Mountains to Sea

Solving New Zealand’s Freshwater Crisis

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Pages: 200

RRP: $14.99

ISBN: 9781988545431

DOI: 10.7810/9781988545431

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It strikes me with great clarity that if you look at the problems in isolation they each seem intractable; but when you grasp that there could be one single solution, then suddenly there is a glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel.

The state of New Zealand’s freshwater has become a pressing public issue in recent years. From across the political spectrum, concern is growing about the pollution of New Zealand’s rivers and streams. We all know they need fixing. But how do we do it?

In Mountains to Sea, leading ecologist Mike Joy teams up with thinkers from all walks of life to consider how we can solve New Zealand’s freshwater crisis. The book covers a wide range of topics, including food production, public health, economics and Māori narratives of water. Mountains to Sea offers new perspectives on this urgent problem.

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1 Introduction, Mike Joy
2 Wai māori, Tina Ngata
3 Broad-scale contaminants on agricultural land, Nick D. Kim
4 New Zealand freshwater management – a public health perspective, Vanessa Hammond
5 One World, One Health, One Humanity – whenua, rongoā, tangata, Paul Tapsell and Alison Dewes
6 The economics of water storage – is it really a ‘no brainer’?, Peter Fraser
7 The hidden cost of food production, Kyleisha Foote
8 Are politics getting in the way of good freshwater governance?, Catherine Knight
9 Pāmu – a new future of food, Steven Carden and Phil McKenzie
10 Reimagining landscapes as socio- and agro-ecosystems, Chris Perley
Afterword, Mike Joy