Life in the Shallows

The wetlands of Aotearoa New Zealand

Karen Denyer and Monica Peters

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Soft cover


How wetlands work, what lives there, and what we can do to protect them

Rich and diverse but often unloved, Aotearoa’s wetlands are the most vulnerable of our ecosystems. Only a tiny fraction of their original extent remains, and we continue to lose this vital habitat. The race is on to discover more about them while we still can. This highly illustrated and absorbing book introduces and explores the wetlands of Aotearoa through the work and experiences of our leading researchers.

It also explores the deep cultural and spiritual significance they have for Māori, and the collaboration of mātauranga Māori and western science in continuing to improve our understanding of these special places.

Featuring wetlands to visit all around the country, descriptions of the rich bird, insect and plant life that can be found there, and some of the innovative ways we can protect and restore them, Life in the Shallows is a key resource for those who want to explore, understand and care for these precious places.

All proceeds from book sales go to the National Wetland Trust to further its wetland advocacy work.

‘It may be called Life in the Shallows but it is a deceptively deep book, leaving you much to ruminate upon.’ — David Gadd, Kete

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  • CATEGORY: Natural history and environment
  • ISBN: 9780995143128
  • PUBLISHER: Massey University Press
  • IMPRINT: Massey University Press
  • PUBLISHED: 14/07/2022
  • PAGE EXTENT: 344
  • FORMAT: Soft cover
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Karen Denyer, MSc, Dip Envt Mgt, is the Executive Officer of the National Wetland Trust (NWT) and a freelance ecologist.

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Monica Peters works freelance at the interface between science, conservation and the public.