Gerard Hindmarsh

Gerard Hindmarsh is a New Zealand-based author, storyteller, and award-winning journalist.

Born in Wellington, Gerard first trained as a cartographer, drawing maps for the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), before shifting to Golden Bay in 1976. He found work in long haul truck driving, fertilizer spreading, forestry, building houses, and setting up the Village Theatre in Tākaka, before making his move into journalism, in 1991.

Gerard’s award-winning travel and feature writing has appeared in numerous New Zealand and overseas publications, having served for many years as National Radio’s Asian correspondent on Kim Hill’s Nine to Noon show. Around 2000, his focus moved toward the Pacific, where he undertook numerous contracts writing up development projects for UNESCO’s Apia Office – including the Vanuatuan Artists in Development, and a report on the Banaban people of Rabi Island in Northern Fiji. From 2010 to 2020, he was a regular every Sunday night on Graeme Hill’s Weekend Variety Wireless show on Radio Live.

Gerard is the author of seven published books, all featuring stories with strong historical and social themes. Currently, he divides his time between book projects, freelance feature and tourism writing, and spending time with his grandchildren. His work has appeared in magazine publications such as NZ ListenerKia OraNorth & South, Wild TomatoCeramics, Tourism Business, and newspapers such as 
The PressThe Dominion, and Nelson Mail. He still travels extensively around New Zealand and the Pacific collecting stories and has updated New Zealand guidebooks, including the Fodors and Eyewitness travel guides.  Regular gigs include a fortnightly column for Stuff entitled ‘Out West’.

Gerard has five grown-up children. He lives with his wife and family in Golden Bay.


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