A comic novel about the sudden appearance of a geyser in a Bay of Plenty village, the tsunami of tourists and bureaucratic and private entrepreneurs out to exploit the attraction. The retired postmaster, stationmaster and storekeeper lead the local fight to preserve a quiet life disrupted a generation ago in the prequel 'Gold in the Cre.. More
Gold is discovered in the rural backwater of Kotuku, recently monstered by government cutbacks. The ex-postmaster has been trying to unite villagers and retirement condo snobs to save the last vestige of village life, the bowling club. Now they have no choice but to combine forces against an influx of gold-seeking riff-raff. The NZ List.. More
Steve Marr launches 1960 illegally up the Eastbourne Mardi Gras pole, police waiting below. His year fast-tracks into the student protest ‘No Maoris, No Tour’ gatherings and the all-white All Black trials. He and an anarchist prankster raid the visiting American nuclear submarine and the statue symbolising the British Empire and join in.. More
This is the final in the comic Cavanagh family Up the Creek trilogy.
In Gold in the Creek the village fought restructuring. Geyser in the Creek offered tourist salvation. Stamp in the Creek has the youthful postmaster facing departmental disapproval and the disappearance of his son after witnessing the theft of the safe. The stationmaster, t.. More
Heritage vignettes in prose and illustration of Wellington buildings, with 244 pen and ink drawings of historic Wellington buildings, many of which no longer exist.
This is the complete record of 244 Cityscapes articles which ran in The Evening Post newspaper from 1976 to 1982. My editor Mike Robson wanted what was new at the ti.. More
Late January 1985 Dame Kiri is launching Vukovich Sauvignon Blanc on the Sydney Opera House steps with major shareholders the Delaney family present. The American nuclear warship the Buchanan is in harbour for ANZUS exercises and protesters are out in force, among them Ali Delaney and her American boyfriend.Detective Sergeant Maria Pikowai, née Del.. More
In June 1935 Takapuna inventor Victor Penny was attacked by foreign agents seeking what the newspapers dubbed a ‘death ray’. The government secretly shifted him to Somes Island in Wellington harbour to develop the weapon. The novel of this true story is told by Temporary Acting Detective Dan Delaney, seconded to Special Branch, forerunner of the Se.. More
The fifth Dan Delaney mystery has the former detective and spy-catcher and his family on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land which goes wrong from the moment they arrive. A plot is underway to desecrate sacred sites and incite conflict between the three great religions who call Jerusalem home. The Israeli authorities are determined to prevent another ter.. More
Prime Minister Peter Fraser returns to New Zealand in 1945 after playing a major part in shaping the United Nations. In the process he has made powerful enemies, who are aware he has dissolved his country's Security Intelligence Bureau. The Commissioner of Police charges Detective Delaney with tracking down assassins through Wellington's black mark.. More