Inside our Latest Issue

Issue 141 (Dec 2019 – Jan 2020)

The final issue for the year is jam-packed with a bounty of nostalgia for your enjoyment over the holiday break. Max Cryer takes pride of place in the leading article position. “Regional music flourished,” writes Max with examples such as The Akaroa Waltz and Mardi Gras in Napier. With the obvious exception of the National Anthem, Max ponders the question as to why New Zealanders are reluctant to sing about their nation today.

The fine contribution from Ian F. Grant, which transports the reader back to New Zealand’s nineteenth century goldfields, has a wonderful collection of illustrations from the Alexander Turnbull Library. Washday Blues is a reminder from Jeanette Grant of life before the fully automatic machine (think copper and ‘blue bags’), and car enthusiasts will appreciate the ‘tinkering’ in Crispin Caldicott’s story.

As a new arrival to the country in 1964, Val Melhop couldn’t help noticing the butterflies placed on the exterior walls of houses, and the ball-balancing seals in gardens. This seemingly kiwi phenomenon is the topic of Val’s witty account.

David Hill’s story, Testing Times, sent me scrambling for my own School Certificate marks and I am pleased to announce that ‘History’ was my crowning glory at age 16. Little did I know in those faraway days that the subject would eventually lead to a thoroughly rewarding career?

As another year comes to a close, we send wishes for a very blessed Christmas and both health and happiness for 2020.

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