Radio New Zealand: Spectrum

This page lists items from RNZ that are identified as "Spectrum". RNZ didn't start regularly putting both its audio and news content online until 2008. From 2002-2007 written news items (particularly from RNZ International) were placed online. You can access these items, plus the vast audio collecton from the mid-2000s onwards by using the day schedule pages. You can access items prior to 2002 on the historic page.

01/04/1973: Capital Sound (1973)
Spectrum's microphones travelled Wellington's streets for several weeks to capture this evocation in sound. [more]

01/04/1973: Spectrum's Guide to Kiwi Weddings (1973)
A satirical recreation by Alwyn Owen of the good old Kiwi wedding. Narrated by Bill Toft. [more]

01/10/1974: And all the Queen's Men (1974)
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. [more]

01/10/1974: And all the Queen's Men (1974)
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. [more]

01/01/1975: He Koara Mate - The Phantom Canoe
Spectrum's Alwyn Owen presents the strange story of the phantom canoe which appeared on lake Tarawera 10 days before the eruption of mount Tarawera on June 10 1886. [more]

01/01/1975: And There Was A Great Darkness
The eruption of Mt Tarawera on the 10th of June, 1886, including a famous eye-witness account by Rotorua telegraphist Harry Dansey. Produced by Alwyn Owen from material held in the Turnbull Library and Radio NZ Archives. [more]

24/10/1975: The Acceptable Rebel (Part 2) - 1975
In 1975, 32 years after he lost his seat, John A Lee returns to Parliament, reminisces with Bert Walker, Lance Adams-Schneider and Keith Holyoake, now in opposition after Norman Kirk's Labour Party won the 1972 election [more]

30/11/1975: A Festival of Cans (1975)
A nostalgic tribute to that most humble and human New Zealand institution, the dunny. The long-drop, the three-holer, the users, the emptiers, the designers, and, of course, the good-old night-cart. Unique New Zealand humour. [more]

06/02/1976: The Imperial Wizard – 1976
A portrait of Ian Brackenbury-Channel, Wizard of Christchurch. [more]

06/02/1976: The Imperial Wizard - 1976
A portrait of Ian Brackenbury-Channel, Wizard of Christchurch. [more]

13/02/1976: Rangers Of The Gulf – 1976
The daily work of Hauraki Maritime Park rangers. [more]

26/03/1976: Every One Was A Triumph (Part 1) - 1976
Grace Moreton recalls her life in China and Czechoslovakia in the 1930's and her efforts, along with her husband, to aid the Jews and anti-Nazis to escape from Hitler's dominance prior to the outbreak of war.  [more]

02/04/1976: Every One Was A Triumph (Part 2) - 1976
Grace Moreton recalls her life in  Czechoslovakia in the 1930's and her efforts, along with her husband, to aid the Jews and anti-Nazis to escape from Hitler's dominance prior to the outbreak of war.  [more]

01/06/1977: The Stan Graham Murders (1977)
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, produced by Jack Perkins. [more]

29/07/1977: The Korowai Makers – 1977
Alwyn Owen talks with Rangimārie Hetet and Digger Te Kanawa, famous for artistry in cloak making. [more]

05/08/1977: The Battle For Arnhem
Personal recollections of the Allied  airborne assault in Eastern Holland in 1944 [more]

05/09/1977: The Battle for Arnhem
Aspects of the famous Second World War battle recalled in 1977 by former Allied soldiers and Dutch civilians who survived the battle and came to live in New Zealand. [more]

24/08/1978: Spectrum: Whina Cooper 1978 - Part 1 of 2
Herea Te Tangata Ki Te Whenua 'Bind the people to the land'. The life and story of land activist and noted Maori leader Whina Cooper, interviewed by Alwyn Owen. Part 1 of 2. Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision ID22211. [more]

31/08/1978: Spectrum: Whina Cooper 1978 - Part 2 of 2
Herea Te Tangata Ki Te Whenua 'Bind the people to the land'. The life and story of land activist and noted Maori leader Whina Cooper, interviewed by Alwyn Owen. Part 2 of 2. Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision ID22211. [more]

03/05/1980: Excursions and Diversions
For the modern tourist, Rotorua presents a range of thermal virtuosity which has diminished little over the years. But exploration of the thermal area has lost much of the adventure it once had. Produced by Alwyn Owen and Jack Perkins. [more]

24/05/1980: Massage and Mud Pools
Ian Rockell, curator of Rotorua's museum, talks about the colourful history of Rotorua's one-time world famous health spa, Tudor Towers, and introduces Spectrum's Jack Perkins to some of the pleasures and curiosities of the thermal area. [more]

01/09/1982: Queen Victoria's Incedible Journey (1982)
An amazing document has been 'discovered' in one of our research libraries by the Spectrum team. In Queen Victoria's own handwriting, it details how she visited this country incognito in 1882, disguised as a Highland Gentleman. [more]

30/10/1982: He Taonga Tuku Iho - A Treasure Handed Down
The fall in the thermal activity at Rotorua's Whakarewarewa, has caused national concern but it has a special significance to the villagers who live alongside the pools and geysers. Guide Bubbles shows Jack Perkins the changes that are taking place. [more]

31/10/1982: A Song for all Seasons (1982)
Elsa Davis was Melbourne's unofficial Poet Laureate, and composer extraordinary. With enthusiasm and devotion, she chronicles events in song. She talks to Alwyn Owen, and demonstrates her talent, singing her famous "Phar Lap" song, a Royal Lullaby, and a song about New Zealand's Tourist attractions, composed in ten minutes. (SP426) [more]

01/05/1984: Tales From the Tip Face (1984)
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. [more]

01/01/1986: Rotorua Spectrum - From the Hot Lakes District for web ops
Rotorua's thermal areas seen through the eyes of diarists around the turn of the century. Produced by Alwyn Owen from diaries and travel guides held in the Turnbull Library. [more]

01/01/1986: From the Hot Lakes District
Rotorua's thermal areas seen through the eyes of diarists around the turn of the century. Produced by Alwyn Owen from diaries and travel guides held in the Turnbull Library. [more]

01/09/1986: From the Back Country - Deer Dogs with Bernie Chaney (1986)
Bernie Chaney tells Jack Perkins about deer culling in 1948 and breeding long legged dogs for hunting deer. [more]

08/03/1988: Spectrum: Far out and Feminist
Deb Nation looks back at the 1977 Christchurch United Women's Convention with the key players, including Sister Pauline O'Reagan, Alison Cooper, Nedra Johnson, Jane Chatwin and Jenny Heal. It was a time of change, choice and chances and a controversy raged over the presence of male reporters at the conference. John Bishop recalls his eviction by lesbian feminists. Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision ID25006. [more]

05/02/1993: Burning Fires: The Waipapa Hui
Maori writers gather at Waipapa Marae in Auckland and read their own work [more]

05/02/1993: Burning Fires: The Tapu Te Ranga Hui
Burning Fires: Maori Writers speak #1 The Tapu Te Ranga hui Tapu Te Ranga Marae in Island Bay Wellington was built by Playwright, TV and Short story writer Bruce Stewart and others. In April 1992, several Maori writers gathered at the marae, Bruce's home, to read their stories and reveal the creative spark which animates each of them in their writing. Burning Fires takes us into their world with Poetry and tales of love and passion. Writers heard include Bub Bridger, Keri Kaa, Mihipeka Edwards, Aroha Harris, Kelly Haitana-Mundy and Patricia Grace, with mihimihi by Piripi Waratini. Produced by Rangi Chadwick. [A number of those who participated in this production has since joined the ancestors] [more]

06/02/1993: Burning Fires: The Waipapa Hui
Burning Fires: Maori Writers speak #2 The Waipapa Hui Waipapa Marae was built on the edge of Auckland University staff an d students following progtests by the Maori students association during the University's centennial year in 1983. Almost a decade later, in May 1992, Several Maori writers gathered to sing, Laugh and cry as they spun their tales to one another. Writers heard include Toi Maihi, Neil Gudsell (aka Mika),Mary Cumming, Lina Samu and Rawinia White. And the hui begins with greetings by Powhiei Riki-Heke, . Produced by Rangi Chadwick. [A number of those who participated in this production has since joined the ancestors] [more]

03/04/1993: Spectrum for 4 April 1993 - Rock and Roll Pioneer
Jerome Cvitanovich talks to New Zealand music pioneer Johnny Cooper about his early years and his successful entertainment career. [more]

05/06/1993: Burning Fires: The Tapu Te Ranga hui
Maori writers read their own work at a 1992 Hui. [more]

26/07/1995: Hanging Ten on the Internet
This 1995 episode of Spectrum looks at some of the phenomena associated with the Internet such as multimedia technology, video-conferencing, electronic mail, remote shopping, World-Wide Web etc. Take a tour of the information super highway with your guide Charles Darwin (CD) Rom. [more]

17/10/1995: The Acceptable Rebel (Part 1) – 1975
John A Lee returns to Parliament. He walks the corridors and sits in his old seat in the Chamber he last knew forty years ago. Lee also reminisces with politicians old and new including the father of the House, Sir Keith Holyoake. [more]

24/10/1995: The Acceptable Rebel (Part 2) – 1975
In 1975, 32 years after he lost his seat, John A Lee returns to Parliament. He reminisces with Bert Walker, Lance Adams-Schneider and Keith Holyoake, now in opposition after Norman Kirk's Labour Party won the 1972 election [more]

13/02/1996: Rangers Of The Gulf - 1976
The daily work of Hauraki Maritime Park rangers. [more]

29/07/1997: The Korowai Makers – 1977
Alwyn Owen talks with Rangimarie Hetet and Digger Te Kanawa, famous for artistry in cloak making. [more]

12/04/1998: Spectrum: Remembering Paul Robeson
Paul Robeson (1898-1976) achieved fame as a singer, actor and political activist. In a programme first broadcast to mark the centennial of his birth in April 1898, New Zealanders who met him on his 1960 tour of New Zealand recall the man and his impact. [more]

20/05/2001: Spectrum for 20 May 2001: Close to Paradise
While the Auckland Region struggles to fit another million people into its boundaries over the next fifty years, one group of enterprising folk has come up with what it believes is the perfect answer in group housing. They're building what they've named the 'Earthsong Eco-Neighbourhood', thirty two homes constructed of rammed earth and untreated Oregon, set on a one and half hectare organic orchard. The enthusiasts have initially raised their own funds for the first stage of the seven million dollar development in Ranui, West Auckland. They hope to move in by early spring, when they'll set to constructing community vegetable gardens using the best permaculture methods. Water for irrigation will be collected from roofs and stored in big tanks, which'll also supply household's flushing and washing needs. Cars will be banished to the garages at the edge of the property, but every house will have access to high speed internet connections. The development is the culmination of a seven year long dream by people like architect Robyn Allison, who emphasises that Earthsong is not some wacky fringe dream, but the modern equivalent of an old fashioned village. [more]

05/11/2006: Spectrum for 5 November 2006: Jamie
Spectrum spends a morning at the hairdressers with Jamie, a young Taiwanese makeup artist living in Christchurch. [more]

12/11/2006: Spectrum for 12 November 2006: The Bird Lady
Indians in New Zealand decide to challenge the cultural stereotype of Bollywood - all dancing all singing - by forming Prayas, theatre groups determined to change these perceptions. [more]

19/11/2006: Spectrum for 19 November 2006: Prayas, The Endeavour
Indians in New Zealand decide to challenge the cultural stereotype of Bollywood - all dancing all singing - by forming Prayas, theatre groups determined to change these perceptions. [more]

26/11/2006: Spectrum for 26 November 2006: CCC
Spectrum for 26 November 2006: CCC [more]

03/12/2006: Spectrum for 03 December 2006: Capital Commerce
Historian Kynan Gentry visits places of commercial significance in Wellington's history and relates them to life in the capital. [more]

10/12/2006: Spectrum for 10 December 2006: Marilyn and Edwina
David Steemson spends time with former controversial politician Marilyn Waring and Edwina Thorne, often labelled New Zealand's premier lady of jazz. [more]

17/12/2006: Spectrum for 17 December 2006: A Day with a Lady
Lady Elworthy talks about her life from her home at Maungati in the Craigmore valley south Canterbury. [more]

31/12/2006: Spectrum for 31 December 2006: A New Year Wedding Iban Style
Deep in the jungles of Sarawak, Borneo, New Zealander Gary, marries Suzy and celebrates with Susy's Iban family on the occasion of the Iban New Year. [more]

07/01/2007: Spectrum for 7 January 2007: High on the Nile
Rafting on the upper Nile with New Zealander Cam McLeay whose rafting business has brought work and conservation to this area of Uganda. [more]

14/01/2007: Spectrum for 14 January 2007: A Cooking School in Cambodia
Chef Paul has set up a cooking school to teach underprivileged Cambodian children to become chefs. Some of the kids come from the rubbish dumps of Phnom Penh, some off the streets of Siem Reap. [more]

21/01/2007: Spectrum for 21 January 2007: Retro Spective
Lucy Orbell pays a visit to the David N. White Gallery in Wellington - an Aladdin's cave of the preloved, retro and collectible. [more]

28/01/2007: Spectrum for 28 January 2007: A Hard Taskmaster
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04/02/2007: Spectrum for 4 February 2007
Italian settlers in Canterbury talk about their new home. [more]

11/02/2007: Spectrum for 11 February 2007
Petone's 100 year-old state houses, - unique and well ahead of their time. [more]

18/02/2007: Spectrum for 18 February 2007
Illustrator and writer Donovan Bixley's whimsical take on Mozart. [more]

25/02/2007: Spectrum for 25 February 2007
A Zen Buddhist retreat in Christchurch. [more]

04/03/2007: Spectrum for 4 March 2007
Puppy potential: the fostering and assessment of police dogs. [more]

11/03/2007: Spectrum for 11 March 2007
Lynne Alexander's novel solutions to mid-life and other crises. [more]

18/03/2007: Spectrum for 18 March 2007
Eclectic Kiwi art in Helensville's old theatre. [more]

25/03/2007: Spectrum For 25 March 2007
The history of Porirua hospital from its beginnings as a lunatic asylum. [more]

01/04/2007: Spectrum for 1 April 2007: A Sixties Odyssey
William Gruar returns to Christchurch in a van converted to accommodate his wheel chair, and remembers the wild university days of his youth, his subsequent life involving a job in the Moerewa freezing works, and life on the road as a member of Blerta. [more]

08/04/2007: Spectrum for 8 April 2007
An NZ scotsman recycles what others discard. [more]

15/04/2007: Spectrum for 15 April 2007
The link between a unique trophy and a remarkable pioneer woman. [more]

22/04/2007: Spectrum for 22 April 2007: Revelations of a Bicycle Pope
Steven Muir is a man who truly lives by his principals, many of which revolve around the good use of a bicycle. A Christchurch inner-city dweller, with a busy wife and four young children, Steven ardently believes that the planet will be a better place when the supermarket carparks are filled with bicycles and trailers, and only the occasional car, for those who really need them. [more]

29/04/2007: Spectrum for 29 April 2007
Character and variety at the Whangarei grower's market. [more]

06/05/2007: Spectrum for 6 May 2007
Training hunting dogs to avoid kiwis in the bush. [more]

13/05/2007: Spectrum for 13 May 2007
Rat exterminators return to Breaksea island in Fiordland. [more]

20/05/2007: Spectrum for 20 May 2007
NZ trransculturalist Alistair Kwun gives Sapna Samant the Auckland CBD Asian culture-vulture tour [more]

27/05/2007: Spectrum for 27 May 2007
Social and medical services run by the people, for the people. [more]

03/06/2007: Spectrum for 3 June 2007
A tourism and conservation partnership in Fiordland. [more]

10/06/2007: Spectrum for 10 June 2007
Kim Webby, professional harp maker. [more]

17/06/2007: Spectrum for 17 June 2007
Plunket takes mums and their babies into a 6th form classroom. [more]

24/06/2007: Spectrum for 24 June 2007
Lady Elworthy at her home in the Craigmore Valley South Canterbury. [more]

01/07/2007: Spectrum for 1 July 2007
Irish American Lance Paradise sharpens knives and hones his wits. [more]

08/07/2007: Spectrum for 8 July 2007
A tiny community raise 2 million dollars to pest-proof a hidden gem of Taranaki. [more]

15/07/2007: Spectrum for 15 July 2007
Exploring a William Gummer cubist house built in 1921 in Havelock North. [more]

22/07/2007: Spectrum for 22 July 2007
The old Cornish pumhouse, relocated icon of Waihi and the Martha gold mine. [more]

29/07/2007: Spectrum for 29 July 2007
The huge job of restoring Mana island, north of Wellington, to its pre-human state. [more]

05/08/2007: Spectrum for 5 August 2007
The Hurunui river inspires artist and writer Sam Mahon and partner Alison Ericson. [more]

12/08/2007: Spectrum for 12 August 2007
Alan Pitts owns dozens of saws on which he plays his music, sometimes with a symphony orchestra. [more]

19/08/2007: Spectrum for 19 August 2007
Celebrating the mid winter solstice medieval style with feasting and foolery. [more]

26/08/2007: Spectrum for 26 August 2007
The Ormond family share memories in their historic family homestead of Wallingford Station, Hawkes Bay. [more]

02/09/2007: Spectrum for 2 September 2007
Sifting through 60 years of the 'Silver Fern Tape Recording Club'. [more]

09/09/2007: Spectrum for 9 September 2007
A mix of mandarin, anthropology and bad weather at an inner city fruit and vege market. [more]

16/09/2007: Spectrum for 16 September 2007
Two Cook island women recall life and work in 1940's Hawkes Bay. [more]

23/09/2007: Spectrum for 23 September 2007
A photo-shoot for the firefighters calendar; eye-candy and beefcake. [more]

26/09/2007: Spectrum for 2 September 2007
Members of the 'Silver Fern Tape Recording Club' used to post productions to each other. [more]

30/09/2007: Spectrum for 30 September 2007
A Search and Rescue team train their dogs under simulated conditions of a disaster. [more]

07/10/2007: Spectrum for 7 October 2007
At the seashore with photographer Ans Westra. [more]

14/10/2007: Spectrum for 14 October 2007
Out and about with Auckland animal control officer Sacha Keltie. [more]

21/10/2007: Spectrum for 21 October 2007
Horses helping teenagers with behavioural problems. [more]

28/10/2007: Spectrum for 28 October 2007
Island-hopping in Fiordland. [more]

04/11/2007: Spectrum for 4 November 2007
A special retreat for women. [more]

18/11/2007: Spectrum for 18 November 2007
A property developer is transforming ChristchurchÂ's back streets. [more]

25/11/2007: Spectrum for 25 November 2007
Auckland Grammar schools farm. [more]

02/12/2007: Spectrum for 2 December 2007
The Maori side of world class golfer Michael Campbell. [more]

09/12/2007: Spectrum for 9 December 2007
Mistletoe Bay [more]

16/12/2007: Spectrum For 16 December 2007
Children get to see how a real pipe organ works. [more]

23/12/2007: Spectrum for 23 December 2007
Artist, adventurer, athlete and Nelson Mayoral candidate Mike Ward. [more]

30/12/2007: Spectrum for 30 December 2007
Sailing coaching for the disabled. [more]

06/01/2008: Spectrum for 6 January 2008
Steve Houston, horse trainer - the buck stops here. [more]

13/01/2008: Spectrum for 13 January 2008
Hui MeteÂ's stories spell-bind travelers along HokiangaÂ's 90-mile beach. [more]

20/01/2008: Spectrum for 20 January 2008
Wellington's communal gardeners find common ground. [more]

27/01/2008: Spectrum for 27 January 2008
John Street rescues some of the country's finest old racing yachts. [more]

03/02/2008: Spectrum for 3 February 2008
Deborah Nation meets environmental refugees Bruno and Monika Stompe. The Austrian couple are building a huge  retreat on the wild and remote Peninsula above Westhaven Inlet in The South Island's Golden Bay. [more]

10/02/2008: Spectrum for 10 February 2008
Jack Perkins' brief but affectionate historical tour of Wellington Harbour. [more]

17/02/2008: Spectrum for 17 February 2008
Takaka's community-owned theatre is a focal point of Golden Bay. [more]

24/02/2008: Spectrum for 24 February 2008
Dick Hopper's miniature ships reflect his love of the sea. [more]

02/03/2008: Spectrum for 2 March 2008
The biggest day of the year at Trentham raceway, the Wellington Cup. [more]

09/03/2008: Spectrum for 9 March 2008
Inside the Cholmondeley childrens home near Christchurch. [more]

16/03/2008: Spectrum for 16 March 2008
New Zealand Sikhs talk about their lives and culture. [more]

23/03/2008: Spectrum for 23 March 2008
Jack Perkins donnes blouse and knickerbockers to enter a Living History Medieval camp. [more]

30/03/2008: Spectrum for 30 March 2008
A day aboard the Greenpeace anti-whaling ship Esperanza docked in Lyttelton Harbour. [more]

06/04/2008: Spectrum for 6 April 2008
Gill Hanly takes photographs of people and events. She doesn't manipulate or pose her subjects. [more]

13/04/2008: Spectrum for 13 April 2008
Clydesdale horses, traction engines galore all serve to recreate harvest time the way it used to be on a South Taranaki farm. [more]

20/04/2008: Spectrum for 20 April 2008
Artists Sally and Eve Hope, granddaughters of Esther Hope, who painted in the McKenzie Country. [more]

27/04/2008: Spectrum for 27 April 2008
For a hundred years Wah Lee's has supplied spices, medicines and all things eastern to Aucklanders. [more]

04/05/2008: Spectrum for 4 May 2008
Maori husband and wife team Jason and Karmyn Wynyard - world champion wood cutters. [more]

11/05/2008: Spectrum for 11 May 2008
Protecting lake Tekapo's famous church from commercial intrusion. [more]

18/05/2008: Spectrum for 18 May 2008
A world war two sailor revisits the ship on which he served. It's now several motel units. [more]

25/05/2008: Spectrum for 25 May 2008
Futuna chapel, an unrivaled example of New Zealand's religious architecture. [more]

01/06/2008: Spectrum for 1 June 2008
Attemted poisoning and murder in 19th century Timaru. [more]

08/06/2008: Spectrum for 8 June 2008
T shirt designer Aaron Meuli is of Indo-European descent but strongly identifies with Aotearoa. [more]

15/06/2008: Spectrum for 15 June 2008
A dream home literally buried in the sand dunes. [more]

22/06/2008: Spectrum for 22 June 2008
The early days of unofficial BYO before liquor licensing laws changed. [more]

29/06/2008: Spectrum for 29 June 2008
Ngaire Bannan has five hundred dolls, and loves them all. [more]

06/07/2008: Spectrum for 6 July 2008
Wairarapa's Brancepeth sheep station explored, including its unique 19 century library. [more]

13/07/2008: Spectrum for 13 July 2008
The Christchurch Truancy Service in action. [more]

20/07/2008: Spectrum for 20 July 2008
Hanna from Hungary and Howard from the USA describe how they came to love each other and New Zealand. [more]

27/07/2008: Spectrum for 27 July 2008
The clanking, puffing engine, the soot, the grit and the romance of travel by steam train. [more]

03/08/2008: Spectrum for 3 August 2008
Former Black Power leader, academic and one-time Mayoral candidate Shane Turner. [more]

07/08/2008: Spectrum for 7 September 2008
Women swap clothes in NZ's first ever 'Shwop'. [more]

11/08/2008: Spectrum for 10 August 2008
Paul Taylor is a book conservator - a rarity in New Zealand. [more]

17/08/2008: Spectrum for 17 August 2008
One of her kidneys is Eva's lifesaving gift to her cousin Johnny. [more]

24/08/2008: Spectrum for 24 August 2008
Mike Rowntree reveals the inner workings of Christchurch covers band"The Crystal Set". [more]

31/08/2008: Spectrum for 31 August 2008
Mike and Anna are disabled and they've found work through the Hamilton-based trust"Career Moves". [more]

14/09/2008: Spectrum for 14 Sepember 2008
Residents in a Caravan Park on the edge of the Waimakariri river talk about garden gnomes, cacti, and life. [more]

21/09/2008: Spectrum for 21 Sepember 2008
Tessa Duder, champion swimmer, author, lover of the sea and ships. [more]

28/09/2008: Spectrum for 28 September 2008
Ken Kendall reminisces on sculpture, Kiwis and God on his 80th birthday in rural Wairarapa. [more]

05/10/2008: Spectrum for 5 October 2008
The posh side of Riverside caravan park near Christchurch. [more]

12/10/2008: Spectrum for 12 October 2008
Indian couple Hemanth and Heena Anand run a cafe in downtown Auckland selling Indian coffee. [more]

18/10/2008: Spectrum for 19 October 2008
Ranger Brian Thomas explores Wellington's wild south coast. [more]

26/10/2008: Spectrum for 26 October 2008
Geoff Harrow ventures into the Kaikoura Ranges to visit a rare seabird, Hutton's Shearwater. [more]

02/11/2008: Spectrum for 2 November 2008
Annette Beaney's theatrical wigs for many New Zealand produced operas and big musicals. [more]

09/11/2008: Spectrum for 9 November 2008
Final audition weekend for young actors at the New Zealand Drama school. [more]

16/11/2008: Spectrum for 16 November 2008
Childrens author Gavin Bishop returns to Kingston, the scene of his 1950's boyhood. [more]

23/11/2008: Spectrum for 23 November 2008
A night-time visit to the famous Northland kauri Tane Mahuta. [more]

30/11/2008: Spectrum for 30 November 2008
Wairakei celebrates 50 years of geothermal power generation. [more]

07/12/2008: Spectrum for 7 December 2008
Former members of Volunteer Service Abroad reminisce. [more]

14/12/2008: Spectrum for 14 December 2008
Iraqi Dr Maha Haddad, specializes in 'baby turning'. [more]

21/12/2008: Spectrum for 21 December 2008
An exhibition mounted by people whose hobby is to build on a tiny scale. [more]

28/12/2008: Spectrum for 28 December 2008
A Khmer-New Zealander returns to Cambodia, with her Kiwi husband after 25 years living in New Zealand. [more]

04/01/2009: Spectrum for 4 January 2009
A museum of engines, vintage cars and everyday objects from years gone by north of Kaitaia. [more]

11/01/2009: Spectrum for 11 January 2009
NZ natural history film-makers hope their recording of orphaned orangutans might help save the species from extinction. [more]

18/01/2009: Spectrum for 18 January 2009
The Barretts on their ancestral home of Kapiti Island. [more]

25/01/2009: Spectrum for 25 January 2009
We pitch a tent at Kaiteriteri, camping Mecca. [more]

01/02/2009: Spectrum for 1 February 2009
Rod Capper was just seventeen when he built his first guitar. Now heÂ's up to number 68. [more]

08/02/2009: Spectrum for 8 February 2009
A visit to remote Asbestos cottage, a lovers tryst for 39 years. [more]

15/02/2009: Spectrum for 15 February 2009
A firm of funeral directors may be black-suited but they're certainly not po-faced. [more]

22/02/2009: Spectrum for 22 February 2009
'Habitat For Humanity' builds houses for people in need using donated materials and volunteer labour. [more]

01/03/2009: Spectrum for 1 March 2009
Sichuan-born university professor Bill Willmott takes his New Zealand family back to China. [more]

08/03/2009: Spectrum for 8 March 2009
Juliet Williams wants to use her experience of living with a life threatening illness to help others. [more]

15/03/2009: Spectrum for 15 March 2009
A day at the market with ink artist Marcus Winter. [more]

22/03/2009: Spectrum for 22 March 2009
Amelia Nurse considers the making of the humble biscuit with former Griffins employees and doco photographer Alan Knowles. [more]

29/03/2009: Spectrum for 29 March 2009
A tragic riding accident has failed to extinguish Anthea Gunner's passion for horses. [more]

05/04/2009: Spectrum for 5 April 2009
Tom is an 86 year-old retired dairy farmer who creates works of art from Kauri gum. [more]

12/04/2009: Spectrum for 12 April 2009
Amelia Nurse visits instrument collector Leon Clements in Pukerua Bay. [more]

19/04/2009: Spectrum for 19 April 2009
A tale in two parts from the top of the south island: Sonia Yee explores a special castle and an illuminated dance floor. [more]

26/04/2009: Spectrum for 26 April 2009
Croation and Maori gather in west Aukland for Tarara Day, which celebrates over 100 years of close connection. [more]

03/05/2009: Spectrum for 3 May 2009
Flying hot-air balloons: aviation for the daring - and the very very patient. [more]

10/05/2009: Spectrum for 10 May 2009
Emma Puloka will use a science scholarship at Canterbury University to improve the lives of people in her native Tonga. [more]

17/05/2009: Spectrum for 17 May 2009
Ludo Campbell-Reid, urban design planner for Auckland City, with Sapna Samant. [more]

24/05/2009: Spectrum for 24 May 2009
Auckland's Bastion Point gun emplacement may be about to re-emerge as a tourist attraction. [more]

31/05/2009: Spectrum for 31 May 2009
Arrowtown celebrates 25 years of its annual Autumn Festivalbut what makes this town so special? [more]

07/06/2009: Spectrum for 7 June 2009
The connections between washing car windscreens, public space and artist Jeremy Leatinuu. [more]

14/06/2009: Spectrum for 14 June 2009
A fabric fair invites fabric-a-holics to clear out their sewing cupboards. [more]

21/06/2009: Spectrum for 21 June 2009: Taxidermy
David Jacobs, his father Terry and their team of Taxidermist discussing the family trade. [more]

28/06/2009: Spectrum for Sunday 28 June
Kids from Thames learning the traditional art of paint making using natural clays, water and oils. [more]

05/07/2009: Spectrum for 5 July: City Safari
Orienteering exchanges the backblocks for the Capitals public transport system. [more]

12/07/2009: Spectrum for 12 July: Half way home
Christchurch's Battered Women's Trust brings hope and helps rebuild shattered lives. [more]

19/07/2009: Spectrum for 19 July
Myfanwy Van Hoffen moved from Zimbabwe to New Zealand in 2001.This is her story. [more]

19/07/2009: Spectrum for 19 July 2009
Myfanwy Van Hoffen moved from Zimbabwe to New Zealand in 2001.This is her story. [more]

26/07/2009: Spectrum 26 July 2009
Nothing escapes the the Beagles which sniff incoming baggage at Wellington airport. [more]

02/08/2009: Spectrum for 2 August 2009
Joy Morton enjoys life's little things and cherishes her Dunedin Bonsai garden. [more]

09/08/2009: Spectrum for 9 August 2009
Men and women planning a nautical career are helped by the latest technology. [more]

16/08/2009: Spectrum for 16 August 2009
For the Rine family permaculture represents a new way of life in the Taranaki high country. [more]

23/08/2009: Spectrum for 23 August 2009
Adventurer Nick Atkinson retraces the steps of a famous alpine rescue that occurred in 1948. [more]

30/08/2009: Spectrum for 30 August 2009
Cellist Sophie is a synesthete. It's a condition in which one type of stimulation evokes the sensation of another. [more]

06/09/2009: Spectrum for Sunday, 6 September 2009
Older men are tempted out of the loneliness of their inner-city bed-sits into the stimulating and convivial environment offered by Menz Shed. [more]

13/09/2009: Spectrum for 13 September 2009
A house on wheels is becoming increasingly attractive to a growing number of New Zealanders. [more]

20/09/2009: Spectrum for 20 September 2009
The joys of very tiny vegetables called Microgreens that pack a punch of flavour. [more]

27/09/2009: Spectrum for 27 September 2009
Volunteer fire brigades demonstrate their skills rescuing people from crashed vehicles. [more]

04/10/2009: Spectrum for 4 October 2009
Invercargill prison's open day offers a glimpse of life on the inside. [more]

11/10/2009: Spectrum for 11 October 2009
Aucklander Ben Smith is a tour guide in Berlin, but he feels at home in both cities. [more]

18/10/2009: Spectrum for 18 October 2009
A New Zealand Defence Force reconstruction team trains for deployment in Afghanistan. [more]

25/10/2009: Spectrum for 25 October 2009
Sonia Yee is in Dunedin to hear candid stories about the sex industry. [more]

