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Our Rivers - Learn From the Past to Create a Better Future


Thu 9 Feb 2017, 6:00pm–7:15pm

Where: Palmerston North Central Library, 4 The Square, Palmerston North

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

The government has recently introduced a standard for our rivers to be ‘wadeable’ - that is, safe to wade in but not swim in. But many New Zealanders are questioning whether this is acceptable - why are we not aiming to have ’swimmable’ rivers? In this talk, Dr Catherine Knight, author of New Zealand’s Rivers: An environmental history will provide important context to this debate by presenting our complex – and often conflicted – history with rivers since humans first settled in Aotearoa New Zealand. She will also discuss how we can learn from the past to provide for a better future – rivers that our children and grandchildren can swim and play in.

Catherine Knight is an environmental historian. Her previous book, Ravaged Beauty: An environmental history of the Manawatu (Dunmore Press, 2014), won Palmerston North Heritage Trust’s inaugural award for the best work of history relating to the Manawatu. Her second book, New Zealand’s Rivers: An environmental history (Canterbury University Press, 2016) has been longlisted for the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2017 and was selected as one of the Listener’s Best Books for 2016. Catherine works in environmental policy and lives on the Kapiti Coast with her family.
Tea and coffee provided.

Second Floor, Central Library.

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