(born Aug. 28, 1924, Dunedin, N.Z.—died Jan. 29, 2004, Dunedin) New Zealand novelist, short-story writer, and poet. After an impoverished childhood, she trained as a teacher. Her first book was the story collection The Lagoon (1951). Several times committed to mental institutions, she narrowly escaped undergoing a frontal lobotomy. Her novel Owls Do Cry (1957) incorporated poetry and prose in its investigation of the border between sanity and madness. Her many other novels, several of which draw on Maori legends, include Scented Gardens for the Blind (1963) and The Carpathians (1988). One of her three volumes of memoirs, An Angel at My Table (1984), was filmed by Jane Campion.
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It is the successor to the old Wallace, Clutha and Awarua constituencies. Its boundaries have changed at every redistribution since it was created, as dwindling populations in both Clutha-Southland and in the neighbouring Invercargill electorate have forced both seats northwards. Because of this, in its current incarnation, which will first be contested at the 2008 election, Clutha-Southland will include Queenstown.
Because of its largely rural nature, Clutha-Southland is one of the National Party's safest seats; it has only ever had one MP, that being former Leader of the Opposition (and the party's current deputy), Bill English, who was also the MP for Wallace from 1990-96.
|NZ First||Dave Mackie||999||3.33||1386||4.57|
|ACT||John Cameron Fraser||479||1.60||579||1.91|
|Family Rights PP||-||-||-||9||0.03|
|Republic of NZ||-||-||-||3||0.01|
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