Radio New Zealand: Best Of The Week

This page lists items from RNZ that are identified as "Best Of The Week". RNZ didn't start regularly putting both its audio and news content online until 2008. From 2002-2007 written news items (particularly from RNZ International) were placed online. You can access these items, plus the vast audio collecton from the mid-2000s onwards by using the day schedule pages. You can access items prior to 2002 on the historic page.

07/08/2009: Best of the Week - 7 August 2009
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 7 August 2009 [more]

14/08/2009: Best of the Week - 14 August 2009
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 14 August 2009. Americans beating the recession with free giveaways, cataloguing NZ's extensive biodiversity, memories of Woodstock and a reveiw of Tom Scott's new movie Separation City. [more]

21/08/2009: Best of the Week - 21 August 2009
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 21 August 2009. A look at the laws governing the sale and supply of alcohol, is the media sexualising children, crossing the Tasman in a kayak and the exotic food of Iceland. [more]

29/08/2009: Best of the Week - 28 August 2009
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 28 August 2009. The media coverage of recent charity events on TV, putting Sam Hunt's poetry to music, the New Zealand undercover policeman who's been working around the world catching and prosecuting criminals in human trafficking and child prostitution and taking to the snow with a disability. [more]

04/09/2009: Best of the Week - 4 September 2009
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 4 September. Wellington customers bulk at paying extra for supermarket plastic bags, are enriched milks just a waste of money, getting more ducks for your bucks and the whitebait season opens in the South Island. [more]

11/09/2009: Best of the Week - 11 September 2009
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 11 September 2009. Aussie wines may be served at our Rugby Word Cup, Shakespeare's impact on everyday language and what exactly is art? [more]

18/09/2009: Best of the Week - 18 September 2009
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 18 September 2009. Signs of autism in children can be found in babies, the Topp Twins' documentary receives rave reviews overseas, the New Zild accent and where it comes from and African agricultural PhD students studying in New Zealand talk of the challenges at home. [more]

25/09/2009: Best of the Week - 25 September 2009
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 25 September. This week Sir Howard Morrison dies at age 74, Michael Bain, brother of Robin and uncle of David Bain speaks out about hearsay evidence, why Kiwi men's fashion is so abysmal, legendary musician Nick Lowe touring New Zealand with Ry Cooder and the hi-tech toilets of Japan. [more]

02/10/2009: Best of the Week - 2 October 2009
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 2 October. This week coverage of the earthquake and tsunami that hit the Pacific nations on Wednesday, Sir Howard Morrison is finally laid to rest and a history of Australia from the perspective of the influence of alcohol. [more]

16/10/2009: Best of the Week - 16 October 2009
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 16 October. This week...the country mourns with the parents of a missing toddler in West Auckland, an Australian study suggests no television for under two's, meet New Zealand's only full-time wheel-wrights and Kiwi's celebrating Diwali - the Festival of Lights. [more]

23/10/2009: Best of the Week - 23 October 2009
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 23 October. This week...earthquakes and natural disasters link to climate change, recording sound close up, John Fogerty of CCR fame, the training behind our defence team in Afghanistan and home baking making a comeback. [more]

30/10/2009: Best of the Week - 30 October 2009
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 30 October. This week...Christopher, Lord Patten on Hong Kong and China in the last 12 years, an Auckland amateur astronomer discovers a new asteroid, the history of our biggest department store, and Phillippa Boyens, one third of the creative powerhouse behind Lord of the Rings, King Kong and soon to be released movie - The Lovely Bones. [more]

06/11/2009: Best of the Week - 6 November 2009
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 6 November. This week...a new biography on the late entertainer Billy T James, musician Dave Dobbyn releases a restrospective of his 30 year career, recycling at Trash Palace and Barry Humphries on how he met Dame Edna Everidge. [more]

13/11/2009: Best of the Week - 13 November 2009
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 13 November. This week...Former Australian prime minister John Howard gives his only New Zealand interview, life in East Germany before the wall came down 20 years ago, memories of Chinese Gold miners in Arrowtown and planting up the veggie iPlot. [more]

20/11/2009: Best of the Week - 20 November 2009
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 20 November. This week...Ben Bradlee, overseeing the Washington Post at the time of the Pentagon Papers and Watergate, veteran photojournalist Peter Bush recalls almost joining the French foreign legion, TV Series Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, and making your own sourdough. [more]

27/11/2009: Best of the Week - 27 November 2009
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 27 November. This week...a rocket which could launch the space race in the Southern Hemisphere, did planes really bring down the Twin Towers on 9/11?, we check out the Schmidt Sting Pain Index and a bronze sculpture of champion racehorse Phar Lap is unveiled in his birth place of Timaru. [more]

04/12/2009: Best of the Week - 4 December 2009
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 4 December. This week...a baby locks Mum in a cupboard for seven hours,"Sully"the hero plane captain who saved the lives of 155 people by landing in New York's Hudson river, singer/songwriter Jan Hellriegel's nightmare Australian live gig after a 12 year break and linguist Jen Hay tries to explain the Kiwi"yeah, no"habit. [more]

11/12/2009: Best of the Week - 11 December 2009
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 11 December. This week...Otago University's first ever Professor of Scottish Studies, Australian Idol winner Kiwi Stan Walker, New Zealand's most prolific hymn writer, the Dalai Lama and pistachios. [more]

18/12/2009: Best of the Week - 18 December 2009
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 18 December. This week...the linguist who created the fictional language for the movie Avatar, new All Black Zac Guildford on how rugby helped him cope with the early death of his father, how the demolition of old Auckland buildings inspired John Radford's art and cannon-netting godwits. [more]

24/12/2009: Best of the Week - 24 December 2009
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Thursday 24 December. This week...looking back at the tsunami tradegy that hit Samoa 3 months ago, how New Zealand's biggest lotto winners are coping with their riches just months after becoming millionaires, what's the difference between brie and camembert cheese and Mediawatch's end of year awards for those annoyingly rude journalists. [more]

29/01/2010: Best of the Week - 29 January 2010
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 29 January. This week...how is the NZ economy recovering, forensic stain research,"Crikey! Talk about Kiwiana"and the effect of sound on our lives and business. [more]

12/02/2010: Best of the Week - 12 February 2010
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 12 February. This week....the government announces reforms of the tax systems, the singing chinese Mayor who speaks fluent te reo Maori, the new career for former All Black captain Anton Oliver and Mr Supertramp - the founding member and voice of the 70's supergroup. [more]

19/02/2010: Best of the Week -19 February 2010
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 19th February. This week....the former co-leader of the Green Party Jeanette Fitzsimons speaks about her career and passion for environmental issues ,Telecom's chief executive fronts up about the failure of its XT network, the making of the movie about the deaths of the Balibo five, and the glory days of beauty contests in this country. [more]

26/02/2010: Best of the Week 26th February
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 26th February. This week.......yet more problems with Telecoms XT mobile phone network, should the death of an athlete at the Winter Olympics have been shown on TV, the life story of a chinese ballet dancer thats been made into a movie, and the wife of British comic genius Peter Cook who's now an advocate of biodynamics. [more]

12/03/2010: Best of the Week 12th March 2010
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 12th March. This week...............a family's methamphetamine nightmare, Telecom's former chief executive Theresa Gattung on the contents of her new book, research into growing new brain cells, and New Zealand music icon Don McGlashsin. [more]

19/03/2010: Best of the Week 19th March 2010
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 19th March. This week...............An expert on international security says the acquittal of three men for an attack on the Waihopai spy base is not in the public interest, a candid interview with veteran broadcaster Paul Holmes, a courageous Kiwi soldier in Afghanistan is hailed as a hero, and an experts insight into those noisy summer cicadas. [more]

26/03/2010: Best of the Week 26th March 2010
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 26th March. This week.................a bomb hoax sting to expose poor security at sporting venues, the success of a school to keep teenage mothers in the education system, a sports challenge based on the legends of Maui, and we go to the chatham islands to look at the the breeding programme for one of the worlds rarest seabirds - the Chatham petrel, [more]

02/04/2010: Best of the Week - 2 April 2010
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 2 April. This week post polio syndrome sufferers campaign for greater recognition, discovering the joys of polishing rocks and minerals, Dame Malvina Major reflects on her 65 year career on the stage and the strange noises heard at night on the Chathams. [more]

09/04/2010: Best of the Week - 9 April 2010
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 9 April. This week...we hear from the inaugural recipient of the ANZAC of the Year, what defines contemporary Christian music, CSI with a difference - investigating crimes against wildlife and helping our deployed troops overseas cope with being away from home. [more]

16/04/2010: Best of the Week - 16 April 2010
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 16 April. This week...the history behind the arguments for and against New Zealand merging with Australia, the perils for Kiwis of signing up to an international Copyright policy, Percy Chew Lee - the sole surviving Chinese Poll tax payer and the curious habit of adopting other people's accents and dialects. [more]

23/04/2010: Best of the Week - 23 April 2010
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 23 April. This week........teaching the ANZAC history to secondary school students, Kitty Kelley on her new unauthorised biography on Oprah Winfrey, investigations into the collapse of one of our biggest finance companies, the Aussie architect making a difference to indigenous communities in the outback and catching the collecting bug. [more]

30/04/2010: Best of the Week - 30 April 2010
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 30 April. This week........looking back at our ANZAC history through personal stories, the ethics of war and the ethics of the media using social networking sites for news stories, the Aussie cop who took on the corrupt New South Wales police force and teenage girls go crazy for Justin Bieber. [more]

07/05/2010: Best of the Week - 07 May 2010
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 7 May. This week........three young British politicians discusss the chances of electoral reform after the British election, British foreign correspondent Dame Ann Leslie on being a woman in the media, Pacific Rim cooking and when the facts can get in the way of a good story. [more]

14/05/2010: Best of the Week - 14 May 2010
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 14 May. This week........Olympian boardsailor Barbara Kendall retires, should society sterilise its disfunctional members, the family who sold their million dollar house and gave half the profits to charity and author Philip Pullman on his new"story"about Jesus. [more]

21/05/2010: Best of the Week - 21 May 2010
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 21 May. This week....how the media handled two tragic teenage stories over the past week, taking a tour of a pathology lab to see what happens to blood and urine tests, CK Stead talks about his relationship with some of our most loved authors and getting rid of rats. [more]

28/05/2010: Best of the Week - 28 May 2010
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 28 May. This week....Mark Twain's autobiography is about to be published, former fleet Street newspaper editor Sir Max Hastings and his family memoir, a comprehensive new zoological guide for beach combers and This Way Up cuts the mustard. [more]

04/06/2010: Best of the Week - 4 June 2010
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 4 June. This week....Mr Asia's Number two talks about his life, the History of White People, is the beautiful game the perfect experience of the human condition and summer in Russia. [more]

11/06/2010: BOW Friday June 11th 2010
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 11th June. This week.....New Zealand Post may need to limit postal deliveries to every second day or end Saturday deliveries if its to stay profitable, a look back at the Royal visit of 1953 as part of a Queens Birthday holiday show, Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School celebrates forty years, and recording little spotted kiwi calls at Karori Wildlife Sanctuary in Wellington [more]

18/06/2010: Best of the Week - 18 June 2010
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 18 June. This week.....New Zealand goes soccer mad as we score our first ever point in the Football World Cup, faking stories for mainstream media, Maori women competing in their first Try-athalon and an exhibition of New Zealand's memorial halls. [more]

25/06/2010: Best of the Week - 25 June 2010
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 25 June. This week.....the nemesis of"Big Tobacco"exposes the lies and startling cigarette facts for New Zealand smokers, discovering the wrecks off the coast at Anzac Cove in Gallipoli, Alcoholics Anonymous turns 75, how sport got so big and endangered New Zealand Sea Lions making a comeback in Otago. [more]

02/07/2010: Best of the Week - 2 July 2010
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 2 July. This week.....looking at the relationship between foreign policy and giving aid, boxer Sugar Ray Leonard helping Kiwi"at-risk"youth, capitilising on the All Whites unbeaten success at the Football World Cup, the creator of the Rocky Horror Picture Show tells of his love of New Zealand and Cutting the Curd - cheesemaking at home. [more]

09/07/2010: Best of the Week - 9 July 2010
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 9 July. This week.....Dead men telling their tales of war in Ireland, Dads reading stories to their children from behind bars, amateur astronomy from the back yard, the mountainous Marist priest and are e-books and digital learning the future for students at school. [more]

16/07/2010: Best of the Week - 16 July 2010
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 16 July. This week.....a humourous look on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, why a zoologist was drawn to penguins and how Paul the octopus is making headlines with his football predictions, what you need to know about antioxidants added to food and the art of the"world famous in New Zealand"southern cheese roll. [more]

23/07/2010: Best of the Week - 23 July 2010
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 23 July. This week.....the global media's take on a"violent"South Africa while the Football World Cup was on, the helical jam that could've helped the oil spill in the US, the Kiwi linguist who's helping revive an indigenous language in Canada, foraging for the multi-purpose geranium and the UK group that performed for Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest. [more]

30/07/2010: Best of the Week - 30 July 2010
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 30 July. This week.....a young single male who's fostering troubled teens, how are New Zealand newspapers coping with the rise of the internet and fall in advertising, the early career and passion of things British for The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde and the use of intensifiers - are they really really necessary? [more]

06/08/2010: Best of the Week - 6 August 2010
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 6 August. This week.....defacto couples being caught out through a misunderstanding of the Property Relationship Act, the arts cash in on next year's Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, some thoughts on democracy in Fiji, the pursuit of happiness - it's harder than you think and finding treasures around the home. [more]

13/08/2010: Best of the Week - 13 August 2010
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 13 August. This week.....the first New Zealand solider to be killed in action in Afghanistan is farewelled, teaching and learning from the disabled, getting rid of mice around the house, the backstory of antiques and what makes them valuable and can one have an emotional connection with chickens? [more]

20/08/2010: Best of the Week - 20 August 2010
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 19 August. This week.....James Lipton of the Actor's Studio in New York talks method acting and finding your truth, irrigating farmland and damming rivers in the South Island, the Kite Brothers passion for classic British ford cars, all you need to know about toast and the secret of the Kiwi online auction phenomenon Trade Me. [more]

