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In the driver's seat

1/24/2017
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Over a decade ago, a group of women held all of the top-ranking positions in NZ. Sonia Sly speaks to former Attorney General Margaret Wilson and Theresa Gattung, former CEO of Telecom.

Duration: 00:10:55


The Peace Squadron

10/25/2016
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November 2016 sees the arrival of an American warship in a New Zealand port; the first for more than thirty years. The visit is stirring up memories of a time when New Zealand's harbours were battle zones and peace activists faced off against nuclear warships. US Navy ships and submarines were frequent visitors here in the 70s and early 80s as part of our commitment to the ANZUS treaty with America and Australia. But as fear of the nuclear threat grew, these visits became scenes of protest...

Duration: 00:12:58


Pinetree Plays On

10/18/2016
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Contrary to popular belief, All Black Buck Shelford did not lose a testicle while playing against France but Colin "Pinetree" Meads really did play almost an entire game of rugby with a broken arm. This moment of legendary toughness - or madness, take your pick - happened in 1970 when the All Blacks were in South Africa, playing warm-up matches ahead of the Test Series. South African rugby chief Danie Craven had expressed the hope that the provincial teams would "soften up" the All Blacks....

Duration: 00:11:40


Avalanche at Everest Base Camp

10/11/2016
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In 2015 a violent earthquake shook Nepal, killing thousands across the country. In its wake, climbing teams at Mt Everest were hit by a deadly avalanche that destroyed Base Camp and caused the deaths of nearly twenty people. Anthea Fisher was there and recalls the avalanche and the aftermath for Eyewitness producer Justin Gregory.

Duration: 00:11:07


The show did go on

10/4/2016
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In 1992 a sudden financial crisis forced the Mercury theatre to close in dramatic fashion. Auckland Theatre Company rose from its ashes. Actor/director Simon Prast was there and recalls the upheaval for Eyewitness producer Justin Gregory.

Duration: 00:11:42


Jenny and Jools

8/31/2016
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In August 2013 Labour MP Louisa Wall's Marriage Amendment Act came into effect. Since the passing of this historic law, more than two thousand same sex couples have tied the knot. RNZ's Eyewitness series takes us back to the night of 17 April 2013, to the third and final reading of the bill in Parliament and the vote that meant that marriage equality was now the law in New Zealand.

Duration: 00:11:22


Jenny and Jools

8/30/2016
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In August 2013 Labour MP Louisa Wall's Marriage Amendment Act came into effect. Since the passing of this historic law, more than two thousand same sex couples have tied the knot. RNZ's Eyewitness series takes us back to the night of 17 April 2013, to the third and final reading of the bill in Parliament and the vote that meant that marriage equality was now the law in New Zealand.

Duration: 00:10:31


The Poet and the Runaway

4/28/2016
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Ella Henry is a respected broadcaster and academic but in 1970 she was a lost and restless teenager, on the verge of getting into serious trouble. A chance encounter with a famous literary figure helped her see there was more to life than she imagined. She tells Justin Gregory the adventure began for her one famous summer.

Duration: 00:10:01


Eyewitness - Life for Burmese child refugee

12/8/2015
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Aung San Suu Kyi's recent historic democratic victory in the Myanmar elections seems to have brought positive change for the country but for a whole generation of former child refugees, life was conflict ridden. Burmese born Ngelay Aung Soe fled Myanmar as a child with his family to find a better life here. Lynda Chanwai-Earle is in Auckland to hear how Aung and his family survived years of separation and turmoil to turn their lives around, with help from some dedicated community leaders...

Duration: 00:10:23


Cobwebs and Colonials : Sarah Mathew and the Founding of Auckland

10/8/2015
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The city of Auckland was founded in 1840 in a mix of hope and compromise and the occasion was marked with a suitably pompous ceremony. Just one eyewitness account remains from that day, and it was written by the only Pakeha woman present.

Duration: 00:10:15


Speaking of Evil - Cambodian women survive Pol Pot

8/25/2015
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Imagine having to beg for your child's life with nothing but a couple of cigarettes as a bribe. Thirty years after their trauma, a group of 10 Cambodian New Zealand women are only now able to tell their stories. Participating in an oral history project that began as part of the 1993 Women's Suffrage Centenary, these survivors of Pol Pot's genocide finally published their harrowing experiences in a book titled I Tried Not To Cry, launched at Parliament. Some of these extraordinary survivors...

Duration: 00:10:45


Medic Recalls London Bombings 10-years On

7/2/2015
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A day of terror on the London Underground. The bombs go off ten years ago.

Duration: 00:12:00


The Body Collector

6/23/2015
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Mark Cunningham – known as Marko to the locals in Thailand– is a Kiwi from Upper Hutt. Marko survived the Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004 and joined local volunteers to collect bodies. These days Marko is an English teacher by day, and an Emergency Medical Technician by night with Bangkok's volunteer rescue charity. Nan Sirisamphan is in Bangkok to learn more about this altruistic Kiwi.

Duration: 00:09:49


Tony Forster, an “accidental” Berliner

5/28/2015
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Eyewitness producer Lisa Thompson hears the serendipitous story of Tony Forster; a New Zealander who was one of the first to cross through Checkpoint Charlie the night the Berlin Wall started coming down.

Duration: 00:13:13


Still on Top.

4/23/2015
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In August 1998, the Auckland Art Gallery was the scene of this country's first major art theft. An armed man burst in, threatening visitors and assaulting a security guard before making off with the 19th century painting Still on Top by French artist James Tissot worth around $2 million. Visitor Experience Manager Richard Wormley was on duty in the gallery when it happened.

Duration: 00:10:35


One Woman's Miracle - Burundi Remembered

4/21/2015
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Little is known about the Burundi community living in New Zealand. Burundi is a tiny country wedged between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda and, like Rwanda, endured a genocidal conflict between Hutu and Tutsi in 1993. Lynda Chanwai-Earle hears from Doris Niyonsaba, a former refugee who was only a child of 13 when she fled the country - on foot and separated from her parents - and what it took to make a new life for herself here

Duration: 00:15:17


Changi Prison Survivor

3/31/2015
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Roland de Bruyne is an elderly Malaysian Aucklander and a survivor of the infamous Changi Prison during the Japanese occupation of Singapore during WW2. Last year his children discovered letters and photos taken during his internment on a camera smuggled into the prison. Lynda Chanwai-Earle is in Auckland to meet Roland, now 91, to hear his incredible story of survival.

Duration: 00:11:49


New Zealand’s ‘darkest day’ in test cricket - extended version

3/26/2015
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Archived audio courtesy of The New Zealand Archive of Film, Television and Sound - Contains commentary of New Zealand's first-ever cricket test victory: against the West Indies in Auckland on 13 March 1956. A short interview is heard with John Reid, the New Zealand captain, at Eden Park after the test.

Duration: 00:43:49


New Zealand’s ‘darkest day’ in test cricket

3/26/2015
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Archived audio courtesy of The New Zealand Archive of Film, Television and Sound - Contains commentary of New Zealand's first-ever cricket test victory: against the West Indies in Auckland on 13 March 1956. A short interview is heard with John Reid, the New Zealand captain, at Eden Park after the test.

Duration: 00:13:13


Red Cross Local Legend - Margaret Rankine

3/19/2015
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Lynda Chanwai-Earle meets Red Cross and local legend Margaret Rankin. An Eastbourne resident, Margaret will never forget one of the worst storms ever to hit our coasts. Witnessing the sinking of the Wahine in 1968, Margaret was determined that her community would be prepared for any disaster in the future.

Duration: 00:09:53

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