National Radio has produced a series of programs called "the Darwin Lectures" to celebrate the upcoming 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth.
NZ's somewhat limited involvement is mentioned in Lecture 2, being mainly that Charles Darwin did not have a high opinion of NZ based on the few days that he visited and that NZ's 2nd Governor (Robert Fitzroy) had a somewhat more significant role in the development of Darwin's most significant theory.
Though Fitzroy was eventually dismissed from the role of Governor, apparently for his enlightened interpretation of the Treaty of Waitangi, his shame at having involvement in the development of Darwin's theory motivated him to make a splendid contribution to science himself.
The stories of Darwin and Fitzroy individually are exceptional and when considered in combination are all the more remarkable.
This lecture (also from Nat'l radio) regarding "Pardise Lost" and Evolution is one of the better Darwin & Evolution pieces that I have come across in years.