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 […]

Big Fish, Little Person

This week two television documentaries I worked on premiered in the United States as part of Discovery Channel’s high-profile ‘Shark Week’.  My job on these shows was to track down and get permission to use any video footage or photographs that we wanted to include.  I don’t blog […]

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 […]

Snowpocalypse 1863

Right now the South Island is in a state of panic with news of the approaching snow storm.  The Red Cross is on standby, warnings are bombarding the masses from every conceivable angle and supermarkets are running low on bread, milk and romcom DVD box sets as people […]

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 […]