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The ongoing stream of history, Ranginui Walker

The People of Many Peaks, 1769-1869 Claudia Orange (ed), Bridget Williams Books and Department of Internal Affairs, Wellington, 1991, $35.00 This book contains the biographies of 161 notable Maori leaders between 1769 and 1869 who appear in the first volume…
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Posted in Biography, Māori, Non-fiction, Review

Our cultural debt to ancient Iraq, Lloyd Geering

One of the few benefits to come out of the Gulf War is the reminder it gives of all we owe culturally to the ancient peoples who once inhabited Iraq and whose blood still flows, however thinly, in the veins…
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Pinning down New Zealand architecture, Christoper Vine

Looking at the Architecture of New Zealand Terence Hodgson Grantham House, Wellington, 1990, $39.95 Though architecture is the most public of the arts and lays claim to being the mistress of them all to boot, it is ill served by…
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Posted in Architecture, History, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

New lyricism and an old favourite, Stephanie Edmond

Chen Li and the River Spirit Anthony Holcroft Hodder and Stoughton, Auckland, 1990, $19.95 Slinky Malinki Lynley Dodd Mallinson Rendel, Wellington, 1990, $17.95 Caterwaul Caper Lynley Dodd Mallinson Rendel, Wellington, 1990, $8.75 Chen Li and the River Spirit is a…
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Posted in Children, Literature, Review

From melodrama to professionalism, Sunny Amey

The Land of the Moa George Leitch, edited by Adrian Kiernander, Victoria University Press, Wellington, 1990, $19.95 Tomasi: For Islands Far Away Harrison Bray Playmarket, Wellington, 1990, $16.95 Power Play Rachel McAlpine, Playmarket, Wellington, 1990, $12.95 Billy Vincent O’Sullivan, Victoria…
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Posted in Literature, Plays, Review

New freedoms and old heritages, Shelagh Duckham Cox

Finding Connections P J Kavanagh, Hutchinson (distrib Random Century, Auckland), 1990, $42.95 Over half a century ago Karl Mannheim wrote in Ideology and Utopia of the western intelligentsia as a uniquely privileged caste. Intellectuals, he said, were fortunate enough to…
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Posted in Biography, Non-fiction, Review

The Oceanic heritage, Wendy Pond

Songs and Stories of Tokelau. An introduction to the cultural heritage Allan Thomas, Ineleo Tuia and Judith Huntsman (eds), Victoria University Press, Wellington, 1990, $14.95 (Cassette available from the School of Music. Box 600, Wellington, $8.00) Waiata Maori Songs in…
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Posted in History, Māori, Music, Non-fiction, Pacific, Review

In praise of difficult women, Annabel Cooper

Who is Sylvia? The Diary of a Biography Lynley Hood John McIndoe, Dunedin, 1990, $29.95 Sylvia! The Biography of Sylvia Ashton-Warner Lynley Hood Viking, Auckland 1988, $39.95, Paper $24.95 Who is Sylvia? is a day-by-day account of Lynley Hood’s work,…
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Posted in Biography, Memoir, Non-fiction, Review

High standards and fine judgement, Marian Minson

Opera in New Zealand: Aspects of History and Performance,  Adrienne Simpson (ed), Witham Press (PO Box 28-074), Wellington, 1990, $24.95 Since her recent return to New Zealand, Wellington musical historian Adrienne Simpson has made a strong impact with regular talks…
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Posted in Music, Non-fiction, Review

Autobiography of grace and clarity, Andrew Mason

Bonfires in the Rain Lauris Edmond Bridget Williams Books, Wellington, 1991, $27.95 In outline, the story Lauris Edmond has to tell in this, her second volume of autobiography, would be typical of many New Zealand women who married about the…
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