• Untold Pacific History - Episode 5: Fiji / The colonial forces that shaped modern Fiji

    Untold Pacific History - Episode 5: Fiji / The colonial forces that shaped modern Fiji

    In this episode we will examine how and why Indian populations were brought to Fiji, and how the inequities under the colonial government’s ‘Girmit’ system, created a society of instability and countless coups. This episode delves into the legacy of the colonial history that underpins much of the racial disharmony in modern day Fiji, and some of the fraught factors that have led to the migration of Indo-Fijian and indigenous Fijian communities to Aotearoa.

  • Untold Pacific History - Episode 4: Rarotonga / The Sheraton Hotel

    Untold Pacific History - Episode 4: Rarotonga / The Sheraton Hotel

    This is a story of indigenous land rights gone awry, a makutu from an aggrieved family and the failed business ventures of an infamous 'haunted hotel' in Rarotonga.  In pre-colonial times, it was the scene of bloody battles between rival tribes, and ancient spirits are said to patrol the area. It is also the subject of a bitter ownership dispute that dates back more than a century and gave rise to the curse that is still said to hang over the area. This is the ‘cursed’ Sheraton hotel complex in Rarotonga, a long-abandoned luxury resort that has lain derelict for a quarter of a century. The stories of Italian mafia connections, failed government business dealings, and indigenous land rights come together in this episode of Untold Pacific History. 

  • Untold Pacific History - Episode 3: Samoa / NZ's colonisation of Samoa & the Mau Movement

    Untold Pacific History - Episode 3: Samoa / NZ's colonisation of Samoa & the Mau Movement

    ‘The Mau’ became a revolutionary movement for Samoa’s independence, against New Zealand’s brutal period of colonial administration. In what is possibly one of the most significant stories of New Zealand’s little-known history in the region, this episode looks at the events that led to the rise of the ‘Mau’ resistance movement and the fatal consequences of New Zealand’s rule in Samoa. New Zealand’s period of rule in Samoa was marred by bungled administration and fatal decision-making. The death of one fifth of the population via Spanish influenza, and the fatal shooting of unarmed Samoans by NZ police during a peaceful public march are two key events. This piece sheds light on this period of New Zealand and Samoan history that remains little-examined in Aotearoa. Former Head of State, Tuiatua Tupua Tamasese, the nephew of the slain Mau leader, tells of his tumultuous family history under the NZ reign and how it led to Helen Clark’s famous 2002 apology on behalf of the New Zealand Government.

  • Untold Pacific History - Episode 2: Niue / The Murder of Commissioner Larsen

    Untold Pacific History - Episode 2: Niue / The Murder of Commissioner Larsen

    What led Commissioner Larsen - the New Zealand administrator of Niue in the 1950s to be murdered in his bed by three locals hell-bent on justice and revenge? New Zealand's representative to Niue, Cecil Hector Larsen, was killed by Niuean locals, the first New Zealand diplomat to have been killed abroad. In an extraordinary story of the trauma suffered by indigenous people at the hands of an alleged tyrant, a dramatic chapter in NZ and Niuean history is unravelled. Niuean family members, politicians and historians give their perspectives on this little-known New Zealand colonial history on the ‘realm nation’ of Niue.

  • Untold Pacific History - Episode 1: Waking Up to the Dawn Raids (Aotearoa)

    Untold Pacific History - Episode 1: Waking Up to the Dawn Raids (Aotearoa)

    Of the many real life events of Pasifika people in Aotearoa, the Dawn Raids period in our recent history, is a story that is overdue to be told. Long whispered about in secret family conversations, people have heard the words ‘Dawn Raids’ but not about what really happened. In this critical examination of a time little-known in New Zealand’s social history, this piece features key talent involved in the infamous New Zealand government ‘Dawn Raids’ regime; from a Samoan policeman who was at the forefront of the raids; to the personal stories of families impacted in this time.  {{23733}} This episode explores the landscape of Aotearoa in the 1970’s and the global political factors that led to the economic decline that turned the tide of public sentiment against ‘illegal immigrants’. This important mini-doco looks at the relationship of Aotearoa and its Pacific population, and how this has evolved over the decades. In this short-form encapsulated history of the Dawn Raids era, historians, Pacific families, teachers and a policeman help to paint a picture of a time that redefined the lives of Pacific people in Aotearoa.

  • Untold Pacific History Trailer

    Untold Pacific History Trailer

    Untold Pacific History is a dynamic and often provocative account of New Zealand’s relationship with the Pacific and the broad impact it's had on New Zealand’s own history and relationship with Pacific peoples in Aotearoa today. The series shines a light on five key stories in the Pacific that have been little-told in Aotearoa. From the epic drama of NZ’s colonisation of Samoa, schoolboys that were hidden under floorboards as part of the NZ Dawn Raids, to the extraordinary story of an allegedly ‘cursed’ hotel in the Cook Islands.