This year, highly regarded journalist Vaughan Yarwood and photographer Arno Gasteiger travelled through rural New Zealand, visiting and staying with a range of farming families, on properties as diverse as a Waikato dairy farm, a Canterbury wheat farm, a Southland sheep farm, a Central Otago merino run and a North Island high country station run by a Maori incorporation.
Out of those visits comes another magnificent Godwit book, Farm, which in a thematic way, grouped in five substantial essays, tells the story of our farmers' relationship with the land.
It addresses the legacy of history, the necessity of constant adaptability and enterprise, the issue of succession as one generation hands on to the next, the grappling with sustainable land practices and conservation requirements and the pressures encroaching urban society can put on rural areas.
Accompanied by glorious photo-spreads that capture the spirit of the rural New Zealand way of life, Farm is both a serious piece of writing but also a book that is luscious to dip into.
Above all, it celebrates farming as the foundation stone of our economy and our national identity.