory O’Brien

I am sitting in an Auckland dealer gallery pondering some photographs of Michael Smither’s paintings, including one New Plymouth public garden scene called “Poet’s Bridge”, the title of which strikes an encouraging note – there can’t be too many such…
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