True Tales of Great Barrier Island 2016

This ‘True Tales’ format is a tremendously good model for any small community to throw a net far and wide to capture its own history and bring it to life once again rather than have it lie forgotten and eventually go completely out of existence. In fact, why not start now to contribute stories for the fourth edition. You know the format by now…a true story relating to this island, up to 1500 words long, include a few images to go with it, and you can provide more than one story.


The format of the books is spreading fast. At this time, around 25 ‘True Tales of…’ books have either been launched (about eleven so far) or are under way. There is a website set up dedicated to encouraging them to spread to small communities throughout New Zealand –


There’s an endless number of stories out there, and it is perfectly possible to repeat the process every two to four years for the rest of time to continue capturing the rich variety of stories form the past. No one group or individual has a monopoly on our history; it is for everyone to enquire into, research, recall…and pass on.


As the years pass, the stories contained within such books will only become more compelling reading. I hope you enjoy and learn from the following stories.


Don Armitage
November, 2016


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