Broken River revisited

Construction in Christchurch

Photo: YouTube screenshot

A year after the 6.3 magnitude earthquake in Christchurch in February 2011, Simon Morton revisits the Avon River to see how life is progressing along it and in it.

Naked Science

The latest sciencey stuff with Dr Chris Smith of The Naked Scientists. This week, new research linking the time of day with sudden heart attacks, plus how the food that mothers eat in the very early stages of pregnancy can effect their children.

Smell walks

Victoria Henshaw takes guided 'smell walks' to help people understand the role smell plays in urban design.

Birds: Banded Dotterel

Bird spotting with Hugh Roberston, one of the authors of The Field Guide to the Birds of New Zealand. This week we're on the hunt for the banded dotterel (aka the double-banded plover).

Never Liked it Anyway

Bella Acton's an Australian who split up with her boyfriend and set up a website to trade in unwanted gifts and break-up stories.


Paraphernalia is the word that Steven Connor's come up with to describe the flotsam and jetsam of modern life, stuff like batteries, pins and rubber bands.