Spectrum - Camptown01/24/15
60, 000 soldiers were trained at the Featherston Military Training Camp from 1916 to 1918. It was built in under a year by 1000 workers, driven by World War One's urgent need for men to fill the trenches of the Western Front. The camp was more like a...
Spectrum for Sunday 18 January - The Silver Horsemen
It happens every year, and the good people of Eketahuna are used to seeing women with flowing locks and bearded men striding around garbed in leather, wool - and often chain mail, and carting a sword or bow. They're gathering for a medieval camp...
Spectrum for 11 January 2015
The Catapult Cowboy, Messenger Mick, Simple Simon Green, The Skycop, all were heroes in comic books with names like 'Young Men of Great Britain', 'Beano' and 'Dandy'. From the late 19 century till after World War 2, the comic book was a thing of...
Paddy Burgin Luthier
Jerome Cvitanovich drops in on luthier and musician Paddy Burgin. In his backyard workshop Paddy crafts guitars, bouzoukis, mandolins and harps, in fact, he can make any stringed instrument.
Spectrum for 28 December 2014
In 1993 the doors closed for the final time on Napier Prison, New Zealand's oldest penal complex, ending over a century of incarceration for inmates which included Te Kooti and Mr Asia drug syndicate boss Terry Clark. Join Spectrum's Lisa Thompson as...
Spectrum for 21 December 2014
Russian expatriates in Auckland ensure their children learn about their distant homeland.
Spectrum: Marlborough’s Milkmaids
A team of Marlborough women -and one bloke- take turns hand-milking Daffodil at 3pm each day. From the Jersey cow's milk they process a variety of goodies from cultured butter and cream to cheeses and have also come to appreciate the skills involved...
Spectrum for 7 December 2014
Napier's homeless have been thrown a lifeline by one local family, determined to try and help through the common language of food. Kiri and Kevin Swannell, along with their children, spend every Monday evening in the central city doling out not only a...
Spectrum for 30 November 2014
Unitec Communication students use multi-media to better understand New Zealand as it was 100 years ago. The exhibition was devised by Unitec Communication programme Leader Dr Sara Donaghy, and an Auckland Council Oral Historian Sue Berman, to get...
Spectrum for 23 November 2014
Lifelong innovator and ideas man Lee Bennett has created a workshop space where he and assistant Wolf Hatch encourage young and old to experiment with technology, think like entrepreneurs and sow the seeds for future Kiwi businesses.
Spectrum for 16 November 2014
Spectrum's Lisa Thompson joins Mac Armstrong in the lead up to the 2014 Invercargill to Auckland pigeons race and learns what it takes to be king of the perch.
Spectrum for 9 November 2014
If you'd given the best years of your life in the service of your employer you'd like to retire to life of gelato ice-creams and kids' "fluffy" drinks, right? Find out more about Jak the rodent dog.
Bikers Bit of a Do
Scores of bikers ride their BSAs and Nortons, Indians, Harley Davidsons, Ducatis - you name it - to the Boyle Kawasaki shop in the Wellington suburb of Newtown. As well as the bikes, beards (mostly grey tinged) and black leather are prominent but so...
Devonport's Torpedo Bay has seen moa hunting and been a launch site for floating mines. Spectrum's Justin Gregory signs on for a sail through Torpedo Bay's history.
Spectrum for 19 October 2014
In June 1913, William Massey's government clamped down on youths who were avoiding recently introduced military training. When a dozen or so young conscientious objectors were incarcerated in Fort Jervois on Ripapa Island in Lyttelton Harbour(also...
Spectrum for 12 October 2014
A look at the Rural Education Activities Programme (REAP ) - an innovative education initiative launched in New Zealand in 1979 . This unique 'cradle to the grave' education programme was set up to meet the wide and varied needs of those living in...
Orpheus Beaumont was named after New Zealand's worst maritime disaster, the sinking of the HMS Orpheus on the Manukau Harbour Bar 151 years ago. It was thought her teenage brother, Henry Newman, was on board and presumed drowned. Orpheus' mother in...
St John's Archivists
Everyone knows the Order of St John in New Zealand, which operates most of the country's ambulance services. But what do you know about its history?
Spectrum for 21 September 2014
Vincent Aspey was a key figure in the development of music in the middle of last century. For 20 years he was leader of the National Orchestra formed in 1946 (later re-named the NZ Symphony Orchestra) as well as being an outstanding concert violinist....
And the Band Played On
'Brass banding is a great relaxation,' says Bill Rimmer, a Soprano Cornet player with The Band of the Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery, 'We all come from different walks of life…and we're all brought together by music.' The 'Arty' Band, as it's...
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