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8:09 Today in New Zealand History 4’23”

First Conscription Ballot, 16 November 1916.   

8:15 Artist: Woolston Brass Band 2’19”
Song: On The Ball
Composer: Sedgwick
Album: 78
Label: Columbia DNZ 103                         

Released 1956                        

8:19 Homework

A short essay (maybe about 200 or 300 word)s on recollections of your favourite toys of childhood – why you liked them and what happened to them!

8:21 Early motion pictures 5’38”

Marion Rowe recalls magic lanterns and moving picture shows from the early 1900s. Recorded 1964.                         

8:28 Opening of the Maori Battalion  Museum in Gisborne 16’11”

On the 15th of November 2014, there was a ceremony to open the Maori Battalion Museum in Gisborne which included a re-enactment of the march of the Maori contingent out of Gisborne, a 1000-strong parade. Here’s a recording made at the time by Percy Stevens of private station 2ZM of the original departure on 27 March 1940. Te Aitanga a Māhaki leader Henare Ruru speaks and women sing the World War One recurring song written by Sir Apirana Ngata “E te ope tuatahi” Stevens describes the scene in Peel Street Maori Battalion members and pakeha men prepare to depart to join the 2nd Echelon of the 2NZEF. The soldiers march to cheers from the crowd as a women’s Maori group sing "Maori Battalion" march. Councillor Harris, acting on behalf of the Gisborne mayor, addresses the crowd and expresses appreciation to the Maori Battalion. This is followed by Mr Robertson, a representative of Cook County, wishing the Battalion all the best while they are overseas. Mr Harries, secretary of the hospital board makes a short speech. An unnamed man makes a well-received speech.

Then a recording of men of the battalion arriving home in Gisborne by train in 1946. Description of the scene and greeting in Maori from Lieutenant Frank Tibble and in English from Sister Saxby travelling with the battalion.

The Māori Battalion sailed for home on Boxing Day 1945. On their arrival in Wellington on 23 January 1946, the 780 troops were welcomed as returning heroes, before dispersing to their home marae throughout the country. Their commander, Lieutenant-Colonel James Hēnare, dismissed his men with these words: "Go back to our mountains, go back to our people, go back to our marae. But this is my last command to you all - stand as Māori, stand as Māori, stand as Māori."

8:49 Artist: Don Hunt Orchestra (Recorded 1995 by BBC Television, White City, London) 2’50”
Song: Taraheru River
Composer: Albert
Album: n/s
Label: n/s                                    

The Taraheru River flows through Gisborne. (Composer Arthur Albert was born in London in 1911 and died in Gisborne in 1999).

8:53 War Report 16 - November 16 6’41"

Reports from the Otago Daily Times about anti-German feeling and wartime stories from newspapers in Tauranga and Blenheim.

Captain Pitimi Tahiwi comments on Maori recruitment and Second World War Maori Battalion members sing a First World War recruiting song E te ope tuatahi written by Sir Apirana Ngata. Chris Pugsley comments on the early plans for a “white man’s war”. Quote from Minister of Defence Allen: “On 24 October 1914 inspecting the Maori Pioneer Battalion in camp at Avondale, Auckland, the Minister of Defence, James Allen, made a speech which reflected the attitudes of the time, ‘I am proud that New Zealand has raised a body of Natives at this crisis. You might even turn out better soldiers than your Pakeha brothers if you choose.’”

Artist: Harry McDonough
Song: Goodbye Dolly Grey
Album: Oh, It’s a Lovely War Vol 2    
Label: CD 41 486309

Artist: Violet Lorraine
Song: Three Cheers for Little Belgium
Composer: n/s
Album Oh It’s a Lovely War Vol 2
Label CD41 48630

Artist: Maori Battalion
Song: E te ope tuatahi
Composer: Apirana Ngata
Album: Ake !Ake! Kia Kaha E!
Label: CD Atoll ACD 206                               

9:05 As I Remember 2’45”

Learning to Swim by Noel Vickridge of Hamilton read by Damon Taylor.                                      

9:11 Artist: Rosy Parsons 4’25”
Song: Kiwi Cowboy
Composer: Parsons
Album: Pride of Place
Label: n/s                                   

9:17 Homework

A short essay (maybe about 200 or 300 word)s on recollections of your favourite toys of childhood – why you liked them and what happened to them!

9:18 Les Cleveland 13’37”

Les Cleveland, who died early this year, was described by some of his friends as a kind of kiwi renaissance man. As journalist, bush contractor, university academic, soldier, songwriter, photographer, author and poet, his life saw a few changes of direction. A major influence was his experience as a front-line infantryman in WWII. He talks to Neville Glasgow. Part One. Recorded in 1991.     

9:32 Artist: Les Cleveland
Song: My Africa Star
Composer: n/s
Album: The Songs We Sang
Label: Kiwi SA 3

9:35 Artist: John Amadio (flute) 3’05”
Song: Wind in the Trees
Composer: Briccialdi
Album: 78
Label: Vocalion R6024 Recorded 1928

9:39 Book of the Week 15’41”

Holding on to Home by Kate Hunter and Kirstie Ross. Te Papa Press - ISBN 9780987668851. The authors discuss the objects selected to tell the story of New Zealand during World War One.                               

Kate Hunter, an associate professor of history at Victorian University, points out it was not a quick job to assemble the material.

9:58 The Old man from Tunbridge Wells 1’44”