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David Veart

Non-fiction writer David Veart was born in Auckland and grew up in Onehunga. He attended the University of Auckland and graduated with a LLB in 1975. David then worked at a number of jobs including truck driving, working on the wharves, and in shearing and hay-making gangs.
After this David went to teachers training college and subsequently taught in Otara, Wellington and London. While in London he also worked as a volunteer on archaeological digs. On returning to New Zealand, David returned to university and gained an MA(Hons) in Anthropology, majoring in Archaeology.
Since 1987 David has worked for the Department of Conservation and is currently employed as the Auckland Area Historic Programme Manager. David is married to Sarah Treadwell and they have two children, Paul and Hester.

Selected bibliography:
  • First Catch Your Weka: A Story of New Zealand Cooking (Auckland University Press 2008).
  • Digging up the Past: Archaeology for the Young and Curious (Auckland University Press 2011).
  • Evolving Auckland: The City's Engineering Heritage three chapters, edited by John La Roche (Wily Publications 2011).
  • Montana Book Awards 2009 Finalist E.H. McCormick Best First Book for First Catch Your Weka: A Story of New Zealand Cooking.
  • Montana Book Awards 2009 Finalist History for First Catch Your Weka: A Story of New Zealand Cooking.
  • New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards 2012 Non-fiction Finalist for Digging Up the Past.
  • Recipient Ministry for Culture and Heritage History Research Trust Award 2012.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2012 Non-fiction List for Digging Up the Past.

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