Guardians of Aotearoa: Protecting New Zealand’s Legacies By Johanna Knox and Jess Charlton (photography), David Bateman Ltd, $59.99 .. .. .. .. .. ..
Maybe we all have them — lists of unsung heroes. Knox has hers, 39 Kiwis ‘dedicated to preserving skills and knowledge, or restoring and protecting our environment or the values that are a part of what it means to be New Zealanders.
Expecting a colourful coffeetable tome, I was surprised to see our ‘hero lists' overlapped a bit.
Activist and nurse Josie Butler, notorious for throwing a dildo at then Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce at Waitangi, makes a delightful appearance. That she volunteers to nurse in Third World countries lends perspective to her TPP protest. Freshwater ecologist Mike Joy, the bane of the dairy industry, also ranks among this diverse and passionate group. Well worth repeated dabbles on rainy days. —