Titirangi, probably Auckland's most beautiful suburb and on the edge of the dramatic Waitakere Ranges, is truly the 'fringe of heaven'. This richly illustrated book, compiled over many years by the West Auckland Historical Society, tracks the area's evolution from successive Maori settlements, the first European arrivals, forest clearings and the beginnings of Titirangi village through to the post-war era when artists and writers began gravitating to the community as its regenerating forest reached for the sky. Titirangi: Fringe of Heaven collects specialist accounts of Maori history, prominent settlers, architecture, the arts and the environment with personal recollections of Titirangi life. A must for anyone with a connection to this beautiful area or with an interest in the arts and environment.
Marc Bonny grew up in Titirangi and after returning in 1995, has dedicated himself to researching its history. He edits the West Auckland Historical Society newsletter and is an active historical writer. Editors Bruce and Trixie Harvey have a strong interest in the history and environment of Titirangi; they edited the book Wiatakere Ranges for the Waitakere Ranges Protection Society and Bruce is the author of Whatipu.