This site was created as part of a project to make nine volumes of the Flora and Fauna of New Zealand series available to the public via the Internet. The aim of the project was to improve access and awareness to the Series by making priority volumes available, in a searchable form, on the Internet. The volumes included in this project were Flora of New Zealand volumes 1 to 5 and Fauna of New Zealand numbers 11, 21, 40 and 43.

The project involved creating complete electronic versions of the printed text by converting existing electronic copies, rekeying the text or using optical character recognition; editing the text to ensure consistency with the printed text; converting the electronic version to XML; cross-linking the XML version (e.g., to enable navigation within the text); and presenting the XML on the internet. XML was used to capture as much of the structure of the volumes as possible, and to facilitate searching of the text.

The electronic version is divided into two major sections: a header section and the body of the text.

The header section describes the creation of the electronic file. The body of the text contains the entire text of the printed version. The body of the text is subdivided into a number of sections representing the major structure of the book (e.g., Table of contents, Preface, Acknowledgements, Taxon entries). Within each section the text was further subdivided according to a custom schema.

Electronic edition

The electronic versions are not intended to replace the printed New Zealand Fauna Series. The aim of the electronic versions is to increase awareness and improve access to this information by making them available via the Internet, and to add value by linking them with other online resources such as Ngā Aitanga Tuarā-kore a Tāne - New Zealand Terrestrial and Ngā Tipu o Aotearoa - New Zealand Plants (http://nzflora.landcareresearch.co.nz).

In creating the electronic version we have attempted to accurately reproduce the content of the printed volume. While the content of this volume is wholly the responsibility of the authors of each volume, the layout and style of the content has been altered to accommodate the change from a printed text to electronic delivery via the Internet.

No additional material or interpretation was added to the body of the text. Editorial notes and additional information are restricted to the header section.


This project was funded by the Terrestrial and Freshwater Biodiversity Information Systems (TFBIS) Programme.