8:10 The House

Phil Smith takes a gander over this week's Members Day - a day that had everything.

Beehive at night

Photo: RNZ / Cole Eastham-Farrelly

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 seven of 'The Swing Around' written by Barbara Anderson and read by Miranda Harcourt.

9:07 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 I Was There When: The Ngāi Tahu claim was settled

Each week on Nights we speak to people who were  in the room during some of the defining moments in New Zealand's history.

Tonight we're going back to 1998 and the passing of the Ngāi Tahu Claims Settlement Act through parliament. 

In the public gallery that day was Otākou kaumātua Edward Ellison, who was one of the iwi's key negotiators during the landmark settlement process.

He joins Emile Donovan.

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Photo: Ngāi Tahu

9:35 How to read a poem

Have the words 'I'm just not a poetry person' ever left your lips? 

Poetry can be intimidating, confounding, or straight-up weird. But Chris Tse says it's all about finding the right poem.

The New Zealand Poet Laureate gives Emile Donovan a crash course on how to approach reading, understanding, and loving a poem.

Chris is also the editor of Best New Zealand Poems 2023, a compilation of 25 poems by Aotearoa writers, which is out now.

Tonight's poems include:

  • Crying at the disco by Chris Tse
  • When You Are Old by William Yeats
  • Make Sure by Jenny Bornholdt
  • Duplex (I Begin With Love) by Jericho Brown
Chris Tse

Photo: Chris Tse

10:17 Update on West Coast heavy rain

MetService meteorologist David Miller provides the latest on the heavy rain on the South Island's West Coast and beyond.

Stay up to date with RNZ's live blog here.

The Waiho River reached peak levels as heavy rain battered the West Coast on 11 April 2024.

The Waiho River reached peak levels as heavy rain battered the West Coast on 11 April 2024. Photo: RNZ / Samuel Rillstone

10:18 Raw deal for fake meat brands

It's been a bad twelve or so months for those who had high hopes for future of alternative meat.

Globally, companies like Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods which initially made waves in the stock market, but things have come crashing back down to earth.

Closer to home, New Zealand plant-based meat company Sunfed Foods announced this week it was shutting down as investors started to look elsewhere.

So is the meat-free dream over? 

Professor Hugh Campbell from the University of Otago's Centre for Sustainability joins Emile Donovan.

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Photo: supplied

10:35 Kiwi axe thrower hurtling towards World Champs

For as long as humans have had axes we've been competing with each other as to who is the best at throwing them.

In 2024 the sport of axe throwing is going through a bit of a growth spurt with the World Axe Throwing League boasting more than 20,000 competitors around the world including here in New Zealand.

Auckland axe champion Britt Austin is one of them.

She is one of a team of Kiwis jetting off to compete at the World Axe Throwing Championship in Tulsa, Oklahoma next week.

They'll be joined by 350 other throwers from around the world competing for a chance at $50,000 prize pool- and axe throwing glory.

She joins Emile Donovan.

Britt holds an axe and looks poised to throw it. She is standing in front of a wooden wall and wearing a black tshirt.

Axe-thrower Britt Austin has 10 hatchet championships, 3 big axe championships, and 2 duals championships under her belt. Photo: Supplied

10:45 What do youth councils do?

Whanganui's Youth Council has been axed in the District Council's long term plans.

The Council said the decision to cut the group, which has existed since 2006, was a cost-saving measure.

Youth councillors say the decision shows that youth engagement is seen as expendable.

Former Whanganui Youth Councillor Lola Fisher and sitting Wellington Youth Councillor Finley Duncan join Emile Donovan to explain what youth councils actually do.

Whanganui District Council

Photo: Supplied / Google Maps

11:07 The Mixtape

Our guest picking the music on this week's Mixtape is comedian Barnie Duncan.

Barnie has re-joined forces with fellow Kiwi comedian Trygve Wakenshaw to share their absurdist vision of the modern office in the show Different Party. 

Different Party runs 14-18 May as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival