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Archive for August, 2009

James K Baxter’s Otago Anthem

Poem of the Week: University Song by James K Baxter with music by Douglas Lilburn

This alternative Otago University anthem written by Baxter and composed by Lilburn had its first public recital in nearly 65 years at the university earlier this week.

University Song

Among these hills our fathers came
By strength of eye and hand alone
They build: and murmur loud as flame
Their voices from the living stone.

Forget not those whom Scotland bred
Above whose bones our cities stand:
Forget not them! nor the unknown dead
Whose broken veins flow through our land.

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Stout Centre Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Press Release

Belich turns focus to global history as Stout Research Centre celebrates quarter century

New Zealand’s best known living historian, Professor James Belich, will officially launch his fifth book at the 25th Anniversary Conference of the Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies.

Entitled Replenishing the Earth: The Settler Revolution and the Rise of the Angloworld, 1783-1939, Professor Belich’s new book marks his first foray into global history, exploring the explosive historical process that now sees English as one of the most widely spoken languages in the world.

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Poets for Princess Ashika

Poets for Princess Ashika: Love, Loss and the Sea

Paekakariki fundraiser for the victims of the Princess Ashika Ferry Disaster in Tonga

Featuring: Glenn Colquhoun, Karlo Mila, Apirana Taylor, David Geary and the Paekakariki School Kapa Haka group.

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Lord of the Rings Scriptwriter to give talk

31 August: Screen Dreams – Philippa Boyens

Philippa Boyens, MNZM, co-wrote the screenplay for the Lord of the Rings trilogy with Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, for which the trio won an Oscar in 2004. She also worked on the screenplay for King Kong and the adaptation of Alice Sebold’s novel The Lovely Bones, and is collaborating on The Hobbit. She talks to Ken Duncum about her scriptwriter’s dream run.

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A Poet Passes

By Denis Welch

‘I’ve got this strong sense of self-preservation,’ Alistair Te Ariki Campbell told me when I interviewed him for the Listener in 2005. ‘I don’t fly apart—I get my forces together.’ At the hot gates of Thermopylae, he said, when the Spartans were about to go into battle with the Persians, ‘they just leisurely groomed their hair. So I would call on these Spartans when I was getting very depressed—“Come, I need your help. Start grooming yourself, start brushing your hair, come to my rescue!”’

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