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  • Published: 13 April 2012
  • ISBN: 9781869798215
  • Imprint: Random House New Zealand
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

High Country Woman

My Life On Rees Valley Station


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A special book about a unique New Zealand high-country farmer and her historic sheep station

A special book about a unique high-country farmer and her historic sheep station.

New Zealand's high country farmers are a special breed. They farm in tough terrain, at high altitudes, in areas where extreme climate puts both man and animal to the test. When she was widowed, with three children, in 1992 Iris Scott had to call on all her farming skill and inner strength to carry on as the runholder of the 150-year-old, 18,000-hectare Rees Valley Station at the head of Lake Wakatipu, near Glenorchy. Not only that, she had to run the station on her own and keep up her veterinary practice.
High Country Woman is the engaging story of Iris Scott's love of our high country and her determination to farm it successfully while upholding high conservation and land-guardianship values. The book also covers the fascinating history of the area long known to locals as The Head of the Lake, the focus of William Rees' great sheep run, established not long after he and Nicolas von Tunzelman became two of the earliest Europeans to travel into the area in an epic exploration feat in 1860.

  • Pub date: 13 April 2012
  • ISBN: 9781869798215
  • Imprint: Random House New Zealand
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

About the Author

Iris Scott

Iris Scott, author of the bestselling memoir High Country Woman: My life on Rees Valley Station, is one of the first New Zealand women to graduate from the Massey University veterinary science degree. She moved to Rees Valley Station in 1971 when she married Graeme Scott, son of the then runholders Doug and Jean Scott. A practising vet, she took over running the station when she was prematurely widowed in 1992. This proclaimed ‘matriarch of high country women’ is a member of the Otago Conservation Board and a passionate advocate of the high country way of life.

‘an absorbing read’ Oamaru Mail

. . . ‘a uniquely New Zealand pioneer-to-present day story. . . . A wonderful book to add to your New Zealand stories about our people and their history in our country.’ Saturday Express

'For anyone who admires New Zealand’s landscape and those who make a living within it, the book is a spectacular snapshot of a region that attracts international attention. More importantly, it is a tribute to Scott and her family, whose toil and leadership on Rees Valley Station is humbling and inspirational.’ (Lakes District & Central Otago News)

'It is beautifully illustrated throughout, which adds to the journey, but it is the words that will have the most impact, pulling you into the story of how one incredibly strong woman picked herself up, dusted herself off and with a few wee hiccups along the way took on life and won.' Southland Times


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