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Walk with renowned botanist & author in the heart of the city in Pūtaringamotu Riccarton Bush. This is an extraordinary opportunity to experience Philip's depth of knowledge & love of the species found in this ancient part of the landscape.
This walk is free, and the group has a maximum of 20 people. Please book if you would definitely like to come, either online here, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are so grateful Philip is coming to join Necessary Traditions from his home in Mohua Golden Bay to share his knowledge of tōtara & tī kōuka in Waitaha Canterbury.
Philip Simpson is a botanist and author of much loved Dancing Leaves: The Story of New Zealand’s Cabbage Tree, Tī Kōuka (Canterbury University Press, 2000), and Pōhutukawa and Rātā: New Zealand’s Iron-hearted Trees (Te Papa Press, 2005). Both books won Montana Book Awards in the Environment category and Pōhutukawa and Rātā also won the Montana Medal for best non-fiction book. More recently, Philip wrote Tōtara: A Natural and Cultural History (Auckland University Press, 2017), and on November 19th 2018 his new work, Down the Bay (Potton & Burton, 2018) on the Abel Tasman National Park is being published.
Also as part of Necessary Traditions, Philip is speaking on Wednesday 14th November 2018 from 6.30pm about The Waitaha/Canterbury heritage of Tī kōuka and Tōtara. Philip will outline the natural occurrence of cabbage trees and totara in the Canterbury region & examine how the sequence of iwi have utilized both resources, and how Pakeha who followed did likewise. Finally it looks at the present day situation, how nature is responding and how people are managing the resource that remains. More information & tickets are found here.
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