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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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A rare breed, Michael Morrissey

The literary politician. Sounds faintly implausible? Like a ballerina plumber or a crocheting bricklayer? I am referring of course to the politician who writes poems, novels or plays rather than the politician who is a mere apologist, pamphleteer or self…
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Prolific and professional, Norman Bilbrough

Focus and the Death‑Ride; The Ghosts of Triton; Shadow of Phobos, Ken Catran HarperCollins, $14.95 New Zealand children’s writers have come of age. They have reached a maturity that adult fiction writers in this country often fall short of. The…
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Bricks and bouquets, Ron Macintyre

Ties of Blood and Empire: New Zealand Involvement in Middle East Defence and the Suez Crisis 1947‑57 Malcolm Templeton Auckland University Press in association with the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, $34.95 Malcolm Templeton, who retired as Deputy Secretary…
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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

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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