The Wireless and Stuff article “Hermit of the highway: How a man in the woods survived Kaikōura’s 7.8 earthquake” updates New Zealand hermit Pete, who shrugs off the quake’s effects on his life. Being next to the sea, the tremendous noise spooked him a bit, and the quake’s rockfall cut off road access, ruined Pete’s garden and drinking water site, but spared his hut and solar panels.
URLs: http://thewireless.co.nz/articles/hermit-of-the-highway-how-a-man-in-the-woods-survived-kaikoura-s-7-8-earthquake; http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/nz-earthquake/87849133/how-pete-kaikouras-man-of-the-woods-survived-the-earthquake
From New Zealand, The Wireless offers a profile of “Pete,” a wanderer settled on the Kaikoura coast for over 30 years. The article is appropriately titled “What It’s Like to Be a Hermit.” Pete speaks frankly about wandering, surviving, growing old, and being alone.
Tom Neale (1902-1977) was born in New Zealand and lived on several Pacific islands, including Tahiti and the Cook Islands, pursuing odd jobs. In 1952 he moved to the island of Anchorage in the Suwarrow Atoll to live off and on as a solitary.
Neale’s story is told in his book, An Island to Oneself, which is available on the web. A number of websites about Neale include photos and biographical details.
URL (book): http://www.riverbendnelligen.com/tomneale/anislandtooneself1.html
URLs: http://volnomuvolya.com/Tom_neale_and_suwarrow_atoll.html; http://www.riverbendnelligen.com/books.html
The Taranaki Daily News reports that Eric Brewer, who has lived on a New Zealand beach as a hermit for 16 years, was evicted from his makeshift dwelling of tarpaulin and driftwood by the local city council today. His story had circulated worldwide via the web recently. Includes video.
Brief newspaper item on a New Zealand cottage (with picture) housing a since-prominent Chinese New Zealander in the 1930s, now designated an historic site. URL: