Born in Wellington in 1957, Gerard Hindmarsh trained first as a cartographer before shifting to Golden Bay in 1976. Long-haul truck driving, fertiliser spreading, forestry, building a house and setting up a cinema all preceded his move into journalism in 1991. His award-winning feature writing has appeared in a variety of publications both here and overseas, and he also served for many years as National Radio's Asian Correspondent on Kim Hill's Nine to Noon show. Gerard has five children and still lives on his land at Tukurua, near Collingwood in Golden Bay, on the edge of Kahurangi National Park. Aside from his first collection of stories told in Kahurangi Calling, Gerard's books include Angelina: From Stromboli to D'Urville Island, a fictionalised account of his grandparents' lives, Swamp Fever, a memoir of his time as an alternative lifestyler in Golden Bay and Outsiders: Stories from the fringe of New Zealand society.