Waihi’s Little WWI Mysteries05/23/15
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...
A Northland family clears away a decades-old collection of classic radios.
Bikes, BEARS and the Britten Legacy
They call them the Bears: enthusiasts of British, European and American motorbikes. And recently riders from around the country gathered in Christchurch, both to race and to pay homage to one of the club's founding members, John Britten.
In January 1993, publican Paddy Freaney claimed to have sighted a large moa near Lake Brunner on the South Island West Coast. Paddy's sighting of what was thought to be a long extinct native bird, sparked off a Moa Mania and was picked up by press,...
Spectrum for 8 March 2015
The Karekare Beach races had been an annual fundraising event for the tiny beachside community for nearly 30 years, but due to dwindling numbers, time was called in 2013. But with the local surf club celebrating its 80th anniversary, locals saw the...
Beyond Punch and Judy
Little Dog Barking Theatre, directed by Peter Wilson, creates endearing tales for children using puppetry and clever props. Spectrum's Jack Perkins drops in on a rehearsal of 'Guji Guji' by acclaimed Chinese author Chi-Yuan Chen. Involving crocodiles...
Port Waikato Sunset
If your bones haven't told you to stop, you keep going!" So says septuagenarian lifeguard Malcolm Beattie.
Saving the falcon
The New Zealand native falcon (karearea) is severely threatened with fewer than 6000 left. The Marlborough Falcon Trust (supported by Brancott Wines) is determined to save this beautiful bird by a programme of captive breeding. But MFT also recognizes...
Catch of the day
Every time Auckland couple Sue and Scott Tindale throw their fishing lines over the side, they are trying to hook yet another record. And with over 200 approved and pending world records to their names, the Tindales' have certainly proved their...
Spectrum for 1 February 2015
Supergrans is a volunteer organisation which offers practical support to assist members of the community in acquiring life skills such as cooking, budgeting, menu planning, sewing and gardening. Amelia Nurse visits their Palmerston North base to get a...
Spectrum - Camptown
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...
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