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John Tranter’s 2012 Tapa Page —

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Text:
The legend ‘Australia Sucks’. / Fair comment, I thought. A / few weeks later I noticed that / someone had added to the sign, / in different coloured paint: / ‘New Zealand Nil’. Wystan / Curnow suggested that the line / should have red ‘New / Zealand Ten’, which I quite / agree with [ blue line ] / [ blue line ] Then again, perhaps you / needed to have been there — that / is, to hear the New Zealand / pronunciation of ‘sucks’ (hint: / to an Australian, it sounds like / the numeral that comes after / ‘five’.)

Commentary:
‘Ten’ should be pronounced half-way between ‘tin’ and ‘tun’, in the New Zealand manner. The New Zealand Accent is a variable thing: I have heard it (in 1994 in Wellington, New Zealand) range from incomprehensible (to an Australian) to something like The Queen’s English, which (though a Kentish dialect) is understood by all and which is seen by many as quite ‘normal’. (People on horseback travelling from Paris to London would need to spend several days travelling through Kent en route.) Advertising ‘models’ used to speak it, in both Australia and in New Zealand, when vacuuming for the camera, in the 1960s. They were the days.

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These are scans of pages of a Tapa Notebook, filled out by Australian poet John Tranter for the University of Auckland Library. It recounts his experiences in Auckland in March 2012 at the University’s symposium ‘Short Takes on Long Poems’. John has published an internet journal with similar material. This Notebook has the advantage of handwriting, doodles, decoupage and lots of colourful New Zealand stamps. Copyright Notice: Please respect the fact that all the material on this site is copyright © and the individual authors 2012 to 2016 et seq. It is made available here without charge for personal study and enjoyment by individuals only. It may not be stored, displayed, published, reproduced, or used for any other purpose.

 

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