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Shilo Kino, The Pōrangi Boy

10:06 am today

Shilo Kino has written a novel for young adults, which, she hopes, their parents will read too. Journalist with TVNZ current affairs show Marae, Shilo's first book is The Pōrangi Boy, about Northland twelve year old Niko who tries to stop a prison being built on land that is tapu. Shilo Kino tells Philippa Tolley she… Audio



Friday 4 December 2020

On today’s show



09:05 News and current affairs

09:20 Could singing in a choir could be good for your mental health?

Mel and Paul Roberts are part of a collective of community choirs who're holding a fundraiser concert for the Auckland City Mission on Saturday. 250 singers from seven choirs are part of the Everybody Sings collective. Mel Roberts is the director - she started singing on advice from her doctor when she had post natal depression. For her husband Paul, choir singing was the last thing he ever thought he'd end up doing, but he says he's not looked back. Covid has been a challenge for community choirs this year, and the concert is much anticipated.

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09:30 Collective nouns of native birds, a loot of weka!

Wellington based illustrator, Melissa Boardman is passionate about native birds. Her illustrated book Birds of New Zealand catalogues the collective noun names for our native birds. Some are quite surprising.

09:45 Pacific correspondent Koro Vaka'uta 

RNZ Pacific's News Editor

10:05 Pop punk trailblazers. Bananarama's Sara & Keren

Bananarama's Sara Dallin & Keren Woodward

Bananarama's Sara Dallin & Keren Woodward Photo: Freddie Stisted

With hits from 1981 to the present day, Bananarama still holds the record for the most worldwide chart entries for a female group ever, with hits like, Cruel Summer, I Heard a Rumour and Venus. Their memoir, Really Saying Something: Sara & Keren - Our Bananarama Story, celebrates the duo's lifelong friendship, determination to do their own thing, and trailblazing, Dr Marten's wearing attitude.


Bananarama Photo: Paul Cox

10:35 Book review - Two children's books: What We'll Build and The Night After Christmas​

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Photo: HarperCollins

Niki Ward of Unity Books reviews What We'll Build by Oliver Jeffers, published by HarperCollins. Plus, The Night After Christmas by Kes Gray and Claire Powell, published by Hachette.

10:45 The Reading

11:05 Music reviewer Grant Smithies​

Recorded in the shadow of the Southern Alps in rural Canterbury, The Bats’ 10th album Foothills has just come out. We’ll hear two tracks from that today, alongside gems from St Louis funk crew Brother To Brother and the first lady of neo-soul, Erykah Badu. 

The Bats 'Foothills'

The Bats 'Foothills' Photo: Supplied

11:30 Sports commentator Sam Ackerman

11:45 The week that was

Comedians Te Radar and Elisabeth Easther with a few laughs