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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 […]

Review: Waitangi: a Living Treaty

This week marked one hundred and seventy-nine years since New Zealand’s foundational document was signed on Busby’s lawn at Waitangi. It was peddled by a frail Royal Navy officer, influenced and interpreted by other Europeans, each with their own agendas, and the signatories also had their own individual […]

2019 Historical Anniversaries

Happy New Year! As is tradition here at History Geek, at the start of each year I like to share a list of upcoming anniversaries. This isn’t an exhaustive or definitive list – there are others that do a much more thorough job than me – this is […]

2018 Historical Anniversaries

Happy New Year! Anniversaries give us a chance to reflect and remember how our yesterday shaped our today. Here are some historical anniversaries to watch out for this year – as usual I’ve included a mix of local and international, some well-known and others that are likely to […]

2017 Historical Anniversaries

Well somehow another year has passed so, as usual, here is a list of upcoming anniversaries to look out for. Some international ones and some local New Zealand dates as well, some notable ones and some others that will likely pass with little commemoration.

Xmas 2015

At risk of being compared to one of those UK TV shows that produces only a handful of episodes throughout the year, yet comes back to life with a one-off festive special, History Geek wishes you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.