27/08/2010: Best of the Week 27 August 2010
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 27th August. This week...the governments alcohol reform package to curb youth binge drinking, British adventurer Ed Stafford who's the first known person to walk the length of the Amazon river in South America, the unique story of the only researcher specializing in orca whales in New Zealand waters which is about to be seen by millions of people around the world, and the cabbage tree - an amazing source of food and fibre which believe it or not tastes great . [more]

03/09/2010: Best of the Week for 3 September
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 3 September. This week........the collapse of South Canterbury Finance, the fiftieth anniversary of Sir Peter Snell's gold medal win at the Rome Olympics in 1960, an interview with rugby legend Sir Colin Meads, whats involved in getting a catch of fish off the boats and onto our plates, and the effects that rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is having on the worlds oceans. [more]

24/09/2010: Best of the Week - 24 September 2010
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 24 September. This week........can information obtained but recorded by hidden camera be ethical? Discworld author Terry Pratchett's promotion of assisted deaths, New Zealand's place in the world when the first World War broke out, four former whalers counting and not killing humpbacks and singing with a Kiwi accent. [more]

01/10/2010: Best of the Week - 1 October 2010
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 1 October. This week........a Maori doctor treating third world health conditions in the Far North, finding and seeing a single atom, going undercover to catch the most dangerous drug lords in the Americas, what is Team Trev and eco-fashion label Starfish goes ethical for New Zealand Fashion Week. [more]

15/10/2010: Best of the Week - 15 October 2010
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 15 October. This week.....being kidnapped by guerillas and held for more than 6 years - we hear Ingrid Betancourt's story, developing disaster robots, The Wizard and the films inspired by his life, getting the Rugby World Cup disability accessible for all fans, The Angel of the Gap and his 160 rescues, bleeding animals for the companion animal blood bank and New Zealand Music Awards winners Stan Walker and Gin Wigmore. [more]

22/10/2010: Best of the Week - 22 October 2010
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 22 October. This week.....is it curtains for The Hobbit film in New Zealand, an inside look at North Korea, a taste of Blindness or a fundraiser in bad taste, the secrets behind perfect porridge and making easy peesy cheese at home. [more]

05/11/2010: Best of the Week - 5 November 2010
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 5 November. This week.....did the media help with the stoush over the filming of the Hobbit in New Zealand, the future for Australia's indigenous peoples, an insight into the marvel and challenges of the human brain, the Aussie promoter who coined the infamous line"Hey you, in the black T-shirt!", the leadership of our longest serving post-war prime minister Sir Keith Holyoake and the excitement of Calf Club Day. [more]

12/11/2010: Best of the Week - 12 November 2010
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 12 November. This week.....our Symphony Orchestra wowing crowds in Europe, sexist reporting in the media, the life of sports writer TP McLean revealed, a residential carer working sleeping on the job, what GPs really think of their patients, the pre-schoolers running wild in Fiordland and Fair Go's Kevin Milne signs off. [more]

19/11/2010: Best of the Week - 19 November 2010
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 19 November. This week.....former All Black John Kirwan's battle with depression, can the latest report into inclusive education solve its issues for special needs students, the problems and solutions to parking in our main cities, paddock poetry with pictures, the amazing reclusive mudfish, dealing with bumblebees when they nest near you, and the philosophy of Henry David Thoreau. [more]

03/12/2010: Best of the Week - 3 December 2010
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 3 December. This week....as well as stories about the West Coast tragedy, we hear about the new longitudinal study Growing Up in New Zealand, The Hollies still touring after all these years, the impact of Sir Geoffrey Palmer at the end of Lange Labour government and This Way Up gets fishy with Groper. [more]

10/12/2010: Best of the Week - 10 December 2010
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 10 December. This week....is the future of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra as grim as some think, the doctor who tried to save John Lennon's life 30 years ago, the idea behind rowing across the Tasman by youself, the Laser turns 50, is privacy respected by the media especially in the case of children and the sacked Sarah Palin advisor turned novellist tells about her time with the former vice-presidential hopeful. [more]

17/12/2010: Best of the Week - 17 December 2010
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 17 December. This week....Can Reindeer Fly - the science of getting Santa round the world on Christmas Eve, Saving Frames - preserving our moving images from the past, mixing Maori kai with chocolate, Roger Shepherd and his Flying Nun label and the Topp Twins on tour. [more]

24/12/2010: Best of the Week - 24 December 2010
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 24 December. This week....the truth revealed - what was behind the strange UFO seen in Kaikoura 32 years ago, how gastric bypass operations are revealing our understanding about Type 2 diabetes, the Outrageous Fortune behind our most successful TV drama series ever and members of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra discuss their recent European tour. [more]

28/01/2011: Best of the Week - 28 January 2011
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 28 January. This week....self control may be the secret to success starting from childhood, what makes a good and bad boss and how alcohol and strenuous exercise don't go together. [more]

02/02/2011: Best of the Week - 3rd February 2011
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 3rd February. This week .... An Auckland engineer and academic who'se often faced death in some of the world's most dangerous hotspots cleaning up toxic chemical waste, the work of a skin cancer specialist who'se on the shortlist for New Zealander of the year, the use of 3D printers to replace broken household devices, and we take a walk on the Franz Josef glacier to see how its being affected by global warming. [more]

04/02/2011: Best of the Week - 04 February 2011
This week.......scientists discover part of the world famous pink and white terraces destroyed in the eruption of Mt Tarawera 125 years ago, what it takes to be a madam in a high class escort agency, rescuing our flightless parrot the kakapo from the brink of extinction, and the link between obesity, economic growth and greenhouse gas emissions. [more]

11/02/2011: Best of the Week - 11 February 2011
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 11th February . This week.......can the Maori language survive, exploring the back country with farm walking, researching the brains of birds for language, what happens to your online life when you die, a kiwi preservation scientist and the world's oldest system of natural health care being taught in New Zealand. [more]

18/02/2011: Best of the Week - 18 February 2011
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 18th February . This week.......former residents of Egypt and Tunisia comment on the unrest in their homelands, the trouble with not checking your facts in a news story, our leading milliner talks about his 60-plus years in fashion, the health consequences of undiagnosed sleep apnoea, getting rid of wasps and making information beautiful. [more]

11/03/2011: Best of the Week - 11 March 2011
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 11 March. This week.......will Kiwi creatives be part of the Opening ceremony for the Rugby World Cup, Simon Morton bikes along a broken Avon river in quake-hit Christchurch, understanding zoonoses - human diseases that come from animals, the importance of a checklist, the Smithsonian Institute in the 21st century, a bloody brief history of swearing and the medieval sport of jousting. [more]

18/03/2011: Best of the Week - 18 March 2011
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 18 March. This week.......some earthquake related interviews with a difference, author Annie Proulx talks about her writing, the founder of Women Moving Millions talks about her own financial coming of age, will public broadcasting survive on free-to-air TV in New Zealand and the survival story of the 33 Chilean miners. [more]

25/03/2011: Best of the Week - 25 March 2011
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 25 March. This week.......the joyful reunion between a wee Jewish girl hidden in an attic during WWII and her now Kiwi"brothers", has media coverage of Japan's nuclear crisis been OTT, the Chinese gold rush workers of 150 years ago, hitch-hiking from Johannesburg to Mt Kilimanjaro at 15, cultures intermingling in our new feature movie My Wedding and Other Secrets and scientists exploring why we sleep. [more]

01/04/2011: Best of the Week - 1 April 2011
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 1 April. This week.......are schools being helped in dealing with bullying, a Biography of Cancer explains what we know and don't know about the Emperor of All Maladies, should the government be giving broadcasting companies a hand to pay their bills, its a hundred years since Ernest Rutherford announced the structure of the atom, printing food, a History of the World since 9/11 and Zero Waste Fashion. [more]

08/04/2011: Best of the Week - 8 April 2011
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 8 April. This week.......young people and bullying - will naming and shaming impact them in future, the world's water woes, what's a weed when you're restoring natural habitats, Lonely Miaow - the organisation trying to rid the country of stray cats, Jazzman Herbie Hancock talks about Miles Davis and lovesongs from a shoebox - Will and Annie Crummer perform live. [more]

15/04/2011: Best of the Week - 15 April 2011
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 15 April. This week.......digging up new history at Gallipoli, winning Lotto (if you're lucky) - but what happens to the rest of the money, looking at Three Mile Island meltdown 32 years ago, the carrot mob arrives in NZ, has this country made any really good movies lately, surgical robots and the history of the Kiwi housewife. [more]

22/04/2011: Best of the Week - 22 April 2011
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 22 April. This week.......the media pushing boundaries in court cases, our new laws around digital file sharing, the art of book restoration, we hear from Australia's first PhD in ufology, Ron Gallela - the first American paparazzo, the demise of record stores and when too much is never enough. [more]

29/04/2011: Best of the Week - 29 April 2011
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 29 April. This week.......plans for Radio New Zealand's future from the new Chairman of the Board, we explore war stories from Pozieres in France to online memories of the 28th Maori Battalion, a sneak peek at the Martin jetpack, the oldest person to walk the Pacific Crest Walking Trail (from Mexico to Canada), the changing face of Wellington's Cuba Street and how to create a Kiwi team to compete in the Tour de France. [more]

13/05/2011: Best of the Week - 13 May 2011
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 13 May. This week.......the ongoing media reporting of the death of Osama bin Laden, age discrimination for the baby boomers seeking work, BonaNZa - New Zealand's premier trombone quartet, the nitty gritty of human reproduction, Afghanistan and the Taliban and the world's loudest cat [more]

20/05/2011: Best of the Week - 20 May 2011
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 20 May. This week.......when advertising gets mistaken for news, new science in climate change, are farmers paying enough tax, the study of silence, the craft of perfumery and rock photographer Tony Mott. [more]

27/05/2011: Best of the Week - 27 May 2011
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 27 May. This week.......we look at media stories around The Budget, getting the rebuild of Christchurch done right with full consultation, handling the fame of your offspring, making paper from harakeke/flax, the demise of petroleum man and NZ's "black gold" - biochar. [more]

03/06/2011: Best of the Week - 3 June 2011
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 3 June. This week.......getting serious about unemployment and youth issues in small towns, population control - the elephant in the room in the climate change debate, 150 years of Christchurch's The Press, the 75th anniversary of Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind, stories of The Titanic victims, the corruption of football match fixing and uncovering the secrets of our locked tectonic plates. [more]

10/06/2011: Best of the Week - 10 June 2011
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 10 June. This week.......the US and NZ cosey up to re-engage in the Pacific, ideas for the future prosperity of our country, understanding rip currents at beaches, is the international food system in crisis, celebrating 150 years of Kiwi gold Chinese style and remembering the Pink and White Terraces. [more]

24/06/2011: Best of the Week - 24 June 2011
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 24 June. This week.... the exhausted spirit of Canterbury and the media response to the latest aftershocks, Shihad singer and guitarist Jon Toogood launches his first solo project, the rowi Kiwi moves into the Malborough Sounds, the Queen of Wool talks about the early days of marketing the wonder of wool and the Queen of the Mods Dinah Lee releases a new single and we're harvesting Maori potatoes. [more]

08/07/2011: Best of the Week - 8 July 2011
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 8 July. This week.... the judge who led the Wai 262 claim gives his first interview since the inquiry was released, is the media against controversial broadcaster Paul Henry or for him, we hear an interview with NZ's first female doctor, a prominent Fijian trade union leader speaks out about new curbs on workers' rights there, NZ scientists on the hunt for effective treatments for Alzheimer's disease, former marathon rower Rob Hamill on his fight for justice for his brother's murder by the Khmer Rouge and the world's loudest insect for its size - you'll be surprised! [more]

15/07/2011: Best of the Week - 15 July 2011
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 15 July. This week.... is headline news always news, 25 years since the Homosexual law Reform bill changed life for gay New Zealanders, a reading enrichment programme changing lives in Auckland, off the grid in Afghanistan, hunting the southern right whale for research and sailing the Pacific as our ancestors did. [more]

22/07/2011: Best of the Week - 22 July 2011
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 22 July. This week.... the comings and goings of Israeli travellers at the time of the Christchurch quake, is a Capital Gains Tax an election winner for Labour, a centenary of radio in New Zealand, a fire organ - using thermo acoustics to tubes to make sound, what are the lessons for our media in the wake of the Murdoch scandal overseas and the Illustrated History of New Zealand Film. [more]

29/07/2011: Best of the Week - 29 July 2011
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 29 July. This week.... "Blue Smoke" the big winner of the New Zealand Post Book Awards, sorting fact from fiction in the Israeli spy story, sorting the leaders from the misleaders, the manipulation of movies by product placements, recalling the first Antarctic explorers in a midwinter dinner 100 years on, getting adventurous with your food, a history of New Zealand product design and the Woolston Brass Band making music to retain their champion status. [more]

12/08/2011: Best of the Week - 12 August 2011
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 12 August. This week .... violence among young girls now commonplace, not everyone's happy with Jeremy Newsboy Wells hosting a TV doco on the latest European tour by the NZSO, a long lost Hitchcock silent film is discovered in Wellington, can dehydration be good for you, we find out what an Otolaryngologist is, recycling your old vintage machinery, exploring India with very young children, fencing champ Yuan Ping on getting to the Olympics and ageing wine using an electrical field. [more]

19/08/2011: Best of the Week - 19 August 2011
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 19 August. This week .... the media campaigns on behalf of the country about the high price of milk and adidas All Black jerseys, cricketer Bob Blair and his tale of strength after losing his fiancée at Tangiwai, Ian Mune on the multiple characters of comedien Billy T James, new facts from researching humpback whales, exploring the Erebus glacier tongue in Antarctica, music and New Zealand's own "riots" of 30 years ago and learn more about our favourite bird - the tui. [more]

26/08/2011: Best of the Week - 26 August 2011
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 26 August. This week .... extreme weather hit the country last week - Mediawatch investigates how it was covered, how will our health system cope into the future, a user's guide to new copyright laws due to come into force on September 1st, the late Sir Paul Reeves talks about family, and a look at different aspects of food - Alison Holst recalls her first series on TV, using food to explain chemistry and owner and chef of Auckland's Soul restaurant Judith Tabron recalls Kiwi cuisine 30 years ago. [more]

