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Dolphins Down Under

Understanding the New Zealand Dolphin

Slooten and DawsonBy Liz Slooten and Steve Dawson, April 2013

New Zealand dolphins, also known as Hector’s dolphins, are fascinating and beautiful animals. Found only in New Zealand waters, they are as “kiwi” as the kiwi, but their numbers are under threat – especially from human fishing activities. This book introduces the dolphin to readers of all ages.

Liz Slooten and Steve Dawson began their study in 1984 and, in the 1990s, they sold their house to buy a catamaran to carry out a dolphin survey. They were determined to make the latest information about these creatures accessible to a general public.

“There is a lot of literature on New Zealand dolphins, but most of it is in scientific journals,” says Slooten. “This book ‘translates’ all of this information into a format that is user-friendly, interesting and exciting.”

The last section of the book provides suggestions for effective dolphin protection measures and encourages readers to get actively involved. The authors’ passion for science – and for the New Zealand dolphin – is obvious and contagious.

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Landfall 225

My Auckland

Landfall 225Edited by David Eggleton, May 2013

Verbal and visual snapshots of Auckland open this exuberant Landfall issue and a strong Auckland strand runs through to the review section. It goes to Bethells with Paula Green and Anna Jackson, Otara with Daren Kamali, Glen Eden with Murray Edmond, visits St Lukes with Stephanie Christie, explores Remuera’s northern slopes with John Horrocks and Greenlane with Michael Morrissey, and Martin Edmond’s “Akarana Triptych” takes in three streets in old Ponsonby.

The issue is essay-rich and includes Landfall Essay Competition 2012 runner-up Majella
Cullinane. There are also poems or fiction from Peter Bland, Riemke Ensing, Cilla McQueen, Owen Marshall, Emma Neale, among others; photography portfolios from Harvey Benge and emerging artist Greta
Anderson, and back-page graphic art by Samantha Michell.

The Landfall Review features a number of recent books, including a poetry collection by German refugee Karl Wolfskehl, which has been published by Holloway Press.

For further information and more books: Otago University Press

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Books by Otago alumni

Recent Developments in the Study of Recrystallization, edited by PW Wilson, Intech Publications, February 2013.

Ecosystems Services in Agriculture and Urban Landscapes, edited by Ross Cullen, Stephen Wratten, Harpinder Sandhu and Robert Costanza, Wiley-Blackwell, March 2013.

High Towers, by Ralph Britten.

New Zealand Firearms: An Exploration into Firearm Possession, Use and Misuse in New Zealand, by Chaz Forsyth.

Between Rivers – the Manawatū, by Bettina Anderson and David Lupton, HauNui Press, 2012.

A Small Book of Kick-Arse Poetry, by Lissa Judd, 2012.

Old Hat: A Book of Triolets, by Mark Pirie, HeadworX Publishers, Wellington, 2012.

King Willow: Selected Poems, by Robert J Pope, edited by Mark Pirie, HeadworX Publishers, Wellington, 2012.

Expressing Love: Poems, by Janet Carrington, Kererū Press, 2012.

Grandma Viola and her Imagination, by Phil Palmer, Fraser Books, Masterton, September 2012.

How to Sell Toothpaste, by Leonie Thorpe, HarperCollins NZ, 2012.

Creating a New Zealand Prayer Book: A Personal Reminiscence of a 25-year Odyssey 1964-89, by Brian Carrell, Theology House, Christchurch.

In the Beginning: A History of the Medical Unit at Auckland Hospital and the Formative Years of the Department of Medicine, the University of Auckland,
by David E Richmond, Thomas E Miller and Judy Murphy.

Without Compromise: A Brief History of the New Zealand Women’s Christian Temperance Union, by Ian Dougherty, New Zealand Women’s Christian Temperance Union, May 2013.

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