Willie Apiata VC: the Reluctant Hero

Author(s): Paul Little


Corporal Willie Apiata became the first New Zealander since the Second World War to be awarded the Commonwealth's highest military award for his actions with the NZ SAS in Afghanistan. From his early life in small town East Coast New Zealand to his actions in the deserts of Afghanistan, this is his story in his words. This book will not only establish the place of Corporal Apiata in New Zealand's history but will give an insight into the nature of a man who is truly a reluctant hero. While to most of us his actions seemed extraordinary and heroic, Corporal Apiata felt he was an ordinary Kiwi just 'doing his job'.


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PAUL LITTLE is one of New Zealand's most experienced writers and editors. He has been editor of Metro, The New Zealand Listener and FQ Men magazines. He is the author of two best-selling biographies, Arrested Development: The Aaron Cohen Story and Hayley Westenra: The World at Her Feet. He is editor of Heritage, the magazine of the NZ Historic Places Trust, TV reviewer for the Sunday Star-Times and a columnist for North and South magazine. He also appears regularly as a commentator on Radio New Zealand National's "The Panel" and NewstalkZB's "Kerre's Cafe".

General Fields

  • : 9780670073207
  • : Penguin Group New Zealand, Limited
  • : Viking
  • : 0.658
  • : November 2008
  • : 234mm X 155mm X 25mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paul Little
  • : Hardback
  • : 8-Nov
  • : English
  • : 356.167092
  • : Very Good
  • : 288
  • : Biography & autobiography: historical, political & military; Special & elite forces; Military life & institutions
  • : illustrations (some colour)