02/09/2011: Best of the Week - 2 September 2011
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 2 September. This week .... using dramatic headlines to sell a story, getting shipwrecked on Raoul Island, Paekakariki residents recall the "Friendly Invasion" of US marines in 1942, the power of the unconscious brain, the different chemical reactions when cooking a piece of meat and the end results for our palates and we look at the corrosive effect of humiliation - is it the cause of much of humanity's troubles? [more]

16/09/2011: Best of the Week - 16 September 2011
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 16 September. This week .... the Rugby World Cup kicks off, we look back at "the other 9/11" in Chile 1973, a play on the rugby legend George Nepia, how computers are helping to track and analyse swine flu, we visit seal pups frolicking around a fresh water waterfall near Kaikoura, American film director John Waters on parental support, how "clean" were the News of the World journalists in the last couple of years and taking a roadtrip around NZ with an audio tour guide. [more]

23/09/2011: Best of the Week - 23 September 2011
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 23 September. This week .... a review of how the media covered Auckland's Rugby World Cup opening night chaos, the employment issues surrounding the 90-day trial period, Margaret Pope on her part in the fourth Labour government, recycling initiatives, reading with a Book Track - music and sound effects, returning the whare tipuna Mataatua to Ngati Awa and streuth - Kylie Minogue makes the list of iconic Aussie sounds. [more]

30/09/2011: Best of the Week - 30 September 2011
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 30 September. This week .... its rugby rugby rugby in the media, Somali refugees comment on the food crisis in their homeland, a 70 year wreck is found loaded with silver, the first Samoan language feature film is released in New Zealand, the history of the Haka, being a co-operative city dog owner and a Kiwi who's life has been spent helping others in need. [more]

07/10/2011: Best of the Week - 7 October 2011
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 7 October. This week .... being blinded after a domestic violence incident hasn't held back one of our top paralympians, is rugby the Kiwi religion, hear the truth finally about the greek Queen of Egypt Cleopatra, Muslim women getting active in sports and our society, turning pine trees into bio-fuel, behind the breeding of creepy crawlies for the screen and a clown doctor using humour to connect with dementia patients. [more]

14/10/2011: Best of the Week - 14 October 2011
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 14 October. This week .... the lessons learned from cleaning up oil spills in the US for New Zealand, the world hasn't ended with Dan Carter no longer in the All Blacks but you wouldn't think so - we look at the media's response and a former English rugby player talks about his "secret" and its lingering effects, cheap light - using water and an empty plastic bottle, a Kiwi design to help stroke sufferers and this year's NZ Design Awards, improving your health by improving your feet and Mums helping, of course, with a "Kids' Market" in Wellington. [more]

21/10/2011: Best of the Week - 21 October 2011
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 21 October. This week .... the environmental catastrophe in Tauranga is overtaken by rugby, finding the perfect kilogram, being a High Court judge and gay - don't ask - don't tell, is domestic violence worse or different in our ethnic communities, criminal slang, a behind the stage look at Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, the world economy - could it change and does it need to? and the faces of Katherine Mansfield. [more]

28/10/2011: Best of the Week - 28 October 2011
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 28 October. This week .... WE WON the Rugby World Cup but what's the rest of the world saying about New Zealand, we hear from the designer of the Maori taonga for RWC's Man of the Match awards and commentating rugby in te reo Maori, the kiwi infiltrating the suburbs in the Bay of Plenty, Albertlanders in search of a port in Northland, is This Way Up's Simon Morton going to get a hearing aid and lifting our horizon's with Sir Paul Callaghan. [more]

04/11/2011: Best of the Week - 4 November 2011
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 4 November. This week .... a Kiwi led clinical trial using stem cells to treat spinal injuries, no New Zealand horses in the Melbourne Cup but one did win the Victoria Derby, the media mess-ups in Rugby World Cup coverage, Maori in Australia - Mozzies, the centre of Chic in the central North Island, animals' intelligence, emotions and can they feel joy, trapping Rainbow Trout to monitor migration and life after Coro's Jack Duckworth. [more]

11/11/2011: Best of the Week - 11 November 2011
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 11 November. This week .... will politicians take poverty seriously this election campaign, does the government need to partially privatise state owned assets and the power of TV in election debates, scientists "tell us a story", volunteering at the Rena oil spill in Tauranga, how Eddie Izzard preps for a new show, the joy of chickens, fireworks fun in the 70s, celebrating Diwali, a teenage eyewitness to the 1943 Battle of Manners Street and How to Survive the Titanic. [more]

18/11/2011: Best of the Week - 18 November 2011
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 18 November. This week .... Mediawatch surveys election stories, how Christchurch coped "When a City Falls", communicating science to the masses and blending science and poetry, could we run our economy without the banks in charge, gorgeous glass art at the recent Maori Market, the man who saved our seabirds and the enormous cost of cybercrime. [more]

24/11/2011: Best of the Week - 24 November 2011
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 24 November. This week .... to reveal or not reveal what was recorded on the so-called Teapot Tape, baby tuatara rescued at Zealandia, FIFA's Sepp Blatter and his rascism comment, Sleep and how to get enough of it, Iranian women learning to play rugby are the subject of a new documentary and meet some of our "mobile" workforce - the Campers. [more]

02/12/2011: Best of the Week - 2 December 2011
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 2 December. This week .... Mediawatch reviews election coverage, famous film people save a famous Wellington theatre, the connection between the quiet Beatle and a Kiwi bookseller, Greening the Rubble in Christchurch, the reconstruction of a billion year old enzyme, Bill Ward discusses drag racing and making custom guitars and what you need to know about Virtual Private Networks. [more]

09/12/2011: Best of the Week - 9 December 2011
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 9 December. This week .... on the 10th anniversary of Sir Peter Blake's death his widow Pippa releases a book, robots adding to the wellbeing of the retired, adventurers showing us the world - a long way from the likes of Jacques Cousteau, the Christchurch students and their invention of a sustainable energy based emergency power generator, using glow-in-the-dark technology in science, the school kids nabbing speeding drivers, is there a difference between self raising flour and adding baking powder to plain flour and two well known NZ writers share readings from Wanaka's Festival of Colour. [more]

23/12/2011: Best of the Week - 23 December 2011
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 23 December. This week .... The PM's Science Prize winners talk about their work, its been a Big Year for the leader of the Urban Search and Rescue Teams in Christchurch and then in Japan, the old wooden waka unearthed in Invercargill, exploring the corporate takeover of life itself, why we eat spicey fruit cake at Christmas, memories of Christmas from 1919 and a waiata from Cornerstone Roots... [more]

27/01/2012: Best of the Week - 27th January 2012
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 27th January. This week .... the arrest of an internet millionaire in Auckland for one of the world's biggest internet piracy prosecutions, a professor of cybernetics who's become his own experiment and had a silicon chip inserted into his forearm, a candid interview with legendary singer Judy Collins about her latest memoir, and the whimsical machines of artist Joseph herscher. [more]

10/02/2012: Best of the Week - 10 February 2012
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 10 February. This week .... the media response to the "Occupy Movement", memories of surviving in occupied Holland during WWII, the New Zealander recently knighted in Britain for services to industry, an extract of pine bark has promising results for those with brain injuries, economist and philanthropist Gareth Morgan on his life and times and opera star Dame Malvina Major's new job. [more]

17/02/2012: Best of the Week - 17 February 2012
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 17 February. This week .... how an All Black become embroiled in a media frenzy about breastfeeding, the mystery of the missing ZK-AFB Dragonfly, discovering whether red means heat or danger in the plant kingdom, the jogging craze that started in New Zealand, giant amphipods found in the Kermadec Trench, a tour through a new state house in Timaru in 1959, cochlear implants and why you'd have one, the catastrophe of cigarettes and finding beauty in the practical - bridges. [more]

24/02/2012: Best of the Week - 24 February 2012
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 24 February. This week .... how the media tackled the issue of covering the Canterbury quake a year on, looking at high speed internet in the future, the battle of Christianity and Mormonism in the States, Changing Capitalism with Kiwi entrepreneur Derek Handley, a new biography of the Queen for her 60 years on the throne, weight loss and calories - what are they? War Horse author Michael Morpurgo and treating dogs as humans. [more]

02/03/2012: Best of the Week - 2 March 2012
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 2 March. This week .... allegations of abuse on board foreign-chartered fishing vessels, New Zealand claims the oldest giant penguin fossils, drug addiction and staying sober when you're a Kennedy, Christchurch's Avon River a year on from the quake, we meet the world's only wolf-whistling Kokako, bass baritone Jonathan Lemalu on coming home to perform in Arts festival events, what is the future for news media in Christchurch and a young woman describes being in the CTV building during the 22 February quake. [more]

09/03/2012: Best of the Week - 9th March 2012
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 9th March. This week .... how a campaign to change to the law on bail attracted over-emotional coverage on TV news programmes , the global campaign to try and end the harvesting of organs for transplant from executed prisoners in China, the phenomenon of crowd funding a new way to raise money to finance films, and a museum which is dedicated to the many and varied forms of mustard. [more]

16/03/2012: Best of the Week - 16 March 2012
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 16 March. This week .... saying goodbye to Christchurch Cathedral, gap filling in Christchurch, public money for television broadcasting, one of NZ's most successful film, TV and theatre director and producers Simon Bennett talks about The Almighty Johnsons, the wreck of the Titanic in detail, join a fossil dig in Otago, the work of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament, farming a century ago in Castlepoint and the Thai sport Muay Thai explained. [more]

23/03/2012: Best of the Week - 23 March 2012
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 23 March. This week .... how has the media been coping with the ongoing industrial action at the Ports of Auckland, the country's future if global temperatures rise by 2 degrees, "flipping" water quality in Southland, hear two views of Edwardian Wellington as Spectrum celebrates is 40th birthday, Stephen Stills of "Crosby Stills and Nash" talks about starting up, Diversity in Death - exploring inter-faith rituals around death in NZ, the busy life of an equine dentist and cooking kai as a fundraiser - fried bread, whitebait fritters...yum yum! [more]

30/03/2012: Best of the Week - 30 March 2012
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 30 March. This week .... tributes for Professor Sir Paul Callaghan who died on Saturday and hear where his love of science and people came from, a Kiwi's involvement in the search for the God particle, the shortage of a yeasty spread has the media in a lather, how Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man has helped to unravel the secrets of the Universe, Dear Dot...the "social media" in NZ before the age of computers, the freezing sport of curling and the digitisation of the New Zealand Year Books. [more]

13/04/2012: Best of the Week - 13 April 2012
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 13th April. This week .... the retiring head of Trade Aid shares how it all started 43 years ago, finding and preserving a pair of stone waka anchors, discovering symbols and history in Wellington's Old St Paul's Cathedral, do it yourself bike workshops to keep you on the road, love it or not - the musical is not dead and making a comeback and the SPCA's Bob Kerridge talks about his early life and influences. [more]

20/04/2012: Best of the Week - 20th April 2012
This week .... thirty five years on from when he first published his book The Passionless People - journalist Godon McLauchlan takes another look at New Zealand in his latest book, saying we live in a broken country no one wants to fix, a new look at the sensational case involving the murder of Harvey and Jeanette Crewe in 1970 - for which Arthur Alan Thomas was twice convicted and then pardoned, the death of actor and artist Grant Tilly - one of the stars of theatre in this country, and the career of a New Zealander who'se won an Oscar and a Bafta for his work in the film industry. . [more]

27/04/2012: Best of the Week - 27 April 2012
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 27 April . This week .... the fallout from the raids in the Urewera area, making wine and growing tea and coffee in Coromandel, reconstructive plastic surgeon Dr Swee Tan talks about his early years in Malaysia and training in Australia, the huge remarkable Indian hospital that treats most of its patients for free, Helen Brown and her new journey with a cat named Jonah, embracing your Jewishness at 60 when you thought you were a Christian until then, military themed stories from Anzac Day and the Afternoons Complaints Choir. [more]

04/05/2012: Best of the Week - 4 May 2012
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 4 May . This week .... the role of lobbyists in government, Anzac Day explored, life for orinary Russians under Vladimir Putin, we meet the virus hunter, Dr Bogan and the Boy with Tape on his Face, Spectrum revisits the work of Dr Helen Schofield who was accidentally killed by Mila the African elephant, why Macau is the new capital of gambling, and Madeleine Sami's Supercity TV series finds an audience in America. [more]

11/05/2012: Best of the Week - 11 May 2012
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 11 May . This week .... hear the sound that the planet Venus makes, tips for hoarders, a new theory on the Shroud of Turin, "That ghastly woman" - why Wallis Simpson upset royalty, understanding more about great white sharks, a masters event for kaumatua with pre-European games, when getting a haircut is more than just cutting hair and using music to boost your performance in sport. [more]

18/05/2012: Best of the Week - 18 May 2012
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 18 May . This week .... does a celebrity's product endorsement lessen their credibility in the eyes of their audience, going solo for a year on an Alaskan island, New Zealand society in the 1820's, are babies smarter, more caring and conscious than adults, is there such a thing as Maori comedy, working the farm as a former ballet teacher, growing ginkgo nuts in Aotearoa and using your ethnicity in your art pratice. [more]

01/06/2012: Best of the Week - 1 June 2012
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 1 June. This week .... where is the fair pay for those looking after our older citizens, when is personal opinion - no matter how distasteful - news? Getting ready for the Transit of Venus, 70 years since the "American Invasion", the ambitious plans for a future predator free Stewart Island, coping with the increase of food allergies, the reviewing of theatre - is it a dying art? the enthusiasm of those working in the diary industry, celebrating 20 years of Maori pre-school learning in Dannevirke and the enormous success of Usborne children's books. [more]

08/06/2012: Best of the Week - 8 June 2012
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 8 June. This week .... 70 years of Bomber Command remembered, the head of a leading pharmaceutical company talks success in NZ, the Kiwi attitude to alcohol in the media and 50 years ago, the Queen's first Christmas message from New Zealand, the role of the Archbishop of Canterbury is discussed, Grape-a-Hol - is Big Business killing artisan wine making, neutrinos, The Bone Feeder and the word like - is it like overused? [more]

