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Introduction - 9 1. What is happening within New Zealand's rural communities? Chapter 1 - 22 On-farm changes that have affected rural communities in the past 20 years Chapter 2 - 32 Wairoa: Resilience and change Chapter 3 - 46 Talking to communities: How other small towns view their resilience Chapter 4 - 60 The Sustainable Land Use Initiative: A community's response to an adverse event 2. Making sense of these facts and experiences Chapter 5 - 78 A new framework to measure resilience Chapter 6 - 92 Creating an integrated perspective with modelling Chapter 7 - 104 Pathways to future resilience: The TSARA programme3. How will intersecting drivers affect the future of rural communities? Chapter 8 - 120 The resilience of Maori land use Chapter 9 - 132 Southland: An adapting landscape Chapter 10 - 148 How will technology affect the fabric of rural communities? 4. How will these changes be integrated? Chapter 11 - 168 Entrepreneurship on New Zealand family farms Chapter 12 - 180 Increasing indigenous biodiversity in farming landscapes Chapter 13 - 192 An integrated approach to farming: Learning from matauranga Maori Conclusion - 205 The future of rural resilience in New Zealand Notes - 217 About the authors - 227 Acknowledgements - 233 Index - 235

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Dr Margaret Brown, Senior Social Scientist in the People and Agriculture team at AgResearch, is based in Palmerston North. Margaret has a Bachelor of Education (Hons) and a PhD in Education from Massey University. She has an extensive background in farm systems, as she co-owns and manages a mixed farming enterprise in Manawatu with her husband and son. Margaret currently leads the Resilient Rural Communities research programme under which the research behind this book was conducted, and which looks at ways to codesign, construct and evaluate pathways rural communities can use to build resilience capability. Dr William (Bill) Kaye-Blake, Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), is based in Wellington. He has been studying food and agriculture for 25 years and is currently involved in interdisciplinary and international research on agrifood value chains, overseas consumer trends, and pathways for sustainable and resilient agriculture. He leads research programmes in two New Zealand National Science Challenges (High-Value Nutrition and Our Land and Water) and contributes economics and modelling expertise at AgResearch. Bill leads the Economics Consulting team in Wellington for PwC NZ and has contributed to consulting projects in Australia, China, New Zealand and the United States. Bill is also an Honorary Associate Professor at Lincoln University and adjunct Lecturer at Massey University. Penny Payne, Social Scientist in the People and Agriculture team at AgResearch, is based in Hamilton. She has a master's degree in community psychology and has studied at Victoria University of Wellington, the University of Waikato and City University of Hong Kong. Her current research areas include resilience, extension and education. Penny is currently evaluating extension programmes in climate change and biosecurity, targeting community, industry and school children. She also specialises in social network analysis, mapping relationships to explain and increase network resilience. Penny has worked with diverse audiences including rural communities, government, industry, not-for-profits, school children and regulatory organisations.

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