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Settling the matter, Bill Oliver

Maori Sovereignty: the Maori Perspective Hineani Melbourne Hodder Moa Beckett, $24.95, ISBN 1 86958 208 x Maori Sovereignty: the Pakeha Perspective Carol Archie Hodder Moa Beckett, $24.95, ISBN 186958 209x Return to Sender: what really happened at the fiscal envelope…
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Posted in Māori, Non-fiction, Politics & Law, Review

Doing it our way, Bill Southworth

Mass Media in the Pacific ‑ Nuis Bilong Pasifik David Robie (ed) University of Papua New Guinea Press, $29.95 ISBN 9980840528 Foreign Correspondents Liam Jeory and Cameron Bennett Hodder Moa Beckett, $39.95, ISBN 1869582101 As the technological means for gathering…
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Posted in Media, Non-fiction, Review

Cliché summitry, Nigel Roberts

To Everest via Antarctica Robert Mads Anderson Penguin, $29.95 ISBN 0140254005 7 Summits Solo Robert Mads Anderson David Bateman, $125.00 ISBN 1869532074 On 30 April 1985 Dick Bass ‑ an American entrepreneur who developed the Snowbird ski resort in Utah…
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Accurate misquotation – a blast from the present, Hugh Roberts

An appreciation of Allen Curnow Imagine you left New Zealand near the end of the 1960s. You lived overseas and, predictably, grew out of touch with the New Zealand literary scene. You return in 1996 and decide to attend the…
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Posted in Comment, Poetry

The practice of elusiveness, Bill Sewell

Hans Magnus Enzensberger, poet and commentator I first encountered Hans Magnus Enzensberger’s work at the University of Auckland in 1969, when my stage 1 German literature class was asked to analyse the poem “Middle Class Blues” from his third collection…
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Posted in Literature, Poetry

More the activity than the goal, Mac Jackson

How To Be Nowhere: Essays and Texts 1971‑1994  Ian Wedde Victoria University Press, $49.95 ISBN 086473 249X This book has an index of names. There are about 560, from Laurence Aberhart to Jane Zusters. Marie Antoinette is followed by Billy…
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Posted in Essays, Non-fiction, Review

The power of words and rituals, Ruth Butterworth

The Source of the Song. New Zealand Writers on Catholicism Mark Williams (ed) Auckland University Press, $24.95 ISBN 086473 2872 Catholicism as a “cultural force”? Andrew Johnston very properly has trouble with the whole notion of a separable entity. Anne…
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Posted in Non-fiction, Religion, Review

Purveying books, John Roberts

Landmarks in New Zealand Publishing: Blackwood and Janet Paul, 1945‑1968 Janet Paul and John Mansfield Thomson National Library Gallery, $13.50 ISBN 0477 027490 The Turnbull: A Library and its World  Rachel Barrowman Auckland University Press in association with the Historical…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Review

A question of literary trust, Harry Ricketts

Water, Leaves, Stones Dinah Hawken Victoria University Press, $19.95 ISBN 086473 2899 Much of Dinah Hawken’s rightly acclaimed first collection, It has no sound and is blue (1987) was concerned with balance and the difficulty of achieving and maintaining it,…
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Posted in Literature, Poetry, Review

Heaped atomic details, Alan Loney

Empty Orchestra David Eggleton Auckland University Press, $19.95 ISBN 186940 1271 When David Eggleton’s Empty Orchestra arrived in my letterbox, it was the fourth book I had received that day. Beside it was another sent to me by a friend,…
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Posted in Literature, Poetry, Review
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