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State of the Maori Nation: Twenty-first Century Issues in Aotearoa Malcolm Mulholland and contributors Reed, $39.99, ISBN 0790010429 Ngapua: The Political Life of Hone Heke Ngapua Paul Moon David Ling, $39.99, ISBN 187737802X The Maori population doubled during the two…
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Poem — Kerry Popplewell

Reading The Master (In memory of Stuart Johnston)   Last year before you died, you told me about this book – admired its reticence, the way it invited complicity, embraced the challenge of tangle.   Trusting your judgement, I’m reading…
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The bit in between, Tony Simpson

Women and Children Last: The Burning of the Emigrant Ship Cospatrick Charles R Clark University of Otago Press, $39.95, ISBN 187737214 5 This is the world’s most immigrant society. Every single person living here is either an immigrant or descended…
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Letters — Issue 75

Worth a thousand words Your reviewer, Paul Thompson (NZB, August 2006) says of Laurence Aberhart’s Domestic Architecture (1974-2005): The function of this book is problematic – its natural meaning would seem to be as a catalogue to accompany an exhibition,…
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Must do better, Jon Johansson

Political Leadership in New Zealand Raymond Miller and Michael Mintrom (ed) Auckland University Press, $50.00, ISBN 1869403584 One of my favourite leadership stories derives from the French Revolution. A self-styled revolutionary leader is enjoying a typically Parisian delight, his morning…
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Editorial — Issue 75

The importance of being earnest Palmerston North writer Craig Harrison once glumly observed in an interview with one of us that, although the trend might be apparent only to someone who had read all 140 entries in Palmerston North’s Evening…
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Cheery beery male bohemia, Julia Millen

The Bookmen’s Dominion: Cultural Life in New Zealand 1920-1950 Chris Hilliard Auckland University Press, $34.99, ISBN 1869403622 Pat Lawlor’s “bookmen” or “frothblowers” were middle-aged men identifiable and, in a way, isolated not by such things as flamboyant attire, but by…
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The sins of our fathers, Brian Turner

Theatre Country: Essays on Landscape and Whenua Geoff Park Victoria University Press, $39.95, ISBN 0864734573 In his excellent address to the New Zealand Landscape conference in 2003, included in Theatre Country under the title “A Moment in History”, Geoff Park…
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Children’s fiction Wilderness tips, Kathryn Walls

The Tears of Harry Wakatipu Jack Lasenby Longacre Press, $18.99, ISBN 1877361437 Stories about individuals surviving in the wilderness have a long history. The Old Testament represents the wilderness as the place of escape from the oppression and corruption of…
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Issue 75 Spring 2006

  Volume 16 | Number 3 | Issue 75 | Spring 2006 Brian Turner: Geoff Park, Theatre Country: Essays on Landscape and Whenua Editorial: “The importance of being earnest” Letters Kerry Popplewell: “Reading The Master” (poem) Mary Varnham: Edmund Bohan,…
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