About


Robert Vennell is an ecologist and New Zealand natural history author. His first book The Meaning of Trees explores the history of New Zealand’s plants and people and was nominated for an Ockham New Zealand Book Award.

He is a research associate of Tāmaki Paenga Hira | Auckland Museum and is currently working in the predator free team at Northland Regional Council, helping to make Whangārei Heads pest free.

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Pōhutukawa – Metrosideros excelsa

Feb 5, 2019

The New Zealand Christmas Tree famous for its strong wood and delicious honey.

A Guide to Native New Zealand Tea Plants

Oct 3, 2019

A compilation of teas and tisanes brewed from New Zealand plants

Lord of the Trees: The Botany of Middle Earth

Mar 15, 2016

The native, exotic and imaginary plants that make up middle earth