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The stories told by spaces, Zachary Athfield

New Zealand’s Lost Heritage: The Stories Behind our Forgotten Landmarks Richard Wolfe New Holland, $50.00, ISBN 9781869663872 New Zealand’s Lost Heritage: The Stories Behind our Forgotten Landmarks discusses 20 formerly intact New Zealand buildings, dating from the early 1800s to…
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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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Boudicca does it for a jar of mead, David Hill

A Short History of Sheep in New Zealand Richard Wolfe Random House, $29.99, ISBN 1869418204 Instructions for New Zealanders Richard Wolfe Random House, $34.99, ISBN 1869418506 The Smell of Powder: A History of Duelling in New Zealand Donald Kerr Random…
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Posted in History, Natural History, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

Under cover, Jenny Nicholls

Fronting up: Classic New Zealand Magazine Covers Richard Wolfe David Ling Publishing in association with Auckland War Memorial Museum, $49.99, ISBN 1877378062 There are too many magazines. But I would say that. For a number of years (outside the timespan…
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A magic lantern show, Stevan Eldred-Grigg

Hellhole of the Pacific Richard Wolfe Penguin, $35.00, ISBN 0143019872 Kororareka in the Bay of Islands in some ways resembles Akaroa on Banks Peninsula. The two tiny townships were settings for power plays by various groups for a few brief…
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“An unknown struthious bird”, Kim Griggs

Moa: The Dramatic Story of the Discovery of a Giant Bird Richard Wolfe Penguin, $29.95, ISBN 0143018736 When in London, lovers of the footnotes to history construct unusual itineraries. Many head down to the Maritime Museum at Greenwich to marvel…
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Driven to grizzling, Dale Williams

The Cars We Loved John McCrystal Penguin, $36.95, ISBN 01401004517 Killing Us Softly: The Kiwi Culture of Complaint John Bluck Shoal Bay Press, $24.95, ISBN 1877251100 Kiwiana! The Sequel Richard Wolfe and Stephen Barnett Penguin, $49.95, ISBN 0140298770 We seek…
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Self-absorbed provincial, Gregory O’Brien

All Our Own Work: New Zealand’s Folk Art Richard Wolfe Penguin, $36.95, ISBN 0 670 87551 1 Charles Brasch wrote in Landfall in December 1950 that Colin McCahon, “hampered at every turn by an inadequate technique… was not well enough…
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Culturally inappropriate, Hamish Keith

Gauguin and Maori Art Bronwen Nicholson, with contributions by Roger Blackley, Jonathan Mane‑Wheoki, Roger Neich, Richard Wolfe Godwit (with Auckland City Art Gallery), $29.95, ISBN 0 908877692 This is a small book, 80 pages in all, which is entirely appropriate…
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