Ao Toa: Earth Warriors (Cowrie) by Cathie Dunsford

By Cathie Dunsford

A band of passionate conservationists salary conflict opposed to the ravages of toxins and unregulated genetic engineering during this eco-thriller approximately sustainable ecology, the morality of technology, and the interaction among neighborhood pursuits and the calls for of the company and political international. New Zealand's old Maori culture blends with feminist ideology as Cowrie and a bunch of electorate from a conventional New Zealand village tackle multinational businesses and the govt. which will handle the obstacle that has triumph over their group: an unwell youngster and a wilting coastal atmosphere that they blame on irresponsible pollutants laws and years of inconsiderate environmental publicity to unfettered genetic modification.

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Ka pae, Mere. Thanks. I need time out to consider what I want. I think Tony is losing it. He is so emotional and extreme these days. ” 50 “You take all the time you need, Moana. ” “I’ve been thinking for a while about going back to study. I’d like to do some healing work. ” “You forget about the Bach flowers, Moana. I will teach you the plant remedies of our own people. Maori have long used herbal and medicinal remedies, and Cowrie and Irihapeti have got interested in this also. Maybe we’ll work together on it.

40 “Ae. I feel for their situation but they also sound like a bunch of redneck farmers who hate Labour and want to see their established plots preserved. ” “Yeah, I know. ” Cowrie reaches for the cardboard rolls to place inside her tray. ” Iri turns to her. We need to be careful here, Cowrie. We know that once GM is endorsed then we can no longer have true organic farming. ” “So maybe we should acknowledge their plight but also state where we stand on this. ” “Yeah – I find it hard to get my head around that one too.

One of the herons feeds her young by disgorging a small sprat, its tail still waving, into the baby bird’s beak. As soon as it has swallowed the fish, it cries out for more, sending the mother soaring back out over their heads to the sea to catch her next feast for her young. The wingspan seems huge as she flies over them looking like a pterodactyl escaping from the dinosaur-infested Waipoua Forest. Further down the river they glide past the old town20 ship of Helensville, resembling a ghost town with its skeletons of old buildings gleaming from the riverbanks, rusted cars and railway tracks, deserted houses and stacks of bins crawling with water rats in the daytime.

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