Nathan, S. 2015 James Hector : explorer, scientist, leader. Lower Hutt: Geoscience Society of New Zealand. Geoscience Society of New Zealand miscellaneous publication 140. 264 p.
Abstract: This is the story of James Hector (1834-1907), explorer and geologist, who dominated nineteenth century science in New Zealand. His many achievements include setting up the Colonial Museum (now Te Papa), standardising New Zealand time, and introducing conifers such as radiata pine and macrocarpa to New Zealand. He started a national earthquake-recording system, the forerunner of today's GeoNet, and was one of the first observers to report on the disastrous 1886 Tarawera eruption. (auth)