Author(s): Peter Hayden
New Zealand is an extraordinary land. It has been called ‘the closest thing to life on another planet’ and ‘a planetary lifeboat’. The main reason behind our uniqueness is that our islands have remained an isolated outpost for life in the midst of the ocean. This isolation has been a huge advantage. It has turned New Zealand into a wild laboratory where evolution could conduct experiments that led to weird and wonderful outcomes. Our uniqueness has also made us a magnet for scientists from around the world; yet many locals have no idea what’s so special about our environment. These stories will present our wildlife as never before. It will solve some mysteries and explode some myths with the help of those at the front line of science and conservation.
Finalist: New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults 2014
Peter Hayden is a well-known actor who worked with the Natural History Unit of TVNZ for many years telling New Zealand's stories about the country's wildlife and natural habitats.
Rod Morris is an award-winning photographer who has also worked for the Natural History Unit. Both Peter and Rod live in Dunedin.