Book: Ngā Uruora
A VUP Clasic
First published in 1995, Ngā Uruora took the study of New Zealand's natural environment in radical new directions. A generation on, the stories of these precious wild places are even more compelling.
Part ecology, part history, part personal odyssey, Ngā Uruora offers a fresh perspective on our landscapes and our relationships with them. Geoff Park's research focuses on New Zealand's fertile coastal plains, country of rich opportunity for both Māori and European inhabitants, but country whose natural character has vanished from experience of New Zealanders today. Beginning with James Cook's Endevour party on the Hauraki Plains, and then the New Zealand Company's arrival in the valley that became the Hutt, Park takes us through the river flatlands where the imperatives of colonial settlement transformed the original forests.
Ngā Uruora's primary journey is to four auspicious places - Tauwhare on the Mōkau River, Papaitonga in Horowhenua, Whanganui Inlet and Punakaiki on the South Island's West Coast - where small remnants of ther plains forests' indigenous ecosystems of Kahikatea and Harakeke still survive. The histories of these places, what they mean to Māori, their ecological vunrability and their significance for conservation are major concerns. Park ties these issues together through the experience of the places themselves, their magic, immediacy and beauty.
14cm x 21cm x 3.5cm
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