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Fight for the Forests

The pivotal campaigns that saved New Zealand's native forests

Paul Bensemann

SHORTLIST FINALIST  2019 OCKHAMS BOOK AWARDS IN THE ILLUSTRATED NON-FICTION CATEGORY

The greatest success story of New Zealand’s modern environmental movement were the pivotal campaigns between 1970 and 2000 that stopped the destr...
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SHORTLIST FINALIST  2019 OCKHAMS BOOK AWARDS IN THE ILLUSTRATED NON-FICTION CATEGORY

The greatest success story of New Zealand’s modern environmental movement were the pivotal campaigns between 1970 and 2000 that stopped the destruction of our native forest.

They began with the battle to save Lake Manapōuri from being flooded, and by 2000, all the significant lowland forest in South Westland had become part of a World Heritage Area, the beech forests of the West Coast had largely been protected, and Paparoa National Park had been established. As well, the magnificent podocarp forests of Pureora and Whirinaki in the central North Island had been saved from the chainsaw, and many other smaller areas of forest had been included into the conservation estate.

Fight for the Forests tells this remarkable story, of how a group of young activists became aware of government plans to mill vast areas of West Coast beech forest and began campaigning to halt this. From small beginnings, a much larger movement grew, initially centred on the work of the Native Forests Action Council, and eventually Forest and Bird and Native Forest Action. These committed and extremely capable conservationists tapped into a widespread upwelling of public support and changed the course of environmental history in this country.

Mainly based on interviews with key players, author Paul Bensemann has recorded a largely untold but significant, inspiring history, one that reminds us that change for good is always possible.

Additional information

Weight1.90000000 kg
ISBN

9780947503130

Pages

300

Size

265 x 215 mm

Format

Hardback with dustjacket

Author

Paul Bensemann

Published

November 2018

1 review for Fight for the Forests

  1. Mike Collins

    Fight for the Forests combines the large format and beautiful illustrations that one would expect from a P&B publication, with the excitement and intrigue of a who-dunnit. The author’s meticulous research, documents a number of campaigns that ran over 50 years from the Manapouri campaign to the cessation of logging of state forest on the West Coast in 2002.

    Paul Bensemann reveals the dedication of activists campaigning nation-wide, culminating in 18 victories where logging ceased.

    The Foreword is written by former Prime Minister, Helen Clark. An Overview, The Reflections of an Insider is given by Craig Potton who was himself a key member of the campaign. A Prologue describes the tree climbing episode that was key to the saving of Pureora Forest.

    The comprehensive index is a who’s who of environmental activists.

    This book is a great read, broken up by delicious photographs of native forest. I strongly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the environment.

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