The Making of New Zealanders by Ron Palenski review

By Gavin McLean In Books

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11th August, 2012
The back cover of Ron Palenski’s new book quotes one of our more sensible early premiers. In 1875, Edward Stafford, looking back on forming a ministry at the start of responsible government in 1856, declared that “from that moment, I determined to be a New Zealander”, abandoning old provincial parochialism. Like most early premiers, Stafford went “Home” to Britain after retiring from colonial politics, but that only underscores one of the author’s observations – even if not pushed terribly enthusiastically – that identity is not either/or, but is frequently multi-layered. The ...

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