Wellington region

Wellington city, the nation’s capital, is tightly wedged between the sea’s edge and the hills. Locals enjoy its compact layout, quirky charm and panoramic views.

Part of story: Wellington region


The most popular website used by New Zealanders in 2013 was the Google search engine. Searching for information was the second most popular use of the web after social networking.

Part of story: Digital media and the internet

Irish Protestant tradition

In the 19th century some two-fifths of New Zealand’s Irish were Protestants, but it is not easy to trace their impact. Some of the earliest were members of the Anglican élite who

Part of story: Irish

Swiss settlement

First immigrants

Part of story: Swiss

Early manufacturing

Items made by Māori

Part of story: Manufacturing – an overview

New Plymouth

New Plymouth

Part of story: Taranaki places

Building and construction industry

As New Zealand’s towns grew, they needed builders to construct houses, shops and public buildings. While many building firms remained small and family-owned, some grew into large companies with varied interests.

Part of story: Building and construction industry


Karamea 2013 population: 375

Part of story: West Coast places


Reefton 2013 population: 1,026

Part of story: West Coast places

Poverty Bay flats


Part of story: East Coast places