New Zealand Geographer

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    ABSTRACT: Freshwater is increasingly a matter of concern in research, policy and public spheres in New Zealand. Geographers have made diverse and powerful contributions to understanding and performing multiple meanings of water in place. This special issue explores some geographical dimensions to the present political moment around freshwater in New Zealand. Prospects for further explicitly geographical contributions to freshwater discussions are manifold but need to be developed within a coherent value proposition and must be situated within the diversely composed networks of practice in which geographers are embedded.
    New Zealand Geographer 04/2014; 70(1):1-6.
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    ABSTRACT: Variable profitability within New Zealand's red meat sector has again led to the problematisation of its constitutive relationships. This problematisation has almost inevitably focused on the structural transformation of the sector. Rather than beginning with structural transformation, we draw on assemblage theory to trace the assembling work associated with three unstable bio-economic projects: Primera lamb, Wagyu beef and FarmIQ. The paper offers a cautionary assessment of experimentation and innovation in the red meat sector, and suggests that the search for an enduring structural solution will continually be disrupted by the lively materialities upon which the red meat sector relies.
    New Zealand Geographer 12/2013; 69(3).
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    ABSTRACT: In this paper, we consider the implications of assemblage as an analytical framework in the context of regional economic planning, drawing on Deleuze and Guattari's concept of territoriality to examine the efforts to create temporal stability in the emergent regional economy. We focus on the reterritorialisation of Central Otago through the district council's destination management project centred on the collective branding of the region as ‘A World of Difference’. The implementation of this programme contends with the diverse, incongruent boundaries of emergent tourism activities. The paper, thus, addresses the potential for state initiatives to manage uncertain and ephemeral assemblages.
    New Zealand Geographer 12/2013; 69(3).
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    ABSTRACT: Recent attempts to recreate the wealth once generated in New Zealand from wool are discussed. These attempts are theorised as active processes of assemblage within overlapping and interacting social worlds. The focus of the paper is ethnographic, engaging with the actors in worlds of wool as they experiment with ways to retain and add value by enhancing connectivity between farmer-producers, manufacturers and consumers; delineating and capturing value by constructing new products and brands; and continually developing metrologies, making new animals and advancing an array of environmental and social values. The study focuses on fine and strong wool worlds.
    New Zealand Geographer 12/2013; 69(3).
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    ABSTRACT: This paper explores value making practices by asking how we know and make new relations of economy. The paper seeks to understand the connectivities that constitute the Hawkes Bay wine economy in a way not confined by sector or regional matrices. We explore the making of relations of (wine) economy, studying relationships among actors in Hawke's Bay wine economy, including cross-sectional exchanges, investment patterns and value chain linkages. This enables a more practice-centred and relational understanding of wine economies as constituted by assemblying practices. Thinking about wine economies as assemblages facilitates an enactive engagement in economic practices by geographers.
    New Zealand Geographer 12/2013; 69(3).
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    ABSTRACT: This paper presents an epilogue to the Special Issue. The paper examines the interplay among ontology, epistemology, methodology, politics and geography by elaborating on Esbjörn-Hargen's framework of the ‘who’, ‘what’ and ‘how’ of knowledge making. It uses this discussion to relate the different papers in the Special Issue, traces the engagement of the authors with concepts of assemblage and considers the further work to which the concept of assemblage might be put by exploring potential new research directions emerging from the Biological Economies research project.
    New Zealand Geographer 12/2013; 69(3).
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    ABSTRACT: The Biological Economies research project has involved a five-year exploration of new rural value relations in two New Zealand regions. In this paper, we explore what the project has taught us about the need to deploy new conceptual and methodological tools to perform regional development differently. We draw on examples of experimentation in value creation, our own methodological experimentation, and ideas of assemblage to argue that new knowledge categories of capability, platforms, land resourcefulness, experimentation and economic rent open up the potential for a new methodology for stimulating regional economic change that we label ‘enactive research’.
    New Zealand Geographer 12/2013; 69(3).
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    ABSTRACT: This paper speaks to the generative capacities of research more generally and the biological economies process specifically. It highlights the importance of being disruptive and critical while avoiding the traps of structuralist paranoia that keep one from seeing and doing difference. It also seeks to move through, rather than beyond, conventional understandings of value, to include emergent practices, relationships and more-than-representational knowledge. In total, it is a rather wild piece about New Zealand biological economies scholarship, in terms of how certain performances are made strange, become altered and lead to the enactment of novel states of becoming.
    New Zealand Geographer 12/2013; 69(3).
  • New Zealand Geographer 04/2013; 69(1).
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    ABSTRACT: Charles Cotton was New Zealand's foremost advocate for geomorphology. His publications were recognised nationally and internationally, informing educational curricula and captivating the wider public. His approach to landform study was strongly influenced by The Geographical Cycle espoused by William Morris Davis of Harvard University. For the first half of the 20th century, The Cycle constituted the dominant paradigm of landform studies, but it was ultimately severely criticised and abandoned as unrealistic. While Cotton lost credence among some academics for his reluctance to abandon The Cycle, his elegantly illustrated written work made a lasting contribution to many branches of earth science.
