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Romancing The Steam: There’s something about a steam locomotive. You only need to ride one and hear the car horns and cheerful yells to realise it.
Gypsies And Chocolate: Sapna Samant chats with Hanna and Howard Frederick about their life in Aotearoa New Zealand.
YBUNK2: The Truancy service isn’t quite what we might imagine, according to Christchurch Truancy Officer Pat Hay.
The Books Of Brancepeth: The stained and scorched collection - discovered at Brancepeth Station - contains more than 2000 volumes of popular fiction and general works, and is a rare example of an intact 19th century library.
Ngaire's Magnificent Obsession: Ngaire Bannan was ten years old when she got her first doll, as a Christmas present. Over 70 years later she has 500, and loves them all.
The BYO Revolution: Restaurateur Russell Burrell, remembers the thrill of setting up his own restaurant on Dunedin’s main street.
The Dome Home: Five ferro-cement domes buried in the wind-swept Kapiti coast sand dunes form the dream-home of Austrian architect Fritz Eisenhofer and his wife, former miss New Zealand Helen Rickard.
Ko Tangata Whenua Matou – We Are The People: T-shirt designer Aaron Meuli, his father Neil Meuli, his partner Belinda O’Connor who is half Maori, and Aaron’s mother Sumitra Babu, talk about their lives and what it means to be New Zealanders.
Dastardly Deeds In Timaru: Retired lawyer Peter Graham walks the streets of Timaru and re-creates the story of high society crimes that once shook the South Island province.
The Silence And The Light: Architect Peter Beaven, lay-brother Joseph Kelly and sculptor Jim Allen return to Futuna Chapel in Karori and tell the inspiring story of this marvel of New Zealand religious architecture.
Pat Monaghan and Q406: Q406 was one of twelve ‘Fairmile’ navy ships built in New Zealand at the beginning of World war Two. Pat Monaghan served on board 406 as a young man.
A Busy Little Church: The Church of the Good Shepherd, resting on the shores of Lake Tekapo, withstands flurries of visitors, wild weather and parishioners.
The Jack And Jill Champions: If there’s a hail of wood chips or flying sawdust, chances are that Karmyn and Jason Wynyard are in action, either in tandem on the crosscut saw (the Jack and Jill) or Jason with his axe. They are world champions in both disciplines.
Wah Lee - Peace and Prosperity: Wah Lee the shop, has been supplying spices, medicines and a plethora of Asian goods to Aucklanders for a hundred years.
Artists At The Grampians: Spectrum joins Christchurch based portrait painter Sally Hope,and her sister Eve who works as a ceramic artist in a village in Tuscany, as they fossick through the memorabilia of their Granny’s home and reflect on how she lived in this landscape and drew inspiration from it.
The heyday of hay days: On a farm outside Hawera, Spectrum’s Jack Perkins mixes with Taranaki cockies who demonstrate skills learned 60 years ago.
I'm Not Very Professional!: Living legend photographer Gil Hanly.
Life after the Whale Chase: Changing of the guard on Greenpeace's anti- whaling ship, Esperanza.
Sumer Was Icumen In: Jack Perkins dons blouse and knickerbockers and gains special dispensation for his microphones to attend the spring camp of Living History medievalists.
Filling in the Gaps: Sapna Samant chats with Sikhs Verpal and Amaninder at the Otahuhu Gurudwara (Sikh Temple) about their organisations and their life in New Zealand.
Cholmondeley Cook: Pat is typical of the staff at the long established Cholmondeley Childrens Home in Governors Bay; if it was all for the money, they'd be long gone.
An Ace Day at Race Day: Melody Thomas ventures along to Trentham raceway to talk to the punters, organisers and the people who pull it all together behind the scenes at Wellington’s Cup Day 2008.
For the Love of the Sea: Dick Hopper has had memorable voyages on three ships, taking him from one life in India to boarding school in England, then on to a new career in Rhodesia, and finally to New Zealand forty years ago. He’s now nearing the end of a six year project to recreate all three ships in perfect working order.
Cinema Pacifico: Gerard Hindmarsh takes us to a movie at The Village Theatre in Takaka, Golden Bay, and recalls it’s tenuous beginnings over 20 years ago.
Between the City and the Sea: Jack Perkins draws material from 35 years of Spectrum documentaries and traces the history of the harbour and waterfront from the colonial period to the heyday of the great merchant fleets of 60 years ago.
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