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Summer Times 2020/2021 for Wednesday 8 January 2020


9:05 Cars on New Zealand beaches cause concern for lifeguards

Concerned lifeguards have called for cars to be banned from driving near the red and yellow flags on New Zealand beaches. Foxton Beach Surf Lifesaving Club chairman Shane Parlato says there have been a number of close calls. 

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Photo: 123RF

9:12 Nathalie Whitaker on crisis donation 

There has been an ongoing storm on social media about donations and fundraising for supporting thos impacted by the fires in Australia. But are those donations useful and what issues are there with crowdfunding during and in the immediate aftermath of a disaster? Nathalie Whitaker was founder of and has seen these issues first hand. 

A horse seen through dense smoke from a bushfire on a farm in Eden, in New South Wales.

Photo: AFP

9:20 Corpse flowers blooming

In Christchurch an unusual flower is causing a bit of a stir. It's called Amorphophallus Tietanum but it's more commonly known as the Corpse Flower. Wolfgang Bopp is the director of Christchurch's botanical gardens. 

The Amorphophallus titanum, also known as the corpse flower, in full blossom at the Winter Garden in Auckland Domain.

Photo: Supplied / Nick Lloyd

9:30 Sophie Cunningham on the vital importance of trees

Australian nature writer Sophie Cunningham is crossing the ditch next month to appear at the New Zealand Festival of the Arts, in Wellington, where she will discuss her latest book City of Trees.A collection of environmental essays, City of Trees analyses our relationship with the natural world and our effect on it.

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Photo: Supplied

9:45 Regional cross - West Coast 

Every day we'll be checking in on what's going on in the regions in Aotearoa and the pacific. Today we're heading all the way to the West Coast of the South Island to talk to chief reporter at the Westport News, Lee Scanlon. 

The Hokitika Gorge on the West Coast of the South Island

Photo: Unsplash / Tyler Lastovich

10:05 Excavating human remains from the middle ages in Uzbekistan

Dr Rebecca Kinaston from the University of Otago scientist travelled to Uzbekistan to dig up human remains from the backyards of local villages.

The excavations were part of a study into how people lived in the middle ages. The region has a long history of human settlement and was part of the silk road, a medieval trade route between Europe and Asia.

10:30 Young Māori filmmakers head to Taiwan  

Nine young Māori Filmmakers are set to get an opportunity of a life time on Thursday, when they travel overseas to study other Indigenous communities across the world. The trip is part of a project called Through Our Lens, which selects rising Maori filmmakers and takes them to places where they can see how other communities are going about telling their stories. 

Maoriland Film Festival.

Maoriland Film Festival. Photo: RNZ / Katie Scotcher

10:55 A Māori Phrase a Day with Hemi Kelly

We're checking 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, released on January 7.

Hēmi Kelly

Hēmi Kelly Photo: Supplied/Hēmi Kelly

11:05 On The Road  - Niki Bezzant 

It's time for On The Road where we get someone to take us on a car trip and pick the music as they go. Today Emile is joined by food  and nutrition writer and commentator Niki Bezzant.

Niki Bezzant, editor-at-large for the Healthy Food Guide, which launched the petition.

Niki Bezzant, editor-at-large for the Healthy Food Guide, which launched the petition. Photo: RNZ / Michael Cropp