• A Conversation with My Country

  • By: Alan Duff
  • Narrated by: Alan Duff
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
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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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  • Kelly
  • 10-03-20

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-26-22

Hard hitting & Honest

Dufff's commentary provides a truth all NZ'ers should listen to whether we like it or not. At what point are Māori going to take ownership of their choices though I know there are a lot of disadvantages we and I say I as a Māori person cannot continue to blame the Pākehā for our choices to mistreat our children kill our babies beat our partners and continue to create dysfunctional people. Thank you for having the courage to tell it how it is.

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  • Book Devourer
  • 09-28-21

Imperative read for every New Zealander

I am a Maori / Fijian raised among gangs. I am also a university graduate and run my own businesses.
This book reiterates many things that I have seen, experienced and believe.
I applaud the efforts of this author, who spoke candidly of his own experiences and his educated worldview, backed by research and statistics, not opinion. So many home truths that too many turn a blind eye to, or are too proud to admit. While my upbringing wasn’t the greatest, it also wasn’t the worst. Regardless or maybe in spite of my upbringing, I have forged my own path and celebrate anyone who does the same. I love my country and my people and continue to champion their efforts, whilst carefully watching in the hopes the pendulum doesn’t swing to far the other way. I agree with a lot of what Duff has voiced in this book and pray that we as a nation, continue to break the constraints of archaic thinking, but continue to innovate and improve as a nation as people, whilst “keeping our heads” and especially our integrity.
Kia kaha, me toku tautoko to mahi, nga mihi e hoa!

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  • Angelina
  • 05-22-21

You broke the circle

There were a few things that I didn't agree with h but I guess you'd say that's ok I have my opinions and you yours. Even though I have those opinions, I thought your perspective was a good insight into your experiences, knowledge and observations

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-03-21

Great book

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