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Wildbore: A photographic legacy (Totara Press, 2018)



Beyond Manapouri: 50 years of environmental politics in New Zealand

(Canterbury University Press, 2018) 

New Zealand’s Rivers: An environmental history (Canterbury University

Press, 2016).

Selected as The Listener's Best Books for 2016

Long-listed for Ockham Book Awards 2017

Short-listed Heritage Book Awards 2017


Ravaged Beauty: An environmental history of the Manawatu

(Dunmore Press, 2014).

Winner of Palmerston North Heritage Trust's  inaugural award for the

best work of history relating to the Manawatu for 2013-14.

Winner of Major Award, J.M. Sherrard Award recognising excellence in  

local and regional history 2014-15

Book chapters

'Modernising rivers: River 'improvement' efforts and hydroelectric power development', in Bell, R. (ed.), New Zealand between the wars (Massey University Press, 2017), pp.154–177.

Journal articles


"A potted history of freshwater management in New Zealand", Policy Quarterly, 15(3), 3 -7.

"The meaning of rivers in Aotearoa New Zealand - past and future", River Research and Applications, 2018;1–7. View article here:

"Creating a pastoral world through fire: the case of the Manawatu, 1870-1910". Journal of New Zealand Studies. 16 (2013)

"The concept of satoyama and its role in the contemporary discourse on nature conservation in Japan", Asian Studies Review, 34(4), 421 (December 2010).

“The nature conservation movement in post-war Japan” Environment and History, 16 (3) (2010).

Natural environments, wildlife and conservation in Japan, The Asia-Pacific Journal, 4-2-10, January 25, 2010.

“Between the profane and the spirit worlds: the conceptualisation of uplands and mountains in Japanese and Maori folklore”. New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies, (11(2) December 2009).

“The Paradox of Discourse Concerning Deforestation in New Zealand: A Historical Survey”, Environment and History, 15 (2009): 323-342.

Totara Reserve: A Window into Manawatu’s Environmental History, The Manawatu Journal of History, 2008 (4), pp.50-8.

“The bear as ‘endangered pest’: symbolism and paradox in newspaper coverage of the ‘bear problem’”, Japan Forum, 20(2), 2008.

“The moon bear as a symbol of yama: its significance in the folklore of upland hunting culture of Japan”, Asian Ethnology, 67(1), 2008.


“The system of wildlife management and conservation in Japan, with particular reference to the Asiatic black bear”, New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies, 9(1), June 2007.


“The Bear as Barometer: the Japanese response to Human-Bear Conflict” (Doctoral Thesis, 2007, University of Canterbury, New Zealand).

“Veneration or Destruction? Japanese ambivalence to nature, with special reference to nature conservation” (Masters Thesis, 2004, University of Canterbury, New Zealand).


Lead author for Environment Aotearoa 2015 (Ministry for the Environment & Statistics New Zealand)


Conference papers/presentations (selected presentations only)

Keynote speaker, Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ) Conference, Perth, Australia, October 2015

'Reporting on New Zealand's environment: A fresh approach',  EIANZ Conference, October 2015.

'Authors' talk series', National Library, Wellington, October 2014


Royal Society of New Zealand 'Manawatu Lecture', September 2014

“The Concept of Satoyama and its Role in the Contemporary Discourse on Nature Conservation in Japan”, The 18th New Zealand Asian Studies Society International Conference, July 2009, University of Victoria, Wellington. Click here to download this paper.

“Symbolism and paradox in media and public discourse on the bear problem in Japan”, The 17th New Zealand Asian Studies Society International Conference, November  2007, University of Otago, Dunedin.

‘“King of the Forest”, or “Fugitive of the Forest”? The Japanese relationship with the bear: past, present and future”, Environment and Nature in Asia Research Symposium, September 2006, University of Otago, Dunedin.

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