49 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, 71 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.

    44 - Māori Music with James Holt: Part Rua

    44 - Māori Music with James Holt: Part Rua

    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!

    • 1 hr 7 min
    43 - Māori Music with James Holt: Part Tahi

    43 - Māori Music with James Holt: Part Tahi

    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.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    42 - For Today

    42 - For Today

    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!

    • 27 min
    HANZ Trailer

    HANZ Trailer

    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!

    • 4 min
    41 - Why Does Love do This to Me?

    41 - Why Does Love do This to Me?

    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!

    • 23 min
    He Tāngata, He Tāngata, He Tāngata

    He Tāngata, He Tāngata, He Tāngata

    Be kind. Be brave.

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
71 Ratings

71 Ratings

MAFS is not news ,

Great podcast

Really enjoying the podcasts especially the retelling of the Māori myths.

Crochet Monster ,

Yay! History About My Own Country

I love this podcast. It is interesting, informative, and a mix of fact and myth telling. Right up my alley. Keep up the good work!

Rah244 ,

Finally Kiwi History!

Finally a history podcast about my home land. Love how easy and conversational Thomas’s voice is to listen to. Love the Maori myth stories. Currently binge listening and telling everyone about it.

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