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Issue 87 | Spring 2009

  Volume 19 | Number 3 | Issue 87 | Spring 2009 Letters Harry Ricketts: Jenny Bornholdt, The Rocky Shore Sue McCauley: Fiona Kidman, Beside the Dark Pool Michael Hulse: Vincent O’Sullivan, Further Convictions Pending: Poems 1998-2008 Murray Bramwell: Janet…
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Narrow focus, Brian Easton

Corporatisation and privatisation: New Zealand Ian Duncan and Alan Bollard, Oxford University Press, $29.95   The preface of this book states ‘the work is based originally on an unpublished study of thirteen state enterprises, commissioned by the New Zealand Treasury…
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Poem — Vincent O’Sullivan

In time of thanks and praise   My friend Judith’s house is so instructively wired that when she lights her 19th century ornamental lamp for one of her elegant, thoughtful dinners, the flame hisses when a man says so much…
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Snow White revisited, Malcolm MacLean

Handy Hints for Wicked Stepmothers: New Zealand Step-Parenting in the ’90s Nicola Lynch-Reeves, GP Books, price not given Pamela Trowel, a thirty-something slave of New York has just acquired, quite unintentionally, a child. Abdhul – maybe six, maybe nine, maybe…
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Electoral debate, Jonathan Boston

Taking it to the People? The New Zealand Electoral Referendum Debate, Alan McRobie (ed), Hazard Press, $29.95 This book is about the continuing debate over electoral reform in New Zealand. It brings together a wide array of material (all of…
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Poem — Harry Ricketts

Separation   What you find with separation is everyone else had been predicting it for ages; they just hadn’t got around to letting you know. Michael, for instance, leading such a fast life in New York that you receive a…
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Silver threads, Verna Schofield

New Zealand’s Ageing Society: The Implications Peggy G Koopman-Boyden (ed), Daphne Brasell Associates Press, $34.95   The debate on the role of the State in caring for our ageing population is intensifying. Already in the past year, the Government has…
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Four-colour collations, Gavin McLean

Michael Fowler’s University of Auckland Michael Fowler, Mallinson Rendel, $49.95 Nelson Observed; Portraits of a New Zealand Province Christopher B Vine, The Nelson Institute, price not indicated The all-colour book of regional paintings and sketches used to be a mainstay…
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The Independent Outlook, Lauris Edmond

This is the text of a graduation address given to the School of Humanities, Waikato University, in April this year.   There was a time when New Zealanders were, or appeared to be, a peaceful people. We did what we…
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Blessed nativity, Anne French

Childbirth Choices Adrienne Bennett, Wendi Etherington, Daphne Hewson, Penguin, $34.95 There is a baby on the cover of this book, a little baby; dressed in a white cotton gown, bathed in warm light, peacefully asleep. That is the desired end…
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