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YouTube on my book

I have braved the world of Youtube. Here is an interview about my book

exciting news today

I have heard that my book has sold out in New Zealand and Australia. How good is that. I think what it really means is that not enough copies were printed rather than it will shoot up the best seller lists.


Early days yet in the exciting life of a new author.

Release Date Today

Today I have changed the focus of this website to recognise the release of my first book in New Zealand and Australia. 'Women in my Rose garden' is in the shops today - hopefully.Help google and blind readers

It is the final stage of a journey which was over a decade in the making and to see such a beautiful book, the result of much research, good editing, beautiful design finally available for people to buy is such a huge buzz.


Halfway through January already

Survived Friday 13th and now awaiting the arrival of my book in the bookshops next month. New Zealand and Australia will have it ahead of the rest of the world. March is when it is released overseas.

A Busy Time

This week I received the advance copies of my first book. Women in My Rose Garden is scheduled for release in February next year and heralds the start (I hope) of a new writing career. It tells the stories of over 30 historical women who have had classic roses named after them, along with the story of the rose and the breeder. It looks fabulous and Palazzo Editions in Bath have done a beautiful job in designing the book.


I have been working on another book also scheduled for release next year about missionary wives and their roses. Look for that later in the year.

I'm Back!

It's been a while since I posted anything. Many reasons for that. Too busy with the editing of the first book to be released in NZ in Feb next year, and the rest of the world in March. I will post a story about that nearer the time.

The deadline for the second book is fast approaching and it's been head down for that. I have also been writing a feasibility study for Lotteries for the Mahara gallery Fundraising for its re-development. And then................................

Pharmac endangered

I am increasingly worried about Pharmac - the NZ drug buying agency. It buys for the country and because of that power manages to get really good deals which saves the health budget millions. John Key at the weekend on Q & A did not reassure me. He did not say that Pharmac was not for sale. He did not say that Pharmac was safe and would not be sacrificed to the altar of free trade with the Americans. He said that everything was on the table and that the deal will be balanced for the benefit of New Zealand. What the hell does that mean?

Capital Gains Tax

Seems to me to be a very sensible approach. I fail to understand the complaints of those people who have investment property available for rental, that rents will rise because of CGT. As the tax only applies when the property is sold and that the property  therefore incurs no further costs until it is sold, how come rents will rise. Says more about opportunism of landlords than rational argument

Blog comment -The Balance between Thoughtfulness and Haste

Just posed an article about thoughfulness and haste. Hasty decisions are often flawed. The Western Link decision was thoughtful and the Joyce Motorway far too hasty. Time will show it to be a flawed decision.

Great Community Spirit

Yesterday was a sunny Otaki day at the Otaki estuary where over 50 hardy sould turned up to plant. Arraned by the Friends of the Otaki River this was a great community effort. Well done everyone and thanks.

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