RNZ Kim Hill: Ruth Shaw – Manapouri’s “Two Wee Bookshops”

Kim Hill interviews Ruth Shaw about her varied and interesting life.

Ruth has lived life on the high seas, worked with sex-workers in Sydney’s infamous King’s Cross including the infamous wall, and spent decades fighting for the environment.

She and her husband Lance spent 16 years operating the Breaksea Girl in Fiordland, helping raise awareness of the conservation happening on the country’s first pest-free islands.

They are now retired and live in Manapōuri, where Ruth has opened two tiny bookshops – one for adults, the smaller, for children.

Definitely worth a listen and hopefully an autobiography will follow.