Radio broadcasts began in New Zealand in the early 1920s. At first radio was seen as a fad, but it was soon a necessity.

Part of story: Rural media

Commercial production

Climate requirements The summerfruit industry relies heavily on the weather, which affects all aspects of fruit production:

Part of story: Stone fruit and the summerfruit industry

Windward districts: to the west

Wind and rain New Zealand’s prevailing winds are westerlies, which pick up moisture as they blow across the Tasman Sea. As they rise over the mountain ranges that stretch from the centre of the

Part of story: Ecoregions

Early pastoral economy

The production of staples – raw materials exported overseas with a minimum of processing – shaped the structure of the New Zealand economy, set the pace of economic growth, and influenced the political and social org

Part of story: Economic history

Herbs, trees and shrubs

Livestock like, and benefit from, eating herbs, so New Zealand pasture-plant breeders have selected improved types of at least two common perennial herbs for grazing.

Part of story: Pastures

The importance of the land

Ideas about origins Until the arrival of Europeans in the late 1700s, Māori held a world view that originated in their Polynesian homeland. This grew and changed according to life in the new

Part of story: Te Ao Mārama – the natural world

European responses to rock art

‘Unworthy of attention’

Part of story: Ngā toi ana

Living with earthquakes

Monitoring earthquakes – GeoNet

Part of story: Earthquakes

Climate and environment

A calm, sunny climate

Part of story: Nelson region

Game birds

Waiting for dogs to flush quail, or walking long distances in pursuit of pheasants – New Zealand hunters target various species of game bird, both native and introduced.

Part of story: Game birds

Railway accidents

Rail travel is the safest form of land transport in New Zealand, but occasionally train crashes occur.

Part of story: Railway accidents