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The latest in the New Zealand collection.

Dead Letters: Censorship and Subversion in New Zealand 1914-1920. Jared Davidson
Using the confiscated mail of working-class radicals, conscientious objectors and other individuals on the margins of New Zealand wartime society, historian and archivist Jared Davidson delves into the impact of state surveillance on the lives of the people caught up in its net. Dead letters explores the workings of state power in less technologically advance times, providing a fascinating historical vantage point from which to view contemporary technologies of power.

Fleur Adcock: Collected Poems
The collected poetry of one of New Zealand’s most significant writers of the last half-century.

The Friday poem : 100 New Zealand Poems. Ed. Steve Braunias
The Friday Poem is a playful anthology of contemporary New Zealand poetry brought together by popular satirist Steve Braunias who has been publishing new poetry on the Spinoff website for the past four years. Work by new young women poets like Hera Lindsay Bird joins more established writers like Sam Hunt, Bill Manhire and Selina Tusitala Marsh.

The Invading Sea: Coastal Hazards and Climate Change in Aotearoa New Zealand. Neville Peat
As an island nation New Zealand is particularly vulnerable to the accelerating effects of climate change. Peat’s book explores the threat to areas like South Dunedin, how we might respond effectively to this challenge and how we can collectively bear the cost.

Otago: 150 Years of New Zealand’s First University. Alison Clarke
Clarke explores the history of New Zealand’s first university for its 150th anniversary, taking a broad thematic view of the university as an institution and its relationship to Dunedin and the wider world. This is a fitting tribute to such an enormously influential part of Dunedin’s past, present and future.

Past caring?: Women, Work and Emotion. Eds. Barbara Brookes, Jane McCabe and Angela Wanhalla
Coming out of the Making Women Visible conference, this volume examines the largely ignored issue of care and care work – ‘women’s work’ – that is so central to the operation of society yet so often goes unnoticed and unrewarded. Drawing on women’s history with close attention to personal narrative Past caring? sheds light on the activity of generations of women that binds our society together raising profound questions of gender, justice and morality.

True to Ireland: Éire’s ‘Conscientious Objectors’ in New Zealand in World War II.Peter Burke
Ireland’s neutrality during World War II led a committed group of Irishmen to oppose their conscription by the New Zealand state to fight in the name of the British Crown. They risked imprisonment and deportation rather than betray the Irish republic. A small group of 6, who became known in the press as the ‘Sons of Éire’, collectively appealed their conscription and became a test case for the way Irishmen would be dealt with by the Labour government of New Zealand, a government that included many well-known conscientious objectors from World War I, including prime minister Peter Fraser himself.