Knit a Critter

Knit a native NZ critter for our Knit a Critter competition. All items are donated to the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre, via the Red Cross.

Your knitting or crocheted item can be shaped like the critter or knitted critter image on an item of clothing like a beanie or another creative idea you come up with. It's up to you!

For any wearable items, do please use pure wool.

You can find all the details here

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1:10 First song


1:17 Are Auckland's ruru being poisoned? 

There's a curious case of sick ruru, or morepork, in Auckland.

While there's no official cause, there's speculation some may have been poisoned. Not from an owl-hater but form eating rats or mice that have ingested rodent poison. 

Dr Lynn Miller is a toxicologist and the General Manager of New Zealand Bird Rescue where these native birds recover. She tells us more about her suspicions. 

New Zealand morepork, or ruru, Ninox novaeseelandiae, on the West Coast of the South Island.

Photo: 123RF

1:27 Teenager wins School of Rock songwriting comp

A 15-year-old Kiwi girl's song will be reviewed by the legendary composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Sophie Brown won the School of Rock - The Musical: Songwriting Competition, under her stage name girl., for her tune Lifeline.  

Not only did the song win, it will now be performed live on stage by the international cast of the play. Sophie is in studio to tell us about writing it and her incredible prize. 

Sophie Brown AKA girl.

Sophie Brown AKA girl. Photo: Jiriki PhotographySarah Marshall

1:34 Outdoors "classroom" needs a new home

In 2014 teacher Kevin Powell realised his passion was outside the classroom. So he and his wife Jane decided to open a hands-on, outdoors classroom where children could learn about farming, food, and nature. 

Teacher in the Paddock has since seen more than 1000 kids and their families, learning skills and hanging out with animals. 

Over those years, it's been based on a lifestyle block in Papamoa. But now the property is being returned to its owners, so they're looking for a new space. Kevin tells me what they're looking to find. 


1:40 Great album - Motown Greatest Hits


2:10 Music Critic: Brad Warrington

Brad Warrington reviews Time by NF, Money by Michael Kiwanuka and Tom Misch, and Black Moon Rising by Black Pumas. 


2:25 NZ Biography: Prince Tui Teka

Today's biography is about one of our great entertainers and the first musician to have a number one hit in Te Reo, it's Prince Tui Teka. 

To help us remember the mighty man and his talents, I'm joined today by Mahora Peters, who toured with the Prince and his band, the Maori Volcanics Show Band. 

The Maori Volcanics. From left to right Nuki Waaka, Tui Teka, Mahora Waaka, Hector Epae and Johnny Nelson, with Gilbert Smith at back.

The Maori Volcanics. From left to right Nuki Waaka, Tui Teka, Mahora Waaka, Hector Epae and Johnny Nelson, with Gilbert Smith at back. Photo: via AudioCulture.

3:10 Link 3


3:15 Solving the World's Problems

Rebecca Stevenson, National Business Editor for Stuff, has been thinking about whether money can buy you happiness. Obviously the answer is no, but it can buy you less stress - and more choice. 

New Zealand Dollar Closeup

Photo: 123RF

3:25 The history of New Zealand’s private schools

Many parents consider whether sending their child to a private school is 'worth it'.  Looking into the history of New Zealand's private schools can help in answering this question.

The origin of our private schools is surprising and their history is more a story of independence rather than elitism says historian Dr Grant Morris from the University of Wellington.

3:35 Spoken Feature: BBC Witness 

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

4:05 The Panel with Niki Bezzant and Bill Ralston