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Te Matapihi

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Te Matapihi, a Māori cultural group based in Kaiwhaiki, on the Whanganui River not far from Whanganui city, rehearses a haka for the 2002 national Māori performing arts festival.

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Bright College Days and Gaudeamus by the Sextet, Capping Show, 1989.

University of Otago

An extract from the 1989 Capping Show called Peter’s Pantomime. The Capping Sextet sing a song by Tom Lehrer and the traditional anthem that ends every capping show.

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Loch Lomond by the Sextet, Capping Show, 1989

University of Otago

An extract from the 1989 Capping Show called Peter’s Pantomime. The Capping Sextet sing a traditional Scottish tune that includes human bagpipes.

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Leprosy by the Sextet, Capping Show, 1989

University of Otago

An extract from the 1989 Capping Show called Peter’s Pantomime. The Capping Sextet sing a tango with lyrics that describe the terrible effects of catching leprosy at university.

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Selwyn Ballet, Peter’s Pantomime, Capping Show, 1989.

University of Otago

An extract from the 1989 Capping Show called Peter’s Pantomime. The clip records the performance by the Selwyn Ballet, New Zealand’s oldest ballet company. The Selwyn Ballet is only open to male members of Selwyn College.

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South Westland cattle drive, 1951

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

The Nolan brothers had the Cascade cattle run south of Jacksons Bay in South Westland. This 1951 video shows them sorting out sale cattle, which were then driven to the saleyards at Whataroa, 270 kilometres north.

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Waggle dance

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Austrian zoologist and 1973 Nobel prizewinner Karl von Frisch noticed that a bee waggle dance indicates food is at a distance in the direction of the waggle. A round dance shows food is close by, as does releasing a floral odour.

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Rent-a-bee

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Not only do beekeepers transport hives to sites near flowering plants for honey production, they also place them in kiwifruit orchards during flowering so that pollination will occur. In the Bay of Plenty, hives are rented to ensure a good kiwifruit crop.

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Robotic milking

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Routine robotic milking on New Zealand dairy farms is probably still some way off. However, the technology has been developed. This film shows the milking cups locating the cow’s udder and teats in preparation for milking.

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Advertising New Zealand dairy products overseas

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

A wide range of novelty advertising has been used in the promotion of New Zealand dairy products internationally. Here, three blind mice approve the judging of a cheddar cheese competition in Britain in 1991.

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Sharemilkers

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Ranald Gordon, General Manager, PKW (Paraninihi ki Waitōtara) Farms, a Māori incorporation in Taranaki, explains the conditions of a 50:50 share-milking agreement between a farm owner and a ‘share milker’ farm worker. These arrangements are unique to ...

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Deer – the menace

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Deer, together with chamois and tahr, thrived and multiplied rapidly in New Zealand’s predator-free alpine and forest environments. This 1959 video shows bands of deer in the high country of the Southern Alps.

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Pep pills for pets

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

One possible use for deer velvet is in pills for pets, to enhance their health and vitality. The US in particular is seen as a potentially large market for this product, as discussed in this 2006 video.

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Goat culling

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Because of the damage that feral goats do to native vegetation, they are periodically culled. Hunters must be fit and skilful, and accurate shots over long distances. These hunters are shooting goats in Marlborough, in 1946.

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Sports stars advertising beef and lamb

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

The New Zealand Beef and Lamb Marketing Board have used Sarah Ulmer and Caroline and Georgina Evers-Swindell, three gold medal winners from the 2004 Athens Olympic games, to advertise their products. This video was part of the ‘Feel Twice as Good’ ...

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Fine Merino products

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

The Timaru company South Canterbury Textiles makes products from a range of wool types, from strong crossbred to fine Merino. Here Andrew Miller demonstrates extra-soft baby blankets made from 19-micron Merino wool, and from extra-fine 15-micron wool. The ...

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Wool scouring

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

After the fleece is shorn, sorted and classed, the first step in the manufacturing process is scouring the wool. This uses hot water and detergents to remove the grease, sweat, dirt and most of the vegetable matter, leaving only the clean wool. New Zealand ...

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Chicken sexing

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

It is necessary to sex chickens to sort out the future female, egg laying hens – which will form the basis of the flock – from the male cockerels, which will be removed. It is a specialised and skilled job. This video, taken in 1954 during a poultry ...

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Campylobacter poisoning

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

There were 7,200 cases of Campylobacter poisoning in 2009 in New Zealand, and in the previous five years three deaths. A major source of the bacteria is raw chicken, and the poultry industry is progressively reducing this. Freezing or proper cooking of poultry meat kills the ...

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Broiler chicken farms

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

The poultry industry is no stranger to protest action from those concerned about the conditions under which chickens are raised. This footage was filmed secretly in 2003 in a farm that raises thousands of broiler chickens annually. The film was taken by a group called Auckland Animal Action to ...

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