Histories from the
Written when a ‘Stout Fellow Research ’, Victoria University, 1987
This is a story of connections - of relationships between races, relationships between hapu and the relationships between people on what is arguably the most distinctively “Maori” river in Aotearoa New Zealand. This remarkable book begins in the early 1800s and traces oral and archival stories of the Whanganui River. Each chapter opens with a present day encounter with Maori informants who take the author back in time to explore another aspect of the history.
Woven by Water "…gives us information and analysis plus feeling; it doesn't simply inform, it resonates... I commend it wholeheartedly" Michael King
Saving New Zealand's
Endangered Blue Duck
Published by Craig Potton, Nelson 2006 in association with Genesis Energy, Forest and Bird and The Central North Island Blue Duck Trust. ISBN 978 1 877333 46 0
The blue duck is a beautiful torrent duck that once lived on clear, fast-flowing rivers throughout most of the country. It belongs to a 'second tier' of endangered species whose numbers have dropped alarmingly in the last 15 years prior to publication.
Whio tells the story of how a dedicated group of scientists, field workers and volunteers have set about saving the blue duck, and combines a natural history of the bird with an illustrated history of human interaction, as well as a social history of the blue duck then and now.
Illustrated with custom-built superb colour photographs from some of New Zealand's leading wildlife photographers, this is an inspiring, delightful book.