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Mother Aubert's Paramo

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Catholic nun Suzanne Aubert made herbal remedies from native plants to treat Māori patients. Her remedies were sold commercially in the 1890s. They were packaged in colourful boxes printed with Aubert's image, which was intended to suggest they were trustworthy and reliable. Listen to ...

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Votes for women

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

The campaign for women's suffrage was led by Kate Sheppard (shown here on a stamp, which depicts a detail of the $10 note). Listen to the reminiscences of Mrs Perryman, who voted in the 1893 election (the first in which women could). Sound file from

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'Paikea'

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Listen to the song 'Paikea', recorded at the 1964 Gisborne annual Māori competitions. In this version Paikea, a Ngāti Porou ancestor, is encouraged to 'hug' the daughter of Te Whironui (E awhi tō ringa ki te tamāhine a Te Whironui). In the original version Paikea is encouraged...

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Te Kore whakapapa

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

This whakapapa represents a European view of the development from Te Kore (the void), to Te Pō (the night), to Te Ao (the day). Early whakapapa often depict these entities in a different order.

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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Kūmara whakapapa

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

This whakapapa shows how the kūmara descends from Rongo-māui and Pani-tinaku. Its origin is referred to in this extract of the waiata 'Pō! Pō!', by Enoka Te Pakaru. In English it translates as: Pō! Pō! My son, Tama, is crying for food! Wait until it is ...

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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Te Ara o Tāwhaki

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

This wharenui at the Eastern Institute of Technology in Hawke's Bay is named Te Ara o Tāwhaki (the pathway of Tāwhaki). In tribal tradition Tāwhaki journeyed to the heavens to attain knowledge. In this oriori, 'Pinepine te Kura', his ascent to the heavens is described. ...

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Pros and cons of sex work: Anna Reed

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Anna Reed has been the Canterbury regional coordinator for the New Zealand Prostitutes' Collective since the late 1980s, and still held the position in 2010. Reed, pictured here in the 1980s, talks about why she enjoyed sex work. While many sex workers do not experience pleasure with ...

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North Island kōkako

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Pureora Forest is home to the rare North Island kōkako. Large numbers of these native birds used to live in the North Island but deforestation has severely restricted their range. Small populations now exist in Pureora Forest, as well as the northern Urewera, Bay of Plenty and Northland. Listen ...

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Taumarunui on the main trunk line

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Taumarunui was the archetypal railway town and was a refreshment stop for passenger trains on the main trunk line as they travelled up and down the North Island. This is the main street, Hakiaha Street (and State Highway 4), and the railway line in 1913, 10 years after the line reached the town. ...

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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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Principles of the Treaty Deletion Bill 2006

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

In 2006, when Winston Peters was leader of New Zealand First and a minister in the Labour-led government, his party sponsored a bill to delete references to 'the principles of the treaty' from legislation. Listen to this radio news clip to hear New Zealand First MP Doug Woolerton explaining why ...

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Centenary of the treaty signing, 1940

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

The centenary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi was the occasion for colourful celebrations in many parts of the country. This photo shows the regatta at Waitangi itself, with Auckland mayor Ernest Davis's yacht Moerewa and a traditional war canoe with more than 100 paddlers. ...

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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 ...

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Promoting the Māori language

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Activist group Ngā Tamatoa emerged in the early 1970s to demand greater recognition for Māori issues and interests. Among these was that the Māori language should be taught in schools. A 30,000-signature petition supporting this aim was presented to Parliament in 1972 by Ngā Tamatoa ...

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Gisborne Harbour flooded

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

The surges of the May 1960 Chile tsunami flooded Gisborne Harbour, and did widespread damage around the surrounding coast. Don Ross, harbour master at Whitianga, describes the effects of the tsunami. Sound file from Radio New Zealand Sound...

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Evacuation in Whakatāne

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

On 26 May 1960, three days after a tsunami from an earthquake in Chile caused damage along the New Zealand coast, a radio message warned that a tsunami from a major aftershock of that earthquake was about to hit the coast. These cars are jamming Hillcrest Road on the hillside above Whakatāne, ...

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Helicopter wreckage

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

This Jetranger helicopter crashed into the sea at Anaura Bay, north of Gisborne, in June 1989. It was carrying a film crew, including television presenter Paul Holmes. Appalling weather, encroaching darkness and poor visibility forced the pilot to follow the coastline at low altitude, and when he...

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Puysegur Point lighthouse

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Puysegur Point, in the far south-west of unpopulated Fiordland, is remote even by lighthouse standards. Frequent gale-force winds, heavy rain and sandflies added to the challenges of lighthouse life at the point, as Kevin Pennel, the last keeper, recounts in this audio clip. Sound file ...

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TrinityRoots

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

An area of Māori innovation is music. Here are two clips from the album Home, land and sea by the band TrinityRoots, whose lead singer is Warren Maxwell of Ngāi Tūhoe (pictured). The other members are Rio Hemopo of Ngāti Tuwharetoa and Riki Gooch of Ngāti Māhanga. The songs ...

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