Category archive: Nostalgia

Great auditions

For some years Chris travelled the country looking for new talent to make their debut on Television. New Zealand has a history of talent quests at the beach over summer or in local halls up and down the country raising funds for all sorts of projects. Radio and television had early versions called “Have a Shot” often compered by John Maybury.  But he remembers a few auditions which returned huge rewards.  

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Kiwiosities: Spanish names

Excerpts from Kiwiosities, a book by Gordon Ell on the traditions and folklore of New Zealand.

Spanish names

In Doubtful Sound, Fiordland, a number of Spanish place names recall the visit of the  explorer Malaspina, more than 200 years ago.

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RIP Local news

We miss our weekly rag. Just when it seemed to be doing the job of our daily papers (there’s only the NZ Herald now) ours, like other print media died.

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August miscellany

Deep in the heart of Mt Roskill and about 100 metres from the gates of Dominion Road School, where we Standard Two kids used to pick up milk crates for every class, the Labour Party held its campaign launch for local MP Michael Wood. Nothing unusual about that – the elections will be upon us in September.

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TVNZ’s 60th – sort of…

Ten years ago TVNZ ‘celebrated’ its first 50 years.

A Light Entertainment programme  was hosted by Jason Gunn in front of an Auckland rent-a-crowd  at  the the Casino Theatre, and long term Television staff were incensed at what they saw.

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Sins of the fathers…

Labour wants it, sort of. Aucklanders deserve it.  New Zealand First at this stage at least, has blocked it.  As a result, Auckland’s roads are quite simply,  constipated. It could be the increase in  car commuting  but also rapid population growth.

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Ageism and us…

I’m a baby-boomer  – and proud of it. So why is our generation, the first crop of boomers (born 1946), being  attacked for  simply reaching our age. After all we protested against Nuclear testing at Mururoa – and eventually won.

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Let Them Eat Cake

I don’t share the wishful thinking of those who believe the Corona pandemic will somehow lead us to a more enlightened way of thinking. As if the blight of dirty dairying, unsustainable tourism and no-tax housing investment is going to be less inviting after alert level one has come and gone.

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Peggotty

It is not as if he came into my life, rather I came into his.  He was a fisherman and still is.  He was a wedding present to my parents but I do not know the donor.  He wore a nondescript greyish sou-wester, a blue jersey and black Wellington boots.

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