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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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Standing up for it, Redmer Yska

God Defend New Zealand: A History of the National Anthem Ashley Heenan School of Music and University of Canterbury, $29.95, ISBN 0908718098 Hear Our Voices We Entreat: The Extraordinary Story of New Zealand’s National Anthems Max Cryer Exisle Publishing, $29.99,…
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Posted in History, Music, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

Editorial — Issue 68

The dispraise problem   Witty essays by Iain Sharp and Paula Morris in recent issues of Landfall (May and November 2004) have again brought up that perennial hot topic – literary reviewing in New Zealand – and prompted us to…
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The power and the gory, Ginette McDonald

Peter Jackson: From Prince of Splatter to Lord of the Rings Ian Pryor Random House, $39.95, ISBN 1869415558 An Irish psychic told me recently that I had a strong connection with Peter Jackson. Whacko, I thought. Bring it on. A…
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Poem — Leonard Lambert

Community Service   Any inland town a washed-out afternoon, life is not quite a gift, more like a sentence – community service of a sort. Pushing prams getting the kids off to school, wondering what to do about the fucking…
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Surviving, Joan de Hamel

Walking Lightly  Fleur Beale, illustrations by Michaela Sangl Mallinson Rendel, $16.95, ISBN 0908783906 My Story: A New Song in the Land – The Writings of Atapo, Paihia, c 1840  Fleur Beale Scholastic, $16.99, ISBN 1869436113 Robert Moran – Private Ken…
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Posted in Children, Fiction, Literature, Review, Young adults

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

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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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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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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