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Barbarians at the gate? Penny Fenwick

A Shakeup Anyway ‑  Government and the Universities in New Zealand in a Decade of Reform Ruth Butterworth and Nicholas Tarling Auckland University Press, $34.95 Universities are amongst the most enduring of all social institutions ‑ a state of affairs

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An old‑fashioned life, David Mackay

Captain James Cook: A Biography Richard Hough Hodder & Stoughton, $54.95 Explorers do not always present easy subjects for biographers. Often the central achievements take up a relatively small portion of their lives and the doggedness and perseverance required for

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Operatically triumphant, Jeanine Graham

Edward Stafford: New Zealand’s First Statesman Edmund Bohan Hazard Press $49.95 Years of exposure to the drama and rhetoric of the performing arts and a professional lifetime of meticulous attention to accuracy and detail have enabled Edmund Bohan to bring

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Still on the margins, Anne Else

Suffrage and Beyond ‑ International Feminist Perspectives Caroline Daley and Melanie Nolan (eds) Auckland University Press, $39.95 The movement for women’s suffrage can be said to have begun at the World Anti‑Slavery Convention held in London in 1840, where American women delegates

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The need for a conservative rudder, Simon Upton

In 1987 I was rash enough to publish a slender volume of essays with the title The Withering of the State. It was written in the months preceding the biggest stock market crash for a generation and fully two years

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Poem — Graham Lindsay

Hospital in Kabul Girl with heavily bandaged right knee and bandages on the left leg down to her calf, beyond which nothing stares stricken-eyed. No one breaks the tableau nurse, doctor or member of the camera crew to rescue her

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Poem — Leonard Lambert

Seacorn For Bob Orr, who knows that coast   You sent me down for sea‑corn deep among the rocks below the jetty ‑ It’s a delicacy, you said. Pick one of three. At the bach we found the water off,

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Poem — Harry Ricketts

A literary history R A K Mason The problem with being a poet in New Zealand is: how do you show it? No one wants a lone crag, or Christ on the swag. But I’m going to be famous, I

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Different qualities, Charles Croot

Ornamental Gorse Chris Orsman Victoria University Press, $19.95 The Persistent Levitator Bernadette Hall Victoria University Press, $19.95 Honeypants Lynda Earle Auckland University Press, $19.95 Black Family Letters from Boston L E Scott Blue Black Press / Bent Publishing, $15.95 What

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