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James Little’s memoirs

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Listen to a reading of James Little’s memoirs about breeding and exhibiting Corriedale sheep. Little successfully experimented with crossing Merinos with Lincoln or Leicester sheep from the 1870s. He promoted the inbred halfbred, as they were called at ...

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Formation of Crown research institutes

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

On July 1, 1992, 10 Crown research institutes were formed – the most radical reorganisation of government science in New Zealand’s history. The aim was to group scientists into institutes with separate research aims and subject areas. They also provided...

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Eastern rosella

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

The eastern rosella has a distinctive red head, which contrasts with its yellow underbelly, and its blue and green wings and tail. Rosellas are often seen in pairs or in small flocks. Sound file from the ...

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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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Giant kauri

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

This giant kauri is found at Waiau Falls scenic reserve on the Coromandel Peninsula, not far from Coromandel town. The reserve is part of one of the few unlogged stands found on the peninsula. Listen to Canon Pāora Temuera of Ngāti Raukawa and Te Arawa recite a karakia (prayer) that would once ...

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Kūmara whakapapa

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

This kūmara whakapapa tells how kūmara is descended from Rongo-māui and Pani-tinaku. Whakapapa was integral to the Māori world view – humans, gods and the whole natural world shared genealogical links. Listen to part of 'Pō! Pō!', by Enoka Te Pakaru, which refers to the ...

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Barrie Devenport after his Cook Strait swim

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

On 20 November 1962 Barrie Devenport made history as the first person in modern times to swim Cook Strait. He is shown here, soon after making it to the South Island, flanked by support swimmers from the Worser Bay Life Saving Club. This radio coverage is of the last moments of his swim. ...

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Genealogy of the universe

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Listen to the first part of a whakapapa outlining the origins of the universe. It can be translated as: From the conception the increase, From the increase the thought, From the thought the remembrance, From the remembrance the ...

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Flock of bar-tailed godwits

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

A large flock of godwits settles on the shelly beach of Miranda, on the Firth of Thames coast near Auckland. Eastern bar-tailed godwits arriving from Alaska need to feed intensively to replace the reserves lost during their long flight. They also need to ...

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Black stilts in flight

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

This pair of black stilts is flying above the Cass Valley in the Mackenzie Basin, one of their last strongholds. They breed in isolation on the banks above river braids, or nearby side streams and wetlands. The shallow edges are where they search for food, ...

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Cicada song

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Listen to the song of the cicada or kihikihi, which conjures up images of hot summer days. The cicada and cricket were described as the song birds of the ‘summer’ star Rehua (Antares), because their song heralded the arrival of warmer weather. Sound file from

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A lament

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

This lament, ‘E pā tō hau’, was composed by Rangiamoa for her cousin Te Wano of Ngāti Apakura and Waikato. Like many such songs, it compares the tears of those mourning to rain falling from the sky. This extract includes the reference to rain.

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Waipāoa River

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Some traditions explain the origin of natural phenomena. Pāoa was said to have created three rivers by urinating, including the Waipāoa (literally the water of Pāoa). This song, ‘Ka haramai a Pāoa’ (the arrival of Pāoa), tells of this and his other exploits. Sound file ...

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Home-grown wind and solar power

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Photographed in 1984, Frank Cresswell of Petone was heading for energy self-sufficiency, using a variety of methods to harness Mother Nature’s energy in his back yard. His solar panels heated water to 80°C in summer and 50°C in winter, and the ...

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Heather Nicholson

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Geologist Heather Nicholson stands in front of greywacke outcrops on Waiheke Island, near Auckland. In 1953 she wrote her master’s thesis on the island’s geology and in 2003, exactly 50 years later, she submitted her PhD thesis with the title, ‘The ...

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Te Hoata and Te Pupu bring fire

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

When Ngātoroirangi had just arrived in New Zealand from Hawaiki, he was overcome by extreme cold at a place called Onetapu. He called out to his sisters Te Hoata and Te Pupu, who sped to him from Hawaiki in the form of fire. When they emerged above ground they created the geysers, hot pools and ...

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Pōhā (kelp)

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Traditional pōhā (kelp bags encased in tōtara bark) are used to store the harvested tītī chicks. Bob Whaitiri talks about pōhā. Sound file from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero

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Perano whaling

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Five generations of Heberleys hunted whales. The last two were Charlie Heberley and his son Joe who worked at the Perano whaling station at the entrance to Tory Channel. In the sound clip they recall the excitement and danger of those days. The image from June 1952 shows workers at the ...

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Europa petrol station

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

During the 1930s, Europa was one of the brand names under which imported petrol was sold to New Zealand motorists. This radio jingle was used to advertise the fuel to motorists. Sound file from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero...

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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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