Haworth, Dianne

Haworth, Dianne

In Brief

Dianne Haworth was an editor, journalist and writer. Haworth initially worked as a journalist and editor, and then in 2000, together with Diane Miller, produced the biography Freda Stark: Her Extraordinary Life. Her non-fiction titles include her collaboration with Bob Howitt, All Black Magic Deluxe Edition (2003), and the biography, Tears in the Wind: the Lance O’Sullivan story (2004). Kaimanawa Princess, a book of children’s fiction based on a true story, was published in 2008.


Haworth, Dianne (1947 - 2008) was an editor, journalist and non-fiction writer.

Dianne Haworth was born in Hokitika and grew up in Hamilton and Wellington. When she left school she went to England. Haworth spent a number of years travelling and living abroad before finally settling in Auckland.

Haworth began her career as a journalist and editor and has worked on magazines as varied as City Scene, Animals Voice and Rugby News.

Having long nurtured a desire to write books, Haworth found her first opportunity when she was approached by Diane Miller, a niece of Freda Stark’s.

Together the two women produced Freda Stark: Her Extraordinary Life (HarperCollins, 2000). Writing in North and South Chris Bourke called the book, ‘brightly written, thoroughly researched … this biography is an entertaining reminder that real life often tells the best stories’.

Haworth’s long-time interest in rugby saw her team up with Bob Howitt to write the hugely popular Rugby Nomads (HarperCollins, 2002) and All Black Magic: 100 years of All Black Test History (HarperCollins, 2003). These two books are now out of print, along with the biography of Freda Stark. Haworth also teamed up with Bob Howitt to create All Black Magic Deluxe Edition (HarperCollins, 2003).

An interest in the SPCA prompted Haworth to write Father and Son: the Bob Kerridge Story (HarperCollins, 2004), which Max Cryer described as a biography that ‘achieves the goal of telling the remarkable story of two very gifted men, against a complex background of high finance’.

Haworth recently published Tears in the Wind: the Lance O’Sullivan story (HarperCollins, 2004), a book Paul Holmes called ‘compelling’ and David Bradford in the New Zealand Thoroughbred Annual called ‘the best New Zealand racing biography ever’.

In 2005 Haworth and Bob Howitt co-authored 1905 Originals, which tells the story of the legendary first All Black tour (HarperCollins, 2005).

Highway of Legends - On the Road With the Kings and Queens of Country Music was published in 2006.

Paddy the Wanderer - The true story of the dog who captured the heart of a city (HarperCollins, 2007) is a true story about Paddy, the dog who wandered the city of Wellington looking for his mistress, bringing light into the darkness of the depression for many wharfies and taxi drivers in 1928.

Give a Man a Horse: The remarkable story of Sir Patrick Hogan (HarperCollins, 2007) is the story of the only man to have been inducted into both the NZ and Australian racing Halls of Fame.

The extended versions of both Kaimanawa Princess and Paddy the Wanderer were published in 2008.

Dianne Haworth passed away on 11 August, 2008.


Updated January 2017.