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Dream on, Rodney Hamel

Dream Collectors: One Hundred Years of Art in New Zealand Te Papa Press, Exhibition Catalogue $39.95 ISBN 0 90901048 X In their foreword, Cheryll Southeran and Chris Staines explain that the exhibition that originated this catalogue was designed to acknowledge…
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Beyond the tapa curtain, David Eggleton

Speaking in Colour Sean Mallon and Pandora Fulimalo Pereira Te Papa Press, $39.95 ISBN 0 90901044 7 The country of the tourist brochures is, as Nadine Gordimer has suggested, always someone else’s country: unreal in its airbrushed perfection; its beckoning…
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Letter from London, Hamish Tristram

Without any doubt the most intellectually stimulating London event of the moment is Michael Frayn’s new work Copenhagen at the National Theatre. By some perhaps prescient coincidence this play about (in part) the responsibility for the creation of nuclear weapons…
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Computer Cartography, Miles Fairburn

New Zealand Historical Atlas: Visualising New Zealand Malcolm McKinnon (ed) David Bateman, $99.00 ISBN 1 86953335 6 The New Zealand Historical Atlas is a large and prestigious publication made up of 100 double pages (“plates”) of illustrative material and text.…
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Poem – Cilla McQueen

Kitchen table Oyster tang, a misty salty morning, sky ridged like the roof of a dragon’s mouth grazing on lilies – I am thinking of far blue islands, crosscurrents deep in the sky, paua under rocks and bronze kelp swirling…
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Poem – Tony Beyer

Persimmons I never took to the taste a dry sweetness like that now of memory but the exotic magic of having them swelling to dusky orange on our front lawn their lobes dull lamps among leather leaves their name an…
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Exhibiting ourselves, Margaret Clark

Farewell Colonialism: The New Zealand International Exhibition, Christchurch, 1906-07 John Mansfield Thomson (ed) Dunmore Press, $39.95 ISBN 0 86469318 4 This is a gem of a book. It looks and feels beautiful, it tells a fascinating story, and it stimulates…
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Posted in History, Māori, Non-fiction, Review

Accentuating the positive, Tom Brooking

The Mother of AlI Departments. The History of the Department of Internal Affairs Michael Bassett Auckland University Press, $39.95 ISBN 1 869401751 Safeguarding the Public Health. A History of the New Zealand Department of Health Derek Dow Victoria University Press…
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Of ice-blinks, blackbirds and ikebana, John Allison

Homelight Nigel Brown, Bill Manhire, Chris Orsman Pemmican Press, $12.00 ISBN 0 47305149 4 13 Ways Harry Ricketts Pemmican Press, $14.95 ISBN 0 47304881 7 Natsukashii Ingrid Horrocks Pemmican Press, $14.95 ISBN 0 47305139 7 Black South Chris Orsman Pemmican…
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Posted in Literature, Poetry, Review

Playing colonists at their own game, Angela Ballard

Agents of Autonomy: Maori Committees in the 19th Century Vincent O’Malley Crown Forest Rental Trust ISBN 0 9583708 0 X Hikurangi to Homburg Helen M Hogan Clerestory Press, $39.95 ISBN 0 9583706 0 5 To review these two books together…
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