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Special programming for Queen's Birthday.

Special programming for Queen's Birthday.
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Wellington, New Zealand

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Special programming for Queen's Birthday.

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English

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Radio New Zealand House 155 The Terrace P O Box 123 Wellington 04 474 1999


Episodes

NZ’s first policewomen

6/3/2018
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The third of June marked the anniversary of the first women to train for the police force. In 1941 ten trainees were chosen. They had to be between 25 and 40 years old, pass a medical test, have shorthand and typing skills, and unmarried or widowed. Megan Whelan speaks to Valerie Redshaw, author of Tact and Tenacity: New Zealand Women in Policing, and a former officer for NZ Police and the London Met.

Duration:00:12:21

Our Wahine - mother and daughter honor 125 notable NZers

6/3/2018
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Artist Kate Hursthouse and her mother Karen Brook are researching and illustrating 125 notable New Zealand women for their project Our Wahine. It's to mark 125 years since the suffrage movement succeeded in making New Zealand the first country to give women the right to vote.

Duration:00:18:07

Dame Products’ Alex Fine on women making sex toys for women

6/3/2018
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Dame Products is a crowdfunded sex toy company that aims to make highly engineered and appealing sex toys for women. Dame Products co-founder and CEO Alexandra Fine has a Masters in Clinical Psychology, and combined her knowledge with her co-founder Janet Lieberman's background in mechanical engineering to improve on an industry that they saw as having a poor history of research and development.

Duration:00:16:11

Poet Tayi Tibble – Poukahangatus

6/3/2018
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Poūkahangatus is the debut collection by Victoria University International Institute of Modern Letters graduate and Adam Foundation Prize winner Tayi Tibble.

Duration:00:13:14

Chvrches' Lauren Mayberry - Love Is Dead

6/3/2018
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Glaswegian musical trio Chvrches may have relocated to New York but their recently released third album Love Is Dead has all the hallmarks of their previous records - with some extra pop sheen. Lead vocalist Lauren Mayberry caught Megan Whelan up on the process of making the new album and how she feels now that there is more attention on the misogyny that she's been calling out for years.

Duration:00:20:09

Inspiring IT pioneer Dame Steve Shirley

6/3/2018
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Dame Stephanie Shirley (who goes by Steve) is an IT pioneer, a philanthropist involved in autism charities, and a refugee. She was born Vera Buchthal and she and her sister were sent to England from Germany in 1939. Her commitment to her studies and talent for maths was so clear that she was placed in an all-boys school. Dame Steve went on to found Freelance Programmers, a company that initially only employed women and was unique in providing software solutions in the early hardware driven...

Duration:00:17:51

Antarctic solo sailing record holder Lisa Blair

6/3/2018
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Why would anyone do this? It's a question Australian Lisa Blair says she is asked a lot, "The short version is that I discovered sailing when I was 22, and I fell in love with it completely. I sourced an opportunity to sail around the world with crew in an amateur yacht race. 40,000 miles across an ocean and I loved it. So that snowballed into deciding that solo sailing is the ultimate challenge for a sailor." Last year Lisa upped the ante on this challenging pursuit, by becoming not only...

Duration:00:20:07

Children’s author Lynley Dodd on choosing to be a Dame

6/3/2018
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Dame Lynley Dodd is special to many. She is the writer and illustrator of dozens of books including the eternally popular Hairy Maclary series. Her words and images are imprinted onto the brains on multiple generations of children and parents. Megan Whelan speaks to Lynley about choosing to become a Dame when titles were restored, the creative process, managing her intellectual property, the Hairy Maclary app, and what her day to day life is like.

Duration:00:14:40

Tami Neilson is one sassy dame

6/3/2018
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Megan Whelan has already interviewed multi-award winning Canadian New Zealand musician Tami Neilson twice in the last year. Her new record is called Sassafrass! Roll on interview number three.

Duration:00:20:15

Annabel Langbein, NZOM

6/3/2018
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Wanaka's very own Annabel Langbein is now an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit thanks to her services to food writing.

Duration:00:10:01

Gender politics in Japan

6/3/2018
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Japan, like any nation, is adjusting to different generations' expectation of how society should be. With a falling birthrate and a low if growing migrant intake; Japan faces a future where the elderly significantly outnumber younger people. This uneasy adjustment was recently highlighted when MP Kato Kanji said that when he meets women who have no plans to marry, he tells them that "they won't be able to have children and that they'll end up in a care home paid for with the taxes of other...

Duration:00:18:01

Sir Bill English

6/3/2018
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One of the most high profile people being honoured on Queen's Birthday is the 39th Prime Minister of New Zealand - Bill English. He is now Knight Commander of The New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to the State.

Duration:00:10:32

Dame Winnie Laban

6/3/2018
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Former Labour MP Luamanavao Winnie Laban is New Zealand's first Samoan Dame. The Wellingtonian is one of eight new knights and dames that top this year's Queens Birthday honours. The Victoria University assistant vice chancellor has been given the award for services to education and the Pacific community, in a career spent encouraging achievement in education, sport and business.

Duration:00:06:42

Sir Michael Jones, knighted for his work with Pacific youth

6/4/2017
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"Very honoured, very privileged, very humble" says Sir Michael Jones on his Queen's Birthday honour.

Duration:00:06:17

Allyson Gofton: queen of cuisine

6/4/2017
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Kiwi cook Allyson Gofton is currently living in France. She talks to Megan about slow cooking - the subject of her latest book - and what she has learned during her French adventure.

Duration:00:23:56

Annie Crummer, Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit

6/4/2017
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Singer and songwriter Annie Crummer has been made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours. Crummer says she wants to share her Queen's Birthday honour with all Pasifika people.

Duration:00:12:55

Chloe Oldfield, Sean Palmer & Simon O'Connor, Monarchy

6/4/2017
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Monarchy New Zealand is dedicated to keeping the monarchy in position as New Zealand's head of state as well as educating the public about the royals play in our democracy. The organisation believes now is a time to use the connection to our advantage as Britain seeks new partnerships away from the EU. To talk about this and the relevance of the royals to New Zealand Monarchy New Zealand members, Chloe Oldfield and Sean Palmer are with Megan. MP for Tamaki Simon O'Connor is also in on the...

Duration:00:19:24

Lorna Piatti Farnell, History Professor busting Monarchs myths

6/4/2017
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AUT's Pop Culture and Cultural History Professor Lorna-Paitti Farnell joins Megan to clear up a few misconceptions about royal behaviour throughout history and around the world.

Duration:00:20:10

The Right Honourable Sir John Key

6/4/2017
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New Zealand's 38th prime minister, John Key, has been given the highest honour in this year's Queen's Birthday Honour's list. He's been made a Knight Grand Companion of The New Zealand Order of Merit. That means from now on his official title is The Right Honourable Sir John Key. He speaks to Megan about what the honour means to him and shares his thoughts on the ongoing debate about New Zealand becoming a republic.

Duration:00:13:39

Philip Holdway-Davis, Triumph on the Western Front

6/4/2017
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Philip Holdway-Davis is from the UK but now calls New Zealand home. His family is linked to New Zealand through the trenches of World War One when his great uncle Oswald Harcourt-Davis was attached to ANZAC troops in Europe as a Despatch Rider. Oswald, a talented writer, meticulously kept a diary observing life on the front line alongside the New Zealand and Australian troops. Philip Holdway-Davis has compiled the diary into a book which includes a battlefield guide for people wanting to...

Duration:00:11:14