01/11/2009: Spectrum for 1 November 2009
Dr Joanne Drayton is Associate Professor of Visual Arts, but at night she carves bones fresh from the butcher. [more]

08/11/2009: Spectrum for 8 November 2009
Trash Palace offers an Aladdin's cave of recyclable treasures. [more]

15/11/2009: Spectrum for 15 November 2009
Kris Vavasour talks to musicians making their mark from the port town of Lyttelton. [more]

22/11/2009: Spectrum for 22 November 2009
Former dairy farmer Wendy Fulton wants to build her own dream home. So she's chucked in the cows and gone back to carpentry school. [more]

29/11/2009: Spectrum for 29 November 2009
Craig Shepherd's rolling acres west of Wellington provide both haven and hospital for ducks and a range of other birds in need. [more]

06/12/2009: Spectrum for 6 December 2009
An investigation of a 'haunted house' in Wellington conducted by a group who call themselves 'Strange Occurrences'. [more]

13/12/2009: Spectrum for 13 December 2009
Rachel Wotton, once a drill sergeant and white trailer trash from Australia, now offers alternative healing free of charge. [more]

20/12/2009: Spectrum for 20 December 2009
Jack Perkins discovers that archery has come a long way since the days of Robin Hood and Agincourt. [more]

27/12/2009: Spectrum for 27 December 2009
A voyage off the New Zealand coast aboard the nineteenth century rigged tall ship Soren Larsen. [more]

03/01/2010: Spectrum for 3 January 2010
Morris dancers from all over the place converge on the Taranaki town of Eltham. [more]

10/01/2010: Spectrum for 10 January 2010
Briar Whitehead explores the tiny fishing village of Ngawi on the edge of Cook strait. [more]

17/01/2010: Spectrum for 17 January 2010
Children's theatre at the Malthouse, Christchurch's historic haven for young drama lovers. [more]

24/01/2010: Spectrum for 24 January 2010
Briar Whitehead spends three days in the Whanganui Gorge helping keep the canoe upright in a swollen and fast-flowing river. [more]

31/01/2010: Spectrum for 31 January 2010
It's hard to imagine homelessness in Invercargill, but they're there. So are the Salvation Army, taking food and hot drinks to them and many others on a Friday night in the old Bedford Ambo. [more]

07/02/2010: Spectrum for 7 February 2010
In 1939 Ray Rook left school and went to work as an apprentice at the local garage in Okato, Taranaki. HeÂ's still there and still working. [more]

14/02/2010: Spectrum for Sunday 14 February
Noel Petherick does more than deliver mail to the folk who live along the Whanganui river road, heÂ's also tourist bus and occasional taxi for the isolated region. [more]

21/02/2010: Spectrum for 21 February 2010
Producer Sage Forest has discovered that two hundred apple varieties are being preserved from wood collected from Southland's fast-disappearing pioneer orchards. [more]

28/02/2010: Spectrum for 28 February 2010
Allan Parker has spent thirty years admiring the view across Shakespear - yes, it really is spelt this way - Regional Park on Auckland's Whangaparaoa Peninsula. But these days he's leading the campaign to turn the park into a new open wildlife sanctuary. [more]

07/03/2010: Spectrum for 7 March 2010
Most of Vince Keats large home is a workshop where he builds machines and restores motorbikes. His wife Lesley is a potter and crafts leaded coloured glass. [more]

14/03/2010: Spectrum for 14 March 2010
Spectrum tours old haunts in and around Christchurch's historic Arts Centre with Rosie Belton, who ran the Christchurch Drama Centre for over 20 years. [more]

21/03/2010: Spectrum for 21 March 2010
Lisa Thompson spends a morning with Dr Helen Schofield at the Franklin Zoo and Wildlife Sanctuary and meets the characters that populate her life on a daily basis. [more]

28/03/2010: Spectrum for 28 March 2010
'The best suburb in Wellington.' That's how a recent reunion of quarantine officers described Wellington harbour's Matiu-Somes island when it was an animal quarantine station. Animal quarantine began on the island in 1889 and the station closed in 1995. [more]

04/04/2010: Spectrum for 4 April 2010
Spectrum joins the Defense Force's person of the year Carol Voyce as she reconnects with a commanding officer on his first day back at Burnham Military Camp after a six-month stint in Afghanistan. [more]

11/04/2010: Spectrum for 11 April 2010
It's his first day back on duty at Burnham Military Camp for Company Sergeant Major Paul Mumm since returning from Afghanistan. After 5 months at the kiwi base, in the Hindu Kush mountain region, Paul, with wife Jen at his side, is feeling the yoke of responsibility lifted, knowing he has successfully returned a hundred and forty military men and women home to their families safe and sound. [more]

18/04/2010: Spectrum for 18 April 2010
Both Trevor Morley and his partner Kim Skinner have the collecting bug. Trevor proudly displays his 18th century police truncheons while Kim sets out an assortment of her kitchen curios along the counter of her antiques and collectibles shop. Trevor also demonstrates his antique music machines at service clubs. [more]

25/04/2010: Spectrum for 25 April 2010
Jailhouse hostel owner Grant Parrett gives a tour of Addington Prison where backpackers have replaced prisoners. [more]

02/05/2010: Spectrum for 2 May 2010
Lisa Thompson visits a small family-run vineyard on Waiheke island for the Syrah grape harvest. [more]

09/05/2010: Spectrum for 9 May 2010
A Catholic youth group and a variety of interested adults visit a Hindu Temple and a Mosque to find out more about faiths other than Christianity. [more]

16/05/2010: Spectrum for 16 May 2010
Deborah Nation joins legendary singer John Hore Grenell at his family farm at Whitecliffs in the Canterbury Foothills. [more]

23/05/2010: Spectrum for 23 May
Little Portia of Panmure and young Bradley of Westmere have new playmateschooks. Their parents have just installed a hen house and chickens in their suburban gardens."Chickens@ home"is the brain child of Susie Thomas and so far everyone seems very happy. [more]

30/05/2010: Spectrum for 30 May 2010
Otaki hospital opened in 1899 and now it's a women's health centre. For much of last century it was a maternity hospital. At an open day, former nurses, midwives, and mothers, celebrate the hospital's history and the part they played in it. [more]

06/06/2010: Spectrum for 6 June 2010
Deborah Nation chases the tantalising aromas of Moroccan Cuisine and discovers the story behind a new concept in Christchurch called 'Kool Kai.' [more]

13/06/2010: Spectrum for 13 June 2010
Almost forty years ago Judy Gilbert bought a little piece of what she thought was paradise on Great Barrier Island. But Judy discovered that she was sharing her land with thousands of rats. So she set about killing them off. [more]

20/06/2010: Spectrum for 20 June 2010
Spectrum's Jack Perkins finds the unexpected when his exploration of Wellington's fire-fighting history, in a museum behind the central fire station, is interrupted by a call-out. [more]

27/06/2010: Spectrum for 27 June 2010
Deb Nation discovers darkened club rooms up a Lyttelton side street, which light up with extraordinary theatre thanks to a talented troupe of players known as The Loons Circus Theatre Company. [more]

04/07/2010: Spectrum for 4 July 2010
Gary Diprose teaches farming skills to youth offenders. The programme has just reached a 50 percent success rate for helping students to obtain NCEA Level 1, significantly higher than national averages. [more]

11/07/2010: Spectrum for 11 July 2010
Kwanzaa the African Shop in downtown Wellington is overflowing with figurines, batik and all kinds of decorative goods from 15 African countries. But even more interesting are the Africans who gather there. [more]

18/07/2010: Spectrum for 18 July 2010
Deborah Nation joins canine massage therapist Kathleen Crisley as she tends to the needs of a couple of her favourite clients. [more]

25/07/2010: Spectrum for 25 July 2010
Artist Lauren Lysaght makes hearses, kit set tombstones, even bombs in perspex. Each of her pieces is a tongue-in-cheek provocative poke at life's injustices. [more]

01/08/2010: Spectrum for 1 August 2010
As part of the celebrations for its first ten years, Wellington's Museum of City and Sea invited the public to bring along their curios and artifacts for free expert appraisal. [more]

08/08/2010: Spectrum for 8 August
Deborah Nation heads off to the 104th annual Bird Club Show in Christchurch. From zebra finches to budgerigars, there's more to birds then meets the eyeand even Lovebirds are far from loving, when it comes to sharing a cage. [more]

15/08/2010: Spectrum for 15 August
Ant Kite bought his first 1940s Ford Anglia, with help from his dad, when he was just thirteen. Younger brother Chris got an old Ford Prefect when he turned thirteen too. Both brothers are long time members of the Ford 8 and 10 Club. [more]

22/08/2010: Spectrum for 22 August
'Enchantment pervades this matchless garden'- that's what one visitor said about Efil Doog (Good Life backwards) Gardens. Spectrum surrenders itself to 11 acres of whimsy, water and wonder north of Upper Hutt in the Akatarawa Valley. [more]

29/08/2010: Spectrum for 29 August
On a misty day at Hinewai Reserve on Banks Peninsula, Manager Hugh Wilson looks back on his life as a botanist and free spirit. [more]

05/09/2010: Spectrum for 5 September 2010
Bill McNabney can't resist other people's junk piles. For the last twenty five years he's been collecting and restoring old toys so he's always on the look out for a new treasure or a useful spare part. 'Why do I do it? It's a bloody obsession'. [more]

12/09/2010: Spectrum: The Monde - Coffee and Counterculture
A reunion rekindles memories of Wellington's Monde Marie coffee bar which opened in 1958 and became a haven for lovers of folk music and counterculture. Also featured are recordings of the larger-than-life owner of the cafe, Mary Seddon. [more]

19/09/2010: Spectrum for 19 September 2010
Spectrum visits a converted villa in Christchurch which is now the Canterbury Charity Hospital - a state of the art day surgery facility which helps people who fall through the cracks of the public health system. [more]

26/09/2010: Spectrum for 26 September 2010
Lisa Thompson heads along to the Auckland Zinefest (pronounced zeen), a celebration of self-publishing. Often described as a labour of love, zines are crafted by individuals and groups keen to produce and share ideas in true DIY fashion. [more]

03/10/2010: Spectrum for 3 October 2010
Former workers recall a tight-knit community and a work-force dominated by women proud of their skills. The Petone Woollen mills closed in 1968 and during its 80 year history it was a showpiece of industrial New Zealand. [more]

10/10/2010: Spectrum for 10 October 2010
Laura has Down's syndrome and she loves to dance. Her parents, German immigrants Nina and Christian, encourage her independence through dancing. Together they tell the story of life with Laura, and why they chose to live in New Zealand. [more]

17/10/2010: Spectrum for 17 October 2010
Zimbabwean Joan Hamilton didn't feel very welcome when she settled here almost forty years ago, so she embarked on a cunning plan to build friendships between new settlers and New Zealanders.....with a needle and embroidery thread. [more]

23/10/2010: Spectrum for 24 October 2010
Nigel Ogle, artist, model maker and Tawhiti musem curator, has created a life-sized wonderland of early Taranaki history. Weta Workshop, of Lord of the Rings fame, have also helped. [more]

30/10/2010: Spectrum for 31 October 2010
Take one excitable Welshman with a dash of pure vision, plus a few hours of drilling, screwing, grinding and cutting, and you've got -what, exactly? A Retrobot, that's what. Spectrum goes back to the future with 'The Robot Guy'. [more]

07/11/2010: Spectrum for 7 November 2010
The small country community of Otaua is on the move. It's been chopped off the bottom of the new Auckland Super city and sent off to the Waikato. Locals don't seem particularly bothered either way. David Steemson spends an afternoon with local people at an Otaua herb farm, who seem quite happy with their lives. [more]

14/11/2010: Spectrum for 14 November 2010
Nine months of work by dozens of volunteers has restored the near-derelict Plimmerton railway station, north of Wellington, to its former glory. The grand opening involved a steam train and guests dressed in 1940s styles. [more]

16/11/2010: Spectrum for 16 January
In a special, two-part series of Spectrum, Justin Gregory visits the Maui A gas drilling platform to meet the men who live and work there, but first, he has to survive a week's worth of safety training in a freezing Taranaki swimming pool. (Part 1 of 2) [more]

21/11/2010: Spectrum for 21 November 2010
Spectrum meets locals who worked together to save and restore the miners cottages which line the heritage precinct of Arrowtown. [more]

28/11/2010: Spectrum for Sunday 28 November 2010
The Over the Moon Dairy in the south Waikato town of Putaruru is the brainchild of Sue Arthur, who had no idea her small retirement plan making artisan cheese with local produce, would wind up attracting national and international recognition. [more]

05/12/2010: Spectrum for 5 December 2010
Volunteers care for Wellington's Bolton St cemetery which dates from 1840. Its closure 50 years later should have ensured that this hill near parliament would remain undisturbed. But erosion and a motorway's intrusion have given it an unquiet history. [more]

12/12/2010: Spectrum for 12 December 2010
Fiordland kindergarten has launched a new programme which takes pupils out into the wide open spaces. Their midweek nature discovery day draws inspiration from the European Forest kindergarten movement. [more]

19/12/2010: Spectrum for 19 December 2010
Ursula Bisley fell in love with Model T Fords after seeing a field full of them during a car rally in Motueka. Ursula now owns one but hasn't decided whether to call her Gertrude or Gladys. [more]

26/12/2010: Spectrum for 26 December 2010
Only forty years after it was founded, the central north island township of Aotuhia was finished. There's not much left nowadays, and the road is even worse, but you can get there by four wheel drive, down a road that starts in nearby Whangamomona. Spectrum's Justin Gregory cadges a ride with a local celebrity. [more]

02/01/2011: Spectrum for 2 January 2011
The secrets of old Oamaru are about to be spilled. It's not exactly a cast of thousands, but thanks to a couple of hard-working actors the characters and tales of 19th Century Oamaru are brought back to life. [more]

09/01/2011: Spectrum for 9 January 2011
All good things come to an end. After a decade of buying New Zealand artworks, the Wai Art group is calling it a day. And they're privatizing their collection by selling it - to themselves. [more]

16/01/2011: Spectrum for 16 January 2011
In a special, two-part series for Spectrum, Justin Gregory visits the Maui A gas drilling platform to meet the men who live and work there, but first, he has to survive a week's worth of safety training in a freezing Taranaki swimming pool (Part 1 of 2). [more]

23/01/2011: Spectrum for 23 January 2011
In a special, two-part series for Spectrum, Justin Gregory visits the Maui A gas drilling platform to meet the men who live and work there. In part one he had to survive a week's worth of safety training in a freezing Taranaki swimming pool. In part two, Justin visits the rig itself. [more]

30/01/2011: Spectrum for 30 January 2011
Gillian Jackson was 17 when she climbed her first peak. That was in 1948 and it set the pattern for a lifetime love affair with the mountains. She's still climbing and tramping at the age of 80. [more]

06/02/2011: Spectrum for 6 February 2011
Fiordlander and Milford track guide Hunter Shaw tells his story of a life spent in and around Manapouri and Lake Te Anau. [more]

13/02/2011: Spectrum for 13 February 2011
The DC3 aircraft was a leader in air transport in the 1930s and 40's. One such was ZK-AZL which went on to help revolutionise aerial topdressing in New Zealand after the war. The DC3 Trust has just been formed to help conserve the 'big slow bird' which has been on display at the Agricultural Heritage Museum in the Waikato for over 35 years. [more]

19/02/2011: Spectrum for 20 February 2011
The Golden Bay Peace Group had its genesis in 1978 when many commune-dwellers discovered the growing movement towards local nuclear free zones. The Peace Group recently opened a display in the Golden Bay museum which tells their story. Produced by Jack Perkins. [more]

06/03/2011: Spectrum for 6 March 2011
Every year Eddie travels the length and breadth of New Zealand's rail network checking for rail fatigue, cracks and fissures. Spectrum's Lisa Thompson rides the rails around the Auckland region with Eddie Dargaville and his team. [more]

13/03/2011: Spectrum for 13 March 2011
A hundred years ago it was known as 'the Red Rattler', but Wellington's city- to-Kelburn cable car now rides smooth as silk. Jack Perkins climbs aboard the cable car to look at its technology and history. [more]