15/06/2012: Best of the Week - 15th June 2012
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 15th June. This week .... members of parliament must declare their financial interests in the name of transparency, but should the journalists who hold our politicians to account have the same obligations, for the first time since the government announced the intention to move to plain packaging on cigarettes - the tobacco industry fronts up to discuss it, the Transit of Venus celebrations at Tolaga Bay, Ambergris - the floating gold thats found washed up on beaches around the world, Barry Humphries tours Dame Edna Everidge and his other alter-egos for possibly the last time, and New Zealand's top pop culture magazine Rip It Up celebrates its 35th birthday. [more]

22/06/2012: Best of the Week - 22 June 2012
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 22 June. This week .... is the media fascination with the Scott Guy murder trial more than that of the publics, the daughter of Deep Throat talks about her father's decision to be the source behind the Watergate scandal, the sounds of Kapiti Island, communities celebrating Matariki - the Maori New Year, an Aussie import to help NZ pastures, mental trainer Kerry Spackman on retraining how you think to unlock inner truths, Breasts: a Natural and Unnatural History and inside the Junior Lyric Writing competition at South Auckland's East Tamaki Primary school. [more]

29/06/2012: Best of the Week - 29 June 2012
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 29 June. This week .... what are changes to Fairfax Media in Australia going to mean for readers in this country, Fiji's slow but steady return to democracy, a research project looking at the recovery from the Bay of Plenty's Rena disaster, Glenn Frey of the Eagles talks about going solo with a project his parents approve of, 21 years of Huia Publishers, Big Band leader Roger Fox talks jazz, the Athfields talk architecture and leaky buildings, the plans for Cardrona Ski Fields near Wanaka and the art of acting with masks with Indian Ink's Jacob Rajan. [more]

06/07/2012: Best of the Week - 6th July 2012
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 6th July. This week .... a not guilty decision the Scott Guy murder trial leaves the big question around his murder unanswered, Researchers in Switzerland believe they've finally discovered what's been dubbed by some as the God particle, Last weekend, Television New Zealand switched off its last remaining commercial-free channel, a war veteran who took part in bombing raids over Europe recounts his adventures, and the experience of a trip to the Red Planet at the Mars Research Station in Utah. [more]

13/07/2012: Best of the Week -13th July 2012
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 13th July. This week .... A Maori Council water ownership challenge could stall the sale of energy company shares, MPs could soon face a vote on legislation to legalise voluntary euthanasia, Independent radio news is half a century old this week, New Zealand's first Fat Studies conference , a documentary about a fight to overturn the conviction of murder against three american teenagers - a cause taken up by Sir Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh. [more]

20/07/2012: Best of the Week - 20th July 2012
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 20th July. This week...an interview with two of the four people convicted on firearms charges, following a twelve month police surveillance of `military-style' training camps in the Urewera bush....and the controversial police raids in 2007........ we hear from New Zealand businessman and philanthropist Owen Glenn......... the work and life of the mathematician who beat odds of a trillion to one to create the enigma code during World War Two, who'se also hailed as the father of the modern computer..... designers of an umbrella that may be able to cope with Wellington winds at their worst........and author Author Witi Ihimaera takes a trip to Mars. [more]

27/07/2012: Best of the Week - 27 July 2012
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 27th July. This week...the life and work of renowned childrens author Margaret Mahy who died this week....the philosophy of Wellingtons barefoot and dreadlocked new bishop......a clinical food trial to try and solve our obesity problem.....a company that designs and manufactures automatic traps that humanely kill pest animals...... Tenor and Wagnarian specialist Simon O'Neill is back home to start off a year of concerts around the world........and camels as pets. [more]

03/08/2012: Best of the Week - 3rd August 2012
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 3rd of August . This week.....plans for the new look of central Christchurch are unveiled......an interview with a man reputed to be the world's greatest sportswriter......new outlets for journalism spawned by the internet....actor and winemaker Sam Neill gives insights into his career.....and a smartphone app that translates English into te reo Maori. [more]

10/08/2012: Best of the Week - 10th August
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 10th of August This week.....the influence public relations people have on the way the news reaches the public ..... one of the founders of the internet speaks out about the battle for its control.....former All Blacks coach Graham Henry talks candidly about his career..... the history of our modernday offices.....how the current Olympic games compare to others....and the man behind the make up design for the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit [more]

17/08/2012: Best of the Week - 17th August 2012
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 17th of August This week.....Shotputter Valerie Adams is elevated to gold after her Belarussian rival failed a drug test......new ways of funding journalism ...an attempt at a new world speed record on the salt flats at Bonneville in Utah using a modified mini cooper...........Careful what you say around your plants as they can probably hear you.......a new collection of work by Central otago poet Brian Turner.....and the national country music awards. [more]

24/08/2012: Best of the Week - 24th August 2012
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 24th of August This week.....another three New Zealand soldiers die in Afghanistan......while our Olympians were humble in victory and gracious in defeat - can the same be said of our media...... experiments to see what effect alcohol has on the body after a binge drinking session...............a former CIA interrogator gives tips on how to spot a lie......a collection of Katherine Mansfields letters sheds new light on one of our most famous authors. [more]

31/08/2012: Best of the Week - 31 August 2012
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 31st of August. This week.....a veteran investigative journalist on TV is appalled at the dumbing down of television journalism......the issue of violent video games and the impact on those that play them......The number of New Zealanders moving to Australia is soaring, but increasing numbers of those who have made the move are struggling to get by in their new country....... . the science of roadkill......poet Sam Hunt takes a trip to Mars......and an opera about renowned artist Len Lye. [more]

14/09/2012: Best Of The Week - 14 September 2012
This week...... the hidden side of America's War On terror, according to a new book about the FBI; Is high-quality journalism uneconomic in the future?... Should the New Zealand Government re-consider the way it delivers aid to The Pacific? ... On the health front, are anti-viral drugs less effective as new mutated strains of flu are becoming increasingly resistant ...and Gardening, from the plant's perspective. . [more]

21/09/2012: Best of the Week - 21 September 2012
This week...... the law society calls for a rehtink on the use of television cameras in our courtrooms, options for curbing the high New Zealand dollar, the increasing trend towards privatised prisons, what was involved behind the scene in organising the rugby world cup, a fascinating insight into the world of double agents during the second world war, and a photo exhibition of women at work in the construction industry. [more]

28/09/2012: Best of the Week - 28 September 2012
This week...... prior to Lonely Planet Guide there was the Overland Club - we hear from its founders 50 years ago in Wellington, New Zealand's nuclear history revealed, the history of English spelling, Damien Echols one of the West Memphis Three talks about coping with jail and freedom, new discoveries for tinnitus sufferers, Billy Graham of the Naenae Boxing Academy talks about his book on parenting young men, and an in depth look at one of our favourite fish Tarakihi. [more]

05/10/2012: Best of the Week - 5 October 2012
This week...... stories the media ignores here but covers extensively overseas, the mystery of a floating raft of pumice in the seas towards the Kermadecs, reducing food waste by dumpster diving, the introduction of "summertime" or daylight savings, we hear how Dress for Success founder Nancy Lublin found her enterpreunerial way through Not-for-Profits, the internet addiction of Minecraft, Craig Potton and behind the scenes at Miss Aotearoa. [more]

12/10/2012: Best of the Week - 12 October 2012
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 12 October. This week...... the blurring of boundaries between advertising and news, the tiny parasite toxoplasma gondii and its potential devastating effects on dolphins, social jetlag - being out of sync with life, what maths can reveal about the operation of war, the rising cost of social inequity in New Zealand, suicide killing more soldiers than the war, learning more about Shia muslims, and 100 years of the Otago University Sextet. [more]

19/10/2012: Best of the Week - 19 October 2012
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 19 October. This week ... a lawyer for the Maori Council explains water rights issues, 50 years since the Cuban Missile Crisis, managing trauma for journalists exposed to crime, conflict and catastrophe, studying honey bees for jetlag research, making our cities safer, Global Handwashing Day, wearing mini-skirts at any age especially if you're comedian and psychologist Pamela Stephenson, Kaikoura's Fyffe House - made of bone and keeping it in the family with Electric Wire Hustle [more]

26/10/2012: Best of the Week - 26 October 2012
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 26 October. This week ... the New Zealand angle on the banning of Lance Armstrong from cycling, sexism in journalism, Are beluga whales trying to communicate with humans? leaving the car at home, The Who's Pete Townshend on finally publishing his version of his life so far, the not-so-boring Boredom Conference, perfecting the tenderist lamb for export, Porirua's Graffiti Grannies, nurses in action during WWI and being gay and Christian - it is possible to be both. [more]

02/11/2012: Best of the Week - 2nd November 2012
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 2nd November. This week ... A tragic killing which kick-started a campaign to change the law....... why Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf is being prepared for re-release seventy years after publication of the book was banned....Third generation auctioneer Dunbar Sloane talks about unearthing hidden treasures, and how the country's oldest auction house has evolved......a book which gives advice to people thinking about investing in art.....why does freshly brewed coffee never quite tastes as good as it smells? And a book which reveals secrets and insights into Tolkeins 'The Hobbit', which the author hopes everyone will fall in love with again when the new movie arrives. [more]

09/11/2012: Best of the Week - 9 November 2012
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 9 November. This week ... we hear how the Family Court has changed since opening up to the public, Aussie swimming star - the "Thorpedo" Ian Thorpe on his uniqueness, questioning arts funding in our news, a new acting programme in Auckland looks for next year's intake, the often over-looked bacteria Staphylococcus aureus, self defence for young girls, and a rather musical lineup - Randy Bachman of Bachman Turner Overdrive talks about touring to NZ and meeting Les Paul for the first time, Rikki Morris on his brother Ian, and Barry Gibb on being the last Bee Gee. [more]

16/11/2012: Best of the Week - 16th November 2012
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 16th November. This week ...... the Prime Minister faces questions about his conduct after the media seized on two recent off-the-cuff comments, a new product called 'night milk' is being trialled to see if it helps insomniacs sleep better, New Zealanders spend about $100 million on apples every year and they're a huge export earner so finding out what consumers like and don't like and breeding those varieties is seriously big business, why tone-deaf folk find it hard to distinguish vocal emotions, and we hear from former Beatle Ringo and his All Starr band whard of a tour downunder next year. [more]

23/11/2012: Best of the Week - 23 November 2012
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 23 November. This week ...... media scandals and their reputations at risk, learning self control and fighting impulsive behaviours, a resthome with no fees and no regulations, the children's book The Little Yellow Digger turns 20, fashion designer Lindah Lepou, what keeps Blondie's Debbie Harry on the stage and Lord of the Rings and Spartacus star Craig Parker talks about fantasy, nudity and fox-fur. [more]

30/11/2012: Best of the Week - 30 November 2012
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 23 November. This week ...... the red carpet is rolled out in Wellington for the world premier of the first of The Hobbit movies - we hear from Sir Peter Jackson as to why it had to be a trilogy, What's the kick-back for a city that hosts the Olympic Games and other big sports events, and how are small nations going to compete with the funding for elite sports that happens in richer countries? A mission to track down the families of over 100 soldiers who fought in the First World War using some old glass negatives found in an attic cupboard! The life of one of the country's earliest women aviators, and an interview with William Roache who'se about to enter his fifty-third year playing Coronation Street's Ken Barlow [more]

14/12/2012: Best of the Week - 14 December 2012
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 14 December. This week ...... the daunting task of completing the final volume of a biography of Winston Churchill after the original author dies, using breath as a diagnostic tool, the detective working to reduce rates of recidivism among paedophiles, All Black captain Richie McCaw on putting his body on the line, does age have a smell, what to do when the Film Industry has no awards - create your own, New Zealanders working on the Hadron Collider, learning to take advantage of your height when its mostly a disadvantage to be 8 ft 6", and our oldest car driver recalls driving across the new Auckland Harbour bridge in 1959. [more]

21/12/2012: Best of the Week - 21 December 2012
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 21 December. This week ......Tuhoe's historic settlement with the Crown; The pressure on New Zealand On Air for funding to broadcasting in its various forms; In Festive mood, why is "Snapping" chocolate an indicator of its quality? A film-makers search for her lost childhood friend in Mugabe's Zimbabwe; knowing how to care for your Christmas tree (real ones that is); The UK photojournalist who was severely injured in the shelling of HOMS in Syria in February; And an unsung New Zealand singer/songwriter/entertainer who divides his performing year between the UK and New Zealand [more]

25/01/2013: Best of the Week - 25 January 2013
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 25 January. This week ...... having fewer natural born killers in NZ; using statistics to manage hospital patients; up close and personal in Syria; the heady world of writing for a Kiwi cop; aero-artist Melissa Pemberton on muscle memory in the air; genetic diversity in our Kiwi populations; language and human evolution; and getting away from it all - from Auckland to Matamata [more]

01/02/2013: Best of the Week - 1 February 2013
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 1 February. This week ...... behind the scenes at TVNZ before the launch of it's new news show Seven Sharp; studying geology to better predict quakes on the Alpine Fault; teaching the world to read using NZ methods; an insight into the internal conflict in Mali; the man behind historygeek.co.nz; a travelling gnome on a mission to measure the differences in the Earth's gravity; celebrating the man behind McLaren motor-racing, 50 years on; Adam McGrath of the band The Eastern on making music in Christchurch; and Waiheke Island's headland: Sculpture in the Gulf exhibition [more]

08/02/2013: Best of the Week - 8 February 2013
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 8 February. This week ...... Gareth Morgan and the media; global match-fixing in the beautiful game; the contrasts of prisons between Scandanavian countries and Aglophone ones; our most successful rugby coach Gordon Tietjens on the seven-aside game; making a living on the road with the gypsy travellers; studying human-dog play; Manawatu kuia healthy baking for their local Kaumafia Kafe; a Kiwi dancer performs for the Maldives at the Venice Biennale; we remember the impact of broadcaster Sir Paul Homes who died on 1 February; and wheelchair stunts not for the faint-hearted. [more]

