Leaving school at the age of fourteen, Owen travelled around New Zealand on a working holiday. Then at the age of seventeen joined the Royal New Zealand Airforce, where he spent eleven years on different bases including a time overseas.
He married his wife Kaye at twenty and they are still together today. Over the years he's had various jobs from driving the big red buses in Christchurch to selling dairy products.
He owned two businesses, a coffee bar/tearooms, and a limousine. Then in 1995 he joined the tourist tram operation in Christchurch and spent the next twenty years with the company, including a year in Auckland helping to set up their operation.
After surviving the devastating earthquakes of 2010 in Christchurch they sold their home after it was repaired, and both Owen and Kaye hit the road in their 5th-wheel motor home. He is now retired, and they have two grown children and one Granddaughter.
Owen, a keen genealogist, motor caravanner, and rugby fanatic with a love of history, has put his hobbies to good use.
He always wondered what it would be like to live back in the turbulent times of New Zealand's history and wrote his first book with this in mind.
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