Downloads and podcasts

Page 1 – Podcasts

On this page you will find an archive of New Zealand public history podcasts and a new series, Te Rauparaha: Kei Wareware, launched in October 2023.

The podcasts are also available to listen to and download on our Podbean channels.

Te Rauparaha: Kei Wareware podcast series

Find out more about the Te Rauparaha: Kei Wareware podcast project (Manatū Taonga)

Te Rauparaha: Kei Wareware podcast trailer

A new podcast series in five episodes (plus a prologue and epilogue), tells the story of the life and times of Ngāti Toa leader Te Rauparaha, a compelling figure in the history of Aotearoa New Zealand. Hosted by Ross Calman, produced by Popsock Media.

Prologue: Te Pukapuka

In the early 1990s, a young student Ross Calman finds himself in the University of Canterbury library, where he discovers writings by Tamihana Te Rauparaha from the 1860s. Ross decides he will learn te reo Māori, so that one day he will be able to read the words of his ancestor himself. Thirty years later, he did just that. We get an understanding of the context He Pukapuka Tātaku i Ngā Mahi a Te Rauparaha Nui (A Record of the Life of the Great Te Rauparaha) was written in, and of Te Ao Tāwhito, the ancient Māori world that Te Rauparaha was born into.

Episode 1: Kāwhia

A prophecy is delivered: from the union of Parekōhatu (Ngāti Raukawa) and Werawera (Ngāti Toa) will come forth ‘He taniwha’ - “Someone extraordinary. A great leader, someone with vision, strategy, communication, and oral ability”. The Kawhia iwi Ngāti Toa will need him - after the huge battle at Hingakākā their position on the west coast of Waikato is under threat. We hear about the world that Te Rauparaha is born into, and follow his journey from childhood to stepping up as a leader.

Episode 2: Ngā Heke

When Te Rauparaha, and his hapū leave the overpopulated Kawhia harbour for Te Upoko o te Ika, the head of the fish, there are challenges in making the journey to new lands. It isn’t just his warriors, but women, children and elders who are travelling in the heke. Te Rauparaha and his people make alliances along the way, but also mortal enemies, which will have tragic consequences for Te Rauparaha personally.

Episode 3: Kapiti

Kapiti Island is a strategic stronghold, but there are enemies on the mainland waiting for their chance to attack Ngāti Toa.The Ariki Te Pēhi makes a great voyage to England to acquire muskets and meet King George, but while he’s away, Te Rauparaha and the rest of the iwi fight a battle at Waiorua against great odds.

Episode 4: Te Waipounamu

Te Rauparaha’s success leads to a series of threats from Rangatira of Te Wai Pounamu. Responding to these, Te Rauparaha and his warriors set off on a series of South Island raids which will lead to the death of some of Ngāti Toa’s great leaders and a war that lasts a decade.

Episode 5: Te Ao Hurihuri

The world of Ngāti Toa is rapidly changing with Pākehā settlers claiming land and resources for themselves. Ngāti Toa are becoming divided over the ways in which they challenge other iwi and Pākehā encroaching on their whenua and their mana. Tamihana Te Rauparaha, the writer of our manuscript, grows up and starts to challenge his father’s way of doing things. And Governor Grey comes up with a plan to get Te Rauparaha out of the way, so the government can take more land.


What's the legacy of Te Rauparaha and Tamihana? What is left behind both in the landscape and in people's understandings of these leaders? How have the peace marriages Tamihana began been felt across the motu and how do the uri of Te Rauparaha and his old enemies feel today?

Public history talk podcasts

October 2023

An Open Conversation on a Secret History

Discussion about a new book Secret History: State Surveillance in New Zealand, 1900-1956 by Richard S Hill and Steven Loveridge which opens up the ‘secret world’ of security intelligence during a period in which counter-espionage and counter-subversion duties were primarily handled by the New Zealand Police Force.
Transcript of An Open Conversation on a Secret History (PDF).

04 October 2023

‘Prison Labour and the Making of New Zealand’: Jared Davidson

In this public history talk, Jared Davidson discussed his latest book, Blood and Dirt: Prison Labour and the Making of New Zealand (Bridget Williams Books, 2023).
Transcript of ‘Prison Labour and the Making of New Zealand’: Jared Davidson (PDF).

23 August 2023

Adoption: From severance and secrecy to connection and openness

In this talk, a panel of experts discuss the profound impact of closed stranger adoption in New Zealand and the drive for change.
Transcript of ‘Adoption: From severance and secrecy to connection and openness’. (PDF)

5 July 2023

‘An overview of New Zealand’s radical right tradition’: Matthew Cunningham

In this talk, historian Matthew Cunningham explores some of the many threads of New Zealand’s diverse radical right tradition between the murder of Joe Kum Yung and the rise of identitarianism and the alt-right.
Transcript of ‘An overview of New Zealand’s radical right tradition’. (PDF)

7 June 2023

Katherine Mansfield's Europe: Station to Station: Redmer Yska and Cherie Jacobson in conversation

Using Mansfield’s letters and diaries as guides, Redmer Yska travels through Germany, France and Switzerland to the villas, pensions, hotels, spas, railway stations, churches, towns, beaches and cities where Mansfield wrote some of her finest stories.
Transcript of Redmer Yska and Cherie Jacobson in conversation. (PDF)

15 May 2023

Te Motunui Epa – making history from the underground

In this talk, Dr Rachel Buchanan discusses how unearthing the government records has changed the way she works as a historian, taking her much closer to the power of the underground and the sovereignty that exists, undiminished beneath our feet.
Transcript of ‘Te Motunui Epa – making history from the underground’. (PDF)

3 May 2023

Musicians, Myths and Manifestos

As the 2023 Lilburn Research Fellow, Nick Bollinger is looking at ways in which pop music in Aotearoa New Zealand has reflected, contradicted, and contributed to our national stories. Transcript of Musicians, Myths and Manifestos. (PDF)

5 April 2023

Solidarity and the Right to Strike

Cybèle Locke’s recently published biography of Bill Andersen, Comrade, examines labour activism, communism and social change, from the 1930s until the turn of the twenty-first century. Transcript of Solidarity and the Right to Strike. (PDF)

1 March 2023

Archives in Place: Deep Histories in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

In this podcast, Dr Lucy Mackintosh discusses aspects of her recently published book, Shifting Grounds: Deep Histories of Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Archives in Place: Deep Histories in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. (PDF)

22 December 2022

Downfall: The destruction of Charles Mackay

Paul Diamond's book, Downfall: The destruction of Charles Mackay, examines the startling ‘Whanganui Affair’ of 1920, when the mayor Charles Mackay, shot a young gay man, D'Arcy Cresswell. . Transcript of: Downfall: The destruction of Charles Mackay. (PDF)

2 November 2022

Making Space: A history of New Zealand women in architecture

A ground-breaking new book edited by Elizabeth Cox, Making space, tells the story of women making space for themselves in a male-dominated profession while designing architectural, landscape and urban spaces over a century.. Transcript of Making Space: A history of New Zealand women in architecture. (PDF)

12 October 2022

New Zealand’s Foreign Service: A History

Commissioning editor Ian McGibbon and two of the authors Steven Loveridge and Anita Perkins discuss what is distinctive about MFAT's approach to diplomacy in New Zealand and globally, and reflect on the process of researching and writing the book New Zealand’s Foreign Service: A History . Transcript of New Zealand’s Foreign Service: A History (PDF)

3 October 2022

Women Will Rise! Recalling the Working Women's Charter

A panel of authors from the book Women Will Rise trace the early working women's charters in New Zealand, and the work and organising done by trade union women and their supporters to achieve the adoption of the Working Women's Charter by the FOL over forty years ago. Transcript of Working Women's Charter talk (PDF)

6 September 2022

Māni Dunlop and Jamie Tahana

Māni Dunlop (Ngāpuhi) and Jamie Tahana (Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Makino, Te Arawa) are journalists and national broadcasters who actively champion te reo Māori me nga tikanga Māori through their work. For Mahuru Māori, Māni and Jamie spoke about their experiences, challenges, and triumphs of being at the front line of change in public radio. Transcript of Māni Dunlop and Jamie Tahana talk (PDF)

6 July 2022

A Biography of Lake Tūtira

In this talk historian Jonathan West, following in the traces of Herbert Guthrie Smith, sketches Lake Tūtira’s history from formation to today. Transcript of Jonathan West talk (PDF)

