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South Island creation myths, Ranginui Walker

Tikao Talks Herries Beattie, Penguin Books, Auckland, 1990, 160pp, with photographs and index of personal names, $29.95 Tikao Talks consists of the reminiscences of Teone Taare Tikao on Maori traditions as recorded by the historian Herries Beattie. The book was…
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Freyberg as epic hero, Les Cleveland

Bernard Freyberg VC, Soldier of Two Nations Paul Freyberg, Hodder and Stoughton, London/ Auckland, 1991, $69.95 Greatness in a political leader or a soldier can be seen as the ability to direct momentous events to inspire a large number of…
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The nature of political power, Paul Spoonley

The Treaty Now William Renwick, GP Books, Wellington, 1990, $24.95 Mana Tiriti: The Art of Protest and Partnership Haeta, Project Waitangi and City Art Gallery, Wellington City Council, Daphne Brasell Associates Press, Wellington, 1991, $24.95 The Treaty Now examines the…
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Posted in History, Māori, Non-fiction, Review

Editorial – Issue 3

J M Thomson: Looking forward As we near the end of our first year we have a better sense of our purpose and direction and are able to make adjustments and changes. First, the Peppercorn Press is a registered charity…
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Strong on descriptive narrative, K R Howe

Years of the Pooh Bah: A Cook Islands History Dick Scott, Cook Islands Trading Company/ Hodder and Stoughton, Auckland, 1991, $49.95 This beautifully produced and heavily illustrated book is an account of the ‘ignorance’, ‘neglect and … vague benevolence’ that…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Pacific, Review

Issue 3 | October 1991

  Volume 1 | Number 3 | Issue 3 | October 1991 J M Thomson: “Looking forward” Les Cleveland: Paul Freyberg, Bernard Freyberg VC, Soldier of Two Nations Juliet Rowe: Pauline O’Regan, Aunts and Windmills; May Davis, May Elric Hooper: …
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Opera out in the cold: QEII’s recent policy review, Lindis Taylor

It would be easy to imagine that the arts establishment in New Zealand had a prejudice against opera so pervasive that no pains were spared to stifle it. The QEII Arts Council, for instance, is still widely mistrusted as a…
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Wry observations, Alison Parr

Kapiti Poems Five Rawhiti Press, Pukerua Bay, 1990, $15 Archipelago, The Ocean Soliloquies Denys Trussell, Hudson/ Cresset Publishing, Auckland, 1991, $17.95 Mikrokosmos Koenraad Kuiper, One Eyed Press, Waikanae, 1990, $15 Kapiti Poems Five is a sturdy collection stemming largely from…
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A pre-occupation with family, Ronda Cooper

Swimmers, Dancers Michelle Leggott, Auckland University Press, 1991, $16.95 The Other Hemisphere Jan Kemp, Three Continents Press/ Brick Row Publishing, Auckland, 1991, $19.95 Orpheus and other poems Meg Campbell, Te Kotare Press, Pukerua Bay, 1990, $15.95 Michelle Leggott’s second collection…
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A poetic resurgence, Tony Beyer

An Open Return Alan Riach, Untold Books, Wellington, 1991, $23 Paper Boats Peter Bland, John McIndoe, Dunedin, 1991, $16.95 The Man of Paradise Denys Trussell, Hudson/ Cresset, Auckland, (distrib Brick Row Publishers. PO Box 100-057, Auckland 10), 1991, $17.95 The…
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