Category: War

Battlefield Guide: Kororareka 1845

I’ve previously posted battlefield guides for two of the most famous battlefields in Europe; Omaha Beach and Waterloo.  Today’s guide is for a lesser known battlefield, but one that is a lot closer to home – at the top of the North Island of New Zealand.  Known today […]

Review: UTU Redux

Last night I attended a screening of ‘Utu: Redux’ as part of the 2013 New Zealand International Film Festival, and what better place to experience a classic Kiwi film than in Dunedin’s beautiful Regent Theatre.  As a semi-obsessive aficionado of historical costume drama it would be wrong for […]

J-Walking at Wellington Airport

Today I have another couple of envelopes and another story, this time from wartime Wellington – a city that has had a bit of a shaky time lately. I came across this pair of covers (fancy philately term for used envelopes) back when I was a teenager.  At […]

150 Years Ago: The Waikato Invasion

Today marks one hundred and fifty years since the first skirmishes of the Waikato Invasion were fought.  I’m not an expert on the subject but it feels wrong to not acknowledge such an important date in New Zealand’s history.  It isn’t about celebrating; it is about commemorating and […]

D-Day: History Geek hits Omaha Beach

Today is D-Day.  And I don’t mean that in the figurative sense.  Today marks the 69th anniversary of the Allied landings at Normandy on 6th June 1944.  The original non-metaphorical D-Day.  To commemorate this day of days I thought I’d share some of my personal experiences from a […]

Message from an ANZAC

On 25th April 1915, New Zealand and Australian forces landed at what would become known as ANZAC Cove.  It wasn’t the first time that New Zealanders went into battle, and it wouldn’t be the last, but the exploits of our soldiers in that campaign have become legendary.  It […]