Web items on ‘Not in Narrow Seas’


Not in Narrow Seas: The Economic History of Aotearoa New Zealand , published by VUP, was released to bookshops in the week of May 23 (delayed like so many other things by the Covid Crisis).  Here are some web-based items on the book.

Introduction’ to Not in Narrow Seas. In The VUP Home Reader p.131-143. April 2020

Covid19 and History In Pundit 4 May 2020

Debunking the Egalitarian Myth. Excerpt in NZ Herald. May 14, 2020

Review by Michael Reddell. Croaking Cassandra. May 30, 2020

Book puts farming at the centre of New Zealand’s history. Rural News. June 2, 2020

Brian Fallow: Progress of NZ economy has been a rocky road Herald, 20 June 2020

Do We Really Know Our History? In Pundit 20 June 2020

Review by Joan Druett, World of the Written Word. 21 June 2020

Hinges of History: After Covid-19?
25 June 2020 Presentation to the Fabian Society

There was a Dialogue with Alan Bollard. Tuesday 30 June, 2020: Unity Lunchtime Event, 57 Willis St. 12.30-1.15

Shamubeel Eaqub: Brian Easton will now harrumph. Newsroom, July 2, 2020

Radio New Zealand review by Max Harris on Kathryn Ryan’s Nine to Noon, 28 August 2020.

           May I be allowed to correct an error? The review said that the 700 years of Maori is covered in only three chapters. In fact there are eight: 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 30, 36, 57 while others have a significant Maori element including 8, 10, and 11.  Maori items in the  index take up almost two columns. Not in Narrow Seas is the most substantial analysis on the Maori economy since Raymond Firth’s Economics of the New Zealand Maori which is only about the pre-market economy. (My Heke Tangata covers only the postwar era.) For a Maori account of Maori history see Ranginui Walker’s Ka Whawhai Tonu Matou / Struggle Without End (1990) Second Edition (2004).

Writing Not in Narrow Seas (Phanzine September 2020)

There will be a conversation between Geoffrey Rice and Brian Easton at ‘WORD Christchurch Spring Festival’ at 10.30am, October 30.

Sailing in a New Direction (November 2020)

Review by Gerald McGhie