Tony's love of the outdoors and New Zealand's natural world led to a degree in biological sciences from Waikato University before teaching biology and science in rural New Zealand secondary schools including Ngata Memorial College Ruatoria, Whangaroa College and most recently as Deputy Principal Taipa Area School. He has also tutored environmental sciences and horticulture at North Tech in Kerikeri. In 1989 he moved with his family to Totara North, Whangaroa. The abundant native bush and unspoilt harbour of Whangaroa eventually became the inspiration for Bushmansfriend.
Sadly, Tony passed away in 2016 after a short ilness. His legacy lives on as Judy continues the small business.
Bushmansfriend prides itself on a philosophy of Responsible Tourism. We actively strive to improve our energy efficiency, waste management, water conservation, caring for our flora and fauna and being actively involved in growing the Whangaroa Community.
Tony was a keen botanist, who wrote about and photographed New Zealand native plants. Tony (the Bushmanfriend) had a particular interest in the diversity seen within the Whangaroa bush, which saw him write Plant Heritage New Zealand and an Illustrated Glossary of Botanical Terms. Please follow the links to learn more or to purchase a book.