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The Aotearoa History Show

15 EpisodesProduced by RNZWebsite

The story of New Zealand and its people from its geological origins to modern day, hosted by William Ray & Leigh-Marama McLachlan, with animation by Chris Maguren.Made possible by the RNZ/NZ On Air Innovation Fund

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14: Modern New Zealand

November 7th, 2019


It’s the final episode of the Aotearoa History Show! Rogernomics, Ruthanasia and the referendum on MMP saw the total restructuring of our economy and voting system. Plus a snapshot of the changing demographics of …

13: Decades of Change

November 5th, 2019


The 60s, 70s and 80s were rowdy decades. Kiwis were getting out in the streets and raising their voices about the rights of Māori, women and LGBT people, nuclear energy, the environment. Plus the most controversial …

12: Post-War New Zealand

November 3rd, 2019


After the war came a new quest for security and identity. With it came new political debates and alliances. Maori and Pasifika moved to the cities. …

11: The Second World War

October 31st, 2019


A second world war swept the globe, dragging New Zealand once more onto the battlefield, this time in the Pacific as well as Europe. In the likes of Crete, Greece and North Africa and on Pacific islands Kiwis served and …

10: Boom & Bust

October 29th, 2019


With World War I and the flu epidemic past, the good times rolled through the 1920s. Then came the bust of the Great Depression, prompting widespread …

9: The First World War

October 24th, 2019


It’s the war that claimed more New Zealand lives than any other. It’s also the event that’s often claimed as the "foundational moment” where we “became a nation”. But is that really true? In this episode we take a dive …

8: Colonists & Courts

October 22nd, 2019


Through the final quarter of the 19th Century Pakeha settler numbers swelled. The immigrants sought land and started to create a new, distinct …

7: Votes, Depressions & Refrigerators

October 20th, 2019


After the wars, politicians had to figure out how to run the new country. Bold choices saw huge spending on infrastructure, the right of women to …

6: New Zealand Wars (Part 2)

October 17th, 2019


As British troops leave, settler militia enter the fray. Some Māori chose to fight alongside the Crown while others join new religious movements, which seem to promise a way out of the conflict. 

5: New Zealand Wars (Part 1)

October 15th, 2019


Hunger for land and the rise of Kingitanga prompted Governor George Grey to invade Waikato in 1863. Fighting spread over years and into the Bay of Plenty, devastating Maori. But it was not as one-sided as the British …

4: Te Tiriti o Waitangi

October 13th, 2019


In Europe, factions debated the future of Aotearoa, while Māori had their own ideas how to handle the growing number of Pākehā here. In the end, Te …

3: Early Encounters

October 10th, 2019


Abel Tasman and James Cook’s first contacts with Māori were complex and sometimes violent. Europeans brought new technologies, food and ideas, such …

2: Tangata Whenua

October 8th, 2019


Around 850 years ago Polynesian explorers found an empty land and the story of people in Aotearoa began. A new culture emerged; tangata whenua had …

1: Prehistoric New Zealand

October 6th, 2019


Before people there was the land. We start the story of New Zealand 100 million years ago as tectonic forces tear apart Gondwana and Zealandia/Te Riu-a-Maiu is formed. 

The Aotearoa History Show (podcast)

October 6th, 2019


RNZ presents The Aotearoa History Show - this time as an audio only podcast!

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