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The shady, controversial and sometimes downright villainous characters of New Zealand history, presented by William Ray.

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    • 4.8, 38 Ratings

The shady, controversial and sometimes downright villainous characters of New Zealand history, presented by William Ray.

    The Aotearoa History Show!

    The Aotearoa History Show!

    The story of New Zealand and its people, from its geological origins to modern day. Hosted by William Ray and Leigh-Marama McLachlan, with animation by Chris Maguren. Made possible by the RNZ/NZ On Air Innovation Fund.

    • 2 min
    The story of White Supremacy

    The story of White Supremacy

    In this special episode of Black Sheep, William Ray looks at the history of white supremacy in NZ.

    • 55 min
    Headhunter: the story of Horatio Robley (part 2)

    Headhunter: the story of Horatio Robley (part 2)

    The story of Horatio Robley continues... How did a man once dubbed a "predator of culture" for his collection of Maori heads become better known as a "friend of the Maori"?

    • 34 min
    Headhunter: the story of Horatio Robley (part 1)

    Headhunter: the story of Horatio Robley (part 1)

    Horatio Robley witnessed the most famous battle of the New Zealand Wars, he fathered a child with the daughter of a sworn enemy, his sketching helped end a war, his book helped save the art of Maori tattooing... But mostly he's famous for his grotesque collection of nearly 40 human heads.

    • 26 min
    Death Sentence: the story of NZ's executions

    Death Sentence: the story of NZ's executions

    The death penalty has started wars, won elections, outraged the population and ruined lives. Join William Ray for this live podcast recording at the Bread and Circus Festival in Christchurch with guests Dame Fiona Kidman, Vincent O'Malley and Mark Derby as they unpick the history of executions in New Zealand.

    • 41 min
    Swashbuckler: the story of Bully Hayes

    Swashbuckler: the story of Bully Hayes

    Bully Hayes is famous as a charismatic "pirate" of the South Pacific. But most stories gloss over his more heinous crimes: Slavery, sexual assault and the brutal abuse of his crew.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

YGlen ,

Very entertaining!

Well done RNZ!

Light to moderate gamer ,

Fascinating and informative

I love it! I'm an American and a voracious true crime listener. I also know nearly nothing about New Zealand. This informative pod is enjoyable well produced. I appreciate the perspectives of the host and the knowledge from the experts interviewed for the topics.

keewee42 ,

Fantastic

Good yarns. Well researched, interesting, good production quality. Good narration. Anyone from anywhere around the world would find this a good listen. You don’t need to be from NZ. Can’t wait for more! Can’t say a bad thing about this podcast.

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