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Building new schools, 1950s

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The 'baby boom' after the Second World War led to an increase in school building to keep pace with the large numbers of children being born. It was necessary to build more secondary schools and tertiary institutions as well as primary schools because of the rising numbers of children attending ...

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Selecting a national Māori flag

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In July and August 2009 21 public hui were held across the country to select a national Māori flag. The four flags considered were: the New Zealand flag, the New Zealand red ensign, the United Tribes of New Zealand flag and the tino rangatiratanga flag. This television news clip talks to some ...

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Re-enacting the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi

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This televised re-enactment of the first signing of the treaty at Waitangi in 1840 shows the confusion and mixed motives among the Maori chiefs present. The prominent younger chief Hōne Heke was the first to place his signature on the treaty. Before any others could do so another man, Marupo, ...

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El Alamein

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This film clip shows some of the conditions in the fighting around El Alamein between June and November 1942. The commentary expresses the pride New Zealanders felt in their fighting men's contribution to turning back Rommel's counter-offensive. The two hard-fought victories by the allies at El ...

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Teaching arithmetic

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This newsreel from 1950 shows a new approach to teaching arithmetic to young children, by allowing them to discover principles for themselves through a series of carefully planned activities.

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Taking a case to the World Trade Organization

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This 1999 news clip discusses New Zealand's intention to take a complaint to the World Trade Organization (WTO) following the US government's decision to impose a tariff on lamb imports. Both New Zealand and Australia laid complaints with the WTO. The WTO upheld both the complaints and, in 2001, ...

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Māori strategy in the Taranaki wars

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In the television series The New Zealand wars James Belich explains how and why local Māori, supported by Kīngitanga (Māori King movement) warriors, surrounded New Plymouth with a series of new pā in 1860.

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The end of the war in Wellington

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In the television series The New Zealand wars, James Belich explains why Ngāti Toa chief Te Rangihaeata and his men abandoned their strong pā at Pāuatahanui and retreated into the hills. The final shots in the war were fired at Battle Hill, behind Pāuatahanui.

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Census of Antarctic marine life

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A shipload of New Zealand scientists are shown carrying out a census of the marine life of the Ross Sea in 2008, the International Polar Year. In trawl nets used to gather samples, one of the first creatures found was a toothfish, the target of both legal and illegal fishing. Since the late 1990s...

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Mothers and babies in prison

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This television news clip from September 2008 explores the situation of mothers with babies in prison. It discusses the law change that would allow women prisoners with babies to keep those children with them until the age of two.

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Sir Peter Buck's investiture

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In 1949 Māori leader, politician and scholar Sir Peter Buck (Te Rangi Hīroa) was knighted at Government House in Wellington. Of all the honours he received, it was the one he valued most highly. This newsreel shows scenes before and after the investiture ceremony.

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A New Zealand soldier's ingenuity

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This short film from 1944 features a New Zealand solider in the Pacific during the Second World War who has invented his own washing machine and ringer. The film expresses a nationalistic pride in Kiwi ingenuity, which is seen as being a distinctive value of the country's people.

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Compulsory retirement saving scheme referendum

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This television news clip reports on the run-up to the 1997 referendum on compulsory retirement savings, which was promoted by New Zealand First leader Winston Peters.

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Bougainville peace talks, 1997

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A peace agreement was signed after the second round of Bougainville peace talks, held at Burnham Military Camp, Christchurch. The first of those speaking in this October 1997 news report is Robert Igara, a senior Papua New Guinean official. The second speaker is Martin Miriori, a Bougainville ...

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Taranaki Māori land protest, 1997

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This television news clip shows the 1997 protest by Taranaki dairy farmers against statutory rent increases for the land they leased from the Crown. The farmers drove their tractors to Parliament to object to paying greatly increased rents for their perpetual leases on land confiscated from Mā...

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Whenuakite land occupation, 2007

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This television news clip describes an occupation by members of Ngāti Hei of part of their tribal territory at Whenuakite, Coromandel. The disputed land belonged to the state-owned Landcorp, which planned to sell it. After this protest by the local iwi, Labour's State-Owned Enterprises...

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Henry Williams

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In this segment from a docudrama about the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, missionary Henry Williams is profiled. Williams played an important role in the Māori text of the treaty and in the Declaration of Independence. Because the word 'rangatiratanga' was used to mean 'independence' in ...

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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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Australia defeats New Zealand, 1946

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In March 1946 New Zealand played Australia at the Basin Reserve in the first official test between the two countries. For New Zealand it was not an auspicious start to their post-war international cricket. After making only 42 in their first innings, New Zealand did well to ...

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Restricting freedom camping, 2011

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

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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