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Author’s Talk: Ocean by Sarah Ell

09 Dec 2018 - 13 Dec 2018

Image courtesy of Sarah Ell

Sunday 9 December 2018, 12.30pm - Sunday 9 December 2018, 2.30pm

Thursday 13 December 2018, 12.30pm - Thursday 13 December 2018, 2.30pm


New Zealand Maritime Museum, corner Quay & Hobson streets, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland

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OCEAN: Tales of Discovery and Encounter that Defined New Zealand, by Sarah Ell

Join us as we warmly welcome author, Sarah Ell, who will be giving two public talks on what will be her newly released and beautiful book, Ocean.

Epic and engrossing, Ocean is a dynamic portrait of New Zealand and the sea.

About the book:

Lying in the middle of a vast ocean, Aotearoa New Zealand was the last habitable land mass in the world to be settled by humans.

Our history represents the powerful coming-together of two great seafaring traditions, Polynesian and European.

Ocean tells the stories of pioneers and trail-blazers, from the big names who left their mark on our history to everyday folk whose fates were dictated by time and tide.

There are chancers and entrepreneurs, exploiters and environmentalists, war-makers and lifesavers.

From myth and migration to exploitation and industry; from the word of God and the pursuit of money to summer carnivals and the oldest sporting trophy in the world, these stories of ships, sailors and seekers show how our relationship with the sea has been pivotal throughout our history, while the contemporary stories of those whose lives are deeply connected to the ocean bring our maritime past into the now.

Magnificently illustrated with diverse imagery, Ocean is a spirited collection of historical tales, a landmark book about how the ocean has shaped New Zealand and its people.

Published with the assistance of Manatu Taonga – Ministry for Culture and Heritage

About the author:

Born and raised on Auckland’s North Shore, author Sarah Ell has never lived more than a few kilometres from the ocean.

Ell trained as a newspaper journalist before working in magazines and book publishing, including a stint as editor of Boating New Zealand, and has a Bachelor of Arts in New Zealand history from Massey University.

A lifelong boatie, she has raced a variety of classes from Sunburst dinghies to sportsboats and keelboats.

She still lives on the North Shore, with her husband, yacht designer Rob Shaw, their two children, and a growing collection of boats.