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The Weekend with Emile Donovan for Sunday 24 January 2021


8:12 Bye bye buzzy bee: Is kiwiana outdated?

Most of us are familiar with buzzy bees, jandals and hokey pokey icecream as signifiers of our national identity. But is kiwiana outdated? And if so, what would replace it? Katie Pickles is a Professor of History at Canterbury University, and has penned a piece for The Conversation about the subject of Kiwiana, and joins The Weekend to discuss.

Baby with buzzy bee toy.



8:22 Nomi Cohen gives the classic pub quiz a twist

Christchurch actor and producer Nomi Cohen has created a quiz with a musical twist for this year’s Bread and Circus buskers festival. She joins The Weekend to tell us more about it, and put our music knowledge to the test.

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Photo: Supplied


8:30 The Detail: Drinking

On The Weekend we're featuring some of the best episodes of The Detail from throughout the year. Today - teenage binge drinking has "dropped off the cliff" in the last 20 years but until now no-one really knew why.


9:06 Tasty taewa: how to grow Māori potatoes

Before European settlement in New Zealand, taewa - or Māori potatoes - were a staple food crop. By the 1800s, taewa had also become an important commercial crop, playing a key role in the introduction of Māori to European economics. Ethnobotanist Dr Nick Roskruge from the National Maori Vegetable Growers Collective talks to Karyn Hay about traditional growing methods and how to cultivate taewa  in your own garden, as well as some other crops you can try.

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Photo: RNZ/Cosmo Kentish-Barnes


9:20 How do children impact the changing Kiwi accent?

A first-of-its-kind study is being conducted by two University of Canterbury research institutes to see how the Kiwi accent changes during childhood. Researchers from the NZ Institute of Language, Brain and Behaviour and the Child Well-being Research Institute are teaming up to investigate how shifts in accent happen around the age of five, as kids head off to school and talk a lot more with peers and a lot less with caregivers. Dr Lynn Clark of NZILBB joins The Weekend to discuss the study, and the metamorphoses of the Kiwi accent

Young asian woman teacher teaching kids in kindergarten classroom, preschool education concept

Photo: 123RF


9:40 Goneville: Episode 10

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.


10:08 Scooped: The history of ice cream in New Zealand

New Zealanders are among the biggest consumers of ice cream in the world — each eating an incredible 23 litres per annum on average. And we have a surprisingly long relationship with ice cream in this country too - dating all the back to the 1800s. Chris Newey from the NZ Ice Cream Manufacturers Association joins The Weekend to discuss the colourful history of ice cream in Aotearoa.

iice cream at the beach

ice cream at the beach Photo: public domain


10:40 Auckland’s Being performs live in the RNZ studio

Being is the indie-pop project helmed by Auckland-based musician and poet Jasmine Balmer. Being will be performing at the Auckland Folk Festival alongside the likes of Troy Kingi, The Eastern, Delaney Davidson, Barry Saunders and other top-notch talent at the Kumeu Showgrounds next weekend. She joins Karyn in the studio for a chat about the festival and to perform a few solo acoustic versions of her songs.

Being. aka Jasmine Balmer

Being. aka Jasmine Balmer Photo: Facebook / Being.

11.05 The Through Line #8

Karyn takes us on a musical journey from Prince Tui Teka to Snow Patrol, think six degrees of separation.

The Through Line #8 playlist:

Prince Tui Teka - Out In The Cold
Nini Rosso - Il Silenzio
The Maori Troubadours - Shakin' In The Shaky Isles
Christy Moore- Tribute to Woody
Shane MacGowan and the Popes - Aisling
Shane MacGowan with Sinead O'Connor - Haunted
PIL - Rise
Ryuichi Sakamoto - Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence
Peter Gabriel - A Different Drum
Youssou N'Dour - Jealous Guy
Jackson Browne - Oh, My Love
Snow Patrol - Isolation
Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars