By the time Ngāi Tahu had arrived, the South Island’s natural phenomena had been classified and consecrated as ancestors by the Waitaha people. Through this sacred practice
Part of story: Ngāi Tahu
The method of genealogical dating involves counting back through the generations of Māori to the arrival of their ancestors in tribal canoes.
Part of story: When was New Zealand first settled?
The world’s first seafarers set off from South-East Asia, sailing into the Pacific on simple rafts.
Part of story: Pacific migrations
Many of those who first arrived on the Te Arawa canoe became great explorers, founding tribal groups across the North Island’s dramatic geothermal zone.
Part of story: Te Arawa
The ‘frozen continent’ of Antarctica has long fascinated New Zealanders.
Part of story: Antarctica and New Zealand
Important events and people have often been honoured and remembered in monuments and memorials.
Part of story: Memorials and monuments
Along New Zealand’s coast, with its exposed cliffs, windswept dunes and tidal rock pools, a highly specialised group of plants and animals have made their home.
Part of story: Coastal shoreline
Where the land meets the sea, it doesn’t end there. In the deep, dark world beneath the oceans, there are mountains, valleys, plateaus and volcanoes.
Part of story: Charting the sea floor
Māori sexuality on European arrival