Sandra Gorter


Sandra is a professional historian whose works include books and articles published in the fields of maritime, company and social history.


Her published career began with a technical manual, a canoeing and kayaking guide to the rivers of Tasmania that is the basis for the current Paddle Tasmania website.


The three works Ranger, Fidelis and Scout are embedded in New Zealand’s wider history, providing accounts of the boats, their skippers, and the crews that helped carve New Zealand’s yacht-racing history.


Later works include a history of the civil construction industry in New Zealand, the scale of the impact that neo-liberal politics have had on work practice and the corresponding rise in the cost of civil construction. First-hand accounts from both those working in the field and in the office, backed by archival documentation and photos of work practice, portray a detailed company history.


Local history of the Clevedon Valley as related by members of the Murray family was project managed through to publication for the Clevedon Historical Society, providing a continuous account of one family’s experience of emigration from the Clyde in Scotland in 1864, through settlement, farming, war, and life in the 20th century through to 2007.


Published works:

HEB Construction, a company that helped build New Zealand, HEB Land Holdings Auckland, 2017, ISBN: 978-0-473-39129-4


Semper Fidelis, 50 years of the Ocean Greyhound, E-Bisprint Sydney, 2014, ISBN: 978-0-9875265-1-9


Scout, 100 Years Astern, Foc’sle Marketing Auckland, 2010, ISBN: 978-0-473-17038-7


Murray F, Gorter S, Yesteryears, The Clevedon and Districts Historical Society Auckland, 2009, ISBN: 978-0-473-14837-9


Murray T, Gorter S, The Murray Memoirs, Clevedon Historical Society Auckland, 2008, ISBN: 978-0-474-14039-7


Gorter S, Tercel A, Ranger, a New Zealand Yachting Legend, New Holland Auckland, 2006, ISBN-13; 978-1-86966-106-9

Articles published in a range of national and international periodicals and newspapers including: New Zealand Professional Skipper, Classic Boat UK, Wooden Boat USA, Sailfast, Boating New Zealand, New Zealand’s Boating World, Classic Yacht Quarterly, New Zealand Aquaculture magazine, the New Zealand Herald, New Zealand Sheep Farmer, Cessna Owner, Adis Press, Medical publishers and others

Peer reviewed:

Gorter S, Working in the Dirt, Circa Issue 6 2018, p10-17


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  • Oral history
  • Project management
  • Property searches
  • Records management
  • Research
  • Writing


  • Biography
  • Business
  • Family
  • Health and medical
  • Local
  • Maritime
  • Science