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8:08 Today in New Zealand History

French settlers at Akaroa, 16 August 1840. 4'22'

8:14 Artist: Coral Cummins

Song: There's No You

Composer: Adair Hopper

Album: Radio NZ

Label: na 3'38"

8:18 Walter Reed

Walter Reed aged 99 was said to be the oldest licensed motorist in the world in 1959. He drove across the Auckland Harbour Bridge when it opened. He was interviewed by Dick Gutteridge. 5'39"

8:25 Pre-war memories of a Wartime Hero

The last of "the Dambusters" Les Monro of Tauranga died at the age of 94 on 4 August. We heard something of his wartime exploits in Sounds Historical that week, but not long before he died he told Lorna Perry something of his life and times and here we listen to tales of his early days and his efforts to join the air force as a pilot. 9'21'

8:36 Artist: The Four Lads

Song: Moments to Remember

Composer: Allan/Stillman

Album: Most Requested Songs of the 50s

Label: 3'13"

1955 hit - Canadian group Among the memories listed in the song included tearing down the goal post on New Year's Day, the quiet walks, the noisy fun, and the ballroom prize which they almost won. In the final stanza, they sing whenever they are separated from each other on the other days, that they will always remember those precious moments. All of those memories reflected the suburban lifestyle of the 1950s.

8:39 A Portrait of a Prime Minister

A "Guest of Honour" interview in 1974 in which Hamish Keith talks to Labour Prime Minister Bill Rowling a few months after he had taken up the new role following the death of Prime Minister Norman Kirk. Part 2 15"40"

8:53 War Report 49 16 August 2015

Ernest Harston describes the fighting at Chunuk Bair and the tunneling under the trenches. An extract from Cecil Malthus's book Anzac a Retrospect in which he describes the quieter routine after Chunuk Bair and a newspaper item telling of a mother receiving news of her son's death at Gallipoli on the day she had been informed he would be arriving home on the hospital ship.

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: Murray Johnson Song: Pack Up Your Trouble in Your Old kit Bag

Composer: Album: Songs of World War 1 Label; Geoentertainment 6'12"

9:04 As I Remember

Rabbiting by Allen Little of Levin. 4'01"

9:11 Paddy O'Donnell's descriptions of the "Wahine" in trouble at the entrance to Wellington Harbour, 10 April 1968 3'31'

Died August 2009

9:17 Artist: Doris Day

Song: Secret Love

Composer: Fain/Wesbter

Album: Most Requested Songs of the 50s


From 1953 film "Calamity Jane" - won Academy Award 3'40"

9:20 Song and Story of the Māori

A programme recorded in the early 1950s for Radio New Zealand shortwave broadcast. This episode focuses on the work of Nuhaka musician and composer Walter Smith and features the Nuhaka Maori Choir, Aloha Orchestra and Nuhaka Trio Includes (in English and Maori) "Dear Old Maoriland" by Walter Smith, written for the Maori Agricultural College which was destroyed in the Hawkes Bay earthquake. New arrangment of "Hoki hoki tonu mai" by Walter Smith "Beneath the Maori Moon" by Walter Smith (George Nepia, who recorded the song, was a nephew of Smith). 'Kia Ngawari" arr. Walter Smith Narrated by Airini Grenell. Included in the Aloha Orchestra are Margery and Maurice Rowe. Margery is now 84 and still plays the steel guitar and marice alos still plays. The couple have been married for 64 years and Maurice is 90 today. 11'35"

9:33 Baden Hacche recalls his experiences as a service car driver on the East Coast from 1918 2'32"

9:37 Artist: Coral Cummins

Song: Long Ago and Far Away

Composer: Kern/Gershwin

Album: Radio NZ

Label: n/a 3'00"

At a Royal Concert, Dunedin 14 February 1963

9:42 Book of the Week

Horncastle's Hero or Hell Raiser by Graeme Horncastle.

Pavilions ISBN 978 0 473 31786 7 16'32"

The author describes the colourful life of Charlie Jacobson, the subject of his book.