Taumarunui historian and publisher Ron Cooke has been instrumental in telling the stories of the King Country's history. He published the monthly Roll back the years journal, which covers the history of the central and southern districts, between 1980 and 1987. In the early 2000s Roll back the years was being re-published in six volumes. Cooke has also written or published a number of local histories in conjunction with community groups. He is pictured in his office with two of his books, Patients first: the proud tradition of Taumarunui hospital (2005) and volume one of From low gear to overdrive (2011), a history of trucking and transport in the Taumarunui district.
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