16/03/2011: Spectrum for 6 June 1999 - The Lonely Miaow
David Steemson spends a night with Auckland's 'Lonely Miaow' brigade on the trail of the region's stray cats. [more]

20/03/2011: Spectrum for 20 March 2011
A Christchurch Anglican vicar resigned from her parish to care full time for her mother. Nesta Clinton is in the advanced stages of Alzheimer's disease. Mandy Neil has taken over from her sister Melanie who previously moved into her mother's house to care for her. [more]

27/03/2011: Spectrum for 27 March 2011
Graeme Cairns has been poking fun at the Establishment for most of his life. Since his student days he's led the satirical Clan McGillicuddy, which itself spawned the not-so-serious McGillicuddy Serious Party with the election plank 'The Great Leap Backwards'. David Steemson investigates. [more]

03/04/2011: Spectrum for 3 April 2011
British cars by the hundred gather at Trentham Memorial Park, north of Wellington. Proud owners show off their sleek Daimlers and elegant Rolls-Royces. A few yards away an exuberant mob of Morris Minors cock a snook at their classy counterparts. Spectrum's Jack Perkins explores the attraction of British-made motors. [more]

10/04/2011: Spectrum for 10 April 2011
Deborah Nation meets southern woman Fleur Sullivan a restaurateur and provider of food and wine from the region.Fleur of 'Fleur's Place' at Moeraki by the sea, is now commuting daily to Oamaru to oversee her latest venture in the Whitestone heritage building 'The Loan and Merc'. [more]

17/04/2011: Spectrum for 17 April 2011
Barry Steiner was twelve years old when he found a couple of interesting beer cans on his way home from school. Twenty five years later he's collected 12-thousand! They're all on display at his New Zealand Beer Can Museum on his father's dairy farm at Galatea in the Bay of Plenty. [more]

24/04/2011: Spectrum for 24 April 2011
The Capital's inner-city bypass opened in 2006 but many who live in Te Aro do not think that their bypass surgery was necessary or desirable. Spectrum's Jack Perkins looks at upper Cuba St through the eyes of residents past and present and explores its history. [more]

01/05/2011: Spectrum for Sunday 1 May 2011
Lyttelton's luthier Peter Steven makes guitars from tree trunk to completion and counts his lucky stars his Lyttelton workshop survived the big quake of February 22nd. [more]

08/05/2011: Spectrum for 8 May 2011
Lisa Thompson spends a day at the races, soapbox style with 13 year-old Henry Dyer. Henry is the 2010 national soapbox derby champion and has spent the last four years careering down hills in West Auckland, cheered on by his father and coach Shawn Dyer. [more]

15/05/2011: Spectrum for 15 May 2011
Wind strength and constancy make The Tararua Wind Farm, on the ranges behind Palmerston North, one of the world's most efficient electricity producing sites. One turbine, with 90 metre diameter blades, made by the Danish firm Vestas, generates enough electricity in two and a half hours to keep a home supplied for a year. Spectrum's Jack Perkins explores the site and climbs inside one of the 60 metre high towers. [more]

22/05/2011: Spectrum for Sunday 22 May 2011
Otago celebrates 150 years since Gabriel Reid discovered the first payable gold which resulted in the great New Zealand gold rush. Spectrum's Deborah Nation joins descendants of the miners and enthusiasts from far and wide as they descend on Gabriel's Gully, the source of the original find near the Central Otago township of Lawrence. [more]

29/05/2011: Spectrum for 29 May 2011
Jonathan Moon was a boy when his dad told him that there is no such word as 'can't'. Jonathan went on to found an Auckland technology firm that's now producing the world's only 'motion stamps'. The ground breaking work has just made it to the front page of the London Times after Britain's Royal Mail issued a first day cover using the technology. Spectrum and David Steemson go microlenticular. [more]

05/06/2011: Spectrum for 5 June 2011
Helen Pratt has built her own town - in miniature. She's created replicas of historic buildings from all corners of the country. 'Helenstown' is on display in the Murrayfield Clydesdale complex near her home town of Shannon. Spectrum's Jack Perkins discovers that Helen has an eye for detail and a mischievous sense of humour. [more]

12/06/2011: Spectrum for 12 June 2011
Deborah Nation visits the site of a once forgotten Chinese camp near Lawrence in Central Otago. Established during the gold rush of the 1860s, the camp is now being given the respect its due thanks to the passion of Dunedin amateur historian Dr. Jim Ng. [more]

19/06/2011: Spectrum for 19 June 2011
Aileen, Leena and Diane meet each week to sort dozens of woollen garments, destined for needy new born babies at the 'Kidz First' Children's Hospital in South Auckland. They've been knitting all their long lives. Just down the road at Auckland women's prison, inmates Tracey and Michelle are newly arrived knitting fans. But all of them are part of the 300-strong 'Knitter Natter' group who create beanies, cardigans, booties and blankets for the hospital. And for the first time ever, the inmates have met some of their outmates . [more]

26/06/2011: Spectrum for 26 June 2011
The old farmhouse stove is the only potbelly you'll see at the Gentle World vegan community in Northland. The 15 or so who live in the Victoria valley near Kaitaia are slim, fit and healthy and proud of their way of living which assiduously avoids anything which harms or exploits animals. Spectrum's Jack Perkins spends several days at Gentle World. [more]

03/07/2011: Spectrum for 3 July 2011
The Volcano Café was damaged beyond repair by a 6.3 Earthquake, in February this year. Owners Lois Ogilvie and Peter Llewellyn Evans remember their 23 years in business along with personality waiter Janice Gray and Gerard Smyth. [more]

10/07/2011: Spectrum for 10 July 2011
'I used to be shy at reading. Now I'm confident and learning amazing new words.' Just one happy student who's taken part in One Tree Hill College's reading enrichment programme. Each week a posse of retired professionals descend on the college to work one-on-one with the select few students, to improve reading comprehension skills. [more]

17/07/2011: Spectrum for 17 July 2011
New Zealand was the first country in the world to anticipate the power of the new medium of radio and passed a Wireless Telegraphy Act in 1903. In July 1911, the country's first radio station, ZLW, began communicating with shipping from Wellington's Central Post Office tower and then relocated to Tinakori hill overlooking the city. Jack Perkins marks the centenary of Radio in New Zealand and former ZLW morse code operators recall their work. [more]

24/07/2011: Spectrum for 24 July 2011
Deborah Nation joins Antarctic Society members at the Naval Point Club in Lyttelton for a midwinter celebration dinner a century after Scott and the Terra Nova party sat down to seal, soup, roast beef and champagne, in their new hut at Cape Evans. [more]

31/07/2011: Spectrum for 31 July 2011
Not everyone can explore the universe from the bridge of the Starship Enterprise. Some people have to make do with their backyard deck. While amateur astronomer Jennie McCormick is one such person, she has a distinct advantage over the average stargazers- a home observatory. She has received international recognition for co-discovering planets and solar systems from her garden in East Auckland. Spectrum's Lisa Thompson joins Jennie for her exploration of the final frontier. [more]

07/08/2011: Spectrum for 7 August 2011
The Wellington Vintage Machinery Club collects everything from old typewriters to tractors, their motto is 'don't throw it away, restore it and display'. And if you want to find out how your grandmother did the washing using a hand-powered washing machine, you've come to the right place. [more]

14/08/2011: Spectrum for 14 August 2011
At the Marine Education Centre in Honolulu, Deborah Nation joins a fleet of Pacific voyaging canoes and meets the Maori navigators and crew who began their journey in Aotearoa. [more]

21/08/2011: Spectrum for 21 August 2011
Early evening, Tawharanui Regional Park. This mainland sanctuary is now home to threatened native fauna, plus on this evening, a dozen chatty kids from nearby Matakana Primary School. The group's being taken on what's been dubbed an 'Owl Prowl', and hopes are high they'll spot a kiwi. [more]

28/08/2011: Spectrum for 28 August 2011
United States marines invaded Wellington's Kapiti coast in June 1942. Several camps housed about 20,000 marines who were undergoing training for assaults against the Japanese in the Pacific. Spectrum's Jack Perkins talks with Paekakariki residents who recall how their lives and their tiny settlement were transformed by the 'Friendly Invasion'. [more]

11/09/2011: Spectrum for 11 September 2011
The Claystore is a community workshop tucked away on a light industrial site in Devonport that used to be part of the Auckland Gas and Brickworks. The workshop is manned by a small group of volunteers who run a fully equipped wood and metal workshop. For a small koha, locals can make use of the donated machinery and tap into the knowledge and expertise of the volunteers. Spectrum's Lisa Thompson calls on The Claystore. [more]

18/09/2011: Spectrum for 18 September 2011
In the 1940s, a casual after-school job drew Ian Young into watchmaking. He's now 80 years old and is still repairing everything from grandfather clocks to the tiniest timepieces. Ian introduces Spectrum's Jack Perkins to things horological and recalls his life tinkering with time. [more]

26/09/2011: Spectrum for 2 October 2011
You may never have heard of Brian Lawton, but you have probably seen the creepy crawlies he breeds. His giant spiders, cockroaches, worms and wetas have featured graphically in such films as Lord of the Rings and TV hits Hercules and Zena. [more]

09/10/2011: Spectrum for 9 October 2011
With the aim of getting families involved, Wellington's Thorndon Farmers' Market runs its first ever Kids' Market. As well as fun for the whole family, the young stall-holders learn the ins and outs of planning and running their stalls. With the aim of getting families involved, Wellington's Thorndon Farmers' Market runs its first ever Kids' Market. As well as fun for the whole family, the young stall-holders learn the ins and outs of planning and running their stalls. [more]

16/10/2011: Spectrum for 16 October 2011
On the 250th anniversary of the establishment of the first veterinary school in Lyon, France, four South Island vets recall their colourful careers from breeding goldfish, to saving elephants. [more]

23/10/2011: Spectrum for 23 October 2011
You may never have heard of the Albertlanders. But their legacy is enshrined in the small North Auckland town of Wellsford. Next Easter it'll be 150 years since the first cohort of members of nonconformist British churches arrived to settle on the Kaipara Harbour at Port Albert. [more]

30/10/2011: Spectrum for 30 October 2011
It used to be little more than a toilet stop on the way to other destinations but now Shannon's chic shops are attracting women from the nearby and much larger towns of Palmerston North, Levin and even Napier. [more]

06/11/2011: Spectrum for 6 November 2011
Anthony Lealand has drawn on the experience of guys by the bonfire with a handful of sparklers, to fully orchestrated whizz-bang events, to create his fireworks company which is now a world leader in its field. [more]

13/11/2011: Spectrum for 13 November 2011
A group of Wellington College students and a teacher tell Spectrum's Jack Perkins about their visit to Tanzania's hinterland to see how the money raised by the college for a World Vision project is bettering the lives of people in this developing east African country. [more]

20/11/2011: Spectrum for 20 November 2011
Writer, film maker and sculptor Frankie Wood is 92 years-old and has been an entertainer since childhood. She still performs with her life-sized puppets, mouth organ or accordion and is always ready to burst into song. But Jack Perkins discovers that Frankie's talent and energy are also reflected in a life crammed with incident and adventure. [more]

04/12/2011: Spectrum for 4 December 2011
Meg Daly says the sudden death of Green Party co-leader Rod Donald in 2005 was a wakeup call for her. So after years working as an occupational therapist, Irish born Meg now spends her days baking Irish soda bread, Scottish tattie scones and Welsh Bara Brith (tea bread). She sells them at farmers' markets around the Waikato. [more]

11/12/2011: Spectrum for 11 December 2011
The commanding landmark of Rangitoto, the largest and youngest of the islands in Auckland's volcanic field, has long attracted day-trippers keen to make the short, sharp hike to its summit. But for a small handful of families, time on the island stands almost still. These are the descendants of a once thriving bach community during the 1920s and 30s. Spectrum's Lisa Thompson meets those ensuring the island's slice of Kiwiana lives on. [more]

16/12/2011: Spectrum for 25 December 2011
Spectrum offers a few tasty treats for Christmas lunch. Fancy some ginger gems, hot cheese scones, or colonial goose, cooked on a coal range stove? Justin Gregory is on hand when the old Shacklock Coal Range at Cornwall Park's historic Huia Lodge is fired up. Cooking the way your grandmother, her mother and her mother before her did it. [more]

18/12/2011: Spectrum for 18 December 2011
Spectrum discovers what happened to the blind man who busked in front of the Cathedral until the day of the February earthquake. [more]

25/12/2011: Spectrum for 25 December 2011
Justin Gregory goes behind bars to meet a former bookstore owner who has spent years of her life helping prisoners improve their reading skills and change their lives. [more]

01/01/2012: Spectrum for 1 January 2012
On Spectrum this week, Amelia Nurse visits Judy and Steve Richards who have run the Jester House Cafe in the hamlet of Tasman for the past 20 years. [more]

08/01/2012: Spectrum for 8 January 2012
On Spectrum this week, Justin Gregory goes behind bars to meet a former bookstore owner who has spent years of her life helping prisoners improve their reading skills and change their lives. [more]

15/01/2012: Bonus audio: the brewery
Go on an audio tour of the Mussel Inn brewery. [more]

15/01/2012: Spectrum for 15 January 2012
Amelia Nurse visits Mussel Inn in Golden Bay to hear some wicked banjo players and find out how the inn has been so successful for so long. [more]

21/01/2012: Spectrum for Sunday 22 January 2012
Eelco Boswijk and the heyday of Chez Eelco Cafe in Nelson [more]

29/01/2012: Spectrum for 29 January 2012
Rotoroa Island in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf is no longer an 'island apart'. For a hundred years it was off-limits to the public, as the Salvation Army's alcohol and drug treatment centre. Now, after a $30 million dollar take-over and makeover, the island's wide open to visitors. All the money's come from the pockets of a very shy philanthropic couple. [more]

05/02/2012: Spectrum for 5 February 2012
Writer, film maker and sculptor Frankie Wood is 92 years-old and has been an entertainer since childhood. She still performs with her life-sized puppets, mouth organ or accordion and is always ready to burst into song. But Jack Perkins discovers that Frankie's talent and energy are also reflected in a life crammed with incident and adventure. (The second of two programmes, part one was broadcast on 20 November 2011) [more]

19/02/2012: Spectrum for 19 February 2012
Dennis (Rocky) Hall lives for the beach. Nearly 70, he is one of the country's longest serving surf lifesavers, volunteering his time at Gisborne's Midway Surf Life Saving Club for over half a century. Such is his passion for guarding the beaches, Rocky is now training the third generation of surf lifesavers in the club. Spectrum's Lisa Thompson travelled to Gisborne to meet the man affectionately known as the Godfather of Midway. [more]

26/02/2012: Spectrum for 26 February 2012 - Pukaha Mt Bruce
Pukaha Mount Bruce reserve is the last remnant of Wairarapa's once-famous 70 Mile Bush which cloaked the countryside from Masterton north to Norsewood. Spectrum's Jack Perkins looks at the work of Pukaha Mt Bruce rangers. On the way, he meets a wolf-whistling Kokako and checks out a healthy young Kiwi. [more]

04/03/2012: Spectrum for 4 March 2012
Deborah Nation visits a sound garden workshop in Okuti Valley on Banks Peninsula which inspires participants to free the voice within. [more]

11/03/2012: Spectrum for 11 March
Summer 2012 was special for the outdoorsy Moore family of Titirangi. For the first time in years they went tramping together, complete with mother Colleen. After years of deteriorating health, 58 year old Colleen is now the grateful recipient of a new set of donated lungs. Four days walking Fiordland's Kepler track was a big test. [more]

18/03/2012: Spectrum for 18 March 2012
Forty years ago to the day, 18 March 1972, the first Spectrum documentary was broadcast. Jack Perkins helped Alwyn Owen launch a human interest series which was designed as a counterbalance to the current affairs content of National Radio. Owen and Perkins briefly recall Spectrum's early days and replay 'Two Wellington Childhoods', first broadcast in 1972. [more]

25/03/2012: Spectrum for 25 March 2012
Every year, curlers from throughout the south gather for the Dunedin Masters Games. Spectrum meets veteran curlers as they compete on indoor ice rinks and enjoy the warmth and comfort of a bar and facilities which are a far cry from the frozen lakes of Central Otago where curling competitions, or Bonspiels, are normally held. [more]

