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The History of New Zealand

The History of New Zealand

  • Author: Tom Brooking
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9780313323560
  • Category: History
  • Page: 250
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Chronicles the history of this South Pacific island nation from its earliest Maori settlers to the present, covering its geography, key figures, intertribal relations, the effects of European contact, and its prospects for the future.

New Zealand's Rivers

New Zealand's Rivers

An Environmental History

  • Author: Catherine Heather Knight
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781927145760
  • Category: History
  • Page: 324
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New Zealand's Rivers: An environmental history explores the relationship between New Zealanders and their rivers, explaining how they have arrived at a crisis point, where fresh water has become their most contested resource and many rivers are too polluted to swim in. Environmental historian Catherine Knight reveals that the tension between exploitation and enjoyment of rivers is not new. Rivers were treasured by Maori as food baskets and revered as the dwelling places of supernatural creatures. But following European settlement, they became drains for mining, industrial waste and sewage, and were harnessed to generate power and to irrigate farmland. Over time, the utilitarian view of rivers has been increasingly questioned by those who value rivers for recreation as well as for ecological, spiritual and cultural reasons. Today, the sustainable use of rivers is the subject of intense debate. Thoroughly researched and richly illustrated, New Zealand's Rivers is an accessible and compelling read for all New Zealanders, including anglers, kayakers, farmers, environmental practitioners, policy-makers, students and anyone with an interest in our environment and history.

Environmental Histories of New Zealand

Environmental Histories of New Zealand

  • Author: Eric Pawson,Tom Brooking
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN: 9780195584219
  • Category: History
  • Page: 342
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Environmental Histories of New Zealand presents an interdisciplinary account of one of the most rapid and extensive transformations of nature in human history: that which followed Maori and then European colonization of New Zealand's temperate islands. New Zealand is noted for its extraordinary environmental histories, but this is the first book from within the country to chart and analyse these histories for wider audiences. Unusualamong environmental histories, this book provides a comprehensive analysis of change, in its wider as well as its local contexts. It is organized into five parts, and the chapters in each part elaborate on the themes of: encounters, colonizing, special environments, modernizing and contemporary perspectives. The book is well illustrated with photographs, maps, and other graphics. It will appeal to students of history, geography, Maori studies, anthropology, and environmental studies, in New Zealand and overseas, and to anyone interested in the environment.

Seeds of Empire

Seeds of Empire

The Environmental Transformation of New Zealand

  • Author: Tom Brooking,Eric Pawson
  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris
  • ISBN: 0857719203
  • Category: History
  • Page: 296
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The traditional image of New Zealand is one of verdant landscapes with sheep grazing on lush green pastures. Indeed, as far back as the nineteenth century, promotional literature declared its soils to be rich, its weather invariably benign; whilst artists’ paintings bathed it in an almost subtropical glow. Such representations, however, were at best partial, at worst unrealistic, for this landscape is almost entirely an artificial creation._x000D_ _x000D_ The transformation of the New Zealand landscape took place as Britain became increasingly reliant on its overseas territories for supplies of food and raw material. All over the Empire indigenous plants were replaced with ‘English grasses’, to provide the worked up products of pasture - meat, butter, cheese, wool and hides. These ‘seeds of empire’ were in the vanguard of colonial development and in New Zealand this process was carried to an extreme as swamps were drained and hundreds of thousands of hectares of rain forest were burnt and re-seeded with imported grasses. _x000D_ _x000D_ Seeds of Empire provides an innovative and challenging look at the impact of this European settlement and development of New Zealand’s landscape and environment. In exploring how, why and with what consequences New Zealand was transformed into these ‘empires of grass’ the authors provide not just an exciting reappraisal of New Zealand’s environmental history but a long overdue exploration of the significance of grass in the processes of sowing empire.

Our Islands, Our Selves

Our Islands, Our Selves

A History of Conservation in New Zealand

  • Author: David Christopher Young
  • Publisher: Otago University Press
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: History
  • Page: 298
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Our Islands, Our Selves is the story of how a conservation ethic emerged in New Zealand. It looks at Maori settlement and how the need to preserve slowly became an element of the use of some resources. It identifies the issues, personalities and organisations of the past 200 years, as New Zealand evolved from a 'quarry economy' to a modern society grappling with erosion and flooding issues, predator proliferation and habitat and species loss.

The Penguin History of New Zealand

The Penguin History of New Zealand

  • Author: Michael King
  • Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com
  • ISBN: 1459623754
  • Category: New Zealand
  • Page: 724
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New Zealand was the last country in the world to be discovered and settled by humankind. It was also the first to introduce full democracy. Between those events, and in the century that followed the franchise, the movements and the conflicts of human history have been played out more intensively and more rapidly in New Zealand than anywhere else on Earth. The Penguin History of New Zealand, a new book for a new century, tells that story in all its colour and drama. The narrative that emerges in an inclusive one about men and women, Maori and Pakeha. It shows that British motives in colonising New Zealand were essentially humane; and that Maori, far from being passive victims of a 'fatal impact', coped heroically with colonisation and survived by selectively accepting and adapting what Western technology and culture had to offer. This book, a triumphant fruit of careful research, wide reading and judicious assessment, was an unprecedented best-seller from the time of its first publication in 2003.

Making a New Land

Making a New Land

Environmental Histories of New Zealand

  • Author: Eric Pawson
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781877578526
  • Category: History
  • Page: 391
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Making a New Land presents an interdisciplinary perspective on one of the most rapid and extensive transformations in human history: that which followed Maori and then European colonization of New Zealand's temperate islands. This is the second edition of Environmental Histories of New Zealand, first published in 2002, and the book is brimming with new content and fresh insights into the causes and nature of this transformation, along with the new landscapes and places that it produced. Unusual among environmental histories, this book provides a comprehensive analysis of change, focusing on international as well as local contexts. The book's 19 chapters (six new chapters along with others having been revised) are organized in five broadly chronological parts: Encounters, Colonizing, Wild Places, Modernizing, and Contemporary Perspectives. These are framed by an editorial introduction and a reflective epilogue. The book is an invaluable reference and is well illustrated with photographs, maps, cartoons, and other graphics.

A History of New Zealand

A History of New Zealand

  • Author: Keith Sinclair
  • Publisher: Lane, Allen
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Maori (New Zealand people)
  • Page: 351
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Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific

Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific

An Environmental History

  • Author: Donald Stuart Garden
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO
  • ISBN: 157607868X
  • Category: History
  • Page: 398
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Of interest to students and academics alike, this book provides a much-needed synthesis of the recent literature on the environmental history of Australia and Oceania. Charting the creation of the Australian continent from the ancient land mass of Gondwanaland to the arrival of humans, this book maps out the key trends in the region's environmental history. Especially fascinating are the chapters highlighting how successive waves of human migration created environmental havoc throughout the region, leading to the collapse of the Easter Island civilization and the spread of nonindigenous flora and fauna. From the controversies over the reasons why creatures such as the marsupial lion and the giant kangaroo became extinct to such contemporary problems as deforestation and global warming, this book contains sobering lessons for us all.

The Settler's Plot

The Settler's Plot

How Stories Take Place in New Zealand

  • Author: Alex Calder
  • Publisher: Auckland University Press
  • ISBN: 1775582051
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 312
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A study of the relationship between writing, place, and the history of the Pakeha/European settlement in New Zealand, this book explores the most frequently chosen settings in classic New Zealand literature—the beach, the farm, the bush, and the suburb—and reflects on the plots and storylines that go with them. Through fascinating and unpredictable readings of some of the country’s greatest works, writers such as Curnow, Frame, Mansfield, and Sargeson are viewed from new angles, while neglected masterpieces by Guthrie-Smith and Maning are deemed central to New Zealand tradition. Topics include identity, cross-culturalism, the settling and unsettling of land, suburbanization, and the role of distance.

Beyond Manapouri

Beyond Manapouri

50 Years of Environmental Politics in New Zealand

  • Author: Catherine Knight
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781988503042
  • Category: History
  • Page: 272
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'Beyond Manapouri: 50 years of environmental politics in New Zealand' traces the evolution of environmental administration in New Zealand since the dawn of the 'environmental era' in the late 1960s.The national campaign to stop the government from raising the water level in the scenically spectacular Lake Manapouri for a hydro dam is widely credited with the awakening of environmental awareness in New Zealand. Since then, New Zealand has established institutions and legislation dedicated to managing our environment, and the public's ability to participate in environmental decision-making has been strengthened markedly. At the same time, New Zealanders' knowledge and awareness of environmental issues have also increased.Even so, the latest reports on our environment indicate that all is not well: our waterways continue to deteriorate, our biodiversity is in decline and our greenhouse gas emissions continue to climb.'Beyond Manapouri' is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand why, in spite of the legislation and institutions put in place to improve the stewardship of our environment, we're now facing more urgent environmental issues than ever before. In this richly illustrated and engagingly written history, Knight also identifies the cultural shifts that will need to take place if we are to live up to the 'clean, green' image we have constructed for ourselves in New Zealand.

Sport and the New Zealanders

Sport and the New Zealanders

A History

  • Author: Greg Ryan,Geoff Watson
  • Publisher: Auckland University Press
  • ISBN: 1776710045
  • Category: History
  • Page: 128
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A history of New Zealanders and the sports that we have made our own, from the Māori world to today’s professional athletes. '. . . those two mighty products of the land, the Canterbury lamb and the All Blacks, have made New Zealand what she is in spite of politicians’ claims to the contrary’, wrote Dick Brittenden in 1954. ‘For many in New Zealand, prowess at sport replaces the social graces; in the pubs, during the furious session between 5pm and closing time an hour later, the friend of a relative of a horse trainer is a veritable patriarch. No matador in Madrid, no tenor in Turin could be sure of such flattering attention.’ Why did rugby become much more important than soccer in New Zealand? What role have Māori played in our sporting life? Do we really ‘punch above our weight’ in international sport? Does sport still define our national identity? Viewing New Zealand sport as activity and as imagination, Sport and the New Zealanders is a major history of a central strand of New Zealand life.

Settlers

Settlers

New Zealand Immigrants from England, Ireland & Scotland 1800–1945

  • Author: Jock Phillips,Terry Hearn
  • Publisher: Auckland University Press
  • ISBN: 1775581489
  • Category: History
  • Page: 190
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Analyzing everything from shipping records to death registers, this book takes an in-depth look at New Zealand's European ancestors, exploring the origins of the island's national identity. Using individual examples of immigrants and their families, it examines their geographical origins, their occupational and class backgrounds, and their religion and values to get a better understanding of the lives and motivations of New Zealand's first settlers.

Fairness and Freedom

Fairness and Freedom

A History of Two Open Societies: New Zealand and the United States

  • Author: David Hackett Fischer
  • Publisher: OUP USA
  • ISBN: 0199832706
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 629
  • View: 9935
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Explores why the political similarities between New Zealand and the United States--including democratic politics, mixed-enterprise economies, a deep concern for human rights and the rule of law and more--have taken on different forms.

Milestones

Milestones

Turning Points in New Zealand History

  • Author: Tom Brooking,Paul Enright
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: New Zealand
  • Page: 207
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A History of New Zealand Women

A History of New Zealand Women

  • Author: Barbara Brookes
  • Publisher: Bridget Williams Books
  • ISBN: 0908321465
  • Category: History
  • Page: 554
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What would a history of New Zealand look like that rejected Thomas Carlyle’s definition of history as ‘the biography of great men’, and focused instead on the experiences of women? One that shifted the angle of vision and examined the stages of this country’s development from the points of view of wives, daughters, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and aunts? That considered their lives as distinct from (though often unwillingly influenced by) those of history’s ‘great men’? In her ground-breaking History of New Zealand Women, Barbara Brookes provides just such a history. This is more than an account of women in New Zealand, from those who arrived on the first waka to the Grammy and Man Booker Prize-winning young women of the current decade. It is a comprehensive history of New Zealand seen through a female lens. Brookes argues that while European men erected the political scaffolding to create a small nation, women created the infrastructure necessary for colonial society to succeed. Concepts of home, marriage and family brought by settler women, and integral to the developing state, transformed the lives of Māori women. The small scale of New Zealand society facilitated rapid change so that, by the twenty-first century, women are no longer defined by family contexts. In her long-awaited book, Barbara Brookes traces the factors that drove that change. Her lively narrative draws on a wide variety of sources to map the importance in women’s lives not just of legal and economic changes, but of smaller joys, such as the arrival of a piano from England, or the freedom of riding a bicycle.

Explorations in Environmental History

Explorations in Environmental History

Essays

  • Author: Samuel P. Hays
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Pre
  • ISBN: 9780822971849
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 480
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Samuel P. Hays is one of the most distinguished scholars in the field of environmental history and the leading thinker of its first generation. The range and quality of the scholarship collected here reflect his work as a teacher, scholar, and activist writing in environmental history and provide a powerful exclamation point to a long and distinguished career. The depth of Hays’s research is evident on every page of this collection. He was not one who published just to publish; he wrote what was important and spoke to the heart of continuing debates about the environment from 1959, with the publication of Conservation and the Gospel of Efficiency to the present day. As well as representing his best work from the past four decades, this collection includes four pieces published here for the first time. One of these, the opening essay, is Hay’s autobiographical account of his encounters with many participants in environmental studies and those vigorously involved in contemporary environmental politics. Amid the entire series of environmental dramas that have engaged his attention, he has sought “to establish the case that a perspective of change and evolution over time, the focus of the historian, can be of immense value in informing the ongoing debates over environmental affairs.” This argument runs through this work.

The Waikato

The Waikato

A History of New Zealand's Greatest River

  • Author: Paul Moon
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780994137616
  • Category: Waikato River (N.Z.)
  • Page: 453
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From snow to surf, the Waikato is New Zealand's longest river. This fascinating account takes a historical journey along its 425 kilometre length, uncovering extraordinary reports of the people, places and events along its route. Starting from a desolate, icy volcanic plateau, historian Paul Moon traces the Waikato's path through dense native forest, undulating pastureland, dams, several towns, a city, and a swampy delta, until it exits into the Tasman Sea at Port Waikato. Along the way he uncovers settlements that have disappeared, sites scarred by wars, some of the world's most convulsive geological events, great tragedies, and the remarkable stories that have taken place along the river.

Petroleum Development and Environmental Conflict in Aotearoa New Zealand

Petroleum Development and Environmental Conflict in Aotearoa New Zealand

Texas of the South Pacific

  • Author: Terrence M. Loomis
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • ISBN: 1498537588
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 274
  • View: 7324
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Petroleum Development and Environmental Conflict in Aotearoa New Zealand: Texas of the South Pacific examines the circumstances under which environmental opposition to state policies to promote oil and gas development has led to far-reaching changes in institutional relations between the state and civil society.

Lenin's Legacy Down Under

Lenin's Legacy Down Under

New Zealand's Cold War

  • Author: Alexander Trapeznik,Aaron Fox
  • Publisher: Otago University Press
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: History
  • Page: 247
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Following the work of John Lewis Gaddis, historians have been reassessing the legacy of the Cold War and producing a 'New Cold War History'. Alexander Trapeznik and Aaron Fox (an independent historian based in New Zealand) hope to introduce the 'New Cold War' historiography to the context of New Zealand through the presentation of these ten papers. Beginning with Gaddis' own observations on the overall questions of the project, papers proceed to discuss New Zealand's Cold War defence policy, the relationship of Communist Party of New Zealand with their Australian counterparts and the Comintern, the response of New Zealand's labour movement to international communism, New Zealand-China relations, and Soviet views of New Zealand.