1 June 2022

Shifting perspectives about colonial conflict: The Wairau Affray and the Battle of Boulcott’s Farm

In this talk, Liana MacDonald (Ngāti Kuia, Rangitāne o Wairau, Ngāti Koata) focusses on two significant conflicts between mana whenua and British and settler militia during the early stages of the New Zealand Wars and how they are remembered today. Transcript of Liana MacDonald talk (PDF)

5 May 2022

With the Boys Overseas: radio listening during World War II and New Zealand’s first broadcast war correspondents

Sound historian Sarah Johnston talks about the role of our first radio war correspondents, who travelled with the New Zealand forces in North Africa, the Middle East, Italy and in the Pacific as mobile broadcasting units. Transcript of Sarah Johnston talk (PDF)

6 March 2022

Learning in and from primary schools: Teaching Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories at Years 1 to 6

In this talk Dr Genaro Oliveira shared findings from a comprehensive survey of primary school teachers across the Manawatū region about history teaching at Years 1 to 6. Transcript of Dr Genaro Oliveira talk (PDF)

3 November 2021

‘There was no honour in it’: Two aspects of New Zealand’s military history

Military historians John Crawford and Matthew Buck talk about results from their recent research projects into the Senussi Campaign in the First World War and the how service of veterans was recognised after the the two world wars. Transcript of John Crawford and Matthew Buck talk (PDF)

6 August 2021

The Platform: the radical legacy of the Polynesian Panthers

Melani Anae, Associate Professor in Pacific Studies at the University of Auckland discusses aspects of her recent book, The Platform: the radical legacy of the Polynesian Panthers. Transcript of Melani Anae talk (PDF)

7 July 2021

Crossing the lines: the story of three homosexual New Zealand soldiers in WW2

Brent Coutts discusses his recently published book, Crossing the Lines a history of New Zealand homosexual soldiers in the Second World War. While he uncovered fifty homosexual men who served in the military during the war, his research focused on Ralph Dyer, Douglas Morison, and Harold Robinson, three men who were female impersonators in the Pacific Kiwi Concert Party and Tui Concert Party. Transcript of Brent Coutts talk (PDF)

2 June 2021

Reflecting on the value of social media as a history-research tool

Historian Ryan Bodman explores the value of social media as a history-research tool. Over the past five years, Ryan has been researching and writing Rugby League: A New Zealand History, which is a social and cultural history of the football code in New Zealand. Transcript of Ryan Bodman's talk (PDF)

5 May 2021

Dissenting voices - New Zealand and the South African War

In this talk, Nigel Robson, author of Our First Foreign War (Massey University Press, 2021), examines opposition within New Zealand to the South African War 1899–1902.Transcript of Nigel Robson's talk (PDF) .

25 March 2021

Kei roto i te miru: inside the bubble

Inside the Bubble : Kei Roto i te Miru is a collection of human stories recorded during Covid-19 lockdown in Aotearoa New Zealand. In this talk, two people involved in the project, Tuaratini (community interviewer) and Teresa Cowie (radio producer and journalist), will describe their experiences. The resulting weekly podcast series, ‘Kei roto i te miru: inside the bubble’, launched on 25 March 2021 based on the interviews undertaken during the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown.

3 March 2021

'Palmy Proud'? Audience and Approach in Writing the History of a Provincial City

Co-editor and a writer for City at the Centre: A History of Palmerston North Margaret Tennant will discuss the dilemmas faced by its editors and the question of audience for such a volume: whether to take a thematic, ‘slice’ or chronological approach, how much to assume in terms of local knowledge, and whether to link with a commemorative event .


2 December 2020

Tamihana Te Rauparaha's life of Te Rauparaha

He Pukapuka Tātaku i ngā Mahi a Te Rauparaha Nui is a 50,000-word account of Te Rauparaha’s life written by his son Tamihana Te Rauparaha in the late 1860s. In this talk, the book’s translator and editor Ross Calman will discuss the historical context that led to the creation of Tamihana’s manuscript, give an overview of how the manuscript has been represented by various writers and translators over the past 150 years and describe some of the challenges he faced in interpreting the manuscript for a modern audience.