    New Zealand Geographer 08/2011; 67(2):79 - 89.
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    ABSTRACT: Since the late 1940s, the Pacific islands have had a special place in teaching and research in New Zealand's university geography departments. This paper recalls some dimensions of a ‘golden age’ in the study of Pacific peoples by New Zealand geographers between 1945 and 1970. Attention is focused on the ‘Cumberland’ school of regional geography and some of the debates this generated in the 1960s. The paper concludes with a plea for the revitalisation of Pacific regional geography, especially in the light of the very different challenges that are confronting the islands in the 21st century.
    New Zealand Geographer 08/2011; 67(2):126 - 138.
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    ABSTRACT: Drawing on the work of Blaut, Marsdan, and Ploszajska, the text books written by George Jobberns from the late 1920s to the mid-1940s are scrutinised. This reveals that his first texts were influenced by environmental determinism but that he adopted some of Sauer's cultural landscapes approach once at the University of Cantabery.
    New Zealand Geographer 08/2011; 67(2):90 - 101.
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    ABSTRACT: Our paper explores the early development of the New Zealand Geographer. We situate a series of continuities in its pages within the context of a wider Anglo-American regional orthodoxy and the articulation of a ‘pragmatic sanction’ for geographers in New Zealand. We argue that the journal cannot be separated from disciplinary disputes about the character and practice of geography in New Zealand. Consequently, we suggest that the journal can be understood in performative terms insofar as its pages were used to discipline academic geographers as it simultaneously aimed to satisfy a ‘common curiosity’ about New Zealand for New Zealanders.
    New Zealand Geographer 08/2011; 67(2):116 - 125.
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    ABSTRACT: This paper will briefly examine employment trends in regional Australia before focusing on one manufacturing, coastal region - Geelong, Victoria –over the 1990s. It will consider the experience of a differentiated sample of women as they enter (and re-enter) the one sphere of economic activity seen by many as the economic future of cities and regions -the service sector. Interviews detailed women's employment histories and experiences but despite the complexity of their multiple locations, this paper will argue that it is their disadvantaged positions as women workers that is fundamental in shaping that experience, regardless of how it is complicated by age, ethnicity or disability.
    New Zealand Geographer 04/2011; 59(1):17 - 26.
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    ABSTRACT: This article provides a critique of urban planning in the Christchurch metropolitan region. It is argued that pressure from land owners and developers in the urban fringe, self interest of constituent territorial local authorities, and inadequate national policy direction based on limited interpretation of the planning scope of the Resource Management Act 1991 have constrained a strategic approach to urban growth management in Christchurch. This situation stands in contrast to the apparent success of the Regional Growth Forum in Auckland.
    New Zealand Geographer 04/2011; 59(1):27 - 39.
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    ABSTRACT: Geographers and psychologists both seek to understand people's behaviour and their cognitive and emotional lives so it is somewhat surprising that there has not been more theoretical cross-fertilisation of the two disciplines. ‘On time, place and happiness’ is a rare but welcome exception, showing how research in social-cognitive psychology might usefully clarify thinking about temporality, place and well-being. This commentary examines several additional human memory phenomena that geographers might like to consider in their theorising about these matters.
    New Zealand Geographer 04/2011; 67(1):16 - 20.
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    ABSTRACT: We use unit records of the 2006 census to show that access to the Internet in the home varies geographically in New Zealand primarily as a result of demographic and socio-economic differences among individuals. Of particular significance is the much lower rates of domestic access experienced by Māori and Pacific Island individuals even after controlling for differences in their age, gender, education, income, occupation and settlement type. While differences in Internet access by ethnicity has been noted before, it is the magnitude and persistence of this difference in New Zealand after controlling for correlated factors that renders this study unique. Our results have important implications in an education environment increasingly reliant on Web access, but they also raise questions about the extent of access to the Internet outside the home.
    New Zealand Geographer 04/2011; 67(1):25 - 38.
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    ABSTRACT: Geography seems to be in good hands in New Zealand's schools and universities, but we cannot afford to be complacent. What are the key priorities for further strengthening geography in New Zealand in the years ahead? The New Zealand Geographical Society has to play a crucial role by helping to bring together geographers in the different sectors, as well as in promoting New Zealand geography internationally, and raising its profile in the media. Most of all, we need to demonstrate the vibrancy, significance and relevance of geography to the wider community.
    New Zealand Geographer 04/2011; 67(1):2 - 5.
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    ABSTRACT: The first part of the paper develops the argument that geographers should learn to decompose human memory into its constituent parts because then and then alone will we become attuned to the full range of ways in which we incorporate places into our beings. The second part of the paper articulates Stephen Hill's comments on episodic memory with my recent work on wisdom.
    New Zealand Geographer 04/2011; 67(1):21 - 24.

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