The shady, controversial and sometimes downright villainous characters of New Zealand history, presented by William Ray.
Escape Artist: the story of George Wilder
George Wilder is an accidental folk hero. He never sought the spotlight, but his three escapes from prison in the 1960s made him a national sensation. Black Sheep investigates his story.
Slaver: the story of Thomas McGrath
In the first week of June 1863 half the population of a small Tongan island called 'Ata boarded a ship captained by Thomas McGrath. They were never seen again. In this episode, Black Sheep investigates the story of a slave raid which destroyed a small civilisation.
Governor: the story of Sir George Grey - Part 2
In the second of Black Sheep's two part episode on Sir George Grey, Aotearoa is launched into the worst conflicts of the New Zealand Wars. For more on the Waikato War, watch and listen to Stories of Tainui.
Governor: the story of Sir George Grey - Part 1
Sir George Grey led Aotearoa into some of the worst conflicts of the New Zealand Wars. In this two part episode, Black Sheep investigates his life story.
Black Sheep Season Six Trailer
Black Sheep returns for a Sixth Season!
Baby Farmer: the story of Minnie Dean
Minnie Dean must rank as one of New Zealand's most infamous figures. The only woman to be judicially executed in New Zealand history. For years she was portrayed as a cold-blooded killer who murdered babies for cash. More recently, attitudes towards Minnie have shifted, but she's still a controversial and complex figure. Black Sheep dives into the story of the baby farmer of Winton.
This is my favourite podcast. I’m so glad they are making more again! I get excited when I see there is a new episode. Thank you so much RNZ and William Ray!!
I have listened to all the episodes of series 1, 2 and 3 so far, with my adolescent children. The usual question at the end is: “Why we don't learn about these people at school?”. And in my opinion, that is the best compliment you can have. You guys have helped me in opening their curiosity into the importance of history and the importance of critical thinking. Please keep going!
So glad you’re back!