Guardians of Aotearoa: Pro­tect­ing New Zealand’s Lega­cies By Jo­hanna Knox and Jess Charl­ton (pho­tog­ra­phy), David Bate­man Ltd, $59.99 .. .. .. .. .. ..

Havelock North Village Press - - News - Peter Shand

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. —

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