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Summer Times 2020/2021 for Thursday 2 January 2020

 

9:05 Australia wakes up to another day of fires

The fires in Australia continue, and chilling images and video show the scale of the destruction in all of the states and territories. At least eight people have died since Monday, and seven are missing. Over eleven hundred homes have been lost this fire season in New South Wales alone. New Zealand journalist Rebekah Holt is in Melbourne and joins us as the sun rises through the smoke in Australia this morning. 

Firefighters struggling against strong winds and flying embers in an effort to secure nearby houses from bushfires near the town of Nowra in the Australian state of New South Wales on 31 December.

Firefighters struggling against strong winds and flying embers in an effort to secure nearby houses from bushfires near the town of Nowra in the Australian state of New South Wales on 31 December. Photo: Saeed Khan / AFP

9:20 Smoke wafting across the Tasman 

And closer to home - the scale of the Australian fires was felt across the country last night, especially in Christchurch, as the smell of burning wood wafted across the Tasman. In Wellington, many people reported seeing a burning orange sun, as smoke from the Australian bush blazes coloured the sky. 

To understand how the effects of a fire two-thousand kilometres away managed to find its way to New Zealand, we are joined by MetService metereologist Chris Brandolino.

The view from Mount Cargill morning of 1 January 2020.

Photo: ODT / Gerard O'Brien

9:45 Regional cross: Fiordland 

Now continuing on with our regional correspondent series and we cross live to Fiordland to speak to Possum Moffat - who is the chief fire officer in Te Anau.

Wairaurahiri river in Southland looking out towards Foveaux Strait.
Near Waitutu Lodge in Fiordland

Photo: Supplied / Wikipedia

10:05 Food security in the age of climate change 

Time to talk food - and the seemingly inexorable threat that climate change poses to food production and availability, and even the selection of fruits and veges in your local grocer's. Julian Heyes is the head of Massey University's school of Food and Advanced Technology. 

Apricots on the tree

Photo: 123rf

10:35 Zane Jarvie 

Sometimes it can feel like life is just one big juggling act, and for my next guest that's definitely the case. Wellington artist Zane Jarvie started juggling as a child, and has since made a full-time career out of it. On top of that, he co-founded a circus events company called Colossal, which will be taking up residence at Cupa Dupa later this Summer.

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Photo: Used with permission

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: Taihoa, kāore e roa!

Today's phrase: Kei te hiakai koe?

Translation: Are you hungry?

Hēmi Kelly

Hēmi Kelly Photo: Supplied/Hēmi Kelly

11:10 On The Road - Tim Batt 

Time for on the road - where we invite on an illustrious New Zealander to take us on their favourite road trip, talk a bit about their year in review, and play a few tunes for a long, languid trip in the car. Today we welcome comedian podcaster and friend of the show Tim Batt! 

Tim Batt on Banter

Tim Batt on Banter Photo: supplied