Based in Waikato Genre Literature

Meghan Hawkes

I am a freelance writer published in a variety of magazines, currently writing for the Grahamstown Gazette and the Mercury Bay Informer. A past columnist at Peninsula Press, Thames, who wrote the popular ‘Hawkeye’ and ‘Dead Cert’ columns, I am also the author of two books - 'The Coming Year – A Look Back at Thames', reviewed in New Zealand Memories magazine as "sharp, amusing and well written, an engaging piece of work the author and citizens of Thames can be proud of’" and ‘A Line of Duck Boards – More Thames Tales’ – reviewed as "a fascinating insight into the Thames district – an engaging read from a talented writer." Excerpts from the books have been successfully dramatised over the past couple of years as part of the Thames Heritage Festival. I am the editor of 'From Gold Mine to Firing Line' - a tribute to the people of this region during the Great War 1914 – 1918, reviewed as “a book rich in local wartime history, easy to read without being too technical.”  I also write a blog "Dead Cert'  -


Meghan Hawkes's Projects

Image for Dead Cert -  Stories from Thames, Paeroa and Waihi cemeteries.

Meghan Hawkes

I have a completed book of the tales that lie behind the headstones in Thames and districts cemeteries. They are a collection of my columns which were published in the Peninsula Press, Thames, and were very popular. The book is in PDF format ready to print, the cover designed and it has an ISBN number and barcode. All the hard yards are done but I have found obtaining after-funding for a project difficult. I need to raise funds to cover the initial printing cost only. Once selling, I will be able to fund further print runs. I have loved documenting the lives and deaths of the district’s early settlers. It is privilege to give readable, interesting history back to the area and with your help I can continue.