By Knight, Catherine
Wildbore: A photographic legacy explores the world of Pohangina Valley farmer Charles E. Wildbore through his remarkable photographs. Wildbore captured the unprecedented environmental change that, by the beginning of the 20th century, had transformed a densely forested valley int...o farms and orderly settlements. Wildbore's photographic legacy enables us to visualise the forests that have been almost entirely extinguished from the lowlands of the Manawatu region and, indeed, throughout New Zealand. More than that, it allows us to imagine a future where forests and wetlands are restored - to coalesce with landscapes of human endeavour.Read more
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Catherine Knight is the author of Beyond Manapouri: 50 years of environmental politics in New Zealand (Canterbury University Press, 2018), and of New Zealand's Rivers: An environmental history (Canterbury University Press, 2016). The latter book was long-listed for the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2017, short-listed for the New Zealand Heritage Book Awards and selected as one of the Listener's Best Books for 2016. Her 2014 book, Ravaged Beauty: An environmental history of the Manawatu (Dunmore Press), won the J.M. Sherrard Award in New Zealand Regional and Local History, and Palmerston North Heritage Trust's inaugural award for the best work of history relating to the Manawatu region. Catherine is a policy and communications consultant, and lives with her family on a farmlet in the Pohangina Valley, not far from where Charles Wildbore and his family lived.
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