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Te Matapihi

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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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Haumoana at high tide

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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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A keeper’s life

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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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Melbourne Cup: Kiwi wins in 1983

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Kiwi's storming run from last to first in the 1983 Melbourne Cup has gone down in the annals of this famous race as the most astounding finish ever. Though not ranked among out greatest thoroughbreds (he had 13 wins from 60 starts), Kiwi remains a folk hero. Farm-trained in Waverley by his owner...

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The Beatles in New Zealand

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In 1964 British singing group the Beatles toured New Zealand and described the fans as surprisingly quiet. This short silent film showing their arrival and public reception provides an interesting reflection on their views. Certainly the band may have found it somewhat quaint to be greeted with ...

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Horse breeding

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With its temperate climate and lush pasture, New Zealand is recognised as an ideal country for breeding thoroughbreds. This 1968 documentary, Bred to win, shows several leading horse studs and some of the horses they bred for sale at the National Yearling Sales, then held at Trentham, near...

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Auckland Trotting Cup, 1945

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Newsreel footage of the Auckland Trotting Cup race in December 1945 shows the large crowd that gathered at Alexandra Park for the occasion. In an exciting finish, Seabourne, owned by C. Johnstone and driven by J. Price, won the cup and a prize of £3,000.

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Meteorologists on Raoul Island, 1949

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In 1939 a meteorological station was set up on Raoul Island to provide regular weather information for New Zealand meteorologists. This clip shows two met officers collecting weather information before sending it back to New Zealand by radio.

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Running for the money: Anne Audain, 1981

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Watch this video clip of distance runner Anne Audain, one of the pioneers of professionalism among female track and field athletes. Audain was banned for life from amateur sport after accepting a cash prize in 1981. The ban was later rescinded, and she won gold for the 3,000 metres in the ...

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New Zealand wins Women's World Cup, 2000

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One of the most memorable days in New Zealand women's cricket history came on 23 December 2000 at the BIL Oval, Lincoln. In the final of the Women's World Cup the White Ferns made 184 runs. Australia was expected to reach the target but, as this clip shows, they fell four runs short. New ...

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Restricting freedom camping, 2011

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The Freedom Camping Act 2011 placed restrictions on the activities of freedom campers (camping in places other than camping grounds) in New Zealand, and imposed fines for breaching them. This 2011 television news clip explains the background to the new law.

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Commonwealth response

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A New Zealand rugby team’s visit to South Africa in 1976 provoked a storm of international condemnation and debate. Twelve African nations formally boycotted the Montreal Olympic Games, and others simply stayed away. The issue was fiercely debated in the United Nations and at the ...

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Tsunami warning exercise

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This 2006 news item describes the timeline for a tsunami warning exercise carried out by the team at the National Crisis Management Centre. The event was held after criticisms of inadequate communication following an earthquake in Tonga in May. Fears that a destructive tsunami would reach New ...

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Hīkoi to Parliament

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More than 15,000 protesters arrive at Parliament in May 2004, demonstrating their opposition to the Labour government's legislation restricting the ability of Māori to claim customary rights to the foreshore and seabed. Protesters from around the country joined the massive hīkoi (march) to ...

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Jack Lovelock wins the 1,500 metres, Berlin, 1936

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This film clip shows Jack Lovelock's victory in the 1,500 metres at the Berlin Olympics, in 1936. Lovelock won in world record time, 3 minutes, 47.8 seconds. The field included such great middle-distance runners as the American Glenn Cunningham, who came second, and the third place getter, ...

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New Zealand cricket trials, 1949

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Aspiring New Zealand cricketers take part in a trial at Lancaster Park, Christchurch, to select the team to tour England in 1949. The comment that this was a strong team was justified. The team went on to draw the four-match series. The bat normally dominated the ball in the series...

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Royal tour

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During the 1953–54 royal tour of New Zealand, Queen Elizabeth II visited Tūrangawaewae marae. It was supposed to be a brief, three-minute stop, but became a significant visit. Princess Piki, who would later be Te Arikinui Te Ātairangkaahu, the first Māori queen, escorted Queen Elizabeth ...

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Opening ceremony, 1974 Christchurch Commonwealth Games

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At the 10th British Commonwealth Games, Christchurch was host to 1,276 athletes from 38 countries, including many African, Caribbean and Pacific nations. The games became renowned for their friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

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Pā on One Tree Hill

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This shows a re-creation of the pā defences upon Maungakiekie or One Tree Hill, in Auckland. Pā became prevalent after 1500 AD and tended to be located in areas of horticultural activity.

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Return of the Māori Battalion

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780 men of the 28th (Māori) Battalion arrived back home on the Dominion Monarch in January 1946. They were formally welcomed on Aotea Quay in Wellington and then took part in a huge feast. The scale and warmth of the welcome was a reflection of the pride which the achievements of the ...

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