Our Islands, Our Selves

Our islands our selvesI really like this book (Our Islands, Our Selves: A History of Conservation in New Zealand). It might be ten years old, but it’s got heaps of interesting information in it and I’m annoyed it doesn’t pop up easily on bookstore listings. Anyway, not owning it, I need a note to self on how useful it is…

The Library has the following blurb on it:

“Our Islands, Our Selves is the story of how a conservation ethic emerged in New Zealand. It looks at Maori settlement and how the need to preserve slowly became an element of the use of some resources. It identifies the issues, personalities and organisations of the past 200 years, as New Zealand evolved from a ‘quarry economy’ to a modern society grappling with erosion and flooding issues, predator proliferation and habitat and species loss. As the concerns of the nation have shifted, the approaches to conservation have changed: from acclimatisation of exotic species to National Parks, the development of island sanctuaries and, now, an ecological approach that protects relationships as well as specific flora and fauna”–Book jacket.


Introduction — 1. Patterns of antiquity — 2. Maori in Aotearoa — 3. Transforming landscape, transforming identity — 4. A dawning awareness — 5. Remnants reserved — 6. Sleepers awake — 7. The price of progress — 8. Citizens of a living landscape.


About backyardbooks

This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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