ALSO AS­SEM­BLED ARE AL­CO­HOLICS, BAL­LADEERS, BUSH BAT­TLERS

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from Te Horeta’s rec­ol­lec­tion of Cook’s visit in 1769 (as recorded by Charles Hea­phy) to near the present. Struc­turally, there are 11 large sec­tions: Con­tact; Colo­nial; Mao­ri­land; Be­tween the Wars; Cul­tural Nationalism; Fret­ful Sleep­ers: Af­ter the War; From Kiwi Cul­ture to Counter-Cul­ture; Earthly: The Sev­en­ties; Whaddarya? The Eight­ies; Cabin Fever: The Nineties; and How To Live Else­where. In turn th­ese are di­vided into 81 sub-sec­tions. Stafford and Wil­liams in­vite us to ‘‘ pick a path’’ through them (rather than fol­low­ing the du­ti­ful re­viewer’s progress from first page to last), mov­ing, say, from Colo­nial Gothic to Sub­ur­ban Gothic, or not­ing chang­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tions of gar­dens and of war, of New Zealand nationalism, po­lit­i­cal and so­cial, as well as cul­tural.

There is no glos­sary. Un­less Maori words are trans­lated within the text, read­ers are ex­pected to have enough of the other lan­guage of New Zealand to com­pre­hend the ex­tract.

Auck­land Univer­sity Press is pro­mot­ing this as the first an­thol­ogy of New Zealand lit­er­a­ture, which it isn’t. Po­etry an­tholo­gies by Allen Curnow and the ab­sent O’Sul­li­van were key de­lin­eators of a lit­er­ary his­tory of New Zealand. This one con­tains fic­tion, non­fic­tion (in­clud­ing the Treaty of Wai­tangi, 1840, Gov­er­nor Ge­orge Grey’s pref­ace to Poly­ne­sian Mythol­ogy, 1855, and — whim­si­cally — ‘‘ Gen­eral Hints on Gar­den­ing’’ from Yates’s Gar­den­ing Guide, 1897), po­etry, car­toons and

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