09:05 2021 - The Year in Review 

Neale Jones, Brigitte Morten, Pattrick Smellie, Siouxsie Wiles and Andrew Holden look back on a tumultuous year.

Neale, Brigitte, Pattrick, Siouxsie, Andrew

Neale, Brigitte, Pattrick, Siouxsie, Andrew Photo: composite of supplied images

09:20 Mum & 7 year old spend Christmas on Te Araroa trail

 Victoria Bruce and her seven year old daughter, Emilie are spending Christmas on Te Araroa Trail. They set off from Cape Reinga on October 2, and they're about 800 kilometres through their 3000 kilometer odyssey, spending Christmas off the grid on the trail in the Richmond Ranges. Along the way they're raising money for Federated Mountain Clubs and the Mental Health Foundation. Kathryn caught up with them a couple of days ago before they went out of cellphone range again.

09:40  UK amateur fossil hunters' mammoth haul

Cotswolds couple Sally and Neville Hollingworth are part-time paleantologists who have struck archaeological gold twice.  Four years ago they exposed the site of five ice-age mammoths, in a 200,000 year-old mammoth graveyard. After lock-down this year they unearthed a 167 million year old haul of fossil echinoderms, some of which are brand new to scientists, and which have been hailed by London's Natural History Museum  as "of global significance". Sally and Neville join Kathryn to talk about the skill (and if there's any luck involved) of being a successful amateur fossil hunter.

09:50 The Year in Review (Part 2)

Neale Jones, Brigitte Morten, Pattrick Smellie, Siouxsie Wiles and Andrew Holden continue to look back on a tumultuous year.

10:05 Troy Kingi: genre-defying artist

Troy Kingi

Troy Kingi Photo: Supplied

Troy Kingi is one of Aoteroa's most treasured musicians, likened to a chameleon, for his ability to adapt to any style he sets his mind to, and produce award-winning music in the process. In 2016 the genre-defying artist embarked on an ambitious odyssey to release 10 albums in 10 genres in 10 years. This year he reached the mid-point of the 10-10-10 series, with the release of folk album Black Sea Golden Ladder - a collaboration with Delaney Davidson. The project's back catalogue includes funk, soul, reggae roots and some bluesy rock. But on top of his expansive musical career, Troy Kingi is also an accomplished actor, having starred in Kiwi hits Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Mt Zion, The Pā Boys and The Breaker Upperers. Kathryn speaks to Troy, from his home in Kerikeri.

10:30 Music of the year 

Jeremy Taylor plays favourites from the year that was 2021. We hear tracks from Reb Fountain, Courtney Barnett, the late George Harrison, Allison Russell and Luke Buda.

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Photo: befunky.com images/RNZ Yadana Saw

11:05 Haere Ra 2021

Te Radar, Irene Pink, Kennedy Warne and Sam Ackerman bid farewell to 2021.

Kennedy Warne, Te Radar and Irene Pink in the studio for the final hour of the final show for 2017

Photo: RNZ/Bridget Mills

Irene, Te Radar and Kennedy, pre covid in the studio and Sam at home.

Sam Ackerman

Photo: Ackerman family

And throughout the hour there will be Christmas songs from Wellington chamber choir, Nota Bene.

Nota Bene sing Christmas Carols from the lobby of RNZ House in Wellington.

Nota Bene sing Christmas Carols from the lobby of RNZ House in Wellington. Photo: RNZ

11:20  Very Important Paws: Truckie pet chauffeur

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Photo: Facebook / Very Important Paws Chauffeur

Morgan MacAllister-Robb has been a truck driver for over 30 years - a career that can be lonely at times. But lately, he's had some company on the road. Since lockdown last year when regular pet couriers had to stop work, he's been transporting rescue dogs - and the odd cat  - to their new homes if it's on his Christchurch to Palmerston North route. The animals hitch a ride with him in the cab of his truck which transports frozen food to supermarkets. He's now chauffeured over 150 furry clients since March last year.

11:30 Christmas carol by Nota Bene

Wellington chamber choir, Nota Bene sing Lullabye - Billy Joel. 

 11:40     The Korean art of "hitting mung"

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Photo: Green Lab/Facebook

It's something that will appeal to most of us as we wind down after a long year... taking the time to just zone out. Koreans have made it an art form. In Korea, it's called "hitting mung", which refers to reaching a state of blankness. There's "forest mung" - spacing out while looking at trees, "fire mung" - watching logs burn, and "water mung" - meditating by bodies of water. It's become increasingly popular as Koreans seek refuge from busy lives and the stresses of the pandemic. Mung cafes have also cropped up around the country, where guests sit quietly - no phones, no children, no talking. Michelle Ye Hee Lee is a reporter at the Washington Post covering Japan and Korea and has been looking into the trend. 

11:45 Haere Ra 2021 (Part 2)

Kathryn, Te Radar, Irene Pink, Kennedy Warne and Sam Ackerman bid farewell to 2021 and 8 year old Beau Ackerman will share a joke.