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Wildbore launch photos

The launch of "Wildbore: A photographic legacy" on Wednesday night was an amazing success, with over 80 people attending, including around 20 people from the wonderful Wildbore clan. Thank you all for coming along and making it such a successful and enjoyable event. Here are some photo highlights. More to come!

New Zealand between the Wars

Question: What is the connection between these two images? Auckland children drinking the free issue of a daily half pint of milk which was made to all New Zealand school children from 1937 to 1967. Photographed by an unknown photographer about 1939. Alexander Turnbull Library, ref: MNZ-2461-1/4-F Man and three children (in a washtub) swimming in a river in the Northland region. Photograph taken between 1910 and 1940, probably by Arthur James Northwood. Alexander Turnbull Library, ref: 1/1-006230-G. Answer: They both appear in New Zealand between the Wars, edited by Rachael Bell (Massey University Press, 2017), a collection of essays, edited by Rachael Bell, exploring New Zealand life during

‘Beyond Manapouri’ is a must-read for all landscape architects and planners

“Reading this book will likely change your perception of the New Zealand environment. It is a must-read for all New Zealand landscape architects, planners, resource management lawyers and indeed all New Zealanders that want to achieve a better future for their children and their children’s children.” This was the conclusion of Peter Kensington, planner and landscape architect in a recent review of Beyond Manapouri: 50 years of environmental politics in New Zealand(Canterbury University Press). Madi Kensington, aged 11 years old, also reviewed the book, and concluded: “This book perfectly explains how New Zealand has changed its view on the environment many times over the past 50 years. In t

Have we been too hands off when it comes to our environment?

Reflecting on what I learnt from researching the last 50 years of environmental policy and management in New Zealand, a question has arisen in my mind that is - I believe - a vitally important one, with strong relevance to the environmental challenges we face today. That is, in rejecting "top-down" town planning, as represented by the Town and Country Act 1977 and its predecessors, and embracing an environmental management regime that focused on minimising effects of activities once they happen, did the government abandon its legitimate mandate to shape a better future via environmental planning? I don't think the answer to this is a resounding "yes": as enacted, the Resource Management Act

Is New Zealand on the verge of a tipping point?

In a recent article published in George Washington University’s online journal History News Network, I argue that New Zealand may be on the cusp of a tipping point – not in the state of our environment, but rather, in terms of New Zealanders’ awareness of the gravity of environmental issues we face and the need to make meaningful interventions. I conclude my article with the hope that a future historian will be able to reflect back on this period, and identify it as a watershed era in terms of environmental awareness and action – a ‘tipping point’ in environmental history, much like the Save Manapouri Campaign was half a century ago. Do you agree? You can read the full article on the History

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