Dianne Haworth Passes Away

10 Aug 2008

Award-winning Auckland author Dianne Haworth, who wrote the biography of Sir Patrck Hogan, died peacefully at her home on Monday August 11 after a brief illness.

Her book on Sir Patrick Hogan, co-owner of Cambridge Stud, was titled

Give A Man A Horse - the Remarkable Story Of Sir Patrick Hogan -
 and was published last year.

Dianne also wrote a best-selling book on champion jockey Lance O'Sullivan -

Tears In The Wind

Dianne grew up in Hamilton and Wellington and spent several years travelling the world before returning to New Zealand and taking up a career in print journalism. She was married and with an adult son,Simon, and daughter Katherine.

"I like writing biographies about New Zealanders who have made their mark on our society," she says. "It fascinates me that such a small society has produced, and continues to produce, so many talented people," she was quoted as saying during her career.

Dianne was a long-time campaigner for animal rights, and was the founding editor of the SPCA magazine, Animal's Voice. Her love of animals spilled over into her writing, and her telling of the true story of

Paddy the Wanderer
has proved to be one of her most successful books. Dianne earned the respect of many animal welfare organizations, including the Kaimanawa Wild Horse Welfare Trust, the organization that is arranging the launch of Dianne's new book,

Kaimanawa Princess

Cambridge Stud passes on its condolences to Dianne's family upon her sad passing.