Retired National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) scientist Richard McKenzie has a story to tell.

As described by Mr McKenzie, his story Saving Our Skins is an insider’s account of the most successful international environmental action ever undertaken.
‘‘It’s a story which has been largely untold.’’

Mr McKenzie started working at Niwa’s Lauder base in 1979, where he was the project leader for the UV programme.

‘‘The ozone story is an interesting story. I just tell it the way I see it,’’ he said.
‘‘Overall, it’s a very positive and hopeful story.’’

Mr McKenzie’s team was ahead of its time, making measurements relative to ozone depletion in the Antarctic before the ozone hole was even thought of.

Unfortunately, his story does not involve a trip to the Antarctic.
‘‘I never got there. You have to read the book to find out why,’’ he said.

Although he is now retired, he still works as an emeritus scientist at Lauder, which allows him to retain a relationship with Niwa.

His spare time has been dedicated to his book, which he initially had available through Amazon. However, Covid-19 hit and since then the book has not been available for shipping, only electronically.

Mr McKenzie wants to have his book more accessible throughout the local community so had copies printed by ODT Print and will host a book launch and signing tomorrow.

‘‘A lot of hours have gone into it,’’ he said, of the finished product.

Saving Our Skins is dedicated to Mr McKenzie’s son, David, who died in the 1990s.

The book launch will take place tomorrow at Alexandra Community House, from 5pm to 7pm.

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