New Zealand’s tsunami history

Tsunamis have been a danger in New Zealand as long as people have lived there.

Part of story: Tsunamis

The penguin history of New Zealand

Penguins probably evolved about 50 million years ago, and New Zealand has yielded clues to their origins.

Part of story: Penguins

History of television in New Zealand

Introduced to New Zealand in 1960, television has been a hugely important medium through which New Zealanders have received news and information, watched imported programmes and accessed local content.

Part of story: Television

History of pets in New Zealand

Useful animals

Part of story: Pets

New Zealand and international law: a brief history

New Zealand became increasingly involved in developing and applying international law as the country took a more prominent place on the international stage.

Part of story: International law


New Zealand’s human history is relatively short: it was the last habitable land mass in the world to be discovered, by the ancestors of Māori, probably in the late 13th century.

Part of story: History


Māori use The early Māori were gardeners. They brought crops from the Pacific, and learnt to grow a few native ones. Rengarenga lily (Arthropodium cirratum) was grown for its

Part of story: Horticultural use of native plants


Stone fruit, also known as summerfruit, are apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches and plums. They are all members of the prunus genus of trees and shrubs.

Part of story: Stone fruit and the summerfruit industry


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


Land agents

Part of story: Real estate