4 November 2020

Te Mana O Te Reo Māori

Te reo Māori champions Piripi Walker and Justice Joe Williams speak about their own journeys in te reo Māori revitalisation and the wider movement across the country. A facilitated discussion with Dr Vincent Olsen-Reeder follows. This talk is in support of the new Te Mana O Te Reo Māori online story, part of Te Tai Treaty Settlement Stories, a programme initiated by Manatū Taonga which aims to enhance understanding of the past by exploring Treaty settlements and their enduring impact.

6 October 2020

Unpacking the suitcase

While the Jewish refugee migration story is well known, less so is the story of those objects they brought with them. In this talk, Louisa Hormann shares findings from a research project exploring the relationships between Holocaust survivor refugee families, their descendants, and the material objects they have inherited.

2 September 2020

Māori women and the armed forces in WWII

Angela Wanhalla (Kāi Tahu) looks at the recruitment of Māori women into the auxiliary services, why they joined, and how their wartime service impacted on their post-war lives.


Inside the Bubble

Inside the Bubble : Kei Roto i te Miru is a collection of human stories recorded during Covid-19 lockdown in Aotearoa New Zealand. For 'Jack's Story' oral historian Will Hansen interviewed his flatmate Jack Hitchcox on ‘Queerintine’; living in an all queer flat during lockdown, being a frontline health worker, making art, watching films, reading books, transitioning, coming out to family and friends and future plans. Download a transcript of this interview here (pdf).

19 July 2020

Memorials, names and ethical remembering

Host Professor Joanna Kidman and panelists Morrie Love, Nicky Karu and Ewen Morris discuss colonial memorials, history and memory.

4 March 2020

Protest Tautohetohe: Objects of Resistance, Persistance and Defiance

Stephanie Gibson, Matariki Williams and Puawai Cairns will provide insights into the stories and objects that fill the recent publication Protest Tautohetohe: Objects of Resistance, Persistence and Defiance, their material history of activism in Aotearoa New Zealand.


2 October 2019

Wairoa Lockout: an oral history

Since 2010, the small town of Wairoa has been at the centre of the most bitter and protracted industrial dispute in New Zealand’s recent history. The agri-business giant, Talley’s Group, took over the town’s meat plant in 2010 and commenced a campaign to ‘draw the line on union influence’. Drawing on oral histories, Ross Webb focuses on the campaign by meat workers to save their union, the sacrifices involved, and the legacy of three successive lockouts on workers and the community.

4 September 2019

Pūkana: moments in Māori performance

Paul Diamond (Ngāti Hauā, Te Rarawa and Ngāpuhi) is lead curator for the Pūkana exhibition, and talks about the background to the exhibition which celebrates Māori performance across time.

7 August 2019

This Mortal Boy

Dame Fiona Kidman talks about her latest work which explores one of New Zealand's last executions, and the events that followed.

3 July 2019

100 years of the Tararua Tramping Club

Freelance writer and photographer Shaun Barnett and author Chris Maclean will explore the context of 100 years of the Tararua Tramping Club, how the club formed, why it was a success and how it set a model for other clubs to follow.

1 May 2019

The Hidden Women of the Public Stage

Inge van Rij, Associate Professor of Musicology at Victoria University of Wellington, explores the paradoxical position of women in New Zealand’s early orchestral history.

3 April 2019

My body, my business

Oral historian, writer and editor Caren Wilton discusses her book My Body, My Business: New Zealand sex workers in an era of change and using oral history – ‘history from below’ – to document what can seem to be a secret or hidden world, and telling stories that are both extraordinary and ordinary.

6 March 2019

Ocean: tales of voyaging and encounter that defined New Zealand

Sarah Ell, author of the book Ocean: tales of voyaging and encounter that defined New Zealand, explores the relationship between our peoples and the sea, from the earliest Polynesian voyagers to explorers and entrepreneurs, immigrants and environmentalists.


7 Novemeber 2018

The Saving of Old St Paul's

Historian Elizabeth Cox talks about the heritage battle to save Old St Paul's church, focusing on the 1950s and 1960s when Wellington was divided over the future of the church, and follows the efforts of those trying to decide its future.

3 October 2018

The tragedy of the SS Talune and the 1918 influenza pandemic

In October 1918 the SS Talune was permitted to leave Auckland bound for Fiji and Polynesia, even though the ship's master knew that influenza was rife in the city and that there were sick on board ship when it left port. Within eight weeks of berthing at Fiji, Western Samoa and Tonga, at least 5% of Fijians, 7% of Tongans and one-quarter of Western Samoa's population had died of influenza. Qualified nurse and communicable diseases specialist Ryan McLane discusses how and why this tragedy occurred.

