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Launch of book celebrating 27 Years of Women in the RNZAF

The launch of my new book celebrating 27 Years of Women in the RNZAF will be held within the next couple of months. Watch this space for more info.

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Launch of Sir Brother Patrick Lynch’s memoir

2 May 2018.

The launch of Sir Brother Patrick Lynch’s memoir will take place in the Grand Hall of Parliament on 2 May 2018.

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Christchurch Girls High and Avonside Girls High Old Girls meeting

18 April 2018.

I have been invited to give a talk at the Christchurch Girls High and Avonside Girls High Old Girls meeting, 18 April 2018. The event will be held in the Brian Davis Room, St Paul’s Cathedral.

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In Suva for unveiling of the monument celebrating 25 years of the RNZAF during the flying boat years at Laucala Bay

The New Zealand High Commissioner presents Laucala Bay to the Prime Minister of Fiji

22-24 March 2018

As the author of Laucala Bay – The story of the RNZAF in Fiji 1939 to 1967 I was invited to Suva, Fiji, for the unveiling of a monument celebrating 25 years of the RNZAF during the flying boat years at Laucala Bay. While there I had the opportunity to make a presentation on the book at the University of the South Pacific. The event received quite a bit of media coverage in Fiji, as did the book. Continue reading

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Guest speaker at the Wellington Historical & Early Settlers’ Association

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15 February 2018

I was invited to be a guest speaker at the Wellington Historical & Early Settlers’ Association on 15 February 2018. The subject of my talk was Chinese Market Gardens, based on my feature article published in New Zealand Gardener magazine.

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St Margaret’s College, Christchurch – 50 Year on Reunion

27-28 October 2017

I was delighted to be asked to be the after dinner speaker as I and about 50 ‘girls’ who entered the third form at St Margaret’s in 1967 remembered our school years. It was a great honour to speak at this event – and hilarious as well!

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Launch of ‘Laucala Bay. The RNZAF in Fiji 1939 to 1967′

25-26 February 2017

My new book Laucala Bay. The RNZAF in Fiji 1939 to 1967 was launched at the Ohakea Air Tattoo, 25-26 February 2017.

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Guest speaker at No. 5 Squadron’s 75th Anniversary dinner

Motat - 5 Squadron dinner

24 September 2016

It was a great honour to be one of the guest speakers at the dinner to celebrate 75 Years of No. 5 Squadron, held at MOTAT on 24 September.

I had the job of talking about the very early years when the squadron was formed – and the obsolete Short Singapore flying boats that were the first aircraft. So many colourful tales!

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Laucala Bay and the history of the RNZAF in Fiji – research trip to Suva

July-August 2015

Bee and some of the crew of the RNZAF P3 Orion that flew her to Fiji

The best way to fly to Fiji – on an RNZAF P3 Orion!

This is me with some of the crew just after we landed at Nausori after a fascinating seven hour flight from Auckland to Fiji. This was part of ‘Operation Big Eye’ (Pacific Fisheries Patrol) so there was a lot of swooping down to 300 feet as we inspected fishing vessels and reefs. And the onboard cooking was brilliant – eggs Benedict for brunch, steak, onions and wedges for late lunch. An amazing day.

This was the beginning of a week researching the RNZAF in Fiji, with an emphasis on the seaplane station at Laucala Bay, Suva. 29 July 2015.

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Launch of ‘With You. The Mary Potter Hospice Story’

With You

20 November 2014

With You. The Mary Potter Hospice Story was launched at the Michael Fowler Centre on 20 November, 2014.

With You was commissioned by the Little Company of Mary as a gift to the Hospice and the people of Wellington. It is fitting that the book is being launched 100 years after the first Sisters of the Little Company of Mary arrived in New Zealand.

The book will be available at the Hospice bases and shops from the end of November.

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