David Veart

Writer, archaeologist, historian and cookbook enthusiast, Dave is based on Auckland’s North Shore.


David Veart was born in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1950, descendant of an early military family. Trained as an anthropologist, he worked as a Department of Conservation historian and archaeologist for over twenty-five years. He belongs to the Auckland Heritage Committee of the Institute of Professional Engineers and has been appointed as a member of the Auckland Council's Heritage Advisory Panel. An expert on various Auckland landmarks of historical or archaeological significance, he is well-known for his public guided walks of these areas, about which he has also written film scripts and narrated interpretative films.

Veart is also an expert in New Zealand’s culinary history and a lover of cooking and recipes. He owns a large collection of cook books and has presented at conferences on aspects of culinary history.

Veart is author of First Catch Your Weka: A Story of New Zealand Cooking (AUP, 2008), Digging up the Past: Archaeology for the Young and Curious (AUP, 2011) and Hello Girls and Boys! A New Zealand Toy Story (AUP, 2014).