Author(s): Kirstie Ross
What does 'the bush' mean to Pakeha New Zealanders? Is it a particular type of vegetation, a place to tramp, something to save, or a refuge from civilisation? By exploring the meanings that Pakeha found in nature from the 1890s to the 1970s, Kirstie Ross shows that the bush was as much about conservative values as about conservation. Going Bush presents a fascinating account of New Zealand culture and society in the twentieth century that is powerfully relevant to debates over our relationship with the natural world today. First published September 2008.
Kirstie Ross has degrees in music and history. After completing graduate studies at The University of Auckland in 1998 she carried out research for Waitangi Tribunal claims. She now works as a history curator at Te Papa Tongarewa where she was involved in the exhibitions Whangai Whenua Ahi Ka: Blood Earth Fire and The Scots in New Zealand. She is currently working on an exhibition about New Zealand in the twentieth century that will open in 2009.