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Iconic WildernessNew Chum Beach, New Zealand
‘New Chum’ is described as an ‘iconic wilderness beach’ by locals and the media. While the strong sense of identity associated with the beach has been a force for its protection from development, the fetishization of nature in New Zealand overlooks a history of deforestation and dispossession, as well as the labour required to restore it to this ideal. I wish to re-imagine a relationship with landscape for the 21st century which looks beyond preservation through human exclusion. This will be achieved through a grounded and temporal understanding of the histories, ecologies and identities associated with New Chum.