Author Journalist Historian

Tom O’Connor


Tom writes a weekly political commentary for the Waikato Times. He previously wrote a history column for the Waikato Times and a Political commentary for the Taranaki Daily News which focussed on the New Zealand Land Wars.

His published works include;

Death of a Cruise Ship, the story the Mikhail Lermontov sinking in the Marlborough Sounds in 1986.

A series of three historic novels on the life of Te Rauparaha titled Tides of Kawhia, Pathways of Taranaki and Shadows of Kapiti. Due to on-going interest and demand, these books are currently being republished.

Bunty Preece, soldier of 28 (Maori) Battalion

The Ferret, Sergeant Eric Batchelor DCM and bar, m.i.d. A highly decorated NZ WWII solider.

Irish Convict, the story of a fictional character in Australia and New Zealand prior to 1840 based on several true stories.

Tom lives on a small farm near Timaru in South Canterbury and is an elected member of the Waimate District Council.