History of Aotearoa New Zealand Podcast

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This episode we have something special from Stories That Made Us podcast giving us a retelling of the Māori creation story as well as a few other tales from elsewhere in the Pacific!
A small smattering of various stories all about plants, how they came to be and why they are the way they are!
For our final episode on Māori horticulture we look at the influence Europeans and their crops had after their arrival. We talk about cash crops, missionaries and all sorts!
We move away from the garden (sort of) to talk about what Māori were foraging in the bush. With a particular focus on fern root, cabbage tree and karaka.
Another year, another birb of the year choice! I tell you all about my pick for this year's BOTY award. Mostly just cause I want to talk about NZ conservation on my history podcast :P
Today we talk about a bit of a random mix of things, from specifc plants to climate change and the linguistics of naming plants and animals!
Today is all about weeds! What they are, how Europeans and Māori viewed them and even a bit on how Pākehā used them as a justification for colonisation (no, seriously). We also talk a bit about harvesting as well!
Today we talk about a few different things around Māori horticulture from how gardens were made up, fertiliser, tools, gods and planting!
We start our look at Māori horticulture talking about the challenges and ingenuity of Māori upon arriving in Aotearoa. Specifically, the climate in their new home and how that affected the tropical plants they knew and loved.
We go back to our tā moko episodes and do a dramatic retelling of the story of Mataroa and Niwareka, the couple that brought moko and tāniko to our world!
We talk to the head of Te Papa Tongarewa's Repatriation Team all about the repatriation of Māori and Moriori human remains from overseas. We talk about what it involves and why it's important to Aotearoa! I would like to thank Te Herekiekie for taking the time to chat to me and the wider Te Papa team for helping to get it all organised.
This is the second episode of my interview with James Holt, continuing on our discussion of Māori music including Māori showbands, WW2 songs and kapa haka!
Our first interview! We chat to James Holt, someone who knows a lot more about Māori music than I do! We discuss modern Māori music from Stan Walker to Herbs to Alien Weaponry, as well as a variety of tangents as well.
We round out our discussion on the various taonga pūoro as we talk about the nguru, pūkāea and pūtōrino, among a couple of other interesting tidbits!
A short trailer for the History of Aotearoa New Zealand! If you are new, come on in and see what we are about! If you are a regular listener, you can safely ignore. Unless you want to hear it, then that's cool too!
This episode we look at the realm of Hineraukatauri, goddess of flutes. We primarily look at the kōauau, what it was, how it was made, what it was used for and of course how it sounded! We also talk briefly about the rehu and whio!
We continue looking at taonga pūoro with some more shells, this time from land snails, along with the realms of Hine Pū Te Hue, goddess of gourds, Tāwhirimātea, lord of winds and storms and Papatuānuku, the Earth Mother.
This episode we start our look at taonga pūoro, Māori musical instruments! Initially looking at the demesne's of Tānemahuta and some of Tangaroa's.
We finish off the story of Barnet Burns as he once again settles in with a new iwi before he presented with a choice that will change his life once again.
We continue the story of Barnet Burns in which he finally gets himself settled into his new life until he hits a few, shall we say, bumps in the road including being captured and experiencing his first proper battle, which he led soldiers in!
We take a bit of a break from our regular programming to bring you some episodes about an English trader that came to Aotearoa, Barnet Burns! (Yes, I did cover this in the Pax Britannica episode but there will be new things in this too!)
A dramatic retelling of the Māori Paris and Helen of Troy, except it's way better and Helen is badass!
For our final episode on tā moko we talk about toi moko, preserved heads. How they were made, why they were made and everything else about them!
This episode we discuss all about what moko meant to Māori, what the motifs meant and how moko was being used in a post-European Aotearoa!
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Created by
Thomas Rillstone
Podcast Status
Jan 2nd, 2019
Latest Episode
Jan 16th, 2021
Release Period
2 per month
Avg. Episode Length
28 minutes

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