Born and educated in Gisborne, Margaret Pointer trained as a secondary school teacher of history, geography and social studies. Her teaching career has been interspersed with regular stints of living overseas with her diplomat husband and their two sons. When Mike Pointer was posted to Niue as High Commissioner in the late 1990s, Margaret became involved in research to trace the lost story of Niue Island's involvement in World War I. The resulting exhibition and book rekindled a passion for further historical research and led to this larger publication. Margaret was awarded a Copyright Licensing New Zealand Writers' Award in 2013, to help fund what the selection panel described as 'a ground-breaking piece of work'.