Ray Caird's first major book Blood of the Flax (2019) is a quirky, visual, cross-genre work which received critical acclaim by authors such Paul Moon: ‘wonderful ... informative ... accessible’. Listen here to Ray's interview about the book on Fresh FM in October 2019.
Forged in the 1960s activism of student politics, Ray Caird MA Hons (History) Canterbury, worked as a television and radio journalist before becoming editor of the fortnightly national farming publication Straight Furrow (circ. 40,000).
He then joined the corporate consultancy world and authored publications such as The Coaching Manager, How to Handle the Media, A Guide to Getting Involved and articles in Management magazine.
Ray and his young family escaped to a regenerating lifestyle block alongside Abel Tasman National Park. From there he founded the Abel Tasman Educational Trust and became President of the Nelson Kiwifruit Growers Association. Since then he has been a Company Director and a Trustee of the Nelson Bays Heritage Trust.
A keen runner, tramper and photographer, Ray now lives in Nelson city.