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The great outdoors

On top of the world: Ed Hillary

His 1953 ascent of Mt Everest, the planet’s highest peak, brought him worldwide fame, but of greater significance, perhaps, was his humanitarian contribution to the Sherpa people of the Himalayas.

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Scenery preservation in New Zealand

It was a fresh way of seeing New Zealand. The Scenery Preservation Act of 1903 meant the value of land was no longer purely economic. Scenic, scientific, historic and natural curiosity values were also considered important.

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Exploring New Zealand's interior

The European exploration of inland New Zealand was a long process. Claiming, taming and naming the landscape was a fundamental part of settlement and colonisation.

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