About the book
Irish men and women came to New Zealand in the 1930s to seek a better life, many carrying bitter memories of atrocities committed by the British. With WWII came the threat of conscription, but many Irish refused to betray their neutral homeland to fight for New Zealand and, by default, Britain. Peter Burke’s father was one of the Sons of Éire – men who risked imprisonment and deportation by standing up to the New Zealand Government and appealing the draft, in a dramatic case that paved the way for others. Burke tells a compelling story of unflinching loyalty and determination, one that crosses the globe and leads to unexpected diplomacy between two small but feisty countries with more in common than they realised.
“May I commend Peter Burke for not only recovering the memory of his father and his comrades, but for deepening our understanding of the shared history of Ireland and of New Zealand.”
— Michael D. Higgins, Uachtarán na hÉireann / President of Ireland