Veteran journalist Paul Campbell has found a satisfying and productive outlet for his talents in writing New Zealand family and regional histories. His sixth and latest contribution to the genre is Images from Albertland, a photographic and textual account of the early days of Albertland, 70,000 acres of the northern Kaipara region in New Zealand's North Island.
The area was settled by 3,000 immigrants who sailed around the world from England in the 1860's and over the next 150 years transformed their new home into today's bustling towns and highly productive farmland on the shores of the huge Kaipara Harbour.
Images follow the highly successful publication of Kauri Cameraman, a photographic history of the demise of the once-vast New Zealand kauri forest over more than a century of milling for its much-prized timber.
He turned to books as an editor and author after four decades in a dozen countries as a reporter, foreign correspondent and editor for newspapers, wire services, magazines, radio and television.
He lives and writes from his home on the edge of the Kaipara Harbour.