" I really enjoyed this book. I recommend it to anyone working with cultural heritage, not just conservation, because it covers in plain language all the major questions faced by anyone trying to navigate an ethical course between scientific interests in heritage on the one hand and local community interests on the other...in short, Decolonising Conservation
provides a substantial footing for root-and-branch change in the way we go about our business. "
- Ian Lilley, Heritage & Society
"One of the strengths of this publication is that the diverse group of contributors—including conservators, anthropologists, lawyers, and Māori—provides a range of views from many different approaches...this publication is a useful addition to
cultural heritage practitioners and to the discourse of evolving international conservation practice."
- Vicki-Anne Heikell, Museum Anthropology
"There a number of reasons to celebrate this text...Sully demonstrates how diversity is effective conservation decision making...he shows how opposing views can inform rather than complicate conservation projects."
- Robyn Sloggett, Studies in Conservation
" The book's chapter layout and contributor essays are well-organized, succinct, and relevant for the study of New Zealand wharenui in international locations...Sully's expertise on Maori meeting houses is unsurpassed. Likewise, undergraduate and graduate students of Maori studies, cultural preservation, museology, oceania, anthropology, folklore, and archaeology will find Decolonising Conservation most helpful. Read the complete review at: http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&id=1048"
- Matthew J. Forss, Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources
"What an esoteric title: who but a few would be interested? Anyone concerned with the practicalities of conserving tangible heritage, whatever the sort or origin; anyone engaged in debates about intercultural representation. Summing up: Recommended."
- A.F. Roberts, CHOICE
"The authors are congratulated on producing an engaging and well-illustrated volume which will simultaneously be of interest to those involved in the care of marae and other aspects of Maori heritage (both within and outside of New Zealand), as well as those of us with an interest in the ways in which an indigenous and post-colonial critique is transforming contemporary heritage practice in the modern world."
- Rodney Harrison, Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites
"This is an important book, not because it argues for anything that is particularly new to the conservation profession, but rather because it once again, and very ably, demonstrates that it is possible, desirable, and effective to develop 'community conservation' with communities in distant lands, to break down the barriers of former colonial social relationships, and to build new 'participatory' social relationships in their stead.
- Daniel Cull, e-conservation