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Twinkle, twinkle, David Hill

How to Gaze at the Southern Stars Richard Hall Awa Press, $24.95, ISBN 0958250995   Look at the stars! Look, look up at the skies! O look at all the fire-folk sitting in the air! The bright boroughs, the circle-citadels…
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According to Toss, Ian Richards

Toss Woollaston: A Life in Letters ed Jill Trevelyan Te Papa Press, $59.99, ISBN 0909010072 The first thing you notice about this handsomely produced volume from Te Papa Press is the title Woollaston, in large red letters, running down the…
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A particular dedication, Hilary Stace

Books in Maori: An Annotated Bibliography, 1815-1900/ Nga Tanga Reo Maori: Nga Kohikohinga Me Ona Whakamarama compiled in the Alexander Turnbull Library by Phil Parkinson and Penny Griffith Reed, $120, ISBN 079000951X New Zealand has traditionally lacked “bibliodensity”. This term…
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Posted in History, Language, Literature, Māori, Review

Telling tales out of school, Harvey Molloy

Those Who Can Teach: A History of Secondary Education in New Zealand from the Union Perspective David Grant Steele Roberts, $39.95, ISBN 1877338214 Welcome to the Campus of Struggle: Dispatches from the International Student Academic Front 1999-2004 David Cohen Dunmore…
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Something to be proud of, Megan Clayton

An Illustrated History of the Treaty of Waitangi Claudia Orange Bridget Williams Books, $39.95, ISBN 1877242160 I was born on Waitangi Day and grew up in the years after it was made a public holiday, which meant that the commemoration…
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Posted in History, Māori, Non-fiction, Politics & Law, Review

Pinning down the “again” factor, Linda Burgess

The Other Ark Lynley Dodd Mallinson Rendel, $27.95, ISBN 090878385X Taming the Sun: Four Maori Myths Gavin Bishop Random, $29.95, ISBN 1869416120 Koro’s Medicine Melanie Drewery, illustrations by Sabrina Malcolm Huia, $16.95, ISBN 1869691044 Clubs  Kate De Goldi, illustrations by…
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Posted in Children, Literature, Review

Retreating from success, Julia Millen

After the Fireworks: A Life of David Ballantyne Bryan Reid Auckland University Press, $44.99, ISBN 1869403274 David Ballantyne’s life in many ways represents the Kiwi dream. Boy from cash-strapped, part-Maori, provincial family, with minimal schooling, through talent and hard work…
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A matter of balance, Harvey McQueen

Spirit Abroad: A Second Selection of New Zealand Spiritual Verse ed Paul Morris, Harry Ricketts and Mike Grimshaw Godwit, $39.95, ISBN 1869621115 Under Flagstaff: An Anthology of Dunedin Poetry ed Robin Law and Heather Murray University of Otago Press, $39.95,…
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Posted in Literature, Poetry, Review

A seat on the bus, Elspeth Sandys

The recent tragic death of novelist and short-story writer Bronwyn Tate set me thinking, not for the first time, about why her works were not better known in this country. I’m not alone in regarding her as a fine writer,…
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Speaking for themselves, John Holt

Remembering: Writing Oral History ed Anna Green and Megan Hutching Auckland University Press, $45.00, ISBN 1869403177 The first oral history project I undertook at university very nearly didn’t make it past the first hurdle. The project was to create and…
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