The Weekend for Sunday 29 December 2019
08:09 Tropical Cyclone Sarai - Fiji
We cross to the Ellie van Baaren from the Red Cross to get the latest on the cyclone in Fiji
RNZ Pacific's Moera Tuilaepa-Taylor
Moera speaks to Lynn about the wider effect the cyclone could have on Fiji, and the wider Pacific.
8:25 MetService - the week ahead
We cross live to the MetService to get the weather for the week ahead.
8.30 Dr Jonathan West - The History of Lakes
Environmental historian Dr Jonathan West, who's received a $12,000 New Zealand History Trust Fund Award talks to Lynn Freeman about how lakes can tell the story of what's happened in their catchment, from changes in the land to how the land is being used.
8:45 Malcolm McClurg and Toni Cranko - surf lifesavers
We continue our series of speaking to live savers around the country, this time heading to Canterbury, and the beach.
Malcolm McClurg is a surf life saver at Taylor's Mistake, and Toni Cranko at the nearby Sumner Beach.
They speak to Lynn Freeman about the highs and lows of the job, and their beaches.
9:06 Peter Newport - Media
On The Weekend on Sundays just after the nine o'clock news, we're turning the tables on journalists and asking them questions - about the big stories they've covered, how the media scene keeps changing and how they feel about the future of their profession, and unforgettable moments.
We start with Peter Newport editor of Queenstown based online news outlet, Crux that he started around 18 months ago.
Peter talks to Lynn Freeman about the big plans he has for Crux in 2020.
09:30 Rob Waddell - Olympic Chef De Mission
With the Tokyo Olympic Games just a few months away, many our contenders for a spot on the New Zealand team are facing crunch time over the next few weeks as they compete in qualifying events.
We're going to be talking to some of them on the Weekend, including those vying for a place in new sports admitted to this year's Summer Olympics.
But we're starting with a chat to the team's all important Chef de Mission, Rob Waddell.
09.45 Billy Stairmand - Olympic hopeful
New Zealand pro surfer Billy Stairmand never dreamed of representing New Zealand at the Olympic games growing up because it wasn't an Olympic sport.
But it will be in next year's Summer Olympic Games, and Billy, who's based at Raglan, has provisionally qualified to compete at the games.
He says the waves in Japan suit his style of surfing, and talks about the inclusion of surfing at the Olympics.
10:05 Music Feature - Mike Chunn, Play it Strange
Play it Strange is a charity that promotes pathways for high school students to pursue creativity through writing songs, recording, and peforming them.
It is the brainchild of Mike Chunn of Split Enz fame - and allows school students from across the country to write songs and participate in competitions run by the trust.
The flagship programme is the The Lion Foundation Songwriting Competition - which is for aspiring singers and songwriters at a high school level.
Mike Chunn joins Lynn Freeman to play a selection of songs from this year's competition - including the winning song.
10:50 Theo Papouis - Chef
Theo Papouis is a young chef who, just over two years ago, opened up a restaurant in Strathmore after being inspired by the way food is served overseas, in particular, Cyprus.
The 34-year-old had worked in other people's restaurants for over a decade, and it was while he was living in Cyprus that he realised it was time to come home, and open his own place.
The result is Oikos, which means family, and the place a family calls home.
Laura Dooney went to the suburb Strathmore to chat to Theo about running a restaurant, and being his own boss.
11:06 Rebecca Ramsay - Coastal erosion in the Hauraki Gulf
Auckland's prized Hauraki Gulf islands are under seige from the sea setting archaeologists in a race against time to save important historic sites.
One is Auckland council Specialist Archaeologist Rebecca Ramsay, whose council role involves advising on resource consent applications and projects across the Auckland Region that involve archaeological and heritage concerns.
She says climate change wasn't seen as such a big issue for archaeologists back in 2014.
11.20 Josephine Fitness and Elise Smith - CatMapping
Glow in the dark collars are proving to be an effective way of helping birds to evade cats.
You can see how to make them yourself here.
It's one of the findings of the CatMap project in New Plymouth, where GPS units attached to cat harnesses have helped researchers and school students track the movements of domestic cats.
Lynn Freeman speaks to the main CatMap project co-ordinator Josephine Fitness, and to its leader Elise Smith.
11.50 Deborah Coddington - Booksellers
Yesterday we spoke to a bookseller in the Wairarapa town of Carterton - and today we're heading about 30 kilometres south to another spot in the region - Martinborough.
And we're speaking to Deborah Coddington, an author, journalist and MP ... turned bookseller.
Music played in this show
Artist: Bic Runga
Track: Listening for the weather
Time played: 8.27
Artist: Lake South
Track: South Coast
Time played: 8.45
Artist: Ciaran Mcmeeken
Track: In the Flow
Time played: 9.30
Artist: Beach Boys
Track: Surf's Up
Time played: 9.46
Artist: Childish Gambino
Track: Summertime Magic
Time Played: 11.24
Track: Andrew Bird
Time Played: 11.50