Description : His Way is the only authorised biography of New Zealand prime minister Robert Muldoon - one of the dominant political figures of the last half-century in that country. His Way was based on many hours of conversation with Muldoon himself as well as colleagues, friends, and family, and wide access to the prime minister's official and private papers and diaries. Leading political biographer Barry Gustafson shows Muldoon is shown as a champion of the ordinary people whose vision over time became anachronistic and inflexible.
Description : This book aims to reflect on the experiential side of writing political lives in the Pacific region. The collection touches on aspects of the life writing art that are particularly pertinent to political figures: public perception and ideology; identifying important political successes and policy initiatives; grappling with issues like corruption and age-old political science questions about leadership and ‘dirty hands’. These are general themes but they take on a particular significance in the Pacific context and so the contributions explore these themes in relation to patterns of colonisation and the memory of independence; issues elliptically captured by terms like ‘culture’ and ‘tradition’; the nature of ‘self’ presented in Pacific life writing; and the tendency for many of these texts to be written by ‘outsiders’, or at least the increasingly contested nature of what that term means.
Description : The NZ Reserve Bank is renowned for its mandate to eliminate inflation. This work covers the Bank's early history and the crises of the 1970s and early 1980s; the intellectual developments in the Bank leading up to the crucial change of government in 1984; and the Bank's internal cost cutting policies and withdrawal from non-core activities.
Description : The NZ Herald calls Roderick Deane 'the godfather of New Zealand commerce'. He has had a bigger impact on NZ's economic revolution of the past two decades than any person other than Roger Douglas. As deputy-governor of the Reserve Bank he was at the very heart of the dramatic introduction of Rogernomics. As head of the State Services Commission, Deane oversaw the selling of the 'family silver' - the break-up of the public service. In the past twenty years only Roger Douglas has played a bigger role in reshaping the NZ economy. And the remarkable thing is that Deane has always been a public servant and then a businessman - never an elected politician. This biography provides a fascinating picture of political and economic life behind the scenes during some of NZs most tumultuous times, and contains genuine fireworks. The saga of Muldoon behaving atrociously during the handover of power to the Lange government in 1984, for example, is described in fascinating detail.