In late January this year close to 2,500 rowers descended on Lake Karapiro to compete for titles at one of New Zealand’s biggest rowing regattas, the Cambridge Town Cup. Spectrum’s Jerome Cvitanovitch joins rowers, coaches and crew from Wellington’s Petone Rowing Club for two days of fierce competition.
When Liz Kiriona arrived in the small South Auckland suburb of Rata Vine 18 years ago there was a lot that was wrong with the place. The local playground was wrecked, and gangs used the little park there for drinking, leaving the place covered in broken glass. Liz and a neighbour got an alcohol ban declared, and Liz fronted up to the gangs. Last year she was declared a ‘Local Hero’, in the New Zealander of the Year Awards.
The 1918 flu killed Kerryn Palmer’s great grandparents. Tragedies like this weren’t unusual, over 8, 600 died in New Zealand from the virus. Kerryn decided to find out more about the pandemic sometimes referred to as ‘the country’s forgotten disaster’ and she even wrote a play based on her research. Spectrum’s Jack Perkins talks with Kerryn and also introduces recordings made in the 1960s of personal accounts of the country’s greatest natural disaster.
In 1954, the Government appointed a special committee
to enquire into moral delinquency following a series of court cases in the Hutt Valley which revealed 'a shocking degree of immoral conduct among children and adolescents of the Dominion' (Produced by Jerome Cvitanovitch and first broadcast in August 1991)
The Sunburst, a sturdy, safe training boat can be found in garages, basements or upside down under a tree ready to be sailed in the holidays or long weekends. Join Spectrum’s Lisa Thompson as she attends the Sunburst 50th anniversary celebrations at Wakatere Boating Club on Auckland’s North Shore.
The Spirit of Rangatahi Charitable Trust runs Pacific Youth development courses in Porirua for 14 to 17 year olds. They’re in their fourth year now and this summer’s two week programme focuses on leadership. Project Coordinator, Joan Buchanan invited Spectrum's Amelia Nurse to attend their final day where there was music, skits, speeches and the fruits of their labours on display.
Katy Gosset hops aboard the tall ship Lord Nelson which has taken more than 14 000 people with disabilities to sea. Katy climbs the rigging, shares a bunkroom and finds preserved ginger to be a fine remedy for seasickness.
Retired Rotorua mid-wife Katie Williams has spent the last few years, ticking off her Bucket List: get a tattoo, go skydiving, build my own coffin. The casket is now tucked away at her house, decorated in burgundy wallpaper, some of her 'bling' and the words ‘Live, love and laugh’. Katie also set up a Coffin Club which now sees members get together each week to cheerfully build and decorate their coffins.
Spectrum's Lisa Thompson gets fired up at the Auckland Studio Potters annual Big Clay Day Out bash, an annual celebration of ceramics, food and fun held at the premises of the Auckland Studio Potters in Onehunga.
Amelia Nurse talks to Jack Kelly and Tom Horn about their business Abel Tasman Kayaks and how things have changed over the years, and she joins guide Callum O’Leary and a group of kayakers for a paddle and a few yarns.
Nairn St’s Colonial Cottage, built in 1858 by William Wallis, is only a stone’s throw from the central city, yet the cottage, along with its herbal garden and its heritage chickens, retain the flavor of early Wellington. Spectrum’s Jack Perkins explores Colonial Cottage aided by a time line display which relates the history of the cottage and the Wallis family to events in Wellington and the wider world.
On December 23, 1953, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh began a five week tour of New Zealand which created unprecedented demonstrations of patriotism. Drawing on RNZ Archives and recollections of broadcasters and others involved, Jack Perkins looks back on the old-style Royal Roadshow. The programme was first broadcast in December 1989 and marks 60 years since the 1953-54 Royal Tour began.
Dog trainer Jo Goddard offers a variety of services which allow dogs and their owners to enjoy each other in a safe environment. Spectrum’s Jack Perkins drops in on a Saturday morning training session at Canine Solutions in Seaview near Wellington.
He was New Zealand’s answer to America’s singing cowboys. Young Johnny Granger toured New Zealand and Australia in the 1940’s, dubbed ‘The Yodelling Drover’. For Spectrum, he reminisces with David Steemson.
Storyteller Tanya Batt delights new entrants at Christchurch’s Discovery One school, and shares the philosophy behind her craft with Spectrum’s Deborah Nation.
For almost 100 years, Stratford hospital served the people of central Taranaki. After the hospital closed in 1998, its history was preserved in the Taranaki Pioneer Village. The memories flood back as former nurses show Spectrum’s Jack Perkins around the displays of old equipment.
Taxidermy isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but for Brian Staines, it’s become a second career. Spectrum’s Lisa Thompson spends the day with Brian and finds herself doing something she’d never imagined doing – helping to sew up a stoat!
Subantarctic voyager Henk Haazen ferries researchers down to the Antipodes Islands in preparation for the world’s largest mouse eradication campaign. Spectrum’s Deborah Nation boards research vessel Tiama prior to its 3 week voyage.
The massive demonstrations and wave of violence which swept the country during the Great Strike of 1913 made it the most disruptive industrial dispute in the country’s history. Guided by researchers Peter Clayworth, Sheena Hudson and Gavin Mickell, Spectrum’s Jack Perkins marks the centenary of the strike by visiting some of the key places in Wellington where strikers clashed with strike-breakers.
In 1963, Broadcasting House opened in Wellington. It was the nerve centre of the country's radio networks and home to the Capital's stations. Its Japanese-made technical equipment was state-of-the-art and its studios world-standard. It was demolished in 1997 to make way for an extension of parliament that never happened. In 1972, Spectrum's Jack Perkins recorded a day's activities in Broadcasting House. This re-broadcast of ‘Sound Around the Clock’ marks 50 years since the opening of Broadcasting House.
Spectrum’s Amelia Nurse marks 100 years of surf rescue along the shores of the Wellington coastal settlement of Paekakariki.
Former meat workers Roger Middlemass and Mike Farrell show Spectrum’s Jack Perkins around the now derelict Longburn freezing works near Palmerston North. The plant closed in 1986 but the skills and physical demands required of its workers are as fresh as ever for Roger and Mike as they relive life and work at Longburn.
When young widow Flora Thirkettle went fishing on the Kaipara Harbour to feed her seven children, the wives told their fishermen husbands not to talk to her. She says it took years from the thaw to set in.
Fifty three years later Flora still lives in her little green house by the Kaipara River and her boat ‘Olive’ floats nearby. She’s given up fishing, but 85-year old Flora makes nets, and sells her homemade shark liver oil to the locals.
Retired orchestral conductor Stephen Estall provides classical music for locals in The Porthole, a popular entertainment venue and watering hole in his home town of Lyttelton. Spectrum’s Deborah Nation drops in.
Wellington secondary school students hone their talents and try out art-related ideas in Fresh Horizons workshops supported by the Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust. Spectrum’s Jack Perkins drops in on the three days of workshops.