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A series celebrating the work of New Zealand’s premier radio documentary producer.
The Cathedral dominates the square but it's the people who congregate there who make it the living hub of Christchurch. Jack Perkins explores Cathedral Square. This programme won a Mobil Radio Award. (27′18″)
Celebrations near Timaru in March 2003 marking the centenary of the NZ pioneer aviator's first flight. (48′24″)
Spectrum's microphones explored Wellington's streets for several weeks to capture this evocation in sound. (25′50″)
On December 23, 1953, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh began a five week tour of NZ which created unprecedented demonstrations of patriotism. Drawing on RNZ archives and the recollections of broadcasters and others involved, the programme re-creates the last of the old-style Royal Radio Road Shows. (35′28″)
In the Wairau valley, south of Blenheim, lies the farm of Whacker Anderson. With his cobb homestead, innumerable pet animals, peg-leg and warm heart, he's something of a Marlborough legend. Jack Perkins toured the farm in a London taxi cab. (28′38″)
Where would the farmer or hunter be without their faithful four-footed friends? Murray Ball and others look at the dog in the service of man. (27′29″)
His years as overseer of the Nelson tip have brought Jim Hargreaves into contact with all kinds of people and their rubbish. Jack Perkins joins Jim during a busy Saturday morning down at the dump. (24′57″)
Author, former politician and controversialist John A Lee returns to Mt Eden prison and recalls the time he spent there serving a sentence in 1913. (28′55″)
John A Lee returns to the derelict gun emplacements at Auckland`s North Head where he finished off his prison sentence in 1913. (29′11″)
A recreation of the battle fought at Gate Pa, Tauranga, in 1864 and its aftermath. A previously unknown diary of the affair was used, along with a specially recorded battle scene. (36′00″)
A look at the work of a wildlife team in Fiordland's Sinbad Valley. In spite of their efforts, it appears that one of the world's rarest birds, the flightless parrot Kakapo may soon become extinct. (29′08″)
Jack Perkins probes the anatomy of a test match. The 1st test of the 1982 series between Australia and New Zealand, played at the Basin Reserve. Players and their wives, spectators, umpires and commentators follow the progress of this rain-interrupted game and talk about test cricket. (41′38″)
Jack Perkins probes the anatomy of a test match. The 1st test of the 1982 series between Australia and New Zealand, played at the Basin Reserve. Players and their wives, spectators, umpires and commentators follow the progress of this rain-interrupted game and talk about test cricket. (28′08″)
A colourful portrait of Blackball, past and present. With the great days of coal gone and the mines closed, the inhabitants of this West Coast settlement were told to leave and let the town die. They refused, and today the town not only exists but thrives. (29′37″)
Compiled from official sources combined with eye-witness accounts, some previously untapped, this is a graphic reconstruction of New Zealand's most famous manhunt, in 1941. (37′30″)
Nancy Sutherland talks about the settlement of French Pass in the Marlborough Sounds where she lived as a child. In conversation with Jack Perkins, she recalls those colourful years in the 1900's with vigour and candour. (30′09″)
Drawn from the 10 part series 'Resounding Radio' tracing the history of radio in New Zealand and broadcast in 2000. From the earliest days sports broadcasters exploited radio's immediacy. Add advances in technology and talkback, and sport becomes a hugely popular radio mainstay. (25′02″)
Drawn from the 10 part series 'Resounding Radio' tracing the history of radio in New Zealand and broadcast in 2000. From the earliest days sports broadcasters exploited radio's immediacy. Add advances in technology and talkback, and sport becomes a hugely popular radio mainstay. (26′03″)
Dan Bergin sings a tribute to his Irish grandmother as part of his recollections of Wanganui's Dublin Street and the colourful folk who lived there in the 1930s. (27′05″)
Dan Bergin sings of his life as a whaler working out of Great Barrier Island in the 1950s and recalls his work as a deer-culler and bushman. (26′41″)
A recreation of the earthquake which devastated the Buller region in June 1929: the destruction, the plight of the refugees, the struggle to break the isolation imposed by the shocks, and the costs in human and financial terms of reconstruction. (43′59″)
Jack Perkins runs the Spectrum radio documentary unit in Radio New Zealand, and chalked up fifty years of work on 12 January 2009. Radio New Zealand National is celebrated by preparing a series of highlights from his remarkable decades-long record of documentary-making.
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