Story: The New Zealand bush

Kennedy’s Bush

Kennedy’s Bush

From the early 1900s there was a new respect for the bush. In Canterbury, conservationist Harry Ell promoted a network of scenic reserves around bush remnants on the Port Hills above Christchurch. The first was at Kennedy’s Bush, above his father’s farm. This 1906 poster (from Ell's scrapbook) urged the public to donate money to the project. Later a rest house for recreational walkers, the Sign of the Kiwi, was built on the edge of the reserve.

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Jock Phillips, 'The New Zealand bush - Attitudes to the bush', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 August 2022)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Sep 2007