New Zealand is an outdoors nation and no other magazine captures its essence like NZ Geographic does. I’m very proud that several of my pictures have featured in it.
Fishing News is NZ’s best known fishing magazine, which also features articles on spearfishing. You may have seen some of my pictures on its cover!
You will feel understood after reading ‘Last of the Blue Water Hunters’ by Carlos Eyles.
It may be hard to hunt down Hugh Edwards’ ‘Treasure of the Deep – The extraordinary life and adventures of Captain Mike Hatcher’ but take my word that it is worth it!
Gross out your kids with this National Geographic Kids’ book. ‘That’s Gross!’ is a funny, fascinating and … disgusting. It features my shot of a tongue-eating louse.
The ‘Life-Size/Real-Size Guides to New Zealand’ series aren’t children books per se but I think they’re neat for little ones to have.
Diving in New Zealand
This book is full of stunning underwater imagery by Darryl Torckler – one of New Zealand’s best underwater photographers. It captures the best from the very small to the big and toothy.
Whether you love wrecks or natural reefs – NZ has it all. In this title, Darryl and Gillian points you to New Zealand’s top dive sites that no diver should miss.
This is a well needed addition to the main Lonely Planet New Zealand, which almost completely ignores the richness of New Zealand’s underwater world.
A lot of people are upset about the Spot X books for obvious reasons. Fishermen may also want to read the diving one.
I found several good shore diving spots by using the Fishing Spot X!!!
Identification, biology and ecology
One day, I will steal this book and fill it with my own pictures. In the meantime, enjoy ‘Fishes of the Open Ocean’ by Julian Pepperell and Guy Harvey.
NIWA scientist Malcolm Francis’ book is the most complete resource for fish identification. Chances are that every New Zealand fish that you’ll see underwater, will be featured in this book.
Fish Species of New Zealand by Jorge Hirt-Chabbert is an ID guide that is more geared towards fishermen.
‘Know Your New Zealand Fishes’ and ‘A Guide to Marine Reserves’ are books by Jenny and Tony Enderby who are also the authors of the Spot X books listed above.
I’m not sure if this book is still available but its a really nicely illustrated title that was written by academics who introduce the reader to New Zealand’s complex coastal ecosystem.
This book is a reminder that conservation is about our own safety and good fishing managment critical to economical well-being. The tag line of Gareth Morgan’s ‘Hook, Line and Blinkers’ is ‘Everything Kiwis Never Wanted to Know About Fishing’, which is partially a reference to recreational fishing practices that are not sustainable.