Review: Lan Yuan: A Garden of Distant Longing

Review: James Beattie and Duncan Campbell with Wynstan Cooper (Images) and Sue Wootton (Poetry). Lan Yuan: A Garden of Distant Longing (Dunedin: Dunedin Chinese Gardens Trust and Shanghai Museum, 2013). 112 pp. ISBN 978-0-473-25799-6. NZ$29.99 paperback.1 Elizabeth...

Review: Rivers: New Zealand’s Shared Legacy

Review: David Young, Rivers: New Zealand’s Shared Legacy (Auckland: Random House, 2013). 240 pp. ISBN 9781775534501. NZ$59.99 hardback. Joanne Whittle1 David Young is a professional writer in the fields of sustainability, history and environmental management. His...

Timber Town: A History of Port Craig

Alistair McMechan1 In nineteenth-century New Zealand, clearing the landscape was widely considered to be ‘virtuous and proper’.[2] Settler mentality generally regarded forests as inexhaustible and an impediment to progress. While their destruction represented land...