The arts of photography and writing were celebrated by the Caselberg Trust in Portobello on July 6, when photographer Rod Morris and writer/actor Peter Hayden spoke on their new book, An Extraordinary Land.
Their words and Rod’s amazing images reminded their appreciative audience that if we want to enjoy our truly extraordinary wild-life, we need more than just the efforts of dedicated conservation workers: we also need the enthusiasm and energies of our young people, such as the students of Macandrew Bay School who feature in the pages of the book.
The Trust thanks Peter and Rod, and congratulates them on their beautiful book, and we also want to thank Graham McArthur of The Video Factory, for contributing the sound system and visuals that were so important to their conservation message.
On the dust jacket of ‘An Extraordinary Land, we use a quote from world famous scientist and author (The 3rd chimpanzee, Guns, Germs and Steel, Collapse) Jared Diamond, ‘New Zealand bears the closest resemblance to life on another planet’.
I cant describe NZ any better. It takes an outsider to tell us how special our homeland is, because we take much of our nature for granted… probably because many of our surviving birds are nocturnal and shy; some of our most unique creatures are smaller than a matchbox, but are much older than the dinosaurs and extraordinarily precious. This book celebrates what is so special about what’s out there often not far from our back doors. We celebrate the weirdness and wonderfulness of NZ nature; what’s the latest discoveries in wildlife science and what we are learning about creatures (like kiwi) that we thought we knew well.