Rod Dew was introduced to gliding at the famous British wartime aerodrome, RAF Kenley, in 1960, but it was not until 30 years later that he got serious. He has now been a Qualified Glider Pilot for 25 years,
When Glide Omarama and Southern Soaring were consolidated under the leadership of Gavin Wills, Rod became Ground Operations Director of the combined companies. He is the owner of a very tidy DG300 single-seater sailplane. Following Guys Sanders retirement in April 2018, Rod was appointed our General Manager
In his other life, Rod was one of New Zealand’s foremost sports journalists, although he filled many senior positions outside sport during 45 years at “The Press” newspaper in Christchurch. He was Deputy Chief Reporter , Illustrations Editor (for 14 years), Sports Editor (for seven years), and Sports Editorial Manager (for six years).
Rod has written three books, including “Master of the Wave”, a thrill-a-minute biographical account of the exploits of one of the world’s finest glider pilots, Kiwi ace Terry Delore.
Originally from Christchurch, Rod ran a 100-acre farm at West Melton when he wasn’t writing. The farm was reluctantly sold a few years back and for a decade he spent the winters on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and the summer at Omarama. But the call of the mountains has been too strong. He has sold his house near Bribie Island and is currently living with his wife, Dianne, in what was originally intended to be their holiday house, in Omarama.