noun: spectrum; plural noun: spectra; plural noun: spectrums
1.a band of colours, as seen in a rainbow, produced by separation of the components of light by their different degrees of refraction according to wavelength.
Forty-four years isn't a bad run for a programme that has brought listeners into the lives, homes and hearts of everyday New Zealanders. Spectrum is a programme about people and relationships, reflecting on experiences that weave our sense of history and place of belonging into an authentic reality. These stories are told by people whose memories and narratives speak of life as it was, and as it is, and the hopes and wishes for what life might become.
Although Spectrum is coming to an end, the collection is an important catalogue of the human experience that has built a vibrant rainbow of New Zealand perspectives, showcasing the quirks of our human condition; including our frailties, victories and longings—it is a place where New Zealanders can revel in being themselves, where ordinary becomes extraordinary.
There are many stories that have been produced over the years by a raft of talented producers. Justin Gregory presents and collates some of the most memorable in this commemorative and final episode of Spectrum, which includes an historic recreation of a battle fought at Gate Pa; a helicopter rescue; taggers on Wellington streets, and the state of homelessness after the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes.
Listen to the full episodes below:
All the Queen's Men: A documentary produced by Jack Perkins that recreates the battle fought at Gate Pa and its aftermath,Tauranga,1864.
The Stan Graham Murders: In 1941, 12 miles from Hokitika, 41-year-old Stan Graham brought anguish to a tightly knit community, shooting six men and wounding one.
How are your lungs today?: David Steemson heads out on a bush walk with a Titirangi woman who is experiencing the feeling of fresh air in her new lungs after lung donation.
An Alcoholics Christmas: There are approximately 2 million people around the world who belong to Alcoholics Anonymous and many members attend AA even on Christmas day. David Steemson meets participants who share their intimate experiences of the daily battles and the underlying issues that have turned them to alcohol abuse.
“I’m grateful to be safe, sane and sober...I might not be that way tomorrow, so I’m grateful for this day” - AA member
The Morris: Justin Gregory takes a candid look inside Morris Dancing and learns some funny tips and tricks along the way, including a move called bashing the Bishop (with a bit of swinging and swapping partners thrown into the mix).
“You dance, because the things that made it fun back then still apply. It’s a vigorous form of dancing and you’re doing it with your mates -there is a bond there” - David, Morris Dancer
The Subliminal Life: A homeless Christchurch man shares his world with Spectrum after the February Christchurch earthquake. It’s just days before Christmas, in a wasteland near the central city outside of the patrolled red-zone, when Producer, Deb Nation, heads into an abandoned house on a deserted street to meet "James".
“Nobody has been into this place since God knows when. I’ve seen the alcohol addiction, the drug addiction, mental abuse and physical abuse, it’s lots of homeless and transient people…you wouldn’t want to go in there weak and people take advantage of the weak”- James
Long Haul: Katy Gosset meets Marty Bowers to hear his first-hand account of an horrific accident.
“Time seemed to just go forever...I knew Otago rescue choppers were coming, and I never thought I’d see them hovering above the ship to pick me up" - Marty Bowers
The Taxpayer's Artist: Lucy Smith goes inside the hidden world of taggers on the streets of Wellington.
Ketty shakes a can and starts spraying a “throw up”- a simple outline of her letters that she tags on the streets.
“I usually choose a route and then I just hit up tags everywhere as I walk. I first got into graffiti when I was 15 and properly started tagging when I was 16" - Ketty
Silent Cries: Sonia Sly investigates the proliferation of child abuse and neglect in New Zealand beyond the high profile cases that hit the media headlines.
"We need to be outraged every day" - Heather Henare, Skylight