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A Biography of Lake Tūtira
Kia ora

Thank you for registering for this 2022 Public History Talk.
This talk sketches Lake Tūtira’s history from formation to today.
Jonathan West will follow in the traces of Herbert Guthrie Smith, whose obsessive records of the changes witnessed while farming by the lake made him the founder of environmental history here.

He will cue from Guthrie Smith’s first book’s opening lines: ‘The lake on Tutira may be considered the heart of the run. It is the centre of all the station’s life and energy.’ Guthrie Smith preserved the lake as a sanctuary for his beloved birds.

But since the 1950s Lake Tūtira has faced problems – now posed much more widely – of invasive weeds, nutrient pollution, poisonous algal blooms, and mass fish kills.
Jonathan will conclude considering the lessons its history provides for our future.

We look forward to hosting you.

Jul 6, 2022 12:00 PM in Auckland, Wellington

Lake Tūtira in the wake of Cyclone Bola. Photo: Noel Trustrum, Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research
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Jonathan West
Jonathan West is an environmental historian. His first, award-winning book was The Face of Nature: An Environmental History of the Otago Peninsula. This talk results from work towards a BWB Text about Lake Tūtira. It is a part of his wider research for Mirrors on the Land: Histories of New Zealand’s Lakes, a project which Jonathan began as JD Stout Fellow 2019, intends to complete with the support of the Judith Binney Fellowship 2022, and will publish with Otago University Press.