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 Tenuous Connections: Smoke

Tonight's theme is all things to do with smoke, from cigarettes to Smokey Robinson.

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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 This Weekend: Guinea pigs galore in Waimauku

Every Friday, we bring you some of the most interesting events and happenings coming up in Aotearoa this weekend - from the community fairs to the massive concerts.

This Saturday, in the Auckland village of Waimauku, hundreds of guinea pigs will be gussying up to be named Mr or Ms Auckland at the Auckland Guinea Pig Show.

President of the Auckland Cavy Club Andy Laurie joins Emile Donovan.

A judging table with a dozen well-behaved guinea pigs sitting on blue mats. Their owners stand behind them. A judge talks animatedly in front of them.

Guinea pigs emerged as a hobby pet in New Zealand during the 1970s, when a keen breeder emigrated from the United Kingdom. Photo: New Zealand National Cavy Show

9:30 Short-Cuts with Dan Slevin

Nights' resident screen critic Dan Slevin is back with Short-Cuts for another week.

Tonight he's looking at a beautiful and haunting documentary about the German artist Anselm Kiefer, a remake of an 80s TV show starring Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt, and a silent film released in 1924 featuring Buster Keaton playing a young projectionist who wants to marry the daughter of a wealthy man.

10:17 Pigeons pilfered in Wellington

In 2022, Wellington NZ commissioned the creation of 20 bronze pigeons statues to celebrate the city's business community.

But now, two of the statues have disappeared, leaving some Wellingtonians all aflutter. 

The pigeons' creator, Wellington artist Jonathan Campbell, joins Emile Donovan to investigate.

A bronze statue depicting a pigeon carrying a slice of pizza.

As a way to celebrate Wellington businesses artist Jonathan Campbell created 10 bronze pigeon statues. Two of which have now gone missing. Photo: Supplied by Jonathan Campbell

10:30 Out Lately with Finn Johansson

He's back, and no doubt ready to inform, educate and entertain us with an array of eclectic music.

Tonight, new music from New Zealand band Ha the Unclear, a 2022 track from Adelaide-based band Workhorse, and the debut album from artist Mandy, entitled Lawn Girl.

11:07 Concert

WOMAD 2023 is a weekly programme featuring live recordings from a selection of International and local musicians captured by the RNZ Music team at WOMAD Taranaki.

This week's encore concert features the traditional folk rhythms of Romanian ensemble Taraf de Caliu.