Paul Gorman is now an assistant editor at the Otago Daily Times in Dunedin, following a brief stint at the University of Otago. However, for much of the time he was writing this book he was a senior writer at The Press in Christchurch, where he was also editor of the weekly Fairfax Media science page, ‘Catalyst’. He has won two Qantas Awards: the best investigation of the year award in 2006 for uncovering Transpower’s overseas South Island electricity grid deals, and science and environment reporter of the year in 2008 for stories on the controversies surrounding A2 milk. He was also a finalist in 2011 and 2013 in the renamed Canon Awards for his science reporting on the Canterbury earthquakes.
He was editor of the Press’s most recent book on the earthquakes, A City Recovers: Christchurch Two Years After the Quakes (Random House, 2013), was a contributing author for the first two quake books, Earthquake: Christchurch, New Zealand, 22 February 2011 (Random House, 2011) and The Big Quake: Canterbury, September 4, 2010 (Random House, 2010), and was co-author of Snow Storm: The South Island’s Big Chill (Random House, 2006).
Before joining The Press in 2002 he worked for the University of Canterbury, the Otago Daily Times and the New Zealand Meteorological Service. He has a BSc in physical geography and a GradDipJ, both from Canterbury University. Born in London, he emigrated to New Zealand at the age of nearly ten. He is married to Lucie and has three sons – Joseph, Ambrose and Bede.