Tony lives on the shores of the pristine and very natural Whangaroa Harbour and is a high school teacher of Science and Biology in local schools . His passion for native plants led to his first book which was published in 2008 by Penguin. Plant Heritage New Zealand looks at the features of New Zealand native plants and what makes them special.
He self published his second book, An illustrated Guide to Botanical Terms, as an ebook for iPad. He produces all the botanical photography for his books.
Tony writes and photographs for his books in winter. In summer he is busy with his tourism business, Whangaraoa Water Transport, Harbour Taxi and Whangaroa Houseboats.
Whether its boats or books, Tony’s stories are the same. He is all about celebrating and educating people about the special features of New Zealand nature.
Peri Hoskins is the second son of a family of five children. He is of mixed Maori (Ngapuhi) and Anglo-Celtic ancestry. While a student at Whangarei Boys’ High School, he twice won a national essay competition. After completing high school, Peri went to Auckland University where he studied law and the humanities, including history and English literature.
Peri worked as a lawyer in New South Wales before embarking on a 1994 five-month road trip around Australia. This road trip comprises the material for his soon to be published book, East. In December 1999 he travelled to the Kingdom of Tonga to be in the first country in the world to see in the new millennium. The diary of his three weeks in Tonga has become Millennium – A Memoir, a soon to be published book of creative non-fiction. In 2004 Peri completed a post graduate diploma in film and television production at Queensland University of Technology.
Peri now lives, writes and works as a barrister in his Maori ancestral homeland of Northland (Tai Tokerau).