Basil Clarke (Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision collection).

Audio Curios: Live Luncheons

Join Veronkia, Niko, Michael, Christina and guests on Spätzle Radio – a live luncheon broadcast monthly on Arrow FM (Wairarapa).  This broadcast is from 7 February 2016. The programme features live traditional German baking with explanations of the dishes regional origins. 

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You can hear the full luncheons here.

 

This post is part of the Audio Curios series. Radio Collection Developer Gareth Watkins regularly comes across interesting, unique, and sometimes downright puzzling bits of audio during his accessioning work. He’s going to share some of these audio treasures with you in the Audio Curios series, which will be posted here on the Gauge blog frequently.

Māori waka hurdle race on the Waikato River at the Ngaruawahia Regatta. 1910.  Godber, Albert Percy, 1875-1949, Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22661780

Tūrangawaewae Regatta

The Waikato River at Tūrangawaewae was a hive of activity last weekend, with thousands of people turning out to watch and take part in the annual Regatta, which sees a variety of Māori waka racing on the river – from primary school children, right up to the mighty waka tauā, or war canoes. This was the 121st year the Regatta has been held, and over the years recordings of radio coverage of the event have found their way into the archives of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision. You can hear Sarah Johnston, our Client Services Coordinator – Radio, talking about them with RNZ’s Jesse Mulligan here, or listen to the recordings below.

Regatta on the Waikato River at Ngaruawahia, circa 1910. Price, William Archer, 1866-1948. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22846494
Regatta on the Waikato River at Ngaruawahia, circa 1910. Price, William Archer, 1866-1948. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22846494

The Ngāruawāhia Regatta, as it was originally called, began in 1895 as a St Patrick’s Day holiday event. The 1902 Cyclopedia of New Zealand says it was started by Mr Wells, the local school headmaster, and in 1900 8,000 people attended [1]. The event was organised by both Māori and Pākehā to “promote and encourage aquatic sports and the preservation of ancient Māori events and customs.” It was a hugely popular entertainment, with special trains being chartered from Auckland to bring spectators down and paddle steamers bringing others up the river. At times as many as 20,000 people turned up for the regatta, which was soon supplemented with kapa haka, Highland dancing, sideshows and wood-chopping displays.

In 1947 the New Zealand Broadcasting Service Mobile Unit toured Waikato and recorded oral history interviews with elderly residents, several of whom recalled the regattas of their youth. A Pākehā resident of Huntly, George Shaw, talked about working in a general store, Friar Davies and Co., which did a brisk trade supplying Regatta visitors in the 1900s. From his description we can tell it was a big social event for the whole community, which required a new wardrobe.

Clip 1: George Shaw

From History of Huntly (1 January 1947)

George Shaw‘s recollections are of course, a Pākehā interpretation of Māori events – often the norm in broadcasting back in the 1940s. Continue reading

Basil Clarke (Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision collection).

Audio Curios: Being a Māori is…

Justine Murray and Maraea Rakuraku from RNZ’s “Te Ahi Kaa” programme read a short excerpt from the late Ranginui Walker’s book Nga Tau Tohetohe: The Years of Anger, published in 1987 (“Te Ahi Kaa,” 11 July 2010, RNZ National).

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You can hear the full programme featuring Ranginui Walker in 2010 here.

 

Ranginui Walker (1932 – 2016)

Nō reira e te rangatira, takoto mai i te takotoranga o ō mātua o ō tīpuna, takoto mai, takoto. 

To Ranginui the chief, rest in peace.

 

This post is part of the Audio Curios series. Radio Collection Developer Gareth Watkins regularly comes across interesting, unique, and sometimes downright puzzling bits of audio during his accessioning work. He’s going to share some of these audio treasures with you in the Audio Curios series, which will be posted here on the Gauge blog frequently.

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Peter Downes: Early Radio Recordings and Archiving in Aotearoa New Zealand

Peter Downes has had a long and distinguished association with broadcasting and sound archiving in Aotearoa. In this presentation he charts the beginnings of radio recording and archiving in this country, with personal reflections (he started in broadcasting in 1947) sprinkled with some fascinating audio excerpts dating back almost 100 years.

