Those who drive down the Akatawara valley from the hill summit behind Waikanae will likely notice Bill Tito’s signs, one of which says “Slow Down, you Bastards!”

We visited him recently in his very attractively situated studio on a hillside.   Despite being 70 he is still active in repairing valuable old books that are falling apart, and despite the fact that his fees are far from cheap, he gets plenty of business — in fact he must be one of the few people who makes a good income from books in NZ now.

As his business card above indicates, he is a bit of a character and his studio walls have photos of him with like-minded personalities such as Bob Jones and Tim Shadbolt.