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Nature and Wellbeing in Aotearoa New Zealand:

Exploring the connection

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ISBN: 978-0-473-53863-7 

210 x 205 mm, 191 pages

RRP: $39.99

We have never been more aware of the benefit of being out in nature, but how much quality time does the ‘average’ New Zealander spend enjoying the outdoors? While our national parks are places of spectacular wilderness, for many of us, these places are out of reach.


This ground-breaking book argues for the restoration of ‘neighbourhood nature’ – places that all New Zealanders can freely access, irrespective of socioeconomic or other factors. New Zealand’s experience of the coronavirus pandemic underscores how important these local oases of nature are – and how vital they are to our wellbeing.

Richly illustrated throughout, this book tells the stories of a wide range of New Zealanders, who – either individually or through organised initiatives – have experienced the wellbeing benefits gained through connection with nature. Their stories are varied but each one is authentic, personal and moving. Drawing on the latest scientific research and through these personal stories, Knight challenges us to contemplate a more nature-rich future.

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Ravaged Beauty: An environmental history of the Manawatu

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157 x 235mm, 312 pages 

RRP: $49.99

A new, enhanced edition of this award-winning book


Only a century and a half ago, the Manawatu was a heavily forested hinterland: the floodplains were a sea of swamps and lagoons, teeming with birdlife, eels and other fish; the hills and terraces were covered with thick impenetrable forest, refuge perhaps to a few lingering moa. But within a few decades, the forest had been reduced to ashes, and the swamps and lagoons were being drained away. Progress marched across the landscape in the form of farms and settlements. 

But it wasn’t long before nature “exacted its revenge”: erosion scarred the hillsides, floods ravaged farms and towns. Pollution of the rivers saw fish dying en masse. How would the people of the region meet these environmental challenges, and what lessons would there be for the future? By “peeling away the layers”, this book tells the intriguing story of the Manawatu’s environmental history, drawn from a rich array of sources, maps and historical images. 

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RRP: $49.99

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WILDBORE: A photographic legacy

ISBN: 978-0-473-44413-6

214 x 240 mm, approx 100 pages

RRP: $29.99

Wildbore: A photographic legacy, by Catherine Knight, explores the world of Pohangina Valley farmer Charles E. Wildbore

through his remarkable photographs. Wildbore captured the unprecedented environmental change that, by the beginning of the 20th century, had transformed a densely forested valley into farms and orderly settlements. Wildbore’s photographic legacy enables us to visualise the forests that have been almost entirely extinguished from the lowlands of the Manawatū region and, indeed, throughout New Zealand. More than that, it allows us to imagine a future where forests and wetlands are restored – to coalesce with landscapes of human endeavour.


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RRP: $29.99

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Nationwide Book Distributors

And all good bookstores nationwide

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Wildbore in the media

Memory Lane: Scenes of everyday life captured as the bush burns, Stuff/Manawatu Standard, 25 August 2018

Time through a lens, interview with Paul Brennan on RNZ Nights, 22 August 2018

Local Focus: Environmental historian revisits once tree-strewn Pohangina Valley, New Zealand Herald, 3 August 2018

Focusing on the past for the future Stuff/Manawatu Standard, 29 March 2018.

Photo highlights from the launch of Wildbore: A photographic legacy

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