Curated by the NZ On Screen team
'No 8 wire' Kiwi ingenuity is defined by problem solving from few resources (No 8 wire is fencing wire that can be adapted to many uses, an ability that was particularly handy for isolated NZ settlers). Embodied in heroes from Richard Pearse to PJ, Kiwi ingenuity is a quality dear to our national sense of self. It has been memorably celebrated, and sometimes satirised, on screen.
Ian Pryor introduces the collection and chats to Country Calendar trickster and inventor Burton Silver about ingenuity and play. Read More ›
Te Ara entry on overcoming the tyranny of distance: “New Zealanders have always had to invent things they could not easily obtain.” Read More ›