01/04/2012: Spectrum for 1 April 2012
Surplus drugs, redundant medical equipment, dental supplies, you name it, if it's in-date and of use, Medical Aid Abroad New Zealand will take it and ship it to wherever it's needed. Founded more than forty years ago, MAANZ is a volunteer organisation staffed by former doctors. They stack and pack in a warehouse in Auckland and send help all around the world. For Spectrum, Justin Gregory explores. [more]

08/04/2012: Spectrum for 8 April 2012
Pupils from Christchurch's Cashmere Primary School explore Wellington's Old St Paul's and find that uncovering the secrets and symbols of a wooden gothic cathedral is a fun way of learning. [more]

22/04/2012: Spectrum for 22 April 2012
Archie Clapham trained as an engineer and for years ran the small power station that powered the Wellington tram system. He also collected clocks. By the time he was in his late 70's he had four hundred of them crammed into his house. After moving to Whangarei he sold his collection to the local Council and today Claphams National Clock Museum has over fourteen hundred time pieces. [more]

29/04/2012: Spectrum for 29 April 2012 - Waipawa's Wimbledon
Sharapova and Djokavitch may be missing but the competition is still fierce on court. This is Waipawa's Wimbledon with well over 100 veteran tennis players, some in their 80s, battling for supremacy in the country's oldest tournament of its kind. A love of the sport itself along with the enjoyment of meeting and competing with old friends brings vets back year after year. [more]

12/05/2012: Spectrum for 12 May 2013
She left home in the 1800's, and returned only fifteen years ago. After a multi-million dollar restoration, Mataatua Wharenui is back on Whakatane's foreshore. The 24-metre long meeting house was sent abroad in 1879 by the New Zealand government and displayed in Australia and London before being erected at the Otago Museum for seventy years. Spectrum's David Steemson traces her story. [more]

13/05/2012: Spectrum for 13 May 2012
The distinctive vomit-like smell of ripe fruit from a Ginkgo tree is enough to put most people off harvesting it. But each Autumn, members of the Asian community can be seen shaking the leaves of trees. For Bay of Plenty couple Graham and Mavis Dyer, who watched nuts being knocked to the ground, curiosity proved too much and they tried growing Ginkgos. Join Spectrum's Lisa Thompson as she meets the Dyers and explores why they might not be so nuts after all. [more]

20/05/2012: Spectrum for 20 May 2012
'Ceud Mille Failte' - One hundred thousand welcomes to the 148th Turakina Highland Games. Every year since 1864, the tiny settlement of Turakina south of Whanganui has resounded to the skirl of the pipes. The tartans swirl as competitors strut their stuff in the Sword Dance or Half Tulloch, while in the field events, brawny men in singlets toss sheaf and caber. Amelia Nurse and Phillip Collins were on hand for Spectrum. [more]

27/05/2012: Spectrum for 27 May 2012
Former trade training hostel residents, along with Anglican social worker Bill Cox who ran it, remember the early days of the Maori Trade Training Hostel Te Kainga, in Hansens Lane Christchurch. The hostel opened in 1962. Produced by Deborah Nation. (The programme was first broadcast in 1992) [more]

03/06/2012: Spectrum for 3 June 2012
She's been out of the water for twelve years, and looks a bit unloved. But the eighty year old Auckland Harbour ferry Toroa will sail again. A gang of determined volunteers has raised over a million dollars and is rebuilding her from the inside-out. Replacing the massive steel framework is just about done and now the hunt's on for 90-cubic metres of New Zealand Kauri to reclad her. [more]

10/06/2012: Spectrum for 10 June 2012
The drowned valleys at the top of the South Island - the Marlborough Sounds - offer an idyllic but isolated lifestyle. Folk living in the bays and inlets along this convoluted coastline require services which are only available by sea. Spectrum's Jack Perkins heads out from Picton on the boat which carries mail, provisions and even livestock for families in Queen Charlotte Sound. [more]

17/06/2012: Spectrum for 17 June 2012
From the 1940s to the 60s, Annette Mary Eleanor Jane 'Ma' Clifford was Christchurch's most prominent landlady and in the 1950s she was receiving rent from up to 550 tenants. In 2002, Deborah Nation collected the memories of students, artists, and a variety of other tenants who paid rent to the eccentric property owner. (First broadcast in 2002) [more]

24/06/2012: Spectrum for 24 June 2012
Her Majesty Queen Victoria was there. So was her right hand man, Mr Brown - solemn and kilted. It was Live Day at the Howick Historical Village, this one marked the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Howick Historical Society. The three hectare village comprises over thirty original colonial buildings including schools, a church, a working forge, general store and a street of fencible cottages, all inhabited by 60-volunteers in Victorian dress busying themselves with butter-making, baking and candle making. [more]

01/07/2012: Spectrum for 1 July 2012
Since it began in 2008, Wellington's non-profit food rescue service Kaibosh has saved nearly 100,000 meals from ending up in the landfill and distributed them to charities. Spectrum's Jack Perkins joins a team of volunteers as they rescue about 90kgs of fruit and vege left over after a Sunday market and follows the food to the Wellington City Mission. [more]

08/07/2012: Spectrum for 8 July 2012
In this Spectrum we're going a bit further afield than usual. Bamyan province - right in the centre of Afghanistan - is one of its 34 provinces, and in ancient times this region was well travelled because of its location along the trading routes between the Roman Empire, China and Asia. As New Zealand's military presence in Bamyan comes to an end, many in the province are once again looking to tourism as a potential source of income. Marianne Elliott is a human rights lawyer who worked for the United Nations in Afghanistan from 2005 to 2007 and is heading back to visit friends - and to find out more about the burgeoning tourism industry there. [more]

15/07/2012: Spectrum for 15 July 2012
Every Sunday for over three decades, the pleasing sounds of hissing steam, trains tooting and tracks clickity clacking, have echoed around Centre Park in the Auckland suburb of Mangere. And if the sun is shining, so too will be the brass on the miniature trains that belong to the Manukau Live Steamers. Spectrum's Lisa Thompson climbs aboard. [more]

22/07/2012: Spectrum for 22 July 2012
Specialist palliative care nurse Joan Doyle sees her work as walking alongside her terminally ill patients, helping them to live their lives to the full. They live at home and can call on Lower Hutt's Te Omanga Hospice teams' services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Spectrum's Jack Perkins accompanies Joan Doyle on her rounds. [more]

29/07/2012: Spectrum for 29 July 2012
Barrister and actor Mervyn Glue, fondly regarded as Christchurch's Rumpole, looks back over his long career. [more]

05/08/2012: Spectrum for 5 August 2012
For thirty five years Dr John Swinney's been hoarding bits of redundant apparatus from Whangarei Hospital and any medical stuff that didn't seem to be wanted by anyone else. His collection quickly became the Northland Medical Museum, but soon outgrew the small space allocated to him at the hospital. Now the museum has moved to a permanent and much bigger home. [more]

12/08/2012: Spectrum for 12 August 2012
In 1912, Arthur Chorlton, Ernest Gilling, and Harold Richards drove their Model T Ford Roadster along the seemingly impassable tracks of the King Country and pointed the way to main road travel between Wellington and Auckland. Journalist Arthur Chorlton wrote an account of the journey which was dramatized for radio in 1964. To mark the centenary, Jack Perkins reconstructs this epic adventure. [more]

19/08/2012: Spectrum for 19 August 2012
German master craftsman Norbert Kleinschmidt has built a new thatched roof on the 'old slab hut', a south Canterbury landmark. Norbert talks to Spectrum's Deborah Nation about his life and work as New Zealand's only professional thatcher. [more]

26/08/2012: Spectrum for 26 August 2012
It's only been a week but with guidance from graffiti artist Otis Frizzel, young Wauki Paniani has finished a massive mural of the face of Jesus. Wauki is part of a project for a group of fifteen and sixteen year olds who've been excluded from mainstream education. Each Rangatahi or teenager is paired with an artist for the week to create a piece of art. [more]

02/09/2012: Spectrum for 2 September 2012
An affectionate look back to the 47 year-old tradition of Broadcasts to Schools, and particularly its singing lessons, which all ended in the final school term of 1979. [more]

16/09/2012: Spectrum for 16 September 2012
When Thomas and Mahrukh Stazyk purchased a disused dairy farm overlooking the Kaipara Harbour in 2003, they had a vision to establish a special retreat for people to relax and rejuvenate. However, after watching more and more nearby properties subdivided for development, the couple decided they would convert the farm back into native forest, eventually gifting it to the community. Spectrum's Lisa Thompson meets the couple who are planting for future generations. [more]

23/09/2012: Spectrum for 23 September 2012
Dr Arthur George Harvey practised in the southern Taranaki town of Waverly and its backblocks from 1895 until his death in 1927 at the age of 61. He served the district beyond the call of duty and met difficulties with zeal and ingenuity - his inventiveness was legend. Waverly locals, including Robert Bremer, who is related to Dr Harvey's wife Tilly, recreate the doctor's extraordinary story. [more]

30/09/2012: Spectrum for 30 September 2012
English doctor Angus Priddy 's love of sailing brought him across the globe to New Zealand and to Invercargill hospital. 'It's the bottom of the world' he admitted, but at least I have the Pacific as my playground'. Last year he spent 5 months as medical officer for a fleet of ocean-going wakas. Spectrum's Deborah Nation briefly caught up with Dr Priddy during the voyage of the waka fleet and also back in New Zealand. [more]

07/10/2012: Spectrum for 7 October 2012
Every so often Pearl, Basil, Monty and Cracker like to get together with thirty of their mates for a Saturday morning walk. Oh, and thirty humans come too. You see P, B, M and C are all beagles, a breed notoriously ruled by its nose which can lead an untrained owner seriously astray! [more]

14/10/2012: Spectrum for 14 October 2012
The original 2 roomed cottage, built in the 1840s, sits on whale vertebrae from Kaikoura's shore-based whaling station. The rest of Fyffe House reflects the hardships endured by the families who lived there and the growth of the South Island east coast community of Kaikoura. Spectrum's Jack Perkins explores Fyffe House, a New Zealand Historic Places Trust category 1 property curated by Ann McCaw. [more]

21/10/2012: Spectrum for 21 October 2012
Spectrum's Deborah Nation joins Christchurch City Mission delivery truck driver Brian Smithers on a house-lot pick up, as the Aranui owners prepare their family home for demolition. [more]

28/10/2012: Spectrum for 28 October 2012
Take twenty young Kiwi business women, add four ‘token’ males, plus two builder blokes, and send them to Sri Lanka. What do you get? Four new brick and tile houses. The New Zealanders were part of a contingent of  200-volunteers from round the world which, in less than a week, helped build twenty four homes for Habitat for Humanity. Helen Steemson was one of the young women and, using her i-Phone, she recorded this programme. [more]

04/11/2012: Spectrum for 4 November 2012
Spectrum's Jack Perkins records at a self defence course for 11 to 13 year-old girls at Wellington's Holy Cross school. In 2011 alone, 11,463 girls from around the country attended Self Defence Project courses. From as young as 7, they are taught strategies and skills which will keep them safe in the face of threat. [more]

11/11/2012: Spectrum for 11 November
The Nelson Ark [more]

11/11/2012: Spectrum for 11 November 2012
The Nelson Ark APART Programme brings together young people and animals as a way to teach empathy, compassion and tolerance. [more]

11/11/2012: Spectrum for 11 November 2012
The Nelson Ark APART Programme brings together young people and animals as a way to teach empathy, compassion and tolerance. [more]

11/11/2012: Spectrum for 11 November 2012
The Nelson Ark APART Programme brings together young people and animals as a way to teach empathy, compassion and tolerance. [more]

11/11/2012: Spectrum for 11 November 2012
The Nelson Ark APART Programme brings together young people and animals as a way to teach empathy, compassion and tolerance. [more]

14/11/2012: Spectrum for Wednesday 14 November
'Innocents Abroad'. Between 1962 and 1974 Volunteer Service Abroad ran a school-leaver programme sending seventeen to eighteen year-olds fresh out of school off into remote corners of South East Asia and the Pacific. Deborah Nation attended a reunion of these VSA workers in 2004. [more]

18/11/2012: Spectrum for 18 November 2012
Spectrum's Lisa Thompson climbs aboard the almost 80 year-old yacht Ranui to meet former fisherman turned lawyer Richard Allen. Richard has had the sea in his blood since he was a young boy. He boasts an impressive cv - olympic yachtsman, antinuclear activist, he also carries out humanitarian work using the Ranui as a mobile medical unit. [more]

25/11/2012: Spectrum for 25 November 2012
Wellington Kindergartens developed The YMen project with help from government. It addresses the chronic shortage of men working in childhood education and also the high rates of unemployment among young men. Spectrum's Jack Perkins looks in on Ymen at Katoa kindergarten in Wellington's Porirua basin. [more]

02/12/2012: Spectrum for 2 December 2012
Members of the Association of Blind Citizens visit The Suter Art Gallery in Nelson and take a rare opportunity to touch the art and sculpture on show. [more]

09/12/2012: Spectrum for 9 December 2012
Dannevirke's main street boasts a Fantasy Cave, maintained by a tight core of 13 cave-dwelling locals with an impressive array of skills, supported by an army of volunteers. Beginning in 1989 as a Christmas-themed grotto, the Fantasy Cave has grown into a display of southern Hawke's Bay history and a fairytale wonderland which attracts visitors from around the world. [more]

16/12/2012: Spectrum for 16 December 2012
Young Aucklander Eddie Vazey died in World War Two. His family has just heard his voice for the first time since then. Twenty four year old Eddie was lost when HMS Neptune was sunk in the Mediterranean on December 19th, 1941. Only weeks before, The New Zealand Broadcasting Service Mobile Unit had visited Neptune to record Christmas messages from the kiwis aboard. Spectrum records the moment in 2012 when Eddie Vazey's niece and her three children hear his voice 71 years after his death. [more]

23/12/2012: Spectrum for 23 December 2012
Just days before Christmas, a Christchurch homeless man shares his world with Spectrum. In the wasteland near the central city but outside the patrolled red-zone, vagrants and squatters have never had such choice or such surveillance. [more]

30/12/2012: Spectrum for 30 December 2012
Ever fancied riding a 50cc scooter across the Southern Alps in the middle of winter? No? Funny that. And yet earlier this year, more than two hundred mad men and women did just that. Spectrum's Justin Gregory visits Safari headquarters the day before the big ride and follows the epic journey. [more]

06/01/2013: Spectrum for 6 January 2013
Bill Tilman was lost at sea in 1977 en route to an unclimbed peak on a remote Antarctic Island. It was a typical adventure for the sailor and mountaineer who'd already explored many of the world's mountainous regions. Spectrum's Nick Atkinson speaks to a small group of Tilman's fellow antipodean adventurers. [more]

06/01/2013: Spectrum for 6 January 2013
Bill Tilman was lost at sea in 1977 en route to an unclimbed peak on a remote Antarctic Island. It was a typical adventure for the sailor and mountaineer who'd already explored many of the world's mountainous regions. Spectrum's Nick Atkinson speaks to a small group of Tilman's fellow antipodean adventurers. [more]

13/01/2013: Spectrum for 13 January 2013
Marianne Elliott and Amanda Scothern have known each other for 14 years. They're both from New Zealand – but they met in Gaza doing aid work in their 20s. Back then, their idea of dealing with the disturbing events and stories they were encountering was to load up on cheap Israeli wine and dance the night away. But over the years, and with much more experience, both turned to yoga as a fundamental tool in self-care, especially in difficult and traumatic times. Marianne recently visited Amanda where she’s working in Islamabad. She recorded their reminiscences for Spectrum. [more]

20/01/2013: Spectrum for 20 January 2013
In 1913, 23-year-old Florence Harsant rode on horseback through the gumfields and isolated settlements of New Zealand's far north. Florence was working on behalf of the Women's Temperance Movement, combatting the excessive use of alcohol amongst Maori but she also witnessed a smallpox epidemic: most of the 2000 cases reported were Maori as were the 55 who died. In 1974, Spectrum's Alwyn Owen talked with Florence Harsant. This repeat broadcast marks the centenary of the epidemic. [more]

