A TRUE STORY OF LOVE IN WARTIME AND IN PEACE. In Crete during the Second World War a wounded Maori Battalion soldier and a young Cretan woman fall in love when the young infantryman is sheltered by her family. After marrying in Crete, Ned and Katina come back to live in New Zealand, settling in the Far North. They live a long, rich and happy life together, raising a family and involving themselves in community affairs there and in the Wellington region. Ned dies in 1987, Katina in 1996. Years later, the whanau of Ned and Katina approached writer Patricia Grace to compile their parents' story. Ned Katina is the result. This warm, beautifully written true story is impossible to put down.