Author(s): Lyn Wade; Dick Veitch
Often described as the most intact native ecosystem in the country, Te Hauturu-o-Toi/Little Barrier Island holds a special place in the minds of all New Zealanders interested in preserving our countrys unique natural heritage. Written by experts across a range of fields, there are detailed chapters on the islands 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 countrys first nature reserve, and the conservation work that has been going on there for over 100 years.