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Heritage destroyed

Heritage destroyed

John Salmon's book Heritage destroyed was published in 1960. It was a major attack on the development ethos of the Ministry of Works and the nation's faith in the unquestioned value of hydroelectric power development. Salmon brought to the issue the approach of a scientist who had a deep knowledge of the native flora of the country, but he widened the debate into an argument about the need to protect the whole environment. The book helped spark the environmental movement, which eventually led to a mass movement to save Lake Manapōuri from being raised to produce electricity.

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Reference: J. T. Salmon, Heritage destroyed: the crisis in scenery preservation in New Zealand. Wellington: Reed, 1960

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Jock Phillips, 'Ideas in New Zealand - Identity politics', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 November 2023)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 22 Oct 2014