The story of Puketiti Station, the historic Waipiro hill country farm inland and Te Puia Springs and Waipiro Bay on the North Island’s East Coast, reads like a ripping historical novel – except that it’s all true…
Buy this book for its fascinating insight into farming life from colonial times to the future. Author Bee Dawson… is a wonderful writer who brings history to life, and her text is matched with captivating photos, new and old. New Zealand Gardener, February 2014
‘… in the same spirit but further north, Bee Dawson and photographer Becky Nunes take readers to the East Cape in PUKETITI STATION: THE STORY OF AN EAST CAPE SHEEP STATION AND THE 180-YEAR-OLD WILLIAMS FAMILY LEGACY (Random House, $49.99). As a seasoned social historian, Dawson plunges into the station’s long and colourful human history with knowledge and a certain swagger. She’s helped by a story populated by a strong cast of characters. From clergyman William Williams’s first contacts with the region in 1833 to the challenges facing present owners Dan and Anna Russell, the book – with Nunes’s evocative photographs – is a satisfyingly rich distillation of Puketiti’s Maori and Pakeha past, present and future. New Zealand Listener, December 7-13 2013.