Growing Apart: Regional Prosperity in New Zealand
Bridget Williams Books, $15.00,
When the Farm Gates Opened: The Impact of Rogernomics on Rural New Zealand
Otago University Press, $30.00,
In the last hundred years, the median population centre of New Zealand has moved from near Nelson (which is at the geographic centre of New Zealand) to near Hamilton. The drift north has been remorseless, as has been the drift to the cities. A hundred years ago, one in two New Zealanders lived rurally; today it is one in six, fewer than those who live in Auckland.