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Kenneth Cumberland

Geographer, Presenter

Kenneth Cumberland won fame with ground-breaking 1981 doco series Landmarks, presenting his view of the story of New Zealand. The achievements of this English-born geography professor were many: establishing and heading Auckland University’s geography department, writing on soil erosion, producing 13 editions of an Australasian school atlas, and helping plan Auckland’s development. Cumberland died April 2011.

Learning how we’ve handled this environment, how we’ve moulded the New Zealand habitat, has been a most congenial task. I’ve enjoyed - indeed I still savour - every moment of it. Kenneth Cumberland, in the first episode of Landmarks