Climate and wildlife


Part of story: West Coast region

Impact on native plants

Possums are voracious eaters – in New Zealand they consume an estimated 21,000 tonnes of vegetation a night. Most noticeably, they destroy spectacular flowering trees such as

Part of story: Possums


The harvesting of sooty shearwaters, muttonbirds or tītī is divided into two stages: nanao, when chicks are extracted from their burrows; and rama, when they are caught above

Part of story: Tītī − muttonbirding

Long-distance and marathon swimming

Open water distance swimming differs from other swimming competitions. It is a trial of endurance where swimmers pit themselves against a force of nature – a river, lake or

Part of story: Open water swimming

Māori shipwreck stories

Shipwrecks have long been a part of human experience in New Zealand. The country has a long and often rocky coastline, and windy, changeable weather, which make

Part of story: Shipwrecks

Maramataka – the lunar calendar

According to the maramataka, or Māori lunar calendar, the winter month of Hereturi-kōkā is so cold that ‘the scorching effect of fire is seen on the knees of man.’ But as the moon continues to wax and wane, the earth

Part of story: Maramataka – the lunar calendar

Modern buildings

Implement sheds Modern implement sheds house tractors, motorbikes, trucks and other machinery. They are long buildings, usually closed in on three sides, consisting of a series of bays.

Part of story: Farm buildings

What are meteorites?

Meteorites are pieces of space debris which, having survived a fiery journey through the atmosphere, land on the earth’s surface. They provide much of our knowledge of the origin and evolution of the solar system.

Part of story: Meteorites

The New Zealand scene


Part of story: Mountaineering

Raoul Island

The island was named after Joseph Raoul, quartermaster of the Recherche, when it was sighted on 16 March 1793. It was later seen on 6 March 1796 by Captain W. Raven of the whaler Britannia.

Part of story: Kermadec Islands

Schedules and routines of life

Contemporary routines

Part of story: Rhythms of daily life

Early celebrations and Queen Victoria’s jubilees

What are anniversaries?

Part of story: Anniversaries