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The stories pictures tell, Roger Blackley

New Zealand Portraits Richard Wolfe Penguin Books, $80.00, ISBN 9780670071777 The Power of Portraiture: Representing Leadership in New Zealand from 1840 to the Present  Erin Griffey (with contributions from Brad Jackson and Paul Tapsell) Gus Fisher Gallery and David Ling,…
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Kip in the round, Gavin McLean

Howard Kippenberger: Dauntless Spirit Denis McLean Random House, $39.99, ISBN 978869790264 When Denis McLean (no relation) interviewed former comrades of Howard Kippenberger and asked for criticisms of the general, he was astounded that they “were not only nonplussed but shocked…
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Dividing space, Hamish Clayton

Art Icons of New Zealand: Lines in the Sand  Oliver Stead David Bateman, $49.99, ISBN 9781869536374 Whenever a new book offering another survey of local art appears a number of logical questions present themselves. Will any previously overlooked artists be…
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Issue 85 | Autumn 2009

  Volume 19 | Number 1 | Issue 85 | Autumn 2009 Letters Paula Morris: Kate De Goldi, The 10pm Question Penelope Todd: Des Hunt, Whale Pot Bay; David Hill, The River Runs; Denis Wright, Violence 101 Dougal McNeill: C…
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Felling a forest giant, Janet Hunt

Kauri Keith Stewart Viking, $60.00, ISBN 9780670045525 Keith Stewart’s Kauri is the latest in a succession of publications about this iconic tree, following books by esteemed natural history writers A H Reed, J G Erne Adams, Gordon Ell and others…
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Can Auckland be saved? Redmer Yska

The Life and Times of Auckland  Gordon McLauchlan Penguin Books, $40.00, ISBN 9780143007500 Urban Village: The Story of Ponsonby, Freemans Bay and St Mary’s Bay  Jenny Carlyon and Diana Morrow Random House, $70.00, ISBN 9781869418373 New Local Government Minister Rodney…
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Obituary — Andrew Mason

Andrew Mason 1950-2009 Writer, editor and literary figure Andrew Mason died in Wellington on 11 January 2009. He was probably best known as literary editor of the New Zealand Listener, a position he held from 1981-1991, during the magazine’s heyday.…
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Laying down the law, Steven Price

The Modern Prosecution Process in New Zealand Philip C Stenning Victoria University Press, $50.00, ISBN 9780864735782 This might surprise you: this book is mostly not about trials. And rightly so. As Philip Stenning points out, our criminal justice system is…
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With backpack and library card, Chris Maclean

Going Bush: New Zealanders and Nature in the 20th Century Kirstie Ross Auckland University Press, $39.99, ISBN 978186904246 If I have read about 50 pages and still not been drawn into an author’s world, then I usually put the book…
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Poem – Gregory O’Brien

On hearing, at the Oceanographic Museum, Monaco, the outcome of the New Zealand elections, November 2008   ‘The silvery Lookdowns (Selene vomer) disappear in the dazzling surface reflection as they slide through the water like blades … .’ Guide to…
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