15/02/2013: Best of the Week for 15 February 2013
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 8 February. This week ...... .the NZ First MP Richard Prosser's opinion column in 'Investigate' magazine about Muslims attracts national and international condemnation, how the mainstream media seemed fixated on one person in particular on Waitangi Day, the use of drones or unmanned aerial vehicles and the law around using them in public or private spaces , An Australian Crime Commission Investigation has found widespread drug use in Australian professional sport, and a chat to the director of the latest Kiwi movie release. [more]

22/02/2013: Best of the Week - 22 February 2013
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 22nd February. This week ......the prominence given to weather reporting in in our news media, the issue of maori water rights, we go to a CSI lab at the Wellington Forensic Service centre, the inventor of the bagless vacumn cleaner and air blade hand dryer, singer songwriter Paul Ubana Jones, an exhibition of nudes with a difference, and remebering the " music to schools" radio broadcasts. [more]

01/03/2013: Best of the Week - 1 March 2013
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 1 March. This week ......a new insight on how nearly 50 Japanese prisoners died at Featherston 70 years ago; broadcasters, ratings and social media; remembering artist Ralph Hotere, exercise and education in the treatment of mini-strokes; the irregular art of Hundertwasser; how blue road markings affect the coastal Wellington suburb of Owhiro Bay, Sam Neill's brother tackles King Lear; how big is a scoop of icecream; Blind Sight and looking for love with help. [more]

08/03/2013: Best of the Week - 8 March 2013
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 8 March. This week ......being first with the news can sometimes end up being wrong with the news; Census night from two different perspectives; reading the fine print for new changes to house insurance; packaging that's impossible to open; high density housing; the link between the movie Argo and tuatara; celebrating Seaweek; Tongan Morris Dancing and farewelling parts of the Avon Loop in Christchurch [more]

15/03/2013: Best of the Week - 15 March 2013
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 15th March This week ......a plan to take on the main banks in a billion dollar lawsuit to claim back excessive default fees, a cancer survivor and pioneer in 'mind-body' medicine, which lake is officially the country's deepest, we visit a to a private bird sanctuary which provides respite care for unwanted birds, the work of an artist who's created portraits of many New Zealanders over the past 40 years, and John Anderson - frontman for legendary prog-rockers Yes, who is touring here next month. [more]

22/03/2013: Best of the Week - 22 March 2013
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 22 March. This week ......there's no such thing as a free lunch but fill a journalist's stomach and get free publicity; farming and conservation running side by side on Banks Peninsular; the up-side of renovating social housing; the link between Maori and the Golden Shears competition; the exploitation of immigrants and vulnerable workers; from the electric fence to protecting the Queen - the story of Gallagher; Sir Don McKinnon on heading the Commonwealth; how asking questions changed Iceland; the NZ whale exhibition that keeps on touring; and William Shatner's work with the Vatican on the meaning of life [more]

29/03/2013: Best Of The Week - 29 March 2013
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 29 March. This week - the saga of the 2008 break in at the Waihopai surveillance base near Blenheim; The Barrister daughter of the late Sir Paul Callaghan talks to Kim Hill about a new short-form digital imprint of her fathers collective writing and speeches; The approval of four new salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds has re-ignited passionate debate amongst residents and business owners in the region; The success of the Waikato-based Kapahaka Group Teh Iti Kahurangi at the National Competitions; Why could taking medicine and grapefruit together be seriously bad for your health? Our This Way Up team talks to a Canadian Clinical Pharmacologist about this; In the UK and Australia the parliaments of both countries have been debating their recommendations for beefing-up their media watchdogs - in order to rein in the worst excesses of the press; On Our Changing World We find out more about Naturewatch NZ; And American claw-hammer banjo player Abigail Washburn surprised audiences in more ways than one at WOMAD 2013. [more]

05/04/2013: Best of the Week - 5 April 2013
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 5th April. This week ......controversial proposed changes to the Resource Management Act, we go to Antarctica to explore New Zealand's status on the ice, more on potentially dangerous interactions between grapefruit and some of our most commonly prescribed drugs, a man who's been described as a modern day Indiana Jones, scientists have developed a new test to track the causes of some food poisoning outbreaks within hours, the man behind the voice of the Daleks and Cybermen on the TV series Dr Who, and Scottish comedian Danny Bhoy. [more]

12/04/2013: Best of the Week - 12 April 2013
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 12 April. This week ......is New Zealand ready for the digital switchover to watch TV; changing the thinking of imprisonment and rehabilitation; how will giant Kauri trees cope with increasing droughts; Joan Dye Gussow - one of the earliest converts to the eat-locally-think-globally food movement; tracing the story of the impressionist artists' retreat Pumpkin Cottage; saving the native long-finned eel; Rick Bryant plays favourites; our most popular recreational fish - the kingfish and remembering George Lowe - one of two Kiwis on the 1953 Everest expedition. [more]

19/04/2013: Best of the Week - 19 April 2013
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 19 April. This week ......reaction from the Boston marathon bombings; leaks lead to thousands exposed for secretly stashing cash in tax havens worldwide; the international black market trade in human organs; a survivor from Schindler's List tells her story; saving historic landmarks in Christchurch; using traditional Maori plants for cooking and medicine; from a landmark short film to directing Sex and the City - director Alison McLean shares working for the big and small screens; a tour of the National Radiation Laboratory and we meet the Duckman - friend of fallen waterfowl [more]

19/04/2013: Best of the Week - 19 April 2013
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 19 April. This week ......reaction from the Boston marathon bombings; leaks lead to thousands exposed for secretly stashing cash in tax havens worldwide; the international black market trade in human organs; a survivor from Schindler's List tells her story; saving historic landmarks in Christchurch; using traditional Maori plants for cooking and medicine; from a landmark short film to directing Sex and the City - director Alison McLean shares working for the big and small screens; a tour of the National Radiation Laboratory and we meet the Duckman - friend of fallen waterfowl [more]

26/04/2013: Best of the Week - 26 April 2013
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 26 April. This week ......we remember this country's coming of age on ANZAC Day; the pitfalls of the interaction between humans and computers; climate change sceptic Lord Christopher Monckton disputes human-induced temperature rises; Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint looks at North Korea; working with both sides of your cultures - Maori and Indian; the impact of liquifaction and sewage on Christchurch's rivers post quakes; and celebrating the work with Girl Guides and ethnic communities of Dr Mary Dawson. [more]

03/05/2013: Best of the Week - 3 May 2013
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 3 May. This week ......who killed Meredith Kercher? Amanda Knox says it wasn't her; Are New Zealanders racist? Do our 35 year old abortion laws need revision; the hard life of the crucial honey bee; Puberty Blues author Kathy Lette speaks to our "spunk-rat" Bryan Crump; in search of Veronicas; grabbing riverstones legally and getting the lowdown of the pesto-base pinenut. [more]

17/05/2013: Best of the Week - 17 May 2013
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 17 May. This week ......a family's crusade to change bail laws, give victims a greater voice and make judges more accountable for their decisions following their daughters tragic murder, while there's much debate about state-funded school lunch and breakfast a pro-active community project is teaching children about gardening, nutrition, and providing them with meals, how to deal with the problem of the rising number of people with diabetes, 3D printers could dramatically change our lives, efforts to combat Kauri dieback disease which is killing thousands of kauri trees, and the return of a precious Maori cloak presented to a Chinese leader in 1957. [more]

24/05/2013: Best of the Week - 24 May 2013
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 24 May. This week ......the father of a disabled teen on his battle to expose his son's abuse in a Nelson care facility; to print a verdict or not; 70 years since the Dam Busters dared to drop spinning bouncing bombs; age no barrier at the Kaumatua Olympics; we go inside the Police's Electronic Crime Laboratory; the secret of perfect toast; diggers making cups of tea; God, religion and business; how buttons are being used in a memorial to the child victims of the Holocaust and Kiwis doing good things overseas... [more]

31/05/2013: Best of the Week - 31 May 2013
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 31 May. This week ......the EQC blogger reveals himself; the untold New Zealand-perspective stories of our work in Afghanistan; why Obama has not closed Gitmo; how our genes and DNA impact on disease and treatment; a Kiwi preserving the Star Spangled Banner; comedian Ruby Wax and her struggle with depression; gnomes are back at the Chelsea flower show and they're Kiwi; what would you prioritise if your day shrank to just 8 hours; researching and recording remarkable and personal wartime family history. [more]

07/06/2013: Best of the Week - 7 June 2013
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 7 June. This week ......RNZ's webmaster tells all about our new website; the fine line between reporting facts and opinions; more cooking food equals better health outcomes; a new NZ bird website is launched; how living on the ice gets better photos; the science man behind the Everest expedition 60 years ago; using body signatures to recognise one human from another and Julie Andrews comes to Aotearoa for the first time [more]

14/06/2013: Best of the Week - 14 June 2013
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 14th June. This week ......the former director of the government's spy agency - the GCSB, says it did not use data shared by other countries to circumvent New Zealand laws around what its allowed to access, the row about racism and responsibility in the media prompted by the publication of two newspaper cartoons recently, the debate on euthanasia, cricketing great Martin Crowe on his career and battle with cancer in his brutally honest memoir "Raw", the life of one of New Zealand's most colourful criminals, and whats involved in pet cremation. [more]

21/06/2013: Best of the Week - 21 June 2013
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 21st June. This week ......Long-serving Labour MP Lianne Dalziel on why she's challenging Mayor Bob Parker for the Christchurch mayoralty, an interview with Radio New Zealand's new chief executive Paul Thompson, Wellington Zoo's chief executive who is credited with making a success of the previously underfunded zoo, the return of the native parrot- the Kaka to urban areas, the vital work of honeybees, and ditching urban apartment life for the wide open spaces of rural living. [more]

28/06/2013: Best of the Week - 28 June 2013
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 28 June. This week ......the mixed messages by the media about the polar blast which hit the country last week; getting the message through about vulnerable kids using music and social media; what archaeologists are discovering about early European settlement in Aotearoa; using hydrogen to barbeque cook sausages; the precarious state of the bond market; six decades of working in neuropsychology - pioneering neuro scientist Dr Brenda Milner; the difference between moths and butterflies; in just a few generations, the bird calls changing in NZ and changing size and shape of swallows in Nebraska; and we ask children "what is art?" [more]

05/07/2013: Best of the Week - 5 July 2013
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 5 July. This week ......not everyone is happy with government plans to expand offshore petroleum exploration; is Sky TV's monoploy of sport over; Sitiveni Rabuka talks Fiji coups and constitution; steel guitar legend Bill Sevesi releases another album aged 90; the inside scoop on the TV show Yes, Minister; bringing Pacific people together through celestial navigation sailing; Duncan the kokako is found and relocated after 2 years in hiding; Raelene Castle - the female boss of the NRL's Bulldogs and if it has a keyboard Geoffrey Higgs can look after - pianos of all sorts in Spectrum... [more]

12/07/2013: Best of the Week - 12 July 2013
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 12 July. This week ......are motoring writers only looking at the good side of the motoring industry; covering the internet as a journalist, blogger and digital activist; unocering technology behind neurosurgery's Stealth brain imaging system; David Sheffer - one of the main men behind the International Criminal court; getting a taste of the wild; changing your lifestyle to prevent diabetes; why do spotted shags regurgitate small stones; recalling our worst maritime disaster - the loss of HMS Orpheus in 1863 and we remember theatre pioneer Richard Campion... [more]

19/07/2013: Best of the Week - 19 July 2013
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 19 July. This week ......The ousting of Australian PM Julia Gillard - was it sexist; the last telegram service closes; brain cell regeneration and other interesting brain facts; the excitement of the Feilding stock sales; From the Big Bang to God - Sir Lloyd Geering on secularism; river care; using native kawakawa to heal and soothe; the Poo Machine; the eradication of the Red Vented Bulbul bird and NZ's love of recipe books [more]

26/07/2013: Best of the Week - 26 July 2013
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 26 July. This week ......memories of the 1855 Wellington earthquake; the proposed changes for the Family Court; veterans return to Korea after 60 years; Coca Cola launches an anti-obesity campaign; experiences of forced adoption in NZ; defending media freedom; treating cancer using our own bodies; are mega-vitamins safe; was George Mallory the first to Everest's summit and expressive writing to help with physical and mental health. [more]

02/08/2013: Best of the Week - 2 August 2013
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 2nd of August . This week ......warnings that plans by the Reserve Bank to restrict some types of home loans could backfire and undermine financial stability, increasing numbers of journalists are earning a living simulating reporting of made-up military confrontations, spammers are using social networks to harvest our personal data , the art of cartooning, Gardening with Soul - an inspiring documentary about the life of a Wellingon nun in her nineties, and filming on Sir Peter Jackson's Tolkien sagas ends after fourteen years. [more]

09/08/2013: Best of the Week - 9 August 2013
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 9 August . This week ......what's next for Edward Snowden now he's allowed to stay in Russia; does the government hate the fourth estate; could effects from wind turbine noise be in your mind; Helen Clark's At the UN; life's all good with autism; being physically fit for theatre; the sensitive mussel and Norfolk Island's Dark Past. [more]

16/08/2013: Best of the Week - 16 August 2013
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 16 August . This week ......a media overreaction to Fonterra's contamination crisis; this country's future decision making around climate change; everything you didn't want to know about sugar; growing your own kidney; when enough is enough - Peter Taylor's decision to stop treatment for his terminal illnesses; Puhoi's bohemian pioneering past; the kiwi students competing at the International Young Physicists' Tournament; taking the right road through Africa and Emmy nominated casting director Trish Cleary on the importance of gathering a great cast. [more]

23/08/2013: Best of the Week - 23 August 2013
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 23 August . This week ...... the media and the GCSB bill; the dog who saved a cat's life with blood; suing the food industry for mislabelling; a rare sunfish goes on display; the Nelson couple studying wandering albatross; the Kiwi mathmetician who helped solve the Rota's Conjecture; keeping wasps at bay in Akaroa; and music features about brass bands, piano marathons and a Friday night in Auckland [more]

30/08/2013: Best of the Week - 30 August 2013
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 30 August . This week ......should the United States get involved in the escalating crisis in Syria, the BBC's new news centre in London brings about a review of the way it gathers and presents news to the world, the work of the Regional Assistance Mission to bring peace to Solomon Islands, the use of light instead of sound to scan biological tissue, an exhibition opens in Taranaki curated by internationally renowned Maori painter Darcy Nicholas, being type-cast as a villian can be a good career move, and the unusual culinary treat of pickled eggs. [more]

06/09/2013: Best of the Week - 4 September 2013
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 6 September. This week ......a new policy of media outlets not using freelance journalists due to safety risks infuriates a Kiwi reporter; using chemical fingerprints to prove food is from where it claims to be from; the proliferation of Web TV programmes; teaching women refugees to drive for free; has adding iodised salt to bread improved our health; How to read a graveyard; riding on an old electric tram; and remembering 43 years on the beat - Assistant Police commissioner Nick Perry looks back on a long and varied career [more]

13/09/2013: Best of the Week - 13 September 2013
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 13 September. This week ......the media's handling of the Labour leadership campaign; space archaeology; are all NZ orchestras created equal; more comfy bus rides thanks to new feedback technology; ridding the rats from Goat Island to protect grey-faced petrels; the Kiwi backup conductor for the Last Night of the Proms; Sam Hunt on the poetry of the late Sarah Broom; Phil Thorn's crazy amazing journey to cycle round Lake Taupo; the art of breadmaking in Amberley; anyone can learn to sing - a community choir bringing people together in Christchurch [more]

20/09/2013: Best of the Week - 20 September 2013
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 20 September. This week ......schools cheating for good results in National Standards; a young banker living on the minimum wage; knowing your flib from your foiling - getting a grip on the new America Cup's lingo; the media's knowlege of history when it comes to dealing with Syria and getting an inside view of North Korea; air and sound pollution in Auckland city; promoting NZ as a location for international TV programmes; the working history of Molesworth Station; film director Andrew Adamson on the making of Mr Pip in Bouganville; and getting closer to the Big Bang with the Square Kilometre Array of telescopes. [more]

27/09/2013: Best of the Week - 27 September 2013
This week .....the sensitive serious issue of organ donation; the media coverage of the America's Cup; human trafficking and slavery; the black butler in the White House; getting arty and fresh ideas for high school students; the benefits of walking desks; a life spent making artisan cheese; losing your bullock team to a whale; the technical creativity of making and using robots; treatments for gout and Bones creator Kathy Reichs [more]

04/10/2013: Best of the Week - 4 October 2013
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 4 October. This week ..... the new plans for our snapper fisheries; Dunedin's historic Globe Theatre in need of repair; the country's media coverage of Team NZ choking and the skipper Dean Barker on the future of his fellow sailors; we learn more about Nga Manu Korero, the National Secondary Schools Speech competition; the science or otherwise of astrology; Clarence B Jones and his role in Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech 50 years ago; we find out about the Punakaiki Coastal Restoration Project; and Kiwi pop sensation Lorde. [more]

13/02/2014: Best of the Week - 14 February 2014
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 14 February. This week.... inequality in New Zealand business; big brands spinning the media; the personal investigation by a dedicated sister into her brother's murder; our poor treatment of sharks; the 94 year old Canadian track and field athlete who's motto is giving up is never okay; stroke survivors go fishing; your rights when donating valuables to museums; the vision of jumping spiders; Peter Davison on being the fifth Doctor Who; at the beach for our first ever beach polo competition and the New Zealand connection for Shirley Temple fans and wannabes. [more]

20/02/2014: Best of the Week - 21 February 2014
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 21 February. This week....Brendon McCullum becomes the first New Zealand cricketer to score a triple century; Radio New Zealand's new boss explains on air changes; Belgium extends euthanasia rights to children; combining Maori and Pacific dance moves in a fitness class - Hula Active; the science behind fireworks; we recall the Mazengarb Report on the sexual delinquency of Lower Hutt school children in 1954; Cixi, the concubine who launched modern China; steel becoming art at the Iron Ridge Quarry Sculpture Park; aviation history - safety comes from tragedy and still protesting - Billy Bragg's heading back to NZ. [more]

27/02/2014: Best of the Week - 28 February 2014
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 28th February. This week.... a new book reveals more about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and how the Guardian newspaper broke the story, is there a a left-leaning bias among the nations journalists , an international expert on stroke prevention and care, the country's flu pandemic of 1918 that killed over 8 thousand people, studies using cameras to find out where domestic cats wander and what they're hunting, whats involved in setting up the annual Chinese Lantern Festival in auckland, and the art of making the sweet French treat canele. [more]

06/03/2014: Best of the Week - 7th March 2014
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 7th of March. This week......the escalating crisis in Ukraine and the standoff over the Crimea peninsula, archaeologists uncover the history of Christchurch as quake damaged buildings are demolished, an in-depth look at the legacy of Prime Minister Norman Kirk who died forty years ago, the hoaxes and pranks carried out by broadcasters for entertainment, how marine reserves protect our coastlines, a mobile app which can help you learn te reo, and behind the scenes with ushers - the unsung heroes of live events. [more]

13/03/2014: Best of the Week - 14 March 2014
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 14 March. This week......the winter paralympics free broadcast on the internet; being prepared for trips to Antarctica; the Irish Antartic hero Tom Crean is brought to life on stage; the near death experience - can you control when you die and seeing visions; bringing nature back into concrete streams in Wellington; the rich history of Tatua - NZ's smallest and oldest dairy co-operative; what scientists are discovering by testing our waste; America's role in troubled Ukraine; empowering women in the workplace, marketplace and community; and frontman of the Hothouse Flowers bringing world music and dance together. [more]

13/03/2014: Best of the Week for 14 March 2014
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 14 March. This week, the winter paralympics free broadcast on the internet; being prepared for trips to Antarctica; the Irish Antartic hero Tom Crean is brought to life on stage; the near death experience - can you control when you die and seeing visions; bringing nature back into concrete streams in Wellington; the rich history of Tatua - NZ's smallest and oldest dairy co-operative; what scientists are discovering by testing our waste; America's role in troubled Ukraine; empowering women in the workplace, marketplace and community; and frontman of the Hothouse Flowers bringing world music and dance together. [more]

20/03/2014: Best of the Week - 21 March 2014
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 21 March. This week......e-health - getting access online to your own health records; is competition good for us; more support needed for those with incurable eye disorders; creating smartphone apps for the visually impaired; taming wild horses; furthering education for teenage mums; the hard work of running a South Westland eco-tourism business; the artistic director and a performer speak about Womad; identifying voices from Gallipoli; ketamine as a treatment for depression and finding dark matter underground. [more]

27/03/2014: Best of the Week - 28 March 2014
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 28 March. This week......media coverage of the missing Malaysian airliner; our suicide rate is falling but it's still higher than the road toll; the ACT party leader explains his and his party's philosophy; understanding cow urine deposits to better the environment; a background on the troubles in Ukraine; how Spotify uses your broadband data; we visit the farm of Federated Farmers president Bruce Wills; research into electrical brain stimulation as a treatment for depression; Irish music Damien Dempsey on popularity and his working class accent and a Spike Milligan interview from 1980. [more]

03/04/2014: Best of the Week - 4 April 2014
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 4 April. This week......what's going on in Auckland's housing market; the media reporting of polls; Morning Report farewells Geoff Robinson; could UV light be the new secret ingredient for growing better crops; our new Sunday morning host Wallace Chapman speaks with Mao's Last Dancer; the musical attraction of Barrytown; what is culinary diplomacy; Canadian-born Kiwi singer Tami Neilson plays favourites; digging up fossils and we find out about a new DJ and MC training course. [more]

11/04/2014: Best of the Week - 11 April 2014
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 11 April. This week......how the media behaved on April Fool's Day; social media and the drinking culture of young adults; the true sound experiment - can the experts tell the difference between old and new violins; marking the closing of a Wellington cultural landmark, Parsons Books and Music; assurance for parents who worry about the social lives of networked teens; the treasures unearthed for an Antiques Roadshow expert; what your genes tell you about where you came from; what you're told and not told when pregnant; getting to the bottom of bums; wandering underground in hidden man-made structures and 15 years of Dawn Raid Entertainment and breaking into America. [more]

18/04/2014: Best of the Week - 18 April 2014
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 18 April. This week......upping our cultural knowledge of China to improve trade; politicians and the media heading into elections; challenging our knowledge of the Gallipoli campaign; Don Brash on his memoir; Australian cartoonist Michael Leunig; moving 3D printing into the mainstream; chemicals that mimic estrogen in the body; a former Disney animator now living in NZ; the sports playing ballet brothers now performing for the Royal NZ Ballet Company; saving bees from pesticides and G.Wiz - making science and chemistry fun for students. [more]

25/04/2014: Best of the Week - 25th April 2014
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 25th April. This week......Where does the shock resignation of Shane Jones leave Labour just months out from the election, to mark Anzac Day 100 year old Hec Clare of Roxburgh talks about his war experience, and whats involved in feeding an army, the feasibility of mining the moon, efforts to boost the numbers of the rare rowi kiwi, we go to the Wunderbar music venue in Lyttleton, and English actor Ralph Fiennes one his new role - directing [more]

02/05/2014: Best of the Week - 2nd March 2014
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 2nd of March. This week...... What was Maurice Williamsom thinking when he picked up the phone and rang the police in the case of National Party donor, Donghua Liu, charged with domestic violence offences? From our Anzac Day Morning show American poet and former soldier Brian Turner, embracing the unexplained - dreams that come true - the feelings of de ja vu discussed with the head of religious studies at Rice University in Texas and more. [more]

09/05/2014: Best of the Week - 9 May 2014
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 9 May. This week......can the media take responsibility for the about turn by MPs over legal highs and should we be legalising cannabis; online retailing challenging the tax system; counting cockles to reveal the health of our ecosystems; the Vagenda blog questioning our modern contradictory views of feminism; the importance of Danish astronomer Tyco Brahe; the secret life of backing singers; where have all the butterflies gone as wasp numbers increase; kapa haka inspiring leadership and Ferran Adria the world's greatest chef on the legacy of his famous restaurant El Bulli. [more]

09/05/2014: Best of the Week for 9 May 2014
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 9 May. This week......can the media take responsibility for the about turn by MPs over legal highs and should we be legalising cannabis; online retailing challenging the tax system; counting cockles to reveal the health of our ecosystems; the Vagenda blog questioning our modern contradictory views of feminism; the importance of Danish astronomer Tyco Brahe; the secret life of backing singers; where have all the butterflies gone as wasp numbers increase; kapa haka inspiring leadership and Ferran Adria the world's greatest chef on the legacy of his famous restaurant El Bulli. [more]

16/05/2014: Best of the Week - 16 May 2014
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 16 May. This week......with two government ministers in trouble recently has the media played fair; the numbers of young people needing treatment for inappropriate sexual behaviour is rising; does a wine with an award affect your purchasing decisions as to quality; revolutionising the live music scene by holding gigs in your front room; understanding the mind of death row inmates; Trainspotting novelist Irvine Welsh; the use of plain words; Janice Galloway, the first University of Otago Scottish Writers Fellow here researching sheep; the myths behind baby teeth and pain and musician Che Fu on the influence of Stevie Wonder. [more]

23/05/2014: Best of the Week - 23 May 2014
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 23 May. This week...... the wandering mind and what the brain does when we are not looking from Nine to Noon, from Mediawatch award winning jounalist Andrea Vance on whether she is still "mad as hell" after being spied on, a review of gender segregated powhiri at Parliament from this week's Insight documentary, Hello Sailor's Graham Brazier talking about his late friend Dave McArtney's book 'Gutter Black: A Memoir' from Afternoons, an archival interview from 2009 with Maori Battalion scholar and author Dr Monty Soutar from Te Ahi Kaa, from Saturday Mornings English author and theoretician in the field of gerontology Aubrey de Grey on the future of aging, from Standing Room Only Lynne Freeman speaks to one of the creative forces behind two of America's top rating sitcoms - The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men - Lee Aronsohn, a look at where the Kiwifruit industry is at after four years of PSA disease from Country Life, one-handed saxophonist Neill Duncan's story from Sunday Mornings, from Nights was a workers strike in 1889 the start of the modern labour movement? and from Our Changing World a rapidly melting section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet enters a state of irreversible decline. [more]

30/05/2014: Best of the Week - 30 May 2014
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 30 May. This week......unveiling Player X in the cricket match-fixing headlines; expunging the Tiananmen Square massacre from Chinese history; discovering Kiwi are not Australian but from Madagscar?; the baby woolly mammoth teaching scientists about the Ice Age; inside the operating theatre for hip revision surgery; what are the social implications of the use of first names in transactions these days; the hard working volunteers at the Wainuiomata Community Centre; digitising our bird calls and can you trigger traffic lights to make your trips quicker? [more]

06/06/2014: Best of the Week - 6 June 2014
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 6 June. This week......TV3 apologising again after using TV footage and breaking the rules; the Zodiac serial killer identified - maybe; making cities more bicycle friendly; getting fat people to come out and exercise proudly; the role of St Peter's Anglican Church in Wellington history; something broke - take it to the Repair Cafe; getting to the heart of the bacteria and interactions in sourdough bread; building art with white lego and taking advice from Ask Amy. [more]

20/06/2014: Best of the Week - 20 June 2014
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 20 June. This week......the media's reaction to the resignation of John Banks; new innovations at Fieldays; Peter Williams QC reveals his passion for the law and those outside it; the app to teach you to sight-read music; the benefits of participating in the "Failure Lab"; recreating Richard Pearce's first aircraft to prove or disprove his claim for first flight; why fasting is good for you; rebooting an abandoned satellite; assistance dogs transforming the lives of the disabled; the outrage at the French towards protestors at Mururoa in 1973 and being a Kiwi female golf caddie in Japan. [more]

27/06/2014: Best of the Week for 27 June 2014
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 27th June. This week......the plight of three Al Jazeera Journalists sentenced to seven years in prison in Egypt, coverage in the media over funding for another tilt at the America's Cup, the controversial topic of child poverty in this country, big changes to consumer law, its 50 years since The Beatles first and only visit to New Zealand, the world-renowned primatologist and conservationist Dame Jane Goodall, and we catch up with pop idol Mr Lee Grant. [more]

