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 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
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
Important events and people have often been honoured and remembered in monuments and memorials.
Part of story: Memorials and monuments
The Queen’s Service Order
Part of story: Royal honours system
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
The ‘frozen continent’ of Antarctica has long fascinated New Zealanders.
Part of story: Antarctica and New Zealand
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
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.