Historian and author Peter Cooke's looked back to the early days of Maori settlement to trace the pioneering engineering the country has been founded on. He follows on from early pa construction and placement to how that influenced our military operations in the modern day. Peter believes that the early colonies took their lead from Maori rudimentary engineering which put them ahead of the methods used in the countries they came from. He also believes that's led to New Zealanders being a nation of early adopters for any new technology. He's written many books on our military history and industrial heritage. His latest book "Won By The Spade" is being launched this week.
7 Apr 2019