7:12 Pākehā on the reo waka.

Will the Māori language blossom if many more Pākehā jump on the reo waka? Not necessarily, according to Alison Jones, a professor at Te Puna Wānanga, the School of Māori and Indigenous Education at the University of Auckland in an article this weekend on E-Tangata.

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7:35 Opening Up The Ballet.

During lockdown last year, the Royal New Zealand Ballet began posting videos of performances on their youtube channel. Almost overnight their views and subscribers skyrocketed.  Building on the success of their Live In Your Living Room series, this weekend they will stream The Sleeping Beauty.

Sleeping Beauty

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We talk to RNZB Artistic Director Patricia Barker about how they take a production like this from the stage to the screen.

Patricia Barker

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8:15 Pacific Waves

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Koroi Hawkins presents a daily current affairs programme that delves deeper into the major stories of the week, through a Pacific lens, and shines a light on issues affecting Pacific people wherever they are in the world.

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8:30 Window on The World

Science in Action from the BBC World Service. climate modellers attempt to understand the record-breaking heatwave in the Pacific North-West, there's excitement about the discovery of a comet which maybe twice as large as any observed before and we learn about yet another Covid 19 variant...this time in South America.

The city of Vancouver, British Columbia, is seen through a haze on a scorching hot day, June 29, 2021.

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9:10 Nights Sport

Peter Lampp has his eye on a couple of finals this evening -  Manawatu club rugby final on Saturday and of course the England -Italy Euro 2021 football final.

Italy players celebrate


9:30 Matangireia 

Former Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett opens up about her time parliament in this week's episode of Matarangireia.

Before Bennett became a politician, she was a young mum at the age of 17, she went back to University as a 'mature' adult student, and over 15 years in parliament - quickly rose up the ranks of the National Party.  But she's had some tough times as well - including criticism about her cultural identity

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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

After 11, on Nashville Babylon, Mark Rogers has birthday tunes for Mavis Staples and Christine McVie, a track from Lambchop's latest album Showtunes, plus gospel courtesy of Sister Rosetta Tharpe and a country classic from Johnny Cash.

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