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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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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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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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A keeper’s life

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

This National Film Unit Weekly review of 1947 evokes the lonely life of a keeper at The Brothers lighthouse, off the north-east tip of the South Island. The routine weather reports are broken only by the company of seagulls and tuatara lizards.

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Haumoana at high tide

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Heavy easterly swells with waves up to 6 metres high pounded the beach settlement of Haumoana, Hawke’s Bay, in March 2005. Walls built to protect property from the sea were reduced to rubble. People often blame the local authorities when such damage occurs, but in many cases coastlines have...

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Te Wānanga o Raukawa

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

In 2013 Te Wānanga o Raukawa (TWoR) used this video to encourage prospective students to enrol for its courses. TWoR began as a joint project by the southern North Island tribes Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Raukawa and Ngāti Toa Rangatira. The wānanga began teaching in 1984 but was not formally ...

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The Black Sox – world champions, Christchurch, 2004

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

This film shows the Black Sox victory at the final of the World Championships at Christchurch in 2004. Coach Don Tricker is among the interviewees. The 2004 Black Sox set a world record as the first to win three back-to-back world championships. In 2013 the Black Sox set a further record as the ...

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Whare tapere

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

In this 2011 episode of Waka huia, Te Ahukaramu Charles Royal discusses the origins of the whare tapere. Hineteiwaiwa had a difficult birth. Her husband, Tinirau, called upon a tohunga to assist. The tohunga returned home riding Tinirau's pet whale, Tutunui, which Kae then killed and...

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Avengers-style self-defence, 1966

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

The British television series The Avengers, starring a judo-kicking, catsuit-wearing secret agent named Emma Peel, was hugely popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It inspired a number of New Zealand women to learn similar self-defence moves. This government newsreel from 1966, shot...

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US marines playing baseball, 1942

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

This film shows a baseball exhibition match between two US marine teams, held at Athletic Park, Wellington, in 1942. While the New Zealand public was intrigued by American sports, the dominance of rugby and cricket went unchallenged.

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Motorcycle Grand Prix, Cust, 1947

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Watch this newsreel clip of the 1947 Motorcycle Grand Prix at Cust, in Canterbury. The Grand Prix was held at Cust every Easter from 1936 to 1940. Racing stopped during the Second World War so the 1947 race was the first for several years. Huge quantities of used engine oil were used to damp down...

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Edinburgh Tattoo

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

In 2000 the Edinburgh Tattoo was staged in Wellington, and the Lochiel marching team gave a display of precision marching to famous film and television soundtracks. Here, both the current team and the seniors march to the tune 'The liberty bell', which is played at US presidential inaugurations, ...

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Women’s war work, 1942

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

As they had done during the First World War, women made warm clothing for New Zealand men serving in the Second World War. They spun wool and knitted socks, scarves and jumpers. By May 1945 1,168,963 items had been knitted. This film from 1942 shows women spinning and knitting for naval ...

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Closing a historic campground, 2005

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

The summer of 2004–5 was the last time holidaymakers enjoyed the 50-year-old campground at Blue Bay (also known as Ōpoutama) on the Māhia Peninsula. This television news clip explains the reasons for the closure of this and many other camping facilities around the country.

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Skating a dam spillway, late 1970s

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Skateboarding became big in New Zealand in the mid-1970s. Children and teenagers skated on any surface that was remotely suitable. Skateboarding was not only a recreational and sporting pursuit but a demonstration of rebellious freedom, as skaters rode on and in places originally intended for ...

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Modernist planning

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

One of the objectives of modernist house planning was to save space by including built-in furniture and combining living areas. This film from 1954 shows two Napier houses that had realised this aim.

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Group housing scheme

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

The 1950s National government wanted to boost the private building sector. Its group housing scheme encouraged builders to construct new suburban homes, using plans approved by the state, and pledged to buy those houses the builders were unable to sell. The initiative facilitated the creation of ...

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Tiger Woods in NZ, 2002

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

In 2002 Tiger Woods, then world golf champion, competed in the New Zealand Open. He also gave a golf clinic to young players at Paraparaumu Golf Club, north of Wellington. In this television news clip participants such as Steve McLeod, a Canterbury under-18 representative player, talk about ...

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