Team tac­tics

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Heard the phrase ‘you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours’? It’s not just the pre­serve of shonky busi­ness deals, ac­cord­ing to a new book by con­ser­va­tion­ist Ni­cola Val­lance and pho­tog­ra­pher Rod Mor­ris. Called Wild Bud­dies and Bad­dies, the book is aimed at nine to 14-year-olds, and high­lights the sym­bi­otic re­la­tion­ships be­tween plants and an­i­mals in New Zealand. From tu­ataras snug­gling up to seabirds and rata trees that like to pig­gy­back rimu trees, to worms that can take over the minds of we­tas. It also asks the ques­tion of whether hu­mans are bud­dies or bad­dies. RRP: $21.00

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