Farming difficulties

Animal diseases Scab Scab was a troublesome 19th-century sheep disease, spread by a mite that caused skin irritation. It gave rise to some

Part of story: Rural language

Skiing in New Zealand


Part of story: Skiing

Being prepared

In legal language, an ‘act of God’ is an extraordinary natural event that cannot be foreseen or prevented.

Part of story: Natural hazards – overview

Wellington City

The compact capital Wellington’s role as New Zealand’s capital ensures its importance, but much of the city’s charm and character lie in its harbour and hills.

Part of story: Wellington places

Cattle poisoning and feed-related diseases

Poisoning Young calves can get lead poisoning if they lick lead paint or batteries. A number of plants are poisonous to cattle, including yew leaves, and acorns. On North Island

Part of story: Diseases of sheep, cattle and deer

Planting and fishing

A calendar of work The most important function of the Māori lunar calendar was to regulate planting and harvesting, fishing and hunting.

Part of story: Maramataka – the lunar calendar

Religion and community

Buddhism is the cornerstone of the Thai community. Images of Buddha are sacred and treated with great respect. Buddhist monks trained in Thailand arrived in New Zealand in the late

Part of story: Thais

Science and tourism

Since the 1950s New Zealand has conducted a comprehensive range of scientific studies in Antarctica. Early studies by New Zealand scientists centred on geology, glaciology and zoology.

Part of story: Antarctica and New Zealand

Central volcanic plateau

The Ring of Fire The central North Island is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire – a term used for the rim of the Pacific Ocean, which has earthquakes and active volcanoes.

Part of story: Ecoregions

Past climate

In the past two million years there have been 30 major oscillations between cold glacial and warm interglacial periods. The present interglacial era has so far lasted 12,000 years.

Part of story: Climate change

Igneous rocks

Lava flows Hard volcanic rocks, formed as lava flows, are widespread in the northern part of the North Island. There are also scattered occurrences on the eastern side of the South

Part of story: Building stone

Shifting sands

Coastal erosion is the retreat of the shoreline due to water currents, waves and wind. It is a natural process that can be influenced by human activities.

Part of story: Coastal erosion