27/01/2013: Spectrum for 27 January 2013
Pre-schoolers Taylor, Samuel, Honor and Brayden may not know how lucky they area... yet. One of their classrooms is their own Wild Woods, complete with trees to climb, a balance log, eels-in-a-stream and cow pats. These children go to Open Spaces Preschool near Whangarei, run by Cherry Daly who's an ardent advocate of a world-wide movement to bring children to nature. [more]

03/02/2013: Spectrum for 3 February 2013
Like-minded folk who travel the north island in housetrucks, vans and buses cluster on a playing field at the back of Waitara central school, north of New Plymouth. Their stalls offer a variety of wares which helps them eke out a living. But as Spectrum's Jack Perkins discovers, it's love of the life-style which keeps the Gypsy Travellers on the road. [more]

10/02/2013: Spectrum for 10 February 2013
Photographer, artist, publisher and environmentalist Craig Potton looks back on a life of adventure and achievement as he reaches 60 alongside a new young wife and a two year old daughter. [more]

17/02/2013: Spectrum for 17 February 2013
Every parent wants to see their child grow up and achieve their own independence. For parents of children with a disability this can seem an impossible aspiration. But John and Jane Taylor have found a way for their 24-year-old son Lawrence, who was born with Down syndrome. A furniture-maker by trade, John refined the design of a Cape Cod style chair and then worked out a production system that would allow Lawrence to assemble a chair from scratch, with only minor assistance. Try21 chairs, which refers to trisomy 21 (another name for Down Syndrome),were born. Lisa Thompson takes a tour of Lawrence's workshop and learns about crafting not just furniture but a future. [more]

24/02/2013: Spectrum for 24 February 2013
Blue lines on Owhiro Bay roads indicate tsunami safe zones. Their faces also painted with blue lines, children of Owhiro Bay primary school and kindergarten sing about coping with an earthquake and tsunami which could devastate communities dotted along Wellington's rugged south coast. Spectrum's Jack Perkins found that the children are just one part of a community effort to raise awareness about the threat posed by tsunamis. [more]

03/03/2013: Spectrum for 3 March 2013
Residents of Christchurch's historic riverside community The Avon Loop, gather to walk their streets for the last time. [more]

10/03/2013: Spectrum for 10 March for 2013
It's art. Tiffany Singh uses rice and lentils in her work, she's dusted her bees-wax effigies with spice, and hung thousands of tiny bells and bamboo wind chimes in parks and art galleries. And for this year's Auckland Arts festival she's got help from three thousand local school children to paint their hopes or dreams on rainbow coloured Tibetan-style prayer flags which'll fly over Aotea Square during March. [more]

17/03/2013: Spectrum for 17 March 2013
Tenants of Hanson Court in the Wellington suburb of Newtown have had their apartments upgraded by Wellington City Council. But alongside the Housing Upgrade project, the Council is also helping tenants with various schemes aimed at allowing them to develop their interests and potential and to lead richer lives. [more]

24/03/2013: Spectrum for 24 March 2013
As protestors gather and clash with local police at the annual Waihopai protest, organic farmer and teacher Adrian Leason recalls the saga of the 2008 break-in at the Waihopai surveillance base near Blenheim. [more]

31/03/2013: Spectrum for 31 March 2013
It's a museum of dreams and memories. A bit tongue-in-cheek really, but its founder was inspired by a friend with Alzheimers. The tiny Jonesonian Institute - think Smithsonian Institution - is hidden away in Auckland's Waitakere Ranges. There, you'll find bottling jars, full of preserved memories, marbles (in case of loss), pliers (in memory of being pliable) and photo art depicting dementia and nightmares of genetic engineering! [more]

07/04/2013: Spectrum for 7 April 2013
Spectrum's Jack Perkins traces the story of Pumpkin Cottage in Silverstream, Upper Hutt, which became an artists' retreat for early impressionists such as James Nairn and Mabel Hill, who travelled to the rural setting to learn and paint together. [more]

14/04/2013: Spectrum for 14 April 2013
Cantabrians raise funds for their Cathedral by gathering at Lansdowne Park and Homestead to picnic and listen to Mozart arias at a Glyndebourne-inspired concert. [more]

21/04/2013: Spectrum for 21 April 2013
Longer than 3 rugby fields and equal to the height of a 23-storey building, Cunard's 151-thousand-tonne flagship Queen Mary 2 is the largest ship to ever visit New Zealand. She recently called into Auckland for a one day stopover as part of her first Royal Circumnavigation of New Zealand. Spectrum's Lisa Thompson takes in the QM2's arrival from aboard a Ports of Auckland tug before climbing aboard. [more]

28/04/2013: Spectrum for 28 April 2013
Keen landscapers and DIYers turn up with their trailers, buckets and shovels, eager to collect gravel or river stones from the Otaki river bed for their garden or home projects. Normally permission is needed to remove gravel and stones from the river, so it's an extremely popular event. Removing gravel also helps with river management and flood protection. [more]

05/05/2013: Spectrum for 5 May 2013
The Port town of Lyttelton- just through the tunnel from Christchurch- embraces and celebrates its musicians and artists. Poet Ben Brown is one of these and we hear Ben in public performance and he also tells his story to Deborah Nation. [more]

12/05/2013: Spectrum for 12 May 2013
She left home in the 1800's, and returned only fifteen years ago. After a multi-million dollar restoration, Mataatua Wharenui is back on Whakatane's foreshore. The 24-metre long meeting house was sent abroad in 1879 by the New Zealand government and displayed in Australia and London before being erected at the Otago Museum for seventy years. Spectrum's David Steemson traces her story. [more]

13/05/2013: Spectrum for 19 May 2013
Excavator operators demonstrate skill and precision in using their 12-tonne diggers to pour tea from a teapot attached to their massive claw-buckets and even add a teaspoon of sugar but there's also the serious stuff. And after two days of gruelling competition, one operator emerges winner of the National Excavator Operator Competition. [more]

19/05/2013: Spectrum for 19 May 2013
Excavator operators demonstrate skill and precision in using their 12-tonne diggers to pour tea from a teapot attached to their massive claw-buckets and even add a teaspoon of sugar but there's also the serious stuff. And after two days of gruelling competition, one operator emerges winner of the National Excavator Operator Competition. [more]

02/06/2013: Spectrum for 2 June 2013
For twenty five years Merv Smith was a house-hold name as he fronted the breakfast show on Auckland's 1ZB, New Zealand's first commercial radio station. Thousands tuned in to the Early Bird show to hear Merv, his Scottish spider friend McHairy, and his ubiquitous train whistle. David Steemson drops in on Merv who has turned 80 this year. [more]

09/06/2013: Spectrum for 9 June 2013
The sturdy, light and versatile Irish currach is used along Ireland's remote Atlantic coast for fishing, ferrying, and transporting goods and livestock, including sheep and cattle. But a group of Irish expatriates have built a currach and are sailing it on Wellington harbor. They're building more with the intention of racing these Irish rowboats. [more]

16/06/2013: Spectrum for 16 June 2013
Cavaliere Signor Giovanni Mersi is 83, and for the last 70 years he's been the self-appointed guardian of the first Italian edition (1787) of Captain Cook's journals. Amelia Nurse visits Giovanni to hear the story of his astonishing childhood in war-time Italy, and what these very rare books have meant to him. [more]

23/06/2013: Spectrum for 23 June 2013
Sandringham Road shopping centre is known as Little India. The ever expanding plethora of Indian restaurants, spice shops and food stores vie for the last remaining spots where the family dry cleaner, shoe repair shop and corner dairies used to be. The Sandringham Community House has begun food and spice tours for Aucklanders and David Steemson joins twenty of them one Saturday afternoon. [more]

23/06/2013: Spectrum for 23 June 2013
Sandringham Road shopping centre is known as Little India. The ever expanding plethora of Indian restaurants, spice shops and food stores vie for the last remaining spots where the family dry cleaner, shoe repair shop and corner dairies used to be. The Sandringham Community House has begun food and spice tours for Aucklanders and David Steemson joins twenty of them one Saturday afternoon. [more]

30/06/2013: Spectrum for 30 June 2013
Now semi-retired, Geoffrey Higgs tuned his first piano in 1948. His ear has lasted and he can still coax instruments to the right pitch. He can also persuade his stiffening fingers to pick out the old standards on his 107 year-old German piano while his wife Alison sings along. In his garage-cum-workshop, Geoff demonstrates his tuning tools to Spectrum's Jack Perkins but his pride and joy is a restored pianola, or pneumatic piano, dating from the 1920s and dozens of paper rolls containing hits of the day. [more]

30/06/2013: Spectrum for 30 June 2013
Now semi-retired, Geoffrey Higgs tuned his first piano in 1948. His ear has lasted and he can still coax instruments to the right pitch. He can also persuade his stiffening fingers to pick out the old standards on his 107 year-old German piano while his wife Alison sings along. In his garage-cum-workshop, Geoff demonstrates his tuning tools to Spectrum's Jack Perkins but his pride and joy is a restored pianola, or pneumatic piano, dating from the 1920s and dozens of paper roles containing hits of the day. [more]

07/07/2013: Spectrum for 7 July 2013
HMS Orpheus was a Royal Navy corvette that served as flagship of the Australian squadron. Orpheus sank off the west coast of Auckland on 7 February 1863. 189 crew out of the ship's complement of 259 died in the disaster. This programme marks the 150th anniversary of the worst maritime tragedy to occur in New Zealand waters. Written by Wade Doak and produced by Alwyn Owen, it was first broadcast in 1972. [more]

07/07/2013: Spectrum for 7 July 2013
HMS Orpheus was a Royal Navy corvette that served as flagship of the Australian squadron. Orpheus sank off the west coast of Auckland on 7 February 1863. 189 crew out of the ship's complement of 259 died in the disaster. This programme marks the 150th anniversary of the worst maritime tragedy to occur in New Zealand waters. Written by Wade Doak and produced by Alwyn Owen, it was first broadcast in 1972. [more]

14/07/2013: Spectrum for 14 July 2013
Bespoke shoemaker Sue Engels says the first lesson she learnt was to 'touch feet without a moment of hesitation... to encourage people to relax' Sue has had over 20 years' experience understanding the different needs of her clients. Spectrum's Lisa Thompson put her best foot forward when she went to see Sue at her 'shoe shed' on Waiheke Island. [more]

21/07/2013: Spectrum for 21 July 2013
Feilding Saleyards, one of the largest in the southern hemisphere, are located only two blocks from Feilding's town square. 330 sheep pens and a computerized cattle rostrum turn over $2-million a week and are the lifeblood of this rural community, only 20-minutes from Palmerston North. Spectrum's Jack Perkins attends the Friday sale where 22,000 sheep and 1,400 head of cattle go under the auctioneer's hammer. [more]

04/08/2013: Spectrum for 4 August 2013
When he was fourteen, Keith Nicholson fell in love with the 75-foot long naval ships bought for harbour defence during World War Two. Now, fifty years later, he and partner Heather Reeve are the proud owners of one of them, 'Paea'. 'Paea' was one of sixteen bought by the navy and was in service till 1985. This year she's celebrating her 70th birthday. David Steemson has been on board. [more]

11/08/2013: Spectrum for 11 August 2013
This Spectrum, first broadcast in 1976, marks the 150 anniversary of the settlement of Puhoi, north of Auckland, by pioneers from the central European kingdom of Bohemia. In the 1970s, descendants of the original settlers still retained their musical traditions and recounted stories reflecting a unique way of life and the severe hardships faced by the pioneers. [more]

18/08/2013: Spectrum for 18 August 2013
Sue Stewart has spent 30 years keeping wasps at bay in the Banks Peninsula township of Akaroa. Deborah Nation joins Sue as she deals to the critters nesting in a hedge. [more]

23/08/2013: Spectrum for 25 August 2013
Auckland's first purpose built Menzshed has just opened its doors in Glenfield. But two other Auckland sheds are following close behind. The Menzshed New Zealand Association has been formally established this year and it already has more than thirty five registered sheds. Glenfield's shed has taken more than five years to build, with much of the work done by members themselves. [more]

25/08/2013: Spectrum for 25 August 2013
Auckland's first purpose built Menzshed has just opened its doors in Glenfield. But two other Auckland sheds are following close behind. The Menzshed New Zealand Association has been formally established this year and it already has more than thirty five registered sheds. Glenfield's shed has taken more than five years to build, with much of the work done by members themselves. [more]

01/09/2013: Spectrum for 1 September 2013
Electric trams opened up Wellington's suburbs from 1904 onwards and in 1964 large crowds gathered to witness the last trams to run and also the last trams in regular passenger service in any New Zealand city. The Kapiti Coast Tram Museum celebrates the era when tramcars were king and 87 year-old Noel Donaldson takes Spectrum's Jack Perkins on a tram trip. [more]

08/09/2013: Spectrum for 8 September 2013
Rachel Scott talks to Deborah Nation about the alchemy of bread making while actually creating a Marlborough salted chocolate in the French style. [more]

15/09/2013: Spectrum for 15 September 2013
For every hour of any operatic performance, there are untold hours of preparation. Spectrum's Lisa Thompson goes behind the curtain to visit New Zealand Opera's Technical Centre in Auckland, to discover where a production is nurtured, crafted and polished. [more]

22/09/2013: Spectrum for 22 September 2013
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. [more]

29/09/2013: Spectrum for 29 September 2013
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. [more]

03/10/2013: Spectrum for 3 November 2013
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. [more]

06/10/2013: Spectrum for 6 October 2013
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. 53 years later she's given up fishing, but 85-year old Flora makes nets, and sells her homemade shark liver oil to the locals. [more]

05/01/2014: Spectrum for 5 January 2014
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. [more]

12/01/2014: Spectrum for 12 January 2013
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. [more]

19/01/2014: Spectrum for 19 January 2014
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. [more]

28/01/2014: The Sampler for 28 January 2014
Nick Bollinger reviews new albums by British Sea Power, Bruce Springsteen, and the Mark Lanegan anthology 'Has God Seen My Shadow?'. [more]

09/02/2014: Katikati - The Ulster Colony Down Under
Mark Thompson recounts the story of the Ulster Scots pioneers who travelled to New Zealand in the 1870's to start a new life. [more]

15/02/2014: Spectrum for 16 February 2014
On 23 July 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 programme marks 60 years since the Mazengarb Report was published. [more]

22/02/2014: Spectrum for 23 February 2014
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. [more]

01/03/2014: Spectrum for 2 March 2014
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. [more]

08/03/2014: Spectrum for 9 March 2014
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 Cvitanovich joins rowers, coaches and crew from Wellington's Petone Rowing Club for two days of fierce competition. [more]

15/03/2014: Spectrum for 16 March 2014
Railway workers cottages dating from 1928 line Tarikaka St in the Wellington suburb of Ngaio. Susan Atkins lived there for 18 years from the mid-1980s. Susan and her son Arnaru recall the tightly knit community of railway workers and their successful fight to save their homes when the Railways Department tried to sell them off. [more]

22/03/2014: Spectrum for 23 March 2014
Auckland has some three thousand kilometres of coastline but it seems Aucklanders know little about the coastline's impact on the health of the Hauraki Gulf. Thirty nine Auckland teenagers recently spent a week on Motutapu Island learning the secrets of life in the gulf. 'Mad Marine' is an annual initiative organised by Auckland Council and the Department of Conservation. [more]

29/03/2014: Spectrum for Sunday 30 March 2014
Chef Jo Crabb and Artist Stephen Allwood live in Martinborough. And France. Jo's got a book coming out next month which tells of travel and food and the restaurants she's run and all sorts of adventures, generally involving food. Amelia Nurse went to Martinborough to join in some culinary escapades. [more]

06/04/2014: Spectrum for 6 April 2014
In various forms, Parsons Books and Music has been a cultural landmark on Wellington's Lambton Quay since 1948. Russian composer Igor Stravinsky called it 'the most beautiful bookshop in the world'. But now Parsons is closing. Spectrum's Jack Perkins talks with Julian Parsons and his sister Beatrice and to long-time customers saddened by the empty shelves. [more]

