Malcolm Paterson belongs to Ngati Whatua of Tamaki and the Kaipara, and represents his iwi in heritage and environmental issues. He is a qualified medical doctor and holds an M.Sc. in environmental management. He has contributed to various publications; The Castle in our Backyard is his first book. Leah Mulgrew grew up in Karekare and studied painting at the Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland. After graduating in 2003 with a B.FA., she has lived and exhibited in the United Kingdom and New Zealand.