Spectrum for 19 October 201410/18/14
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...
Tiritiri Matangi means 'buffeted by wind'. These days the windy island just off Auckland is a bushy sanctuary to thousands of native birds. Some of them hadn't been seen in Auckland for a hundred years while others had faced complete extinction....
Spectrum for 31 August 2014
Jack Perkins discovers an Aladdin's cave of oriental rugs and carpets in the central Wellington workshop of Anna Williams. Anna has been repairing these exotic floor coverings and wall hangings for over 20 years. She's worked in Turkish back streets...
Spectrum for 24 August 2014 - Unsung Heroes
In a few small rooms packed to the ceiling with storage boxes, Robert Johnson and Lisa Young make sure the music happens for the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. It's their job to find that obscure piece of music or to handwrite notations into dozens...
Spectrum for 17 August 2014
Alwyn Owen explores the lighter side of New Zealand's poetry of patriotism which was fashionable during the latter half of the 19 century and the early 20th. Our patriotic versifiers were eclectic. They praised the 1840s Wakefield Settlement Scheme,...
Spectrum for 10 August 2014
Eleven year-old Jo Hamid and her family of seven emigrated from England to New Zealand in 1950. The boat passage cost 10 pounds and children travelled free. During the immediate post war years, this assisted emigration scheme encouraged about one...
Spectrum for 3 of August 2014
'You do get tongue-tied,' giggles Marie Hindmarsh, one half of the group Knocker Knitters. 'You were going knicker-knotters at one stage!' laughs her friend and partner in knitting, Christina Kilfoyle. The Auckland pair started knitting woollen...
Spectrum for 27 July 2014
David Steemson drops in on kilt maker Eric Von Hurst who learned the craft when he was a young man in the Canadian army. He's one of only two certified kilt makers in New Zealand. Each kilt contains a single run of fabric eight metres long, imported...
Spectrum 20 July
Dog adopters gather to picnic and celebrate. Organized by the Wellington SPCA, this open-air event attracts dozens of animal lovers and voluntary SPCA workers but the main focus is on those who have welcomed a homeless dog or other animals into their...
Spectrum Sunday 13 July
A group of Kaimanawa horses, which once roamed wild over the Central Plateau, are proving how adaptable they can be by learning to bow, use a seesaw and perform to music. With these skills, Robin Sisley's nine Kaimanawa horses are now contributing to...
Spectrum for 6 July 2014
You arrive with a bang on Little Barrier Hauturu. The island's been a wild life sanctuary since 1897, there's no jetty, and the boat carrying visitors lands by speeding up a ramp on shore, and then being winched up to a boat house. A team of...
Spectrum for 29 June 2014
Spectrum's Jerome Cvitanovich visits Te Puna Wai Ora - the Spring of Life. This natural fountain in the suburb of Petone supplies an estimated 250,000 litres of water a month to the people of Wellington. [Regions] Wellington, [Tags] Petone, drinking...
Spectrum for 22 June 2014
Twelve women, aged between 50 and mid-70s and mainly from Taranaki, recently trekked for 3 days through Nepal's mountain passes to the remote village of Kharikhola. They were accompanied by Sherpa porters carrying 10 sewing machines, haberdashery,...
Spectrum for 15 June 2014
It's one of New Zealand's greatest aviation questions - did farmer and inventor Richard Pearse achieve controlled flight before the Wright Brothers in 1903? While a definitive answer may never be known, there's one man who is determined to see if...
Spectrum for 8 June 2014
During the Great Depression of the 1930s, George Davies, along with his mates Curly and Big Mac, gave up the struggle to survive in the city and travelled to the Howard goldfield in the Upper Buller to try their luck, in part attracted by the...
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