Kathy Little (Ngāi Tahu – Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri), has written a book, The Kiwi in Emuland, which details her two-year journey around Australia, with her microlight aircraft in tow.

Written during her journey (2001-2002), Kathy’s story has now been released as an e-book on Amazon and in the near future will be released as a softback.

Kathy gained her pilots license at Ruawai when she was 40 and soon after spent a year in England before moving to Western Australia. There, she got her aerobatic rating and went on to become West Australia’s first female microlight-licenced pilot at the age of 48. Her book details her many trip adventures.

Born in Rāwene in the Hokianga in 1950, Kathy was raised in the Waipoua Forest until she was 12. After high school in Dargaville, she became a teacher, and in the early 1980s, she was an itinerant teacher of te reo Māori and culture.

She has lived in Taranaki and Mt Maunganui. Her first husband was Tari Tito from Taranaki and together they have three grown children and nine mokopuna. Kathy is now retired from teaching and lives in Bali. Kathy’s maiden name is Robinson and her father was Samuel Robinson. He was the eldest son of Samuel and Ethel Robinson (nee Aldridge). Her paternal grandmother Ethel descends from Takaroa Makutu, who had two husbands, George McDonell and Michael Aldridge.

You can find Kathy’s ebook at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00SKKWZI2.

The Kiwi in Emuland.

The Kiwi in Emuland.

Kathy Little at a country music festival in the Hokianga in 2014.