Wednesday, December 9, 2009

new book on New Zealand's first airline

The latest book from New Zealand's most prolific aviation author, Rev. Richard Waugh, looks at the history of Air Travel (NZ) Ltd, founded in 1934. Its route of Hokitika to Haast on New Zealand's rain forest covered West Coast against the backdrop of the Southern Alps could scarcely be a more scenic route for any airline.

The book covers some of the subject matter of Richard Waugh's earlier book When the Coast is Clear, but this is specific to Air Travel (NZ) Ltd occasioned by the 75th anniversary, and includes considerable previously unpublished material. As usual he has assembled an impressive assortment of details about the company, its services, aircraft and anecdotes of those who were involved, as well as great photos and items of memorabilia. There are forewords from the Mayor of Westland and Anand Satyanand ('Who?' The Governor General. 'Oh.' Remember now?)

The book has been printed with colour on every second page spread, and like Richard Waugh's previous 10 books, the production is the work of Craigs of Invercargill. They have a most able art director although several of the half-tone photos are rather flat and would have benefited from more contrast.

The title is available in both hardback and softcover editions from our on-line shop.

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