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Summer Times 2020/2021 for Monday 30 December 2019


8:05 News and current events 

8:30 In The Balance 

What are the political and economic factors to watch in 2020? Will the trade wars continue, will Brexit get done and who will be the next US president? Ed Butler is joined by economists Professor Meredith Crowley, Reader in International Economics, University of Cambridge; Guntram Wolff, Director of Bruegel, an economic think tank and Professor Raghuram Rajan of Chicago Booth School of Business to discuss how the events of 2019 will influence the coming year and give us their forecasts for trends to look out for in 2020.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a speech outside 10 Downing Street in central London on December 13, 2019, following his Conservative party's general election victory.

Photo: Adrian DENNIS / AFP

9:05 A history of shame 

What is shame? What's a scandal? And how have those forces adapted to the New Zealand cultural landscape? Barabara Brookes is a professor of history at Otago university and has been digging into how our fascinations with reputations, both bad and good, have changed since the early 1800s.

Professor Barbara Brookes

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9:35 Seasonal Fare

Helen Mcnamara from the Cook And Grow Project

Helen Mcnamara from the Cook And Grow Project Photo: Helen McNamara

Was there Christmas excess in your holiday period when it came to the dining table? Relatives keen on cooking stodgy European winter meals? We thought we'd check in with friend of the show Helen McNamara from Cook and Grow in Hawke's Bay to find out some ways to put leftovers to good use and get some ideas for some fresh seasonal fare. 

9:45 Regional review - Rotorua 

Every day we'll be checking in on what's going on in the regions in Aotearoa and the pacific. Today Local Democracy Reporting service Felix Desmarais based in Rotorua joins me from the region. 

Riding cable car above Rotorua lake and city, in the centre of North Island of New Zealand

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10:05 Snorkeling for the future 

Not everybody realises this but New Zealand actually has the fourth largest marine area in the whole world. It's home to more than 15-thousand identified species and tens of thousands more waiting to be described ... in fact some scientists think up to 10-percent of the world's marine species live in the waters around New Zealand.

But not everyone has the chance to head out and experience this for themselves - and that's where Experiencing Marine Reserves comes in. This organisation helps get people - particularly children - out there, on and under the water, exploring this marvelous environment. Lorna Doogan is EMR's Auckland co-ordinator and she joins Emile to explain how it works. 

Snorkel mask and flippers.

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10:30 December music hits

Music critic Waveney Russ joins us to discuss her picks of the tunes that have come out in December that sometimes get overlooked as the end of the year "best of" lists get compiled. Today she discusses Lapsley, Porridge Radio, YEHAIYAHAN and Na Noise. 

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Auckland-based Na Noise release their first single Then Who today. Photo: supplied

10:55 A Māori Phrase a Day with Hemi Kelly

Three times a week, we'll check in with Hēmi Kelly, to learn some useful te reo Māori phrases you can use in your day-to-day life.

Hemi's a lecturer in Te Ara Poutama - the Faculty of Māori & Indigenous Development at Auckland University of Technology, and his book A Māori Phrase a Day: 365 Phrases to Kickstart Your Reo will be released on January 7.

Last time on the show we learned the phrase: kei te pēhea koe?

Today's phrase: Kia pai te rā!

Translation: Have a good day!


"There's a familiar word there - 'pai' - which means 'good'", says Hēmi.

"'Ra' is 'day' - so we're telling someone to have a good day: 'kia pai te rā."

It's a sentence that can be used at any time of day - and a dextrous one too.

"What we can do is take out that word 'rā' and we can put in another word."

"If we want to say have a good meeting - 'kia pai te hui'".

"Have a good trip - 'kia pai te haere'. So we can change that last word for different contexts."

"You'll normally hear it when you're saying goodbye to someone, or maybe when you're signing off an email, if it's not too late in the day."

"You can also change 'ra' for 'po', which is 'night.'"

Hēmi also takes us through the two different sounds of the letter "t" in te reo Māori."

"There's the dull 't' sound, in words like 'ta', 'te' and 'to'".

"Some day it's almost similar to a 'd' sound."

"Then there's the sharper 't' sound, like in 'ti' and 'tu'".

"You can hear the - almost 's' sound. Tsi, tsu."

Hēmi Kelly

Hēmi Kelly Photo: Supplied/Hēmi Kelly

11:05 On the road - Matthew Hooton 

Time for On The Road - where we get a prominent New Zealander in to chat about their favourite ever road trip, reflect a bit on the year just gone, and play us a few of their essential road trip tunes. Today I'm very excited to welcome PR man, political commentator and wandering nomad Matthew Hooton in the Auckland studio. Matthew is recreating a mid 90's trip accross ongolia and playing some of the music that got caught in the tape player. 

Nine to Noon political commentator Matthew Hooton

Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly