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Special programming for Queen's Birthday.




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Dame Susan Bagshaw: doing it for the kids

Our last guest is one half of the duo known in Christchurch as the Brilliant Bagshaws Dr Sue Bagshaw has worked in the youth health sector for 30 years. She's set up and been involved in so many organisations benefitting young people it would make your head spin. She chairs the Korowai Youth Well-Being Trust running the Youth One Stop Shop 298 Youth Health, where she runs teaching clinics and is in the process of setting up the Christchurch Youth Hub - Te Hurihanga o Rangatahi, a...


Alicia Olatuja: taking on the divas

Alicia Olatuja is a mezzo-soprano who covers songs by artists as diverse as Nina Simone, Joni Mitchell and Tracy Chapman. And she's just as much at home singing gospel and opera. You might not know her name yet, but you may have seen her perform. Alicia made her international debut in 2013, stunning a global audience of millions during President Barack Obama's second inauguration ceremony with a soaring feature solo during the Battle Hymn of the Republic with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir....


Sir Wira Gardiner - Following the Maori Battalion

The 28th Maori Battalion is well known for its role in the Second World War but it was a story of many parts. The companies of the battalion were drawn from different tribal and regional groups and often served far apart from each other. One of the biggest conflicts for the battalion's B company was the battle of Monte Cassino and those men went on to have a huge impact on Aoteaora in the second half of the 20th century. In April, Sir Wira Gardiner published his history of B company - Ake...


Doc Edge Film Review with Sarah McMullan

Film Reviewer Sarah McMullan has has had a look at Doc Edge 2019: a festival of documentaries and she joins us in the studio.


Professor Mark Costello - when is a species not a species?

Mark Costello is an Auckland University marine ecologist, who co-leads the world's most comprehensive stocktake of marine life, which has enabled scientists to name all but half a million of all marine species. The stocktake has allowed scientists to learn how marine species behave as the sea temperature rises, and what impact that has on oxygen. Professor Costello is also one of the lead authors of the IPCC's next report on global warming. His chapter concerns oceans and biodiversity. But...


Te Rautaki Manaaki Mana: Tikanga in the ED

Research by the Maori health researcher, Professor Papaarangi Reid shows there was a nine year gap in life expectancy between Maori and non-Maori - a couple of years ago research showed it had been reduced to seven. Several DHBs across the country either have in place - or are rolling out - training to improve their engagement with Maori in the Emergency Department. The Australasian College of Emergency Medicine is getting in right at the start of ED training with a new policy: Te Rautaki...


Dame Areta Koopu: Peacemaker

My next guest is someone who has always had her tipuna by her side. She comes from the East Coast, near Gisborne. Her life's work led her to head the Maori Women's Welfare League in the 1990's, to the Waitangi Tribunal where she was a member for more than a decade -- she was a Human Rights Commissioner, a marriage guidance counsellor, a mediator, a peacemaker and of course a wife and mother. Whaea Areta Koopu CBE is now Dame Areta Koopu. We began by asking how Sir Apirana Ngata's influence...


Dame Fran Walsh: The steel and the emotion

She has for decades been known as Sir Peter Jackson's partner in life and on all his films since 'Meet the Feebles' in 1989. Together with fellow screenwriter Philippa Boyens, she has three Oscars for her work on the final episode of 'The Lord of the Rings', and a further 24 award nominations a whopping 30 wins from the Australian Film Institute, the BAFTAs, the Grammys, the Golden Globes, and the Writers Guild of America. Dame Fran Walsh has been the co-screenwriter of 'The Lord of the...


Anjum Rahman: Taking on Islamophobia

Anjum Rahman arrived in New Zealand in 1972 at the age of five from Canada, though she was born in the Ganges Plains in India. She is a political and human rights activist who is now a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Mrs Rahman is a founding member of Shama, the Hamilton Ethnic Women Centre, she helped found the Islamic Women's Council of New Zealand, in 1990. She is a Human Rights Commission facilitator and a board member or trustee of many organisations all with human rights at...


Bob McKerrow: A life of adventure

Bob McKerrow is a man of action. He's been a mountaineer, polar adventurer, humanitarian, and is now a lecturer, writer and poet. For 36 years he worked in conflict situations and in times of major natural disasters with the Red Cross. Afghanistan - Mountains of Our Minds is a book of poetry and photography Bob compiled in the late 90's and published in 2003 and finally 16 years later, he's decided to launch it. I actually met him the first time back in 1996 when I was briefly working in...


NZ’s first policewomen

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.


Our Wāhine: 125 extraordinary NZ women

A mother-daughter project Our Wāhine is celebrating 125 years of women's suffrage with 125 illustrations of women, including radio broadcaster Aunt Daisy, astronomer Beatrice Tinsley, and master weaver Dame Rangimārie Hetet.


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

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.


Poet Tayi Tibble – Poūkahangatus

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


Chvrches' Lauren Mayberry - Love Is Dead

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.


Inspiring IT pioneer Dame Steve Shirley

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...


Solo sailor Lisa Blair's epic journey

Lisa Blair’s solo voyage round the Antarctic turned into a life-threatening nightmare as she battled a broken mast amid giant waves – but she still made history.


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

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.


Tami Neilson is one sassy dame

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.


Annabel Langbein, NZOM

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