One Hundred Havens reviewed on NZ Booklovers


One Hundred Havens: The settlement of the Marlborough Sounds by Helen Beaglehole has been reviewed on NZ Booklovers by Anne Kerslake Hendricks: ​​

‘Although I have flown over, ferried into, and holidayed in the Marlborough Sounds many times, before reading Helen Beaglehole’s new book I knew little about the area’s intriguing past, or the people who have chosen to live there.

Historian Beaglehole knows the Sounds well, having sailed, cycled and hiked in the area over many decades. She covers a broad range of topics, many in considerable detail, including how settlement in the region has influenced or been influenced by colonisation, conservation, geology, tourism, agriculture, technology, land claims, regulations, religion, and infrastructure (or the lack of it).

Beaglehole observes that “tensions around land use, land conservation and financial gain” have persisted. She mentions that there are currently 3909 permanent residents in the Sounds, around 10% of whom are Māori. The number of permanent residents has increased over time, although some areas (such as Kenepuru Sound) are more populated than others.’

Read the full review here