27/06/2014: Best of the Week - 27 June 2014
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 27th June. This week... the plight of three Al Jazeera Journalists sentenced to seven years in prison in Egypt, coverage in the media over funding for another tilt at the America's Cup, the controversial topic of child poverty in this country, big changes to consumer law, it's 50 years since The Beatles first and only visit to New Zealand, the world-renowned primatologist and conservationist Dame Jane Goodall, and we catch up with pop idol Mr Lee Grant. [more]

04/07/2014: Best of the Week - 4 July 2014
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 4 July. This week......Japan's post earthquake reconstruction strikes problems; the Irish journalist abused by Rolf Harris; Gaylene Preston on making Hope and Wire; learning about spiders that share our homes; recalling Lorraine Downes' reign as Miss Universe; pure spring water in Petone; Mrs D is going without - Lotta Dann on giving up drinking; growing luxury truffles in NZ; the impacts of the "Asianisation" of Auckland; and the band Pulp's collaboration with NZ film maker Florian Harbicht. . [more]

11/07/2014: Best of the Week - 11 July 2014
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 11 July. This week......how changes at Radio New Zealand may affect the listeners; Felicity Drumm speaks about the TV series on her former husband Malcolm Webster who killed his first wife then tried to kill her; crowd funding with Pledgeme; understanding gravity waves and their influence on weather; surveys and sins; Magician and entertainer Nigel Kennedy making the trip across Cook Strait more fun for kids; Gary Oliver on being a billiards champ; going to extremes - adventures in unkown NZ; Up the punks - the punk scene in China and bringing back the Maori show bands with a new quartet. [more]

18/07/2014: Best Of The Week for week ending July 18 2014
The Best Of The Week, including... from Mediawatch - does media bias show in what appears in the media? the host of the cult podcast Hardcore History and highland dancing from Nine To Noon, we hear about two movies screening as part of the New Zealand International Film Festival and from Sounds Historical we have an interview with film maker Ramai Hayward who died in early July at the age of 98, Country life spends time with three generations of Clarks who operate a vegetable growing business that was set up by father and son 35 years ago, what is Ramen and why is it being hailed as the new cupcake? - This Way Up investigates, how rising ocean temperatures could be a threat to the heart health of fish from Our Changing World, Music 101 features rapper Kate Tempest and Simon Mercep talks with the creator of the Loosehead Len charactor who has just released his memoir - Phil Gifford on Afternoons. [more]

19/07/2014: Best Of The Week for week ending July 18 2014
The Best Of The Week, including... from Mediawatch - does media bias show in what appears in the media? the host of the cult podcast Hardcore History and highland dancing from Nine To Noon, we hear about two movies screening as part of the New Zealand International Film Festival and from Sounds Historical we have an interview with film maker Ramai Hayward who died in early July at the age of 98, Country life spends time with three generations of Clarks who operate a vegetable growing business that was set up by father and son 35 years ago, what is Ramen and why is it being hailed as the new cupcake? - This Way Up investigates, how rising ocean temperatures could be a threat to the heart health of fish from Our Changing World, Music 101 features rapper Kate Tempest and Simon Mercep talks with the creator of the Loosehead Len charactor who has just released his memoir - Phil Gifford on Afternoons. [more]

25/07/2014: Best of the Week - 25 July 2014
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 25 July. This week......from mining to tourism - the West Coast attracting visitors; will Sky TV maintain its dominance in Pay TV?; taking the story of a mentally ill speed chess champion and turning it into a movie "The Dark Horse"; Lance Armstrong and his lies; using the Flora Finder app for botanic answers; welcoming an adopted dog to your family; the box set release of Crosy, Stills, Nash & Young's 1974 stadium tour; pottery collector Jeff on what makes a collection unique; amateur sleuths doing DIY CSI and making hospital visits easier for non-English speaking patients. [more]

01/08/2014: Best of the Week - 1 August 2014
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 1 August. This week......another deserving young winner of the Lexus Song Quest; the nerves of steel that made Neil Armstrong the only choice to be first to land on the moon; are we teaching history for the next generation; "Ukraine is Not a Brothel" - feminism on film; meeting a kilt maker and learning not all tartans are created equal; more research details on great white sharks; from doctor to author, South African born NZ based Fiona Sussman; Kiwi actor Rawiri Paratene on his passion for Shakespeare and the former lead singer with Midnight Youth goes solo. [more]

01/08/2014: Best of the Week for 1 August 2014
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 1 August. This week......another deserving young winner of the Lexus Song Quest; the nerves of steel that made Neil Armstrong the only choice to be first to land on the moon; are we teaching history for the next generation; "Ukraine is Not a Brothel" - feminism on film; meeting a kilt maker and learning not all tartans are created equal; more research details on great white sharks; from doctor to author, South African born NZ based Fiona Sussman; Kiwi actor Rawiri Paratene on his passion for Shakespeare and the former lead singer with Midnight Youth goes solo. [more]

08/08/2014: Best of the Week - 8 August 2014
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 8 August. This week......Insight explores what's being done to ensure food security for the planet; the media's response on the situation in Gaza; the Chief of the New Zealand Defence Force on the futility of war; new insect accomodation in Canterbury; the toll of Huntington's disease on generations of one Wellington family; organising your funeral and being content to die; comedian Bill Bailey, pets and family support; knitting breasts for women with breast cancer; superconducting secrets snapped; and Wellington busking band Drax Project. [more]

15/08/2014: Best of the Week - 15 August 2014
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 15 August. This week......the battle for the education dollar; decriminilisation of marijuana - the States have done it, should we follow; visiting Mount Doom to study volcanoes; the Kiwi-Japanese drink Shochu made from kumara; The Naked Scientists and life on Mars; the mysterious and little known world seen by underwater photographer David Doubilet; the "Ten Pound Poms" experiencing a hardship in NZ they were supposedly leaving behind; Shihad reunites with an old producer for a new album; painter, sculptor and multimedia artist Michel Tuffery and being married but not being able to live together - Love in Limbo. [more]

22/08/2014: Best of the Week - 22 August 2014
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 22 August. This week......Nicky Hager explains Dirty Politics; the speculation around the death of Robin Williams; video games to improve stroke recovery; how age affects fertility in men as well as women; coping with a marriage breakup - Single Father Better Dad; the history of paper; New Zealand's poetry of patriotism; memories of woodchopping from an axeman working 100 years ago and controlling robots with your mind. [more]

29/08/2014: Best of the Week - 29 August 2014
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 29th August. This week..... is dirty politics the new normal, the use of human guinea pigs at British nuclear test sites in central Australia in the 1950s and 60s, the newly relaunched monthly Maori magazine Mana, we hear from Mandela's personal assistant - a white Afrikaaner who grew up in a home that supported apartheid, scientific investigations to unravel the mysteries of allergies and develop an 'off' switch for allergic responses, the party drug known as Mexican tripping weed might be used in new anti-addiction treatments, the use of industrial hemp to build houses, and a documentary on the global success of Pauly Fuemana and OMC. [more]

05/09/2014: Best of the Week - 5 September 2014
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 5 September. This week..... what are the impacts of Dirty Politics on the media; a Soldier of Change questions the US military's reinstatement of the Don't Ask Don't Tell sexuality policy; our passion for crime fiction; the need to get real about climate change; the dying art of oriental rug and carpet repair; helping cancer patients to look good and feel better; from wine waste to wound dressings; riding reindeer in Mongolia and The Clean in New York. [more]

13/11/2014: Best of the Week - 14 November 2014
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 14 November. This week..... a conversation that 'wound up' climate change campaigners and skeptics, one of the world's bestselling crime authors, promoting Maori culture in an authentic and down to earth way by a Whakatane based tourism venture, the first ever attempt to probe the inner workings of a major faultline before it ruptures, a pioneering Maori novelist and short story writer who has written about his early life for the first time, a poet and biographer who tells the story of living with chronic pain, common household poisons, website design that caters to the needs of consumers with low vision, the man politicians, sports stars and pop icons call when they get into trouble, Jak the rodent dog who has given up the hunt after losing a leg at the age of 90 (in his years) and the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra as they record and produce their first full-length album. [more]

20/11/2014: Best of the Week - 21 November 2014
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 21 November. This week.....the media's delight at munted punters at the races; China's educational testing - how much is too much; will Google Glass information impact decision making in life and death events; studying moa bones and their extinction; the faecal pill to implant good microbes into your gut; using Tesla coils to make music; remembering Malcolm X's Oxford Union debate 50 years ago; exotic sheep breeds in southern Hawke's Bay; what makes a pigeon fast and Lyttelton based band The Eastern sends an audio postcard from Stewart Island. [more]

27/11/2014: Best of the Week - 28 November 2014
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 28th November. This week - efforts to protect our computer networks from cyber attacks, media coverage of the resignation of the CEO of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority over sexual harassment claims, how sexism in Australia affects women's career choices, the development of advanced robots, Being Mortal - a doctors view on ageing, illness and what matters in the end, the work of one of the pioneers of the computer graphics industry which revolutionised the way we watch films, petunias unravel the secrets of how plants turn colour on and off, we go glamorous camping, and head to the party at the New Zealand Music Awards. [more]

04/12/2014: Best of the Week for 5 December 2014
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 5 December. This week - contradictions in the reasons for selling off state houses; the leaking of official reports to the media; wildlife wars - the clash between humans and wild animals; understanding War World One through an exhibition "More than a War"; the German-born scientist winning the 2014 Rutherford Medal plays favourites; the annual clean-up of Wellington harbour reveals some interesting rubbish; picking locks for fun and dexterity; the delights of travelling in Ethiopia and Dr Ropata releases an album. [more]

11/12/2014: Best of the Week - 12 December 2014
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 12 December. This week.....advertising and news - now "sponsored content"; are global trade deals "a monstrous assault on democracy"; designs to help hospital workers; US comedian Bill Burr; feeding the homeless in Napier; getting power from solar panelled roads; mapping the genome of tuatara; the efforts to be trashfree and behind music royalties in NZ [more]

18/12/2014: Best of the Week - 19 December 2014
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 19 December. This week.....insights into how and why the Sydney seige happened; alone on air - when a guest walks out of an interview; from whale killers to whale counters - the end to whale hunts in NZ; Marcus du Sautoy on the symmetry of maths; testing IQ on robins; farming food at school; milking the community cow benefits everyone; cooking slow food with no power and no smoke; and RZA on herding members of the Wu Tang Clan for a 20th anniversary album release [more]

23/12/2014: Best of the Week - 24 December 2014
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 26th December. This week.....Former Radio New Zealand newsreader Chris Whitta and Spiritual Outlook host Mike Gourley on how they've adapted to everyday life after having a stroke, a project that seems to have found a radical solution to the problem of food waste, the work of community volunteers, celebrations marking the introduction of Christianity in New Zealand by the Reverend Samuel Marsden, its been a big year for the Black Caps Captain Brendon McCullum, the man behind the Morning Report birdcalls, and the Christmas truce of 1914 when soldiers laid down their weapons to play football. [more]

22/01/2015: Best of the Week - 23 January 2015
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 23 January. This weekwhat are media commentators looking forward to for 2015; changing farming habits to cope with drought; controversy for some about parents sending their pakeha children to kohanga reo; relief from summer hayfever and allergy symptoms; making vintage planes from scratch; Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richard's foray into writing children's books; and turning your body into artwork with tattoos. [more]

29/01/2015: Best of the Week - 30 January 2015
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 23 January. This week...a survivor remembers the horrors of Auschwitz; the media, the summer and what makes news; should we be paying for organ donations; a US Army Ranger tells of leaving service as a conscientious objector; learning from nature's use of insulin; penguin state housing on Matiu Somes Island; Spectrum tours what's left of the Featherston WW1 training camp; a new exercise craze perhaps - yoga on water and the art of selling NZ. [more]

05/02/2015: Best of the Week- 6 February 2015
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 6th February. This week.....the strong reaction in the media to recent comments made by Booker prize-winning author Eleanor Catton, the pleasures and perils of ageing, film director Anthony McCarten on the film about physicist Stephen Hawking, tourists loading up on duty free liquor cause problems in Queenstown, a project to create a bi-lingual, bi-national, Hebrew-Arabic tribute to Lorde's music, a six-week voyage to Antarctica to study the top predators in the Southern Ocean, a landmark ruling in Germany to protect mens rights to urinate standing up, whats involved in photographing crime scenes, and the Lauder Ukelele Festival. [more]

12/02/2015: Best of the Week - 13 February 2015
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 13 February. This week.....should we be leaving coal in the hole to save the planet; we travel to Japan to compare their quake recovery with Christchurch; using comedy to battle with two fights of cancer; working with the criminally insane behind the gates of Gomorrah; the employer promoting equality in the workplace; Shakti Ethnic Women's Refuge opens in Wellington; the long history behind the annual Pirongia Boxing Day Races; a history of vaccinations and the reasons why some people choose not to; and we're at the first NZ Wanderlust festival - a mix of yoga and music. [more]

12/02/2015: Best of the Week - 13 February 2015
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 13 February. This week.....should we be leaving coal in the hole to save the planet; we travel to Japan to compare their quake recovery with Christchurch; using comedy to battle with two fights of cancer; working with the criminally insane behind the gates of Gomorrah; the employer promoting equality in the workplace; Shakti Ethnic Women's Refuge opens in Wellington; the long history behind the annual Pirongia Boxing Day Races; a history of vaccinations and the reasons why some people choose not to; and we're at the first NZ Wanderlust festival - a mix of yoga and music. [more]

20/02/2015: Best Of The Week - 20 February 2015
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 20 February. This week..... we hear from a journalist who six years ago this month raised questions about the case against Mark Lundy, what happens when a big American studio insists on doing some major tampering with your movie?, standup veteran and QI panelist Alan Davies with Wallace Chapman on comedy and performing ahead a series of gigs in July, Nights tries to find out if Marx is still relevant, Country Life takes us to a commercial produce market in Chennai India where New Zealand apples are on sale, a 140 year old family hat business that's still going strong from This Way Up, a war reporter who was shot at point blank range in Afghanistan - her story from Nine to Noon, Our Changing World takes us to bare, remote, wind-swept rocks that are seabird heaven, Music 101 asks 'why are good love songs so difficult to write'? and more. [more]

