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Summer Times 2020/2021 for Monday 7 January 2019


9:05 VR and education 

How is virtual reality technology changing the way educators work? Scott Cardwell is the co-founder and chief executive of ImmerseMe and is here to fill us in on the opportunities and pitfalls of this increasingly popular technology. 

Scott Cardwell with students using the new Immerseme language programme.

Scott Cardwell (right) with students using the new Immerseme language programme. Photo: Supplied

9:20 Volunteering with LANDSAR

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Today we start a five part series with Landsar volunteers. Without them so many lives would have been lost when people venture into our often treacherous and unpredictable terrain that can catch out even experienced trampers and climbers.

We start with Mike Ambrose, a Group Support Manager for Landsar and long time volunteer with many stories of success and disappointment to share. 

9:30 Responsible travel writing 

New Zealand writer Mary Jane Walker often travels to danger zones, alone. She wants to share her experiences with others, but says she's been struggling with how she can I write responsibly about places I've been to? 

She doesn't want to betray the people who've helped her while at the same time wanting to give accurate accounts of her experiences. Mary Jane also has to be very aware of not putting herself at risk through catching the attention of the authorities.

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Photo: Mary Jane Walker

10:05 Kaicycle 

Did you know that in Wellington alone, the council collects more than 70-thousand tonnes of organic waste every year? 

Lydia Marbett is the founder of Kaicycle - a Wellington-based collection business that collects and disposes of organic waste in a rather innovative way.

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Photo: kaicycle

10:20: Mana Island 

Over the summer we're going to hear from volunteers from around the country who're contributing their expertise and time in all kinds of ways to all manner of organisations. Today's story also brings together two generations who both volunteer on the wildlife sanctuary of Mana Island off the Kapiti coast.

Friends of Mana Island have this year celebrated 20 years of restoration work involving thousands of volunteer hours. Tasks range from tree planting, hand-feeding translocated seabird chicks, to  weeding and monitoring the island's flourishing bird and lizard populations.

10:35 UltrasouNZ

Our next guests formed a band to sing at their friend's wedding, actually it's more accurate to say that they were formed by Wellington's answer to Simon Cowell - Duncan Sarkies.

It was his wedding after all. UltrasouNZ covered the 80s tracks they love - complete with the look - and thought this would be a one night gig. Tomorrow night they've been selected to kick off the 40th anniversary year of the Wellington Gardens Magic concert series at the Botanic Garden.

They describe their sound as "full on Synth 80's tastic bangers". UltrasouNZ is in the midst of rehearsals but Joe Blossom and Vanessa  Stacey got special permission to join us  in the Wellington studio.


UltrasouNZ Photo: Supplied

11:05 Indigenous archaeology 

Makere Rika-Heke, Pouarahi Mid Northern, Heritage New Zealand is a pre-eminent indigenous archaeologist and a strong advocate for indigenous archaeology who's worked on sites in NZ and Australia, as well as serving as indigenous Representative for the World Archaeology Congress. 

An archaeological site near Taupiri in Waikato which uncovered a pre-European horticultural operation.

An archaeological site near Taupiri in Waikato which uncovered a pre-European horticultural operation. Photo: RNZ / Rosemary Rangitauira

11:20 Summer reading: the author

Catherine Robertson

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How do we read when we're on holiday? And do authors target summer readers? Wellington based author Catherine Robertson has a new novel called What You Wish For coming out on the 8th of January and came in to have a chat about what she thinks of as a holiday read.  

11:30 Bending with the willow 

Mike Lillian makes his living from basket making and repair. He's based in Kakanui south of Oamaru and tells us about the joys and challenges of working with his basket material of choice - willow.