4 July 2018

Polly Plum and the first wave of feminism

As we celebrate 125 years of women’s suffrage, it's time to re-evaluate Polly Plum, once described as ‘a highly controversial public figure for a few years only’. Feminist historian and author Jenny Coleman shares some of the lesser-known parts of social reformer Mary Ann Colclough's (AKA Polly Plum) life, and her role in the “first wave” of feminism in New Zealand.

Researching kindergarten: the endeavours of women for the play of children

Historians Helen May and Kerry Bethell present the outline of their new book Growing a Kindergarten Movement in Aotearoa New Zealand.

6 June 2018

The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, redux

In 2017 the Ministry for Culture and Heritage decided to resume work on the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography (DNZB), and to publish a new batch of biographies online every year. In this presentation, Tim Shoebridge, the DNZB programme manager, will speak about the challenges posed and opportunities offered by this new chapter in the DNZB's life.

2 May 2018

Jazzy nerves, aching feet and foxtrots: New Zealand's jazz age

Dr Aleisha Ward explores some of the many facets of ‘jazz’ in 1920s New Zealand’s Jazz Age).

7 March 2018

How does a city make a writer?

Redmer Yska presents his latest work 'A Strange Beautiful Excitement, Katherine Mansfield’s Wellington, 1888-1903’, and discusses a new connection between Mansfield's family and Women's Suffrage.

4 April 2018

Māori women, politics and petitions in the 19th century

Dr Angela Wanhalla's presentation draws upon her most recent book, He Reo Wāhine: Māori Women’s Voices from the Nineteenth Century, co-authored with Māori-language scholar and historian, Lachy Paterson. It introduces women petitioners and their concerns and argues that petitions are an important body of Māori writing that can offer insight into Māori women’s experiences of the colonial era (4 April 2018).


1 November 2017

The Great War for New Zealand

The Great War for New Zealand tells the story of the defining conflict in New Zealand history. In this presentation, Vincent O’Malley reflects on his book’s key messages and its reception, just over a year after publication, and following the inaugural national day of commemoration for the New Zealand Wars. Has the call for New Zealanders to own their history, warts and all, been heeded (1 November 2017)?

4 October 2017

Counting redcoats: Who were the imperial soldiers serving in New Zealand during the 1860s?

Charlotte Macdonald and Rebecca Lenihan will discuss the development of a database of men serving in the imperial regiments in New Zealand, the nature of the ‘big data’ generated by the War Office, issues, limitations and possibilities to date, and goals for the database’s continuing development, along with some preliminary analysis.

5 Septemeber 2017

The broken decade: 1928–1939

In this presentation, Malcolm McKinnon considers the significance of the year 1932 in New Zealand’s history.

2 August 2017

Past caring? Gender, work and emotion

Professor Barbara Brookes addresses the history of caring, the changing landscapes of care and their implications in the twenty-first century.

1 July 2017

Hearth and home: Reconstructing the rural kitchen, c1840–1940

In this talk, Dr Katie Cooper offers a peek through the window of New Zealand’s rural kitchens, addressing the history of domestic space and its benefits for the social or cultural historians.

7 June 2017

The Māori War Effort at Home and Abroad 1917

In this talk historian Monty Soutar, (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Awa, Ngai Tai) presents a recently delivered paper from the Myriad Faces of War Conference at Te Papa. It invites the audience to contemplate the development of the New Zealand Pioneer Battalion and their results during 1917, so that they may understand the Māori situation after the First World War. It also includes waiata by Tā Apirana Ngata sung live by Hine Parata Walker, Te Mihinga Tukariri and Te Aniwa Nelson.

21 May April 2017

New Zealand Rivers: can we learn from history?

The government recently announced a proposal to make more of our rivers ‘swimmable' by 2040 – it has attracted significant controversy, demonstrating the level of concern about the state of our rivers among ordinary New Zealanders. In this talk, Catherine Knight, author of New Zealand’s Rivers: An environmental history, will provide important context to this debate by exploring some of our complex – and often conflicted – history with rivers since humans first settled in Aotearoa New Zealand. Introduction by Chief Historian Neil Atkinson.

