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The ongoing stream of history, Ranginui Walker

The People of Many Peaks, 1769-1869 Claudia Orange (ed), Bridget Williams Books and Department of Internal Affairs, Wellington, 1991, $35.00 This book contains the biographies of 161 notable Maori leaders between 1769 and 1869 who appear in the first volume…
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Girls in New Zealand schools, Robyn Baker

Twelve Plus – girls in school George Bryant and Noni Johnson, Dunmore Press, Palmerston North, 1990, $27.95 At School I’ve Got a Chance Alison Jones (ed) Dunmore Press, Palmerston North, 1990, $27.95 In New Zealand secondary schools there is an…
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Posted in Gender, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

Editorial – Issue 2

Filling a gap Response to our first issue has crystallised in an appreciative awareness of the gap we are attempting to fill and of the role that lies ahead. Once minor technical faults had been corrected, our format proved the…
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Religions under scrutiny, Peter Lineham

Religions of New Zealanders Peter Donovan Dunmore Press, Palmerston North, 1991, $39.95 The objective of this study is to further understanding of the broad variety of religions now present in New Zealand, looking at them both in the context of…
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Autobiography as drama: Thompson Agonistes, Roger Robinson

Mervyn Thompson in his one-man show, Passing Through Theatre does not get more personal than this. The author/ performer is known to have serious cancer. The play is in considerable part about his mortality. A conventional review with a discreet…
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Our cultural debt to ancient Iraq, Lloyd Geering

One of the few benefits to come out of the Gulf War is the reminder it gives of all we owe culturally to the ancient peoples who once inhabited Iraq and whose blood still flows, however thinly, in the veins…
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Pinning down New Zealand architecture, Christoper Vine

Looking at the Architecture of New Zealand Terence Hodgson Grantham House, Wellington, 1990, $39.95 Though architecture is the most public of the arts and lays claim to being the mistress of them all to boot, it is ill served by…
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Posted in Architecture, History, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

New lyricism and an old favourite, Stephanie Edmond

Chen Li and the River Spirit Anthony Holcroft Hodder and Stoughton, Auckland, 1990, $19.95 Slinky Malinki Lynley Dodd Mallinson Rendel, Wellington, 1990, $17.95 Caterwaul Caper Lynley Dodd Mallinson Rendel, Wellington, 1990, $8.75 Chen Li and the River Spirit is a…
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From melodrama to professionalism, Sunny Amey

The Land of the Moa George Leitch, edited by Adrian Kiernander, Victoria University Press, Wellington, 1990, $19.95 Tomasi: For Islands Far Away Harrison Bray Playmarket, Wellington, 1990, $16.95 Power Play Rachel McAlpine, Playmarket, Wellington, 1990, $12.95 Billy Vincent O’Sullivan, Victoria…
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New freedoms and old heritages, Shelagh Duckham Cox

Finding Connections P J Kavanagh, Hutchinson (distrib Random Century, Auckland), 1990, $42.95 Over half a century ago Karl Mannheim wrote in Ideology and Utopia of the western intelligentsia as a uniquely privileged caste. Intellectuals, he said, were fortunate enough to…
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