Bic, Boh, and Pearl Runga

Bic, Boh, and Pearl Runga Photo: RNZ/Adrian Hollay

08:12 New Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier

Former Principal Family Court Judge Peter Boshier was one of our highest profile judges during his eight years in that role, and intends to bring the same openness to his new role as Chief Ombudsman.

Judge Peter Boshier

Judge Peter Boshier Photo: RNZ/Zoe George

08:30 Men of the Year: Guy Ryan and Peter Beck

Peter Beck's Rocket Lab is at the forefront of rocket technology and he was the 2015 New Zealand Innovator of the Year. Peter’s goal is to revolutionise the space industry. Rocket Lab is currently building a launch pad near Gisborne.

The current Young New Zealand of the Year is Guy Ryan; who set up Inspiring Stories, a trust that aims to encourage the next generation of social entrepreneurs.

08:45 Regional Snapshot – North Otago

Lynn Freeman talks to Hayden Meikle; the editor of The Oamaru Mail.

09:06 Gardening: birds and worms

Dr Colin Meurk of Landcare Research talks about Travis Wetland,and enticing birds into home gardens, and Ben Alms, aka Dr Compost, shares the ins and outs of building a worm farm.

Links: Nature Watch NZ, Nature Services, and the Urban Greening Manual.



09:30 Citizen Science: going batty

Erin Griffith at East Taranaki Environment Trust heads Project Ultra, and over the summer she's been collecting images of long-tailed bats in hopes of learning more about them, their habitats, and population numbers in the Taranaki region.

09:40 Musical Siblings - Bic, Boh, and Pearl Runga

This time our Musical Siblings are the Runga sisters. Bic has an acclaimed career as a singer/songwriter. Boh made waves with pop-rock band Stellar*, is a solo act, released a collaborative album with Anika Moa and Hollie Smith, and has her own jewellery line. Pearl joined Boh’s old band Amez Amez which has evolved into cover band Automatic 80s, and teaches in the same primary school as her husband/bandmate Justin Maclaren. Pearl and Justin are also in synth-pop band The Broken.

Listen back to Bic's husband Kody Nielson (The Mint Chicks, Opossum, Silicon) when he was interviewed alongside his brother Ruban and dad Chris.

Bic, Boh, and Pearl Runga

Bic, Boh, and Pearl Runga Photo: RNZ/Adrian Hollay

Wellington GP Dr Cathy Stephenson

Wellington GP Dr Cathy Stephenson Photo: Supplied

10:07 Making the transition

Long before Caitlin Jenner came out, people who feel they have been born in the wrong body have taken steps to change what gender they're identified as.

What's changed now though is that some transgender people don't have to wait until adulthood to make the change.

Primary schools and parents are now trying to find ways to help young children make the transition. And while it can be tricky, it's also important.

10:25 Young Scientists: Alexandrea Whyte

Young researcher Alexandrea Whyte has been out in dense bush hunting for wētā and beetles, to see if they've been affected by 1080 poison drops in the area to control predators.

It's the fourth of a five year project, comparing areas that have had the drops compared to those that haven't in bush near the Rimutaka range north of Wellington.

Alexandrea signed up for this summer scholarship project at Victoria University and she and her supervisor Stephen Hartley join Lynn Freeman on The Weekend.

Wellington tree weta [Hemideina crassidens]

Wellington tree weta [Hemideina crassidens] Photo: Supplied

10:40 Road to Rio (Part 2): BMX, Judo and Trampolining

In the last part of a mini-series looking at our Olympic hopefuls we turn to issues facing some of our more niche athletes. Trampolinist Dylan Schmidt and Judo-ka Adrian Leat are both hoping to qualify for their first Olympic Games, while BMX silver medallist Sarah Walker wants to go back for Gold.

11:06 Collectibles (Part 2): Maori and New Zealand historical artefacts

We take a look at Maori and New Zealand historical artefacts and a taste for collecting Oriental pieces. Also, what are the current trends in collecting?

All this thanks to something of an antique itself: auction house Dunbar Sloane was founded in 1919. Dunbar Sloane Jnr. joins us.

11:20 Shannon Weaver - Collectors Anonymous

Shannon Weaver has travelled the length and breadth of the country cataloguing our antique and op shops, which are documented in a new book called Collectors Anonymous. Lynn Freeman also talks to RNZ News' Wellington Bureau Chief Gareth Thomas, who has one of the most inexpensive collections of them all...

