James Beattie

The first issue for 2011 is a bumper one, containing a rich variety of writing on the environment. First up, Victoria University of Wellington’s Amy Davis provides a fascinating examination of the environmental history of the Wellington suburb of Karori. In the next article, Lily Lee and Ruth Lam examine the story of Chinese market gardener and entrepreneur, 陈达枝 Chan Dah Chee, and the family business he established.

In the first of three book reviews, David Young reviews the recently-published Seeds of Empire…, one of the fruits of a multi-disciplinary Marsden-funded project led by Professors Tom Brooking and Eric Pawson. Next, Ondine Godtschalk examines the new overview of New Zealand’s quarantine history, by public historians Gavin McLean and Tim Shoebridge. The last is by Australian-based garden and heritage writer, Stuart Read, who reviews Kristin Lammerting and Ferdinand Graf von Luckner’s Inspirational Gardens of New Zealand. Finally, Ruth Morgan, University of Western Australia, overviews the ‘Nature, Empire and Power’ conference, held at the University of Waikato in December 2010.

It is also my pleasure to introduce two new associate editors to readers of ENNZ:

Dr. Catherine Knight is an independent researcher, who is employed by day as an environmental policy analyst. Her research focuses on New Zealand and Japanese environmental history. Her doctoral thesis explored the human relationship with the Asiatic black bear through Japanese history (available here). She is particularly interested in upland and lowland forest environments and how people have interacted with these environments through history. Her publications can be viewed here. Catherine also convenes an online environmental history forum which explores New Zealand’s environmental history.

Dr. Jonathan West was born and raised near Dunedin, and has only recently, and sadly, had to leave; he now works in Wellington as a historian with the Waitangi Tribunal. Before then he dallied overlong at the University of Otago collecting various degrees (the only one of which worth mentioning involves a thesis on the environmental history of the Otago Peninsula). This however did afford him a cherished freedom to wander at will in the wilds of Murihiku. His daughter’s arrival has somewhat curtailed such adventures (for now); only her charms could be compensation enough.