People with disabilities

While sexuality issues are often a sensitive topic, for people with disabilities they pose additional challenges.

Part of story: Sexualities

South Island sheep runs: tussock and scrub

In the South Island, as European settlers arrived from the early 1840s on, burning played an important part in the establishment and expansion of large-scale sheep farming.

Part of story: Fire and agriculture

Early inhabitants


Part of story: Nearshore islands

Canoes of the South Island

Mānuka and Ārai-te-uru The Mānuka canoe set out for Hawaiki, the Polynesian homeland, and successfully returned with a cargo

Part of story: Canoe traditions

History of mining

Māori use of stone Although Māori did not use metals, stone was widely used for tools, weapons and ornaments. Suitable local rocks were

Part of story: Mining and underground resources

Discovery and settlement

The Māori past

Part of story: Canterbury region

Canoes of the northern tide


Part of story: Canoe traditions

Walking tracks

The footprints of past travellers have marked out a network of scenic trails that attract trampers from around the world.

Part of story: Walking tracks

Sound and moving images

Moving images

Part of story: Media art

Collections in New Zealand

The first collections As Europeans explored the world, they collected plants and animals. The British navigator James Cook arrived in New Zealand in 1769 with a team of naturalists, who made the

Part of story: Collections of plants and animals

Māori and rivers

Exploration For early Māori, rivers offered landing sites, harbours and a source of fresh water. They explored as far as possible upriver on many waterways. Tamatea’s cave on the Whanganui

Part of story: Rivers

Rivers and culture

Challenging, alluring and sometimes threatening, New Zealand’s ubiquitous rivers weave a thread in the nation’s identity. Since the 19th century, the rivers have inspired artists and writers.

Part of story: Rivers