Captain John Howell, The Father of Riverton, one of our earliest settlements. Go here for the Outsider archive.
Gerard is in the bush this week so carrying on from last week’s story of human trafficking in the Pacific we replay his sad story of the Banaban peopl
Human cargo, slavery and forced labour in the Pacific and its legacy left today.
This week the astounding work and historical images collection left by the industrious and enterprising Tyree Photographers of Nelson.
New Zealand’s darkest day. The Battle for Bellevue Spur during the 1917 Passchendaele offensive.
The story of 7 young New Zealanders who sought to escape the gloom of the Great Depression and set sail for another life in the islands.
This week the Anatori Goldfields storekeeper Harry Moffatt.
The early purple prospects of what was an important port. Karamea and how it faded to the sleepy lovely town at the end of the road it is today.
This week 2 generations of the Page Family, Lighthouse Keepers of Kahurangi 1916-1958.
The Ironworks of Golden Bay. Now just a fascinating ruin, Gerard explains the grand industrial ambitions of John Haskett.
James Allen Ward VC, who saved his bomber and crew by climbing out on the wing to extinguish a fire in flight over Europe.
This week the Ghost Towns and failed communities of New Zealand.
This week The Tin Rush! In 1888 one man became obsessed with imaginings of great wealth in one of our harshest landscapes, sub-alpine Stewart Island.
This week The Lost Tribe of Fiordland. Myth and legend surround the remnant Hawea Tribe who were driven to the most isolated locations, but what is the truth behind these people?
The Mystery Stewart Island Spanish Ship? Who may have come to New Zealand from Europe other than those who got to tell their story? Is this a Spanish Caraval? Gerard Hindmarsh regales the mystery of the San Lesmes as investigated by Doug Griffiths.
The Flying Crayfishers of Kahurangi. Commuting by plane from Nelson to the western coast every day, fishing and returning with their catch, it was a scheme that would have netted 2 industrious outsiders millions, but it ended in tragedy.
This week the Wheelbarrowing Fad. Gordon Lukey and JB Schofield Wheelbarrowed from Auckland to Wellington in 1935 and were welcomed as heroes. Really?
A man who suffered from a bang on the head as a kid. He freely spread the world about the goldfield he discovered but had to fight to get the reward.
This week outrageous bravery on the Western Front. Reginald Judson was awarded the VC but unlike so many, he lived to tell his story.
Our first Maori bomber pilot who became a POW and took part in The Great Escape.
Men roamed the country out of necessity and sometimes choice. They were given great charity but sometimes abuse.
Kate Sheppard, the driving force behind the 1893 law giving New Zealand women the right to vote making us the first self-governing country to do so, and make it stick.
This week Gerard discusses an amazing early Maori find and its twin in Tahiti which he has investigated, thus linking the two places with our ultimate outsiders, the very first colonists of New Zealand.
This week Gen Bernard Freyberg, our ultimate Alpha Male Soldier and his amazing feats of wartime bravery.
The US Invasion. In 1943 New Zealand experienced the greatest cultural infusion since European settlement. The Yanks came!
Outsiders with Gerard Hindmarsh. The Mangamahu Axe Horror of 1921. A thoroughly nightmarish tale of alcoholic excess and sharp tools.
We talk with Gerard Hindmarsh, starting with some near fatal incidents we experienced together and leading onto other waterborne exploits.
Outsiders with Gerard Hindmarsh. Minnie Dean, our most infamous murderer and the only woman hanged for her crimes in NZ.
The 1935 Swindler, James McArthur set up a bizarre array of bogus businesses, fleeced thousands of small investors and built himself a superyacht.
A ghoulish affair. Human remains are found in the ashes but nothing is quite what it seems. A landmark case for forensics.
From 1888 to 1912 a rare and strange animal escorted ships in the Marlborough Sounds. The peculiar story of Pelorus Jack.
The strange case of Mabel Freer who found herself barred from entering Australia on moral grounds but found a little sanctuary in New Zealand, and it nearly brought down an Australian Government.
A seemingly innocent box of chocolates ends up becoming a bizarre murder mystery in Blackball.
In 1934 New Zealand had very few famous visitors so when the world's most famous prickly literary figure George Bernard Shaw toured here it was a sensation, but would he like us?
In 1914 where 10 miners were swept off the island without a trace by a lahar.
Wanting to escape Europe a German woman writes to The Nelson Mail and sets off a scramble for her hand in marriage
John Stark, the reckless, crazed, perhaps even psychopathically fearless NZ war hero of Gallipoli and The Western Front.
Outsiders with Gerard Hindmarsh. The Lora Gorge Murder Mystery. In 1892 in a remote area of Southland a man had half his face shot off yet lived long enough to say who killed him, but the murder is still a mystery.
In 1942 Sydney Ross, a recidivist con-artist pulled off his greatest feat that fooled the highest office in the land.
In 1905 white supremacist Lionel Terry walked from Northland to Wellington and randomly shot an old Chinese man dead, then handed himself in to the police.
