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Archive for July, 2008

The Great Land Heist

Buying the Land, Selling the Land by Richard Boast
Victoria University Press, $60. Reviewed by RICHARD THOMSON

9780864735614.jpgBetween 1890 and 1920 the New Zealand government bought 4.2 million acres of Maori land, for which it paid around £3.5 million. In Buying the Land, Selling the Land, Richard Boast’s “study of Crown Maori land policy and practice”, he estimates that if the money had been divided equally, it would have provided each Maori with just £3 per year for each of those 30 years. In fact, he says, North Island Maori might as well have given their land to the Crown, for all the difference it would have made to their economic situation. Read more »

PM Comes to School


Poem of the Week: PM Comes to School

From: Incognito by Jessica Le Bas

Auckland University Press

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Full House of Laureates

A rare chance to hear all New Zealand’s living poet laureates read at one event. Current laureate Michele Leggott is joined by former laureates Jenny Bornholdt, Bill Manhire, Elizabeth Smither and Brian Turner for an evening of vintage New Zealand poetry, a glass of Te Mata Estate wine, and the launch of poetry CDs by Manhire and Bornholdt. Kate Camp is master of ceremonies.
Where: National Library of New Zealand foyer and Reading Room
When: August 4 5.30pm, readings start 6pm.

On the Morality of Zionism

A Just Zionism: On the Morality of the Jewish State by Chaim Gans
Oxford University Press. Reviewed by JEREMIAH HABER

a-just-zionism-chaim-gans-hardcover-cover.jpgI have in my hands — well, next to my computer — not only one of the most interesting books ever written about the morality of political Zionism (and the morality of Israel’s policies), but one of the most sensible and sensitive books ever written about Israel and Palestine. Although I don’t agree with many of the author’s arguments or conclusions — he still cuts political Zionism and Israel too much slack, in my opinion — I have no hesitation in giving him and his book a moral “heksher”/seal of approval. Read more »

The Face that Launched an Oil Tanker

SRB Picks of the Week 25 July 2008
:By Jeremy Rose

images.jpg Condoleezza Rice may not have launched a thousand ships, but she has had an oil tanker named after her and helped launch a war or two. But is the US Secretary of State, who is visiting New Zealand this weekend, a war criminal as claimed by the Auckland University Students’ Association? Read more »

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