Radio New Zealand: The Vault

This page lists items from RNZ that are identified as "The Vault". 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.

21/05/1999: The Vault - Pigs
Audio from the archives with a piggy theme. [more]

16/07/1999: The Vault - Sam Hunt
The voice of poet Sam Hunt. [more]

21/11/1999: The Vault - Food
Exhortations to produce, prepare and eat particular kinds of food for better health and satisfaction, for the good of the country, and even for the good of Mother England. [more]

24/11/1999: The Vault - Universal Declaration of Human Rights
On December 10 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. [more]

25/04/2000: The Vault - Gallipoli
Deborah Nation presents a selection of Gallipoli and Anzac memories from old soldiers in recordings held by the Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision. [more]

04/03/2005: The Vault - D'Urville Island
The people of D'Urville Island. [more]

11/11/2005: The Vault - The Fairlie Flyer
The historic sounds of the train the "Fairlie Flyer" which ran between Timaru and Fairlie from 1884 to 1968. [more]

11/11/2005: The Vault - The Fairlie Flyer
The historic sounds of the train the "Fairlie Flyer" which ran between Timaru and Fairlie from 1884 to 1968. [more]

18/11/2005: The Vault - Space
The excitement of space travel and men on the moon. [more]

09/12/2005: The Vault - The Movies
"It was in the year of 1899 that I first heard of moving pictures"... Deborah Nation explores the arrival of movies in New Zealand. [more]

24/09/2007: The Vault - Archives people: Marie O'Connell
Deb Nation heads into the Radio New Zealand vaults and talks to preservation archivist Marie O'Connell, who's looking after our radio heritage at the Radio Sound archives, Nga Taonga Korero in Christchurch. [more]

08/10/2007: The Vault - Archives people: John Kelcher
Deb Nation heads into the Radio New Zealand vaults and talk to preservation archivist John Kelcher, the back room boffin looking after our radio heritage at the Radio Sound archives, Nga Taonga Korero in Christchurch. [more]

29/11/2007: The Vault - UFO
Extraordinary extraterrestrial experiences. [more]

11/02/2008: The Vault - Gertie's radio memories!
Deb Nation gets nostalgic with Jennie from Christchurch vintage clothing shop Gertie's about what she listened to on the radio, growing up in rural New Zealand in the 1960s and 70s. [more]

18/02/2008: The Vault - Philip King
Bookseller Philip King remembers what he listened to on his crystal set as a young boy growing up in 1950s New Zealand. [more]

08/08/2008: The Vault - Llew Summers
Christchurch sculptor Llew Summers remembers what he heard on his wireless at the age of seven. [more]

15/08/2008: The Vault - Frances Hodgkins
Conversations about one of New Zealand's most famous artists with the likes of Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and others in extracts from the documentary 'Francis Hodgkins, the European years'. [more]

03/10/2008: The Vault - Ruth Slenzynska
Deb Nation meets another broadcaster, John Blumsky, at the Sound Archives, searching out a rare concert recording of child prodigy Ruth Slenzynska whose extraordinary biography he has just read. [more]

10/10/2008: The Vault - Otira Tunnel
The story of the Otira Tunnel - an old dramatisation full of worthy stuff, in the classic style of the those 1950s mega productions for the hey day of the wireless. [more]

06/03/2009: The Vault - Here Comes Trouble
Youth subculture in the late 1950s - the world of the Bodgie and the arrival of the teenager. [more]

17/04/2009: The Vault - Charlie Hovell
The trials and tribulations of Charlie Hovell - a man who spent his youth in Auckland during the 1860s. Cheeky Charlie Hovell's mischievous nature and thirst for adventure lead to more than just boarding school... [more]

24/04/2009: The Vault -Tracing Katherine Mansfield
Writing wasn't always her forte, but her romantic ideals and vivid imagination inevitably make Katherine Mansfield one of our most celebrated writers. Sonia Yee looks at the journey of one of New Zealand's most celebrated writers as told by the people who knew her. [more]

29/05/2009: The Vault - When Time Stood Still
European settlement in rural New Zealand - the hardships and glory days from New Zealand's pioneering past. [more]

05/06/2009: The Vault - Heavens Helper
The journey of a man who turns to God and devotes his life to helping the disabled. It's the story of a man who seeks truth and meaning after his experience in the bombing of Nagasaki in 1945. Leonard Cheshire was a 25-year-old bomber pilot involved in the bombing. The impact of his experience led him on a life-long quest to help others. [more]

07/08/2009: The Vault - Sisterly Love
Those who recall Mother Aubert, founder of the Sisters of Compassion, knew her to be full of life until the very end. 'Sisterly Love' explores the stories of a tremendous woman who changed the lives of those whom others had left behind. [more]

07/08/2009: The Vault - Sisterly Love
Those who recall Mother Aubert, founder of the Sisters of Compassion, knew her to be full of life until the very end. 'Sisterly Love' explores the stories of a tremendous woman who changed the lives of those whom others had left behind. [more]

14/08/2009: The Vault - Against the Grain
An insight into alternative lifestyles through clips from the mid-1970s, looking at why individuals have chosen to escape from it all. [more]

18/09/2009: The Vault - A Roaring Start
Women from the past who dared to be different - who weren't afraid to step outside of conventional boundaries and show a bit of flesh... The first Red Cross nurse in New Zealand bares all for £5, and an international fashion icon believes women should grow old gracefully. [more]