Gerard Hindmarch and Graeme look into the mystery behind a severed hand found in Taylor's Mistake in 1885.
This week the brutal murderous spree undertaken by The Burgess Gang from Westport to Nelson in 1866.
The Christchurch Firebugs of 1929. From July to December 1929 Christchurch suffered an unprecedented number of fires. Who was responsible?
In 1920 Dennis Gunn murdered the Ponsonby Postmaster and became the first person hanged on fingerprint evidence.
Outsiders with Gerard Hindmarsh. One of our greatest outsiders, Ernest Rutherford. He was a titan in a true golden age of physics, and of course our first of 3 Nobel Laureates.
For apparently no reason Maud Farmar leapt to her death from a plane, and what happened to the first trans-Tasman flight of The Aotearoa (pictured)?
Just ahead of the 1935 general election a strange and disturbing thing happened. Uncle Scrim’s broadcast on 1ZB was jammed. Why? How? Who?
Victor Penny's Death Ray. In 1935 Victor Penny seemed to have discovered a Death Ray, and the Government secreted him away to work on it. What really happened?
Two stories this week , The horrific massacre and beheading of New Zealand soldiers and civilians on Tarawa and the riot and killing of Japanese POWs at Featherston.
Hundreds of soldiers refused to return to the WW2 battlefields, a fact that was strictly guarded by wartime government.
The Murchison Earthquake shocked its surrounding remote communities and some truly bizarre things were witnessed. There was significant loss of life and the Northwest of the South Island was changed forever.
This week the big life and peculiar death of New Zealand businessman and politician William Larnach, who built the most lavish residence in the country, Larnach Castle on the Otago Peninsula.
Bridget Goodwin, known as Little Biddy Of the Buller. At 4 foot nothing she was a hard living gold miner of the 1860s and lived "in the nature of marriage" with two male partners.
Previously untold story of the amazing survival of Clem Randall from the invading Japanese in WWII
First woman to assent Mt Cook and a pioneering unconventionalist
The translocated and still struggling story of the Banaban people.
Outsiders with Gerard Hindmarsh. Norfolk Island and its horrific history as a British penal colony
Hokonui in Southland has the longest and most infamous history of illegal distillers including the Scottish Matriarch Mary MacRae
Outsiders with Gerard Hindmarsh. Stanley Graham, who in 1941 on the West Coast “turned” and shot dead 7 people causing the most celebrated manhunt in NZ history.
The mysterious Elizabeth Parr around whom legends and myths arose. She lived for more than a decade on Campbell Island, primarily by herself and remains the only woman buried on this most remote NZ sub-antarctic island, but who exactly was she and why was she there?
This week the little known but outrageous story of Joseph Sewell, New Zealand’s first suicide bomber.
This week Donald Sutherland the first person to call Milford Sound home and did so for decades, after a brief career as a head-hunter!
This week life-long Communist, Stirrer and tale regaler Dick Moth, from Westland to Golden Bay
This week a Davey Gunn, a true hard man who farmed the remote Holyford in Fiordland for years, but he was a complicated individual
This week the people who chose the remote Marlborough D’Urville Island for their home. A peculiarly paranoid rose-grower with a thorny reputation, Ernie Flowerday, and a hardy Swede called Charlie Norberg (the big bloke in the boat with the hat).
This week two of our most elusive fugitives, Maori Bill and Joe Powelka, who terrorised Manawatu in the 1910, yet garnered great support from the general public, and his tale’s end is most mysterious... until now.
This week the story of Joe Driscol, an anti-authoritarian and deserter from WW2 who evaded authorities for years by going bush.
This week the outrageous con artist and compulsive swindler, Amy Bock who impersonating a man even got married.
This week spooky Lake Hauroko in the deep south, and a one-armed man who chose to live there. Pictured is Wingy Henderson’s camp.
This week perhaps ur most legendary and celebrated, Arawhata Bill, whose stamina and toughness even in old age is the thing of legend.
This week the elusive Southland legend Owen “Westy” West who lived in a cave on the Fiordland Coast for 10 years after jumping ship and swimming ashore in 1986!
This week a former boxing champ who went bush on his own in the Kaimanawas and stayed there for 40 years, Punchy Wallace
This week, the last man to fill in gaps in the map of New Zealand, Charlie Douglas. He did it on his own and he liked it that way.
This week a confounding character. Tall tale teller and Buller Bushman Snow Meyer
This week the most remote residential address in New Zealand, The Long family of Gorge River, 2 days trek away from any road in deepest South Westland
This week the anti-authoritarian Bruce Reay, an eeler and possum hunter who has fought, and is still fighting authorities to preserve this vanishing way of life
This week Ross Webber who lived alone on his own small island in the Marlborough Sounds from 1957 to 2004.
This week the amazing life of Tom Neale who lived a Robinson Crusoe dream on the remote island of Suwarow for decades
This week Gerard regales the strange tale of a Japanese woman who came to New Zealand alone in the 1970s and decided to live in a cave on Stewart Island. Why? The strange story of Keiko Agatsuma