Book Review: Point of Order, Mr Speaker?: Modern Māori Political Leaders,edited by Selwyn and Rahui Katene

Available in bookshops nationwide. With the recent election it appears that Māori politics has changed significantly. The Māori  electorate seats have reverted to Labour, and the Māori Party is, at least temporarily, off the stage. A book on Māori leadership could have been … Continue reading

Book Review: Sugar, Rum and Tobacco: Taxes and Public Health in New Zealand, by Mike Berridge & Lisa Marriott

Available in bookshops nationwide. This book is a very short treatise on the perils of sugar consumption, and the possibilities of taxing it. The title refers to the view of classical economist, Adam Smith, that all three commodities are proper … Continue reading

Book Review: Precarity: Uncertain, Insecure and Unequal Lives in Aotearoa New Zealand

Available in bookshops nationwide. This book is from the newest university publisher in New Zealand, Massey University Press, and presents some new research from post-graduate students and academics, mostly from Massey and Waikato Universities. It is a reminder that there … Continue reading

Book Review: The 9th Floor, edited by Guyon Espiner and Tim Watkin

Available in bookshops nationwide. This was quite a difficult book to review, with the election campaign all over bar the shouting. I almost feel like we need to know who the next Prime Minister is, to put it all in … Continue reading

Book Review: Along for the Ride: A Political Memoir, by Tony Simpson

Available in bookshops nationwide. Tony Simpson is best known for his history and non-fiction writing. This book is a self-published autobiography, more than a memoir. There are many personal aspects and reflections which are interesting, but the personal is not … Continue reading

Book Review: Tax and Fairness, by Deborah Russell & Terry Baucher

Available in bookshops nationwide. Two well-known tax experts try to write a concise and intelligible book about tax. For the most part they succeed. This book is also intended to be part of a moral conversation about why we pay … Continue reading

Book Review: New Zealand’s Prime Ministers: From Dick Seddon to John Key, by Michael Bassett

Available in selected bookshops nationwide. Michael Bassett is a former university lecturer in history, who was first elected for the Labour Party in 1972, and became a cabinet minister in the 4th Labour Government in 1984. He should have some … Continue reading

Book Review: Tell You What: 2017, edited by Susanna Andrew and Jolisa Gracewood

Available now in bookshops nationwide. This third AUP collection of ‘Great New Zealand Nonfiction’ was an engaging summer read, and may even turn out to be the best such compilation. Through a miscellany of styles and themes, patterns emerge, just … Continue reading

Book Review: Don’t Dream It’s Over: Reimagining Journalism in Aotearoa New Zealand

Available now in bookshops nationwide. The title for this collaborative book of essays and insights, borrowed from the Crowded House song, “Don’t Dream it’s Over”, is apposite and timely. From the song there is the line “…they come to build … Continue reading