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Waitakere Ranges

Ranges of Inspiration - Nature-History-Culture

Edited by Bruce and Trixie Harvey

Special for WRPS members $85 (includes P&P))

For non-WRPS members $95 (includes P&P)

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The western edge of the city of Auckland is flanked by the forested Waitakere Ranges. In thirty minutes from the centre of the city one can be in the tranquility of forest wilderness. Maori came and occupied the fringes of the great Forest of Tiriwa, Europeans came and milled the kauri, timber used to build ships and dwellings in the cities of the Pacific rim, but remnants were saved. Today the forest is again thrusting skyward and new generations of people are appreciating beauty, once nearly lost.

The story of the Waitakere Ranges is written by many authors who tell us from various points of view, what it is about the Ranges that they love and value.

The book contains essays on the natural history, asserting the fascination and intrinsic value of the wildlife and proposing ideas to enhance it. Other essays tell the history, both the destruction and conservation of the great forest and the lives of the people who settled here. Maori past is presented as a poetic essay about the place names in history and legend. The Ranges environment has inspired some of New Zealand’s most celebrated poets writers and artists, so the book concludes with the reproduction of works of art, poetry and prose that are identified with the area.

This book has over 50 contributors and covers the natural history, history and culture of the Ranges area.

Over 500 pages, hard-covered, in full colour and lavishly illustrated with wildlife photographs, drawings and maps, historical and contemporary photographs and paintings from the nineteenth century to the present, the book tells the story of this place in many voices, an encouraging story of recovery of an area once nearly devastated. this book has something for everyone who loves the beautiful Waitakere Ranges.

Edited by Bruce and Trixie Harvey, the book is a collection of essays, articles, art and writing from over 70 contributors.

Sponsored by Waitakere City Council, Auckland Regional Council, ASB Trust, Lotteries,Watercare Services Ltd and the Waitakere and Portage Licensing Trusts, the book was a long-term project that was finally realised in 2006.

Saving the Ranges

Saving the Ranges

The first 40 years of the Waitakere Ranges Protection Society

Edited by Bruce and Trixie Harvey

$40 ( includes P & P )

The book tells of the many people who have contributed to the conservation and protection of the Ranges and makes it clear that the work of the Society would not have flourished without the hundreds of members who have given their support.

You can purchase the book from the Society.

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Stunning hand-painted mugs and bowls

Mugs and Bowls

  • WRPS mug $35.00 plus $5.00 p&p

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  • WRPS bowl $35.00 plus $5.00 p&p

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  • Bird mug  $35.00 plus $5.00 p&p

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A superb gift - for you or a friend!

Uniquely designed for the Society by potter Lynda Harris.

Individually crafted and beautifully painted to show the bush covered ranges and a view to the sea with a splendid kereru admiring karaka berries...
WRPS mug $35.00 plus $5.00 p&p
$10 from each sale goes to the Society.
The mugs are made to order so please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery.

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Purchase one of these stunning t-shirts.
All T-shirts are 100% cotton except the grey marle which is 85% cotton/15% polyester


Women: Marle
Men: Staple

S, M, L, XL

Available in black, white, grey marle or army green.
Black t-shirts and army green t-shirts have single colour logo printed in white
White t-shirts and grey marle t-shirts printed with full colour logo

$35 + $5 p&p

Mens T shirt

ABOVE: Men's black staple with white logo  Catalogue Number #6

ABOVE: Men's army green staple with white logo Catalogue Number #7

ABOVE: Women's black marle with white logo Catalogue Number #8 , Men's white staple with black logo Catalogue Number #9 and Women's grey marle with full colour logo Catalogue Number #10



ABOVE: Women's grey marle with full colour logo Catalogue Number #10


ABOVE: Men's white stable with full colour logo Catalogue Number #11


Payment Instructions


Email your order information including catalogue number # to: and make your payment to:

Kiwibank Acc No. 38-9010-0379887-02 (Books)

Kiwibank Acc No. 38-9010-0379887-01  (Other)


Send your order & cheque to for the appropriate item or subscription enclosed, to:

The Waitakere Ranges Protection Society

PO Box 15668

New Lynn

Auckland 0640