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New Zealand's rivers : an environmental history / Catherine Knight.

By: Knight, Catherine [author.].
Contributor(s): Brooking, Tom, 1949- [writer of foreword.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Christchurch : Canterbury University Press, 2016Copyright date: ©2016Description: 323 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 24 cm.Content type: text | cartographic image | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781927145760.Other title: Environmental history.Subject(s): Rivers -- New Zealand -- History | Rivers -- Economic aspects -- New Zealand | Rivers -- Environmental aspects -- New Zealand | Natural history -- New Zealand | Flood control -- New Zealand | Water-supply -- New Zealand | Rivers -- Recreational use -- New Zealand | Stream ecology -- New Zealand | Environmental monitoring -- New Zealand | Water quality -- New Zealand -- Measurement | Taiao | Awa | Hereere awa | Tkinotanga -taiaoSummary: This book explores the relationship between New Zealanders and their rivers, explaining how they have arrived at a crisis point, where fresh water has become their most contested resource and many rivers are too polluted to swim in.
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'New Zealand s Rivers: An environmental history' explores the relationship between New Zealanders and their rivers, explaining how they have arrived at a crisis point, where fresh water has become their most contested resource and many rivers are too polluted to swim in. Environmental historian Catherine Knight reveals that the tension between exploitation and enjoyment of rivers is not new. Rivers were treasured by Maori as food baskets and revered as the dwelling places of supernatural creatures. But following European settlement, they became drains for mining, industrial waste and sewage, and were harnessed to generate power and to irrigate farmland. Over time, the utilitarian view of rivers has been increasingly questioned by those who value rivers for recreation as well as for ecological, spiritual and cultural reasons. Today, the sustainable use of rivers is the subject of intense debate. Thoroughly researched and richly illustrated, 'New Zealand s Rivers' is an accessible and compelling read for all New Zealanders, including anglers, kayakers, farmers, environmental practitioners, policy-makers, students and anyone with an interest in our environment and history.

Includes bibliographical references (page 299 - 307) and index.

This book explores the relationship between New Zealanders and their rivers, explaining how they have arrived at a crisis point, where fresh water has become their most contested resource and many rivers are too polluted to swim in.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Foreword (p. 7)
  • Preface (p. 11)
  • Acknowledgements (p. 13)
  • 1 Rivers: What are they and why do we care about their history? (p. 15)
  • 2 Maori and awa (p. 28)
  • 3 The colonial appraisal of rivers (p. 49)
  • 4 Rivers as drains (p. 69)
  • 5 Stocking rivers 'destitute of fish': The role of acclimatisation societies (p. 90)
  • 6 'White coal': Generating power from rivers (p. 120)
  • 7 Madmen in cockle-shells: Recreational canoeing and boating (p. 149)
  • 8 Constraining rivers: Flood control (p. 172)
  • 9 Protecting and embracing rivers (p. 193)
  • 10 Powering the pastoral machine: The impact of farming on rivers (p. 214)
  • 11 Asserting mana over rivers (p. 244)
  • Reflections (p. 261)
  • Notes (p. 267)
  • Bibliography (p. 299)
  • Index (p. 308)