Gordon Ogilvie was born in Christchurch in 1934 and brought up in Horotane Valley. His love of Port Hills’ history began with a growing appreciation of the Heathcote-Ferrymead district, so crucial to the early development of Canterbury, and holidays on Banks Peninsula gave him a taste for Peninsula history. Despite a busy teaching career, finishing as Head of English at St Andrew’s College, he has achieved great acclaim as an author of award-winning regional histories The Port Hills of Christchurch and Banks Peninsula: Cradle of Canterbury, and two of his biographies, The Riddle of Richard Pearse and Denis Glover: His Life, were Book of the Year finalists. In 1998 he received an Arts Excellence Award from the Canterbury Community Trust. Two years later he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Canterbury and in 2007 received an ONZM for service to historical research and writing.