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A partial history, Rawiri Taonui

The Musket Wars: A History of Inter-Iwi Conflict 1806-45 R D Crosby Reed Books, $65, ISBN 0 7900 0677 4 Ron Crosby’s The Musket Wars successfully compiles most of the available published material on the 1800-1840 wars between Maori into…
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Deceptive understatement, Apirana Taylor

Attack of the Skunk People Phil Kawana Huia, $19.95, ISBN 1 877241 20 2 Attack of the Skunk People is a collection of short stories and poetry with a cover that is colourful and mysterious in itself, a tempting invitation…
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Rise of the Super-models, Bernadette Hall

AUP New Poets Raewyn Alexander, Anna Jackson, Sarah Quigley Auckland University Press, $19.95, ISBN 1 86940 197 2 Sleeve-notes Emma Neale Godwit, $19.95, ISBN 1 86962 048 8 bell tongue Paola Bilbrough Victoria University Press, $19.95, ISBN 0 86473 363…
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The eyes had it, Brian Turner

Bruno Roger Booth Canterbury University Press, $29.95, ISBN 0 908812 83 3 Years ago, whenever Bruno Lawrence (born in 1941 in Brighton, England, as David Charles Gilbert Lawrence) appeared or was mentioned, I used to think, “I’ll bet he’s a…
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In a minor key, Victoria Carchidi

Classical Music Joy Cowley Penguin, $24.95, ISBN 0 14 028838 4 There ought to be more novels about 50-plus-year-old women. Classical Music, Joy Cowley’s first novel for adults for decades, centres on two sisters, Delia, 58, and Beatrice, 55. The…
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Writers and Readers Week, Jane Stafford

Come and float free of normal life Every year I bury a hundred and fifty of my townspeople. Another dozen or two I take to the crematory to be burned. I sell caskets, burial vaults, and urns for ashes. I…
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Letters – Issue 42

Correspondence The blinding light of the mind In your December 1999 issue, Peter Munz critiques Decolonizing Methodologies by Linda Tuhiwai Smith. This review was so negative that I’m afraid it might deter people from reading the original work. This would…
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Poem – L E Scott

Early Sleep to sleep an hour before midnight they say is better than two after it depends on who the dream visitors are before dawn   L E Scott (more…)
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Editorial – Issue 42

An arts policy with attitude In our first editorial, two years ago, we made an appeal to the then new Shipley administration – more in hope than expectation – to show greater support for the arts. A positive effect was…
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Poems – Lauris Edmond

from Carnival of New Zealand Creatures tuatara The old survivor, tuatara, reptilian great-grandfather, observing with heavy-lidded eye the still old centuries passing by; slow little bloke in enamel coat shedding his tail, croaking his croak, his third eye watching world…
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