Premiere: The Drowning Country

A unique New Zealand story is hitting the big screen this weekend – Caroline Fitzgerald’s film ‘The Drowning Country’ tells the amazing story of how her great-grandmother revolutionised life jacket designs in the wake of the sinking of the Titanic. Orpheus Beaumont always had a close connection with […]

Christchurch 1907: A Tale of Two Towers

Last week I talked about the giant water chute that was a star attraction at the 1906/7 N.Z. Exhibition in Hagley Park, Christchurch.  This is a follow-up post of sorts, but mostly just an excuse to share some seriously awesome photos of one of the Exhibition towers being […]

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 […]

South Island Ski Holiday 1933

At the start of the year I posted this series of summer snapshots taken by English tourists passing through sunny Nelson in 1933.  Here are a few more snapshots from their New Zealand holiday, this time showing what they got up to that winter. Eighty years ago the […]

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 […]