8:15 Pacific Waves

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. Hosted by Susana Suisuiki.

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8:30 Jukebox

Emile Donovan plays your requests - as long as you've got a compelling reason, or a good story with it.

Send in your requests to nights@rnz.co.nz or text 2101.

8:45 The Reading 

Tonight, episode four of 'The Swing Around' written by Barbara Anderson and read by Miranda Harcourt.

9:05 Nights Quiz

Do you know your stuff? Come on the air and be grilled by Emile Donovan as he dons his quizmaster hat.

If you get an answer right, you move on to the next question. If you get it wrong, your time in the chair is up, and the next caller will be put through. The person with the most correct answers at the end of the run goes in the draw for a weekly prize.

The quiz is themed - find out more about tonight's theme on Nights' Facebook page.

9:15 Whakataukī of the Week with Mihingarangi Forbes

Every Monday, to set the tone for the week, Nights gets someone to share a whakataukī - a piece of wisdom from te ao Māori.

This week, Emile Donovan is joined by broadcasting legend Mihingarangi Forbes, host of RNZ's Mata and award-winning documentary series NZ Wars.

NZ Wars: Stories of Tauranga Moana comes out 29 April.

"Kia u te manawarere"

"Be firm, o trembling hearts, be firm"

Mihingarangi Forbes at -Ō-Rākau

Mihingarangi Forbes at -Ō-Rākau Photo: GSTV

9:30 How colour was understood in pre-colonial New Zealand 

New Zealand children grow up learning the colours of the rainbow.

As well as black and white, grey and brown, everything around them can be easily categorised by those rainbow colours: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and pink.

But prior to the arrival of European settlers, te reo Māori described the world using five categories of colour: black, white, red, yellow, and green.

Professor Neil Dodgson, the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Research at Victoria University of Wellington, says as the land was colonised, traditional ideas around colour were pushed aside, meaning how colour is perceived today may be very different to how it was perceived 500 years ago or longer.

He joins Emile Donovan.

9:50 Mongol Derby: Kiwi woman attempting world's toughest horse race

Brydie Black is an endurance horse rider based in Auckland's Henderson Valley, and come July, she'll be flying to Asia to complete the Mongol Derby.

The Derby involves riding over 1,000km along Genghis Khan's historic postal system in rugged terrain - all on semi-wild Mongolian horses.

She's holding a fundraiser auction to support the trip, with a dinner for six with heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker at Auckland's Baduzzi restaurant up for grabs.

She joins Emile Donovan.

Brydie is atop a horse in a misty field. She has her arm in the air in triumph and smiles at the camera.

Brydie Black is an endurance horse rider, and started riding when she was eight years old. Photo: Supplied

10:17 The gift of life: New Zealand's bone marrow registry

Nick Embleton was a doctor working in Newcastle's neonatal intensive care unit in the UK when he started to feel unwell.

Diagnosed with a rare cancer, Nick's chances of survival were slim.

But a bone marrow transplant from a donor in Germany saved his life.

He's in New Zealand visiting with the University of Auckland, and he says it's vital to get more viable donors on New Zealand's bone marrow registry.

He joins Emile Donovan.

10:30 Sports with Bryan Waddle

Nights' sports correspondent Bryan Waddle recaps the Black Sevens' double gold at the Hong Kong Sevens, the White Ferns' revealing performance in their series against England, and the Phoenix's tough run home in the A League.

New Zealand men’s and women’s team celebrate after winning their cup final matches at the Hong Kong Sevens.

New Zealand men’s and women’s team celebrate after winning their cup final matches at the Hong Kong Sevens. Photo: photosport

10:45 BBC World Lookahead with Pete Ross

BBC reporter Pete Ross joins Emile Donovan to take a look at some of the events making headlines internationally, including the Israel-Gaza conflict entering its seventh month, a climate change case escalating to one of Europe's top courts, and a trilateral summit between the leaders of the US, Japan and the Philippines.

Palestinians are standing next to a vehicle in Deir Al-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip, on April 2, 2024, where employees from the World Central Kitchen (WCK), including foreigners, were killed in an Israeli airstrike, according to the NGO. The Israeli military is stating that it is conducting a thorough review at the highest levels to understand the circumstances of this ''tragic'' incident, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas. (Photo by Yasser Qudihe / Middle East Images / Middle East Images via AFP)


11:07 Nashville Babylon

Every week on Nashville Babylon Mark Rogers presents the very best in country, soul and rock 'n' roll.

On this week's Nashville Babylon there's blues from Elmore James, Americana classics courtesy of Giant Sand, the Handsome Family and Calexico plus new tracks from Curtis Baker and Junior Dell.