• NZ's Rivers: An Environmental History

    NZ's Rivers: An Environmental History
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    ISBN: 9781927145760
    Title: NZ's Rivers: An Environmental History

    Rivers are central to our identity as New Zealanders. They shape
    our landscape, forming the fertile plains we live and farm on, and
    provide the water that is so critical to our lives and economy.
    Since Europeans first settled in New Zealand, rivers have
    been exploited for both personal and public gain. We have taken
    water from rivers, returning it laden with pollutants; we have
    harnessed them for irrigation and to generate electricity. After
    nearly two centuries of taking our rivers for granted, we are
    facing a crisis. New Zealand’s Rivers: An environmental history
    tells the story of how we got to this point. It examines:
    • The richly textured relationship between Maori and awa
    • How European settlers perceived and utilised rivers
    • The introduction of trout and salmon, and the role of
    acclimatisation societies as the earliest advocates for our
    • The hydroelectricity schemes, which reached their peak in
    the ‘Think Big’ era
    • Recreational boating, including the invention of the jet boat
    on our unique braided rivers
    • The environmental movement and protection of rivers
    • The impact of agriculture on rivers
    • The efforts of Maori to assert mana (authority) over their awa
    through Treaty claims and other means.
    New Zealand’s Rivers is a must-read for all New Zealanders
    interested in the future of our environment and economy.
    Confronting the history of our complex – and often conflicted
    – relationship with rivers is critical to building a shared
    understanding of how to better manage this precious resource
    into the future.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $50.00
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