13/04/2014: Spectrum for 13 April 2014 - Magic Memories
John Ewing describes his time training and working as an animator at the Walt Disney Animation Studios in one word - magic. After twice serving with the US Navy, including a tour of duty in the Korean War, John decided to return to his first love of drawing and was accepted into the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angles. From there he was handpicked to join Disney and stayed for over a decade working on classics such as The Jungle Book and Sleeping Beauty. While he would have like to have stayed at Disney, chances to rise up the ranks were limited and so in 1967 John and his wife decided to move to New Zealand. Attracted by our fledging television industry, he turned his skills to classic commercials, creating recognisable animations such as Ches'n'Dale and the Marley Duck. Come and meet John Ewing with Spectrum, and find out what it was like for him to work for a time at one of the most magical places on earth. [more]

20/04/2014: Spectrum for 20 April 2014
This week on Spectrum, 'The V Team'. Katy Gosset is behind the scenes at a lively Christchurch veterinary practice where staff bring their dogs to work and spaying a lioness is just another day at the office. [more]

20/04/2014: Our Glorious Heritage: New Zealand Verse
Spectrum's Alwyn Owen pays tribute to some of our worst - and funniest - New Zealand verse. [more]

27/04/2014: Spectrum for 27 April 2014
Researcher Margaret Tate shows Spectrums Jack Perkins around Palmerston North's Savage Crescent state housing precinct and they also meet long-time residents. Savage Crescent dates from 1937 and was designed as a garden suburb with curved streets, a variety of housing styles and a central common reserve. Named after the Prime Minister of the first Labour Government, It was the first of its kind outside the 4 main centres and has changed little in over 70 years. [more]

04/05/2014: Spectrum for 4 May
Paul Charman captures the sound of places seldom trod and talks to passengers with a life-long passion for birds and an enduring love of plants. Each summer fewer than a thousand nature tourists get to visit New Zealand's stormy sub Antarctic islands. Numbers are deliberately kept low to reduce the impact on the islands' famed bird and plant life. This summer Auckland journalist Paul Charman was amongst the lucky few, aboard the good ship 'Spirit of Enderby'. [more]

11/05/2014: Spectrum for 11 May 2014
Working with temperatures in excess of 1000 °C, blacksmith Kim Nielsen says on a cold winter's day there's no better place to be than next to his forge. Kim and his father Ian run one of the last production blacksmith workshops in the country, based in Auckland's industrial heartland of Penrose. Join Spectrum's Lisa Thompson as the Nielsens fire up their coke forge. [more]

18/05/2014: Spectrum for 18 May 2014
The Battle for Monte Cassino, 70 years ago, has been described as the 'forgotten campaign' of the Second World War. But for mosaic artist, Janice Corbishley, the connection with the small Italian town of Cassino could not be stronger. Because it is there that her uncle Trevor Corbishley fought alongside hundreds of other New Zealand soldiers over a long and bloody five-month period in 1944. His story is being shared as part of a commemorative art exhibition titled Legato. This programme replaces the advertised 'St Peters on Willis' which will now play on June 1st. [more]

25/05/2014: Spectrum for 25 May 2014
Caesar Roose was born in 1886 on an island in the Waikato River, opposite the railway town of Mercer. At the age of eighteen, he launched his first commercial boat and for the next 60-years Roose vessels traded along the big river and its many tributaries. His only child, Jeanette Thomas, has just opened her own museum in Mercer to remember her father and his place in Mercer's history. [more]

01/06/2014: Spectrum for 1 June 2014
Wellington's St Peters Anglican church on Willis St, established in 1848, has a long history of providing succour for the poor and under-privileged and taking a strong stand on controversial topics and issues of social justice. Spectrum's Jack Perkins attends a Sunday morning service and climbs the bell tower where he's told about possible bold new plans to restore and strengthen the structure which would allow the 8 bells to peal out like never before. [more]

08/06/2014: Spectrum for 8 June 2014
During the Great Depression of the 1930s, George Davies, along with his mates Curly and Big Mac, gave up the struggle to survive in the city and travelled to the Howard goldfield in the Upper Buller to try their luck, in part attracted by the government's Gold Subsidy Scheme. They mixed with characters and criminals and found that gold recovery was back-breaking work. But they served an apprenticeship, found physical and mental skills previously unknown to them and became practitioners of a craft. (first broadcast in May 1972) [more]

15/06/2014: Spectrum for 15 June 2014
It's one of New Zealand's greatest aviation questions - did farmer and inventor Richard Pearse achieve controlled flight before the Wright Brothers in 1903? While a definitive answer may never be known, there's one man who is determined to see if Pearse's patented aircraft will actually fly. Automotive engineer Ivan Mudrovcich has dedicated nearly a decade to building a reproduction of Richard Pearse's early flying machine. Spectrum's Lisa Thompson pays a visit to Ivan's garage and finds a backyard inventor adding his own chapter to our aviation history. [more]

22/06/2014: Spectrum for 22 June 2014
Twelve women, aged between 50 and mid-70s and mainly from Taranaki, recently trekked for 3 days through Nepal's mountain passes to the remote village of Kharikhola. They were accompanied by Sherpa porters carrying 10 sewing machines, haberdashery, fabric, threads, elastic and needles. Calling themselves 'Stitches for Britches', the intrepid team taught village women how to sew. [more]

29/06/2014: Spectrum for 29 June 2014
Spectrum's Jerome Cvitanovich visits Te Puna Wai Ora - the Spring of Life. This natural fountain in the suburb of Petone supplies an estimated 250,000 litres of water a month to the people of Wellington. [Regions] Wellington, [Tags] Petone, drinking water, natural springs, fluoride, Buick St fountain, Hutt river, Taita Gorge, Matiu/Somes Island, Wellington harbour, Waiwhetu aquifer, water treatment, chlorination [more]

06/07/2014: Spectrum for 6 July 2014
You arrive with a bang on Little Barrier Hauturu. The island's been a wild life sanctuary since 1897, there's no jetty, and the boat carrying visitors lands by speeding up a ramp on shore, and then being winched up to a boat house. A team of scientists has been collecting birds on the island for transport to a new sanctuary on Rotoroa Island. Visitors to Hauturu are by invitation only, and for Spectrum David Steemson is part of a group invited to watch the final bird collection work. [more]

13/07/2014: Spectrum Sunday 13 July
A group of Kaimanawa horses, which once roamed wild over the Central Plateau, are proving how adaptable they can be by learning to bow, use a seesaw and perform to music. With these skills, Robin Sisley's nine Kaimanawa horses are now contributing to their upkeep by performing for small shows at her Waikato property. For Spectrum, Lisa Thompson finds out how Robin has turned her horses from wild to workable. [more]

20/07/2014: Spectrum 20 July
Dog adopters gather to picnic and celebrate. Organised by the Wellington SPCA, this open-air event attracts dozens of animal lovers and voluntary SPCA workers but the main focus is on those who have welcomed a homeless dog or other animals into their family. [more]

27/07/2014: Spectrum for 27 July 2014
David Steemson drops in on kilt maker Eric Von Hurst who learned the craft when he was a young man in the Canadian army. He's one of only two certified kilt makers in New Zealand. Each kilt contains a single run of fabric eight metres long, imported from Scotland and the whole thing is created by hand. [more]

03/08/2014: Knitted knockers
'You do get tongue-tied,' giggles Marie Hindmarsh, one half of the group Knocker Knitters. 'You were going knicker-knotters at one stage!' laughs her friend and partner in knitting, Christina Kilfoyle. The Auckland pair started knitting woollen breasts earlier this year, as an alternative to prosthetics for women who have undergone mastectomies. Now they have women all over the country picking up their needles to help. Spectrum's Lisa Thompson finds out why Marie and Christina have traded beanies for boobs. [more]

10/08/2014: Spectrum for 10 August 2014
Eleven year-old Jo Hamid and her family of seven emigrated from England to New Zealand in 1950. The boat passage cost 10 pounds and children travelled free. During the immediate post war years, this assisted emigration scheme encouraged about one million to leave war-weary UK in search of better conditions in New Zealand and Australia. The 'Ten Pound Poms' as they were often known, escaped the rationing and recession of post war Britain but, as Jo Hamid tells Jack Perkins, their new life wasn't without hardship and challenge. [more]

17/08/2014: Spectrum for 17 August 2014
Alwyn Owen explores the lighter side of New Zealand's poetry of patriotism which was fashionable during the latter half of the 19 century and the early 20th. Our patriotic versifiers were eclectic. They praised the 1840s Wakefield Settlement Scheme, the 1924 All Blacks and many things in between. 'For Zealandia and God' is narrated by Bill Toft (first broadcast in January 1973). [more]

24/08/2014: Spectrum for 24 August 2014 - Unsung Heroes
For Spectrum, Justin Gregory joins Robert Johnson and Lisa Chung, music librarians for the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, whose job it is, to find that obscure piece of music or to hand-write notations into dozens of scores. [more]

31/08/2014: Spectrum for 31 August 2014
Jack Perkins discovers an Aladdin's cave of oriental rugs and carpets in the central Wellington workshop of Anna Williams. Anna has been repairing these exotic floor coverings and wall hangings for over 20 years. She's worked in Turkish back streets and lived with nomads in southern Iran, all in pursuit of improving her repair skills. [more]

07/09/2014: Tiritiri 25
Tiritiri Matangi means 'buffeted by wind'. These days the windy island just off Auckland is a bushy sanctuary to thousands of native birds. Some of them hadn't been seen in Auckland for a hundred years while others had faced complete extinction. Twenty five years ago the Tiritiri Matangi Supporters group was formed, and since then members have helped replant well over half the island in native flora, and helped DOC with funding to reintroduce native fauna. For Spectrum David Steemson visits Tiritiri to talk to the founders of the Supporters group. [more]

14/09/2014: Spectrum for 14 September 2014 - And the Band Played On
'Brass banding is a great relaxation,' says Bill Rimmer, a Soprano Cornet player with The Band of the Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery, 'We all come from different walks of life…and we're all brought together by music.' The 'Arty' Band, as it's affectionately known, has been bringing its members together for the past 149 years, making it the oldest band in New Zealand with a continuous playing history. Established in 1864, the Band has played on through two World Wars, the Great Depression and at least 35 New Zealand Premiers and Prime Ministers. On the eve of the band's 150 anniversary celebrations, Spectrum's Lisa Thompson hears how its members are still marching on. [more]

14/09/2014: And the Band Played On
'Brass banding is a great relaxation,' says Bill Rimmer, a Soprano Cornet player with The Band of the Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery, 'We all come from different walks of life…and we're all brought together by music.' The 'Arty' Band, as it's affectionately known, has been bringing its members together for the past 149 years, making it the oldest band in New Zealand with a continuous playing history. Established in 1864, the Band has played on through two World Wars, the Great Depression and at least 35 New Zealand Premiers and Prime Ministers. On the eve of the band's 150 anniversary celebrations, Spectrum's Lisa Thompson hears how its members are still marching on. [more]

18/10/2014: Spectrum for 19 October 2014
In June 1913, William Massey's government clamped down on youths who were avoiding recently introduced military training. When a dozen or so young conscientious objectors were incarcerated in Fort Jervois on Ripapa Island in Lyttelton Harbour (also known as Ripa island), the controversy erupted country-wide.(first broadcast December 1980). [more]

08/11/2014: Spectrum for 9 November 2014
If you'd given the best years of your life in the service of your employer you'd like to retire to life of gelato ice-creams and kids' "fluffy" drinks, right? Find out more about Jak the rodent dog. [more]

15/11/2014: Spectrum for 16 November 2014
Spectrum's Lisa Thompson joins Mac Armstrong in the lead up to the 2014 Invercargill to Auckland pigeons race and learns what it takes to be king of the perch. [more]

22/11/2014: Spectrum for 23 November 2014
Lifelong innovator and ideas man Lee Bennett has created a workshop space where he and assistant Wolf Hatch encourage young and old to experiment with technology, think like entrepreneurs and sow the seeds for future Kiwi businesses. [more]

06/12/2014: Spectrum for 7 December 2014
Napier's homeless have been thrown a lifeline by one local family, determined to try and help through the common language of food. Kiri and Kevin Swannell, along with their children, spend every Monday evening in the central city doling out not only a hot meal but support to those struggling on the streets. Spectrum's Lisa Thompson finds out what prompted the Swannells not to look the other way. [more]

13/12/2014: Spectrum: 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. [more]

21/12/2014: Spectrum for 21 December 2014
Russian expatriates in Auckland ensure their children learn about their distant homeland. [more]

27/12/2014: Spectrum for 28 December 2014
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. [more]

03/01/2015: Paddy Burgin Luthier
Jerome Cvitanovich drops in on luthier and musician Paddy Burgin. In his backyard workshop Paddy crafts guitars, bouzoukis, mandolins and harps, in fact, he can make any stringed instrument. [more]

17/01/2015: Spectrum for Sunday 18 January - The Silver Horsemen
It happens every year, and the good people of Eketahuna are used to seeing women with flowing locks and bearded men striding around garbed in leather, wool - and often chain mail, and carting a sword or bow. They're gathering for a medieval camp hosted by Les Chevaliers d' Argent - or The Silver Horsemen. Over the weekend medieval enthusiasts from all over the North Island will compete, re-enacting medieval horse and foot combat and skill at arms and archery. Amelia Nurse dons a floor length gown and joins in the rivalry and revelry. [more]

24/01/2015: Spectrum - Camptown
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. [more]

31/01/2015: Spectrum for 1 February 2015
Supergrans is a volunteer organisation which offers practical support to assist members of the community in acquiring life skills such as cooking, budgeting, menu planning, sewing and gardening. Amelia Nurse visits their Palmerston North base to get a taste of the range of services they provide. [more]

07/02/2015: 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. [more]

14/02/2015: 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. [more]

21/02/2015: Port Waikato Sunset
If your bones haven't told you to stop, you keep going!" So says septuagenarian lifeguard Malcolm Beattie. [more]

28/02/2015: 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. [more]

07/03/2015: Spectrum: 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. [more]

14/03/2015: The Moa Mania of 1993
In January 1993, publican Paddy Freaney claimed to have sighted a large moa near Lake Brunner on the South Island's West Coast. (First broadcast 1993) [more]

21/03/2015: Bikes, BEARS and the Britten Legacy
They call them the Bears: enthusiasts of British, European and American motorbikes. Recently riders from around the country gathered in Christchurch, both to race and to pay homage to one of the club's founding members, John Britten. [more]

28/03/2015: Radio Baker
A Northland family clears away a decades-old collection of classic radios. [more]

05/04/2015: 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. [more]

12/04/2015: Robert Frater - Death at Gallipoli
A New Zealand family recalls a long-dead uncle, killed at Gallipoli. [more]

19/04/2015: 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. [more]

26/04/2015: 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. [more]

03/05/2015: 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. The group lived next door to another collective and down the road from two others for nearly 15 years and raised their children there. 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. [more]

10/05/2015: 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. [more]

16/05/2015: 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. [more]

24/05/2015: 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. [more]

31/05/2015: Spectrum: Anjalee the elephant
Anjalee the elephant is on her way to Auckland - via a 90 day stopover in Niue. The eight-year-old female is from a Sri Lankan elephant orphanage and is passing her quarantine period on the island before settling in at Auckland Zoo. She's the first ever elephant on Niue and 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. [more]

05/06/2015: One Woman, One Ambulance, WWI
She was a young New Zealander driving a big old ambulance during World War One in Britain. Deborah Taylor was one only a few colonials doing that job, and a woman who was prepared to get her hands grubby. Deborah Pitts Taylor, Brockenhurst, No 1 New Zealand General Hospital, New Zealand Medical Corps, George Taylor, Brian Taylor, Seymour Spencer, MBE, Hampshire, V. A. D, WW1 [ [more]

07/06/2015: Spectrum for 7 June 2015 - Print into Sound
Spectrum's Jack Perkins explores the philosophy and history of Levin's Radio Reading Service which provides regional and national news and current affairs for the print disabled. A Print Disabled person is anyone who cannot see, hold, understand or access every day printed literature. The Radio Reading Service turns print into sound for anyone who finds it difficult to read conventional print. [more]

