Category Archives: Travel stories

Alfred (Bunty) Preece

Last surviving commissioned officer of the Māori battalion has died.

He was a Dinkum Purler and in a Radio series of that name he speaks of his years growing up in the Chatham Islands, of his early Moriori ancestors and his time with Colonel Awatere at Casino during WWII and the horrors of that war.

I interviewed him just before the Millennium, and he was the most wonderful man, modest, unassuming, with a great sense of humour.

You can listen to the interview here:

 

Available as a book! Buy on the Website! For God’s Sake Saddle Me a Donkey

For God’s Sake Saddle Me a Donkey is finally available as a book with Dinah’s wonderful illustrations!

It costs 25NZD and 3NZD packaging and posting.

Free delivery in Thorndon, please contact Dinah on the phone (04-4727 257) or e-mail

Alternatively, you can buy the book on PayPal if you live in New Zealand.

 

 

FGSSMAD Part 1 – Peacocks and Pink Gin

For God’s Sake Saddle Me A Donkey

Listen to the audio here on Radio New Zealand: Part 1 – Peacocks and Pink Gin

Glad so many of you liked For God’s Sake Saddle me a Donkey. I’m currently working on the book illustrated with my cartoons. I’ll let you know when it comes out.

This episode  recalls how our small group of travelling New Zealanders came to stay with the Maharaja of Bharatpur.

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FOR GOD’S SAKE SADDLE ME A DONKEY

Radio New Zealand, National

Wake up with me, Dinah Priestley, travelling from Wellington to London in an accident-prone WW2 truck called Leviathan. Friends said to us “You are mad! Those toddlers of yours will be dead before you reach London.” But we were lucky.!   We survived, with help from peasants and prostitutes, missionaries and maharajahs.

For God’s Sake Saddle Me a Donkey: Radio New Zealand, weekdays 6.45 a.m. from 26th December 2016, to 19th January 2017.

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