Random House NZ, 2013
‘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 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.
‘I have really enjoyed the new release Puketiti Station by Bee Dawson for a number of reasons. Not only was I delighted at the format, described as a paperback but in fact a really nice flexi-cover with dust-jacket, it made me recall the beautiful area in which Puketiti is situated.
As a teenager and relatively fresh from an upbringing in the Orient, I was invited to give a hand at shearing time, on what must have been the neighbouring Takapau Station, where my older sister’s boyfriend worked. Full of excitement and anticipation, I was soon to learn the true meaning of hard work! After a 10 minute instruction on how to pick up, throw and check a fleece, I became an expert “rousie” who took a very personal pride in my work, particularly when told by the gang boss that the Maori shearing boys thought “that skinny Pakeha girl can sure work!”
I do remember through the haze of perpetual exhaustion, the lovely and then, remote spot in Te Puia Springs where we stayed and where I experienced the wonderful hospitality and warmth of the local people. Little things like fresh maori bread, bareback horse-riding on the beach at Waipiro Bay, watching the local boys bring in kina and going up to the marae for my very first hangi!
A book has surely done its job when you enjoy it and it also makes you smile!’
Liz & the Team at Touchwood