Search terms (the key words you put in Google or any other search engine to find information about a particular topic) are an important way for readers to find a particular website or web-based article. They tell you a lot about what readers of a website are interested in. And envirohistory NZ is no exception. We are really interested in what our readers are interested in!
So, what are the top search terms that brought internet users to envirohistory NZ?
“Disappearing river” and “Tui Mine” both come in at 19, “Ruahine Ranges” and “kokako” both at 20, “Maori environment” at 21, “Nauru” or “Nauru Island” at 36, “Kapiti Island ecosystem” and “Kapiti Island” combined at 62, “Scandinavian settlers in Manawatu” (or similar) came in at 70 (NCEA is responsible for that one!), and “Radiata pine” or “Radiata pine tree” combined came in at 160.
And topping them off with the highest number of searches by far?
“Manawatu River pollution” or “Manawatu River” at a whopping 264 searches.
Figure left: 1872 map of the Waimea River, on the Kapiti Coast, before it mysteriously “disappeared” (See: The mysterious case of the disappearing river).
Related posts: The Scandinavian settlers of the Manawatu; The Manawatu River – pollution concerns date back to 1890; A tale of mining in New Zealand – and the tragic tailings of Tui Mine; Our favourite Californian – the history of Radiata pine forestry in New Zealand; Kapiti Island: an environmental history “microcosm” – Part 1 and Part 2.