18 April 2017

Reflections on the Big Smoke

In this presentation Ben Schrader offers some reflections on the writing of his recent book The Big Smoke: New Zealand Cities, 1840-1920 (Bridget Williams Books, Wellington, 2016).


7 October 2015

Kūpapa - the bitter legacy of Māori alliances with the Crown

Many people believe the 19th-century New Zealand Wars were fought solely between the Crown and Māori, when the reality is Māori aligned with both sides, resulting in three participants from differing viewpoints. In this episode, lawyer and writer Ron Crosby discusses his most recent book, Kūpapa.

2 September 2015

Richard Seddon: King of God’s Own

Although he was no saint, Richard Seddon was a far more complex and multi-faceted character than the often rather one-dimensional revisionist portraits within our historical literature. Professor Tom Brooking is the author numerous books and publications, including the 2014 biography, Richard Seddon: King of God's Own ).

6 August 2015

New Zealand Society at War

Dr Stephen Loveridge explores the dynamics of the mobilisation process and considers what it might add to our comprehension of wartime New Zealand. Introduction by Gavin Maclean.

1 July 2015

James Prendergast: ‘Legal Villain’

Dr Grant Morris explores James Prendergast, the most infamous figure in New Zealand’s legal history. Known mainly for his condemnation of the Treaty of Waitangi as 'a simple nullity' in 1877, Prendergast was a highly respected lawyer and judge and his good reputation remained intact until the 1980s, when the Treaty of Waitangi finally returned to the centre of New Zealand political life.

3 June 2015

Enemy aliens and the New Zealand experience

Andrew Francis discusses a still under-researched aspect of New Zealand’s war on the home front. It assesses the government, press and public’s conduct interwoven with German-born settlers’ wartime experiences.

6 May 2015

New Zealand’s First World War heritage

Imelda Bargas and Tim Shoebridge are Senior Historians in the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's History Group. In this talk Imelda and Tim will explain how they came to work on their book, New Zealand's First World War heritage, and some of the challenges they faced putting it together. They'll also explore the themes covered in the book, using some of their favourite stories and sites.

1 April 2015

Rough on women: abortion in 19th-century New Zealand

Dame Margaret Sparrow has had a long career in general and reproductive health. She was awarded an MBE in 1987, the New Zealand Suffrage Centennial Medal in 1993, and the DCNZM for services to medicine and the community in 2002, which in 2009 became a DNZM. Here she talks about researching the lives of women who had abortions in 19th century New Zealand.

4 March 2015

New Perspectives on Māori History

Lecturer in History at the University of Auckland, Aroha Harris (Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi) talks about her latest book, Tangata whenua: an Illustrated history, a collaboration between Harris, Judith Binney and Atholl Anderson.


5 November 2014

Coal: the rise and fall of King Coal in New Zealand

Historian Matthew Wright discusses his recent publication on the chequered history of coal.

1 October 2014

Holding On To Home: New Zealand Stories and Objects of the First World War

Kate Hunter and Kirstie Ross discuss their recent publication.

3 September 2014

New Zealand English: is there more here than meets the eye and ear?

Language expert Dianne Bardsley discusses geographic and social conditions that have produced the distinctive form of New Zealand English.

6 August 2014

I am the island of Niue, a small child that stands up to help the Kingdom of King George - Niue Island involvement in World War I

Historian Margaret Pointer discusses why 150 Niueans were accepted for service in the Maori Contingent, their experiences in Auckland, Egypt, France and England and what life was like for the men returning home.

2 July 2014

Judgments of all Kinds: Economic Policymaking in New Zealand 1945-84

In this talk Jim McAloon sheds light on the perceptions, ideas, and competing interests which shaped the views and actions of ministers and officials in managing a small externally dependent economy in the decades following the Second World War.

4 June 2014

Captain Kindheart’s Crusade

In this talk Nancy Swarbrick discusses pet culture in New Zealand in the context of the international movement that began in the 19th century and still resonates today.

2 April 2014

A Tasman tale?: New Zealand's Depression and Australia, 1930-39

In this talk Malcolm McKinnon discusses ways in which a trans-Tasman frame of reference expands our understanding of the economic depression in 1930s New Zealand.

