Author(s): Ray Salisbury
The story of the Tableland, the area behind Mt Arthur on the eastern side of Kahurangi National Park. Generations of Nelsonians have lived in sight of the Arthur Range on the western border of the Nelson district. But few of them know the stories that were played out on the Tableland, the high tussock plateau of Mt Arthur, in the adjacent Cobb Valley or in the ranges and valleys beyond. Explored by surveyors, farmed by the early pioneers, prospected by goldminers, loved by trampers, hunters and cavers, and cared for by Forest Service rangers, DOC rangers and conservationists, this is the story of a much-loved part of New Zealand's backcountry. The chapters in Tableland reflect its diverse land usage, from grazing and gold mining, asbestos mining to hydroelectric generation, but as well, tell the history of the characters who have worked, lived and played here. Beautifully illustrated with the author's photography, as well as a wide range of historic material and photos, this will be a book treasured by those with a connection to this area.
Ray Salisbury is the great-great-grandson of the first European Motueka Valley pioneer, John Park Salisbury, whose brother Thomas discovered the Tableland in 1863. The author was raised in Auckland where he trained as a graphic designer. After 12 years of teaching design to high school students, he is now a professional photographer and tutor based in Nelson. Ray has been a keen tramper for more than 40 years. His images and articles on the New Zealand backcountry have featured in 'Wilderness' magazine for decades.