1:10 First Song: Tom Maxwell & The Killergrams Midnight Hours

Lyttelton country singer / songwriter Tom Maxwell and band The Killergrams are setting off around Te Wai Pounamu for a seven-stop whiplash tour this winter, with a couple of secret venues tucked into the schedule.

The bluesy four-piece released their debut album Midnight Hours in early May, with a long list of top-notch collaborators getting on board including Holly Arrowsmith, Hana Fahy and Ryan Fisherman. They've dropped into our Christchurch studio to play Midnight Hours.

Tom Maxwell and the Killergrams

Tom Maxwell and the Killergrams Photo: supplied Tom Maxwell

1:15 Support for those mentally traumatised in mosque attacks

Many people were killed and injured in the mosque attacks in Christchurch in March, but there are many more who were mentally traumatised by the terror. 

Following the attack, ACC Minister Iain Lees-Galloway spoke to officials about possibly extending ACC coverage to give those people special support. Ultimately though the idea was rejected.  

Investigative reporter for Newsroom David Williams wrote about the issue and explains the situation. 

Tributes and flowers left outside Al-Noor Mosque in Christchurch after the terror attacks.

Tributes and flowers left outside Al-Noor Mosque in Christchurch after the terror attacks. Photo: RNZ / Isra'a Emhail

1:25 Dame Joy Cowley on spirituality

Our next guest needs no introduction. 

Dame Joy Cowley, one of the country's most esteemed writers - author of the children's books Mrs. Wishy-Washy - has been praised for her latest book, a non-fiction one for adults called Veil Over the Light

Dame Cowley's a finalist in the Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Mind Body Spirit Book Awards and she tells us about writing the collection. 

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Photo: supplied / Joy Cowley

1:35 Kiwi kids TV show set in Taranaki

Moving to a new town and school can be tough for kids. A new TVNZ show follows a young kiwi who is offered New Zealand's favourite fruit as an olive branch by her new friends. The Feijoa Club is filmed in Taranaki and the casts features kids from the area. 

Actor and director Nicole Whippy is part of the project and tells us more about filming it. 

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Photo: Supplied / The Feijoa Club


1:40 Great album

2:10 Book critic: Karen McMillan - great winter escapes

It's that time of the year when the winter blues can get you down. But even if you can't get away overseas, you can always escape winter by losing yourself in a great book. 

Karen McMillan, author and director of NZ Booklovers has three wonderful books to read that will transport readers to Italy, Spain and Croatia. You can enjoy sun-kissed scenery and fresh air, food and wine, stunning natural beauty and iconic architecture, culture and history. Karen reviews A Dream of Italy by Nicky Pellegrino, The Spanish Promise by Karen Swan and Dubrovnik My Love by Suzanne Brooks-Pincevic.


2:20 Breaking through: Kiwi women in the NZ Top 10

What is it that stopped so many women music artists from breaking through the NZ music charts?  Online music library Audioculture has put together a new feature counting down from 1975 when the Yandall Sisters' Sweet Inspiration made it to No. 6, though to 2005 when NZ Idol winner, Rosita Vai had a No 1 with All I Ask.

New Zealand Women in the NZ Top Ten is a definitive list of top 10 songs by New Zealand women- Renee Jones from Audioculture is in to take us through 30 years of chart-topping songs.


3:10 Australian Olympic athlete Madeline Pape re-thinks her position on Semenya Caster

The ban on South African Olympic champion Caster Semenya from competing in some women's track events is challenging our ideas about gender, biology and who can compete in women's sports. She has naturally high testosterone levels and has been ordered to take drugs to reduce those levels to lift the ban.

Australian Olympic athlete Madeline Pape once competed against her, and believed Semenya had an unfair advantage. But Pape has changed her position and discusses the wider implications this controversial case has for all of women's sport.


3:30 Spoken Feature: BBC Witness

In 1995 a group of senior, indigenous Australian women started a campaign to halt the construction of a nuclear waste facility in a remote part of South Australia. Witness today recalls their unlikely victory against the Australian government.

3:45 The Pre-Panel Story of the Day and One Quick Question

4:05 The Panel with Lizzie Marvelly and Gary McCormick