5 March 2014

The History of Gangs in New Zealand

Dr Jarrod Gilbert looks at the problems of researching gangs, but also the problems encountered when research findings clash with popular and official understandings.


6 November 2013

The White Ships: New Zealand's First World War Hospital Ships

Gavin Maclean looks at the liners Maheno and Marama, which the New Zealand government converted into state-of-the art floating hospitals during the First World War, 'the public face of our merchant marine's war'.

2 October 2013

The Great Strike of 1913: ‘Industrial War’ in ‘the Workers’ Paradise’

Peter Clayworth gives an overview of the strike and examines some of the questions the events of 1913 raise concerning the nature of New Zealand society on the eve of the Great War.

4 September 2013

Tramping in New Zealand; a history

Chris Maclean and Shaun Barnett discuss the the history of tramping in New Zealand, and talk about the process of researching and writing a book on the subject. Introduced by Jock Phillips .

13 August 2013

The Red Cross lens on New Zealand social history

Historian Margaret Tennant discusses how her research for the institutional history of the Red Cross has cast light on broader historical themes.

9 July 2013

Writing fiction as a non-fiction writer

Historian David Young discusses the question of how much his recent fiction writing (the novel Coast) is influenced by his previous historical endeavours and his own life).

5 June 2013

Friendly fire: what happens when allies quarrel

Former diplomat and Head of the Prime Minister's Department Gerald Hensley discusses the anti-nuclear policy of the newly elected Labour government in 1984 and how this collided with the United States policy of nuclear deterrence.


5 September 2012

The search for Anne Perry

Seminar by Dr Joanne Drayton given at the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Dr Drayton discusses her biography of crime writer Anne Perry, better known in New Zealand as the convicted muderer Juliet Hulme.

1 August 2012

Life on the Battlefields 94 years later

Belgian historian Charlotte Descamps, who has lived her whole life in the First World War battlefields of the Ypres Salient, talks about her experiences at Varlet Farm, how evidence of the conflict is unearthed every year, how modern technology is helping to identify human remains almost a century after the war, the ‘iron harvest’ in the salient (over 200 tonnes of live ammunition is still collected very year) and the work of the bomb disposal squad, how other items like helmets, rifles, rum jars, badges, buckles and silent pickets help tell the history of the area, and the ongoing research efforts to locate tunnels, ammunition dumps and dugouts.

5 October 2011

Scandal Sheet Confidential: voyages around NZ Truth (1977-2008)

Redmer Yska recalls his involvement with New Zealand Truth newspaper over three decades: first, as a journalist, second as a historical researcher, and lastly as its biographer, resulting in the 2010 book NZ Truth: the rise and fall of the people's paper .

7 September 2011 2013

Charles Mackay: The fall and rise of New Zealand's first 'homosexual'

In 1929 Charles Mackay, a former mayor of Wanganui bled to death on a Berlin street corner – a victim of violent clashes between police and communist protesters. How did he get there? An earlier incident triggered Mackay’s tragic trajectory: in 1920 he shot the returned soldier-cum-writer Walter D’Arcy Cresswell, who was blackmailing the (secretly homosexual) mayor. Paul Diamond’s research into the events surrounding both shootings has uncovered new information about this hidden aspect of New Zealand history.

IPANZ seminar series, 2012

The Ministry for Culture and Heritage and IPANZ co-hosted a series of four public history seminars to mark the centenary of the Public Service Act. The speakers explored the political context in which the 1912 Act was enacted, the long period of continuity until 1988, the 1980s “revolution”, and the present and the future. Download them here:

The 2010–2011 NCEA 3 history seminar series

Governors and Premiers of New Zealand Gavin McLean - Senior Historian, Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Shame and scandal — women criminals in the late 19th Century 
Bronwyn Dalley - Chief Historian, Ministry for Culture and Heritage

The peaceful conquest — the Vogel era
Neill Atkinson - Senior Historian, Ministry for Culture and Heritage

An overview of NZ 1800-1900
Steve Watters - Historian, Ministry for Culture and Heritage
Gregor Fountain - Deputy Principal, Wellington College

How to attack scholarship questions
Gregor Fountain - Deputy Principal, Wellington College

Seminar PowerPoint slides (pdf)

Associated podcast:

Don’t Mention the (Taranaki) War
Peter Adds -Victoria University of Wellington


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