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Karyn Hay Presents: Queen's Birthday for Monday 1 June 2020

8:07 News and current affairs


8:15 Queen's Birthday Honours: inside the Honours system

Every six months New Zealand celebrates those who have gone above and beyond and they are recognised for their years of dedication within the Honours system. They are sportsmen and women, chefs, lawyers, judges, authors, poets and business people. Some are politicians, some are artists. They’ve all made a difference to other people’s lives through their work. There are 30 living people who are Knights and Dames Grand Companion and 15 new knights or Dames Companion announced a year along with 40 Companions, 80 Officers and 140 Members. Michael Webster, Secretary of the Cabinet/Clerk of the Executive Council, joins Karyn to discuss who decides who get these awards and why. If you would like to nominate someone, you can do so here.

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Photo: NZ Order of Merit


8:35 Working with the boys of Wainuiomata

Twenty-four years ago, after 28 years of teaching, Wainuiomata College PE teacher, Bill Sharp, began a breakfast club for boys who needed help to stop them going off the tracks. He set up the Futures Programme, and invited the boys to a local hall two mornings a week, where he got them doing an hour of exercise, then he fed them a hot, cooked breakfast and gave them some life coaching and help with homework before sending them off to school. To begin with, he didn't even know if they'd turn up at five in the morning. Today, there are hundreds of young men who have been mentored through the programme. Bill joins Karyn to explain why the boys get out of bed and turn up. Breakfast, of course!  

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Photo: Supplied



9:07 Bernadette Casey: Changing the way we think about clothes   

As the clothing industry went into lockdown, factories were shuttered, huge fashion brands cancelled orders, their warehouses full and nowhere to put new stock, which now sits in containers on wharves.  In Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Cambodia, millions of garment makers have lost their income and the UN is now trying to prevent a humanitarian crisis. The process of recycling waste fabric has also come to a halt.  The Formary is a Wellington research and development company looking at a long-term solution to all those problems.  It’s co-founder, Bernadette Casey outlines the issues.

Jimmy D design studio – James Dobson & Bernadette Casey

Jimmy D design studio – James Dobson & Bernadette Casey Photo: Bernadette Casey

 9:15 Cilla McQueen: Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit

Bluff poet Cilla McQueen has been named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in today’s Honour’s list. Cilla has been New Zealand’s poet laureate, she has written 15 collections of poetry, her latest is Poeta. Three of those collections have won the New Zealand Book Award for Poetry. She has been the University of Otago’s Burns Fellow, a Fulbright Visiting Writers’ Fellows, and in 1991 was awarded the Scholarship in Letters.  

Cilla McQueen

Cilla McQueen Photo: Adrienne Martyn


9:33 Umair Haque: Is America really screwed?

Economic commentator Umair Haque is described as a radical economist and strategist who has written several books, including The New Capitalist Manifesto: Building a Disruptively Better Business. Umair argues that the US economic collapse is vastly under-estimated but also irreversible now that 40 million people are unemployed and 100 thousand have died of Covid-19. He says America has underinvested so badly in it healthcare and welfare, that it can’t afford to recover from a pandemic. He's also watching the rise of New Zealand's popularity as most other countries continue to struggle with the disease. 


Umair Haque

Umair Haque Photo: Umair Haque


10:07 I'm sorry - have we been apologising all wrong?

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Photo: Professor Cindy Frantz

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Photo: Professor Yohsuke Ohtsubo


It seems we’ve been getting it wrong when we say sorry all this time. Evolutionary psychologists have spent years researching this topic and finding out how to apologise better.  It seems there’s a particular etiquette you should follow to make it clear you really mean it when you say you’re sorry. Yohsuke Ohtsubo from Kobe University in Japan and Cindy Franz from Oberlin College in Ohio explain how an apology should be made.




10:17 Ella Buchanan-Hanify QSM:The Conductor

Ella Buchanan-Hanify has been involved with community and young people’s choirs, for more than 40 years.  She was musical director of Artsplash for 12 years until 2017. She currently directs the Te Awakairangi Youth choir and she has directed the Chilton St James School Seraphim and I See Red choirs for the past 25 years. Seraphim has won several awards at the Big Sing competition, toured internationally, and hosted overseas choirs.  Ella has been awarded a Queen’s Service Medal for services to music.


10:25 James Purtill: When friends and family are lost to conspiracy theories

One in eight young Australians believe that Bill Gates is spreading coronavirus using 5G and that the pandemic is the Government’s way of forcing them to be vaccinated. ABC drivetime programme, Triple J Hack asked its listeners to text in with stories of friends and family members. Journalist James Purtill has been researching this issue, looking at Google search trends to find out what people are searching for. He spoke to some of those people to find out how deep the nuttiness goes. 

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Photo: James Purtill


10:45 Karena and Kasey Bird take their cooking online

With cooking demonstrations cancelled and travel out of the question, the 2014 Masterchef winners Karena and Kasey Bird hit up their favourite suppliers went online with a live-streamed cooking demonstration in their parent's Maketu kitchen. Wine came from Kono in Marlborough and fresh kaimoana straight off the boat from YellowbkRoad. It was wildly successful and three or four shows turned into seven and it's still going, at 6:30 on Thursday nights. Kasey and Karena talk Karyn through their scrummy Pan-fried fish with Pāua and Tuatua Sauce and Haloumi with balsalmic beetroot.

Kasey & Karena Bird

Kasey & Karena Bird Photo: Kasey & Karena Bird


11:07 Finn Johansson picks his current fave tracks

Finn Johannson checks in from his mum’s bedroom in Wellington with some swish new music from Michael Haldreas aka Perfume Genius, locals Soda Boyz, and Melbourne’s Sweet Whirl.  

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Finn Johansson Photo: Finn Johansson


11:25 Dame Aroha Reriti-Crofts: Service to Maori and the Community

Aroha Reriti Crofts has spent her life involved with health initiatives in Maori communities, such as Tamariki Ora, Rapuora (the mobile nursing service), outreach immunisation, flu vaccinations for older people and breast feeding advocacy. She’s a Justice of the Peace and she is a Life Member of the Otautahi Branch of Māori Women’s Welfare League having been its national and International president. In 1993 Mrs Reriti-Crofts was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire and she was awarded the New Zealand Suffrage Centennial Medal.  She’s known to whanau as Auntie Aroha and she is especially well known for her love of colour.  She is now Dame Aroha, for services to Māori and the community.

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Photo: Dame Aroha Reriti-Crofts


11:35 Joshua Kotin - The library borrowings of Joyce, Hemingway and Stein 

For twenty years, a small bookshop, Shakespeare & Co ran a lending library in Paris with a very famous clientele at a time English language books were hard to find in Paris. The shop closed in 1941, but now a project run out of Princeton University has published the lending lists of borrowers such as Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce and Gertrude Stein. Professor Joshua Kotin of Princeton University is leading the Shakespeare and Co Book Shop Project and chats to Karyn Hay about what he's found. 

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Photo: Princeton University