Tag: black sheep

Headhunter: The story of Horatio Robley, Pākeha collector of Māori heads

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 and his book helped save the art of Māori tattooing. But mostly he’s famous for his grotesque collection of nearly 40 human heads.

NZ Nazi: the story of the Kiwi soldier turned traitor

The true story of Roy Courlander, a NZ Army Private who volunteered to join Nazi Germany's infamous Waffen SS.

‘Horrible murders at Auckland’: the story of NZ’s first ever whodunnit

The 1840s story of Joseph Burns and Margaret Reardon, partners in murder.

Pākehā Māori: The American soldier who switched sides in the Taranaki Land Wars

Black Sheep is an RNZ series about the controversial characters of New Zealand history. In this instalment: Kimble Bent, the American soldier who fought – and switched sides – in the Taranaki Land Wars of the 1860s.

We are a clan vowing vengeance: The arsonist who terrorised 1870s Auckland

Cyrus Haley burned down several of the most famous buildings in 19th century Auckland and tried to kill the family of a prominent businessman. To this day we still don’t know why…

Bring It Back: Bungay On Crime

Calum Henderson examines the case for bringing back a true crime masterclass hosted by the country's most famous lawyer.

Was Charlotte Badger New Zealand’s first and only female pirate?

Black Sheep's latest instalment looks at Charlotte Badger and the pirate mystery that surrounds her.

Outlaw: the story of Richard Burgess

Black Sheep is an RNZ series about the shady, controversial and sometimes downright villainous characters of New Zealand history, presented by William Ray. Here he introduces Richard Burgess, 'New Zealand’s worst serial killer'.

Unjust: the story of James Prendergast

Black Sheep is an RNZ series about the shady, controversial and sometimes downright villainous characters of New Zealand history, presented by William Ray. Here he introduces James Prendergast, the attorney general and chief justice accused of being a racist enemy of Māori. 

Poisoner: The story of Thomas Hall

Black Sheep is a RNZ series about the shady, controversial and sometimes downright villainous characters of New Zealand history, presented by William Ray. Here he introduces Thomas Hall, the Timaru man whose murder trial was an 1880s sensation.

Radical: the story of Arthur Desmond

He started life as a left-wing advocate for downtrodden workers; he ended it as a hero to proto-Nazis. William Ray looks at the life of Arthur Desmond, the New Zealand author of the book Might is Right.

Abortionist: The story of Annie Aves

Black Sheep is a Radio NZ series about the shady, controversial and sometimes downright villainous characters of New Zealand history, presented by William Ray. Here he introduces the story of Isabel "Annie' Aves, the backstreet abortionist whose life ended in violence.

Nazi hoax: the story of Syd Ross

Black Sheep is a new Radio NZ series about the shady, controversial and sometimes downright villainous characters of New Zealand history, presented by William Ray. This week, he looks at the bizarre story of the Nazi assassination plot that wasn't.

Epidemic: the story of Robert Logan

William Ray introduces the story of Robert Logan, the NZ administrator of Samoa in the early 20th century, whose incompetent response to the influenza pandemic has coloured NZ-Samoa relations ever since.