The Great New Zealand Robbery

The extraordinary true story of how gangsters pulled off our most audacious heist

Scott Bainbridge
NZD $32.99

The forgotten true-crime story of how Auckland's mobsters pulled off the heist of the century.

It should be remembered as New Zealand's answer to Britain's Great Train Robbery: in the dead of the night, robbers broke into the Waterfront Industry Commission's offices and made off with an audacious loot equivalent to almost $1 million today.

This 1956 heist, which eventually came to be known as the Waterfront Payroll Robbery, was executed with military precision and the robbers left nothing but a smoking office and an empty safe behind them.

The crime was eventually pinned on small-time crook Trevor Nash. When four years later, Nash made a brazen prison-escape attempt, he rose to notoriety as a kind of anti-establishment hero.

But to this day uncertainty remains about whether Nash alone was responsible for the waterfront heist. Could he really-cunning as he was-have pulled it off all by himself?

And what happened to the money?

Author bio:

Scott Bainbridge is one of New Zealand's best-known true crime writers. He is the author of four books, including The Bassett Rd Machine-Gun Murders and Shot in the Dark.

Category: True Crime
ISBN: 9781877505768
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: A&U New Zealand
Pub Date: August 2017
Page Extent: 288
Format: Paperback - C format
Subject: True crime