The authors note that to achieve sustainable development, New Zealand will need environments that are in harmony with the natural world, as well as being clean, healthy and resource efficient. But issues of social justice, equality and participation are just as significant for sustainable development. To lead safe and fulfilling lives, people need adequate access to a range of goods and services, such as health, education, and housing. The urban-rural divide and the pressures both urban and rural systems face must also be addressed. Eighty-five per cent of New Zealand’s population live in urban areas, and with increasing suburban expansion and stress on city infrastructures. New Zealand’s own form of sustainable development will encompass biculturalism.
Living Space emphasises the diversity of New Zealand society, its Maori heritage and growing multiculturalism. Case studies look at issues facing centres including Auckland, Tauranga, Palmerston North, Wellington, Queenstown and Dunedin. Further information Amanda Smith, University of Otago Press phone +643 479 9094, email [email protected]