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Treaty flows, Alex Calder

Treaty of Waitangi: The Land is Our History: Indigeneity, Law, and the Settler State  Miranda Johnson Oxford University Press, $41.00, ISBN 9780190600020 Reconciliation, Representation and Indigeneity: “Biculturalism” in Aotearoa New Zealand   Peter Adds, Brigitte Bönish-Brednich, Richard S Hill, Graeme Whimp…
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Posted in History, Māori, Non-fiction, Politics & Law, Review

English spoken here, Tony Simpson

Replenishing the Earth: The Settler Revolution and Rise of the Anglo World 1783-1939 James Belich Oxford University Press, $50.00, ISBN 9780199297276 In an interview with The New Zealand Listener shortly after this book was published, the author posed an interesting…
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In the beginning was the word, Nelson Wattie

The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary ed Tony Deverson and Graeme Kennedy Oxford University Press, $130, ISBN 0195584511 Lexicographers are celebrating the 250th anniversary of the publication, on 15 April 1755, of Samuel Johnson’s dictionary, the book that made their profession…
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Posted in Language, Non-fiction, Review

Aotearoa – the last frontier, Neville Peat

Environmental Histories of New Zealand ed Eric Pawson and Tom Brooking Oxford University Press, $49.95, ISBN 019558421X Environmentally and in other ways, New Zealand is a last frontier – the last temperate-climate land on earth to be discovered and colonised…
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Posted in History, Natural History, Non-fiction, Review

Interaction and empowerment, Lorna Dyall

Mauri Ora: the Dynamics of Maori Health Mason Durie Oxford University Press, $44.95, ISBN 019558418X Recently I attended an international conference in Auckland, focusing on gambling. This was an important conference, for it was planned to link with the review…
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Posted in Health, Māori, Non-fiction, Review

Challenged and challenging, Margaret Tennant

Politics in the Playground Helen May Bridget Williams Books with the New Zealand Council for Educational Research, $39.95, ISBN 1877242187 “Unfortunate Folk”: Essays on Mental Health Treatment 1863-1992 ed Barbara Brookes and Jane Thomson Otago University Press, $39.95, ISBN 187727609X…
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Posted in Education, Health, History, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

Wrongs and remedies, Lorna Dyall

Maori Health and Government Policy 1840-1940 Derek Dow Victoria University Press, $39.95, ISBN 0 86473 366 6 May the People Live: A History of Maori Health Development 1900-1920 Raeburn Lange Auckland University Press, $39.95, ISBN 1 86940 214 6 Whaiora:…
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Victims of the times, Les Cleveland

Massacre at Passchendaele: The New Zealand Story Glyn Harper HarperCollins, $39.95, ISBN 1 86950 342 2 Dear Lizzie: A Kiwi Soldier Writes from the Battlefields of World War One ed Chrissie Ward HarperCollins, $34.95, ISBN 1 86950 340 6 Private…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Review, War

The weighting game, W H Oliver

Waitangi and Indigenous Rights: revolution, law and legitimation F M Brookfield Auckland University Press, $39.95, ISBN 1 86940 184 0 Recalling Aotearoa: indigenous politics and ethnic relations in New Zealand Augie Fleras and Paul Spoonley Oxford University Press, $39.95, ISBN…
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Hard looks at a hard emotion, Sarah Quigley

New Zealand Love Stories ed Fiona Kidman Oxford University Press, $45.00, ISBN 0 19 558399 X There’s a line in Maurice Duggan’s story “Along Rideout Road That Summer” which could be blazoned across the cover of this new anthology. The…
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