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Family Tree 7 Introduction 9 Part One: ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER 17 Chapter One: 'A family of survivors' 19 Chapter Two: 'Always a bloody foreigner' 65 Chapter Three: 'Without the public, the play isn't possible' 103 Part Two: COUNCILLOR EVE POOLE 141 Chapter Four: 'I devour agendas' 143 Chapter Five: 'Humourless, beady-eyed feminists' 157 Chapter Six: 'A glorious piece of civil disobedience' 185 Chapter Seven: The Outer Years 212 Part Three: Her Worship, the Mayor 229 Chapter Eight: 1984: The Orwellian Year 231 Chapter Nine: 'I am a people's mayor' 279 Chapter Ten: 'A staunch defender of the south' 317 Part Four: To Stand Still is to Stagnate 349 Chapter Eleven: '...into the silent land' 351 Chapter Twelve: 'She led by example' 364 Author's Note 371 Acknowledgements 386 Endnotes 389 Bibliography 397 Index 399

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Vivienne Allan was born in Invercargill. Formerly a journalist, she is the author of several books about New Zealand and New Zealanders, including, Go Home and Cook a Meal: A biography of Mollie McGrade Clark; Nurse Maude: The first 100 years; A New Way of Living: The history of the Spinal Injuries Unit in Christchurch, and Creating a Legacy of Social Housing: The story of Housing New Zealand's five-year repair and rebuild programme following the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes in Christchurch and greater Canterbury. She lives in Christchurch.

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