Peter Cooke specialises in New Zealand military history and industrial heritage, having written a dozen books to date. He has also written on such diverse topics as Shell Oil NZ Ltd, Wellington Returned and Services Association, water supply, rugby in war, and mine-proof vehicles. As a product of the British diaspora, he brings an internationalist perspective to works on New Zealand history, showing the country as part of a global whole.
Peter edits two New Zealand military history periodicals, lobbies for defence heritage sites under threat and runs field trips to local battle sites. Married with children, he lives in central Wellington and is actively involved with his community.