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History, flora and fauna of Te Hauturu-o-Toi/Little Barrier Island

Edited by Dick Veitch, Edited by Lyn Wade


400 Pages, 6.5 x 9.5

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $50.00 (US $50.00) (CA $67.00)

Publication Date: December 2019

ISBN 9780995109582

Rights: US & CA

Massey University Press (Dec 2019)

Price: $50.00


Often described as the most intact native ecosystem in the country, Hauturu holds a special place in the minds of all New Zealanders interested in preserving our country’s unique natural heritage. Written by experts across a range of fields, there are detailed chapters on the island’s plant and animal species, and the efforts to protect them, its geology and the seas around it, along with comprehensive species lists, all helping to convey the immense biodiversity of the island. The story of Hauturu is not just of its wildlife, but of the people who have lived and worked there. There are chapters on its early history, its beginnings as the country’s first nature reserve, and the conservation work that has been going on there for over 100 years.

Author Biography

Dick Veitch spent his working career with the New Zealand Wildlife Service, now part of the Department of Conservation. His first contact with Hauturu was in 1964, with the team carrying out the transfer of kiwi from Little Barrier to Ponui Island. He later managed the cat eradication project, transfer of hihi to other islands, the return of tieke and the transfer of kokako to Hauturu. Dick is now retired, but is still actively involved with restoration projects on Hauturu. He lives at Papakura, south of Auckland. Lyn Wade has been a member of the Little Barrier Island (Hauturu) Supporters’ Trust since its inception in 1997 and is the current chairperson. Her first visit to Hauturu was in 1956 alongside her father, Bill Hamilton, in the course of researching his DSIR Bulletin 137 ‘Little Barrier Island (Hauturu)’. Lyn has made multiple visits since then, and has written two reports for the Department of Conservation. In 2018 Lyn was awarded a QSM for her services to conservation. She is based near Warkworth.