Episodes
Last year's Australian fire season was the worst on record, with 34 deaths, more than 3500 homes lost and billions of animals harmed. It also wasn't a surprise to Victor Steffensen, a specialist in indigenous fire management. He correctly saw the amount of vegetation on the land combined with the drying effects of climate change as a bomb waiting to go off. Victor believes the practice of cultural burning should be utilised more widely to reduce the threat of more catastrophic bushfires. The...
Published 09/26/20
A fascinating social and sporting experiment's been going on in Florida for the past 2 months. The National Basketball Association's spent an estimated US$180 million on creating an isolation zone- aka the 2020 NBA Bubble- in Walt Disney World near Orlando. Since July, players and support staff have been staying in the resort as they complete the regular season and the playoffs. There's daily testing, temperature checks, wrist bands that alarm when you get too close to someone for more than a...
Published 09/26/20
Australian author and screenwriter Craig Silvey's second novel Jasper Jones, released in 2009 sold more than 600,000 copies and was adapted for screen and stage. 11 years on he's just released a new book Honeybee. Described as a "heart-breaking, life-affirming coming-of-age novel" it's set in contemporary Western Australia and at its heart is a life-changing chance encounter between two characters on a quiet overpass one night.
Published 09/25/20
New Zealand-born Sergeant Matiu Ratana, known as Matt, was two months from retiring when he was fatally shot in the chest in Croydon, England. Ratana was shot while a suspect, still in handcuffs, was about to be searched at a custody centre. Labour Maori MP for Te Tai Hauāuru Adrian Rurawhe is Matiu's first cousin. He joined Julian Wilcox.
Published 09/25/20
Ariana Tikao is a composer and performer of Kāi Tahu descent whose waiata bring to life ancestral stories. She is a passionate exponent of the indigenous musical instruments of Aotearoa and is committed to the ongoing project of celebrating and playing taonga pūoro. She is following in the footsteps of Hirini Melbourne, and two of her mentors, Richard Nunns and Brian Flintoff. Tikao began performing in 1993 with the folk group 'Pounamu', and branched out on her solo music career in the early...
Published 09/25/20
Rachel Taulelei (Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga, Ngāti Rarua, Ngāti Koata) is the CEO of Kono, a family-owned Maori food and beverage producer and exporter. A seafood aficionado, her business Yellow Brick Road supplies seafood to restaurants throughout the country. She is a former US Trade Commissioner, who sits on the Prime Minister's Business Advisory Council, and chairs New Zealand's APEC Business Advisory Council. You might have caught her Zoom chat with the PM over lockdown too.
Published 09/25/20
Former Air New Zealand cabin attendant Taaniko Nordstrom, and her sister-in-law Vienna Nordstrom, are the creative duo behind Soldiers Rd Portraits, a photography-based business they set up together in 2011. Based in Cambridge, they dress their customers in Māori, Pasifika, Native American and First Nations' clothing and then photograph them to create a vintage-style portrait. Soldiers Rd have taken this idea overseas to Australia, the US, Europe and India, and in 2016 started a project...
Published 09/25/20
C.T. (Manny) Jules is the Chief Commissioner of the First Nations Tax Commission based in Kamloops, British Columbia. He is a leading figure in getting Canada's First Nations people independence over their tax affairs, and says tax autonomy forms a a vital part in self determination and entrepreneurship. He was responsible for recovering 45,000 acres of his tribe's reserve lands, and he's also driven legislative reform in the country. His enthusiasms extend beyond the business world too. He's...
Published 09/25/20
It's been another big news week in the U.S. Black Lives Matter protests reignited after a decision not to charge police officers involved in the killing of Breonna Taylor in Louisville in March. Following the death of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Republicans are now pushing for a new Supreme Court judge to be appointed before the election. And the country has reached the tragic tally of 200,000 deaths from COVID-19. Joining us to discuss is April Ryan, the White House Correspondent and Washington DC...
Published 09/25/20
Hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders joined together to speak, sing and celebrate te reo at midday on Monday. This "Maori Language Moment", part of Te Wiki o te reo Maori, was the single largest celebration of the Maori language in Aotearoa's history, So how can events like these contribute to the goal of getting 1 million Maori language speakers by 2040? Joining us to discuss is Professor Rawinia Higgins, the Chair of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori chair/The Maori Language Commission. As...
Published 09/19/20
New Zealand legal history was made earlier this month when the Supreme Court allowed former Christchurch Civic Creche worker Peter Ellis's appeal against charges of sexual offending to continue, despite the fact he died in September last year. It will be the first time in Aotearoa that a conviction is appealed by a dead person. Counsel for Peter Ellis, Natalie Coates, used an argument based on tikanga - that both Maori and Pakeha have mana in death and if the appeal was successful, this would...
Published 09/19/20
Never has humanity given so much thought to the handles, the buttons, and the benchtops that surround us. The realities of life under the pandemic mean that every encounter with a surface becomes an interaction laden with dread. Not a bad time, then, to be harnessing the power of silver nano-particles to design anti-microbial- and potentially anti-viral- coatings that can be applied to surfaces in our hospitals, factories and across our daily lives. Eldon Tate is the founder and CEO of...
