From the Editors, Paul Star and Tom Brooking:
The seven articles in this special issue of Environment and Nature in New Zealand were all written between 1989 and 2000 by students at the University of Otago. Five of them are condensations of ‘long essays’ (that is, 20,000 word fourth year research essays) submitted in part fulfillment of the BA (honours) history programme. The remaining two articles (by Neil Clayton and Matthew Polson) are based on dissertations for Otago’s Postgraduate Diploma in Arts.
All seven contributions have been selected by Professors Tom Brooking and Judy Bennett as essays from this period which deal with environmental history themes and which remain suitable for presentation to a wider audience. These essays also represent the most concentrated research effort in relation to environmental history of any history department in the country, subsequently extended by masters and PhD theses.