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Godwits at Miranda

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

These godwits (kūaka) are congregating on the beach at Miranda. They have flown nonstop from Alaska and must feed intensively on arrival. Listen to a flock of godwits calling. Sound file from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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Kaumātua

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

In the early 2000s few Māori were over 65, but their proportion of the Māori and total population was expected to increase. In 2001 Māori life expectancy was eight years less than non-Māori. Ngāti Porou kaumātua Hone Taumaunu is discussing tribal affairs in 2008.

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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Crowded housing

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Nine members of the Fe'ao family shared a home in Māngere, South Auckland, in March 2006. Far more Pacific people than those of other ethnicities were living in crowded accommodation in the early 2000s.

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KickStart breakfast programme

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Asalemo Usumanu and Bedilu Tesfaye enjoy breakfast with Fonterra CEO Andrew Ferrier as part of the KickStart breakfast programme in November 2009. The programme, sponsored by the dairy company Fonterra and breakfast-cereal company Sanitarium, aimed to deal with the fact that about 10% of ...

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Russian adoptions

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

New Zealanders could adopt Russian children from 1992. Adoptions were facilitated by agencies accredited by the Russian Ministry of Education. This is Auckland woman Sarah Morton playing with her adopted Russian son Alexander (aged 20 months) in 2007.

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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Meals on Wheels

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Meals on Wheels is an important social service for older people which is often staffed by older volunteers. In 2008, 79-year-old volunteer Doris Fiddell had been delivering meals in Auckland for 45 years.

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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Youth Court on marae

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

In some places young Māori offenders are dealt with in a Māori setting. Many people who work with these offenders argue that culturally relevant programmes and processes will reduce the likelihood of reoffending. In 2008 the Youth Court sat at Te Poho o Rāwiri marae in Gisborne. The initiative...

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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Rowing on Lake Karapiro

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Hamilton Boys’ High School rowers follow tradition and throw Matt Cameron, their cox, into Lake Karapiro after winning the Maadi Cup in 2007. This event is the national rowing championship competition for secondary schools, and is one of many national and international rowing competitions ...

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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Pāuanui houses

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Pāuanui was the first upscale development by the Hopper brothers on the Coromandel Peninsula. It began in 1967; in the early 2000s it had just over 700 permanent residents, but that number ballooned to around 14,000 each New Year’s Eve.

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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Raelian spokesperson, 2003

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Members of the Raelian movement believe that life on earth was created by extraterrestrials known as Elohim. In 2002 Raelians claimed that a human baby had been cloned for the first time. The Raelians' New Zealand spokesperson, Mark Woodgate of Hamilton, is shown in 2003 with ...

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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Running blind

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Blind runner Rob Matthews (right) is guided by Nicholas Buck along Auckland's Tamaki Drive during a training run before the Auckland triathlon in 2009. Matthews, who is English, was a Paralympic champion, having won 13 gold medals for Great Britain. In 2005 he moved to New Zealand to be with his...

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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Diverse families

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Families in the 21st century come in all shapes and sizes. Some children, like five-month-old Liliana, have gay parents. In February 2006 at the Big Gay Out Festival at Coyle Park in Auckland, Liliana's parents, lesbian couple Andi Chapman (centre, holding the baby) and Kim Myhill (right), met up...

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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Bathing of the Buddhas, Auckland, 2008

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

A monk in the Thai Buddhist tradition blesses followers during Thai new year celebrations in Mt Albert, Auckland, in April 2008. These celebrations included the bathing of the Buddhas, a ceremony to ritually wash images of the Buddha. This commemorates the birthday of the religion's founder, and ...

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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Girl Guide biscuits

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Jane Findlay, from St Mary's Pippins group, samples a Girl Guide biscuit at Scout Hall in Crown Lane, Remuera, in 2007. Selling Girl Guide biscuits door-to-door each March is the major fund-raising event of the Guiding calendar. The original recipe was developed by Cadbury Fry Hudson, and ...

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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Protesting against Boobs on Bikes

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Protesters against Boobs on Bikes – a parade of topless porn stars riding on motorbikes – linked pornography and sexual violence. The 2008 protest was organised by the Auckland Women's Centre and the Stop Demand Foundation (which aimed to stop the sexual exploitation of children...

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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Experience of mental illness: as a teenager

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Liz Morton was an Auckland University student preparing for a medical career in 2010. In March that year the Mind Matters house, a mental health recovery centre for teens and young adults, closed due to funding cuts. Liz first entered Mind Matters at age 17, and returned there several times to ...

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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Migrating kūaka

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

The kūaka (godwit) migrates north in autumn from Te Rēinga – the same place that spirits of the dead are believed to depart this world. When many people die at the same time, they are compared to a flock of kūaka leaving Te Rēinga.

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Citizenship of members of Parliament

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Since the mid-1970s permanent residents of New Zealand have enjoyed almost all the benefits and privileges of citizens. But although people who are not citizens can vote in parliamentary elections, the Electoral Act disqualifies them from sitting in ...

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Pūkeko

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Known as swamp hens, West Coast pheasants or ‘pooks’, pūkeko are found in damp areas throughout New Zealand. Their flight is short and ungainly, and they are easy to shoot, although little targeted by hunters. Their call is a screech.

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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Anti-mining protesters

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Coromandel Peninsula has a long history of mining. In the 1970s many people looking for an alternative lifestyle moved to the peninsula, attracted by cheap land. They opposed further mining as many of the old, abandoned mines had ruined the environment. ...

Ministry for Culture and Heritage