11:30 A biography of skin

 Skin cancer and literature is an unlikely combination but they're both big players in the life of Dr Sharad Paul. He writes medical textbooks, poetry and fiction.

The Auckland cancer specialist and social entrepreneur will be talking about his book Skin: A Biography at the 2016 Jaipur Literature Festival in India.

Dr Sharad Paul

Dr Sharad Paul Photo: Jeremy Ansell/RNZ

11:50 Buskers – Graeme James

Musician and former TEDxQueenstown participant Graeme James talks about busking.

Musician Graeme James in an RNZ Auckland Studio

Musician Graeme James in an RNZ Auckland Studio Photo: RNZ/Jeremy Ansell

Music played in this show

Artist: Wet Wings
Song: Willow Peak (The Weekend's Theme)
Composer: Wet Wings
Album: Willow Peak
Label: Lil' Chief

Artist: Annie Lennox
Song: Walking on Broken Glass
Composer: Lennox
Album: Collection
Label: Sony 736805
Played at: 08:30

Artist: Florence + The Machine
Song: Ship to Wreck
Composer: Tom Hull, Florence Welch
Album: How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
Label: Island
Played at: 09:25

Artist: AnikaBoh&Hollie
Song: Part Of Me (Live)
Composer: Boh Runga
Album: Peace of Mind
Label: Sony 608826
Played at: 09:40

Song: Sentimental Dream Search
Composer: Tang Xianzu
Album: The Peony Pavilion
Played at: 09:42

Artist: Bic Runga
Song: Drive
Composer: Runga
Album: Drive
Label: Columbia 488580
Played at: 09:44

Artist: Blondie
Song: Rapture
Composer: Harry, Stein
Album: Autoamerican
Label: Chysalis 533595
Played at: 09:45

Artist: Stellar*
Song: Undone
Composer: Runga
Album: Mix
Label: Epic 494884
Played at: 09:46

Artist: James Hall ft. Pearl Runga & Brett Sawyer
Song: I'll Meet You There
Composer: James Hall, Bic Runga
Album: Big Songs From Small Movies
Label: Wea 381246
Played at: 09:47

Artist: Opossom
Song: Cola Elixir
Composer: Opossom
Album: Electric Hawaii
Label: CRS 885167
Played at: 09:48

Artist: Bic Runga
Song: Devil On Tambourine
Composer: Runga, Nielson
Album: Belle
Label: Sony 791329
Played at: 09:50

Artist: Strawpeople ft. Pearl Runga
Song: No One Like You
Composer: Paul Casserly, Boh Runga
Album: Count Backwards from 10
Label: Epic 517369
Played at: 09:52

Artist: Stella*
Song: Violent
Composer: Runga
Album: Mix
Label: Epic 494884
Played at: 09:53

Artist: Bic Runga
Song: Birds
Composer: Bic Runga
Album: Birds
Label: Columbia 675 553
Played at: 09:54

Artist: Bic Runga
Song: Counting The Days (RNZ Session)
Composer: Bic Runga
Played at: 09:55

Artist: The Broken
Song: Deal To Love
Album: The End Is Over
Played at: 09:55

Artist: Bic Runga
Song: Good Love
Composer: Runga, Hume
Album: Belle
Label: Sony 791329
Played at: 09:56

Artist: Serj Tankian
Song: Borders Are…
Composer: Serj Tankian
Album: Imperfect Harmonies
Label: Reprise 496597
Played at: 09:57

Artist: Boh Runga
Song: This Old Heart
Composer: Boh Runga
Album: Right Here
Label: Universal 980617
Played at: 09:57

Artist: Bic Runga
Song: Ma Ma Hao
Composer: Sin Chin Lee, Hung Yuen Liu
Album: My Wedding and Other Secrets (Film)
Played at: 09:57

Artist: Bic Runga
Song: Winning Arrow
Composer: Bic Runga
Album: Birds
Label: Columbia 675 553
Played at: 09:58

Artist: Luke Buda
Song: Blue Summer
Composer: Buda
Album: The C Sides
Label: Slow Boat 01
Played at: 10:25

Artist: Kate Bush
Song: The Man with the Child in His Eyes
Composer: Bush
Album: The Kick Inside
Label: EMI 746012
Played at: 10:40

Artist: Butterfly Boucher ft. David Bowie
Song: Changes
Composer: Bowie
Album: Shrek 2
Label: Geffen B 0002557
Played at: 11:30