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Poem — Chris Orsman

The Ice Navigators A sailor’s language does not desert them. They find themselves at sea again and sense an ancient motion in the frozen crests and troughs of the mineral ocean. The Owner talks of port and starboard and thinks…
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Never mind the quality, Heather Murray

The Journal Box  Elizabeth Smither Auckland University Press, $34.95 ISBN 1869401425 Long an admirer of Elizabeth Smither’s poetry and encouraged by a dustjacket claim that The Journal Box contains “marvellous pieces of writing … comparable in quality to the autobiographical…
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The shapes of time, Shelagh Duckham Cox

The Certainty of Doubt. Tributes to Peter Munz Miles Fairburn and W H Oliver (eds) Victoria University Press, Wellington, $39.95 ISBN 086473302X Immigration is a strange enterprise. In 1966, just off the Northern Star, heading for the exit of the…
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Some mythical pakeha, Paul Spoonley

Inventing New Zealand. Everyday Myths of Pakeha Identity  Claudia Bell Penguin, $29.95 ISBN 0140244964 The last decades have been the final unravelling of the great empires that marked the beginning of the century, both capitalist and communist, and of the…
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Mything the point, Piet de Jong

The Cross-Leased Chardonnay Cellphone Paradise John Ruck Collins, $24.95 ISBN 1869502000 Hey, hey, hey — a 90’s sequel to Austin Mitchell’s Half Gallon, Quarter Acre Pavlova Paradise. I wave the attractive cover around the office and people laugh at the…
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Accounting for the culture, Hamish Keith

New Zealand Cultural Statistics 1995 Statistics Department and Ministry of Cultural Affairs, $39.95 Some years ago rugby commentator John Macbeth, in full flight during an encounter between Maori All Blacks and British Lions, declared a particularly elegant Black rush to…
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A cultural turning point, Patricia Herbert

Free to Work: The Liberalisation of New Zealand’s Labour Market Wolfgang Kasper Centre for Independent Studies, $15.95 ISBN 186432 0125 The most interesting observation in Free to Work — Professor Wolfgang Kasper’s distinctly unambitious treatise on the Employment Contracts Act…
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Dampening expectations, John Henderson

New Zealand Under MMP: A New Politics?  Jonathan Boston, Stephen Levine, Elizabeth McLeay, Nigel Roberts Auckland University Press/Bridget Williams Books, $34.95 ISBN 1869401387 For the next few years New Zealand will be a fascinating social laboratory for political scientists interested…
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We are all negotiators now, Andrew Ladley

Essays on the Constitution  Philip A Joseph (ed) Brookers, $57.78 ISBN 086472 1900 Rights and Freedoms — the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 and the Human Rights Act 1993  Grant Huscroft and Paul Rishworth (eds) Brookers, $57.78 ISBN…
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