We are now accepting books on exchange and credits to shop cards.
We are not buying stock for cash yet. We are operating under Level 2 restrictions.
Please note that we will require you
* to wear a mask at all times whilst instore
* sign in and sanitise your hands at entry
* maintain a 2m distance between you and other browsing customers
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Our next book club meeting is on Monday 13 December at 6pm. Check out Facebook or email us to find out more.
The author, 2018. Signed with dedication "To Emmanuel..."
Gerry Hill was born in Wellington into a maritime household. His father had been a ship's fireman and a wharfie and a union official. Their home was always full of visitors, many of whom had been at sea or were still shipping out. Conversation was rich and colourful, including stories of foreign lands and ports. By the time Gerry was a teenager, he knew he wanted to go to sea. It was a way to see the world and to extend an education. He sailed on coastal, Cook Strait, Inter-colonial, Pacific and Asian routes for 25 years. In 1988, Gerry was elected as the last Auckland Branch Secretary of the Federated Cooks and Stewards Union, and went on to serve as an elected official of the New Zealand Seafarers Union. He was also a trustee of the Cooks and Stewards Retirement and Welfare Fund. Seafaring jobs began to disappear and Gerry chose to come ashore. He remained contected to the maritime industry by serving as the Auckland representative on the New Zealand seafarers Union Scholarship Fund. Withe the nous and skills acquired at sea, he estblished the Great Ponsonby Art Hotel with his partner Sally james. They owned an operated it until march 2017, when motor neurone disease hit Gerry. The Great Ponsonby Art Hotel was a challenging and wonderful business to run, and Gerry and Sally hosted thousands of visitors. They were vey much involved in their neighbourhood of Ponsonby, serving on community organisations, and business associations including the Board of Heritage and Character Inns