Author(s): Raewyn Peart
This very special publication is a social, environmental and cultural celebration of the Hauraki Gulf, and is the story of our association with this remarkable place. The book tells the story of the Hauraki Gulf from first discovery up until the present day.
The book has been produced in a very attractive full-colour, coffee table format with over 300 historic and contemporary photographs, drawings, nautical charts and maps. It will be a book to enjoy and treasure over time. It will also make an excellent gift.
The story is told through three strands that are woven together to provide a rich understanding of the Gulf. The first is an underlying narrative largely based on published sources. The second is told through people’s reminiscences, based on their memories of the Gulf over their lifetimes. These stories, which have been sourced from fishers, farmers, divers, bach owners and the like, help bring the narrative to life. The third strand of the story is told through images. There is a very rich visual history of the Hauraki Gulf encapsulated in the numerous historical photographs and drawings held by museums and libraries. These have been complemented by a range of contemporary photographs. The book is strongly about place and the images serve to show that place, as it was in the past and as it is now.
“I hope that the stories in this book will prompt readers to recall their own special stories of the Hauraki Gulf and of other treasured locations. Because it is only if we remember our stories, if we tell our stories and if we act on them that we can ensure that our special places will endure.”
“With its lovely maps and photos and prose as clear as glass, the book just kept opening up. This is a wonderful book.” Geoff Chapple, NZ Listener
“This is a beautiful tribute to a stunning part of New Zealand, and one that we should all have on our shelves.” Boat Books