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The Weekend with Emile Donovan for Sunday 17 January 2021


8.10 Surf’s Up: Saffi Vette wins NZ women's open for first time

This year’s NZ Surf championships took place at Piha Beach during the week, and wrapped up yesterday. Bily Stairman secured an incredible 8th title in the Men's Open division, while 19-year-old Saffi Vette took out the Women's Open for the first time. Saffi joins The Weekend to tell us what the win means to her.

NZ Womens Surf Champ 2021 Saffi Vette out at Piha.

NZ Womens Surf Champ 2021 Saffi Vette out at Piha. Photo: ©Cory Scott/ NZ Surfing Magazine


8.20 The surprising history behind Dunedin’s loos

Not many people seek out toilets as tourist destinations, but when Alison Breese hit the road for her summer break she made sure to schedule a stop at the Hundertwasser Toilets. Alison - who also goes by the name the ‘Loo Lady’ - is an archivist with a special interest in underground toilets of Dunedin and their historical importance. She joins The Weekend to discuss.

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Photo: Twitter / @aliheritage


8.35 The Detail - Moriori

On The Weekend we're featuring some of the best episodes of The Detail from throughout the year. This one, from March, deals with New Zealand's Moriori Myth. 


9.06 Robert Oliver: the chef steering a Pacific food revolution

Pacific Island Food Revolution is a television show that sees contestants take on the challenge of recreating delicious dishes from countries like Fiji, Samoa, the Kingdom of Tonga and Vanuatu. But at its core, it’s more than a cooking competition, it’s a vehicle to change the eating habits of people around the Pacific for better health and sustainability. Robert Oliver is the creator and global executive director for the Pacific Island Food Revolution, and he joins The Weekend to tell us more about it, as well as share a simple raw fish recipe.

Chef Robert Oliver from the TV show Pacific Island Food Revolution

Chef Robert Oliver from the TV show Pacific Island Food Revolution Photo: Supplied


9.20 Our World Record Holders: Tom Conroy

On The Weekend we've been talking to Kiwis who hold Guinness World Records. So far we've met Blair Williamson, who holds the record for most Rubik's cubes solved while running a marathon, and we've also chatted with Anna Cochrane, who holds the record for highest static trapeze act. Today we are chatting to Invercargill man Tom Conroy - who alongside Mayor Tim Shadbolt - holds the Guinness World Record for the Longest Television Interview.


9.40 Goneville: Episode 8

Nick Bollinger was just 18 when he went on the road with the band Rough Justice and its smoky-voiced, charismatic leader Rick Bryant. The next two years were sometimes uplifting and exciting, other times enervating and depressing. Often, though, the band was short of money, food, shelter, and petrol - for its increasingly ramshackle, broken-down bus. Written and told by Nick Bollinger.


10.04 Gerald Stratford: Big vege grower and Twitter star

A 72-year old vegetable gardener from Oxford is an unlikely Twitter star, but Gerald Stratford found online fame earlier this year when he started tweeting about his wonderful produce amid the Covid-19 lockdown. Now Gerald has more than 230,000 followers, and climbing. He joins Karyn to discuss his love of big vege, social media, and fashion.

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Photo: Twitter / @geraldstratfor3


10.28 K Road Chronicles: looking at homelessness from the inside

The K Road Chronicles is a webseries that delves into what it is like to be homeless on the streets of inner city Auckland. Now in its second season, the show is hosted by Six - who knows the experience of homelessness firsthand, having lived on the streets for six years. Six joins Karyn in the studio to discuss making the series.


11.04 The Through Line #6

Karyn takes us on a musical journey from Francisca Griffin to Nina Simone, think six degrees of separation.

The Through Line #6 playlist:

Francisca Griffin - Falling Light
Sandra Bell - Trains
Lea Maalfrid - Lavender Mountain
Bonnie Raitt - Storm Warning
Toots and the Maytals - True Love Is Hard To Find (Feat Bonnie Raitt)
Amy Winehouse - Monkey Man
Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings - How Long Do I Have To Wait For You
Michael Buble - Baby (Feat Sharon Jones)
Michael Buble - Stardust (with Naturally7)
Quincy Jones - Soul Bossa Nostra (Feat. Ludacris, Naturally 7
Sinatra - Come Fly With Me (Live at the Sands)
Nina Simone - My Way