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The shiny, soft-cover Treaty Debate, Angela Ballara

Living Relationships: Kokiri Ngatahi. The Treaty of Waitangi in the New Millennium eds Ken S Coates, P G McHugh Victoria University Press, $39.95, ISBN 0 86473 330 5 An Unsettled History Alan Ward Bridget Williams Books, $34.95, ISBN 0 908912…
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Just like home, but warmer, Roger Hall

Long Journey for Sevenpence. Assisted Immigration to New Zealand from the United Kingdom, 1947-1975 Megan Hutching Victoria University Press, $39.95, ISBN 0 86473 360 7 In 1960, after having spent two years in New Zealand, I went to work in…
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Managerialist medicine, Jim Traue

The National Library is about to be restructured for the umpteenth time, for the same reasons as the last time, and the times before that. Restructuring will make the Library even more sensitive to its customers’ needs, more effective and…
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Gum and glitter, Tom Larkin

Martin Donnelly Rod Nye HarperSports, $49.95, ISBN 1 86950 293 0 In 1929, I was in the North Taranaki Primary School team that went to Hawera to play South Taranaki. I remember well, as we arrived, seeing two of the…
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Voter-watching, Ruth Butterworth

New Zealand Politics and Social Patterns: Selected Works by Robert Chapman ed Elizabeth McLeay Victoria University Press, $49.95, ISBN 0 86473 361 5 Myths are the stories we tell each other about ourselves. Neither true nor false in any absolute…
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Letters – Issue 40

Now wouldn’t it gap your axe! I was intrigued but somewhat disappointed with A K Grant’s review of A Dictionary of Modern New Zealand Slang, not so much by his strictures on content and my wide definition of “slang” as…
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The gutting of New Zealand, Paul Dalziel

Only Their Purpose is Mad Bruce Jesson Dunmore Press, $27.95, ISBN 0 86469 343 5 Written during the horror of the early 1940s, Karl Polanyi’s famous book The Great Transformation sought to explain why nearly 100 years of relative liberalism…
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Guts and gonads, David Hill

Playing to Win Fleur Beale Scholastic, $12.95, ISBN 1 86943 410 2 Lester Bernard Beckett Longacre, $14.95, ISBN 1 877135 21 6 The Tiggie Tompson Show Tessa Duder Puffin, $15.95, ISBN 0 14 130503 7 Compulsion Tania Kelly Roxborogh Scholastic,…
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Provoking self-knowledge, Catharina van Bohemen

Provocation Charlotte Grimshaw ABACUS, $29.95, ISBN 0 349 11122 7 On a grey Auckland morning in a large house overlooking the harbour, Stella is watching television. She’s waiting for the staff to arrive. The house belongs to her lover, Stuart…
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Art of the state, Jane Kelsey

Redesigning the Welfare State in New Zealand: Problems, Policies, Prospects eds Jonathan Boston, Paul Dalziel, Susan St John Oxford University Press, $45.00, ISBN 019 558 3736 6 A Super Future?: The Price of Growing Older in New Zealand Anne Else…
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