Episodes
He was larger than life, a warrior and artist who's legend has only grown since his death in 1868.... but Gustavus von Tempsky had a dark side
Published 12/02/18
Why do some historians think an NZ-born traitor was "instrumental" in the Japanese victory in Singapore during WWII? 
Published 11/25/18
What drove a boy from Reefton to turn against his comrades in World War Two? How was a former boxing and swimming champion recruited as an agent of Imperial Japan?
Published 11/18/18
Amy Bock was a criminal "supreme in her cleverness". Her most famous con saw her pose as a man for 15 weeks and marry the daughter of her landlord. Nobody has ever been able to explain what motivated her lifetime of fraud and scams.
Published 11/11/18
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"?
Published 11/04/18
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 Māori tattooing... But mostly he's famous for his grotesque collection of nearly 40 human heads. >
Published 10/28/18
Black Sheep will be returning on October 29th! In the meantime RNZ producer Sonia Sly is slipping into your feed with the latest episode of her excellent podcast Beyond Kate
Published 10/04/18
Black Sheep will be returning on October 29th! In the meantime RNZ producer Sonia Sly is slipping into your feed with the latest episode of her excellent podcast Beyond Kate
Published 10/04/18
Black Sheep isn't back yet but William has found another podcast episode you might enjoy - all about the history of booze in New Zealand's parliament.
Published 07/23/18
Black Sheep isn't back yet but William has found another podcast episode you might enjoy - all about the history of booze in New Zealand's parliament. 
Published 07/23/18
Black Sheep isn't back yet but William has found another podcast episode you might enjoy - all about the history of booze in New Zealand's parliament. 
Published 07/23/18
Pakeha settlers in Taranaki knew John Bryce as "Honest John" but Taranaki Maori called him "Bryce Kohuru" - Bryce the Murderer. In this episode of Black Sheep William Ray investigates the life of the infamous Native Affairs Minister.
Published 04/30/18
Pākehā settlers in Taranaki knew John Bryce as “Honest John” but Taranaki Māori called him “Bryce Kohuru” - Bryce the Murderer. In this episode of Black Sheep William Ray investigates the life of the infamous Native Affairs Minister.
Published 04/30/18
Pākehā settlers in Taranaki knew John Bryce as “Honest John” but Taranaki Māori called him “Bryce Koruhu” - Bryce the Murderer. In this episode of Black Sheep William Ray investigates the life of the infamous Native Affairs Minister.
Published 04/30/18
Roy Courlander was a New Zealand soldier who joined Nazi Germany's infamous SS during WW2. Black Sheep investigates why he chose to turn traitor.
Published 04/22/18
Roy Courlander was a New Zealand soldier who joined Nazi Germany's infamous SS during WW2. Black Sheep investigates why he chose to turn traitor.
Published 04/22/18
Roy Courlander was a New Zealand soldier who joined Nazi Germany's infamous SS during WW2. Black Sheep investigates why he chose to turn traitor.
Published 04/22/18
Kimble Bent was one of a tiny handful of Europeans who switched sides during the New Zealand Wars, who deserted the British army to join Maori "rebels" in Taranaki.  RNZ's Black Sheep podcast tells the story of his life. 
Published 04/15/18
Kimble Bent was one of a tiny handful of Europeans who switched sides during the New Zealand Wars, who deserted the British army to join Maori "rebels" in Taranaki.  RNZ's Black Sheep podcast tells the story of his life. 
Published 04/15/18
A cottage burns down, three mutilated bodies are found inside and there are fears the whole city of Auckland could be at risk. In this episode of Black Sheep William Ray investigates the story of the first European to be judicially executed in New Zealand history.
Published 04/08/18
A cottage burns down, three mutilated bodies are found inside and there are fears the whole city of Auckland could be at risk. In this episode of Black Sheep William Ray investigates the story of the first European to be judicially executed in New Zealand history.
Published 04/08/18
In 1981 Dunedin teenager Chris Lewis tried to shoot Queen Elizabeth. Then, at least according to some, authorities tried to cover it up. In this collaboration with Stuff.co.nz journalist Hamish McNeilly RNZ's Black Sheep podcast looks into Chris Lewis's bizarre life story.
Published 04/01/18
In 1981 Dunedin teenager Chris Lewis tried to shoot Queen Elizabeth. Then, at least according to some, authorities tried to cover it up. In this collaboration with Stuff.co.nz journalist Hamish McNeilly RNZ's Black Sheep podcast looks into Chris Lewis's bizarre life story.
Published 04/01/18
It's 1871 and the city of Auckland is being terrorised by a string of major fires. Fears are raised that a gang of anarchist fanatics could be responsible but the real culprit turns out to be a well known businessman with an axe to grind against Auckland high society.
Published 03/25/18
It's 1870 and the city of Auckland is being terrorised by a string of major fires. Fears are raised that a gang of anarchist fanatics could be responsible but the real culprit turns out to be a well known businessman with an axe to grind against Auckland high society.
Published 03/25/18