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The Aotearoa History Show

29 EpisodesProduced by RNZWebsite

The story of New Zealand and its people from its geological origins to modern day, hosted by William Ray, Māni Dunlop & Leigh-Marama McLachlan, with animation by Chris Maguren.

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Season 2 Ep 14: New Zealand's Pacific Empire

November 2nd, 2022

34:25

New Zealand has had some big ambitions in the Pacific and mixed relations with our neighbours.

Season 2 Ep 13: Why isn't New Zealand part of Australia?

November 1st, 2022

30:24

Why isn’t New Zealand part of Australia? | The Aotearoa History Show | RNZ
 

Season 2 Ep 12: Women's Suffrage

October 31st, 2022

32:31

We all know New Zealand was the first country in the world where women could vote. But do you know how we got there? The path to suffrage is littered …

Season 2 Ep 11: Number 8 Wire

October 30th, 2022

31:53

New Zealanders like to think we have a “Number 8 Wire Mentality” - a rough and ready enthusiasm for fixing and building stuff with limited resources. 

Season 2 Ep 10: NZ Railways

October 27th, 2022

25:24

From a standing start of little tank engines chugging along wooden rails, New Zealand built a vast rail network, made up of enough steel rail to wrap halfway around the moon.

Season 2 Ep 9: Whaling & Sealing

October 26th, 2022

30:25

Marine mammals were a source of food and clothing for Māori and Moriori, and valuable oil for Europeans. Hunting them brought cultures together, made …

Season 2 Ep 8: The Musket Wars

October 25th, 2022

32:30

These are the wars that cost more lives than any other in our history. Stretched over more than a decade & the entire country, these conflicts changed Māori warfare & much of what came next.

Season 2 Ep 7: Moriori

October 24th, 2022

32:12

Moriori are the original people of Rēkohu (aka Chatham Island or Wharekauri) & they have a tragic and inspiring story. Unfortunately, that story's often been twisted into, well, utter rubbish.

Season 2 Ep 6: Native Land Court

October 23rd, 2022

33:56

In 1841 a few tiny islands of Pākehā settlement existed in an ocean of Māori land. Today, that picture has reversed & Māori own a fraction of Aotearoa. A big part of the reason? The Native Land Court.

Season 2 Ep 5: The Gold Rushes

October 20th, 2022

30:57

The discovery of gold drew tens of thousands to New Zealand in search of fortune. It was a hard life, but diggers brought mateship, fashion & …

Season 2 Ep 4: Epidemics

October 19th, 2022

30:53

New Zealanders have battled Covid-19 for more than two years, but if you think it's the first time disease has knocked us around, well, this one's for you. Epidemics have long been part of our story. 

Season 2 Ep 3: Teenagers

October 18th, 2022

29:00

The 1950s saw an explosion of youth culture. “Bodgies and widgies' ' tearing round on motorbikes & hanging out in milk bars scandalised many Kiwi …

Season 2 Ep 2: Māori: The First 500 Years

October 17th, 2022

32:31

The first 500 years of Māori settlement in Aotearoa saw significant, dynamic changes to how people lived; changes that challenge the idea of Māori …

Season 2 Ep 1: Rabbits & other Pests

October 16th, 2022

28:15

No-one knows for sure who first introduced rabbits to New Zealand, because no-one wanted to take the blame for what became one of New Zealand's biggest environmental and economic disasters. We start season two burrowing …

14: Modern New Zealand

November 7th, 2019

21:42

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

21:05

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

22:46

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

20:09

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

20:31

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

23:06

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

23:14

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

25:21

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

18:45

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

22:39

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

23:26

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

19:12

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

22:33

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

14:43

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

1:20

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

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