Journalist/writer Geoff Chapple won an NZ Film Award for Vincent Ward's acclaimed fantasy The Navigator. Chapple co-wrote the script, and also co-authored Ward's book Edge of the Earth. Chapple's other books include Rewi Alley of China, written after working with Alley on docos Gung Ho and The Humble Force. Chapple is an ex member of percussion ensemble From Scratch, and creator of national walking trail Te Araroa.
The Navigator stars were due at the premiere in a cart drawn by draught horses, but a wheel broke, and they went by limo. So my wife and I rode the big horses up Queen Street to the Plaza anyway – a great ride. Geoff Chapple