Project 964


The mystery of the missing North American Harvard NZ 964.


A wonderful and mysterious love story and a tragic 1942 air accident.
Also including  details of the private search for the
Moncrieff and Hood aircraft "Aotearoa" - presumed crashed in the
Awaroa area on 10th January 1928 at appproximately 1730 hours.


For latest current discussion see:

For information about Harvard aircraft see:


I use and recommend Minelab products:


My aerial photos are supplied by NZ Aerial Mapping:

Thanks to “The Fighter Factory” for invaluable advice on locating fallen war birds:

Archives NZ for providing copies of all the relevant historical files:

Special thanks to RNZAF for advice and support:

Further Harvard technical manuals from:

Thanks to The Nelson Aero Club:

NZ Military Aircraft Serial Numbers:

Thanks to "Ernie" Bryant and the Nelson Marlborough Rescue helicopter team for their ongoing support and encouragement.

Thanks to the late Charles Garrett of Garrett metal detectors for his kindly advice, guidance  and support.


Thanks also to RNZAF Historical Flight for all the technical information and for answering an endless barrage of questions

And to the Restoration Section of the Air Force Museum, New Zealand for answering more endless questions !

Thanks to Andrew Karalus, and others at NFL assisting the search for Harvards in the Waiiti area.

For details on the Moncrieff & Hood search see:

The radio interview is at:

Full  and comprehensive  coverage of the Moncrieff & Hood story at:

DJI Innovations for supply of  camera drones.

The remarkable GoPro camera which I use for most of my aerial photography and FPV systems:

Thanks to the Marlborough Historical Society at Brayshaw Park for providing a copy of the flying map used by trainee pilots:

For a comprehensive history of the Hadfield family of Awaroa, read 'Awaroa Legacy' by Carol Dawber and Lynette Wilson. ISBN 0-9598041-6-1

A good read is "The Last Link" by Joanna Beresford. This is a novel but contains some interesting thoughts on the flight and its fate.

The Wilson family are to be commended for their efforts in preserving and displaying the history of the area to visitors to the Abel Tasman National Park.

Thanks also to the many others, including relatives of the pilot  who have made contributions along the way

Your help is much appreciated !