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Summer Times 2020/2021 for Thursday 3 January 2019


9:05 Rebekah White

Award winning journalist Rebekah White is the editor of New Zealand Geographic magazine, which this year marks its 30th anniversary.  

She's overseeing a special series of stories reflecting on another significant but controversial anniversary -  the 250th of Cook's arrival in Aotearoa New Zealand.  Rebekah also talks about the huge issues covered by the magazine in 2018 that are far from resolved.

Rebekah White

Rebekah White Photo: Supplied

9:20 Tania Sawicki Mead  

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Photo: JustSpeak

Tania Sawicki Mead is the director of youth-led justice movement JustSpeak. Formed in 2011 as the youth Branch of Rethinking Crime and Punishment and part of the Robson Hanan Trust, Justpeak became became the main focus of the trust in 2015.

Their campaigns have been focused on prison reform, raising the age threshold for youth justice and drastically reforming the way incarceration works in NZ.  They've also been vocal around racial and gender inequalities in our justice system as well as collaborating with artists and musicians to create work questioning what justice means in Aotearoa. 

9:40 NZ in 100 Objects

One of the most interesting ways to look at history is through objects. It's one of the reasons museums still have a place in a digital world. But there's a strong argument to be made that our hallowed halls don't always reflect the lived experience of the cultures museums are trying to examine. The history of material culture has taken huge leaps in recent decades. 

The BBC and the British Museum carried out an excellent project recently where it surveyed the history of the world in 100 objects. The program included items as diverse as a Japanese bronze mirror, a British suffragette defaced penny and the credit card. 

Jock Phillips is a free-lance writer who lives in Wellington, and is one of the country's most well-known historians. He's now in the early stages of an new project called A History of New Zealand in 100 Objects. It's early days for the project right now but we thought we might be able to help Jock out. What are objects from your part of Aotearoa that act as keys into stories about the land and the peoples who have lived on it. 

Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of New Zealand. He Tohu, a new permanent exhibition of three iconic constitutional documents that shape Aotearoa New Zealand. Treaty of Waitangi, Declaration of Independence and Women's Suffrage Petition.

Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

9:48 Cricket in Timor Leste

We're heading to Timor-Leste now, previously known as East Timor. This is an Island Nation, just to remind you, off the coast of Southeast Asia, which has endured a bloody past, including a very nasty conflict in the late 20th century as the country battled for independence from Indonesia. 

It's had a pretty rough time of it - but some Kiwis are trying to help out, through the power of sport!

Timor Leste flag

Photo: WikiCommons

10:05 Volunteering: Netball 

Bubs Rewiti

Bubs Rewiti Photo: Supplied

There's concern about a drop off of younger volunteers willing to work with the next generation of netball players.

Over four decades Wellington netball coach Bubs Rewiti has coached, mentored and encouraged hundreds of players from under 15s to premier level in the Wellington region.

It's impossible to tally up all the hours she's put into coaching and into administration over the last few decades but we can say for certain that she has made an invaluable contribution to the sport she loves. Bubs does have concerns though - that too few people are prepared to follow in her court shoes and volunteer to coach the next generation of netball players.

10:35 Ozzy Osbourne  

It was Ozzy's Birthday earlier this month and as he's coming next year we thought we should celebrate!  

We invited NZ music journalist and Ozzy officianado Craig Hayes in to tell us why Osbourne has been such an enduring presence in the musical minds of several generations. 

Paul Martin aka The Axeman and Ozzy Osbourne

Paul Martin aka The Axeman and Ozzy Osbourne Photo: Supplied

11:05 Cycling away 

Traveler and documentary maker Elisabeth Easther is back to talk about new ways to see Aotearoa. Today we're talking about cycle-ways around the country and the new ways to see places that might be somewhat off the beaten track. 

11:20 York 

Lynn's in the historic English city of York to find out more about its intriguing history and how it's capitalising on that to keep tourists pouring in from all over the world.

11:35 Summer reading - Marcus Greville 

How do we think others like to read? Do we have any idea what our loved ones actually want? Every December book shop workers in New Zealand descend into the trenches to help us buy for others. Marcus Greville is a seasoned veteran of this process as the buyer at Unity Books Wellington and says a one size fits all approach isn't the way to go. 

Unity Books in Wellington.

Unity Books in Wellington. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller

11:40 Stitch Kitchen 

Rather than tossing out clothes that no longer fit, don't suit you or just have a hole or a tear that need fixing, how about learning basic sewing skills so that garments you bought and once loved can get a second life?

Fi Clements and Fiona Jenkin run the fashion studio  Stitch Kitchen in Dunedin offering workshops for new sewers including the popular Mend and Make Awesome.