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The tides of labour, Len Richardson

Holding the Balance: A History of New Zealand’s Department of Labour 1891-1995 John E Martin Canturbury University Press, $49.95 limp, $69.95 cased, ISBN 0 908812 61 2 John Martin’s Holding the Balance is, in his own words, “a reassertion of…
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Energy, compost and mulch, Lydia Wevers

Just Another Art Movement. It’s a cunning phrase, suggesting a knowing self-deprecation but also the tiny beginnings from which the noble bush of a future literary landscape might grow.Something has already grown, as I look at the pile of JAAMs…
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‘And what happened next?’ Our stories, Nelson Wattie

Dove on the Waters Maurice Shadbolt David Ling Publishing, $39.95, ISBN 0 908990 40 5 In 1959, having just left a provincial home town and moved to the astonishingly big city of Auckland, I was busy trying out various ways…
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Valuable memories for reform, Geoffrey Palmer

Compensation for Personal Injury in New Zealand —  Its Rise and Fall Ian Campbell Auckland University Press, $39.95, ISBN 1 86940 150 6 Ian B Campbell is 80 years old and has written an absorbing book on the accident compensation…
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Pieces in the puzzle, Michael Bassett

John Banks: A Biography Paul Goldsmith Penguin Books, $34.95, ISBN 0 140 26712 3 Over recent years there has been some criticism of commissioned histories. An Australian academic, Louella McCarthy, writing in the New Zealand Journal of History in April…
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Is bias one-sided? Bill Oliver

Muriwhenua Land Report Waitangi Tribunal GP Publications, $99.95 If academic historians need a reminder that they do not have a corner on the past, they could not do better than read this report.  It is a formidable and elaborate intellectual…
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Posted in Māori, Non-fiction, Politics & Law, Review

What about the suburbs? Alison Gray

Mum’s the Word: The untold story of motherhood in New Zealand Sue Kedgley Random House, $39.95, ISBN 1 86941 292 3 Striking a Balance: New Zealand women talk about career and family Jillian Stewart and Susan Davis Penguin Books, $24.95,…
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Why fire engines are red, Ian Thynne

Scandal at Cave Creek: A Shocking Failure in Public Accountability Graeme Hunt Waddington Publications in association with the National Business Review, $24.95, ISBN 0 473 03943 5 Report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Collapse of a Viewing Platform…
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An enhancing option, David Pearson

New Zealand – By the Way Jenner Zimmerman and contributors Jenner Zimmerman, $49.95, ISBN 0 473 03631 2 Immigrants and Citizens: New Zealanders and Asian Immigration in Historical Context Malcolm McKinnon Institute of Policy Studies, $18.00, ISBN 0 908935 0408…
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