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Wystan Curnow from Auckland

FEBRUARY IS SUMMERTIME down under. We have beaches and cruise ships, we have rock concerts, one-day cricket, and sunny prospects. Primal Scream, Ministry, Grant Lee Buffalo, R.E.M., and, I almost forgot, the Rolling Stones have lined up alongside locals like Crowded House, the Headless Chickens, and Spies Underground. Cricket has dominated one or other TV network, Sri Lanka vs. Australia in Sydney, England vs . Zimbabwe in Perth. The West Indians are here and the South Africans are due soon. The economy is overheating. After twenty years of stagnation and decline, last year’s 6 percent growth and a burgeoning budget surplus have put the country in a new mood.

In downtown Auckland the signs of the upturn are unmistakable. Office blocks more or less vacant since the ’87 stock-market crash are filling again, and others are being built-—cranes have returned to the skyline. Aucklanders have

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