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The thrill of discovery, Christine Tremewan

Traditional Lifeways of the Southern Maori, by James Herries Beattie Atholl Anderson (ed) University of Otago Press in association with Otago Museum, $59.95   The South Island has not been as fortunate as the North with tribal histories. The slim…
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Posted in History, Māori, Non-fiction, Review

The virtue of defeat, Bill Oliver

I am not sure why I or anyone else should bother about the politics of a poet, especially of a poet whose typical response to politics varied only between contempt and rage. Still, he wrote a considerable number of political…
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Trapped in the looking‑glass, Tessa Barringer

Janet Frame: Subversive Fictions Gina Mercer University of Otago Press, $29.95 In her discussion of Janet Frame’s tenth novel, Living in the Maniototo, Australian critic Gina Mercer suggests that “Frame sets up a fun parlour in which mirrors distort the…
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Posted in Literature, Review

Two out of four, Heather Murray

The Freedom Junkies Cliff Taylor Hazard Press, $24.95 The Age of Light Simon Wilson Penguin Books, $24.95 The Claim Sally Marshall Huia Publishers, $19.95 Jubilee Nepi Solomon Tandem Press, $19.95   Opening a novel by a new writer makes the…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature, Review

The need for success, Sir Geoffrey Palmer

Leap Into The Dark – The Changing Role of the State in New Zealand Since 1984 Andrew Sharp (ed) Auckland University Press, $34.95 One of the depressing features of New Zealand is the lack of sustained intellectual policy debate on…
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Posted in Non-fiction, Politics & Law, Review

Attending and avoiding, Elizabeth Webby

Journal of New Zealand Literature No 11, 1993, “Janet Frame Issue”, Department of English, University of Otago, $12.00   Paper‑givers and delegates at the conference which this issue of JNZL records came from Canada and Britain, as well as from…
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So far, the easy part, Donal Curtin

A new approach to central banking: the New Zealand experiment and comparisons with Australia Sir Frank Holmes Institute of Policy Studies, $15.00 There is an economists’ joke about economists: it says an economist is someone who looks at something in…
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