Exploring NZ’s environmental history through maps

I feel slightly embarrassed to admit this (and therefore perhaps shouldn’t), but I have only recently discovered the cartographic and other visual delights which lie between the sturdy covers of the New Zealand Historical Atlas, published in 1997.

Of course, I had seen it referenced many times in scholarship on New Zealand’s environmental history, but (and this is where my less than favourable encounters with high-school geography may be revealed), I had imagined a dusty old book of the traditional style maps that only a dyed-in-the-wool geographer or cartographer would get excited about. Continue reading

Environment & Nature in New Zealand: latest issue is out!

The latest issue of online journal Environment & Nature in New Zealand is out, and can be accessed here.

CONTENTS:

1-23    ARTICLE: Amy Davis, ‘”For Beauty and Health” Nature and the environment in suburban Karori, Wellington’

24-54    ARTICLE: Lily Lee and Ruth Lam, ‘陈达枝 Chan Dah Chee  (1851 -1930): Pioneer Chinese Market Gardener and Auckland Businessman’

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