COTW t-shirt 2022

COTW t-shirt 2022 Photo: supplied

Hey COTW fans - critter t-shirts are back with a new design and a tote bag.

The money raised from the sale of the products goes directly to community environmental groups.

You can pre-order your t-shirts, tote bags and tea towels via the link below. You have two weeks to place your orders so they arrive in time for Christmas.


1:15 World famous fly fishing rods made in Wānaka

There are only about 100 people in the world who can say they are a master-certified fly-fishing casting instructor.

Carl McNeil is one of them. His business Epic Fly Rods in Wānaka makes top quality fly fishing equipment.

Their fishing rods have been ranked one of the world's best by Field & Stream - a major outdoors magazine in the United States.

Carl talks to Charlotte about turning his hobby into a successful business.

Fly fishing.

Fly fishing. Photo: Supplied/Pete Slotemaker

1.25 Could a rock substance be key in our fight against climate change?

If you sprinkle it over the farm, it sucks up the carbon, and it could make the farm run-off actually beneficial for the waterways.

It's not a miracle, just a rock called dunite.

An iwi and young university scientist are working together on a new solution using a reaction between rock, CO2, and water.

Terry Isson is the scientist speacilising in geochemistry and geobiology at the University of Waikato. He talks to Charlotte about the potential of this substance in the fight against climate change.

Terry Isson and Ngāti Pūkenga researching dunite

Photo: Terry Isson

1.35 Space Showcase on the road

Otago Museum's latest science roadshow, Tūhura Tuarangi - Aotearoa in Space kicks off today.

The show, touring the country, introduces our home grown space technology and world-leading research as well shining a light on the huge range of space-related career prospects that being created all over Aotearoa.

Leading the project is Otago Museum's Science Engagement Co-Ordinator Dr Andrew Mills. He talks to Charlotte about their show and where it's going to be touching down.

Tūhura Tuarangi

Tūhura Tuarangi Photo: supplied

1:45 Number 1 album: Damn the Torpedoes

Today's Number 1 album in NZ Charts is Damn the Torpedoes by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

It went to the top of the album charts in May 1980 and had a number of hit singles including Don't Do Me Like That and Refugee.

Damn the Torpedoes album cover

Damn the Torpedoes album cover Photo: Fair use

2:10 Television Critic: Linda Burgess

Today Linda Burgess talks to Charlotte about her take on the coverage of the death of Queen Elizabeth and how the different networks tackled Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori. She's also been watching Only Murders in the Building on Disney+.

2:20  Australian Correspondent Brad Foster 

Brad Foster reports on a big weekend of football over the weekend, feelings about last week's Bledisloe Cup loss, and changes to COVID reporting.

2:30 Expert feature: selling property privately

If you're buying or selling, most people choose to go through an agent  but there is also the option to list a property privately.

Ryan Rankin-Hirst is Director and Co-Founder of - an online platform that provides key tools to complete a private sale, and connects buyers and sellers.

If you have any questions for Ryan you can text 2101 or email

11218023 - house for sale

Photo: 123RF

3:10 Looking for a UFO which crashed into the Pacific Ocean in 2014

Eight years ago, an object around half a metre long that fell into the ocean off the coast of Papua New Guinea. It came down so fast  scientists starting speculating that it came from outside our solar system. Now US Space Command confirms it the first known large interstellar object to impact Earth. Professor Avi Loeb, of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics wants to know what exactly  fell to earth and is now sitting on the ocean floor.  He's planning an expedition to find fragments of whatever is, even suggestion it could be a technological object created by aliens. We'll talk to Professor Loeb about the expedition and what he hopes to find.

Harvard Professor Avi Loeb

Harvard Professor Avi Loeb Photo: Harvard University

3:35 Voices

In this episode of Voices, in the run up to Mental Health Awareness week Kadambari Raghukumar talks to a South Asian mental health advocate about the gaps and challenges they see in the community.

Silhouette of sad girl behind frosted glass. (Photo by IGOR STEVANOVIC / SCIENCE PHOTO / IST / Science Photo Library via AFP)


3:45 The Panel with Amy Carter and Mark Sainsbury