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'A vision to restore the environment': how history helps us make sense of the present

Earlier this month, the Minister for the Environment David Parker made an address to the Forest & Bird annual conference entitled "A vision to restore the environment". I was delighted to see he made reference to my book Beyond Manapouri, and how history helps us put events today into context. Here is an excerpt of his speech, which can be read in full on the Beehive website: Last week I had the privilege of speaking at the launch of Catherine Knight’s new book Beyond Manapouri – 50 years of environmental politics in New Zealand. In her book she said the ‘expansion and intensification of dairy farming in recent decades has created impacts on the environment on a scale unlikely to have been

Launch of Beyond Manapouri - photos!

I couldn't have hoped for a more successful launch of Beyond Manapouri last week at Vic Books, Wellington. Thank you to all who came along - many from far afield. Minister for the Environment David Parker gave a cracker of a speech, with a few laughs in there as well (as evidenced by the photographs!). Photos by Dave Kelly.

Will we ever see another "Manapouri"?

Has New Zealand failed its environment? is the question asked by Jamie Morton, Science Reporter at the New Zealand Herald, in his piece published yesterday about Beyond Manapouri: 50 years of environmental politics in New Zealand (Canterbury University Press) [read article here]. In his interview, one of the questions Jamie asked me was: 'Looking into the near future, what do you think will be the big issues of contention? Is there anything on the horizon that might prove New Zealand's next Manapouri?' My answer to this is: I don't think we are ever going to have any issue like Manapouri again – this was a campaign for an iconic landscape, and it was a very black and white, David and Goliath

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