7:12 Nights Mathematics

Dr. Dillon Mayhew from Victoria University's School of Mathematics is talking Pi.

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Photo: John Reid [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)]

7:30 Song Crush

The Song Crush team listen to the feminine flecked new songs from indie-rock veterans The National, and a minimalist cover of Cher's 1998 hit 'Believe' amongst other great new releases.

Host Kirsten Johnstone is joined by RNZ Music programmer Zen Yates-Fill, Music 101 producer Elliott Childs and freelance writer and RNZ Music contributor Waveney Russ

8:10 Bedtime Stories

Last week RNZ launched its new online Storytime site for little kids, kids and bigger kids.  

This is a new online home for all or RNZ's stories for children which is easy to navigate and searchable.

You can search by subject and writer and story title and genre and age appropriateness. The layout is so logical and easy to use. Even a child can do it!

Just for this week on Nights, we've decided to run a few bedtime stories from Storytime. Tonight, Acushla-Tara Sutton reads The Seven Kites of Matariki by Calico McClintock.

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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 Oklahoma, Tayo Popoola discovers the story of the slaves owned by the Cherokee Indian tribe. Since the emancipation of the slaves in the 19th Century, there has been an often uneasy relationship between the so called "Freedmen" and their former masters, both racial minorities with long histories of persecution in the US. This documentary uncovers their extraordinary twinned history, and investigates its legacy for the two communities today.

9:07 Christchurch Word Festival

In what may be her most ambitious and fascinating book, Dame Anne Salmond, Distinguished Professor of Maori Studies at the University of Auckland and author of many significant titles, considers New Zealand as a place where multiple worlds meet and collide.

Tears of Rangi: Experiments Across Worlds begins with close inquiry into early Maori-European encounters, then investigates these with regard to waterways, land, the sea and people. In conversation with Eruera Tarena she explores how her own life experience has brought her to an understanding of the intertwining of Maori and Pakeha history, and the connection between humanity and the natural world.

10:17 Lately

Emile Donovan is keeping you up to date if you're up late.

Emile Donovan

Emile Donovan Photo: RNZ Andrew Robertson


11:07 Worlds of Music


Trevor Reekie hosts a weekly music programme celebrating an eclectic mix of 'world' music, fusion and folk roots. Tonight features music from a couple of artists who will be performing at the Wellington Jazz Festival taking place on the 5-9th June including New York based vocalist Alicia Olatuja who is appearing wih her band.

This episode of Worlds of Music also features an interview with the local ensemble Ponguru who are making a rare public performance. Ponguru's album is a unique and culturally significant recording conceived, composed and performed by nga¯ taonga pu¯oro artist Alistair Fraser and double-bassist Phil Boniface, brilliantly realized by the Rattle Records label.

For Jazz Festival performance details check: www.jazzfestival.nz