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

Edited by Lyn Wade and Dick Veitch

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Soft cover


A richly illustrated account of the island’s diverse plants and animals, and the people behind this globally significant conservation success story

Rising to the highest point in the Hauraki Gulf, Te Hauturu-o-Toi/Little Barrier Island stands sentinel over its rare and endangered birds, plants and animals. It is home to New Zealand’s most diverse native bird and reptile communities, a prodigious number of seabirds and a vast array of invertebrate fauna.

New Zealand’s first nature reserve, it is also a global symbol of conservation success and innovation. The island’s story is not just of its animals and plants, but of people, too: of Ngāti Manuhiri and Ngāti Rehua, the tangata whenua, and of the rangers, researchers and volunteers whose efforts have inspired the conservation world.

Written by experts across a range of fields, this book is a comprehensive account of the history and biodiversity of a very special place.

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‘This is a book written by experts but designed for any reader interested in how Little Barrier became a sanctuary for a uniquely rich community of birds, reptiles and plants.’ — New Zealand Listener


  • CATEGORY: History, Natural history and environment
  • ISBN: 9780995109582
  • PUBLISHER: Massey University Press
  • IMPRINT: Massey University Press
  • PUBLISHED: 12/09/2019
  • PAGE EXTENT: 400
  • FORMAT: Soft cover
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Lyn Wade has been a member of the Little Barrier Island (Hauturu) Supporters’ Trust since its inception in 1997.

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Dick Veitch spent his working career with the New Zealand Wildlife Service, now part of the Department of Conservation.