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Powerful peace, Robert Sullivan

Te Whiti o Rongomai and the Resistance of Parihaka Danny Keenan Huia, $45.00, ISBN 9781775501954 This account of the non-violent resistance movement founded by the prophets Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu Kākahi at the Taranaki settlement of Parihaka begins…
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Speaking in a new language, Anahera Gildea

Puna Wai Kōrero: An Anthology of Māori Poetry in English Reina Whaitiri and Robert Sullivan (eds) Auckland University Press, $50.00, ISBN 9781869408176 To my nieces and nephews, Some of you speak English and some of you are bilingual but, either…
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Hymns, history and haemorrhoids, Janet Hughes

Three Regrets and a Hymn to Beauty Ian Wedde Auckland University Press, $22.00, ISBN 1869403495 Afternoon of an Evening Train Gregory O’Brien Victoria University Press, $21.99, ISBN 9864735014 Oooooo…..!!! Hone Tuwhare Steele Roberts, $24.95, ISBN 1877338699 Footfall Brian Turner Godwit,…
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Indigenous voices, colonial language, Cilla McQueen

Whetu Moana – Contemporary Polynesian Poems in English ed Albert Wendt, Reina Whaitiri & Robert Sullivan Auckland University Press, $49.95, ISBN 1869402731 Captain Cook in the Underworld Robert Sullivan Auckland University Press, $21.95, ISBN 1869402812   “Before had England even…
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Poem — Robert Sullivan

South Point, Hawai‘i   On the Big Island, where the ocean voyaging waka left for Tahiti, perhaps Aotearoa, we watched the mooring stones: smoothed by water, smoothed by hands, carved out to moor the waka. We felt the spirits soar…
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Poetic Grammars, Mary Paul

How to Talk Andrew Johnston, Victoria University Press, $19.95 Piki Ake! Robert Sullivan, Auckland University Press, $19.95   I was given these two books to review with the instruction that I should look at them in the wider context of…
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Recent New Zealand Poetry, Charles Croot:

Cabin Fever Anne French Auckland University Press, 1990, $15.95 Park Island Leonard Lambert John McIndoe, Dunedin, 1990, $18.95 Jazz Waists Robert Sullivan Auckland University Press, 1990, $16.95 Man with a Child’s Violin Gregory O’Brien Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1990, $14.55 What’s…
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