Author(s): Jane Dove Juneau
The Spirit of Taranaki is the latest exploration of Taranaki through the lens by Jane Dove Juneau. Her first book of Taranaki photographs was published in 1987 with writers David Hill and Elizabeth Smither. This is a fascinating visual journey around Taranaki as photographed by top New Zealand photographer Jane Dove Juneau. It includes stunning landscape photographs of Mt Taranaki, images of the wild West Coast ocean and rugged backcountry landscape. The 160 pages of photographs also explore world renowned parks such as Pukeiti and Pukekura Park, along with the arts and architecture of the region. It also features dynamic photojournalist images of cultural events and activities such as WOMAD, Sir Edmond Hillary at Puke Ariki. It is a fresh perspective of New Zealand from a photographer who returned home after 17 years working as a photographer and writer in the United States.
PART ONE: THE SWEEP OF THE LAND 13 The landscape of Taranaki from Awakino, southwest to New Plymouth, circling Mt Taranaki, south to Waverley, via Whangamomona back to New Plymouth; MAP OF TARANAKI 14; PART TWO: CLIMATE OF GROWTH 71 Man's influence on the land - a wander through the world-renowned gardens of Pukeiti and Pukekura Park, and several nationally-recognised private gardens; PART THREE: ARCHITECTURE AND THE ARTS 101 The spirit of Taranaki reflected in the architecture and arts. Images of Maori culture, historic buildings, and rural towns to modern architecture; PART FOUR: PEOPLE, EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES 131 The cultural diversity of Taranaki and New Zealand is unique. Specific events and activities in the Taranaki environment have created a niche that sets it apart from other regions.