Editorial Introduction

James Beattie Environment was strongly represented at the recently-held Past Tensions, New Zealand Historical Association Conference, hosted by the History Programme, University of Waikato from 16 to 18 November 2011. Six streams – and no fewer than 20 papers out of...

New Zealand’s Biota Barons

New Zealand’s Biota Barons: Ecological Transformation In Colonial New Zealand[1] Paul Star[2] What trees and birds does a New Zealander most often see?  Of trees, maybe manuka and kowhai, but more likely poplar and gum. Of birds, maybe tui and piwakawaka (fantail),...

Request: Medicinal Plants In New Zealand, 1850s-1920s

Medicinal Plants In New Zealand, 1850s-1920s Joanna Bishop[1] The history of medicinal plants is a subject that often prompts recollections of favoured or loathed family remedies, handed down through generations and representative of a relative’s resourcefulness or...

Review: Māori and the Environment

REVIEW: Māori and the Environment: Kaitiaki. Edited by Rachael Selby, Pātaka Moore and Malcolm Mulholland, Huia Publishers, 2010, 372 pp., ISBN: 978-1-86969-402-9.[1] Charles Dawson[2] The nineteen essays in this book are a compelling combination of outrage,...

Review: The Settler’s Plot

REVIEW: Alex Calder, The Settler’s Plot: How Stories Take Place In New Zealand,  Auckland University Press, Auckland, 2011, 299 pp., ISBN 978 1 86940 488 8.  Julian Kuzma[1] Books on the roots of New Zealand literature and literary culture appear relatively far and...