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Tainui canoe

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

In Māori oral tradition there are many stories of the founding canoes. One of these was the Tainui canoe which first landed in the Bay of Plenty before journeying to the Waitematā Harbour. There it was dragged across the 200-metre portage to the Manukau Harbour. This hauling chant is ...

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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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 ...

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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Speaker of the House of Representatives

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

In 2004 the Speaker of the House of Representatives was Jonathan Hunt, photographed here beside artist Ryuzo Mishida’s portrait of him. The Speaker, who is elected by MPs, determines the proceedings of the House and keeps order. He is also responsible...

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‘God defend New Zealand’

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

New Zealand is unusual in having two national anthems of equal standing – ‘God save the queen’ (or king), and the more recent ‘God defend New Zealand’. When a member of the royal family is present the former is preferred. However, increasingly on public occasions and...

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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Michael Joseph Savage

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Labour Prime Minister Michael Joseph Savage is seen here opening the head office of the new Department of Social Security on 27 March 1939. After suffering setbacks in the 1920s, the Labour Party was finally swept into power in 1935. The government set up a...

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National Party campaign booklet, 1949

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

During the 1949 election campaign, the National Party pictured itself in booklets such as this as representing the nuclear family, the ideal social unit of those years. After winning the 1949 election, National tightened its hold on power in 1951. Prime ...

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Split Enz

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

One of New Zealand’s greatest pop bands, Split Enz first performed in December 1972 and became the first New Zealand group to achieve worldwide success. When lead vocalist Tim Finn left to start a solo career in 1984, the band broke up. However, it ...

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The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra is based in Wellington and regularly performs at the Wellington Town Hall. Listen to the orchestra play part of the third movement of ‘Symphony no. 1’ by New Zealand composer Douglas Lilburn. Sound file...

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Jonathan Lemalu

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Bass baritone Jonathan Fa‘afetai Lemalu is a New Zealander of Samoan descent. Since graduating from London’s Royal College of Music, where he won the gold medal in 2002, he has sung in recitals and opera in London and is fast gaining a world ...

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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Hone Tuwhare

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Hone Tuwhare was a distinguished poet, and a playwright and author of short fiction, whose writing career spanned some 50 years. His first published collection of poetry, No ordinary sun, appeared to acclaim in 1964. Tuwhare, who was of Ngāpuhi descent, died in January 2008 at the age ...

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Tower New Zealand Youth Choir

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Formed in 1979, the Tower New Zealand Youth Choir is pictured here at Gorizia, Italy, during its 2004 European tour. The choir has won many awards, including the title ‘Choir of the World’ at the International Musical Eisteddfod in Llangollen, ...

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Scottish settlers

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Some 800 Scottish settlers made their home at Waipū from 1854 onward, bringing with them precious mementoes such as this book of Highland music. Their leader, Norman McLeod, was charismatic and fanatical, preaching hellfire and demanding subservience from his followers. Listen to a descendant of...

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Ross Gregory talks about Tūmoana

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Tūmoana was captain of the Tinana canoe, which landed at Moria, now known as Te Tauroa, near present-day Ahipara. The image shows Te Tauroa. In the sound file, Ross Gregory, of the northern tribe Te Rarawa, talks about Tūmoana and his career after landing. Sound file from

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Landing places of South Island canoes

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

This map shows the landing places of the Ārai-te-uru and Tākitimu canoes and the passage of the Uruaokapuarangi canoe, captained by Rākaihautū. In the sound file, Ngāi Tahu leader Sir Tīpene O’Regan tells the story of the arrival of Rākaihautū and his son ...

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Īnia Te Wīata singing

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

One 20th-century Ngāti Raukawa figure was the internationally known bass Īnia Te Wīata. Here he sings a Ngāti Raukawa song, ‘He puru tai tama’. Sound file from Īnia Te Wīata, [no-lexicon]Waiata Maori [/no-lexicon], compact disc,

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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Te Tō Waka, the canoe portage

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Te Tō Waka, the narrow stretch of land between the Tāmaki River and the Manukau Harbour, was used extensively by Māori as they travelled between the east and west coasts. Listen to the traditional chant used by the Tainui people while they dragged their canoes across the isthmus. Today the ...

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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The home of the ancestors

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Taranaki tribal historian Te Miringa Hōhaia talks about the kāinga (village) Karakatonga which was the ancient dwelling place of Te Kāhui Maunga – the people of the mountains.

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Parihaka gatherings

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

This gathering of people at Parihaka was photographed in the 1880s. Such events have been taking place since the Taranaki wars of the 1860s. At that time the Parihaka leaders Te Whiti-o-Rongomai and Tohu Kākahi set up a regular forum called Tekau mā waru (‘The Eighteenth’) which ...

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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‘Pō, pō’

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

This extract from the lullaby ‘Pō, pō’, performed by the Waihirere Māori Club, tells how the kūmara (sweet potato) – a vital source of food for the ancient Māori – was brought to New Zealand. Various tribes provide different accounts of who was responsible for ...

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Waiata poi

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

This waiata poi (chant to accompany a poi dance), composed by Ruka Broughton in the 1960s, refers to changes in Māori society at that time. Its main subject is the migration of young Māori from the country to the city, and the challenges they face.

Ministry for Culture and Heritage