Review: Living on Shaky Ground

When my copy of Matthew Wright’s expanded and updated edition of ‘Living on Shaky Ground: The science and story behind New Zealand’s earthquakes’ arrived I was looking forward to learning about the latest advances in seismology; slow-slip earthquakes, the complex multi-fault Kaikōura quake and how seismic events previously […]

2020 Historical Anniversaries

At the beginning of each new year I like to share a list of some upcoming anniversaries to watch out for, a mix of some from New Zealand and some international, some notable events and some a little more obscure, but first there is something to celebrate. We […]

Happy Birthday, Cutty Sark!

A very special ship is celebrating a big anniversary today. The Cutty Sark is one of the most famous tall ships in the world, a tea clipper that won the admiration of so many for her speed during one of the most exciting annals in maritime history. She […]

Peace 1919: A Time to Reflect

A century ago communities around New Zealand gathered to celebrate the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. Hostilities had ended the previous November, but now the official terms of the peace had been locked into place, the worst of the deadly flu had passed and many loved ones […]

D-Day: 75th Anniversary

Seventy-five years ago the largest seaborne invasion in history was underway in Normandy, France. In the early hours of the morning, airbourne troops landed behind enemy lines and fought their way to strategic objectives and then just before dawn an opening bombardment roared along the coast – followed […]

This Edwardian Life: Lost Photographs

This is the story behind a remarkable collection of photographs that remained hidden for over a century. Glass plate negatives with forgotten scenes of everyday life in Edwardian New Zealand. It is also the story of my personal quest to discover who was behind the lens – the […]