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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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The warp and woof of Wellington, J M Thomson

The Making of Wellington 1800-1914 David Hamer and Roberta Nicholls (eds) Victoria University Press, Wellington, 1990, $39.95 Colonial Capital, Wellington 1865-1910 Terence Hodgson Random Century, Auckland, 1990, $34.95 A study of the evolution of a city provides an excellent opportunity…
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Brittle and febrile images, Anne French

Motu Tapu: Stories of the South Pacific Graeme Lay, Polynesian Press, Auckland. 1990, $19.95 A Network of Dissolving Threads Richard von Sturmer, Auckland University Press, 1991, $19.95 Motu Tapu is described as a collection of ‘stories of the South Pacific’,…
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The law and you: three valuable guides, Nicky Darlow

Adoption, Guide to Law and Practice Robert Ludbrook Government Printer, Wellington, 1990, $16.95 Human Rights Robert Ludbrook Government Printer, Wellington. 1990, $12.95 Your Small Business John Pettigrew Government Printer, Wellington, 1990, $12.95 Adoption has been likened to a legal conjuring…
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Posted in Non-fiction, Politics & Law, Review, Sociology

History as editorial cunning, Vincent O’Sullivan

The Oxford History of New Zealand Literature Terry Sturm (ed), Oxford University Press, Auckland, 1991, $69.95 To take up a 750-page book about hundreds of other books one has read only a fraction of, and to persist to the end…
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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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