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Featured stories and media from Te Ara | The Encyclopedia of New Zealand, a comprehensive guide to the country's peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy, institutions and society.



 



Ngā Rauru Kītahi

Thu, 21 Oct 2010 12:32:04 +1300

Ngā Rauru Kītahi take their name from the ancestor Rauru. With a reputation as a warrior and man of his word, he was called Rauru Kītahi - 'Rauru of the one word'. It is a great compliment to be described as like Rauru - true to your word.



Coins and banknotes

Mon, 25 May 2015 09:11:38 +1200

New Zealand first issued its own national currency in the early 1930s - before then, New Zealanders used British and Australian coins and a range of banknotes...



Geomorphology – a history

Tue, 21 May 2013 10:41:21 +1200

When James Cook and his crew first saw New Zealand, in 1769, they probably believed the land had been shaped by the biblical Great Flood. But why was this dramatic landscape so different from England? A century later, science had begun to find the answers - in particular, it had become clear that the land was constantly changing.



Maata Mahupuku

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 15:23:19 +1300

Maata Mahupuku (Ngāti Kahungunu) lived in opulent style, had a passion for elegant clothes, liked jazz and parties and was known to be extravagant. She was also hospitable and generous, with a warm personality. She is known for her intense friendship with Katherine Mansfield.



Dune lands

Tue, 04 May 2010 15:32:48 +1200

Since the early 1900s, New Zealand has lost 70% of its dune lands - rolling sand hills behind beaches. Seen as waste areas, they were planted with introduced species, or turned into pine forest, golf courses or housing.