Upcoming JimTuckerMedia books

This is a collection of some of my 237 weekly columns written for the Taranaki Daily News/Stuff between 2016 and 2021. The selected columns will have updates telling you what happened after they appeared and some amusing tales of what transpired when I was researching and writing them at the time.

The book will be dedicated to Hospice Taranaki and proceeds from sales will go to the hospice organisation. It will be on sale through their four Taranaki shops.

Watch out for it in the second half of 2021.

Now four years in the writing – too many interruptions and other books – my memoirs might well be out in time for Xmas 2021.

I’m into Part 3, a record of my 25 years as a journalism teacher, and about to write about our seven years in Wellington at the journalists training organisation and Whitireia polytechnic. Part 4 will be about the return to New Plymouth.

I’m interrupted again, of course – the columns collection above is the current focus.

Feedback on my last column

My final column on the editorial page of the Taranaki Daily News on January 9, 2021.

“You’ll be getting lots of good wishes just now, but here’s another set to add to your pile,” wrote author David Hill in an email.

“I’ve relished your columns greatly over the past few years – your balance, clarity, skills of structure and tone. You’ve been such an admirably mature voice on local issues, and you’ve also been that elusive thing, A Good Read, with narrative and register so neatly controlled.”

David was one of a few dozen well-wishers who got in touch. This attached document shows what they had to say. I thank them all for their kind words.

A few people suggested we publish a collection of some of the 239 columns that date back to 2016. That might work if I added background about how the columns came about in each case and what, if anything, eventuated.

Please tell me what you think.


Final word on my last words

This is my last column, a goodbye and thank you one, the 239th written for Taranaki Daily News/Stuff over the past five years from 2016.

WORD SHED: The tin hut where I write my stuff. December, 2020.

Closing column – January 9, 2021:

Wolfie – a Taranaki All Black

Journalist Jim Tucker in his New Plymouth writing shed. ANDY JACKSON/STUFF.

He was as famous as Jonah Lomu in his day. Neil Wolfe set the rugby world aflame when he first played for the ABs in 1960. If you want to know the full story, you’ll find it all in my newly published book – Wolfie: The life of an All Black.

To buy a copy ($60), email Raewyn Wolfe at:

Stuff/Daily News column for December 3, 2020:

Newly minted – reading through a copy of Wolfie in the place where I wrote it. ANDY JACKSON/STUFF.
Wolfie’s team: From left: Todd Wolfe, Ian Snook (rugby chapters proof-reader), Lin Tucker (ancestry research/design), Sally Wolfe, Rosie Henderson (layout and design). PHOTO: Sandra Henderson

About Jim Tucker

Supposed to be retired, after quitting journalism teaching in 2013 (after 25 years, preceded by 22 years as a newspaper journalist and editor), but find myself busier than ever with various book projects, advising law firms, and writing articles for magazines like North & South and Live.
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