LIFE ON THE ISLAND
One hundred kilometres north-east of downtown Auckland, in the outer Hauraki Gulf, facing the full brunt of Pacific weather lies Great Barrier Island. With no reticulated electricity, no ATM machine, no street lights and one pub, this is a wild place with a long history of farming, whaling and fishing, and a resilient population of around 1000. At the heart of this close-knit community are Leonie Howie and Adele Robertson whose tales of birth, death and simple living in between are the subject of the book Island Nurses. The pair reveal what it is to live in a NZ outpost in conversation with Owen Scott.