Mike Ponder was born and raised in Lower Hutt. For the past 35 years he has lived in Marlborough at the top of the South Island.
Over the years Mike has written and published three bestselling books on his art: ‘Textured Colour’, ‘My Way - A Touch of Red’, and ‘Oil on Canvas’.
In 1998 his book ‘The Good Oil’ was released. It dealt with growing olives and making olive oil in New Zealand, and it was an instant success.
His first novel ‘The Windsor Conspiracy’ was published by Random House in 2007. Its international success led to an Hungarian translation a year later. The explosive sequel ‘Four Kings’ was published in 2012. His third novel ‘For Queen and Empire’ will be released in June/ July 2020.
Mikes is one of New Zealand's best-known artists and the pioneer of New Zealand's olive industry. He is married to Di and has two daughters.
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