About Rex H. Warwood
founder of ProfundityTrading.com
Rex Warwood spent much of his working life as a journalist, beginning his career as a reporter for a privately owned newspaper, Franklin County News, and was based in Pukekohe, south of Auckland, New Zealand.
He got his start in journalism ‘through the back door’ while he was a young rugby player at Bombay, which is seven kilometres east of Pukekohe. Every Sunday evening for two years he would deliver a report on the Bombay Rugby Club’s weekly games to the Franklin County News. In July 1979, the owner, Jean Gillard and editor Ernie Alexander offered him a position on the newspaper’s staff, which he accepted and never looked back.
His duties included writing general news stories, reporting on council and court, and covering sport, his passion of which was rugby. He served for eleven years as editor of the Counties Rugby Union’s match-day programme from 1975 until 1986. During that time the Counties Premier side, coached by former New Zealand Race Relations Conciliator, the late Hiwi Tauroa and led by former All Black captain, Andy Dalton, won 1979 National Provincial Championship (now the Mitre 10 Cup). This was the first and only time Counties have won this title.
Rex wrote his first book while a member of 1959 Pukekohe High School’s Second Rugby XV.: “Our team was unbeaten that year, and for me, it was an amazing experience,” he recalls.
“The team was coached by the school’s phys-ed teacher RR (Mick) Cossey who was selected the previous year on the wing for the All Blacks that played Australia.
“I wrote the record of the team’s season when we won all nineteen games and the principal, AR (Bert) Dreaver, wrote a foreword, saying: “…this was one of the finest and closest-knit teams I have seen in action in any school…I congratulate the scribe on the initiative and devotion in making this booklet…I congratulate the coach Mr Cossey on his inspiring and skilled leadership…I congratulate the team on their achievements, not only in winning so many matches but in playing the grand old game in such a truly splendid spirit.”
“It was then I decided I wanted to be a writer, although it took some years (and is another long story on its own) before I was able to achieve my dream of working in the journalism industry as a professional.
In 1979 I covered all the matches played by the Counties premier rugby team which won the NPC and I published a book on the season entitled Counties ’79 – Rugby Champions of New Zealand.
Over the next few years, Rex researched material for another book, this time it was a history of the Bombay Rugby Club which celebrated its centennial in 1988. The year previously, the club’s senior team had won its first-ever Counties Premier Championship title, and this side was also captained by Andy Dalton. The club was riding high during that period.
Andy wrote the forward for that book, called Struggle to the Top – 100 Years of Bombay Rugby.
Another enjoyable research/writing experience was with the late Paul Cochrane who produced Enterprise and Agony – 50 years of Counties Rugby. Paul was Deputy Principal of Papatoetoe Intermediate School, and he was commissioned to write the book for the union’s 50th anniversary in 2005.
In 2010, Rex retired from journalism, a career which spanned thirty-seven years and in that time he had been editor of three community newspapers, Franklin County News, Waiuku Post and Franklin Life. For the next six years, he devoted his time to writing his first novel, The Long Frost – A Bloomsbury Family in Crisis.
This is a story of a middle-class English family who rose to great heights during the boom time in Victorian London, then crashed after their bank, one of the world’s biggest at the time failed through a series of reckless investments.
“I carried this story around in my head for many years,” Rex recalls. “So, it was really pleasing to see it in print finally.”
Rex’s latest effort is also a saga, but it is a true story. It is the case of Lieutenant General Michael Flynn who was falsely accused by his own Government and spent four years fighting corruption at the highest levels of the United States Government. General Flynn was pardoned by President Trump in November 2020.
As time went on, Rex became more interested in politics as he witnessed changes being made by politicians who did not consider the people of the local area.
Despite many public meetings protesting the proposed changes, amalgamations were forced on the councils of the region, twice. The first saw the councils of Pukekohe, Waiuku, Tuakau, Franklin County Council and North Waikato lumped into one to form the Franklin District Council; then came the ‘big steal’. The government forced Franklin into the new United Nations - driven ‘Auckland Super City’ forming a satellite city using prime vegetable growing land for intensive housing. Pukekohe was once the ‘food basket’ of New Zealand, and Rex have not been popular with politicians over his criticism of their mismanagement of Auckland’s outlying areas.
“It’s a disgraceful situation to see all this taking place, all because Auckland Council allowed shonky developers to construct what we now call ‘leaky homes’ costing the ratepayers billions of dollars in reparation and no-one were accountable for it.
“What was the solution? Amalgamate the affluent rural Franklin and Rodney districts into a so-called ‘Super City’ so the ratepayers can help pay for the mismanagement. Then utilise the fertile soil to build houses on it without, I might also add, building the required infrastructure to cope with the massive expansion.