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Thanks for all your inspiring comments. The giveaway is now closed and the winners (picked at random) are: Olivia Henwood, Katy Mar and Tom McMurtry.

I hate to send you into a panic, but you might as well know—there are less than 100 days until Christmas. I know, crazy huh? But don’t stop reading in shock. I have something that’ll ease the pain of that announcement. It’s a great present idea that’ll suit just about everyone you know.

New Zealand’s Wild Places is Craig Potton’s new book. You’ve heard of Craig Potton, right? There can’t be too many homes around the country that haven’t had a wall, coffee table, or desk embellished with the work of this well known landscape photographer at some point in time.

Cover of New Zealand's Wild Places by Craig Potton.

Anyway, New Zealand’s Wild Places is Craig’s latest, just released, piece of eye candy; and the wonderful folk at Craig Potton Publishing have given us three copies to give away to you, our lucky and loyal readers.

They’ve been sitting on my desk for a day or two now and, as I thumb (ever so carefully and well away from my coffee cup!), through the pages—covering rivers and lakes, the coast, and forests and mountains—I can’t help but feel a fresh sense of awe at our country’s remarkable landscape (and at Craig Potton’s talent in capturing it in such an honest way).

In the foreword he says:

It is my hope that New Zealand’s Wild Places can serve as a reminder of, and an inspiration for your own encounters with the wild places of our country.

Now, who wouldn’t want to give their family and friends that for Christmas (or at any other time of the year for that matter)?

To be in to win leave a comment on this post before 12 noon on Monday 23 September, telling us about your favourite New Zealand Wild Place.

The giveaway is open to Conservation Blog subscribers; however, we can only ship to New Zealand addresses.

Good luck!


New Zealand’s Wild Places is valued at $39.99 and is available to purchase from bookstores nationwide and online from www.craigpotton.co.nz.

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The giveaway is now closed. The lucky winner is kākāpō fan Tania Seward of Auckland, who recently visited our Official Spokesbird for Conservation, Sirocco the kākāpō , at Maungatautari.


Buller’s Birds of New Zealand, edited by Geoff Norman, is without a doubt one of the most beautiful books I’ve laid eyes on and, thanks to Te Papa Press, I have the privilege of giving away a copy here on the Conservation Blog.

“This precious and beautiful book is a perfect celebration of the precious
and beautiful birds of the precious and beautiful islands of Aotearoa.”
Stephen Fry

A memorial to a vanished world

This brand new (launched last month) edition contains the complete set of 95 classic 19th century ornithological paintings by John Gerrard Keulemans, reproduced in the most spectacular colour and detail.

Each painting is a masterpiece that I’d happily frame for my wall (although pulling apart this precious cloth-bound book to do so would be criminal – I might have to buy the calendar or cards for that project!).

Aside from the art, the book also has Buller’s original, descriptive text, as well as up-to-date taxonomic information in English and te reo Māori.

It’s valued at $150 and, on the off chance that you don’t win a copy here, you can purchase it from bookshops nationwide or online at www.tepapastore.co.nz.

Bush wren/mātuhituhi and rock wren/pīwauwau

Be in to win

To be in to win leave a comment on this post before 12 noon, Monday 12 November 2012, telling us why you want the book. A winner will be selected at random and contacted by email.

The giveaway is open to everyone, except employees of the Department of Conservation and their immediate families; however, we can only ship to New Zealand addresses.

Good luck!

Yellowhead/mohua and whitehead/pōpokotea

Stephen Fry says it best…

“There can be no finer example of the pinnacle of Victorian cataloguing than the stupendously fine work of Buller and Keulemans in their monumental collaboration… this wondrous, perfectly fashioned masterpiece marks a kind of dividing line between the old New Zealand of slaughter and extinction and the new New Zealand, which is one of the most conservation-minded, eco-aware and environmentally progressive nations on earth.

“Keulemans’ unprecedentedly detailed and exquisite images of every New Zealand bird that Buller could spot, catch and describe amount to a supreme work of art the like of which it is hard to find anywhere else in the realm of natural history…

“The re-publication by the Te Papa Press of this pioneering work with an exhaustive, deeply researched, highly readable text by Geoff Norman will be welcomed by scholars, field-workers and enthusiasts the world over. It is a memorial to a vanished world and a reminder of the vulnerability of biodiversity – how millions of years of creation can be undone by only a few centuries of destruction.

“I am dizzy with pride at being offered this opportunity to introduce it to you. This precious and beautiful book is a perfect celebration of the precious and beautiful birds of the precious and beautiful islands of Aotearoa.” – Stephen Fry

The giveaway is now closed. The lucky winner is Margaret Brown from Wainuiomata. Thanks for your comments everyone.

Skraaaaarrrk! Sirocco: The Rock-Star Kakapo book will be launched on Friday and, thanks to Random House NZ, I’ve got a copy to give away.

“Aimed at children, but equally appealing to adults, Sirocco: The Rock-Star Kakapo by Sarah Ell, tells the story of the remarkable parrot who has become a worldwide sensation.” 

Did you read that? I’m a remarkable parrot! I’m a worldwide sensation! Boom! Truthfully, we already knew that though, didn’t we? 

“Following his journey from sick chick to conservation superstar, the book also features more specific information about kakapo and the recovery programme.” 

I’ve always said, “No kakapo is an island”. It’s nice to know that my kakapo mates, and the recovery programme, get a shout out in my story. 

“With royalties from the book going to Kakapo Recovery, readers can enjoy Sirocco’s story whilst also knowing they are playing their part to aid his species’ recovery.”

So, even if you don’t win a copy, you should probably buy one. Kakapo Recovery, and your coffee table, will thank you for it. 

To be in to win a copy of Sirocco: The Rock-Star Kakapo, leave a comment on this post before 12 noon, Thursday 6 September 2012, telling me why you want the book. A winner will be selected at random and contacted by email. 

The giveaway is open to everyone, except employees of the Department of Conservation, Random House New Zealand, and their immediate families. 

Good luck! 

Sirocco: The Rock-Star Kakapo is valued at $24.99 and will be available from all good bookstores nationwide.