Maungawhau, the mountain on our doorstep, has been cared for by its Friends for over two decades. This story of their history and volunteer activism makes fascinating reading. It explores the complex issues and challenges that the Friends of Maungawhau have faced, and describes their experience in restoring native vegetation to unstable scoria slopes. The book is beautifully produced and includes maps, photos, diagrams and native/weed plant lists. Published in the year of transition to co-governance of Auckland's volcanic cones, it is intended to inform people about the mountain's cultural, geological and ecological significance and to stimulate debate about how heritage sites should be managed and protected in an intensified city.