Published 09/18/20
Conservationist and adventurer Sacha Dench didn't let the small matter of a fear of flying stop her taking to the sky in a motorised paraglider in pursuit of migrating swans. Her first mission in 2016 involved flying 7,000 kms across 11 countries to track the migrating Bewick's swan, earned her the nickname "the human swan', Her next project has been delayed until next year by the pandemic but involves following ospreys across Europe to West Africa. Also in the pipeline is an even longer...
Published 09/18/20
When New Zealand rugby league legend Olsen Filipaina- aka "The Big O" or "The Galloping Garbo" on account of his day job- plied his trade in Australia's National Rugby League he was a trailblazer as a player of Pasific descent. Now, according to author Patrick Skene, players of Pasifika or Maori heritage make up around half of all NRL players, and dominate the league. In his book The Big O Skene celebrates the career of a working class hero who overcame racism and depression to play in over...
Published 09/18/20
The Black Lives Matter protests continue to influence the spectacle and the business of pro sports. With many of the world's top leagues now back in action, including the NBA, football and the NFL, how are they accommodating athletes who want to campaign for social change? Meanwhile the International Olympic Committee's in the process of reviewing its January ban on political protest gestures (including kneeling, hand signs and the wearing or holding of placards or armbands) before the...
Published 09/18/20
How tough would it be to defend a nationalist politician whose views would see you and your family deported from the country they now call home? Australian criminal lawyer Andrew Boe arrived in Queensland from Burma- now Myanmar- with his parents as a child. He's risen to become one of Australia's top barristers, and in his book The Truth Hurts he reflects on his three decades in the law, some previous clients (including serial killer Ivan Milat and right wing politician Pauline Hanson) and...
Published 09/18/20
How does the design of our buildings and office layouts need to change to minimise the spread of COVID-19? That's one of the questions exercising Joe Allen, an assistant professor of exposure assessment science and director of the Healthy Buildings program at Harvard University's T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He's interested in the way our offices, homes and other enclosed spaces (including aeroplanes...and toilets!) could be contributing to the spread of COVID-19. An early advocate of...
Published 09/18/20
Iconic New Zealand monthly current affairs magazine North & South is rising from the ashes, and at the helm will be new editor Rachel Morris. German journalists Konstantin Richter and Verena Friederike Hasel bought the title from Bauer Media who closed it down during April's Level 4 lockdown. Morris has been working as Executive Editor for the Huffington Post's award winning longform digital magazine, Highline. And now she's part of the "brain-gain" of successful New Zealanders returning...
Published 09/12/20
Dr Chris Smith returns to discuss the latest Covid-19 science and research news. This week trials of one of the front-running vaccines (AZD1222 aka the "Oxford vaccine") made by AstraZeneca, have been halted. So what does this mean for the prospects of getting a safe and effective vaccine to market by early next year? And after 'Operation Warp Speed' aimed to develop a vaccine by January 2021, we now have UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson championing a mass testing program called 'Operation...
Published 09/12/20
Actor, model, producer, activist and former fitness guru Jane Fonda reflects on her relationship with climate change activism in a new book:What Can I Do? My Path from Climate Despair to Action. Fonda is a two-time Oscar winner and an Emmy award-winning American actress with a lifelong commitment to political activism. She now sits on the boards of V-Day: Until the Violence Stops, the Women's Media Center (which she cofounded in 2004), the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power &...
Published 09/12/20
Kim Hill reads Listener feedback for 12 September 2020.
Published 09/11/20
Presented by Dame Professor Anne Salmond, TV series Artefact focuses on objects and taonga at the heart of historical dramas. These treasures range from physical items to places or living things. And they aren't only things that live behind glass display cabinets at the world's top museums and cultural institutions. Some reside in small local museums, or are cared for by whanau. Salmond is a Distinguished Professor of Maori Studies and Anthropology at the University of Auckland. She was the...
Published 09/11/20
Filmmaker and journalist Barbara Sumner was adopted in 1960 and at the age of 23, embarked on a search to find her birth mother. The system made this all but impossible, and Sumner now campaigns for an overhaul of New Zealand's 'closed' adoption laws. She's chronicled her journey in a memoir Tree of Strangers. Sumner and her husband Tom Burstyn are the makers of the critically acclaimed 2009 documentary film, This Way Of Life, about a family of horse breeders living near the Ruahine Ranges.
Published 09/11/20
Biologist and mycologist Merlin Sheldrake explores the strange and wonderful world of fungi in his book Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds, and Shape Our Futures. It can be microscopic, but also forms the largest single organism in existence, covering 10 square kilometres and weighing 35,000 tons. It can turn insects into zombies and even displays qualities that seem to resemble intelligence, memory, and communication. In his book, Sheldrake suggests that the study of...
Published 09/11/20
Podcaster Phoebe Judge is the host and co-creator of popular shows Criminal and This Is Love, and the owner of one of the more distinctive voices in audio. Her new lockdown-inspired series Phoebe Reads A Mystery features her reciting classics such as The Moonstone, Dracula, and The Hound of The Baskervilles. Previously, as a reporter based on Mississippi's gulf coast, she covered the BP oil spill and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Published 09/11/20