Radio New Zealand: items pre-2002

This page lists items pre-2002 from RNZ that are available online. 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.

27/07/1965: Lawson quins parents
Lawson quins parents - interviewed on the 27 July 1965 [more]

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]

25/01/1975: Insight for 26 January 1975
The Wanganui computer and human rights issues are examined in this Insight from 1975 presented by Patrick Craddock. The editor of the NZ Law Journal, Jeremy Pope, is the guest. [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. Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero 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. Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero 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]

17/11/1982: Wanganui Computer Centre explosion news report
A news report broadcast on the 18 November 1982, following the bombing of the Wanganui Computer Centre. The interviewer is Peter Minson, the interviewee is Sergeant Barry MacAvoy of the Wanaganui police. [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]

31/10/1984: JOHN RITCHIE: Pisces - Partita Concertante
Christchurch Symphony Orchestra with Carl Pini (conductor and violin) [more]

10/07/1985: Rainbow Warrior sunk - Morning Report
Morning Report covers the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior, 11 July 1985. Host: Geoff Robinson, Reporters: Leanne Malcolm, Radio NZ News team. [more]

10/07/1985: Rainbow Warrior reactions July 1985
A range of reactions to the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior, July 1985. [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]

27/07/1986: Then Again 1986 - The Lawson Quins
Then Again 1986 - The Lawson Quins [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]

14/05/1989: Geoff Robinson re: beards under attack - 1989
When a woman wrote a letter to the editor about her dislike of men's beards, Geoff chose not to turn the other cheek. [more]

08/08/1989: Geoff Robinson with resigning PM David Lange August 1989
When Prime Minister David Lange announced his resignation in August 1989, both Geoff Robinson and his co-presenter Maggie Barry wanted to do the interview. Geoff won. [more]

12/11/1990: Geoff Robinson presenting Aramoana shootings November 1990
Geoff Robinson has been the voice guiding New Zealanders through many major local news events of the past 44 years. [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]

05/05/1998: Sir George Martin - In My Life
In 1998, Beatles aficionado Jeremy Ansell spoke to The Beatles' producer, Sir George Martin. In this feature, they talk about The Goons, Jeff Beck, flanging, Sir George's album In My Life, and what he saw in the young group he signed to EMI in 1962. Sir George Martin died on 8 March 2016. [more]

05/05/1998: Sir George Martin Interview 1998
Beatles aficionado Jeremy Ansell talks to "the fifth Beatle" in 1998. [more]

08/08/1998: Moana Maniapoto Jackson on Musical Chairs 1998
Moana Maniapoto-Jackson and her band Moana and the Moahunters are at the forefront of a new style of music incorporating maori language and instruments. Moana has been singing in Maori for the past 10 years, first with Wellington band Aotearoa and since then as the lead singer and songwriter with The Moahunters. Her latest album Rua came out a few months ago and has received high critical acclaim for its distinctive and successful blend of Maori and Pakeha instruments, and styles, reflecting our multicultural society. [more]

21/05/1999: Eldred Stebbing (Part 1)
Eldred Stebbing interviewed by Mike Chunn (ex-Split Enz, APRA) in May 1999, on the eve of the opening of the Stebbings CD manufacturing plant. Eldred Stebbing was a sound engineer, producer, studio and label owner, manufacturer, promoter, night club owner, manager and A&R guy to a who's who of New Zealand artists. Born in 1921, Eldred's career spanned the days of 78s, 45s, LPs, cassettes, VHS, CD and DVD. The Stebbing Recording Centre - still run by the family in Herne Bay, Auckland - was state of the art when commissioned in 1970; and was still in pristine condition when Stebbings opened New Zealand's only fully integrated CD manufacturing plant in 1999. His services to the NZ Music Industry saw Eldred inducted into the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2004. Part 1 of this interview covers the early days of sound reinforcement and live sound in New Zealand during the 1940s. Eldred Stebbing died in December 2009. [more]

21/05/1999: Eldred Stebbing (Part 3)
The late Eldred Stebbing interviewed by Mike Chunn (ex-Split Enz, APRA) in May 1999. Part 3 covers the transition from gramophones and 78s to record players, 45s and Long Players; the influence of the 'British Invasion', the 1960s. [more]

21/05/1999: Eldred Stebbing (Part 2)
The late Eldred Stebbing interviewed by Mike Chunn (ex. Split Enz, APRA) in May 1999. Part two covers the early days of music recording studios and the Stebbing record label, post-WWII - 1950s. [more]

21/05/1999: Eldred Stebbing (Part 4)
Eldred Stebbing interviewed by Mike Chunn (ex. Split Enz, APRA) and Kaye Glamuzina in May 1999. The Stebbing Recording Centre is opened in Jervois Road, Hearne Bay, Auckland in 1970; A&R with Benny Levin; working with The La De Das, High Revving Tongues, Patsy Rigor, Hello Sailor. Eldred describes his approach to producing and maintaining standards; and comments on the changes in the music and radio industries over time. [more]

