Don and I hiked through Otari- Wilton Bush this morning. Job Wilton and his wife Ellen were farmers and were responsible for protecting the 17 acres of bush area. The European settlers started to log and burn forested areas all over New Zealand to clear land for farming and homes. Job fenced off this 17 acres for protection from the Europeans. Job Wilton and his family went to extraordinary lengths to keep the forested area intact. Job lived from 1834-1916. In 1902 he commissioned the Minister of Lands to have this area made into protected land and his wish was granted in 1906.