Author Journalist Historian

Tom O’Connor


Tom wrote a weekly political commentary column and a history column for the Waikato Times. He also wrote 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.

Historical fiction novels on the life of Te Rauparaha titled Tides of Kawhia, Pathways of Taranaki and Shadows of Kapiti. These have recently been 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, Historicial fiction novel based on true stories in Australia and New Zealand prior to 1840. A sequel is currently being written.

Our Darkest Day: The 2019 Mosque attacks in Christchurch, Non-Fiction account of a pivotal moment in NZ History along with the reaction and changes in the following 12 months.

Tom is a former leader of Grey Power NZ and a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Tom lives on a small farm near Timaru in South Canterbury and is an elected Councillor of the Waimate District Council.