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23 May 2024

Today Simon Wilson's with Jesse to talk about 'green housing' off the back of the NZ Green Building Council Housing Summit held in Auckland this week. Audio

Thursday 23 May 2024

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1:15 Kelmarna Community Farm asking for help to survive

Central Auckland's Kelmarna Community Farm have been feeding the community and bringing the joy of gardening to urban residents for forty years.

But the 4.5-acre farm is in danger of having to close its gates as their funding system is under immense pressures due in part, to the loss of a major grant it had been receiving for the past 6 years.

Sarah McFadden joins Jesse to talk about their issues and what they're asking the community to do to help them.

Kelmarna Community Gardens, Ponsonby, Auckland.

Kelmarna Community Gardens, Ponsonby, Auckland. Photo: Supplied by Bill McKay

1:20 How to write your family history, Charlotte Squire wants to help

Charlotte Squire helps people write their family history - for themselves and future generations.

Why? She says everybody has a story to share, even if they might think it's boring.

Charlottte runs free workshops at libraries across the country where people are encouraged to think back over their lives.

She talks to about the importance of remembering and some techniques for getting started.

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1:25 Guarav Sharma reunites with family after many years

RNZ has created an Asia unit, largely based here in Auckland to reflect the diversity in our communities and share their stories.

The team's been together since July last year - so coming up one year. They've been doing an amazing job sharing stories from Indian and Chinese communities who have made Aotearoa their home.

Among the team is senior journalist Guarav Sharma, he's got his own incredible story to share which culminates in him in finally being reunited with his wife and daughter next week after many years apart.

He shares his story with Jesse.

Guarav Sharma, a senior journalist at RNZ

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1:35 Catan National Championships about to take place

The New Zealand Catan National Championship take place on June 1st and 2nd at Wellycon.

Ahead of this gathering of board game enthusiasts we're joined by the reigning Catan World Champion.

Hamish Dean is a New Zealander now living in Los Angeles where he joins us to talk all about what the game involves.

Settlers of Catan board game

Photo: Screenshot

1:45 Great album: Some of It Was True

Today's link 3 winner will get a vinyl copy of the deluxe version of The Menzingers 2023 album Some Of It Was True.

Released on May 10 - the band's due to tour here in NZ in August. They're going to be playing at San Fran on August 20th then the folllowing night in Auckland at Whammy Bar.

2:10 Music Critic: Rachel Ashby

Rachel talks about Reb Fountain's cover of OMC's How Bizarre and a new track out from Vera Ellen.

2:30 NZ Sporting History: Hamish Bond

A three-time Olympic gold medal-winning rower, a Commonwealth Games bronze for road cycling, and soon-to-be Team New Zealand cycler, Hamish's athletic career knows no bounds.

In partnership with Eric Murray, he went unbeaten in pairs rowing for 7 years, winning 69 consecutive races.

For their unrivaled achievements the pair were awarded two Halberg Supreme Awards and three Team of the Year awards, not to mention the Halberg Champion of the Decade award for the 2010s.

Hamish speaks to Jesse.

New Zealand rower Hamish Bond.

Photo: Photosport

3:10 Link 3

3:15 Solving the World's Problems with Simon Wilson

Today Simon Wilson's with Jesse to talk about 'green housing' off the back of the NZ Green Building Council Housing Summit held in Auckland this week.

Residential houses on Bluff hill in Napier, New Zealand

Residential houses on Bluff hill in Napier, New Zealand Photo: 123rf

3:20 History with Dr Grant Morris

Budget Day 2024 is coming up next week on Thursday 30 May.It will be one of the biggest political events of the year and possibly define the Coalition Government.

Some critics have predicted it will be a ‘Black Budget’ but what does that actually mean?

Today Dr Grant Morris looks back to 1958 and the infamous Black Budget.

Minister of Finance, Mr Arnold Nordmeyer, with his first budget for the Labour Government of 1958

Minister of Finance, Mr Arnold Nordmeyer, with his first budget for the Labour Government of 1958 Photo: natlib.govt.nz

3:35 Spoken Feature BBC Witness

Bata was a Czech company which pioneered assembly line shoemaking and sold affordable footwear around the world.

The factory near London was opened in 1933 and it became key to its expansion.

In 2018, Dina Newman spoke to one of its senior engineers, Mick Pinion, about the company's remarkable history, including how it sold millions of shoes in Africa and Asia.

Mobile shoe shop selling Bata shoes

Mobile shoe shop selling Bata shoes Photo: Getty Images

3:45 The pre-Panel