Whose High Country?

Whose High Country?

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The High Country of the South Island has great iconic and sentimental status in our history and culture. Recently, there has been heightened interest in the region due to growing pressure on the area from the tourist, advertising, electricity and film industries, wealthy absentee owners and developers, and by controversy over the current government land tenure review. Whose High Country? provides a long-overdue general history of the region. Roberta McIntyre explores the mythologies of the High Country and the realities of those myths, from the arrival and impact of Polynesians to the present day. She explores the notion that the residents of the region vaunted themselves as an aristocratic society akin to Britain's gentry. And she examines the gap between the glorious depiction of the landscape in the arts and the widespread environmental degradation that has occurred over generations.
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  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • Penguin Books (NZ)
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • 0143008412
  • 9780143008415

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Roberta McIntyre is an independent historian and lives in Wellington. She worked as an editor and researcher for the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography for twelve years and was a finalist in the Montana Awards history category in 2005 for her book The Canoes of Kupe, A History of Martinborough District (VUP, 2002). She also co-authored The Making of Wellington (VUP, 1990) with David Hamer. She was a Claude McCarthy Fellow in 2005 and in 2006 was the resident writing fellow at the Stout Research Centre at Victoria University.
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