14/06/2015: Last Orders
This week on Spectrum: closing time at Takaka's Junction Hotel and, with it, the end of an era for long serving publican, Nola Drummond. After 50 years in the job, Nola has seen it all: bar fights "like the Wild West", long hours and tough financial times. But she also tells of a warm and supportive community that pulled together in times of hardship and of long-time patrons and staff who became extended family. She talks to Katy Gosset in the days before calling for last orders. [more]

21/06/2015: The Koha Shed
Josie Lancaster has converted the basement of her Porirua home into a Koha Shed where people bring all manner of goods - clothes, toys, books, furniture, the list is long - to help those in need in the community. Spectrum's Jack Perkins finds out how it all works and talks to the givers and receivers of koha (Maori for gift). [more]

28/06/2015: A Stitch in Time
For over seven years a dedicated group of volunteers have been passing on their quilting and life skills to prisoners at Auckland Region Women's Correctional Facility. The group is led by Mary Ann, who along with the other volunteers, wish to keep their last names anonymous. [more]

12/07/2015: Automata Nocturne: A Night at the Museum
This week on Spectrum - A Night at the Museum. Katy Gosset heads to the Catlins in search of the Lost Gypsy Gallery. In remote Papatowai, Blair Somerville crafts automata, or moving sculptures, from recycled materials and displays them over the summer to appreciative tourists. But on a bleak winter's evening, during Blair's off season, Katy pays a visit after dark and takes a torchlight tour she calls 'Automata Nocturne'. [more]

19/07/2015: The Children's House
Maverick and visionary, Mother Suzanne Aubert was responsible for New Zealand's first purpose-built child daycare centre behind Wellington's Basin Reserve. Both government and the public were suspicious of the Home of Compassion Crèche, constructed in 1914. Daycare could encourage mothers to neglect their children said the values of the day. Spectrum's Jack Perkins explores the newly renovated building with Heritage architect Alison Dangerfield. [more]

26/07/2015: Carpentry and Camaraderie
They come for the carpentry and the mateship, and along the way they're restoring an Whangarei landmark. [more]

02/08/2015: Mr Tuna - saving the rangitaiki’s taonga
Bill Kerrison is helping save our native longfin eels or tuna. Each year he traps and transfers eels and other native fish species past a series of dams on the Rangitaiki River in the Bay of Plenty, so they can continue maturing or head out to sea to breed. Spectrum's Lisa Thompson meets the man locals have nicknamed 'Mr Tuna'. [more]

09/08/2015: Verse and Versatility
Roger Lusby's skills define versatility:- mechanic, builder, craftsman, recording engineer, musician, balladeer, performance poet. Based on experience, he's written about fruit picking in Central Otago, the Mckenzie Country, Canterbury's infamous Nor'westerly winds, maintaining machinery in the Antarctic,- the list goes on. Spectrum's Jack Perkins chats with Roger about his colourful life with illustrations from his poetry. [more]

16/08/2015: Wairere Treasure Trove
A Swiss couple discover a rare geological treasure on their Northland property.   [more]

23/08/2015: Weaving the past into the future
Spectrum's Lisa Thompson travelled to Lake Rotoiti to meet a couple devoted to maintaining tradition and authenticity through the art of conservation. [more]

30/08/2015: Spectrum's Life and Times (Part 1 of 2)
After 56 years in National Radio and 43 producing Spectrum, Jack Perkins is calling it a day. His swan song is a 2 part chat with Spectrum's co-founder, Alwyn (Hop) Owen about the life and times of Spectrum. The pair began Spectrum in 1972. (part 1 of 2) [more]

06/09/2015: Spectrum's Life and Times - Part 2
After 56 years in National Radio and 43 producing Spectrum, Jack Perkins is calling it a day. His swan song is a 2 part chat with Spectrum's co-founder, Alwyn (Hop) Owen about the life and times of Spectrum. The pair began Spectrum in 1972. (part 2 of 2) [more]

13/09/2015: Long Haul: Remote Rescues by Otago's Flying Paramedics
Long flights and remote locations are the norm for the pilots and paramedics of the Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust and they also cop a fair bit of adverse weather. Their patch covers 28 per cent of New Zealand's land mass yet their sparsely-spread clientele make up just six per cent of the population. Katy Gosset visits the crew to hear about challenging rescues in the Southern Ocean and the daily drive to make a difference for each patient. [more]

20/09/2015: The Tin Man of Tirau
When Henry Clothier wanted to rejuvenate the public toilets in the small South Waikato town of Tirau, he knew just the man for the job - his son Steven. That's because no-one else wanted to tackle Henry's vision of building a huge corrugated dog to accompany the town's already existing sheep-shaped wool shop. 16 years later and Tirau's corrugated dog is standing strong on State Highway One and has become a local landmark. [more]

26/09/2015: The Country Club
In the early 1960s Roy Kellahan was running a horse trekking business on an old abandoned dairy farm in the Ohariu Valley, not far from Wellington. Weekend horse treks ended up being quite social affairs and Roy hit on the idea of building a club where he and his clients could gather for a few drinks after a day's riding. By the time Ohariu Valley Country Club opened its doors for private members in 1973 it boasted a large lavishly furnished dining room fitted with European furniture and drapes, an underground wine cellar, a billiard room, squash court, spa, sauna and even a board room. [more]

03/10/2015: Rangitoto Ships Recycled
It's been one man's quest to record the whereabouts of ships scuttled on Rangitoto island before they vanish. [more]

10/10/2015: When Jazz Came to Town
This week on Spectrum: It may be elusive but when its good, everyone knows it. We're talking about jazz. Next Sunday, Heritage Week in Christchurch pays tribute to the city's early jazz musicians with a showcase of their recordings at the Gap Filler Dance-O-Mat. Katy Gosset tracked down some of those musical pioneers to hear their stories of when jazz came to town. [more]

10/10/2015: Elevation by Doug Kelly's Radio Band
They've got more than 300 years of jazz experience between them. And yet Christchurch musicians, Doug Kelly, Doug Caldwell, Harry Voice and Gerald Marston still struggle to pin down the mysterious allure of this musical genre. This recording of 'Elevation' was made by Doug Kelly's Radio band in July 1951. [more]

17/10/2015: Centennial Street Shuts
A long term fixture at Auckland Museum is going 'virtual'. [more]

24/10/2015: On the Streets Asking For Money
RNZ producers David Steemson and Jason Te Kare reflect on an afternoon spent asking for money on Auckland's Queen Street. [more]

31/10/2015: Spectrum for 1 November 2015
This week, we're off to Lower Hutt - north of Wellington - where boxing coach Billy Graham has devoted his life to teaching young boxers at his Naenae Boxing Academy. [more]

04/11/2015: Spectrum for 22 November 2015
Stories from mothers for whom pregnancy brought unexpected fears in a story about Perinatal depression, 'More than the Baby Blues'. [more]

07/11/2015: Spectrum for 8 November 2015 - Waikeria Prison
Earlier this year, Waikeria Prison won a Corrections Leadership award from Arts Access Aotearoa for facilitating activities including kapa haka, whakairo (carving), music, poetry, raranga (weaving) and painting. These pursuits are all integral to the inmates' recovery and reintegration experience at Te Ao Marrama. Amelia Nurse spent a day at the prison. She was welcomed as whanau and learned what the arts have come to mean in the lives of the inmates and the staff. [more]

14/11/2015: Barry Brickell turns 80
A grand old man of Coromandel looks back on his life. [more]

28/11/2015: Carol at Rawene
Some secrets of surviving in a small town [more]

05/12/2015: If These Walls Could Talk
This week on Spectrum – she came down with crash six months ago. But, before her much vaunted implosion, the Christchurch Central Police Station had already known plenty of action. Katy Gosset talks to police and prisoners alike as they reflect on the building's four decades of service. [participants] Kieran Kortegast, Dave Harvey, Trent Hiles, Steve Gee, Vox pops Katy Gosset [more]

12/12/2015: Tapping into the Past
The Cook Islands' traditional form of tattoo which was all but wiped out by colonisation but there are some ta tatau artists who are keeping the old ways alive. [more]

19/12/2015: The Jack Perkins Collection:
Ena Ryan talks to Jack Perkins about wartime Wellington of the 1940s. As battles raged and casualties mounted, those left behind to keep the home fires burning waged their own war against uncertainty, grief and wartime conditions. [more]

19/12/2015: An Alcoholic's Christmas
Christmas tales from Alcoholics Anonymous [more]

26/12/2015: Spectrum for 27 December 2015
Spectrum for 27 December 2015 (The Homefront War) Ena Ryan talks to Jack Perkins about wartime Wellington of the 1940s. As battles raged and casualties mounted, those left behind to keep the home fires burning waged their own war against uncertainty, grief and wartime conditions. [more]

02/01/2016: Spectrum for 3 January 2016
Spectrum for 3 January 2016 (I've Swung An Axe and Humped A Swag) Bob Edwards provides a detailed account of his life as a swaggie and bushman. [more]

09/01/2016: Spectrum for 10 January 2016 (Part 1)
Spectrum for 10 January 2016 (I Remember Mother's Mother - Part 1) 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. [more]

10/01/2016: Spectrum for 10 January 2016 (Part 2)
Spectrum for 10 January 2016 (A Workin' On The Whalin' O - Part 2) 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. [more]

23/01/2016: Spectrum:The Town That Wouldn't Lie Down
A colourful portrait of Blackball, told from the vantage point of 1975 - four years after the government closed The Paparoa Mine at Roa. With the great days of coal gone, the inhabitants of this West Coast settlement were told to leave and let the town die. They refused, and the town didn't just subsist, it thrived, as Jack Perkins discovered when he visited the famous settlement on its plateau in the Paparoa Rangers near Greymouth. [more]

30/01/2016: Survival of the Fittest
Just three years before his podium finish at the Crankworx mountain bike festival in Whistler, Canada, Jamie Nicoll was trapped in a harness engulfed in flames on the side of a ravine in remote Patagonia. [more]

06/02/2016: Armageddon
Caver Neil Silverwood is a man with a dream. He wants to find the missing connection between the West Coast's Fox River caves and a nearby system ominously-named Armageddon. If he can make it happen, Neil believes it will be one of the best caving trips in the country. Recently Neil and a team of explorers travelled to Armageddon to have a go. Over four long days, they squeezed through tight passages, under low-hanging rock ceilings and swam through freezing streams to try to find a way in the darkness. Spectrum producer Justin Gregory sent them off to the cave with an RNZ recording device. Team member Lauren Kelley was in charge of chronicling the attempt on Armageddon. [more]

13/02/2016: Life 101
The Life 101 course was first designed for school-leavers. Now it's helping prisoners at Auckland Prison at Paremoremo to prepare for life on the outside. [more]

20/02/2016: Fighting fever with healthy habits
Schools in Porirua are tackling high rates of rheumatic fever by teaching their students healthy habits from the start. [more]

27/02/2016: The Complicated Game of Love
Songwriters, poets, and artists the world over have found great inspiration from it, but today, finding love is a game that comes with a raft of complicated, and sometimes unwritten rules. [more]

05/03/2016: Send In The Clowns
The country's clown doctors are using laughter to engage with older patients and now they're keen to spread the word. [more]

12/03/2016: TAUTAI / NAVIGATE - Celebrating 30 years of Contemporary Pacific Arts
For thirty years Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust has been helping artists of Pacific heritage to navigate the tricky waters of the art world. To celebrate, they are holding a large-scale exhibition and throwing themselves a party. [more]

19/03/2016: Horeke Shipyard
Digging up secrets of New Zealand's first commercial shipyard. [more]

25/03/2016: Westminster Pilgrimage
Reading music in braille is a daunting challenge especially when you're a member of a choir. [more]

26/03/2016: Going under kava
The popular narcotic drink, kava, doesn't always mix with modern-day activities like driving - and its increased consumption by followers of teetotal religions is cause for conflict. [more]

03/04/2016: Inside iD Fashion Week
Frankenstein's lover, pan-sexuality, torture devices and animal rights provide unexpected inspiration and stories behind the work of emerging designers at Dunedin iD Fashion Week 2016. [more]

10/04/2016: A business with heart
Southland Disability Enterprises is a place where people with disabilities find work and friendship - but it depends, in part, on a scheme that pays its workers less than minimum wage.  [more]

17/04/2016: Aboard the Bobbie C
Spectrum producer Justin Gregory spends one week aboard a tall ship, sailing from Auckland to the Bay of Islands in the company of 22 American college students. [more]

24/04/2016: Singing for Natasha
Any week on a Tuesday night  at an Auckland marae you'll hear members of the kapa haka group Ahakoa te Aha singing for their dead sister Natasha Allen Hohepa. [more]

01/05/2016: The Stromboli Connection
A special reunion when descendants of Italians from the island of Stromboli gathered in their childhood home, Wellington's Island Bay, to celebrate their culture and history. [more]

08/05/2016: Global artists spread message of marine conservation
Earlier this year, high profile local and international artists converged on Napier to paint inner city walls with a message about the importance of marine conservation issues. [more]

15/05/2016: Safe Passage
Locomotive engineers talk to Katy Gosset about fatalities, close calls and how KiwiRail's trauma response programme is helping. [more]

22/05/2016: Circus Kumarani
For the last 13 years, Whangarei residents of all ages have learnt juggling, acrobatics, rope work and even fire play with Circus Kumarani. [more]

29/05/2016: Can a late harvest help the hungry?
Every year in New Zealand more than $800 million worth of good food goes to waste while families in need go without. At a time when lines for food banks seem to be growing longer, what can be done to help? [more]

05/06/2016: The Taxpayers' Artist
Spray can wielding vandals and council cleaners open up about tagging on the streets of Wellington. [more]

12/06/2016: No Heartbeat - Coping with Losing an Infant
Four parents share their first-hand experience of losing a baby and some volunteers who assist with the process of creating memories. [more]

19/06/2016: Still Loved
Part 2 in our series on stillbirth. The loss of a child affects hundreds of families around New Zealand each year. In this episode Katy Gosset talks to South Island parents about how they coped with this most difficult of grief. [more]

26/06/2016: David Drops the Mic
Spectrum producer David Steemson says he has worked at RNZ since "before the coming of mankind". But in July 2016 he's hanging up his headphones and retiring, at about the same time as Spectrum itself will be coming to end. Justin Gregory thought both events should be marked and so he put David in a studio to talk about his career and what it means to tell New Zealand stories. [more]

03/07/2016: Gustav Kronfeld Redux
Even after 100 years, they can't cover over G Kronfeld's name! [more]

10/07/2016: Twenty-five dollars and a dream
An urban marae built from scavenged materials by homeless youth, ex-cons, and gang members in the 1970s in Wellington is struggling to keep its whare open after the council deemed several of its buildings dangerous. [more]

17/07/2016: Silent cries
In New Zealand one in four children under the age of 18 are said to be living in a situation of physical violence, neglect or abuse. Men are often the perpetrators, but women also have a hand in reported and unreported cases. In this week's Spectrum, Sonia Sly looks at the stigmas around women who harm children, the prevalence of child abuse in New Zealand, and how local organisations assist and support victims. [more]

24/12/2016: To Have an Ordinary Life - part 1
Mike Gourley profiles the people and issues in play at the time of the decision to close the Kimberley Centre (once a housing facility for the intellectually disabled) ten years ago this year. [more]

31/12/2016: To Have an Ordinary Life - part 2
Mike Gourley explores the current state of employment options for disabled people in the aftermath of the repeal of the Disabled Persons Employment Promotion Act. [more]

07/01/2017: To Have an Ordinary Life - part 3
Mike Gourley looks at the supports available to help disabled people make the transition from school to further training or work. [more]

14/01/2017: To Have an Ordinary Life - part 4
Mike Gourley critically examines the latest government foray into disability issues - The Enabling Good Lives initiative. [more]

29/03/2018: Pat McMinn: NZ’s Voice of the 1950’s
In 1994, the popular singer of the 1950’s  Pat McMinn talks to Jim Sullivan about her musical career and especially her recordings with TANZA, the record label started “To Assist New Zealand Artists’. [more]

29/03/2018: Pat McMinn: NZ's Voice of the 1950's
In 1994, the popular singer of the 1950's Pat McMinn talks to Jim Sullivan about her musical career and especially her recordings with TANZA, the record label started "To Assist New Zealand Artists'. [more]