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Philip Simpson

Writer and ecologist Dr Philip Simpson lives next to Abel Tasman National Park and is a Trustee for Project Janszoon. His previous books, on cabbage trees (tī kōuka), pōhutukawa, rātā and tōtara, all combine natural and cultural history, the latter including Māori and European values towards the trees, and he now has transferred this perspective onto the park. For four years he has tramped through Abel Tasman National Park studying the plants and animals, geology and soils, as well as researching the human history through the libraries and museums of New Zealand, and gathering memories and knowledge sourced from local people.

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