Lunchtime social and presentation

The Rivers Group invites you to join us for a lunchtime presentation on New Zealand’s Rivers: can we learn from history?

When: 12:30-1:30 pm, Wednesday 4 October (talks start at 12.45pm)
The Rivers Group will put on some coffee and cakes to accompany your lunch.

Where: Beca, Level 7, 85 Molesworth St, Thorndon, Wellington

Who: Rivers Group members and other professionals with an interest in rivers

Cost: Free for Rivers Group members, others please drop a koha in the jar

Please bring along your lunch and enjoy an interesting talk over your lunchtime! The Rivers Group will provide cakes, fruit and coffee to accompany your lunch.

Catherine Knight - New Zealand’s Rivers: can we learn from history?

In February this year, the government announced a proposal to make more of our rivers ‘swimmable' by 2040 – it attracted significant controversy, reflecting the sense of urgency that many New Zealanders feel about the perilous state of many of our waterways. In this talk, Dr Catherine Knight, author of New Zealand’s Rivers: An environmental history, will provide important context to this debate by exploring some of our complex – and often conflicted – history with rivers since humans first settled in Aotearoa New Zealand. She will argue that knowing our history is an important foundation to forging a better future, both in terms of our environment and our socioeconomic wellbeing

Catherine Knight is an environmental historian. New Zealand’s Rivers: An environmental history (Canterbury University Press, 2016) was longlisted for the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2017 and was selected as one of the Listener’s Best Books for 2016. Her previous book, Ravaged Beauty: An environmental history of the Manawatu (Dunmore Press, 2014), won the J.M. Sherrard major award for excellence in regional and local history, and Palmerston North Heritage Trust’s inaugural award for the best work of history relating to the Manawatu. Catherine is a policy and communications consultant and lives with her family on a small farmlet in the Manawatu, where they are restoring the totara forest.

We hope to see you there! Please RSVP by Thursday 28th September for catering purposes to Simon Newton Simon.newton@beca.com

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