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Auckland fabric and flavour, Burwell Hunt

The Heart of Colonial Auckland 1865‑1910 Terence Hodgson, Random Century, Auckland, 1992, $29.95 This book takes a lively look at early Auckland, after the capital was transferred to Wellington in 1865. Concentrating on the lower end of the Queen St…
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Is it really that bad? Anton D Meister

The Farming Fiasco David Yerex, GP Publications Ltd, 1992 ‘There is something absurd about the way the whole business of farming and food distribution was managed,’ writes David Yerex. In nine short chapters, Yerex covers a wide range of topics…
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Posted in Non-fiction, Politics & Law, Review, Sociology

Aspects of Maori history, Angela Ballara

Te Haurapa: An Introduction to Researching Tribal Histories and Traditions Te Ahukaramu Charles Royal, Bridget Williams Books and Historical Branch, Department of Internal Affairs, 1992, $17.95 He Rourou Iti: Selected speeches of Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu Miria Simpson (ed),…
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Posted in Māori, Non-fiction, Review

Fins and feathers, Lauris Edmond

Wade Doak’s World of New Zealand Fishes Hodder & Stoughton, 1991, $49.95 New Zealand’s Extinct Birds Brian Gill and Paul Martinson, Random Century, 1991, $49.95 A Field Guide to New Zealand Birds Geoff Moon, Reed Books, 1992, $34.95 Before I…
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Posted in Natural History, Non-fiction, Review

Researching history, Gavin McLean

Oral History in New Zealand Vol 4 Louise Buckingham and Brigid Pike (eds), National Oral History Association of New Zealand, Wellington, 1992, by subscription Oral history continues to gather strength and respectability. Fittingly, in view of the technique’s special value…
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Posted in History, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

Current Issues, Joanna Gould

The Greening of New Zealand Scott McVarish, Random Century, 1992, $24.95 Science and the New Zealand Environment M J Taylor, J E Hay, S J de Mora (eds), Dunmore Press, 1992, $32.95 In The Greening of New Zealand, Scott McVarish…
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Posted in Natural History, Non-fiction, Review, Science

Letter from Auckland, Iain Sharp

For dedicated literati, there’s no better place in Auckland to gulp down a cappuccino or hot chocolate than the Kerouac Deli in Vulcan Lane. It’s just a stone’s throw from Unity Books and the Queen’s Ferry, which are respectively the…
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More polemic than analysis, Barrie Macdonald

Tu Galala: Social Change in the Pacific David Robie (ed), Bridget Williams Books, Wellington, and Pluto Press, Annandale, Australia, 1992, $39.95 At one level David Robie, a journalist well-versed in political and environmental conflicts in Oceania, has succeeded in bringing…
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Posted in Non-fiction, Pacific, Review, Sociology

Effective writing, Gavin McLean

Check it Out: a Guide to Effective Writing Margaret McLaren, Longman Paul, Auckland, 1991, $12.95 In many ways, this slim paperback is a more useful book than the latest truncated New Zealand Style Book, since its advice on matters such…
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Reminiscences, Gavin McLean

Dreamscape 1 John Summers, Pisces Print, Christchurch, 1991, $45 Second-hand booksellers are a breed apart, either mute chainsmoking social misfits concerned only with turning dog-eared Mills and Boons into cash, or erudite but loquacious to the point of distraction oil…
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Posted in Biography, Non-fiction, Review
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