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Hay barn, Sunburst ohu

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

A dog, a rooster and several residents mill around the Sunburst community's hay barn. Sunburst received government approval under the ohu scheme in 1974, and was the first ohu to be established. Residents – a loose group of friends who had lived together in Auckland and the Hokianga &ndash...

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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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Trevor Chappell bowls underarm

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Listen to the appalled reaction of radio commentators to Trevor Chappell bowling underarm on the last ball of a one-day game between Australia and New Zealand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 1 February 1981. The game was the third of a five-match series final, and each team had won one game. ...

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Russell Coutts, professional yachtsman

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

New Zealand sailor Russell Coutts is shown here in 2009 at the wheel of a US yacht, which as part of the BMW Oracle team, he skippered in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series of that year. Coutts had been hired by US billionaire Larry Ellison to head a team to win the 2010 America's Cup. In 1995 ...

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Crayfish boom

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

In 1964 the main fish caught in Chatham Islands waters was cod. However, in 1968, 5,900 tonnes of crayfish were sent out from the islands, mostly overseas. Cod fisher Howard Page talks of the scene when he came down to hunt for crayfish about a year after the boom started. Sound file from...

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The Pike River mine explosion inquiry

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Flame and smoke billow from the Pike River coal mine, near Greymouth. In November 2010, 29 miners died after two methane explosions and a fire in the mine. In this sound file, Prime Minister John Key announces a royal commission of inquiry into the tragedy. Commissions of inquiry are one way of ...

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Anthems in Māori: 'E te Atua tohungia te Kuini', 1897

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Two Māori versions of 'God save the Queen' appeared in 1860. This first officially sanctioned version was printed in 1897 on palm-sized cards for the Māori who accompanied Premier Richard Seddon to Queen Victoria's 60th jubilee celebrations in England. The translation was the work of Edward ...

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With Britain in time of war

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

For most New Zealanders, commitment to Britain did not depend on their political beliefs – both conservative and reform-minded New Zealanders saw themselves as part of Britain's colonial family. In this 1939 radio broadcast, Prime Minister Michael Joseph Savage affirms that relationship on ...

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New Zealand declares war on Germany

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

This telegram announcing that the United Kingdom had declared war on Germany was received in New Zealand at 11.45 p.m. on the night of 3 September 1939. At that point New Zealand followed suit, and backdated its declaration to the same moment when the United Kingdom had declared war (9.30 p.m. on...

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Patriotic song

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

‘Sons of the colonies’ was one of many patriotic songs which were composed to drum up New Zealanders’ support for participation in the South African War. The lyrics include the words: Sons of the Colonies, Loyal to motherland, Show Britain's enemies

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Norman 'Big Norm' Kirk

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

‘Norm is the fairy on our Christmas tree/handing out presents to the elderly’ were lines from the tongue-in-cheek tune ‘Big Norm’ that Wellington pop duo Ebony took to number four in the charts. The song stuck in people’s minds and featured on this tribute album ...

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Last meeting of the Legislative Council, 1950

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

This photograph records the last meeting of the Legislative Council, the upper house of the New Zealand Parliament, on 1 December 1950. It was abolished by an act of Parliament earlier that year. Listen to press-gallery reporter Charles Wheeler describe the Legislative Chamber's role and how it ...

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Dunedin pipe band

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Dunedin was settled by Scots and was soon known as New Zealand’s Scottish city. This image continued to resonate in the 20th century. Here the Dunedin Ladies’ Scottish Pipe Band march past the city’s medical school in 1947. Listen to David Eggleton evoke the city’s ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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

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Eva Rickard at Raglan

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Eva Rickard points out the land that she was fighting to reclaim to Minister of Lands Venn Young in 1978. In the sound clip she notes how she had rejected the government's offer to pay to purchase the land, provided the golf club's lease was extend by over 50 years. 'I am saying to the ...

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'No Maoris, No Tour'

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

This 1959 poster sums up the protest position against a racially selected All Blacks rugby team touring South Africa in 1960. Listen to the comments of famous former All Black George Nēpia, who had been omitted from a 1928 tour at the specific request of the South African prime minister. ...

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Joe Hawke

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Joe Hawke (left) lodged the first claim heard by the Waitangi Tribunal. It concerned the loss of tribal land at Takaparawhā (Bastion Point) in Auckland. In 1977 the tribunal rejected the claim. In this 1977 radio interview Hawke talks about why the issue was so important to his people of Ngāti ...

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Cycle couriers

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Keeping an eye on overtaking vehicles, Wellington cycle courier Tom Finlay heads back to base after a delivery in 1990. Cycle couriers are often the fastest means of mail and document delivery in inner-city areas. Their daring and even dangerous riding style has given them the nickname ‘...

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