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Off the page, Barbara Murison

Hunter Joy Cowley Puffin, $16.95, ISBN 0143318292 Super Freak Brian Falkner Mallinson Rendel, $16.95, ISBN 0908783981 Chinatown Girl: The Diary of Silvey Chan, Auckland, 1942 Eva Wong Ng Scholastic New Zealand, $16.99, ISBN 1869436598 Ask any publisher of New Zealand…
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Posted in Children, Fiction, Literature, Review

No longer young, male or Christian, Margaret McClure

Body, Mind and Spirit: YMCA Auckland Celebrating 150 Years 1855-2005  Colin Taylor Reed Publishing, $69.99, ISBN 0790009862 Auckland’s reputation has been assessed too long in terms of its founding father’s claim that “the whole and entire object of every one…
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Posted in Biography, History, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

Puppy-dogs’ tails, Anne Else

He’ll Be OK: Growing Gorgeous Boys into Good Men Celia Lashlie HarperCollins, $35.00, ISBN 156950528X Like cooped-up teenage boys, three stories jostle and elbow each other inside this book. Though the biggest wins, it gets badly knocked about in the…
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Posted in Education, Gender, Non-fiction, Review

Poem — Teresia Teaiwa

Streets   Call into question/the status of English/noisy silence/ is there something in the collection/ of our faces/clothes/feet/ that would tell the deaf/or blind/ where we are?/ the language of the pavement/is avoidance/ the careful balance of physical proximity/with emotional…
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Guarding the treasure, Paul Diamond

Mana Tuturu: Maori Treasures and Intellectual Property Rights Barry Barclay Auckland University Press, $44.99, ISBN 1869403509 Barry Barclay (Ngati Apa, Pakeha) has been making films for more than 40 years, and is arguably this country’s leading documentary maker. In Mana…
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Posted in History, Māori, Media, Non-fiction, Review

High noon, Barbara Larson

In our ongoing debate on literary funding, Barbara Larson of Longacre Press looks at the issue from a publisher’s point of view.   Reading Tim Hazledine’s “Slow Readers” (NZB, Dec 2005) made me think of a time in another life, when…
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Word-drunk in Auckland, Gordon McLauchlan

Auckland Writers and Readers Festival 2006 The announcement that The Sea had won last year’s Man Booker prize came through while I was reading it, and I have to confess I was perplexed and then annoyed – both by the…
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Processing history, Bronwyn Dalley

Historical Frictions: Maori Claims and Reinvented Histories Michael Belgrave Auckland University Press, $44.99, ISBN 1869403207 It used to be a lonely business being a New Zealand historian. There have been plenty of us around for the last 30 years, but…
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Posted in History, Māori, Non-fiction, Review

After the gold rush, Elaine Clark

East by South: China in the Australasian Imagination ed Charles Ferrall, Paul Millar and Keren Smith Victoria University Press, $49.95, ISBN 0864734913 Southeast Asia and New Zealand: A History of Regional and Bilateral Relations ed Anthony L Smith New Zealand…
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Posted in Non-fiction, Politics & Law, Review, Sociology

Waving or drowning, Brian Opie

Catching the Knowledge Wave? The Knowledge Society and the Future of Education  Jane Gilbert NZCER Press, $36.00, ISBN 1877398047 A deep anxiety lies at the centre of policy and planning in New Zealand which the title of Jane Gilbert’s important…
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