Weaving the past into the future08/22/15
Spectrum's Lisa Thompson travelled to Lake Rotoiti to meet a couple devoted to maintaining tradition and authenticity through the art of conservation.
Wairere Treasure Trove
A Swiss couple discover a rare geological treasure on their Northland property.
Verse and Versatility
Roger Lusby's skills define versatility:- mechanic, builder, craftsman, recording engineer, musician, balladeer, performance poet. Based on experience, he's written about fruit picking in Central Otago, the Mckenzie Country, Canterbury's infamous...
Saving the Rangitaiki’s taonga
Bill Kerrison is helping save our native longfin eels or tuna. Each year he traps and transfers eels and other native fish species past a series of dams on the Rangitaiki River in the Bay of Plenty, so they can continue maturing or head out to sea to...
Carpentry and Camaraderie
They come for the carpentry and the mateship, and along the way they're restoring an Whangarei landmark.
The Children's House
Maverick and visionary, Mother Suzanne Aubert was responsible for New Zealand's first purpose-built child daycare centre behind Wellington's Basin Reserve. Both government and the public were suspicious of the Home of Compassion Crèche, constructed in...
Automata Nocturne: A Night at the Museum
This week on Spectrum - A Night at the Museum. Katy Gosset heads to the Catlins in search of the Lost Gypsy Gallery. In remote Papatowai, Blair Somerville crafts automata, or moving sculptures, from recycled materials and displays them over the summer...
A Stitch in Time
For over seven years a dedicated group of volunteers have been passing on their quilting and life skills to prisoners at Auckland Region Women's Correctional Facility. The group is led by Mary Ann, who along with the other volunteers, wish to keep...
The Koha Shed
Josie Lancaster has converted the basement of her Porirua home into a Koha Shed where people bring all manner of goods - clothes, toys, books, furniture, the list is long - to help those in need in the community. Spectrum's Jack Perkins finds out how...
This week on Spectrum: closing time at Takaka's Junction Hotel and, with it, the end of an era for long serving publican, Nola Drummond. After 50 years in the job, Nola has seen it all: bar fights "like the Wild West", long hours and tough financial...
Spectrum for 7 June 2015 - Print into Sound
Spectrum's Jack Perkins explores the philosophy and history of Levin's Radio Reading Service which provides regional and national news and current affairs for the print disabled. A Print Disabled person is anyone who cannot see, hold, understand or...
Spectrum: Anjalee the elephant
Anjalee the elephant is on her way to Auckland - via a 90 day stopover in Niue. The eight-year-old female is from a Sri Lankan elephant orphanage and is passing her quarantine period on the island before settling in at Auckland Zoo. She's the first...
Waihi’s Little WWI Mysteries
Two little World War One mysteries for the little town of Waihi; it’s all about two rolls of honour created for the men and youths from the town who went to fight in the First World War.
Power for the People
In Spectrum this week Jerome Cvitanovich travels to Otematata to meet the Meridian staff who keep the Benmore dam operating and meet the men, women and children who moved to the village 50 years ago to be part of its construction.
Dotted along Wellington's waterfront are plaques and inlaid benches quoting from some of New Zealand's finest writers. Accompanied by Spectrum's Jack Perkins, Rosemary Wildblood, Barbara Murison and Philippa Werry, explore the sculptured words of...
Free Love, Feminism and Freemans Bay
In 1972 a group of radical feminists espousing Women's Liberation and Socialism bought 8 Winn Road in Freemans Bay, central Auckland. The group lived next door to another collective and down the road from two others for nearly 15 years and raised...
Hear Ye, Hear Ye!
Taupo's annual Medieval Fair celebrates the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, an attempt to make peace between unpopular and unscrupulous King John and the English barons. Magna Carta has resonated down the ages influencing the thinking behind the...
Spectrum joins the Birch Hill Ride, to mark the role of horses in our military history. As ANZAC Day approaches and we remember our fallen soldiers, North Canterbury riding enthusiasts have not forgotten our equine allies. Several hundred people rode,...
Robert Frater - Death at Gallipoli
A New Zealand family recalls a long-dead uncle, killed at Gallipoli.
All Things Vintage
Claire Gormly and Rose Jackson don't just dress up in vintage clothes, they live things vintage. They've collected clothing, jewellery, hats, and handbags from the Victorian era to the 1970s, in fact they rarely buy new clothes or accessories. But as...
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