57 episodes

In this “unashamedly homegrown” podcast we tell the story of our islands from the time before people arrived all the way up to the year 2000. Contrary to what some may say we have a supremely interesting and varied history, even before the arrival of Europeans! In fact, you will find that over the first 50+ episodes we talk almost exclusively about pre-European Tangata Whenua, the people of the land, also known as Māori. As you might expect there will be a healthy dose of Te Reo Māori, the Māori language, being used throughout the podcast. But don’t worry, if you need help there are helpful resources on historyaotearoa.com to assist you in learning the various words and phrases we use. Apart from the more usual narrative based history content you may be used to, we also do dramatic retellings of Māori stories such as Māui slowing the sun. With the help of some editing magic, we try to bring the stories to life through the podcast medium while still staying true to the Māori oral tradition. There will be all the big names you have heard before, James Cook, Hōne Heke, Kate Sheppard and many others but also lesser known people like Bob Semple and Barnet Burns.

History of Aotearoa New Zealand Podcast Thomas Rillstone

    • History
    • 4.8 • 31 Ratings

In this “unashamedly homegrown” podcast we tell the story of our islands from the time before people arrived all the way up to the year 2000. Contrary to what some may say we have a supremely interesting and varied history, even before the arrival of Europeans! In fact, you will find that over the first 50+ episodes we talk almost exclusively about pre-European Tangata Whenua, the people of the land, also known as Māori. As you might expect there will be a healthy dose of Te Reo Māori, the Māori language, being used throughout the podcast. But don’t worry, if you need help there are helpful resources on historyaotearoa.com to assist you in learning the various words and phrases we use. Apart from the more usual narrative based history content you may be used to, we also do dramatic retellings of Māori stories such as Māui slowing the sun. With the help of some editing magic, we try to bring the stories to life through the podcast medium while still staying true to the Māori oral tradition. There will be all the big names you have heard before, James Cook, Hōne Heke, Kate Sheppard and many others but also lesser known people like Bob Semple and Barnet Burns.

    52 - Foraging

    52 - Foraging

    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.

    • 23 min
    51 - My Birb of the Year 2020

    51 - My Birb of the Year 2020

    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

    • 59 min
    50 - Kūmara Comes from the Freezer!

    50 - Kūmara Comes from the Freezer!

    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!

    • 22 min
    49 - Dank Weeds

    49 - Dank Weeds

    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!

    • 21 min
    48 - How to Plant a Garden

    48 - How to Plant a Garden

    Today we talk about a few different things around Māori horticulture from how gardens were made up, fertiliser, tools, gods and planting!

    • 26 min
    47 - Colder, Colder...

    47 - Colder, Colder...

    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.

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

Bumblebeeeb ,

Great approach

I really appreciate how this host has approached the history of Aotearoa. Great clarity given on our history, great job 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

aussalmon ,

Great Listen

I stumbled across this podcast last week, and have binge listened now to EVERY episode and can't wait for the next one to come out. Love the combination of historial episodes and the Maori stories/histories. As an Australian it has been great to learn more about our Kiwi/Maori neighbours.

hem-dangles ,

Good work.

Love re-learning about the mother land. Pronunciation could do with some work but all in all great listening!

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