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Monday 4 March 2024

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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.

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8:45 The Reading

Tonight, part five of 'Fake Baby', written by Amy McDaid and read here by Alisha Jacob and Nigel Collins.

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 Shannon Haunui-Thompson

Every Monday, Nights talks to someone about their favourite whakataukī or Māori proverb to set the tone for the week ahead,

Tonight, Shannon Haunui-Thompson, the Tumu Māori at RNZ joins Emile Donovan.

"Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou ka ora ai te iwi."

"With your basket and my basket, the people will thrive."

Shannon Haunui-Thompson

Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski

9:30 Both North and South Island brace for wild weather

Strong winds, thunderstorms and rain have been wracking parts of the country today as a deep low moves through, with several roads closed and flights delayed or cancelled.

MetService meteorologist Karl Loots joins Emile Donovan to share the forecast around the country.

A woman has difficulty holding an umbrella from strong winds in rainy weather.

A woman has difficulty holding an umbrella from strong winds in rainy weather. Photo: 123RF

9:35 Link between hearing loss and dementia

Yesterday, March 3, was World Hearing Day.

Hearing loss is the second most common cause of disability and a strong risk factor for cognitive decline like dementia.

Up to one in six New Zealanders experience hearing loss, and this number is only expected to rise in future.

Professor Peter Thorne is from the faculty of medical and health sciences at the University of Auckland and he joins Emile Donovan.

Hearing Check-up

Photo: Unsplash / Anthony Camerlo

9:50 Beloved Dunedin dairy up for sale

One of Dunedin's most iconic dairies is on the market.

Known for its enormous ice creams, the Rob Roy dairy sits on the corner of the city's main street, George Street, and the University precinct

After running the shop for 16 years, Liz Watson is selling up and looking for a new owner to keep the beloved dairy in tip top condition.

Liz joins Emile Donovan.

Two large scoops of icecream sit on a rack in a dairy.

Rob Roy Dairy is known for its icecream parlour - and big scoops. Photo: Rob Roy Dairy Facebook

10:17 Homegrown solar could be used to help nationwide energy shortages

In the future, New Zealanders might all be contributing to the nation's energy security following the success of a pilot programme using 'virtual power plant' technology. 

The eight-month pilot, using 10,000 homes with solar and battery storage, showed that the technology can be used during peak demand periods over winter to plug the national grid supply.

It was led by the national energy centre Ara Ake and solar power and battery company SolarZero.

The chief executive of SolarZero Matt Ward joins Emile Donovan.

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Photo: solarcity

10:30 Sports with Jamie Wall

RNZ sports reporter Jamie Wall joins Emile Donovan to recap a politically-charged haka from Hurricanes Poua, a thrilling world-title performance from Kiwi high jumper Hamish Kerr ahead of the Olympics, and the Black Caps' resounding defeat at the hands of Australia.

Arihiana Marino-Tauhinu of the Chiefs Manawa during the Super Rugby Aupiki Round 1 game between Chiefs Manawa and Hurricanes Poua,held at FMG Stadium, Hamilton,New Zealand on Saturday 2nd March 2024. Photo credit: Andrew Skinner /

Photo: Andrew Skinner/

10:45 BBC World Lookahead

BBC reporter Rich Preston joins Emile Donovan to look at the events making headlines internationally, including France's world-leading move to enshrine the right to abortion in its constitution, the Chinese People's Congress getting underway this week, and the latest in the US presidential election.

China's President Xi Jinping (bottom 3rd left) walks back to his seat after taking an oath as he is re-elected for a third term during the third plenary session of the National People's Congress in Beijing on 10 March, 2023.

The National People's Congress in China in 2023. Photo: AFP / Noel Celis

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 show there's reggae from Trinity, John Martyn covering Portishead, classic soul from Donny Hathaway, and Dinah Washington plus a rock 'n' roll smash courtesy of Eddie Cochran.