LISTEN TO CHRIS LYNCH AND MARK DYE DISCUSS THE ISSUES WITH FRANCESCA RUDKIN ABOVE Young voters want civic education to be part of the high school curriculum. A University of Otago study reveals young people aged 18 to 24 are not catered for in the current voting system. Doctoral student Kyle Whitfield says 80 percent of those surveyed, suggested in every term, schools do a few hours of election or political education. He says young... Read more
The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prestcott: This is the story (fictionalised) of Boris Pasternak, who wrote Dr Zhivago which was banned by the Soviet authorities; and the woman who was his mistress for years (and was sent to the Gulag for her troubles); and two secretaries from the CIA typing pool in the US at the height of the Cold War, and charged with smuggling the manuscript out of Russia. It’s a really interesting look at that peri... Read more
The weather is warming up, spring is definitely here … escaping everyday life to travel the country in a campervan would be pretty nice right now, wouldn’t it? One woman made this dream a reality. At 43, Jackie Norman decided to ditch her huge mortgage, sold her Whangamata home, and took to the road in a campervan with her fiancé. That was two years ago and she has no plans to stop. Jackie’s travels have taken her the length of the... Read more
For the next couple of months everyone's eyes are on the Rugby World Cup being played in Japan. I have been told it’s a wonderful place that I myself haven't been to, but it’s certainly somewhere I would love to go to, mainly for the food! Japanese cuisine is steeped in history and culture. Miso is a seasoning product that's heavily used in Japanese cuisine. It’s made with fermented soybeans, salt, koji (fungus) and som... Read more
Founder of Move it Mama, Lisa Fong talks to Francesca Rudkin about raising responsible and resilient children.
Dita Von Teese is the most famous name in burlesque, credited with resurrecting the dying art form. She was born Heather Sweet in 1972, in a small farming town in Michigan. In the early 90s, ‘the Queen of Burlesque’ launched her career, having started out doing various jobs as a glamour model, in strip clubs and posing for Playboy. Dita is now an astute business woman, entrepreneur, model, author and fashion designer. Dita Von Tees... Read more
The All Blacks are off to a good start at the Rugby World Cup in Japan – they’ve beaten the Springboks 23-13 in their opening match at Yokohama. Rugby commentator Grant Nisbett joins Francesca Rudkin to talk about the match and what lies ahead. LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW ABOVE
Getting to the bottom of what exactly is a healthy diet isn’t always easy - and advertising and social media only add to the confusion. Jim Mann is a professor of human nutrition and medicine at Otago University and an advisor to the World Health Organisation. He’s been speaking at a nutrition symposium in Wellington talking about the conflicting messages and confusion around food and nutrition. LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW ABOVE
Move it Mama founder, Lisa Fong joins Andrew to talk about how organisation and preparation in the home can help with mental well being.
Mulligatawny (serves 6-8) 2 tbsp olive oil 3 large chicken breasts, roughly torn into strips 1 medium onion, roughly chopped 1 carrot, peeled and finely diced 2 tbsp curry powder 2 sticks lemongrass, crushed 1 cup paella rice 1 litre chicken stock 2 cups water 4 tbsp raisins Heat olive oil in a large pot. Sear chicken strips until just coloured, then remove from pot. Add onion, carrot, curry powder, lemongrass and sauté for 2 minut... Read more
The Institute by Stephen King: About children who display supernatural abilities being forcibly rounded up for study by a shadowy organisation that brutally discards them when their usefulness is exhausted. He’s not the master of horror for nothing. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood: One of the most awaited books of the year. Sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, narrated by three women.
For over 25 years, English actor David Suchet graced our screens as Agatha Christie’s Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, appearing in all 74 episodes of the small screen adaptions of the famous writer's novels and short stories. His television, film and stage credits are extensive, having appeared in UK show like The Life of Freud, Great Expectations and Dr Who. An Emmy award winner as well as a nominee for multiple Olivier awar... Read more
Celeste Barber is the funniest woman on Instagram – and her following reflects that with over 6 million followers. But she’s no influencer – quite the opposite – Celeste is an anti-influencer. Her brand of comedy is taking parody pictures of herself, the average person, imitating the poses of the rich and famous. And it’s hilarious. Celeste was an actress and stand-up comedian, before starting #celestechallengeaccepted in January 2... Read more
What a sorry week for politicians in this country who continue to fail to cover themselves with decency and humanity and any form of leadership. I could start with the Labour Party’s woeful handling of a second scandal amongst their staff and volunteers. But I’m losing the will to live over this one. It appears that the Labour Party has no HR department with any competency. The shameful mishandling of this all the way through is a... Read more
It has been announced New Zealand will have its very first Medicinal Cannabis summit – MedCan 2020 will take place in March. This will line up with New Zealand’s Medicinal Cannabis Scheme, which according the Ministry of Health, will be operating in the first quarter of next year, with regulations made by December. The summit is set to inform on Medicinal Cannabis, but we can do one better – we’ve talked to Dr Shaun Holt about the ... Read more
Move it Mama founder Lisa Fong reflects on her time in Bali and talks to Andrew about the importance of good quality family time.
TRAVEL BLOGGER MEGAN SINGLETON TALKS WITH ANDREW DICKENS ABOVE ABOUT WHAT TO DO TO MAKE SURE YOUR TRAVEL INSURANCE COVERS ALL POSSIBILITIES Last weekend Tam Matthews was getting the final fitting for her wedding dress when she received the worst phone call imaginable. Her fiance Ash Hickman, 32, had been involved in a moped accident while on his bucks weekend away in Bali. He is now in hospital in a coma with a fractured skull, des... Read more
The Second Sleep by Robert Harris. Brilliant author of books like Fatherland and An Officer and a Spy – he always writes about power in one form or another. This is an oddity – it’s an historical novel, set in 1468, but also 800 years in the future, after there has been a technological apocalypse on the planet and we’re all thrust back into the dark ages with, shock, horror, no electronic devices! A young priest turns up to a small... Read more
New Zealand is a nation of gardeners and that passion could be the driving force behind one of our longest continuously running magazine, which turns 75 this month. It was during the second World War that most magazines were forced to stop publishing, yet in September 1944 the first edition of New Zealand Gardener magazine was printed. Editor Jo McCarroll has been scouring back issues to release the magazines 75th anniversary speci... Read more
Todd Phillips' dark comic book film "Joker" won the Golden Lion Award at the 76th Venice International Film Festival on Saturday and cemented its place as a legitimate contender for the rest of the awards season. Jury president Lucretia Martel announced the winners of the prestigious award during a ceremony on the Lido. The Golden Lion previously put a spotlight on films that went on to be major awards season players, s... Read more