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Romanian children in New Zealand

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Sam, Emma and Elsie, seen at a Wellington play group in 1992, were born in Romania and adopted by New Zealanders. Listen to Department of Social Welfare advisor Paula Dickens talk about the criteria prospective parents need to meet before adopting a child from another country. Sound file ...

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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Buzz O'Bumble

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Radio shows have been a popular source of entertainment for children since the mid-20th century. Wellington radio DJ Lindsay Yeo headed a family show on Radio 2ZB in the 1970s and 1980s. He created a cast of characters who appeared on the show and at children's events. Listen to a ...

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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Tainui waka landing place

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

When the Tainui waka (canoe) finally arrived at Kāwhia after its long journey, it was tied to this pōhutukawa tree, called Tangi-te-korowhiti. Listen to Tita Wētere tell the story of the building of the canoe. Sound file from Radio New ...

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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Murchison earthquake road damage

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

These fissures in a country road near Murchison show some of the damage wrought on transport routes by the 1929 Murchison quake. Len Hutchins experienced the quake, and his recollections were recorded by Jim Henderson in this 1964 interview. Sound file: Len Hutchings, interview by Jim ...

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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'Enemy alien'

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

During the Second World War people of German, Italian and Japanese descent were interned on Matiu (Somes Island) in Wellington Harbour. As German internee Charles Klinginstein explains, conditions at first were tough. However, in the last years of the war things improved and the internees ...

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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Kathy Dunstall, Howard League activist

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Kathy Dunstall has been secretary of the Canterbury branch of the Howard League for Penal Reform for many years, and is a major spokesperson for the League. Listen to an extract from a June 2010 radio interview about her work as an advocate for prisoners' rights. Dunstall highlights the ...

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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Dame Anne Salmond

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Listen to this clip from a 2000 radio interview with the Pākehā cultural go-between Dame Anne Salmond. As a teenage university student in Auckland, Salmond met East Coast elders Eruera and Amiria Stirling, who accompanied her to the Māori ceremonial gatherings that formed the subject...

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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Paul's Book Arcade

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Paul’s Book Arcade was a Hamilton institution for decades, selling a wide range of books including, from 1945, its own publications. That year Blackwood and Janet Paul began publishing books by local and national authors, including John Mulgan, Maurice Duggan, Frank Sargeson and Hone ...

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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Godwits at Miranda

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

These godwits (kūaka) are congregating on the beach at Miranda. They have flown nonstop from Alaska and must feed intensively on arrival. Listen to a flock of godwits calling. Sound file from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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Unemployed women, 1930s

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

This 1932 march of unemployed people through Christchurch is led by women. Elsie Locke, then Elsie Farelly, belonged to the unemployed women's movement in the 1930s. Here she recalls women's part in the movement, and why they organised separately from men. Sound file from

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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Bombing Bertie the germ

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

'Bertie the germ' was a constant focus of attention in Department of Health advertisements aimed at children in the 1940s and 1950s. Cleaning your teeth and eating fresh fruit and vegetables were a way of keeping Bertie the germ at bay and avoiding tooth decay. In this poster, developed by ...

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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Abortion-rights march

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

With the eruption of furious debate and activism related to abortion both in and outside Parliament in the 1970s, abortion-rights marches became common. This march was in 1973. Listen to a segment from a radio documentary made that year, which includes arguments between those for and against ...

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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Anti-tour march, 1981

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Banner-bearing protestors filled the streets of New Zealand on numerous occasions in 1981. In that year, for the first time since 1965, the government agreed to a tour by a racially-selected Springbok team. These banners in Wellington's Willis Street indicate that the tour was opposed by a broad ...

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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Influenza instructions to nurses

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

This poster, published by the New Plymouth Public Health Committee, gives detailed instructions to those nursing influenza patients in 1918. Cases are divided into mild, serious, extreme and delirium. Listen to people who lived through the pandemic describing flu patients suffering from delirium...

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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'His name is higher', with David and Dale Garratt

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

In 1974 New Zealand charismatic Christian pastors David and Dale Garratt held huge outdoor meetings at racetracks in Palmerston North and Tauranga. Each was attended by about 3,000 people and the Garratts led them in singing devotional songs. These were recorded and later released as ...

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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Freda Stark

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Freda Stark (left) had many lesbian relationships throughout her life. She met actress Thelma Trott (centre) in 1933 and the pair became lovers. The relationship continued after Thelma married conductor Eric Mareo (right), and Freda was a regular guest in the couple's home. Thelma Mareo died in ...

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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Band of Hope temperance pledge

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Temperance – avoiding alcoholic drink – was a central feature of New Zealand Methodism until the mid-20th century. One of the organisations promoting temperance was the Band of Hope, whose members signed a pledge to 'abstain from all intoxicating liquors'. This magnificent certificate...

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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Uncle Scrim

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Colin Scrimgeour, known as 'Uncle Scrim', was a Methodist missioner whose Friendly road radio programme was hugely popular during the economic depression in the early 1930s. This 1931 cartoon by Gordon Minhinnick shows him as a rather cunning angel. Listen to Uncle Scrim talking about the ...

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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Home schooling, 1948

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

During a polio epidemic in 1948 children were kept home from school to prevent the disease spreading. This cartoon shows a busy mother trying to do the housework and mind the baby while supervising her children's studies. While healthy children appreciated the time off school because it ...

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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Parihaka

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Mt Taranaki forms a dramatic backdrop to the established settlement of Parihaka, painted by George Clarendon Beale around 1881. In the 1870s Parihaka became a centre for peaceful resistance to the land confiscations that followed the Taranaki wars of the previous decade. Populated by followers of...

Ministry for Culture and Heritage