NorthTec Graduate Launches New Book

8 August 2019

NorthTec Graduate Launches New Book

Image: Lyn Wade with 2 Department of Conservation rangers on Hauturu/Little Barrier Island

NorthTec graduate, Lyn Wade, is set to launch Hauturu on 17th September - a book she has co-edited about Hauturu/Little Barrier Island. Lyn studied a Bachelor of Applied Science at NorthTec in 2014 and has a great passion for the environmental management and conservation of the island.

Lyn says her father was the inspiration behind her co-editing this book. She said: “My father wrote 2 previous books on Hauturu, the last was published in 1961 and much has happened since then, so I felt it was time to update it. I’m looking forward to this book being in the public domain to be treasured and enjoyed. It’s a very comprehensive book pulling together not only the rich biodiversity of the island but its geology, marine ecosystem, conservation and people’s history. It’s a great resource with many colour photos of species and species lists,” she said.

Lyn’s co-editor, Dick Veitch, had been involved with scientific collations before and was well-known to many of the different scientists and authors who feature in the book.

Lyn said: “Dick has a passion for Hauturu and was responsible for the eradication of cats from the island which many thought impossible. It was great to work alongside him.”

Lyn says she loves the nature of the environmental industry as she loves being outdoors and making a difference.
Lyn is now Chairperson for the Little Barrier Island (Hauturu) Supporters Trust and aims to see marine protection around the island and more in the Hauraki Gulf., with a working group set up to work towards this.

Lyn is greatly involved in the conservation and environmental management of Hauturu. She is a volunteer supervisor for DOC for day visitors to the island; organises and leads some of the Hauturu Supporters Trust volunteer weekends; participated in a tuatara survey; helped the rangers collect seeds from species that could be affected by myrtle rust for a seed bank; organised and conducted the 5 yearly kiwi monitoring projects on the island; and worked with Natural History New Zealand (NHNZ) film crew while they made a video for the Trust about the biodiversity on the island.

Lyn says: “If someone is thinking of studying locally at NorthTec, make sure to make the most of all the opportunities that are offered to you. There are so many field trips on the programme to help you understand what you are learning in the classroom; the classes are small with a mixed bag of students, from all different walks of life, and there are some really great tutors at NorthTec.”
 Note: The Bachelor of Applied Science is taught at NorthTec Raumanga Campus for the three years of the degree and students gain a Diploma in Environmental Management after their second year. Students are awarded with the Bachelor of Applied Science by Unitec when they complete their third and final year.

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