8:15 Lisa Matisoo-Smith

Lisa Matisoo-Smith is a Professor of Biological Anthropology at the University of Otago. Last year, she was awarded a James Cook Research Fellowship to fund her work collecting DNA samples from New Zealanders for her genetic ancestry study, From Africa to Aotearoa: The Longest Journey. She will talk about her project during Genetics Week at the university, as part of the panel discussion, The Seven Faces of Genetics: An Overview of the Many Facets of Genetics Research (27 September).

8:35 Bridget Griffen-Foley

Professor Bridget Griffen-Foley is the director of the Centre for Media History at Macquarie University in Sydney, author of a number of books about media in Australia, and historical consultant to the new Channel 9 television miniseries, Power Games: The Packer – Murdoch Story. On Suffrage Day, she delivered the Inaugural Marcia Russell Annual Lecture at the University of Auckland:(Un)happy Families: The Murdoch, Fairfax and Packer Media Dynasties.

9:05 Matthew Tukaki

Matthew Tukaki is a New Zealander based in Australia, who was recently appointed to chair the new United Nations Global Compact Local Network Advisory Group. He is a former head of the world’s oldest and largest employment company, Drake International, executive chairman and CEO of the Sustain Group, and a board director of a number of public, private and community organisations such as the Australian Indigenous Chamber of Commerce and Suicide Prevention Australia. He is currently in New York attending the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit.

9:30 Pamela Gay

American astronomer Pamela Gay hosts the weekly podcast, Astronomy Cast, and an advocate of citizen science. Earlier this month she presented a talk at Carter Observatory, Wellington, focusing on the preservation and protection of the night sky.

10:05 Playing Favourites with Orla Boylan

Irish soprano Orla Boylan worked as a cell biologist before embarking on an untrained career as a professional opera singer. Her current role is Senta, in the New Zealand Opera production of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, which has one more performance in Wellington (21 September) before its Auckland season (5, 8, 10 and12 October).

11:05 Lisa Harper

Lisa Harper is an artisan cheesemaker and farmer who was awarded the Enterprising Rural Woman Award in 2011. She has been travelling the world this year on a Nuffield Scholarship, and has just published her memoir, The Wharf at Waterfall Bay (Random House, ISBN: 978-1-77553-456-3).


Music played during the programme

Details of tracks and artists will be listed on the Playlist section of this page shortly following broadcast.


Studio operators

Wellington engineer: Dominic Godfrey
New Plymouth engineer: Juliet Larkin
Dunedin engineer: Martin Balch

Music played in this show


Playing Favourites with Orla Boylan

Prince and the Revolution: Let’s Go Crazy
The 1983 single from the album: Purple Rain
Played at around 10:15

St Petersburg Chamber Choir and Orchestre de Paris, conducted by Semyon Bychkov: Peasants’ Chorus and Dance, from Eugene Onegin
From the 1993 album: Tchaikovsky - Eugene Onegin
Played at around 10:25

The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, directed by Richard Marlow: Ubi Caritas by Duruflé
From the album: Glorious Trinity
Played at around 10:40

Kiri te Kanawa: Beim Schlafengehe, from Vier Letze Lieder by Richard Strauss
From the 1984 compilation album: The Essential Kiri
Played at around 10:50

Other music

Eric Clapton: San Francisco Bay Blues
From the 1992 album: Unplugged
Played at around 11:05