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RNZ: Black Sheep
50 minutes | 3 days ago
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.
51 minutes | 10 days ago
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.
59 minutes | 16 days ago
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.
53 minutes | 24 days ago
Governor: the story of Sir George Grey - Part 1
Some historians describe Sir George Grey as “the most important Pākehā in New Zealand history”, and it’s hard to prove them wrong. In the first of a two part series. Black Sheep looks at how George Grey rose to become Governor of New Zealand.
1 minutes | a month ago
Black Sheep Season Six Trailer
Black Sheep returns for a Sixth Season!
57 minutes | 8 months ago
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.
28 minutes | 9 months ago
Machine-gun Murder: the story of Bassett Road (part 2)
The case breaks wide open, two key witnesses come forward with critical information. But the most interesting part of the Bassett Road murders is what happens after the conviction...
33 minutes | 9 months ago
Machine-gun Murder: the story of Bassett Road (part 1)
It's 1963 and two bodies are found in a house at Bassett Road in Remuera. Detectives are shocked to discover they were killed by a submachine-gun. Newspaper headlines read "Chicago Comes to New Zealand". Black Sheep investigates a true crime story that scandalised New Zealand
48 minutes | 9 months ago
Madam: the story of Flora MacKenzie
Flora MacKenzie is one of the most colourful characters in New Zealand history: A hard drinking, hard talking brothel owner from the 1960s and 70s who won the affection of sex workers, police and punters alike. In this episode of Black Sheep, we look at the legend of Madam Flora
43 minutes | 9 months ago
Invasive: the story of Stewart Smith
Between the 1960s and late 2000s Stewart Smith went on a one-man crusade, releasing thousands of invasive fish into New Zealand’s rivers, lakes and streams. In this episode of Black Sheep, we investigate his story.
44 minutes | 10 months ago
Colonial Mastermind: the story of Edward Gibbon Wakefield (part 2)
In part two of Black Sheep's series on Edward Gibbon Wakefield we see theories of "systematic" and "humanitarian" colonisation run into bitter realities. The result is conflict, death and disaster. For Wakefield and for Māori.
40 minutes | 10 months ago
Colonial Mastermind: the story of Edward Gibbon Wakefield (part 1)
Edward Gibbon Wakefield used to be known as “The Father of New Zealand.” But modern historians have pointed to the disastrous impact of his colonial policies on indigenous people, his misleading propaganda and, (not least) his abduction and marriage of a teenage girl. This two part episode of Black Sheep, William Ray investigates Wakefield's life and legacy.
50 minutes | 10 months ago
Raider: the story of Felix von Luckner
Felix von Luckner was a child aristocrat who ran away to sea, he captained the last square-rigged sailing ship ever to serve in combat, he sailed three thousand kilometres across the Pacific in a lifeboat and led the most embarrassing jailbreak in NZ history. RNZ's Black Sheep podcast investigates his life story.
37 minutes | 10 months ago
The Story Of Statues
2 minutes | 2 years ago
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.
56 minutes | 2 years ago
The story of White Supremacy
In this special episode of Black Sheep, William Ray looks at the history of white supremacy in NZ.
35 minutes | 2 years ago
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"?
26 minutes | 2 years ago
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.
42 minutes | 2 years ago
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.
34 minutes | 2 years ago
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.
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