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Mark Todd and Gandalf

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Mark Todd won Olympic gold medals in 1984 and 1988 riding his horse Charisma, who died in 2003. Following a period in retirement, Mark Todd was selected for the 2008 Olympic Games, this time on Gandalf. Here, Mark Todd and Gandalf are competing in a three-...

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Cuvier Island tuatara

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

A rare, five-month-old Cuvier Island tuatara is held at Auckland Zoo. In the background is another tuatara, an 80-year-old adult from the Stanley Island group. Cuvier Island lies off the Coromandel Peninsula, and tuatara living on it are considered to be a subspecies. The tuatara (Sphenodon ...

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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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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. ...

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Beach cricket

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Madeleine Anderson and Evelyn Jacobs, both aged seven, take part in a family game of cricket at Waihī Beach on Boxing Day, 2004.

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Ian Graham

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Professor Ian Graham is chief scientist with Endace, an Auckland-based information technology company that makes products for people wanting to know who’s using the internet and how – network monitoring. Endace products are currently used in 25 countries, and the company has branch ...

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Spaghetti Junction, Auckland

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

In the 1950s planners decided that motorways would best meet Auckland’s future transport needs. As these became congested, further motorways were built, sparking debate over whether motorways solved or exacerbated congestion. This is Central Motorway (or Spaghetti) Junction in central ...

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Urban designer's bugbear

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

In 2009 Ludo Campbell-Reid was the group manager for urban design at the Auckland City Council. He was enticed from London in 2006 to help make Auckland’s built environment more humane and attractive. He objects to Auckland's 'obese' streets.

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Indian food

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Ram Rai, director of Dakshin Products, which makes ready-to-eat Indian meals and snacks, stands in his factory’s kitchen in 2007. New Zealand immigrants have brought with them their cuisines, and many have started up successful businesses manufacturing and selling foodstuffs.

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Café culture

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

This strip of street cafés is along Jervois Road, Auckland, in 2006. The street café became a symbol of the revival of city street life. In the early 1990s city councils bowed to pressure from café owners and allowed them to place tables and chairs on footpaths outside their premises. In winter ...

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Māori family in front of their state house, 2008

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Pani Taiapa and her two children, Brodie and Anita, pose by the fence of their state house at Waterview, Auckland. Māori families undoubtedly had a higher household income in the early 2000s than similar families a century before. They also probably received a better education and had more ...

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Robotics engineering

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Automated forklifts that drive and move equipment without human involvement became a reality in 2008. Robotics engineer Tony Collett led a team at Inro Technologies that designed and marketed a vehicle automation system in just over a year.

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A divided board of trustees

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Alan Patterson-Kane makes a point at a Selwyn College board of trustees meeting in February 2007. Around this time, the board of trustees of Selwyn College in Auckland became embroiled in a heated dispute over how the school should be run. While some supported the school's liberal teaching ...

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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

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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...

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