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Sport and the New Zealan­ders: A His­tory by Greg Ryan & Ge­off Wat­son

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(Auck­land Uni­ver­sity Press, RRP $65)

Sports have played a cen­tral part in the so­cial and cul­tural his­tory of Aotearoa New Zealand, but it’s a story that has not truly been told un­til now. Why did rugby be­come much more im­por­tant than soc­cer in New Zealand? What role have Māori played in our sport­ing life? Do we re­ally “punch above our weight” in in­ter­na­tional sport? Does sport still de­fine our na­tional iden­tity? View­ing New Zealand sport as ac­tiv­ity and as imag­i­na­tion, Sport and the New Zealan­ders is a ma­jor his­tory of a cen­tral strand of New Zealand life.

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