Spectrum for 17 August 201408/17/14
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...
Spectrum for 1 June 2014
Wellington's St Peters Anglican church on Willis St, established in 1848, has a long history of providing succour for the poor and under-privileged and taking a strong stand on controversial topics and issues of social justice. Spectrum's Jack Perkins...
Spectrum for 25 May 2014
Caesar Roose was born in 1886 on an island in the Waikato River, opposite the railway town of Mercer. At the age of eighteen, he launched his first commercial boat and for the next 60-years Roose vessels traded along the big river and its many...
Spectrum for 18 May 2014
The Battle for Monte Cassino, 70 years ago, has been described as the 'forgotten campaign' of the Second World War. But for mosaic artist, Janice Corbishley, the connection with the small Italian town of Cassino could not be stronger. Because it is...
Spectrum for 11 May 2014
Working with temperatures in excess of 1000 °C, blacksmith Kim Nielsen says on a cold winter's day there's no better place to be than next to his forge. Kim and his father Ian run one of the last production blacksmith workshops in the country, based...
Spectrum for 4 May
Each summer fewer than a thousand nature tourists get to visit New Zealand's stormy sub Antarctic islands. Numbers are deliberately kept low to reduce the impact on the islands' famed bird and plant life. This summer Auckland journalist Paul Charman...
Spectrum for 27 April 2014
Researcher Margaret Tate shows Spectrums Jack Perkins around Palmerston North's Savage Crescent state housing precinct and they also meet long-time residents. Savage Crescent dates from 1937 and was designed as a garden suburb with curved streets, a...
Our Glorious Heritage: New Zealand Verse
Spectrum's Alwyn Owen pays tribute to some of our worst - and funniest - New Zealand verse.
Spectrum for 20 April 2014
This week on Spectrum, 'The V Team'. Katy Gosset is behind the scenes at a lively Christchurch veterinary practice where staff bring their dogs to work and spaying a lioness is just another day at the office.
Spectrum for 13 April 2014 - Magic Memories
John Ewing describes his time training and working as an animator at the Walt Disney Animation Studios in one word - magic. After twice serving with the US Navy, including a tour of duty in the Korean War, John decided to return to his first love of...
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