Kaipara documentary rewriting history

Kaipara documentary rewriting history

Mystery at Midge Bay, a documentary which may rewrite New Zealand’s history books, will hold its premiere at The Kumara Box near Dargaville, writes Rose Rees-Owen of The Kaipara Lifestyler.

Writer, historian, and co-producer, Winston Cowie said he and director, David Sims wanted to take an independent look at the shipwreck washed up on the Pouto Peninsula….

Winston Cowie and David Sims - on set at Mystery at Midge Bay

Winston Cowie and David Sims – on set at Mystery at Midge Bay

“For years I’d been hearing about Spanish and Portuguese ships being the first European settlers in New Zealand but there was no scientific proof, there was only smoke and David and I wanted to investigate it thoroughly and independently.”

He began researching part time in 2008 and sort the help of local historians, Ron Halliday, Al Willcocks, Ian Godfrey, Logan Forrest and Noel Hilliam who retrieved a piece of the wreck from Midge Bay in 1982.

“I chose the Kumara Box to give those of the locals involved and their families the first opportunity to see it.

For the full story, written by Rose Rees-Owen, of The Kaipara Lifestyler, click here or visit www.solarisfilms.co.nz.

And there are only circa 100 out of 500 copies left of A Flame Flickers in the Darkness, Winston Cowie’s New Zealand historical fiction novel or book based on the New Zealand Wars or Maori Wars or New Zealand Land Wars of the 1860s. You can grab a copy from Whitcoulls, independent bookstores and online on PublishMe and Fishpond.



(Winston Cowie)

13 November 2012

Blog topics: New Zealand Wars, New Zealand History, New Zealand Land Wars, Maori Wars,  Marine Science and Policy, Fishing (rod and spear), Surfing, Maori Wars, Diving, Rugby, Underwater Heritage, Tramping, Winston Cowie, Tuatara, Oxford University Rugby Football Club.