If you are like me, you want to be better informed about Aotearoa NZ’s history, but you learned little or nothing on the topic at school, and most of the very worthy NZ history books seem a bit big and daunting. But I have belatedly found a way to fill some of my knowledge gaps, and that is Radio NZ’s fabulous Aotearoa History Show, available as either a podcast or video, and hosted by Leigh-Marama McLachlan and William Ray.
Why is it so great? It’s clearly well-researched. The presenters and the content provide a balance of Māori and Pākehā perspectives. It is designed to appeal to the whole family; our 16-year-old was at least as keen as us to watch. Each of the 14 episodes are a very manageable 20 – 25 minutes. And it’s even quite funny, in an understated, Kiwi way.
I’m not usually one to recommend a specific show or product – but, as Leigh-Marama says in the first episode, “lots of us go through life knowing bugger all about our past.” I don’t want to be one of those people any more, and now there’s an easy way to fix that. If this sounds like you, give it a go!
Here’s the first episode: