New Zealand's Worst Disasters: True stories that rocked a nation

New Zealand s Worst Disasters True stories that rocked a nation A full train plunges into a raging river at Tangiwai the Wahine is tossed onto rocks at the entrance to Wellington Harbour an Air New Zealand DC plunges into Mt Erebus an earthquake destroys Christ

  • Title: New Zealand's Worst Disasters: True stories that rocked a nation
  • Author: Graham Hutchins Russell Young
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 444
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • A full train plunges into a raging river at Tangiwai the Wahine is tossed onto rocks at the entrance to Wellington Harbour an Air New Zealand DC 10 plunges into Mt Erebus an earthquake destroys Christchurch disasters like these are known to all New Zealanders they are part of our history But New Zealand has experienced many less well known disasters, some of them shA full train plunges into a raging river at Tangiwai the Wahine is tossed onto rocks at the entrance to Wellington Harbour an Air New Zealand DC 10 plunges into Mt Erebus an earthquake destroys Christchurch disasters like these are known to all New Zealanders they are part of our history But New Zealand has experienced many less well known disasters, some of them shocking and brutal Graham Hutchins and Russell Young describe some of the most extraordinary events in New Zealand history Who knew that a fire killed 39 people at Seacliff Mental Hospital in 1942 That 10 people died in a lahar on White Island in 1914 That a yacht race between Lyttelton and Wellington in 1951 resulted in 10 fatalities That a tornado ripped through 150 houses in Hamilton in 1948 A fire raging through Raetihi in 1918 was so fierce it destroyed houses, shops and 11 timber mills Drownings were so common here in the 19th century that they were called the New Zealand death These and many other remarkable stories are told in this eye opening book While it describes accidents and tragedies, it also reveals acts of heroism For when human beings make mistakes, others often achieve daring feats of rescue Some of the stories show that we underestimate Mother Nature at our peril, but many also testify to the courage of the human spirit Few books are genuine page turners this one is Graham Hutchins has been writing books for over thirty years Most of these have been non fiction, but fiction and humorous yarns have featured in his body of works Despite his propensity for writing in a humorous vein, he has also written several serious accounts of aspects of New Zealand s history, including Highwater Floods in New Zealand 2006 Subjects covered in his other books include rugby, cricket, popular music and railways Among his books published by Exisle are Stop the train I want to get on, Great New Zealand Railway Journeys, Last Train to Paradise and Eight Days a Week Married with two daughters and two grandsons, Graham is a full time writer living in Hamilton He and his co author Russell Young have been close friends since the age of five Russell Young was born in Te Kuiti and educated at Te Kuiti High School before attending the University of Auckland In 1969 he returned to Te Kuiti to work in his father s accountancy practice, completing his professional qualifications in 1977 He carried on the business for 30 years before moving to Marlborough in 2004, where he now conducts a small home based practice which allows time for other pastimes, including book writing and aviation Since gaining his private pilot licence at the age of 23 he has enjoyed flying, and nine years ago acquired a Piper Cherokee 180 He returns to Te Kuiti on a regular basis to maintain contact with a number of long standing clients in the King Country In 2013 he published The Story of Te Kuiti He and his wife Julia live in Blenheim and have three adult children.

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    1. A good once-over-lightly book of key moments in New Zealand history. Many I was already aware of, some that I hadn't heard much about. A few broad strokes feeling like key points were missed in a couple of sections, and some accusations / suggestions that dont match with other documentaries / similar I have watched or read on the same events. Unsurprisingly, the most recent episodes (Pike River, Christchurch Quakes) were the most thoroughly covered.But easy to read, a great book to have on the b [...]

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