Vaughan Wood


Dr Vaughan Wood is an environmental historian with a longstanding interest in the environmental history of New Zealand during the 19th and early 20th centuries, and was a postdoctoral fellow on the Marsden Fund project Empires of Grass, as well as the Canterbury History Foundation Community Historian for 2008. He is the author of Akaroa Cocksfoot: King of Grasses (2014), and has been a contributor to Seeds of Empire (2011) and Making a New Land: Environmental Histories of New Zealand (2013). He has been a report writer and/or researcher on the Urewera, Whanganui, Rohe Pōtae, Te Raki (Northland) and Fresh Water inquiries by the Waitangi Tribunal, as well as leading the team which produced the Porirua ki Manawatū inquiry’s Environment report. In recent years he has undertaken research on the land use history of the Opihi, Manuherekia, Taieri, and Ashley/Eyre River catchments, and contributed to updates of the heritage plans of Waitaki District and Christchurch City Councils.


  • Assessments of environmental effects
  • Compiling bibliographies
  • Editing
  • Expert witness
  • Heritage inventory preparation
  • Photographic research
  • Project management
  • Proof-reading
  • Property searches
  • Research
  • Treaty research
  • Writing


  • Agriculture
  • Environment
  • Government administration
  • Heritage
  • Science
  • Technology