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Issue 54 | August 2002

  Volume 12 | Number 3 | Issue 54 | August 2002 David Hill: Jack Lasenby, Kalik Editorial Letters Elizabeth Caffin: Elizabeth Knox, Billie’s Kiss Alan Horsman: Julius Vogel (ed Roger Robinson), Anno Domini 2000 or Woman’s Destiny Don Aimer:…
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Towards stability, Alan McRobie

Proportional Representation on Trial: The 1999 New Zealand General Election and the Fate of MMP    Jack Vowles, Peter Aimer, Jeffrey Karp, Susan Banducci, Raymond Miller & Ann Sullivan Auckland University Press, $39.95, ISBN 1869402650 New Zealand’s voters have been through…
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Less orchid, more snapdragon Max Cryer

Angela: A Wonderful Life Angela D’Audney and Nicky Pellegrino Penguin, $27.95, ISBN 0143018116 In spite of the desperate tabloid-celebrity culture currently fashionable, a New Zealand show-biz biography would seem to be dodgy commercial territory. Biographies of sportsmen: yes. Of politicians:…
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Uppercase craftsmen, Don Aimer

Print and Politics: a History of Trade Unions in the New Zealand Printing Industry 1865-1995 Peter Franks Victoria University Press, $49.95, ISBN 0864734158 I once heard a freezing worker talking about his healthy hatred of the boss and another say…
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Poem – Harvey McQueen

A Letter   Vanished is the postie’s whistle; with the anthem at the movies & a butcher in every suburb. In today’s letterbox, left by the bronzed lady with strong walk shoes there is a magazine & three letters, one…
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Inside information, Lois Daish

New Zealanders at Home. A cultural history of domestic interiors 1814-1914 Anna K C Petersen University of Otago Press, $45.00, ISBN 1877276146 Every now and then, I agree to have my kitchen photographed. And every time what a fuss it…
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From the store-house, Andy Dennis

Maori Bird Lore Murdoch Riley Viking Sevenseas NZ Ltd, $89.95, ISBN 0854671005 The reissue of Elsdon Best’s Forest Lore of the Maori in 1977 coincided with my own first attempts at writing about the value of wilderness and the urgent…
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When Tu commands, Les Cleveland

Maori Battalion: A Poetic Sequence Alistair Te Ariki Campbell Wai-te-ata Press, $24.95, ISBN 1877159115 This sequence of 72 short narrative poems with nine photographs is a loose, anecdotal treatment of the Maori Battalion’s part in World War 2. It also…
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Blues in the night, John Allison

Late Love Songs Rob Jackaman Hazard Press, $19.95, ISBN 1877161446 Music Therapy Peter Olds Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop, $17.95 ISBN 1869420233 Night of Warehouses: Poems 1978-2000 Stephen Oliver HeadworX, $26.95, ISBN 0473073889 I’ve never written a locomotive poem; not…
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Some Content May Disturb, David Hill

Kalik Jack Lasenby Longacre, $14.95, ISBN 01877135593 Why should I have to review Lasenby? After all, the guy’s beaten me far too often in far too many Children’s Book Awards. I’ll review him because his Travellers quartet of Young Adult…
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