Ravaged Beauty: An Environmental History of the Manawatu
Catherine Knighthas long been fascinated by the interactions between people and the environment – what factors drive human behaviour, and how people’s attitudes and knowledge about the environment evolves. Her research is not limited to New Zealand – her doctorate explored the complex relationship between humans and bears in Japan, where she lived for six years. Catherine was born in the Manawatu, and her realisation about how dramatically that environment had changed since European settlement motivated her to write this book. In 2010, Catherine was awarded the New Zealand Research Trust Fund Award in History, and in 2012, she was awarded the Claude McCarthy Research Fellowship. Catherine works in environmental policy, and lives in Kapiti with her young family.