Author(s): David Young
Beautiful hardback about New Zealand's major rivers, featuring text from natural historian David Young and stunning photography from Aliscia Young. David tells the often complex story of each river or river system through the people who interact with that river, both historically and in modern times. This new book examines the situation for our rivers today; it looks at what has happened to our rivers over recent years and what is happening today; it discusses the positives and the negatives, and it looks at the challenges our waterways face now and in the future. As well as being a celebration of our beautiful rivers, it also focuses on conservation aspects, with commentary on dairying pollution, ecology, conservation orders and Maori claims. River is a heavily revised and rewritten version of Faces of the River by David Young and Bruce Foster, published in 1986.
David Young works as a professional writer in the field of history and the environment - for film, print media and oral history. He is published widely in essays, articles, magazines and books. A Stout Research Fellowship (Victoria University, Wellington) resulted in Woven by Water: Histories from the Whanganui River. History and conservation form the core of his work, which includes Faces of the River : Our Islands Our Selves : A history of conservation in New Zealand and Whio : Saving the endangered blue duck. Recently he received a Creative New Zealand-Fulbright residency to the University of Hawaii. David lives in New Zealand and lectures on sustainability, environmental management and history