Portrait by Andrew Shaylor www.shaylorphoto.com
Owner and operator is Tony Foster who lives at Totara North, Whangaroa, Northland, New Zealand.
Bushmansfriend as a business is named after the Rangiora (Brachyglottis repanda) shrub or small tree. It's common name is bushmansfriend due to the use made as 'toilet paper'. However this plant shows the ingenuity of the New Zealand bushmen who would use the resources around them to make do. Much like the strategy of the business to make a living based on simple natural resources.
Tony's love of the outdoors and New Zealands natural world led to a degree in biological sciences from Waikato University before teaching biology and science in rural New Zealand secondary schools including Ngata Memorial College Ruatoria, Whangaroa College and most recently as Deputy Principal Taipa Area School. He has also tutored environmental sciences and horticulture at North Tech in Kerikeri. In 1989 he moved with his family to Totara North, Whangaroa. The abundant native bush and unspoilt harbour of Whangaroa eventually became the inspiration for -Bushmansfriend- specialising in ecotours of the bush reserve surrounding Whangaroa Harbour. He now divides his time educating tourists about the special features on New Zealand plants and their heritage, as well as offering other nature tourism products including harbour tours and houseboat hire.
The Educational Websites
Over 500 photographs
Species classification and cultivation information
Affiliate schemes specialising in products that feature New Zealand native plants, books, posters, bone art.
Whangaroa Harbour Experiences
In 2005 Tony qualified with a boatmaster course and holds a Local Launch Operators maritime qualification, able to operate comercial boats in the Cape Karikari to Cavalli Islands Area. Tourism products are
Whangaroa Harbour Tours
Whangaroa Harbour Taxi
Whangaroa Houseboat Holidays
Plant Heritage New Zealand
In November 2008 Tony published his first book on the botanical and cultural features of New Zealand native plants. Check out Plant Heritage New Zealand from here