The book launch last Friday evening was a great success and by all reports the evening was much enjoyed by those present (about 90 people). Peter Frost, a local Wanganui scientist and ornithologist was MC, and after his introductory word Dr Phil Battley of Massey University gave us a very informative and interesting talk on their work with godwits, and what they are finding out about their migration. This was followed by the Mayor of Wanganui, Annette Main, telling us about Wanganui and some current initiatives, and then launching the book (see picture below). I then showed a powerpoint on some background of the book and talked about certain subjects that are new for this book. The formal part of the evening was followed by supper, that my wife Jane and others had so nicely prepared. Whitcoulls set up shop to sell books, selling like "hot cakes", they mentioned afterwards. Since the launch we have been very busy getting the books out to shops all over the country, so are hopeful that good sales will continue.