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

Book Review: New Zealand Society at War 1914-18, edited by Steven Loveridge

Available now in bookshops nationwide. The centenary of battles on the Western Front is upon us, and the media has been reminding us of the scale of soldier sacrifice on the battlefield. There has also been a big push in … Continue reading

Book Review: Three Cities: Seeking Hope in the Anthropocene, by Rod Oram

Available in bookshops nationwide. Rod Oram is an interesting example of a business journalist who has escaped the somewhat narrow confines of the daily press to become a columnist, and is able to discuss some of the big issues confronting … Continue reading

Book Review: Complacent Nation, by Gavin Ellis

Available now in bookshops and e-bookshops nationwide. Gavin Ellis is the former editor of the NZ Herald, and a regular commentator on RNZ’s Nine to Noon, who is able to blend practical print media experience with some theoretical rigour. This is … Continue reading

Book Review: Drivers of Urban Change, edited by Philippa Howden-Chapman

Available now at selected bookshops nationwide. This book is a product of an ongoing research project by Otago University’s Centre for Sustainable Cities, based in Wellington. It is part of a series of research findings on urban change in New … Continue reading