A very special thank you to Peter for allowing us to film his presentation and reproduce it online.

Read a transcript of Peter’s talk

Basil Clarke (Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision collection).

Audio Curios: The Last Post

Bugler Trevor Bremner and producer Shelley Wilkinson discuss the various bugle calls that make up the “Last Post” (“Bugle Stories,” RNZ Concert, 25 April 2015).

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You can hear the full series of six “Bugle Stories” here.

 

This post is part of the Audio Curios series. Radio Collection Developer Gareth Watkins regularly comes across interesting, unique, and sometimes downright puzzling bits of audio during his accessioning work. He’s going to share some of these audio treasures with you in the Audio Curios series, which will be posted here on the Gauge blog frequently.

Basil Clarke (Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision collection).

Audio Curios: “I Live Your Book”

Mike Hosking talks to author Sarah Knight about how he “lives” her new book, The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a… (Best of Mike Hosking, 28 Feb 2016, Newstalk ZB).

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Radio Collection, all rights reserved. To enquire about re-use of this item please contact sound@ngataonga.org.nz

 

This post is part of the Audio Curios series. Radio Collection Developer Gareth Watkins regularly comes across interesting, unique, and sometimes downright puzzling bits of audio during his accessioning work. He’s going to share some of these audio treasures with you in the Audio Curios series, which will be posted here on the Gauge blog frequently.

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Martin Crowe Remembered

Martin Crowe, 1962 – 2016

In February 1991 Martin Crowe set the highest score by any New Zealand test cricketer, when he reached a total of 299 against Sri Lanka at the Basin Reserve. This record was to stand for 23 years, until broken in 2014 by Brendan McCullum. Although he was hugely disappointed not to reach a triple century, his partnership with Andrew Jones also set a world record for any test partnership at 467.

In this archival radio broadcast from RNZ Sports you can hear highlights of that test commentary and then a post-match interview with Martin Crowe by commentator Bryan Waddle.

 

Read the NZ Cricket Museum’s moving tribute to Martin Crowe

 

Sources

  • Image: Martin Crowe batting in a charity match in 2011. By Kristina D.C. Hoeppner, Wellington. [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
  • Audio: from Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Radio Collection, all rights reserved. To enquire about re-use of this item please contact sound@ngataonga.org.nz
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New Zealand’s Famous Dolphins

Did you know chocolate fish were originally called “Pelorus Jacks”? Earlier this week Sarah Johnston (our Client Services Co-ordinator – Radio) chatted to RNZ’s Jesse Mulligan about recordings in Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision’s Sound Collection on famous New Zealand dolphins – like Pelorus Jack and Opo.

Listen here:

Lee-Johnson, Eric Albert, 1908-1993. Woman with Opo the dolphin, at Opononi - Photograph taken by Eric Lee-Johnson. Scott, Thomas Henry, 1918-1960 :Photographs. Ref: PAColl-5849-3-001. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22831745
Lee-Johnson, Eric Albert, 1908-1993. Woman with Opo the dolphin, at Opononi – Photograph taken by Eric Lee-Johnson. Scott, Thomas Henry, 1918-1960 : Photographs. Ref: PAColl-5849-3-001. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22831745
Basil Clarke (Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision collection).

Audio Curios: Key’d In

Max Key has just released his first single and has started DJ’ing on George FM. This recording has edited excerpts from an interview he did the next morning on George Breakfast with Thane & Kara, where he talks about negative social media reaction and being the son of Prime Minister John Key.

George FM, 17 February 2016

 

This post is part of the Audio Curios series. Radio Collection Developer Gareth Watkins regularly comes across interesting, unique, and sometimes downright puzzling bits of audio during his accessioning work. He’s going to share some of these audio treasures with you in the Audio Curios series, which will be posted here on the Gauge blog frequently.

Audio clip from Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Radio Collection, all rights reserved. To enquire about re-use of this item please contact sound@ngataonga.org.nz