New Zealand hermit Pete update

The Wireless and Stuff article “Hermit of the highway: How a man in the woods survived KaikĊura’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.


Tom Neale, Pacific island hermit

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.


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