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A fresh, personal account of New Zealand, now, from one of our hardest-hitting writers. 

Following Once Were Warriors, Alan Duff wrote Maori: The Crisis and the Challenge. His controversial comments shook the country. A quarter of a century later, New Zealand and Maoridom are in a very different place. And so is Alan - he has published many more books, had two films made of his works, founded the Duffy Books in Homes literacy programme and endured 'some less inspiring moments, including bankruptcy.   

Returned from living in France, he views his country with fresh eyes, as it is now: homing in on the crises in parenting, our prisons, education and welfare systems, and a growing culture of entitlement that entraps Pakeha and Maori alike.   

Never one to shy away from being a whetstone on which others can sharpen their own opinions, Alan tells it how he sees it.

©2019 Alan Duff (P)2019 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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this is a book every new Zealander should read or listen to, the way Alan Duff tells it hard hitting straight to the point and so true, we'll done great book

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Walking the talk

Duff says it straight. Doesn't give a shit what people in their ivory towers think and in true NZ style has an honest no bull conversation - grass roots, where reality bites. He voices for the voiceless, those whom ivory towers cowardly whitewash. He knows them - he's been them. Their lost voices are worth more than ivory tower judgement. Thank you for speaking their story/your story, for caring enough to tell the truth, for solutions instead of empty virtue signalling so common place today.
Children before race, children before tribe, children before politics. Nothing else matters but the kid without a voice.

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