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Looking with new eyes: the Woollaston achievement, Tony Bellette

Toss Woollaston: A Retrospective Exhibition 1991/2 Toss Woollaston: An Illustrated Biography Gerald Barnett, National Art Gallery, Wellington/ Random Century, Auckland, 1991, $39.95 Viewing the Toss Woollaston retrospective is an occasion for gratification, and even wonder, that the language of painting…
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Issue 05 Winter 1992

  Volume 2 | Number 1 | Issue 5 | Winter 1992 Editorial, June 1992  J M Thomson: “The longevity of books” Letters, issue 5 Bernard Kernot: Anne Salmond, Two Worlds: first meetings between Maori and Europeans 1642-1772. K R…
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On the world’s opera stage: 19 New Zealand singers, Roger Flury

Southern Voices; international singers of New Zealand Adrienne Simpson and Peter Downes, Reed Books, Auckland, 1992, $45 The timing of Adrienne Simpson’s and Peter Downes’s admirable Southern Voices could hardly be more propitious. With opera in New Zealand once again…
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Chunuk Bair, directed by Leon Narbey, Phillip Mann

The events that occurred on and about Chunuk Bair, a remote hill on the Gallipoli peninsula, on 7 and 8 August 1915, have been widely celebrated, at least in Australia and New Zealand, where they have achieved something of the…
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New Zealand film: an overall view, John Roberts

The End of the Golden Weather  directed by Ian Mune This is not a film review. Movie buffs please note. It is a reflection on a key work in the corpus of New Zealand literature and the use which a…
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Edge of The Earth, Alison Glenny

Edge of The Earth; Stories and Images from the Antipodes Vincent Ward (with Alison Carter, Geoff Chapple and Louis Nowra), Reed, Auckland, 1990, $34.95 The appearance and title of this loosely strung together collection of prose pieces, photographs and film…
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Posted in Art, Māori, Memoir, Non-fiction, Photography, Review

Figures in history: the sculpture of Tony Stones, Vincent O’Sullivan

Visitors who arrive at Mangere airport see their first piece of New Zealand sculpture as they leave the main terminal building: the eight-foot-high bronze figure of a young lean Batten as she stretches on tip-toe, waving to the crowd, reaching…
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Fun for the very young, Nicola Chilton

Food is Fun for Young Cooks Dianne Lowry and Jan van der Voo, Book 2 Hodder & Stoughton, Auckland, 1991, $19.95 This book states it is ‘a perfect introduction for 7-12 year-olds to the delights of cooking’. About a quarter…
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Letters — Issue 5

The legacies of history I should like to comment upon some very misleading remarks in the review by Mr B J Poff of my recent book, Kinds of Peace, Maori People after the Wars, 1870-85, (March 1992). In my preface,…
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Boys at centre-stage, Vivien Joseph

Uncle Trev and The Great South Island Plan Jack Lasenby, Cape Catley, Whatamongo Bay, 1991, $14.95 Does Daniel Wilmott Tell Lies? Juliet Martin, Hazard Press, Christchurch, 1991 The Boy At The Door and Other Stories of the Supernatural  Anthony Holcroft,…
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Posted in Children, Fiction, Literature, Review
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