Scoop Review of Books

Archive for March, 2009

New book examines Māori-Chinese relations

Media Release

Do Māori resent Chinese immigrants? Do Chinese New Zealanders understand the role of the tangata whenua? Have Māori and Chinese formed alliances based on common values and history?

These and other important issues are examined in The Dragon & the Taniwha (Auckland University Press), a new book by Manying Ip, Associate Professor of Asian Studies at The University of Auckland.

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Barbara Ewing on The Fraud

Interviewing someone who is both an actress and an author, you are effectively talking to someone who lives in a fantasy world. Someone who puts on a face and massages words for a living.

Any journalist knows the type – they inhabit every council chamber and MP’s office in the country. And just like the most seasoned politicians, Barbara Ewing knows how to lead a conversation, and how to give nothing away.

Despite her effusiveness and the wonderfully dramatic hand gestures, she won’t tell me her age.

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The Great Beer Boycott of ’47

Talk in Wellington on Wednesday 1 April

Four men and a dog in the Denniston Hotel on the West Coast. The original caption read, 'Some find their recreation in the pubs where beer is the staple drink'. Photo: Te Ara

The West Coast is known for its political solidarity, free flowing rain and even freer flowing beer.

But the beer stopped flowing in 1947 when coasters banded together in an act of consumer solidarity that has been described as the country’s most successful consumer boycott.

On Wednesday Scoop Review of Books reviewer and author Simon Nathan will be giving a talk in Wellington on the history of the West Coast and in particular the little remembered Greymouth Beer Boycott which saw coasters forego their daily jug in protest at the local hoteliers’ decision to increase their prices in a cartel-like fashion.

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New Te Papa Art Book


Te Papa Press Releases Major New Publication On The National Art Collection

The latest publication from Te Papa Press – Art at Te Papa – will be formally launched by the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Hon. Chris Finlayson, at a private function at Te Papa on Wednesday 1 April.

Art at Te Papa tells the story of the evolution of the national art collection – from superb early European prints to exciting contemporary acquisitions – and in doing so, closely reflects the history of Aotearoa New Zealand itself. The book features over 400 beautifully reproduced artworks, accompanied by engaging essays by 38 of New Zealand’s top art curators and scholars. Art at Te Papa spans the Museum’s collection, and provides a fascinating insight into the personalities responsible for developing the collection over more than a century, as well as giving information about the featured artists, their works, and their practice. Read more »

Mucking In the Book

Press Release
TV ONE’s premier garden makeover show, Mucking In, turns 10 this year. To celebrate, the show’s host Jim Mora and show garden designer Tony Murrell share a selection of highlights, garden designs and tips from the past three series, including some of the behind-the-scenes magic that has transformed gardens for the people who transform others’ lives in a vibrant and colourful new book, Mucking In: The gardens and the gardeners. Read more »

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