No one used to know New Zealand, a country at the edge of the world, just to the right of Australia. Until it turned into a major film and television location. It was full of glaciers, forests, maybe the odd elf or two. It seems made for the camera, and now that it how the world sees the Land of the Long White Cloud. It’s a bucket list place to visit for many people.

Except New Zealand is more than just beautiful landscapes and ocean views. It has a history that doesn’t make it to the tourism brochures and websites. One full of secrets, mystery and tragedy. Scratch beneath the veneer and you’ll find it’s just under the surface.

Your Host

Philippa Ballantine was born and raised in Wellington, New Zealand. She is an award-winning writer of science fiction and fantasy as well as a podcaster with over a decade of experience. If pushed she would say her particular interests are historic, peculiar and creepy.

Find out more at pjballantine.com and/or ministryofpeculiaroccurrences.com