The Colonist and the Kiwikiu: How wildlife conservation is shaped by colonialism and the patriarchy

We were fortunate to have Rebecca Nesbit, author of the recently published ‘Tickets for the Ark’ ( speak to us in February about the ethical dilemmas that underly our efforts to preserve the natural world.

She gave us a thought-provoking talk, examining the ethical choices that we have to make, even if unconsciously, when we’re trying to protect the wildlife around us and demonstrating how the colonial and patriarchal nature of nature conservation in the past still impacts of the decisions made today.  We had a lively Q&A session afterwards, which could have gone on much longer if we hadn't had to vacate the B-Bar! See Rebecca’s website (  for more on the subject and details of her other publications.

(Image: Jamie Wright)