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Pukapuka Talks

Join us to celebrate the launch of Robbie Burton’s new memoir, Bushline, a deeply personal memoir in which he pays homage to a life shaped by the power of the landscape of Aotearoa. Hosted by Annette Lees.

Free but bookings required.

Robbie Burton is a tramper and book publisher, who has had a life-long love of the Aotearoa mountains.

In this memoir he recalls a childhood in which the natural world played a central part, and led to a youthful obsession with tramping, skiing and mountaineering. Over his long career at the helm of Potton & Burton, one of the largest independent publishers in Aotearoa, he has grown this interest by publishing many significant books about the outdoors and our natural history.

Bushline is a blend of reflection about the backcountry and the people who inhabit it, the authors who write about it and the books they have produced, as well as an inside view of independent publishing in Aotearoa. Ultimately, though, it is a deeply personal book about family and belonging, and how a life has been shaped by the power of the landscape of Aotearoa.

Burton will give a short talk in the Suter Theatre, featuring some of the most stunning images he has published, then Annette Lees will facilitate a conversation with Robbie about his life.

Join us in the Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū foyer afterwards for book signings and refreshments. This event is likely to be very popular so please reserve your seat by clicking on 'Buy Tickets', which will take you to a simple registration form.

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With thanks to Potton & Burton and Neudorf Vineyards.


Robbie Burton 

Robbie Burton was born, and has lived most of his life, in Whakatū Nelson. After working as a conservationist and then a community arts worker, he began in 1990 as the publisher at Craig Potton Publishing, now Potton & Burton. Over the last three decades, Potton & Burton has grown into one of the largest independent publishers in Aotearoa, entirely focused on non-fiction books. He ­continues to live in central Whakatū Nelson with his family, and to get out into the backcountry whenever he can.


Annette Lees (Host) 

Annette Lees has been an outdoor and natural world enthusiast from childhood. With a Masters of Science degree in ecology and landscape conservation, she has had a career in conservation in Aotearoa and the Pacific and has worked and travelled in South America and Africa. She is the author of three books that explore our connection to nature: The Deep Sky Waits on the Outskirts of Town (Reed 1996); Swim: A year of swimming outdoors in New Zealand (2018) (longlisted for the 2019 Royal Society Prize of the Ockham Book Awards); and After Dark: Walking into the nights of Aotearoa (2021). She lives in the Waitakere River valley with her family.   

Mon 24 Oct | 5.00pm

60 min
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