Our Big Blue Backyard is the title of the latest book from Taranaki-based natural history writer, academic and graphic designer, Janet Hunt. She has previously won awards for her adult and children's books on wildlife and nature. In 2004, her study of New Zealand wildlife won Best in Non-Fiction and Book of the Year at the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, as well as the Elsie Locke Award at the LIANZA Children's Book Awards. In 2008, her Wetlands of New Zealand: A Bitter-Sweet Story won the Environment Award and the Montana Medal for Non-Fiction at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards. But Janet Hunt's latest focus - Our Big Blue Backyard, is about the 38 marine reserves around the country, and what is needed to protect and preserve New Zealand's seas and foreshores.