Author(s): Gerard Hindmarsh
More fascinating untold stories from the backcountry of Northwest Nelson.
Building on the success of Kahurangi Calling, this new volume of stories from the Northwest Nelson backcountry, is a compelling blend of natural and social history. An area of astonishing ecological complexity, the area has generated a wonderfully rich and colourful human history. Gerard Hindmarsh tells the stories of the fascinating characters who have travelled and lived here, including early explorers, gold miners, flying crayfishers, early forest rangers, trampers and other adventurers. His stories are skillfully told and woven into the natural history of this captivating region, including geological, botanical and ecological treasures. For anyone who enjoys stories of New Zealand’s backcountry, or social history, this new title is a must-read. ‘
Born in Wellington in 1957, GERARD HINDMARSH trained first as a cartographer before shifting to Golden Bay in 1976. Long-haul truck driving, fertiliser spreading, forestry, building a house and setting up a cinema all preceded his move into journalism in 1991. His award-winning feature writing has appeared in a variety of publications both here and overseas, and he also served for many years as National Radio’s Asian Correspondent on Kim Hill’s Nine to Noon show. Gerard has five children and still lives on his land at Tukurua, near Collingwood in Golden Bay, on the edge of Kahurangi National Park. Aside from his first collection of stories told in Kahurangi Calling, Gerard’s books include Angelina: From Stromboli to D’Urville Island, a fictionalised account of his grandparents’ lives, Swamp Fever, a memoir of his time as an alternative lifestyler in Golden Bay and Outsiders: Stories from the fringe of New Zealand society