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There is conflict in the whanau. The young man Te Rua holds a secret for life, the one to die with . But he realises that if he is to acknowledge and claim his daughter, the secret will have to be told. The Sisters are threatening to drag the whanau through the courts. But why? What is really going on? Meanwhile, wider events are encroaching. Visitors will arrive in numbers to this East Coast site, wanting to be among the first in the world to see the new millennium. There are plans to be put into action, there's money to be made, and there's high drama as the millennium turns . . . Like Potiki before it, Dogside Story is set in a rural Maori coastal community. The power of the land and the strength of the whanau are life-preserving forces. This rich and vivid novel, threaded with humour, presents a powerful picture of Maori in modern times.

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Dogside Story
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Dogside Story
November 2nd, 2013
A lyrical story about the interwoven complexities of a whanau and of a young man coming to terms with the past and embracing the responsibilities of present and future. The cultural interpretations of the interactions are humourously but sensitively written. Descriptions of the environment, both land and water, brought them alive. I particularly liked Rua's musings on the changes his disability had wrought in the way everyone viewed him and how he viewed himself.
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