Adventures of a lifetime

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Nature guide, wildlife scientist, former helicopter pilot and author of three books Ken Tustin (left) and new author Doc Sutherland, of Te Anau, share a joke during the launch of Sutherland's book Fraught with Danger at the Te Anau Club.

DOC Sutherland launched his book Fraught with Danger at the Te Anau Club this month.

It is about his adventures in deer farming, fishing off the southern coast of Fiordland and flying helicopters in New Zealand, the United States (US) and Canada in the 1970s, 80s and 90s.

The launch was attended by more than 80 people and the book was popular, with 128 copies being sold.

“The launch went really well and was a very memorable occasion catching up with so many friends,” Sutherland said.

Alistair (Doc) Sutherland, a retired helicopter pilot and entrepreneur, of Te Anau, based the book on his own experiences as well as those of his friends and colleagues. The idea to write the book was first mooted when he and a few mates were sitting around a bottle of gin somewhere in Fiordland.

Sutherland grew up in Eastern Bush, near Tuatapere, in Western Southland. He took up hunting at an early age.

Hunting led into a crayfishing venture on the southern coast of Fiordland.

At 22 he got his helicopter licence and spent a lot of time in Te Anau during the live capture era.

Sutherland dedicated the book to the late Stuart Wood, a net gun shooter from Kaikoura who he worked with from his Halden Station days until they finished working in the US.

“Stu was not only my permanent shooter, he was a good friend.”

At the launch, $10 of every book purchased went towards the Fiordland Community Shuttle.

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