Manston: Stories of the Gorringe family in New Zealand
Kawhatau Press, 2021
From the depths of rural Dorset in the south of England to the Kawhatau Valley in the Rangitikei area of the central North Island, this book charts the course of the Gorringe family over a 180-year period.
Starting in 1840s Nelson, colourful diversions along the way include stories of pioneering in outback Australia, the development of coconut plantations in the Solomon Islands and accounts of the Gorringes in the Middle East and France during World War One.
Six generations of hard work, dedication and a passion for the land are reflected in these stories of a remarkable farming family.