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8:07 Today in New Zealand History 4’18”

Gift of HMS New Zealand, 22 March 1909. 

8:12 Artist: Ash Burton (Alex Veysey) (1963) (passed away 2002 at the age of 74) 3’05”

Song: Tea at Te Kuiti
Composer: Avery
Album: n/a
Label: Kiwi 45 SA 24                            

8:17 Homework

Name at least four New Zealand locations which are named after New Zealand Premiers/Prime Ministers.

8:18 The end of wearing wigs in court 6’18”

In January 1986 it was revealed that the Chief Justice was soon to announce that High Court judges and counsel will no longer wear wigs. Not all lawyers were in agreement. Comment from Gary Gotlieb, Criminal Bar Association, Rod Hansen QC and criminal lawyer Marie Dhyrberg. Peter Fowler interviews Law Society president Austin Forbes. In the event, wigs continued to be worn until March 1996 and are still worn at admission ceremonies. 

8:26 Artist: Eddie O’Strange with Trev and the Triffids (1983) 2’27”

Song: Life Begins at 60
Composer: O’Strange
Album: n/a
Label: ODE 45 ODD 703                               
Eddie O'Strange

Eddie a trustee of Hutt Community Radio Trust and on-air host for several sessions each week. Radio career began in 1959 with the NZBS. Covered all departments at some time or other; especially programming, studio production, copy/script/play writing, OBs.

8:30 Wanganui Homes Week 1954 10’33”

Speeches from opening of Wanganui Home Week exhibition in November 1954. Speech by Mayor Edward Millward (mayor from 1952 – 1962, was awarded the OBE) and Lady Polson’s speech at the opening of the drill hall display a few days later. Lady Polson (Mary Grigg), widow of Arthur Grigg who was killed in action. She was elected unopposed in January 1942 she became the National Party’s first woman MP and the first woman in New Zealand to represent an agricultural electorate. Throughout her career Mary had made a point of speaking out on issues directly relevant to women. While her involvement in voluntary work reflected the conventions of her class and society, by standing for public office she had broken new ground for women in her family and in her political party. She died in Christchurch on 22 December 1971. In 1977 the street in Christchurch where she lived was named Lady Polson Lane.   

8:44 Artist: Rod Derrett (1968) 4’29”

Song: Figaro
Composer: Rossini
Album: n/a
Label: 45 HMV 7EGM 6100                          

8:51 War Report 28 6'48"

In 1915 there was no New Zealand navy, but many New Zealanders were serving on HMS New Zealand, a ship we’d offered to pay for. It was launched in 1911 before making a tour of the Empire, including New Zealand, in 1913. We were still paying it off until 1944, more than 20 years after it was scrapped. The ship survived the war with few casualties, protected they say by the fact the captain always wore a Maori cloak, a piupiu in action.

Naval historian Peter Dennerly notes that the ship always had a dog mascot. News items of men being returned from Egypt for health or indiscipline reasons and of the Sutton family of Ashburton with four boys overseas. Alf Simpson of Whitianga recalls the farmer he was working for volunteering and his own decision to join up as well, even though he was under age at 19. However, his parents already had two sons in the army and refused to let him go until he was 21.


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

Artist: Stanley Kirby
Song: When We’ve Wound Up the Watch on the Rhine
Composer: n/s
Album: Oh, It’s a Lovely War Vol 2
Label: CD41 486309                           

Artist: Radio New Zealand Studio Orchestra (soloist) Dick Le Fort
Song: Lucky Me
Composer: Black/Bourke
Album: Orchestral Gold Vol 1
Label: Kiwi Tartar TRL 005                              

9:07 As I Remember 3’20”

Our Walk to the River by Mrs C McGlone of Waipukurau read by Rebecca Blundell 

9:11 Homework

Name at least four New Zealand locations which are named after New Zealand Premiers/Prime Ministers.

9:12 Vietnam Veterans Day 1’56”

Only in recent years have New Zealand veterans of the Vietnam War been recognised with the establishment of Vietnam Veterans Day. Three-and-a-half-thousand New Zealanders served in Vietnam between June 1964 and December 1972 and thirty-seven men died on active service. Australians recognised their veterans somewhat earlier and in October 1987 in Sydney gave a belated welcome home to its Vietnam veterans with a parade of 25,000 ex-servicemen. Peter Kingston talks to Bill Godfrey, president of the New Zealand ex-Vietnam Services Association who attended the parade.       

9:15 Old Bill's Story 11’40”

Read by Lance McCaskill, recorded in 1956. A story is about a cattle driving trip from the Waiau River in Canterbury, through the Cannibal Gorge (Lewis Pass) to the Robinson River on the West Coast.                 
9:28 Artist: The Tornadoes 2’10”

Song: Telstar
Composer: Joe Meek
Album: n/a
Label; 45 Decca                               

9:26 Bookshelf

April 25, 1915 ‘The most glorious day of my life’ – the diaries of Spencer Westmacott, edited by Chris Tobin. Bosco Press, ISBN  9780473 300333    

The People’s University, A Centennial History of the Canterbury Workers’ Educational Association 1915-2015 by Ian Dougherty. Canterbury University Press, ISBN 9781927 145593.

9:35 The hundred-year history of the Canterbury WEA 24’27”

An extract from a 2012 “Ideas” programme about  “Chalkle” a modern adult education programme in that has seen Wellingtonians flocking to courses covering everything from longbow making to cooking the perfect paella, and Dr Robin Williams in an interview with Jeremy Rose from a Sunday with Chris Laidlaw programme recalls attending Canterbury WEA lectures by the philosopher of science Karl Popper. Ian Dougherty discusses the hundred-year history of the Canterbury WEA.              

9:58 Artists: Radio New Zealand Studio Orchestra (soloist Colin Hemmingson)

Song: My Love
Composer: McCartney
Album: Orchestral Gold Vol 1
Label: Kiwi Tartar TRL 005