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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: EDS Publications Ltd. (Consignment) (30 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1869407261
  • ISBN-13: 978-1869407261
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,178,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

<p>Ron Palenski is the author of numerous books for a general audience, most notably <em>All Blacks: The Authorised Portrait (2007), the Encyclopedia of New Zealand Rugby (1999) <em> and How we saw the war: 1939–45: Through New Zealand Eyes (2009) </em>. <em>The Making of New Zealanders</em> is based on Palenski’s acclaimed PhD thesis from the University of Otago. </p>

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Although taking in a far narrower scope, this makes an ideal accompaniment to the late Michael King’s more comprehensive “The History of New Zealand”. Originally written as a thesis and then developed into this more explorative edition, Palenski is probably better known in his native land for his work on rugby but he shows in this work that he can hold his own on general history too.

He has clearly done exhaustive research here, managing to unearth some really meaty facts and stats on the history of NZ, including some compelling revelations regarding the Kiwi input into the development of the telegraph. The status of the differing time zones throughout the country are mind blowing before some sane voice made them become (arguably) the first nation to standardise time.

This details how NZ struggled to formulate and establish its own sense of identity away from Australia and the Motherland to emerge, initially, as a liberal and pioneering independent nation, which chose pragmatism over the elitism of the UK class system, with the implementation of such pivotal laws such as the Land Act and also being the first country to grant women the vote, NZ became a pioneering colony, apparently influencing the New Deal along the way. Palenski also shows how important a roll sport, particularly rugby came to play in defining and shaping the perception of the country.

This is by no means a definitive history and the author doesn't claim to be either. It has some drier moments and some quotes and lines seemed to be repeated, aside from that this is an interesting and accessible read for anyone with a genuine interest in how NZ was shaped. The book is bursting with a broad and varied collection of old photos, posters, documents, letters and other minutiae which help to add a bit of additional flavour too.
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