Spectrum Index

There are 478 audio items dating back to 01 Jan, 1975 in the Spectrum library.



Anjalee the elephant is on her way to Auckland - via a 90 day stopover in Niue.

The eight-year-old female, the first ever elephant on the island, is passing her quarantine period there before settling in at Auckland Zoo. Not surprisingly, she’s become a big hit with the locals.

Spectrum’s Justin Gregory is in Niue to meet Anjalee and find out what it takes to make an elephant feel at home.


Waihi’s Little WWI Mysteries

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.


Sculptured Words

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 writers who have experienced the Capital in all its diversity.

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. Two members of the group are writing the history of the house and their time there, including the night they stormed the Great Northern Hotel on Queen Street to protest the exclusion of women. Spectrum goes back to Winn Road with founding members of the group to talk about a feminist slice of Auckland's history.


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 American Declaration of Independence and even New Zealand’s Treaty of Waitangi.

War Horses

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, walked or climbed aboard covered wagons for the trip to Birch Hill Cemetery where a plaque erected in 1937 pays tribute to the horses killed in the Great War.

Robert Frater - Death 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 their magazine Glory Days illustrates, vintage touches most things:- classic motor scooters, films, furniture, etiquette and good manners- the list is endless. Spectrum’s vintage Jack Perkins explores things vintage - excluding himself.

Radio Baker

A Northland family clears away a decades-old collection of classic radios.

Bikes, BEARS and the Britten Legacy

When motorcyclists get together, there's usually a fair bit of noise involved, both on and off the track, and when their annual Sound of Thunder racing series mounts a tribute to the renowned New Zealand motorbike designer, John Brittten, there's even more to talk about. Katy Gosset joins competitors and the Britten family for a day at the BEARS (British, European and American Racing Series.)

Moa Mania

In January 1993, publican Paddy Feaney 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 Moa Mania and was picked up by press, radio and television around the world, not to mention Moa hysteria in the tiny Lake Brunner settlement of Moana. Spectrum’s Jack Perkins compiled a special report on Moa Mania. (first broadcast in January 1993).

Hooves and Heroes

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 opportunity to bring back the races. Join Spectrum’s Lisa Thompson for a day at the races beach-style.

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 and ducks, this nature versus nurture story demonstrates how traditional Chinese puppetry goes far beyond the crude antics of the English Punch and Judy shows.


Port Waikato Sunset

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 the importance of educating the public and gaining their support. Spectrum’s Jack Perkins drops in on MFT.

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 angling prowess.

Spectrum’s Lisa Thompson meets the Tindales and learns how their passion is now providing crucial scientific information about New Zealand fish species.



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 small town but today, a few foundations and walls are all that’s left. John Hodder and Derek Hallett show Spectrum’s Jack Perkins around the camp remains and re-create the life and times there.

The Silver Horsemen

When Tuppence Bought the World

‘When Tuppence Bought the World’
A fond look back to the time when the comic book was king. Written by Alwyn Owen and first broadcast in July 1974.

Paddy Burgin Luthier

Roses and Razor Wire

In 1993 the doors closed for the final time on Napier Prison, New Zealand’s oldest penal complex, ending over a century of incarceration for inmates which included Te Kooti and Mr Asia drug syndicate boss Terry Clark.

Join Spectrum’s Lisa Thompson as she meets the prison’s current care-takers and learns about some of the darker aspects of New Zealand’s history.

Russian School

Marlborough’s Milkmaids

A team of Marlborough women – and one bloke – take turns hand-milking Daffodil at 3pm each day. From the Jersey cow’s milk they process a variety of goodies from cultured butter and cream to cheeses and have also come to appreciate the skills involved in the age-old practice of hand-milking.


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