Book – Drawing the Waitākere Coast
By Don Binney
Hardback, 256 pages, New Zealand, 1 April 2010
In 2008 painter Don Binney completed a suite of 24 coloured pencil drawings
In 2008 painter Don Binney completed a suite of 24 coloured pencil drawings of Auckland’s West Coast, from Huia to Te Henga (Bethells). They are evocative of the coast so many New Zealanders love and they are magnificent works in themselves. They are accompanied by text that takes the reader on an imaginary journey from Huia to Te Henga, commenting on the landmarks shown in each of the drawings. They also draw on Binney’s extensive contact with this coast and with the Waitākeres in general: in early adulthood he tramped and camped throughout the area, he was a founder member of the Waitākere Ranges Protection Society and he has often used his art to underpin his conservation-activist work.