Penny Allan landscape architect/practicing

paiseaDos. 2009


The Landscape of Aotearoa New Zealand

In the 1970s, when Great Britain joined the European Common Market, New Zealand was left without its main trading partner, its ally in two world wars and, to a large extent, its source of identity. There is an irony here because 130 years earlier, the British had negotiated the Treaty of Waitangi with the native Maori, but then displaced them from their land, their livelihood and their spiritual homes. New Zealand actor Sam Neill described this irony of ‘two people, betrayed, living uneasily side by side, in paradise’. Both people had emigrated here: the Maori from tropical Polynesia and later, the British, with visions of utopia, to a Britain of the South. But by the 1970s, Aotearoa New Zealand was a complex bicultural, post-colonial country, isolated at the end of the earth on a strip of land which regularly rumbles from beneath and which, on top, constantly confronts the inexorable Roaring Forties of the Pacific Ocean…read more





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