Review: Seabird Genius

REVIEW: Neville Peat, Seabird Genius: The Story of L. E. Richdale, the Royal Albatross, and the Yellow-eyed Penguin, Otago University Press, 2011, 279 pp, ISBN 978-1-877578-11-3. Paul Star[1] One way to approach environmental history is through the lives of those who...

Review: Ikawai

REVIEW: R. M. McDowall, Ikawai: Freshwater Fishes in Māori Culture and Economy, Canterbury University Press, Christchurch, 2011, 832 pp, ISBN 978-1-877257-86-5. Ian C. Duggan[1] Bob McDowall was known to every freshwater ecologist in New Zealand, owing to an extremely...

William Colenso 1811–1899, Victorian polymath

Ian St. George[1] The publication of A. G. Bagnall and G. C. Petersen’s biography of William Colenso in 1949, along with the celebrations at Mokai Patea in 1948, the unveiling of a memorial plaque there in 1951, and the unveiling of the plaque at the site of his...

The battle for the Rai (1898)

Lynne Lochhead[1] New Zealand in the 1890s saw growing support for conservation and scenery preservation, manifested among other ways in the formation of scenery preservation societies. The Dunedin and Suburban Reserves Conservation Society was established in 1888 to...