25/09/2009: The Vault - Making Do
Miro Mitchell grew up on a King Country farm, south of Te Kuiti, whilst Charlie Lambert could be found scrounging for food in the Camberwell slums of South-East London. Both lived to tell of the extreme poverty they knew as children. [more]

27/09/2009: The Vault - Peter McIntyre
Turning his back on journalism, Peter McIntyre became New Zealand's first official war artist after the Second World War. In this recording, he lends his two cents on wine, women and Wellington... [more]

04/12/2009: The Vault - A Right Madam
The journey of Trudi Paterson - from housekeeper to brothel owner in the Western Australia gold mining town of Kalgoorlie. [more]

04/02/2010: The Vault - The Big OE
Kiwis are renowned travellers. How else do we connect with a world which is largely so far away? Deborah Nation finds travel tips and observations from the Archives dating back to the 1960s. [more]

19/02/2010: The Vault - Making Light Work
Sonia Yee looks at the roles of children and their experiences within the home during New Zealand's pioneering era. In those days children played an important role in maintaining the running of the house. But where there's fun to be had, children found ways to mix work and play. [more]

26/02/2010: The Vault - Parents and Teenagers
Recordings from the last 50 years revealing how parents and teens have forever been trying to work each other out. [more]

09/04/2010: The Vault - Whale Hunters and Whale Watchers
The grizzly process of whale hunting is captured by live recordings, along with the stories of father and son whalers Charlie and Joe Heberley. Deborah Nation explores the changing ways we interact with the whales which live within our waters. [more]

16/04/2010: The Vault - Baby Oliver
Deb Nation meets Oliver 18 years after his baby burblings featured in a programme called 'Parent Talk'. Now aged 20, Oliver hears his mother describe postnatal depression, and recounts his teenage years, spent struggling with mental illness. [more]

21/05/2010: The Vault - Handwritten Letters
Letters, read for radio, from handwritten wartime correspondence to a Valentine note placed on a pillow with a rose from the garden. [more]

13/08/2010: The Vault - Exotic Food
An Arab feast and a Japanese Tea Ceremony described by soldiers overseas. [more]

17/09/2010: The Vault - Polio Vaccine
Polio epidemics swept New Zealand from the 1940s to the early '60s and when a vaccine administered as a pink drink in a little white cup arrived, it was hailed as a wonder drug. [more]

24/09/2010: The Vault - Beatlemania
Kids wagged school, workers threw sickies, and the young went en-masse to the airport, the hotels and the concerts, where they became hysterical, to the bewilderment of their parents. Beatlemania swept the nation in 1964. [more]

28/10/2010: The Vault - Health Camps
Porridge and scrunch were on the menu at health camps throughout New Zealand, and a strict regime of afternoon bed rests, teeth cleaning and food chew [more]

08/04/2011: The Vault - 1981 Springbok Rugby Tour
Flour bombs, flares and leaflets were dropped from a low flying Cessna plane which buzzed the third and final game of the 1981 Springbok Tour - dramatic Radio New Zealand coverage of the game and the protest actions in and around Eden Park. [more]

05/08/2011: The Vault - Dame Ngaio Marsh
The familiar voice of Dame Ngaio Marsh – leading crime fiction writer and Shakespearian producer. She sends a personal message on an acetate disc and reveals the tricks of her trade as a dramatist and a writer. [more]

18/05/2012: The Vault - 24th Battalion
Members of the 24th Battalion as they prepared and went to battle at Ruweisat Ridge - part of the El Alamein offensive in 1942. [more]

07/09/2012: The Vault - Chernobyl
26 April 1986 - breaking news on the day of the Chernobyl disaster, the worst nuclear power plant accident in history. [more]

12/10/2012: The Vault - Peter Snell
Treasures from the Sound Archives as a young sporting sensation called Peter Snell races around the track in record time. [more]

14/02/2013: The Vault - Having a Gaytime
Coppertone, Coca-Cola and Gaytime ice cream… sounds of the sea and memories of the 1950s and '60s, on the North Island's East Coast. [more]

11/04/2013: The Vault - Rogernomics
Deborah Nation dips into the murky waters of Rogernomics, drawing initially on street definitions from ordinary New Zealanders in 1988. [more]

09/05/2013: The Vault - Gay Marriage
Gay marriage is finally legal here in New Zealand, when only decades ago it was highly risque to even admit that one was a practicing homosexual. [more]

04/07/2013: The Vault - Coast to Coast
One of New Zealand's premier sporting events changed hands recently, marking the end of an exclusive 30 year association with its creator. Deborah Nation heads to the archives knowing she'll find a programme which perfectly reflects the Robin Judkins reign over his own unique multisport event. [more]

01/08/2013: The Vault - Aviatrix
Voices and events transport us back to the time of our most famous pioneering women aviators. [more]

29/08/2013: The Vault - Janet Frame
Rarely heard recording of Janet Frame, from 1964 and on the occasion of her 70th birthday, as well as extracts from one of her books. [more]

29/08/2013: The Vault - Rewi in China
In the lifetime of New Zealander Rewi Alley, China went through bloody revolution, followed by Communism. Now as our greatest trading partner, we owe a debt to the man who paved the way. [more]