Observations of a Rural Nurse

Sara McIntyre

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A unique photographic portrait of the King Country

Sara McIntyre, the daughter of the artist Peter McIntyre, was nine years old when her family first came to Kākahi, in the King Country, in 1960. The family has been linked to Kākahi ever since. On the family car trips of her childhood, McIntyre got used to her father’s frequent stops for subject matter for painting. Fifty years on, when she moved to Kākahi to work as a district nurse, she began to do the same on her rounds, as a photographer.

This book brings together her remarkable photographic exploration — her ‘observations’ — of Kākahi and the sparsely populated surrounding King Country towns of Manunui, Ōhura, Ōngarue, Piriaka, Ōwhango and Taumarunui.

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‘ ... a truly magnificent collection of colour photographs, impressively large in size, capturing the richness of a sequestered territory and its isolated inhabitants, both outdoors and indoors.’ — Clarke Isaacs, Otago Daily Times

‘It's a cracker!’ — Kathryn Ryan, RNZ


This book is currently unavailable for sale online but you can find it at your local bookstore.

  • CATEGORY: Art, Creative arts
  • ISBN: 978-0-9951229-7-0
  • ESBN: N/A
  • PUBLISHER: Massey University Press
  • IMPRINT: Massey University Press
  • PUBLISHED: 12/06/2020
  • PAGE EXTENT: 304
  • FORMAT: Hard cover
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Sara McIntyre moved from Wellington to the King Country in 2010. While working as a district nurse at Taumarunui Hospital she had the opportunity to further explore the area as a photographer.