Keeping New Zealand Green: Our forests — and their future

Elizabeth Orr


A history of the New Zealand Forest Service, and a plea for the action needed to preserve our flora and fauna from extinction.

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This book reflects Elizabeth’s determination to present a balanced history of the NZ Forest Service, whose contribution towards preserving our native forests has, she contends, been seriously misunderstood.

But Elizabeth is the daughter of Pat Entrican, Director of Forestry 1939–1961, a contro­versial figure usually associated with the great Kaingaroa forest and the pulp and paper enterprise created to utilise its pines. Elizabeth also tells stories about the Kawerau mills, the biggest industrial plant built in NZ up to that time.

So did Entrican and his fellow directors really care about the fate of our indigenous forests? Keeping New Zealand Green presents the evidence for a new assessment of the Forest Service, and makes a plea for the action now needed to preserve our fauna and its habitats from threatened extinction.

About the author

Elizabeth Orr is best known for her part in the passing of the 1972 Equal Pay Act, and as the first woman chancellor of Victoria University. In Te Horo, near Otaki, her reputation is different; she is the woman who, with the help of her stonemason labourer husband, built stone walls around some of the totara/matai/titoki stands on their property to save them from stock, possums and weeds.

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Dimensions 200 × 15 × 240 mm

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