Kiwi Air Power – free on Kindle for a couple of days

A pile of my military histories have all received new covers this week – and there’s another to be reissued on 4 August. To mark the moment, the first of the series, Kiwi Air Power, is available free this weekend on Kindle. I first proposed this book to Reed NZ Ltd in 1994, contracted it … More Kiwi Air Power – free on Kindle for a couple of days

All about the history of Hawke’s Bay, and some other things

A few years back I discovered something about myself in in an academic magazine. They’d reviewed my major book on the New Zealand Wars and, according to the reviewer, I’d apparently written this book to intentionally displace a particular Oxford professor in the public eye. It was the first I knew of this supposed motive. … More All about the history of Hawke’s Bay, and some other things

Remembering the Hawke’s Bay quake of ’31 – and the ‘big ones’ of 1460

It’s the eighty-seventh anniversary today of New Zealand’s most lethal historical disaster;  the Hawke’s Bay earthquake. Around 10.47 am on the sunny morning of 3 February, a magnitude 7.8 quake struck the district and threw the towns of Napier and Hastings into ruin. Damage extended from Gisborne in the north to Whanganui in the south-west, … More Remembering the Hawke’s Bay quake of ’31 – and the ‘big ones’ of 1460