New Zealand was discovered by Polynesian seafarers well before the arrival of Europeans. But they did not create written records, and this has meant that the first charts of
Part of story: Charting the sea floor
In 1969, one of the largest gas fields yet discovered was found on New Zealand’s doorstep. The Māui gas field, as it came to be called, lay about 30–50 kilometres offshore from
Part of story: Engineering on the sea floor
Myths and legends The districts of Te Tau Ihu (the top of the South Island) are rich in traditions. Sometimes these are local variants of generic Māori stories. For example, accounts of
Part of story: Te Tau Ihu tribes
European ideas about Māori have always been shaped by the theories and beliefs they brought with them – some saw ‘noble savages’, others a ‘dying race’.
Part of story: European ideas about Māori
A remote and rugged region Most of Fiordland (nearly 1 million hectares) was made a scenic reserve in 1904 and a national park in 1952. The
Part of story: Southland places
Ngāti Kahungunu is the largest iwi (trib
Part of story: Hawke’s Bay region
1970s to 1980s In the 1970s a number of film-makers and artists began to explore film-making as a fine art practice.