7:07 Sonic Tonic - Brass

Tonight's sonic tonic is dedicated to Brass and comes with the 7:07pm question: What was the last thing you polished?

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Photo: Ravi Kumar [CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)]

8:05 Matariki Stories

Rangi Matamua, Maori Astronomer and Professor at the University of Waikato.

Rangi Matamua, Maori Astronomer and Professor at the University of Waikato. Photo: Supplied Spark NZ

Over the next couple of weeks we're featuring a series of Matariki Stories - which will introduce us to a different star every night just after 8.

The stories have been developed by Maori Astronomer, Rangi Matamua, Professor at the University of Waikato and Spark and are narrated by Radio presenter, Stacey Morrison, Te Karere host, Scotty Morrison and tikanga expert, Rhonda Tibble.

Tonight we have the story of Waitā.

8:10 Element of the Week

To mark 2019 as the year of the Periodic Table, RNZ Nights has teamed up with the MacDiarmid Institute to bring you Element of The Week.

Tonight, Dr David McMorran, Senior Teaching Fellow at the Department of Chemistry Te Tari Huaruanuku - University of Otago introduces us to the element zinc and the reason for tonight's sonic tonic dedicated to brass.

8:15 Dateline Pacific

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Photo: RNZ

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 Friday Night Live

Christchurch trio Nomad

Christchurch trio Nomad Photo: Supplied

For this Friday Night Live we join two new kids on the block - three piece Nomad and emo-popsters Openside, both performing in session at RNZ last year.

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Photo: Andre Kong

9:07 Country Life 

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Photo: RNZ/Carol Stiles

Adapting on the land is part of country life, as the Evans family, who have been on White Star Station 155 years, well know. Now the seventh generation is living on the Colville farm where today you'll find Hereford cattle, sheep, tourist accommodation, a horse-trekking venture and a honey business on the farm but, over the years, dairy cows, goats, deer and pigs have been farmed there. The farm's also had its own timber mill and goldmine.

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Photo: RNZ/Carol Stiles

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 The Mixtape

For the latest series of The Mixtape, RNZ Music invites guests to compile a C60 of local sounds, and talk us through their selections  Founding member of The Mutton Birds David Long, joins Yadana Saw to discuss his work as a composer for film and TV as well as his time in one of New Zealand's best loved bands of the 1990s.

David Long

David Long Photo: Grant Maiden