Lloyd Esler is a teacher, tour guide, writer, and historian based in Invercargill, the southernmost city in New Zealand. He has explored much of southern New Zealand, including Fiordland and Stewart Island, and has written extensively on local history. His most recent book is on the history of the rabbit pest in New Zealand; his current research project is regarding the story of Foveaux Strait, the passage that separates Stewart Island from the South Island. As a city councilor, he takes a special interest in natural heritage and environmental issues. As a teacher, he has been responsible for introducing thousands of young Southlanders to the great outdoors.