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Issue 23, Spring 1996

Issue 23, June 1996 Letters, June 1996 Steve Maharey: Luke Trainer (ed), Republicanism in New Zealand Colin Knox: Graham Bush, Local Government and Politics in New Zealand Brian Easton: David G Green, From Welfare State to Civil Society: Towards Welfare…
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Editorial — Issue 23

Editor’s note, June 1996 Criticism In this issue we carry three articles in one way or another dealing with literary criticism — on a bad book on Mansfield, on writers and their critics and on the appropriate context for Maori…
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Letters — June 1996

Misconceiving Curnow The misconceptions hanging about Allen Curnow’s reputation need urgently to be dispelled and Hugh Roberts’ persuasive account of his poetic was a timely corrective to the myth-making myth. I want to take issue, however, with his claim that…
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Res non publica, Steve Maharey

Republicanism in New Zealand Luke Trainor (ed) Dunmore Press, $27.95 ISBN 0 86469 2560 Back in 1993 I went on a study tour to Britain. The two people who have done more for the republican cause than anyone else, Princess…
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Fighting local lunacy, Colin Knox

Local Government and Politics in New Zealand  Graham Bush Auckland University Press, $39.95 ISBN 9 781869 401269 In the beginning there was Governor Hobson. In 1840 he was instructed by the Colonial Secretary of Queen Victoria’s Imperial Government to divide…
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The bankruptcy of the new fundamentalism, Brian Easton

From Welfare State to Civil Society: Towards Welfare that Works in New Zealand David G Green New Zealand Business Roundtable, $24.95 ISBN 1877148 016 In Making a Difference, Ruth Richardson says that she was “more likely than Jim [Bolger] to…
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Whose values should apply? Tom Berthold

Social Assessment and Central Government Judith Davey (ed) Institute of Policy Studies, $22.00 ISBN 0908935 005 Governments, especially in democracies, have to carry out some kind of social assessment if they are to adapt their policies to changing circumstances and…
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Flasher trash and democracy, Bill Southworth

Revolution in the Air! Paul Smith Longman, $29.95 ISBN 0582 878101 Dangerous Democracy? News Media Politics in New Zealand  Judy McGregor (ed) Dunmore Press, $34.95 ISBN 086469 2595 When confronted with 50 or 60 television channels in a North American…
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You cannot forget it, Tom Beard

Sheet Music: Poems 1967-1982   Bill Manhire Victoria University Press, $24.95 ISBN 086473 3003 My Sunshine Bill Manhire Victoria University Press, $19.95 ISBN 086473 2953 Touching on song The iconography of song has always been important in Manhire’s poetry and it…
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Poem — Vincent O’Sullivan

The Grieving Process My dad you could say was an illicit substance in the body politic of family life. He was flashier, my dad, than spastic traffic lights, and that was on a quiet day. The opening night of Milton’s…
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