Book Review: The New Zealand Wars : a brief history, by Matthew Wright

The New Zealand Wars: A Brief History
by Matthew Wright
Published by Libro International

Available now in bookstores nationwide.

This is a really handy little volume, particularly appealing due to the wealth of illustrations and photographs.cv_the_new_zealand_wars_a-brief_history

This book is based on an earlier work by Wright, Fighting Past Each Other (Reed, 2006) but this book seems to me to be targeted at a slightly more able reader than the first version. The New Zealand Wars has more detail and some greater depth to it, and will provide younger readers (and those not so familiar with this difficult period in our history) with a very good overview.

All of the major wars are covered, given context and background, and the main protagonists (for want of a better term!) are identified, with some interesting points made along the way.

I’d recommend this to school libraries, particularly to years 5-10, and to anyone wanting a readable home reference which won’t take up half your bookshelf!

Reviewed by Sue Esterman

The New Zealand…

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Book review: Party Food for Girls

Growing up, I lived in a house full of books but there was one book that ruled them all: The Women’s Weekly Birthday Cake book. Our house was guaranteed four birthday parties a year (my three brothers and I always had a birthday party) and the birthday cake book was treated like a catalogue – we flicked through, told Dad what we wanted – and he made it for us.

The party food was always the same. Every. Signal. Time. We ate cheerios (the small red ‘sausages’ not the cereal), fairy bread, chips and dip, sandwiches, bowls of lollies and sausage rolls.

This week a book landed on my desk that could easily become the modern day equivalent of our much-loved party book.

Party Food for Girls (I’m sure boys would be just as happy to eat this food too) is packed with sweet and savoury treats from the…

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Asparagus and onion weed soup with flowers

Asparagus and onion weed soup with flowers

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Veg* Travel Guide: Montevideo, Uruguay

Veg* Travel Guide: Montevideo, Uruguay

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Ginger Lemon Mint tea

Ginger Lemon Mint tea

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Polenta cut with a string

Polenta cut with a string

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