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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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Posted in Education, Non-fiction, Review

Radiant living, Philip Temple

Sir Edmund Hillary, An Extraordinary Life Alexa Johnston Penguin Viking, $59.95, ISBN 0670045543 Just when you thought there was nothing else to be recorded or said about Sir Edmund Hillary, this lavish compendium of a life appears, arising from the…
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Posted in Biography, Non-fiction, Review

Once upon a time in Caversham, Greg Newbold

Class and Occupation: The New Zealand Reality Erik Olssen and Maureen Hickey Otago University Press, $45.00, ISBN 187737203X Class and Occupation is based on almost three decades of intermittent but intensive research, begun in the 1970s, on the Dunedin suburb…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

Hard man, Geoff Chapple

Harold Wellman: A Man Who Moved New Zealand  Simon Nathan Victoria University Press, $49.95, ISBN 0864735065 He carried gelignite in the back of his V8. He could roll cigarettes with one hand, make his own beer, and when confined to…
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How not to, Jane Westaway

How to Read a Book Kelly Ana Morey Awa Press, $24.95, ISBN 0958253897 How to Look at a Picture Justin Paton Awa Press, $24.95, ISBN 0958253889 Second-rate fiction, someone said, is utterly useless. A poor novel or short story gets…
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Posted in Art, Essays, Literature, Non-fiction, Review
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