A Concise History of New Zealand
by Philippa Mein Smith
Cambridge University Press, $39.95 pb, 320 pp, 9781107402171
New Zealand coins often sneak into Australian purses. Both currencies bear the queen’s, and some coins have common colonial symbols on the front (Cook’s Endeavour on the Kiwi fifty cent, for example), but these coins only work by stealth. They have value if they can pass as Australian. Recognised for what they are – foreign objects – their currency evaporates.