New Zealand's birds as you have never seen them before.

World renowned artist Ray Ching has created a truly unique celebration of New Zealand's birds and landscapes. Magical, humorous and beautiful, this is the imagined story of Aesop’s visit to Aotearoa New Zealand, described by its creator, Ray Ching, as an Antipodean Fantasy.


Ray Ching is considered by many to be one of the best wildlife painters of the twentieth century. Growing up on a farm in Nelson, New Zealand, he was introduced to the birds and other creatures that have remained central to his art. Books of his paintings include: The Reader's Digest Book of British Birds (1969, and still in print), Raymond Ching, The Bird Paintings (1978), Studies & Sketches of a Bird Painter (1981), New Zealand Birds (1987), Wild Portraits (1988). His last book was Aesop's Kiwi Fables published in 2012.


Dawn Chorus has been published to coincide with an exhibition of Ray Ching's work from the book at Artis Gallery, Parnell, Auckland from 25 November 2014.

Steve Reid is the author of 2013 title Veteran Cars: Amazing New Zealand Collections, and is a regular contributor to Classic Car magazine. In his latest book he looks at the vintage era, 1919 to 1931. A brief period of time in our motoring history when only the strong would survive.


Meet the Kiwis who have taken the time to lovingly restore these vintage beauties and, in doing so, know the real joy it is to own some of the great names from our motoring past.