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8:09 Today in New Zealand History 4’42”

Anti-Fenian Riots on the West Coast 8 March 1868.                 

8:15 Artist: Richard Farrell (piano) 3’46”

Song: Devotion
Composer: Liszt
Album: n/a
Label: PYE 45 CEC 32011                            

Richard Farrell was born in Auckland on 30 December 1926, but spent most of his young years in Wellington. He attended St Mary's Convent School and St. Patrick's College and became a gifted classical pianist who achieved almost legendary status. His career was cut short in a road accident on 27 May 1958 at the age of 31. He has been described as New Zealand's "greatest classical pianist".

8:19 I Saw Them Fly 12' 45"

A 1955 series of talks, introduced by Arnold Wall Jnr of 3YA Christchurch, in which Frederick Carpenter, who grew up in the village of Farnborough in the United Kingdom, recalls watching it become the centre of British aviation and his friendships with early aviators, from 1903 until the end of World War I. Part One: Balloons and man-lifting kites.  

8:33 Artist: Kev and the Kiwifruit Band (1983) (with radio archival inserts) 3’07”

Song: Good On Yer Kiwi
Composer: Steve Robinson
Album: n/a
Label: CBS 45 BA 223047                           

A member of the group Tambourlaine guitarist Steve Robinson grew up in Fiji, where he studied piano and played the violin in school orchestras and learned the ukulele and guitar. In New Zealand as a teenager, he first played bass in Christ College’s beat covers band The Pagans, and later, lead guitar with Wellington College’s Us Five.

8:36 Fourth anniversary of the earthquake of February 2011 16’55”

Last month Christchurch marked the fourth anniversary of the earthquake of February 2011. Part of the city’s revival has seen the establishment of a new cricket ground at Hagley Park but as a reminder of what’s been lost here’s an extract from a 1994 Spectrum documentary in which Jack Perkins met people who used the park regularly. In part two we hear a mother and child talk about ducks. A woman from The Stables - Hagley Park talks about riding horses in the park with Japanese rider "Sana".  Mary-Rose Leversedge, owner of The Stables - Hagley Park talks about her business. Unidentified men at the Christchurch Model Yacht Club on Victoria Lake. Puntsman "Gavin" on the Avon talks about his job and plays "Old Man River" on his gramophone.     

8:53 War Report 26

The story of a German-born bowler ejected from a Wellington bowling club of which he had along a long-term and respected member. By early March 1915 what was called the Native Contingent, later the Pioneer Maori Battalion, was on its way to Egypt where it arrived on 26th March. But not all Maori soldiers joined that unit – some joined other units fearing the pioneers might miss out on the fighting and there’s at least one who joined the British Army as veteran Remi Morrison recalled – he was Sonny Breeze (Brees) who was after the war well-known as a carver.
When the Maori Contingent arrived in Egypt it undertook garrison duties as had been expected – as the Gallipoli landings approached there were hopes Maori would be part of the force there but by late April garrison duties in Malta became the lot of the Maori Continget. But before long Maori would be at Gallipoli  – pakeha officers often spent time
with them – Captain Ray Curtis, a Canterbury machine gunner, talks about Maori at Gallipoli.

Song: Hold Your hand Out, Naughty Boy! 1913)
Artist: Kate Moore
Composer: C.W. Murphy & Worton David Rodgers
Album; Oh, It’s a Lovely War
Label CD41 486309

Artist: John McCormack
Song: There’s a Long Long Trail A Winding
Composer: King/Elliott
Album: Oh, It’s a Lovely War Vol 2
Label: CD41 486309    

9:05 As I Remember 4’32”

The war Years for Us Back Home by Mrs C McGlone of Waipukurau, read by Rebecca Blundell.                              

9:10 A radio commercial of 40 years ago 0’27”

1975 bargains at Four Square - Greggs Instant coffee (4 ounces) for 77cents! With the breathless enthusiasm of announcers Jim Sullivan and George Speed.                                    

