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For most of its first 100 years New Zealand was frequently described as the ‘Britain of the South’; for those who were of British descent, the majority of the population ...

New Zealand

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The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature

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...‘Aotearoa–New Zealand’, ‘Enzed’, ‘ Maoriland ’ and ‘ Niu Tirani ’: ‘… the land discover'd by Tasman and now called New Zeland’ (James Cook , Journal , 1768 ); ‘The Dutch named it “New Zealand”…. English writers … protest strongly…. Taylor proposes names such as “Austral Britain” or “Austral Albion”’ (F. von Hochstetter , New Zealand , 1867 ); ‘Tasman did not call the country New Zealand but Staten Land, on the supposition that it was … a westward extension of the Staten Land off Tierra del Fuego … who it was conferred the name New Zealand, within the next...

New Zealand Magazine

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... Zealand Magazine (2) was published in Wellington under various titles 1921–52 , edited by Maurice Hurst . Begun as New Zealand Life , from early 1923 it was titled the New Zealand Life and Forest Magazine (or similar) after absorbing the New Zealand Forest and River Magazine . After also incorporating New Nation into its pages in 1925 , from 1926 the magazine reverted to its original title, New Zealand Life . Finally, in early 1930 it adopted its longest-held title, New Zealand Magazine . Contributors to early issues include Blanche Baughan...

New Zealand Verse

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... Zealand Verse was a monthly published during 1934 by its editor, Mackellar Giles , and initially printed by him at his Handcraft Press in Oamaru. Largely set up as a source of income by the unemployed Giles, much of its contents were by the editor or the popular song writer James J. Stroud . Stephen...

New Zealand Mercury

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... Zealand Mercury was a monthly published in Wellington by its editor Helen Longford 1933–36 . Initially cyclostyled but later printed, the Mercury was always open to experiments in Modernist verse but tended to be dominated by a conservative Georgian poetic, exemplified in its pages by the work of Arnold Cork and C. R. Allen . Longford's desire to provide an outlet for budding talent bore fruit with the publication of work by poets who were later to gain prominence, including Denis Glover , Ian Milner and Douglas Stewart . Stephen...

New Zealand Verse

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... Zealand Verse ( 1906 ), ‘collected’ by W. F. Alexander and A. E. Currie is the first national anthology of poetry and still the most useful starting point for the study of Victorian verse in New Zealand. Its ‘Index of authors and bibliographical reference’ suggests where the search might continue, and its informal introduction, determined not to exaggerate the importance of its subject matter, is still worth reading. ‘… with a total population numbering in 1905 only nine hundred thousand souls … there has existed right from the very beginning a...

New Zealand Bookworld

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...award-winners (from Britain and America as well as from New Zealand), decisions of the Indecent Publications Tribunal, recommended reading lists for various age-groups, publishers' series and, above all, updates of the New Zealand National Bibliography —made the journal an uncontroversial, perhaps unexciting, but also invaluable monthly. The reviews were not confined to New Zealand publications but included many major books that had come on to the market from overseas. New Zealand Bookworld expired with its sixty-fourth issue in May 1981 . Nelson...

New Zealand English

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...of New Zealand usage as largely a collection of slang items have often obscured the full range of its distinctive items. The range is such that New Zealandisms will be found in all literary styles and modes, sometimes without readers (and perhaps even authors) being aware that expressions peculiar to New Zealand are being used. Many changes can be observed throughout the development of New Zealand literature in the kinds of New Zealand words that are found and the manner of their use. The self-conscious, sometimes clumsy highlighting of New Zealand...

New Zealand Books

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... Zealand Books was founded in Wellington in April 1991 to provide for the first time a journal of serious and substantial reviewing. The first editorial of J. M. Thomson argued that ‘Books are one of our chief cultural assets however undervalued they may be by economic policy makers’ and aimed ‘to provide a forum for the finest available writing and criticism of books’. The increasing numbers, range and renown of New Zealand books have been the journal's justification and greatest problem, as it retains a generally more wide-ranging policy than either of...

New Zealand New Writing

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... Zealand New Writing appeared in four issues in Wellington 1942–45 . Published by the Progressive Publishing Society and edited by Ian Gordon in emulation of John Lehmann's Penguin New Writing (a British publication which had included work by Frank Sargeson , Allen Curnow , Roderick Finlayson , Denis Glover and other New Zealand writers), it was an important outlet for local writing during World War 2. Featuring poetry, fiction and criticism by a host of new and established writers, it developed into a very profitable venture for its publishers,...

New Zealand Railways Magazine

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... Zealand Railways Magazine was published in Wellington by the New Zealand Government Railways Department 1926–40 . From an in-house journal it developed under the editorship of G.G. Stewart into one of the most popular monthlies of the 1930s. Pat Lawlor (‘Shibli Bagarag’) contributed a regular book column in which he gave support to a limited range of New Zealand writers. James Cowan 's long-running series ‘Famous New Zealanders’ was an important contribution to New Zealand historical biography. A ‘New Zealand Verse’ column presented work by several...

