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Paradise preserved? Simon Upton

Pavlova Paradise Revisited Austin Mitchell Penguin, $27.95, ISBN 0143018264 For those old enough to remember it, The Half-Gallon Quarter-Acre Pavlova Paradise was a funny, disrespectful but good-natured account of what it felt like to be a clever, progressive Left Brit

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Lord Of The Wings, Witi Ihimaera

Lord Of The Wings  (extract from forthcoming novel )   One day Karuhiruhi, chieftain of the large black seashag iwi, decided to leave his cliff-faced pah and travel throughout his coastal kingdom. His wife, Queen Kara, had just given birth

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Eluding closure, Louise O’Brien

Listening to the Everly Brothers and Other Stories Elizabeth Smither Penguin, $27.95, ISBN 0143018205 I’ve never been a big fan of the short story. I’ve always found it to be, at once, far too short and far too long. Mired

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Poem — Vincent O’Sullivan

The Retired Bruiser dreaming La Belle Dame at the least   Whenever he saw “I could be happy here” appear across a bedroom wall like words blazoned on a banner by a man in glinting metal, on a horse too

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Fruit ‘n nut, Emma Neale

Only One Angel Jan Kemp University of Otago Press, $24.95, ISBN 1877276170 Snowing Down South Janet Charman Auckland University Press, $21.95, ISBN 1869402685 After publishing a poem in a church magazine, and receiving messages from people all over the country

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Poem — Robert Sullivan

South Point, Hawai‘i   On the Big Island, where the ocean voyaging waka left for Tahiti, perhaps Aotearoa, we watched the mooring stones: smoothed by water, smoothed by hands, carved out to moor the waka. We felt the spirits soar

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Memory and practice, James Ritchie

Ko Tahu, Ko Au: Kai Tahu Tribal Identity Hana O’Regan Horomaka Publishing, $29.95, ISBN 0473079518 In their long journeys into time, the cultures of Polynesia were refined, renewed and developed in their contents and characters not by conscious effort but

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From ‘Somebodies and Nobodies’, Brian Turner

From Somebodies and Nobodies: Growing up in an extraordinary sporting family Vintage, $34.95, ISBN 1869415078 Soon after I arrived in Christchurch, so did the Beatles – pure coincidence. I donned my dark grey dufflecoat and lurked on the fringe of

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Fly-swat of the gods Linda Burgess

When Gravity Snaps Owen Marshall Vintage, $26.95, ISBN 1869415280 A small piece of homespun advice before I start. It is not 
a good idea to play country/bluesy/folksy music quietly on your CD player as you read Marshall’s latest collection of

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Empty vessel, Gavin McLean

Joyita: Solving the Mystery David G Wright Auckland University Press, $29.95, ISBN 1869402707 It was a recurring image in New Zealand and Pacific newspapers and magazines 40 to 50 years ago: the waterlogged hull of the old Islands trader Joyita,

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