7:12 HMY Iolaire

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Photo: Ness Historical Society [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Early New Years Day 1918 as it brought returning soldiers from the First World War, the HMY Iolaire went down a few yards from shore and about a mile from the safety of Stornoway Harbour. One of the worst UK maritime disasters of the 20th century, at least 201 men perished of the 283 aboard.

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As the 100th anniversary of the disaster approaches, Malcolm MacDonald talk to us about his book The Darkest Dawn : The Story of the Iolaire Tragedy

7:35 Upbeat

Former RNZ Presenter Christine Argyle has a new role as the Chief Executive at the New Zealand Choral Federation.
She has a passion for choral music both as an administrator and as a performer. She was in the New Zealand Youth Choir and established a number of choirs based in Wellington.
She spoke to David Morriss on Upbeat last week.

8:10 Night Mail

To get in touch, email nights@radionz.co.nz , you can text us from your mobile on 2101 or you can find us on Facebook.

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8:15 Dateline Pacific

RNZ Pacific's daily current affairs programme covering the major Pacific stories of the week, with background and reaction from the people making the news.

8:30 Window on the World

In Canada, many women volunteer to give birth to a stranger's child and do not get paid in return. Under Canadian laws, gestational surrogates receive only expenses in exchange for getting pregnant and carrying a baby for nine months. There is an altruistic surrogacy model in place, radically different from commercial surrogacy in other countries. The BBC's Valeria Perasso follows the surrogates as they navigate the emotional challenges of giving life to a baby that they will say goodbye to after birth, and meets the families who will welcome home these special babies.

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9:10 Nights Sport

Dana Johannsen is back with her take on an exciting week in sport.

9:30 Insight

This week on Insight, Teresa Cowie heads to the West Coast to find out if we are going to have to give up on our springtime whitebait treat.

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Photo: RNZ Insight/Teresa Cowie

10:17 Lately

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Lately with Karyn Hay is a late night radio show on RNZ National, with an eye on live events, an ear for music, a great sense of humour and a genuine interest in people and their stories.

11:07 Nashville Babylon

On tonight's show Mark spins classic blues and country from Honeyboy Edwards and Frankie Laine, a festive tune courtesy of Otis Gibbs, alt.country from Uncle Tupelo and Stevie Ray Vaughn covering Jimi Hendrix.