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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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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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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.

University of Otago
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Sunny Nelson

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

This 2005 news item looks at Nelson's reputation as New Zealand's sunniest region.

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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Riverside community

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

In 1975 the television programme Seven days featured the Riverside community in Lower Moutere. Riverside, founded by Christian pacifists in 1941, was still active in 2010, though it had moved away from its Christian origins.

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Murchison earthquake survivors, 1999

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Sisters Doris Nalder and Gertie Oxnam survey the scene of the earthquake-triggered landslide that nearly killed them at Murchison Primary School 70 years earlier.

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National Party advertisement

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

This advertisement for the National Party, prepared by the American cartoon firm Hanna-Barbera, was played during the 1975 election campaign. It reflected an increasing hostility to immigrants from the Pacific as unemployment rose in New Zealand following the 1973 oil crisis.

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Medical students in the dissecting room

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

The Otago School of Medicine in Dunedin is one of the last teaching institutions in the world where students spend a lot of time dissecting human bodies. The students work on the same body, which has been donated for this purpose, for two years.

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After separation

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Divorce was ordinary by the late 20th century, when some of its difficulties and challenges were the basis for a popular series of advertisements selling butter. One of them is shown here – a divorced dad picks up his daughter from school. She tries to persuade him to come home, but he ...

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Divorced dad

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

New Zealand men came to strongly value being a father and having a close, loving relationship with their children in the later 20th century. This shift coincided with a rapid climb in the rate of divorce. This advertisement, made in 1989, combines fathering and divorce to sell butter. ...

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Maniapoto's whakapapa (genealogy) recited

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

In Māori society family trees or whakapapa, traditionally transmitted orally, are central to the understanding of people's place in the world. They often include natural features, plants and animals. Here Tom Roa of Ngāti Matakore recites the whakapapa of his ancestor Maniapoto. Tom Roa...

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Kahungunu and Rongomaiwahine

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

This waiata tells of Kahungunu's love for the beautiful and high-born Rongomaiwahine. Rongomaiwahine laid down a sexual challenge to Kahungunu and so he sought a way to make her his wife.

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Whale rider

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Whale rider was a 2004 film based on the book of the same name by Witi Ihimaera, which in turn drew some of its inspiration from the story of Paikea, who travelled from Hawaiki on the back of a whale. In this clip from the film a contemporary Paikea, played by Keisha Castle-Hughes, ...

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Rangitoto argillite

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Rangitoto ki te Tonga (D’Urville Island) was a centre for making argillite adzes (cutting tools), which have been found around the North and South islands. Argillite is a metamorphosed sandstone highly suitable for chipping. It is found on the island and in the neighbouring mainland ranges...

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Saddleback feeding

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Saddlebacks search for insects and grubs in old wood such as this dead tree trunk. They use their strong bills to tear off the bark, and can pry wood open along a split to find wētā, huhu grubs and other juicy items.

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Haast’s eagle

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

As shown in this reconstruction, Haast’s eagle preyed on moa and other large birds. The world’s largest eagle, it became extinct after its main prey had been hunted to extinction. Its 3-metre wingspan was relatively short for a 12–13-...

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An orator’s farewell for the dead

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

At a tangihanga (ceremony of mourning) it is customary for speakers to refer to a person’s death as a journey back towards Hawaiki, the source and the destination of human life. The speaker in this case is Martin Wikaira of Ngāti Tūwharetoa.

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Centennial Exhibition

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Sprawling across a large site at Rongotai, the Centennial Exhibition ran for six months in 1939–40. It celebrated New Zealand’s progress since its founding in 1840. The exhibition’s designer, architect Edward Anscombe, filmed visitors to the site. ...

Ministry for Culture and Heritage