7:07 Sonic Tonic

What's your takeaway?

Jenna Todd from Time Out Books in Auckland

Jenna Todd from Time Out Books in Auckland Photo: RNZ / Matthew Theunissen

8:10 The Citizen's Handbook

Tonight - episode three of The Citizen’s Handbook! It’s civics education turned into a game.  This week comedian Laura Daniel flexes all her skills as she talks about the Māori Parliament while Robbie lies about New Zealand provinces.

RNZ - The Citizen's Handbook: Episode 3 - The Settler Government [ G ]

RNZ - The Citizen's Handbook: Episode 3 - The Settler Government [ G ] Photo: RNZ / YouTube

8:30 Friday Night Live

In Friday Night Live we go to RNZ’s Helen Young Studio from May 2002 to hear an acoustic performance from Pacifier AKA Shihad.

Shihad in 1995

Shihad in 1995 Photo: Supplied

9:07 Country Life 

Just over a year ago Michael and Susie Woodward packed up their 4 children, cows, goats, chickens and farm equipment and moved from a 50/50 sharemilking position in Canterbury to their own farm in King Country.

Michael and Susie Woodward with their children

Photo: Supplied / Michael Woodward

The move was 15 years in the making and now they look back on their first year of farm ownership - a wet winter, a drought, a disease they'd never seen and, for the first time ever, managing stock on hills.

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Photo: RNZ/Carol Stiles

10:17 After10

Following on from the success of The Massive Singlet, his pop-up virtual choir in Australia, Kiwi Stephen Taberner is bringing his singing thing to New Zealand this weekend. MASSIVE BLACK SINGLET takes place this Sunday May 3rd, 7pm (NZ time) with a song from Aoteoroa.  Stephen joins us with the details.

  • 10:30 Musical Tribute for Covid-19 Whistleblower Dr Li Wenliang.

SOUNZ have marked the start of New Zealand #MusicMonth with a new work from the epicentre of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Dr Li Wenliang, one of the eight silenced whistleblower of the deadly Wuhan coronavirus. Li who was silenced by police for trying to share news about the new coronavirus long before Chinese health authorities disclosed its full threat died Thursday Feb 6, 2020 after being infected by the virus.

Dr Li Wenliang, one of the eight silenced whistleblower of the deadly Wuhan coronavirus. Li who was silenced by police for trying to share news about the new coronavirus long before Chinese health authorities disclosed its full threat died Thursday Feb 6, 2020 after being infected by the virus, his friends and colleagues said. Li Wenliang, an ophthalmologist at Wuhan Central Hospital, became a national hero and symbol of the Chinese government?s systemic failings last month. Li, 34, had tried to warn his medical school classmates Dec. 30 about the existence of a contagious new virus that resembled the deadly severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). Photo: AFP

Chinese New Zealand composer Gao Ping composed Bitter Cold Night in honour of Dr Li Wenliang, who first raised the alarm about COVID-19 and then, tragically, became one of its first victims. Performed and filmed from home by Amalia Hall (violin) and Stephen de Pledge (piano), Bitter Cold Night is a moving tribute to bravery in a time of adversity.

  • 10:50 A little Classical Music

We hear another wonderful piece of classical music to soothe our soul  picked by pianist and Nights classical music curator, Rachel Church.

Beethoven conducting

Beethoven conducting Photo: Katzaroff, Public Domain

11:07 The Mixtape

Green Party co-leader James Shaw

Green Party co-leader James Shaw Photo: ©VNP / Phil Smith

This week's RNZ Mixtape selector is Green Party co-leader and Minister for Climate Change James Shaw with a special twist on his favourite songs, he speaks with Yadana Saw.