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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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Ellerslie Flower Show, Christchurch

A History of Gardening

26 and 27 February 2014

Bee is one of the speakers in the New Zealand Gardener Speaker Series at the Ellerslie Flower Show. On Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 Bee will be speaking on the history of New Zealand gardening: from the gardens of pre-European Maori to the early missionaries to the Dig for Victory campaign to the present day.

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Publication of ‘Puketiti Station’

Puketiti Station, cover

18 October 2013

My new book Puketiti Station: The story of an East Cape sheep station and the 180-year-old Williams legacy was published on 18 October.

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Launch of ‘No Journey Made Alone – 35 Years of the Child Cancer Foundation’

No Journey Made Alone - cover

21 August 2013

No Journey Made Alone – 35 Years of the Child Cancer Foundation was launched in the billiard room of Highwic House, Newmarket, Auckland on 21 August.

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Island Bay Garden Club

27 August 2013

Bee is the guest speaker for the August meeting of the Island Bay Garden Club.

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Mt Victoria Historical Society

A History of Gardening

21 July 2013

Bee is going to talk about her book A History of Gardening in New Zealand.

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Royal Aeronautical Society Meeting, Wigram

Wigram cover

July 2013

Bee is to talk about her recently published book Wigram: Birthplace of Military Aviation in New Zealand at the July meeting of the Christchurch branch of the RAeS.

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