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Art of survival, Ross Calman

Carved Histories: Rotorua Ngati Tarawhai Woodcarving Roger Neich Auckland University Press, $89.95, ISBN 186940257X It would not be a gross overstatement to say that we have got Ngati Tarawhai, a tribe originally from Lake Okataina (east of Rotorua), to thank…
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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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Dynamically adaptive, Sir Tipene O’Regan

Painted Histories: Early Maori figurative painting Roger Neich, Auckland University Press, $79.95 In the late 1960s I slept for the first time in the meeting house Te-Poho-o-Hinekura at Te Kuha near Lake Waikaremoana. I was astonished by the faded blue…
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The blinds drawn, Hamish Keith

Painted Histories: Early Maori figurative painting Roger Neich, Auckland University Press, $79.95 One April morning in 1920 the Maori King Te Rata, his kaumatua, a greeting party and 1000 or so Waikato, gathered on the platform at Ngaruawahia railway station…
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