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The attack on Gate Pā

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In the television series The New Zealand wars, James Belich describes how following the bombardment of Gate Pā the British advanced into the pā only to be met by warriors, carefully hidden in the complex trench system, firing their guns. British casualties were heavy.

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Pai Mārire

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

On 6 April 1864 a group of soldiers from the 65th Regiment was attacked at Ahuahu by a group of Māori. The regiment's leader, Captain T. J. Lloyd, was killed. The Māori yelled a new war cry, 'Hau! Hau!' In the television series The New Zealand wars, James Belich explains that the Māori ...

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Future of the Māori Land Court

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In this extract from a 2006 episode of the television programme Marae, Joe Williams, chief judge of the Māori Land Court, and others discuss the role of the court in the present day. Williams also explains how the court is changing to meet new demands such as its jurisdiction over Māori ...

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Foreshore and seabed protest, 2004

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In 2004 issues of kāwanatanga dominated New Zealand's political discourse. The Labour-led government of the time passed legislation to declare that the country's foreshore and seabed were Crown-owned. Many, especially Māori, believed this legislation breached fundamental rights ...

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Anthem man

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Aucklander John Robert Steed wrote alternative words to 'God defend New Zealand', and from 1996 promoted them widely, travelling around the country in his patriotically decorated caravan. His proposed words are: Proudly we rise to our feet Together we are people of peace, ...

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Return of the Māori Battalion

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

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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Air New Zealand hijacking in Fiji, 1987

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During the 1987 Fijian coup, an Air New Zealand plane was hijacked at Nadi airport. In response, New Zealand Prime Minister David Lange directed the armed forces to send a team of Special Air Service (SAS) soldiers to Fiji. Defence leadership considered this order problematic during a coup and ...

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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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Professional deer cullers

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From the 1930s the government employed professional deer cullers to reduce wild deer populations. Extract from Mountain lands in jeopardy, National Film Unit, 1959, courtesy of Archives New Zealand

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Shotgun safety

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Watch footage from a 1986 Mountain Safety Council video explaining how shotguns are loaded. The Mountain Safety Council produced a new video in 2008. Film clip courtesy of the Mountain Safety Council

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Dead deer recovery

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

This professional deer culler prepares deer carcasses for a helicopter load, probably in the 1960s. Permission to use excerpt from Mountain lands in jeopardy, National Film Unit, 1959, courtesy of Archives NZ.

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Dry fly fishing

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Watch angler Geoff Thomas catch a brown trout using a large dry fly that imitates a cicada. Film clip courtesy of Geoff Thomas, http://www.geoffthomas.co.nz

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$2 shop advertisement

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Watch a video advertising the $2 shop – a chain of small shops selling cheap products. The use of small children’s voices indicates that the shop is a popular choice with parents for cheap toys and gifts for children.

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Spot the difference

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Watch a government road safety television commercial from the mid-1990s illustrating the difference between travelling at 50 kilometres per hour, versus illegally travelling at 67 kilometres per hour, in an urban area. These hard-hitting, graphic commercials were introduced as part of the Land ...

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Tongariro River

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Watch footage explaining the life cycle of rainbow trout in the Tongariro River. Film clip courtesy of Geoff Thomas

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Water of Leith

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

The Water of Leith stream flows through north Dunedin. In its lower reaches, around Otago University, it becomes confined within a concrete channel. This footage shows what happens to water in urban areas that quickly runs off hard surfaces into waterways...

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Leader of the God Squad

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Douglas Metcalf, the leader of the Full Gospel Mission (better known as the God Squad), explains the beliefs of the sect in a 1980 documentary. The sect was based at a Waipara commune called Camp David, which flourished from the 1970s until the late 1990s. ...

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Whale rider – Paikea rides the whale

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In this extract from the movie Whale rider young Paikea rides the lead whale of a stranded pod out into the sea, so that the rest will follow. Paikea is named after her ancestor, also known as the whale rider because he travelled on the back of a whale to Whāngārā on the East Coast of...

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Piha surfers

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Auckland’s west coast beaches are renowned among surfers. This clip of surfers at Piha comes from the legendary 1968 surfing film Children of the sun. It begins with a view of Piha beach and Lion Rock, after which the surfers take to the waves.

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Churches, Raukōkore

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Movie footage from the early 1970s shows first the Catholic and then the Anglican churches at Raukōkore. A notable feature of the Catholic church, which opened in 1930, was the entrance, framed by a whale’s jawbone. This has since been removed to the ...

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