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READ IT: The Great War for New Zealand 1800-2000 is a monumental new account of the defining conflict in New Zealand history. It was war in the Waikato in 1863-64 that shaped the nation in all kinds of ways. Spanning nearly two centuries from first contact through to settlement and apology, ​Vincent ​O'Malley focuses on the human impact of the war, its origins and aftermath. If you're into New Zealand history make sure you pick this book up today.

DO IT: Let's go fly a kite! A fun day for the family, held on the rugby grounds by the junction of Ranolf St and Lake Rd tomorrow from 12pm to 2pm. If wet, or no wind on the day, the alternate date is Sunday October 30. The event is sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Roto Whenua. BYO kites, a gold coin donation is appreciated.

DRINK IT: Mac's Bohemian Raspberry Wheat Beer his just hit the shelves. It's the refreshing splash of raspberry in this smooth wheat beer that's bound to have your taste buds singing in harmony. Grab some from your local today!

HEAR IT: Sony Music is proud to announce the release of Brooke Fraser's A Sides collection on November 25. The album brings together 14 singles from Fraser's 14-year career along with a brand new track Therapy recorded with her countryman Joel Little in Los Angeles. WATCH IT: Academy Award winner Ron Howard returns to direct the latest bestseller in Dan Brown's (Da Vinci Code) billion-dollar Robert Langdon series, Inferno, which finds the famous symbologist (again played by Tom Hanks) on a trail of clues tied to the great Dante himself.

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