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TRCP: Safety First

Episode 2: Safety First.

Te Radar joins Minister of Public Works Bob Semple as he directs the creation of one of the most fantastic machines ever built in this country to ensure our safety.

He also looks at stories about our somewhat lackadaisical attitude to health and safety measures.

Oh, and his Dad builds him the greatest tank ever built in the history of New Zealand.

Te Radar's Dad with the look he has when he's thinking "What have i got myself into?"

Bob Semple.

Te Ara Bio of Bob.

A ripping doco on New Zealand during WW2, (Semple tank features at 9:11)

Colour footage of the Semple Tank in action

Russian tank fancier website with some great archive images of the Semple Tank

Newspaper story of the Semple Tank 31 March, 1941

Not so flattering newspaper story on the Semple “Pie Cart”

Extra for experts: Fabulous thesis on Bob Semple by Carina Hickey


Norma McCulloch

Manawatu housewife and inventor Norma McCulloch, whose brainwaves have made the world a safer place

Norma McCulloch recognised as one of the top ten female inventors in the world



Website about the construction of the Power Station

Short doco on the work associated with the Manapouri Scheme’s power lines

Doco: A Question of Power – The Manapouri Debate (1980)


The Great Uranium Rush of 1955

Te Ara piece on the Great Uranium Rush.

A great read: Mad on Radium: New Zealand in the Atomic Age By Rebecca Priestley


The Taranaki Hedgecutters

Boxthorn Hedges


The Thermette

Watch one in action courtesy of Te Ara

You can still buy a Thermette!




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