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Peter Munz

The idea of the university in a free market society The Government’s proposed review of tertiary education countenances and encourages a highly reprehensible process: the amalgamation of universities and polytechnics. Such an amalgamation will inevitably wipe out the academic education…
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Open letters, Tim Beaglehole

Dear Peggy: Letters to Margaret Garland from her New Zealand Friends Peter and Dianne Beatson (ed) Sociology Department, Massey University $35.00 ISBN 0 95836254 8 Peggy Garland came out to Wellington in 1947 with a young family and an unsatisfactory,…
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All this and Evison too, Denis Welch

Happy Days in Muckle Flugga Pat Evison HarperCollins $39.95 ISBN 1 86950 267 1 Early on in Pat Evison’s very enjoyable book, there is a recollection of a remarkable incident in London in 1947. Young Patricia Blamires, as she was…
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Boxed in, Kathryn Walls

The Power of Place: Landscape in New Zealand Children‘s Fiction Diane Hebley University of Otago Press $39.95 ISBN 1 8771 33 47 7 Diane Hebley’s useful introduction to New Zealand writing for children, Off the SIMM was published in 1980.…
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Paying the price of principle, Margaret Wilson

Stick Out, Keep Left: an autobiography by Margaret Thorn Elsie Locke and Jacquie Matthews (ed) Auckland University Press/ Bridget Williams Books $29.95 ISBN 1 86940143 3 She Dared to Speak – Connie Birchfield’s Story Maureen Birchfield University of Otago Press…
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Tertiary fees and simple minds, Alistair Shaw

Cultural Politics and the University in Aotearoa/New Zealand Michael Peters (ed) Dunmore Press $39.95 ISBN 0 864 69306 0 Investing in Minds: the Economics of Higher Education in New Zealand Sholeh A Maani VUW Institute of Policy Studies $30.00 ISBN…
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Posted in Economics, Education, Non-fiction, Politics & Law, Review

Slipping through the net of art history, Christina Barton

Don Peebles: The Harmony at Opposites Justin Paton Robert McDougall Art Gallery & Hazard Press $34.95 ISBN 1 877161 00 4 Of the public art galleries in New Zealand, the Robert McDougall Art Gallery in Christchurch has a commendable record…
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Asia-specific, Steve Hoadley

Nations and States in Southeast Asia Nicholas Tarling Cambridge University Press $24.95 ISBN 0 52162564 5 Asia Pacific: New Geographies of the Pacific Rim R F Watters and T G McGee (ed) Victoria University Press $49.95 ISBN 0 86473334 8…
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Posted in Economics, Non-fiction, Politics & Law, Review

Editorial – Issue 35

Guest editorial: No longer Charing Cross Road Once upon a time New Zealand had a fortress economy and by all accounts life was good but you couldn’t actually buy much. I didn’t live here then, but know from my own…
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No need to practise the steamy bits, Anne French

The Passionate Pen: New Zealand’s romance writers talk to Rachel McAlpine Hazard Press $19.95 ISBN 1 87716136 5 Almost everyone thinks they can be a Mills and Boon author. The formula novel is short (55,000 words these days), the plots…
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