Author(s): Anne Rimmer
<b>Winner of the Environment Award in the 2005 Montana New Zealand Book Awards</b> This is the definitive history of Tiritiri Matangi Island, a conservation success story of international significance. Aimed at the general reader, the book describes the island's history: its Maori occupation, the farming period, wartime activities, and the historic lighthouse which has shone since 1865, as well as the subsequent conservation project. Thousands of trees, planted by volunteers, and the release of rare and endangered species have produced today's world-famous Open Sanctuary, near Auckland, New Zealand, which attracts over 33,000 visitors per year, including many school trips. Tiritiri Matangi is worthy of World Heritage status in the opinion of David Bellamy, who wrote a foreword for the book. The book gives scientific data on the flora and fauna of the island, with detailed descriptions of the twelve endangered species released there so far: these include takahe, saddleback, kokako, stitchbird and tuatara. The book is lavishly illustrated, with rare historical photographs and magical bird studies.
Winner of Montana New Zealand Book Awards: Environment Category 2005.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Anne Rimmer is a member of the Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi Inc. and has been a guide on Tiri since 2000. She is a scientist who as a member of Forest and Bird instigated the Millennium Forest project at the Tuff Crater. She lives on the North Shore of Auckland where she has campaigned for cleaner beaches.