Author coming to town

Author Tui Stonell, who has written a Kaipara based historical fiction book series, is coming to Dargaville to talk about it

As a New Zealand Society of Genealogists 50th anniversary celebration, the Northern Wairoa Genealogy Society Inc has invited author Tui Stonell to Dargaville, to speak on the research behind her Kaipara-based books.

Tui writes under the name ‘Kate Stirling’ and lives in Taranaki. “I was born in Whangarei and my grandfather was working on the Kauri forest fields in Kaipara. He told us all these stories about the place and that made me interested in the area.”

The books, Yates Landing, Thunder Children and Shark Harbour make up a trilogy.

Yates landing follows a young woman’s arrival from Britain to New Zealand at the turn of the 20th century. Thunder Children follows Jessica Jackson, an only child who lost her mother at an early age. Shark Harbour is the story of a hermit Will Cray who’s life is changed when Eve Langley arrives on the scene.

“It started out to be about different families but the first book is about a woman whose granddaughter is in the second book and her child is in the third book. It’s like stepping up through the generations covering about 100 years,” said Tui.

The books are historically and geographically correct, but the characters are fictional. She has also written five other novels, based in other New Zealand locations she has connections with. “The districts I write about, I know about.”

Tui said she’s looking forward to coming back. “I like Dargaville and I like the north. Talking to the people in Dargaville will be lovely.

Her Kaipara Trilogy is available at the Dargaville Library and at online stores.

The event is on Tuesday, August 15, from 12-3pm, at Northern Wairoa Boating Club, Totara St, Dargaville. Tickets are $10, with lunch included.

In carrying on the theme of Kaipara pioneer history, the 155 year anniversary of the Albertland Settlers sailing into port is coming up this month. It is significant because Albertland was New Zealand’s last planned settlement. The Wellsford, Port Albert, Maungaturoto, Paparoa and Matakohe areas, were all established by these pioneers.


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