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Opening the vaults, Paul Goldsmith

Turning Points Paul Moon New Holland Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781869663797 Visiting the Catlins once, I walked under ancient trees, rimu or possibly beech, which our guide pointed out were more than a thousand years old. The trees pre-dated human population…
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Sweetening the demon, Paul Goldsmith

Memories of Muldoon Bob Jones Canterbury University Press, $39.95, ISBN 0 908812 69 8 Prime ministerial careers usually end in failure: it occurs to few to leave when they are on top. Sir Robert Muldoon’s time as Prime Minister was…
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Coming from elsewhere, Paul Goldsmith 

The Immigrants Tony Simpson Godwit, $34.95, ISBN 0 908877 94 3 Most, if not all, people born in New Zealand have at least one ancestor who arrived in this country during the last two centuries. There could scarcely be a…
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Pieces in the puzzle, Michael Bassett

John Banks: A Biography Paul Goldsmith Penguin Books, $34.95, ISBN 0 140 26712 3 Over recent years there has been some criticism of commissioned histories. An Australian academic, Louella McCarthy, writing in the New Zealand Journal of History in April…
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