Monthly Archives: November 2013

Moe mai Uncle Sam

Uncle Sam Jackson, a Taranaki kaumātua, died on Friday in Wellington. With his passing, Taranaki whānui in Wellington, Taranaki, Picton, Otago and further afield (such as here across the ditch in Te Ao Moemoea), have lost a cultural, spiritual and political leader … Continue reading

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Barnevelder versus Sussex

The chooks have been at each other. They arrived on a Sunday. One child carried the first cardboard box through the house and out to the garden. The second child carried another and the third helped lift in the straw. … Continue reading

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STOP PRESS: sources

My first book, ‘The Parihaka Album: lest we forget‘ (Huia, 2009) had hundreds of footnotes, a 15-page ‘select bibliography’ and an index. My second book, ‘Stop Press: the last days of newspapers‘ (Scribe, 2013) has none of the architecture of … Continue reading

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Sleep

In April I blew half a tax return on tickets to Martha Wainwright and All Tomorrow’s Parties ‘Release the Bats’ music festival. “We can’t afford it,” my partner said and that was true. I was working a lot then, writing … Continue reading

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