Dr Catherine Knight

Showing in: Wanaka

Wanaka Mountain Book 1: Words & Wine Sunday June 30

Wanaka Mountain Book 3: Political and environmental turmoil, from Afghanistan to Aotearoa Tuesday July 2



Dr Catherine Knight is a researcher, a writer and an environmental historian.

She is a Senior Associate at the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, and an Honorary Research Associate at the School of People, Environment and Planning, Massey University.

Catherine has published four books relating to New Zealand’s environmental history, including New Zealand’s Rivers: An environmental history (Canterbury University Press, 2016), which was long-listed for the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, short-listed for the New Zealand Heritage Book Awards and selected as one of The Listener’s Best Books for 2016. Ravaged Beauty: An environmental history of the Manawatu (Dunmore Press), was the winner of the J.M. Sherrard Award for Regional and Local History; and Wildbore: A photographic legacy (Totara Press).

Dr Knight’s most recent book Beyond Manapouri: 50 years of environmental politics in New Zealand (Canterbury University Press), was a finalist in the New Zealand Heritage Book Awards and will be the focus of her talk at the festival.

Catherine works as a policy and communications consultant at KHM Consulting, based in the Manawatu. Catherine’s deep connection to the land and environment provides the motivation for her work, research and writing and we look forward to hearing her speak at the NZ Mountain Film and Book Festival.