It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of author, publisher and environmentalist Gordon Ell on 1 April after a short illness.

Gordon was a noted writer and photographer on natural and human history, founder and publisher of the Bush Press, and recipient of an Order of New Zealand Merit for services to journalism and conservation.

Gordon had been a key contributor to Oratia’s books in The NZ Series, together with his daughter Sarah — providing introductions to New Zealand history and geography for general and student readers.


Their latest book in the series, First Encounters, was published Thursday 8 April, helping Gordon’s legacy to live on in print.

Everyone at Oratia extends their deepest sympathies to Gordon’s family and friends.