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Jim Collinge: View from the front window

Education is Change: Twenty Viewpoints Harvey McQueen (ed.) Bridget Williams Books, $34.95 Over the past few months large numbers of Swedish bureaucrats, politicians and educators have been visiting us to observe our education system as it works through the massive…
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Iain Sharp: Beyond the pale

State Ward Alan Duff Random House, $17.95 I realise that almost everyone is bone-weary by now of the wrangling over the Faber Book of Contemporary South Pacific Stories and its shameful “Note on Absences”. All the same, I cannot resist…
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Janet Wilson: Distinctive depictions of childhood

Pomare Elizabeth Knox Victoria University Press, 1994, $19.95 What is it about Elizabeth Knox’s writing that divides readers into devotees or detractors, into those who do and those who don’t enjoy her work? Her first novel, After Z‑Hour (1987), which…
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Posted in Fiction, Literature

Denis Welch: Dreary duty and repulsive habit

Tart and Juicy: Food Stories from Australian and New Zealand Writers Michael Gifkins (ed) Vintage, $24.95 When some people write about food, they do it so mouth‑wateringly that you have to raid the pantry immediately. With one or two exceptions,…
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Posted in Literature, Review, Short stories

Aorewa McLeod: A single woman’s search

Three sea stories Jean Watson Daphne Brasell Associates, 1994, $29.95 Also by Jean Watson: Stand in the rain, Pegasus Press, 1965, reprinted A&U/ Port Nicholson Press, 1986; The balloon watchers, Dunmore 1975; The world is an orange and the sun,…
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Neville Bennett: Signalling a trout rush

Trophy Trout Bob South Viking Press, $34.95 Some years ago huge untapped resources of crayfish were discovered in the Chathams. A rush developed and the resource was raped. It was merely another rush, in a national history which has seen…
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Posted in Non-fiction, Review, Sociology, Sport

Nicholas Reid: Overturning arcadianism

Breath Becomes the Wind Simon Rae University of Otago Press, $39.95 Islands of the Dawn Robert S Ellwood University of Hawaii Press, $32.00 Permit me to remind you of two inane stereotypes, which lurk in the minds of secular liberals…
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Posted in Non-fiction, Religion, Review

John Henderson: An optimistic view

Politics in New Zealand Richard Mulgan Auckland University Press, 1994, $34.95 The mid‑1990s is proving to be an exciting time for students of New Zealand politics. The change to the mixed‑member proportional (MMP) electoral system has in effect turned New…
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Ian Duncan: Politics, the Budget and a business

Out of the Woods Reg Birchfield and lan Grant GP Publications, $34.95 The subject of restructuring and sale of state trading enterprises in New Zealand has attracted a number of writers from a variety of professional backgrounds. It is not…
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Tom Brooking: A finely textured study

New Zealand’s Burning: The Settlers’ World In The Mid 1880s Rollo Arnold Victoria University Press, 1994, $34.95 Ask around the New Zealand historical profession who are the proven historians’ historians, that is, those whose research is consistently dependable and whose…
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