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

25/06/1999: 1999 - Glynn Christian's Fragile Paradise
Glynn Christian, the great-great-great-great-grandson of the Bounty mutineer Fletcher Christian talks to Brian Edwards about his family heritage and the story behind a mutiny on Bounty on 28 April 1789 [more]

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

31/07/1999: Dave McArtney on Musical Chairs 1999
The late Dave McArtney talks about his career in music on the eve of Hello Sailor's 25th anniversary in 1999. It had been a tempestuous, on again/off again relationship but the magic between Dave McArtney, Harry Lyon and Graham Brazier endured. In conversation with Lynn Freeman for the Radio New Zealand's programme Musical Chairs, Dave McArtney starts his story when the music-making trio was just a duet... (First broadcast August 1999). [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]

08/02/2000: One in 5
The argument for putting compassion back into health and disability services. [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]

22/07/2000: Dalvanius Prime on Musical Chairs
Dalvanius Maui Prime was a performer, composer, impresario, strategist, politician, teacher and entrepreneur all wrapped in to one. In this programme from 2000 Dalvanius talks about his life in music. [more]

31/08/2000: Muldoon in his own words Part 7
Muldoon in his own words Part 7. [more]

31/08/2000: Muldoon in his own words Part 5
Muldoon in his own words Part 5. [more]

17/09/2000: Muldoon in his own words Part 1
The Childhood of a Prime Minister. [more]

18/09/2000: Muldoon in his own words Part 2
Schooldays. [more]

19/09/2000: Muldoon in his own words Part 3
Office boy to NCO [more]

20/09/2000: Muldoon in his own words Part 4
At war in the Pacific. [more]

21/09/2000: Muldoon in his own words Part 6
The political apprentice. [more]

16/12/2000: John Rowles: Musical Chairs
The life and times of one of New Zealand's most internationally successful singers, John Rowles. He talks about being born with a "magical singing voice", shares some of the heady tales of life on the international singing circuit, and explains why he'll never get married. It's the story of a young man thrust into the limelight alongside stars such as Tom Jones and Elvis Presley. [more]

07/03/2001: Episode 1 – The Project/Object
James Gardner looks at Frank Zappa's early work and influences and teases out the threads running through the composer's oeuvre (The Project/Object) that will be examined more closely in the rest of the series [more]

07/03/2001: Marti Friedlander with Kim Hill (2001)
Marti Friedlander has a reputation as one of New Zealand's pre-eminent portrait photographers, and alongside that, her work is often seen to capture the essence of "New Zealand-ness". Marti talks to Kim Hill about her work and life. [more]

09/03/2001: Episode 2 – The Central Scrutinizer
Throughout his career Frank Zappa tirelessly and candidly documented in song the behaviour and "folklore" of his many bands as well as contemporary society, often in a highly contentious way. James Gardner scrutinizes Zappa's gaze and sees how this "anthropological" viewpoint permeates more than just the songs [more]

14/03/2001: Episode 3 – Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar
Overlooked by many, Frank Zappa's idiosyncratic guitar playing was important not only in its own right but also for the many compositions it spawned via transcriptions. James Gardner discusses what Zappa referred to as his "air sculptures" as well as pieces produced by 'xenochrony', the combination of two or more initially unrelated recordings [more]

16/03/2001: Episode 4 – We Hate Your Dots
Although best known as a rock musician, Frank Zappa wrote orchestral music from his mid-teens onward after discovering Varèse and Stravinsky. James Gardner presents a selection of Zappa's orchestral and other instrumental writing as well as glancing sidelong at his "musicals" 'Thing-Fish' and 'Hunchentoot' [more]

21/03/2001: Episode 5 – Leaving for his Final Tour
Diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1990, Zappa spent his last three years racing against time to complete a number of projects including 'The Yellow Shark' with the Ensemble Modern and the album 'Civilization Phaze III', realised largely on the Synclavier. James Gardner looks at Zappa's late works and how they form a piece with his earliest [more]

08/05/2001: Sounds Historical Hour Two - 8 5 2001
9pm to 10pm. Due to copyright restrictions, all music has been removed [more]

08/05/2001: Sounds Historical (part two) for 8 May 2011
9pm to 10pm. Due to copyright restrictions, all music has been removed [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]

09/11/2001: Geoff Robinson presenting 9/11
Over the years Geoff Robinson has brought significant moments of international history to Morning Report listeners. For many, the first they knew of the 9/11 attacks in the U.S. was when they turned on the radio. Usual programming was suspended as Morning Report provided rolling coverage from 5am. [more]

22/12/2001: Johnny Cooper on Musical Chairs
Look what you've done, what you've done my baby" - well-known lyrics from a popular party song 'The Lonely Blues' from New Zealand's country and western and rock and roll pioneer Johnny Cooper. Johnny was the first performer outside of America to record Bill Haley's 'Rock Around the Clock', thus introducing the new rock'n'roll dance craze to Aotearoa. Later in his career he ran the Johnny Cooper 'Give It A Go' Talent Quests, giving people like John Rowles and Midge Marsden their big musical breaks. Johnny Cooper (Q.S.M.), shares some of his memories with Kelly Tikao for the New Zealand Music profile series Musical Chairs. Please note: the audio quality of this recording is not ideal. [more]