Radio New Zealand: Jack Perkins Retrospective

This page lists items from RNZ that are identified as "Jack Perkins Retrospective". 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.

15/01/2008: A Kind of Square Programme (1984)
The Cathedral dominates the square but it's the people who congregate there who make it the living hub of Christchurch. Jack Perkins explores Cathedral Square. This programme won a Mobil Radio Award. [more]

25/12/2008: Richard Pearse - Crosswinds
Celebrations near Timaru in March 2003 marking the centenary of the NZ pioneer aviator's first flight. [more]

26/12/2008: Capital Sound (1973)
Spectrum's microphones explored Wellington's streets for several weeks to capture this evocation in sound. [more]

29/12/2008: Royal Radio Roadshow
On December 23, 1953, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh began a five week tour of NZ which created unprecedented demonstrations of patriotism. Drawing on RNZ archives and the recollections of broadcasters and others involved, the programme re-creates the last of the old-style Royal Radio Road Shows. [more]

30/12/2008: Whacker From the Wairau (1982)
In the Wairau valley, south of Blenheim, lies the farm of Whacker Anderson. With his cobb homestead, innumerable pet animals, peg-leg and warm heart, he's something of a Marlborough legend. Jack Perkins toured the farm in a London taxi cab. [more]

02/01/2009: The Power of the Dog (1981)
Where would the farmer or hunter be without their faithful four-footed friends? Murray Ball and others look at the dog in the service of man. [more]

05/01/2009: Tales From the Tip Face (1981)
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]

06/01/2009: Men of Broad Arrow (Part 1) (1974)
Author, former politician and controversialist John A Lee returns to Mt Eden prison and recalls the time he spent there serving a sentence in 1913. [more]

07/01/2009: Men of Broad Arrow (Part 2) (1974)
John A Lee returns to the derelict gun emplacements at Auckland`s North Head where he finished off his prison sentence in 1913. [more]

08/01/2009: 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]

09/01/2009: A Kind of Refuge (1975)
A look at the work of a wildlife team in Fiordland's Sinbad Valley. In spite of their efforts, it appears that one of the world's rarest birds, the flightless parrot Kakapo may soon become extinct. [more]

12/01/2009: Bouncers and Beercans (1982)
Jack Perkins probes the anatomy of a test match. The 1st test of the 1982 series between Australia and New Zealand, played at the Basin Reserve. Players and their wives, spectators, umpires and commentators follow the progress of this rain-interrupted game and talk about test cricket. [more]

13/01/2009: Impressions of Puhoi (1976)
Jack Perkins visits the Bohemian settlement of Puhoi, north of Auckland, which still retains the character and even the unique musical traditions which the first pioneers brought with them from the central European kingdom of Bohemia. [more]

13/01/2009: Impressions of Puhoi (1976)
Jack Perkins visits the Bohemian settlement of Puhoi, north of Auckland, which still retains the character and even the unique musical traditions which the first pioneers brought with them from the central European kingdom of Bohemia. (1976). [more]

14/01/2009: The Town That Wouldn't Lie Down (1975)
A colourful portrait of Blackball, past and present. With the great days of coal gone and the mines closed, the inhabitants of this West Coast settlement were told to leave and let the town die. They refused, and today the town not only exists but thrives. [more]

15/01/2009: 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. [more]

19/01/2009: Children of the Pass (1983)
Nancy Sutherland talks about the settlement of French Pass in the Marlborough Sounds where she lived as a child. In conversation with Jack Perkins, she recalls those colourful years in the 1900's with vigour and candour. [more]

20/01/2009: Radio NZ History of Sport (Part 1) (2000)
Drawn from the 10 part series 'Resounding Radio' tracing the history of radio in New Zealand and broadcast in 2000. From the earliest days sports broadcasters exploited radio's immediacy. Add advances in technology and talkback, and sport becomes a hugely popular radio mainstay. [more]

21/01/2009: Radio NZ History of Sport (Part 2)
Drawn from the 10 part series 'Resounding Radio' tracing the history of radio in New Zealand and broadcast in 2000. From the earliest days sports broadcasters exploited radio's immediacy. Add advances in technology and talkback, and sport becomes a hugely popular radio mainstay. [more]

22/01/2009: I Remember Mother's Mother (1988)
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]

23/01/2009: A Workin On The Whalin O (1988)
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]

25/01/2009: Murchison '29
A re-creation of the earthquake which devastated the Buller region in June 1929: the destruction, the plight of the refugees, the struggle to break the isolation imposed by the shocks, and the costs in human and financial terms of reconstruction. [more]

26/12/2015: The Homefront War (1986)
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]

09/01/2016: I Remember Mother's Mother (1988)
Dan Bergin sings a tribute to his Irish grandmother as part of his recollections of Wanganui's Dublin Street and the colourful folk who lived there in the 1930s. ( 27′ :05″ ) [more]

16/01/2016: Tales From The Tip Face
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]