Māori & Pacific


Dateline Pacific

A daily current affairs programme covering the major Pacific stories of the week, with background and reaction from the people making the news.

He Waka Tangata

The inaugural He Waka Tangata Lecture in Social Science was presented by Professor Richard Bedford who reflected on contemporary social science in New Zealand.

New Zealand's Invasion of Samoa in 1914

A look at the first New Zealand military action in the First World War, the acquisition of German Samoa on August the 29th 1914.

News about New Zealand

A review of the week's events in New Zealand.

News in Pacific Languages

News bulletins, read in Pacific languages

Pacific Correspondent

A weekly programme in which RNZI regional correspondents discuss political and social issues in their Pacific countries.

Queen Salote Tupou III Lecture

The annual Queen Salote Tupou III Lecture is given in memory of the former Queen of Tonga.

RNZI 60th Anniversary

RNZ celebrates 60 years of international shortwave broadcasting.

Tagata o te Moana

Pacific Island news, issues and current affairs.

Tagata o te Moana

A weekly Pacific magazine programme features New Zealand and regional Pacific news, issues, information and music. This programme is also simulcast domestically on Radio New Zealand National.


An Exploration of Music by American Indian and Māori Composers

Te Ahi Kaa

The philosophy of Te Ahi Kaa is to reflect the diversity of Māori in the past, present and future. While bilingual in delivery, the programme incorporates Māori practices and values in its content, format and presentation.

Te Manu Korihi

Providing news on Māori issues, Te Manu Korihi features four times each weekday, in Radio New Zealand National's leading news programmes Morning Report and Checkpoint. A longer weekly edition, Te Waonui, is broadcast on Sunday evenings.

The Macmillan Brown Lectures

Exploring a wide range of subjects about New Zealand and Pacific history and culture, the MacMillan Brown Lecture series has been an institution at the University of Canterbury since 1941.

The Taniwha of Tamaki Makaurau

David Steemson finds out about Auckland's taniwha,

The Treaty Debates

The Te Papa treaty debates from 2005 up to the present.

The World in Sport

Highlights of the world's sporting week, with emphasis on New Zealand and Pacific interviews, reviews and reaction, plus previews of upcoming games.

Waitangi Rua Rautau Lectures

The annnual Waitangi Rua Rau Tau lecture looks forward to the Waitangi bicentenary in 2040.

Watching The Whales in Vava'u, Tonga

Justin Gregory visits Tonga for an ocean field trip with scientist Kirsty Russell from the South Pacific Whale Research Consortium.


Greetings in te reo Māori used on Radio NZ

Listen to the Māori greetings used on Radio New Zealand and read the English translations.

He Ara Pūoro

A Pathway of Song: Richard Nunns plays many traditional Māori instruments in his collection.

Puanga Matariki

Matariki re-appears, Whānui starts its flight. Being the sign of the new year!

Te Kupu o te Wiki

Introducing 50 new Māori words over 50 weeks.

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

Māori Language Week.

Treaty of Waitangi

A collection of audio which explores the history of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Waiata for Puanga Matariki

The way in which iwi mark Māori New Year differs around the country. In collaboration with iwi stations throughout Aotearoa, we present a selection of waiata from their rohe celebrating te tau hou.


One of the most important traditions of the marae is whaikōrero, the ceremonial speech. This collection of whaikōrero has been prepared to show how the dead are farewelled and to demonstrate the diversity that exists within the tradition.