The 1979 Erebus crash

The legacy of Erebus

Part of story: Air crashes

Commissions of inquiry

From the Erebus air disaster to the collapsed buildings in the 2011 Canterbury earthquake, from Auckland city governance to contraception and abortion – commissions of inquiry have covered a host of different subject

Part of story: Commissions of inquiry

Air crashes

Air crashes have wide-ranging and often tragic consequences. They occur usually because of a chain of connected causes. In New Zealand many small aircraft crash.

Part of story: Air crashes

Television drama

Local drama production began in the early 1960s and has made an outstanding contribution to New Zealand television.

Part of story: Television


Early searches Before the 1900s, searches were carried out when ships were wrecked, but people who got lost in the back country were often never rescued, or were found only by chance.

Part of story: Search and rescue

Memorials and monuments

Important events and people have often been honoured and remembered in monuments and memorials.

Part of story: Memorials and monuments

Queen’s service, bravery and Antarctic honours

The Queen’s Service Order

Part of story: Royal honours system

Air travel in the 2000s

The experience of flying In the second half of the 20th century New Zealand, like other countries, underwent a transport revolution. Advances

Part of story: Aviation

Antarctica and New Zealand

The ‘frozen continent’ of Antarctica has long fascinated New Zealanders.

Part of story: Antarctica and New Zealand

Expeditions and surveys: 1830s–1870s

Darwin and Dieffenbach Charles Darwin paid a short visit to the Bay of Islands on the Beagle in 1835, and collected a specimen of īnanga (a species of whitebait).

Part of story: European discovery of plants and animals

Memorials since 1960

War memorials

Part of story: Memorials and monuments

Voyages of discovery

Antarctica is the coldest, driest, windiest and highest of the world’s seven continents. Snow and ice cover 95% of its area, and the seas that surround it are frozen for much of the year.

Part of story: Antarctica and New Zealand