New Zealand Illustrated Magazine

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... Zealand Illustrated Magazine , a monthly published in Auckland 1899–1905 , featured New Zealand poetry, stories, articles and illustrations, including half-tone photo-engravings of work by several nineteenth-century New Zealand landscape painters. A commitment by the founding editor, F. E. Baume , to producing a magazine with ‘a distinctly New Zealand colouring’ ( see Nationalism ) led to contributions by Jessie Mackay , B. E. Baughan , Jane Mander , Edith Searle Grossman , Alan Mulgan , Edith Lyttleton (‘ G. B. Lancaster ’), Will Lawson , Alice ...

New Zealand Poetry Society

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... Zealand Poetry Society was founded as the Wellington Poetry Society in May 1973 largely on the initiative of Irene Adcock , a published writer and mother of Fleur Adcock and Marilyn Duckworth . It now has members in other centres, thanks in part to grants from the Arts Council/Creative New Zealand. Presidents have been Irene Adcock, Lauris Edmond , Joan Reid , Harry Ricketts , Bill Sewell , Cyril Childs , Vivienne Plumb and Nelson Wattie . Patrons are Alistair Campbell and (from 1996 ) Lauris Edmond . The society now focuses on New Zealand...

New Zealand National Review

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... Zealand National Review was a politically independent monthly published 1917–51 . Early issues featured syndicated stories by authors such as W. Somerset Maugham , but with the appointment of Noel Holmes as editor in 1949 work by G. R. Gilbert , Rewi Alley and Louis Johnson began to appear. Stephen...

New Zealand Writers' Week

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... Zealand Writers' Week is a biennial festival held in Dunedin since 1989 , the second major literary gathering to be held on a regular basis (after Writers and Readers Week ). It was initiated by Roger Hall while he was at University of Otago, to ‘celebrate New Zealand writing’, after he had been ‘irritated’ by the media's preoccupation with overseas stars at the 1988 Writers and Readers Week. Writers, the book trade, local media (especially the Otago Daily Times ) and audiences all responded positively, school groups travelling from around the country....

New Zealand Magazine, The

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... Zealand Magazine, The , (1) was a quarterly published in Wellington in 1850 for only two issues, It was the country's first literary and ‘scientific’ journal. It contains articles on geology by Richard Taylor and Walter Mantell and, most remarkably, a densely argued attack on E. G. Wakefield 's system of colonisation written by William Swainson. Literary content is limited to a few poems, some translations from the Māori and two ‘French Tales’ whose author and translator remain anonymous. Nelson...

New Zealand Short Stories

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...them’. Almost all had appeared, as most short stories then did, in newspapers, especially the Bulletin and Christchurch Sun . The success in 1997 of Graeme Lay 's 100 New Zealand Short Stories suggests that more artistically highbrow views of the genre have not wholly prevailed, while Lawrence Jones and others have recently celebrated ‘the range of accomplishment’ in New Zealand fiction in terms remarkably similar to Gillespie's. Roger...

New Zealand Listener, The

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... and Peggy Dunstan appearing regularly. Book review space was generous and given first to New Zealand books of all kinds, but especially to fiction and poetry. A Holcroft editorial in November 1961 noted with pride that the Listener had been able to devote its books pages entirely to New Zealand work in the previous four weeks (reviewing thirty books in total, compared with fifty-seven, including nine novels, throughout 1960 ) and observed that, whereas New Zealand books had earlier received ‘isolated and indulgent treatment’, there was now ‘a growing...

New Zealand Illustrated Annual

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... Zealand Illustrated Annual was published in Christchurch for only two volumes, 1880–81 . The contents include poems by Thomas Bracken , one of them a long narrative called ‘Waipounamutu’. There are short stories by C. L. Innes , Marsden Mott , Vincent Pyke , H. B. Marriott Watson and others, almost all of them conforming to a curiously uniform plot-line: a rich father refuses to let his son marry a poor girl and in most cases disinherits him, whereupon the girl either scorns or pities the now poor lover until some kind of happy end eventuates. An...

New Zealand Poetry Yearbook

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... Zealand Poetry Yearbook ( 1951–64 ) was started by Louis Johnson to establish a more open and inclusive alternative to Allen Curnow 's rigorously selective anthologies , especially the revised Book of New Zealand Verse ( 1951 ), which omitted developing poets like Johnson and Alistair Campbell . Landfall was also seen as too prescriptive and coterie-conscious. About thirty to forty poets each year were included in the Yearbook , with a good balance between established and new and various features that added interest. In the early issues, about four...

New Zealand Monthly Review

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... Zealand Monthly Review , a leftist-Marxist journal of comment founded 1960 , published or influenced many writers in its first two decades under the editorship of H. Winston Rhodes . James K. Baxter , Janet Frame and Louis Johnson were among the poets, as well as Riemke Ensing , Bernard Gadd , John Summers and many more, and Baxter's ‘Ballad of the Junkies and the Fuzz’ and ‘Ballad of Stonegut Sugar Works’ were published there in Nov.–Dec. 1969. There were articles by Rewi Alley , Charles Brasch , Sarah Campion , Lauris Edmond , John A. Lee ,...

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