9:11 Artist: The Song Spinners (solos: Arthur Weller and Malcolm Cunninghame) 2’16”

Song: The Way of the Trade
Album: Songs of the Gumdiggers (1961)
Label: 45 Kiwi EA 58                                  

9:14 Home brewing in the 80s 2’42”

In January 1989 a resurgence in the Kiwi tradition of home brewing had the commercial breweries worried about the effect of home-made beer on their sales figures. Brewers Association secretary Des Fitzgerald talked to Sean Plunket about the problems caused by the sale of home brewed beer.                     

9:17 Have a Shot final 1958 6’10”

First prize £100 ($5,000). We heard last week the winner Jack Davidson, but here is another finalist.
Artist: Feli Marino and the Four Snowballs from Samoa
Song: Banana Boat Song
Composer: Trad
Album: n/a  NZBS (Radio NZ)
Label: Sound Archives                            

9:24 Bookshelf  4’24”

Looking for Braki by Ros Fogel of Wellington

The New Zealand Wars by James Belich (Auckland University Press) ISBN 9781869408275

Teak and Tide, the Ebbs and Eddies of the Edwin Fox by Nigel Costley (Nikau Press) ISBN 97809582989863 

9:29 Artist: Jack Roberts (piano) with George Campbell (bass) and Don Branch (drums) 3’00”

Song: I Didn’t Know What Time it Was
Composer:  Rodgers
Album: Roberts Plays Rodgers (1960)
Label; Columbia SEGM 6007                         

Jack Roberts played with bands in the 1940s and by the 1960s was resident pianist at the THC Waitangi Hotel.

9:33 A short feature on early film production in New Zealand 5’09”

The founder of the National Film Unit, Cyril James Morton, is interviewed. Henry Gore of Dunedin is interviewed about his experiences as an early filmmaker. 

Dunedin's First Film Maker: Henry Gore, 1882-1967. Like many of New Zealand's early film makers, Henry Gore was a photographer by profession. Gore was involved in running Dunedin's earliest picture theatres. In 1910 he was employed as chief operator at the Plaza, also managing Saturday screenings at Hayward's Pictures in the Burns Hall. During this time Gore began filming local events which were shown within days of being filmed. Travelling to Hollywood in 1916, Gore became one of the first New Zealanders to gain overseas film making experience. He visited movie sets, became friends with Charlie Chaplin and worked in a factory assembling Simplex projectors.
Back in New Zealand he continued to make home movies and local interest and sporting films. He filmed many important local events such as the wreck of the SS Tyrone 1913, the Otago Battalion’s departure for the war in 1914, the 1919 Peace procession and the Prince of Wales visit in 1920. Henry Gore was active in the film industry until his death in July 1967. Most of his surviving films are held at the Film Archive.

9:39 Trouble at Mill 8’57”

In February 1980 the Kinleith pulp and paper mill was in the midst of industrial strife. Here’s coverage of the dispute at Kinleith Paper Mill and the intervention made by Prime Minister, Robert Muldoon.            

9:49 Artist: Garner Wayne of Ashburton (1964) 2’28”

Song: I’m Gonna Tear Down the Mailbox
Composer: V Horton
Album: n/a
Label: Viking VE 139                              

Garner Wayne was 1920, he grew up in Canterbury. Each Sunday night in Christchurch there was a variety show, and among the regular acts in about 1935 was a duo from the West Coast called Billy and Buddy. Wayne recalled, “They’d come on stage wearing hats and chaps, singing country songs. I came away from there and said, that’s what I want to be.” Soon Wayne was on the cinema stage himself, singing ‘If I Had A Talking Picture Of You’ during an intermission, and he won two tickets to see the next attraction. In 1995 Wayne said “I’ve always tried to bring New Zealand culture into it. So many Kiwi singers try to imitate the Americans, which annoys me.” For many years he lived in Tinwald, Ashburton, working as a machinist at a knitwear firm. He died in 2007 aged 86.

9:52 The South is being Neglected

“The South is being Neglected” was the cry in 1988 and TVNZ reacted by producing two current affairs programmes for local consumption, one from Christchurch and one from Dunedin. Geoff Robinson asked the presenters, Jim Sullivan in Dunedin and Rodney Bryant in Christchurch, about the programmes.