26/02/2015: Best of the Week for 27 February 2015
This week.....a Syrian analyst and expert on ISIS says a decision to send New Zealand troops to Iraq to help in the fight against Islamic State will not go un-noticed, A radical new theory suggests that our heartbeat could be responsible for Alzheimer's disease, New figures show police are making little progress in their battle to prevent domestic violence, the furore in the media over the movie Fifty Shades of Grey, A new study finds that two thirds of smokers will die from a smoking-related illness, we go to Mead Stream Gorge - is one of New Zealand's geological wonderlands, the sublime talent of singer songwriter Marlon Williams, and a size diversity activist who believes the pursuit of happiness is not size dependent. [more]

05/03/2015: Best of the Week - 6 March 2015
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 6 March. This week.....a dying woman lobbies for reforms on assisted dying; Stephen Hawking's first wife on why she allowed a film verison of her life with her famous ex-husband; the popularity of cricket in Afghanistan - the only sport allowed by the Taleban; consumer testing apps for the blind; music to help new Kiwis make friends and help their English; the eagle rays lurking in Wellington's waterfront lagoon; the bicycling storyteller collecting tales of water and climate change around the world; the magic of Chinese shadow puppets and rock guitarist Slash answers questions. [more]

12/03/2015: Best of the Week - 13 March 2015
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 13 March. This week.....the media reaction to Teina Pora's Privy Council decision to quash his convictions; the factual errors around the movie about mathematician Alan Turing; the women who worked at Bletchley Park during the second world war alongside Alan Turing; Marilyn Waring on celebrating women's achievements or lack of them on International Women's Day; African immigrants searching for traditional foods in NZ; canine hydrotherapy - getting dogs back up to speed; hooves pounding black sand at the Karekare Beach races; the art of reed boat building Maori-style and the thrills of building and flying model planes. [more]

19/03/2015: Best of the Week - 20 March 2015
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 20 March. This week.....how the media coped with the announcement of a potential poisoning threat to infant milk powder; food spies - protecting us all; exploring the impacts of digital weapons; central government's new Auckland management; understanding and rewriting our past through modern science; revisiting the chase to find moa on the West Coast; 48 hours of mind-altering drugs in Ireland; the deadly mating rituals of spiders; actor Alan Rickman - Causing Chaos; and highlights from WOMAD Taranaki. [more]

26/03/2015: Best of the Week - 27 March 2015
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 27 March. This week.....an historic win for the Black Caps in the Cricket World Cup; media reaction to the sacking of X Factor judges; the Panel discuss the St Bede's rowing story; the realities behind the War on Drugs; the current thinking on taking your full prescription of antibiotics; working to combat systemic rascism in the US; searching for one of our most at-risk seabirds - the Black Petrel; The Sound of Thunder - a gathering of BEARS pay homage to motorbike inventor John Britten and what's good eating at WOMAD. [more]

02/04/2015: Best of the Week - 3 April 2015
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 3 April. This week.....Insight looks at China's engagement with Pacific nations; Morning Report turns 40; how Maggie Thatcher helped a young gay Scottish man coping with an abusive life; regenerating an estate for manuka honey bees; Herbie Hancock on being the father of hip hop; trials to research our blood flow; The Good Wife's Eli Gold aka Alan Cumming on his violent upbringing; the travelling husband and wife veterinary de-sexing team; we hear about the waterski racing champs and recalling the great and dark days of cricket past with JR Reid [more]

10/04/2015: Best of the Week - 10 April 2015
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 10th April. This week.....a long-serving reporter voices fears about journalism going digital, the demand and continuing unmet need for elective surgery, the filmmaker who went in front of the camera to explore the impact of a 40-teaspoon daily diet of sugar, eating only food presented as healthy, the challenges facing aid workers in some of the world's worst conflict and disaster zones, developing ways to detect new designer steroids used in sports doping, the growing popularity of cider in this country, a New Zealander who'se taught many stars of stage and screen in London has a book out offering tips to would be actors. [more]

17/04/2015: Best of the Week - 17 April 2015
This week..... the ethics of spying within New Zealand, the much-hyped launch of the new Paul Henry news show, The Family of Twelve - a group of New Zealand wineries working together, a blind runner and her world champion running guide take on the London marathon, studies into the active volcanic field Auckland is built on, a native forest trust celebrates the release of its 200th reared Kiwi chick, crackers made from spent grains used in beer making, and making it rain on stage for the musical Singin' in the Rain. [more]

24/04/2015: Best of the Week - 24 April 2015
The director of the Security Intelligence Service warns more people are being monitored because of their links to Islamic State, an Internet entrepreneur claims the internet has had a disastrous effect on our lives, is bankruptcy the only realistic option for dealing with a student loan, the legal and commercial issues around surrogacy, Birch Hill Ride honours the horses who left New Zealand for World War One, the fascinating work of a bear whisperer, the group Herbs are honoured at this years Taite Music Prize. [more]

01/05/2015: Best of the Week - 1 May 2015
some interviews from our Anzac Day coverage including an ineractive App which gives visitors to Gallipoli a full and informative experience, Ponytailgate - reaction to a political story that surged to the top of the news agenda here - and was widely reported overseas, the changing definitions of cowardice, Dame Alison Holst speaks of her early days in television in the mid 60's, a women's rights campaigner on misogyny in the Arab world, reducing methane emissions from livestock, we head to the Venice Biennale, and poet Sam Hunt with a track from an album with David Kilgour and the Heavy8's. [more]

08/05/2015: Best of the Week - 8 May 2015
We go for a ride in Steve West's Tesla Model S electric car, one of only six in the country, Mediawatch reports on the backlash against dissent and disrespect on ANZAC day, Kim Hill talks with the leader of the team who were the first in the world to scan the brains of volunteers under the influence of LSD, Dunedin's Kane Strang presents his official debut collection of heavy hearted psychedelic pop songs from Music 101, our Voices programme talks with infamous rags to riches property magnates and brothel owners The Chow Brothers, British comedian Nish Kumar talks stand up and plays some of his favourite comedians on The Laugh Track, Dilbert comic strip creator Scott Adams from Nine to Noon, we hear from a rock icon complete with gothic makeup, guillotine and hangman's noose from Sunday Morning, Nights talks to a scientist compelled to prove the moon innocent of anything odd that happens to humans, Spectrum re visits an Auckland home bought in 1972 by a group of radical feminists espousing women's rights, Our Changing World meets Tasmanian Devils at Wellington Zoo and an Air Force work horse is about to be silenced as the RNZAF says goodbye to the last of it's Iroquois helicopters. [more]

15/05/2015: Best of the Week - 15 May 2015
We hear from a science writer and a former editor for Nature magazine who's written most recently about invisibility, Mediawatch talks to a journalist who's investigated how some papers in the UK illegally acquired private information, our structural relationship with cement and concrete, we hear about the New Zealand Film Commission's project to digitise Kiwi feature films, Kathryn Ryan talks to a longtime fixture on the art, film and media scene also known for his work on the artist Len Lye, Afternoons finds out what really happens upstairs and downstairs in a large English estate, Spectrum visits Wellington's waterfront plaques and inlaid benches with quotes from some of New Zealand's finest writers and more. [more]

22/05/2015: Best of the Week - 22 May 2015
We hear from Sarah Chayes an expert in kleptocracy, anti-corruption and civil-military relations and author of 'Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security' speaking on Saturday Morning, from Nine to Noon two Wellington medical researchers who are preparing the ground for clinical human trials for their promising cancer immuno therapy, our Spectrum documentary this week takes us back 50 years to the construction of the Benmore Dam, we find out asbout a 70s photo exhibition and a new documentary on social housing, This Way Up explores age prediction websites and more. [more]

29/05/2015: Best of The Week 29 May 2015
We hear from This way Up how to beat iron deficiency with a simple ingenious device, from Saturday Morning Kim Hill interviews Clive James following the release of his latest poetry collection, Mediawatch asks why Prince Harry's female fans preoccupied many in our media during his recent visit, Master Waka Carver, Maori leader and an authority on Polynesian and Maori celestial navigation Hec Busby from Nine to Noon, explaining the art of duck calling as heard on Afternoons and more. [more]

05/06/2015: Best of the Week - 5 June 2015
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 5 June. This week..... calls for a regional growth plan; media reaction to the demise of Campbell Live; what it means to be a New Zealander when you're abroad; searching for our ground crawling native short-tailed bat; as the wall came down in 1989 a Kiwi finds himself being an accidental Berliner; the social advantages of riding a bike - visiting a school with funding for the Bikes in Schools programme; a corrupted life in Russia; viewing Einstein's brain; the Irish surfing champ teaching Iranian women to surf and the Hawai'i high school with its very own haka. [more]

12/06/2015: Best of the Week - 12 June 2015
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 12 June. This week..... can NZ afford the increasing cost of superannuation; should people convicted of serious crimes be free to talk to the media; the impacts of climate change for the marine environment; the Daughterhood - exploring mother-daughter relationships; betablockers - what they do and how they're prescribed; the history of contraceptives in NZ; visiting the Radio Reading Service in Levin; should we become renters with houses prices out of reach for a generation of Kiwis; getting colour film of domestic life here for a TV series; why men wore codpieces and Music 101 talks to balladeer Bill Morris. [more]

19/06/2015: Best of the Week - 19 June 2015
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 19 June. This week..... the TV cop shows taking over our screens; brain training to slow the progression of neuro-degenerative conditions; the award winning Kiwi producer on making good television in Britain; learning how mitochondria could fight disease; the female publican recalling 50 years of pulling pints; how the Christchurch rebuild turned a barista into a builder; protein post exersize may help your diabetes; Sunday Morning debates euthanasia; South Auckland's Groovehouse Records' secrets to success and Don McGlashan performs his latest song. [more]

26/06/2015: Best of the Week - 26 June 2015
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 26 June. This week..... does current affairs have a place on commercial TV; From Africa to Aotearoa - collecting DNA to find where we come from; the young Aussie devoting her life to the protection of sharks; visiting Taihape's new mosque; refighting the Battle of Waterloo; wooden pallets being recycled; celebrating the QE II National Trust; boxing and Cuba and Dave Dobbyn heads to Wellington for Phoenix Foundation production. [more]

03/07/2015: Best of the Week - 3 July 2015
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 3 July. This week.....water rights and democracy in Canterbury; speaking out about government inaction on climate change; the technology that allowed a generation to commit the same crime; the art of dental technology; we travel back to 1958 for the opening of the new Hermitage; studying the well to do in Manhattan; what finding salt on Mars tell us; the future of the Christchurch Arts Centre; Flaxmere hip hop artist Tipene Harmer and Spectrum meets the Friday Girls who are taught stitching and quilting skills inside prison. [more]

10/07/2015: Best of the Week - 10 July 2015
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 10th July. This week.....possible changes to tenancy laws to support 'forever renters'; how will the new Harmful Digital Communications Act affect the news media ; the philosophy of Dr Lance O'Sullivan - who's been awarded accolades such as Maori of the Year and New Zealander of the Year ; does Apple Music - the new streaming and curated content service live up to the hype ; bright lights, loud bangs, even breaking stuff in the studio .... all in the name of science; the stories of women who served overseas in the Great War; how to make the fermented drink Kombucha; the 175th anniversary of the ocean liner ; and a production of Romeo and Juliet in Te Reo. [more]

17/07/2015: Best of the Week - 17 July 2015
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 17 July. This week.....an ethical failure at the country's biggest selling newspaper; walking the line between free speech and racism; Some Kind of Fantasy - tales from a top dominatrix; finding new chemical compounds to fight antibiotic resistance; the author of Foreskin's Lament's new story The Antipodeans; a night at the museum; a pilot's unexplained UFO encounter; the art of voice acting and a documentary on the short remarkable life of Amy Winehouse. [more]

24/07/2015: Best of the Week - 24 July 2015
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 24 July. This week.....media reaction to who's buying Auckland houses; the new scheme dividing the education sector; Pluto the dwarf planet up close; sending love emails to your favourite Melbourne tree; we visit the first creche established in New Zealand; remembering a girl guide troop set up in a Japanese POW camp; the insider's guide to breeding salmon; in conversation with style icon 93 year old Iris Apfel; From Scotland with Love and changing the lives of girl prostitues in India. [more]

01/08/2015: Best of the Week- 1 August 2015
This week.....The Serco run Mt Eden prison is much in the news - an investigative journalist looks at how Serco operates in other parts of the world, it seems just losing your rag in front of the cameras can turn into a news lead, the Lawson quins turn fifty and reveal the dark side of their life story, the rising use of the drug Ketamine, latest global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the opening of the new Len Lye centre in New Plymouth, playing mathematical games, warnings of black magic witch doctors in south Auckland, we meet 103 year old Bill Tuckey, and his royal badness Prince mentors a young Melbourne artist. [more]

07/08/2015: Best of the Week - 7 August 2015
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 7 August. This week.....how the media dealt with the secretive TPP negotiations; Dame Siliva Cartwright on the Khmer Rouge trials; the frustrations of passing lanes and those slow drivers who always speed up; ballistics testing, volcanic eruptions and silly-putty filled condoms - geologists at work; making films on low budgets; calving season in full swing; saving eels from dams; taking chamber music to the people; playing bullrush at school and bringing rap back to basics. [more]

14/08/2015: Best of the Week - 14 August 2015
This week........John Campbell reveals what his multimedia programme will bring to Radio New Zealand, Judge "Billy" Murphy, Jr. on the law and policing in Baltimore , gay and transgender people still face discrimination nearly two years on from the first same-sex weddings, the uncoventional life of a lesbian Yorkshire landowner in the early nineteenth century, a young Indian New Zealand entrepreneur's award winning technology saves lives around the globe, actor Alan Alda on helping scientists communicate, tracking the Lapita people - ancestors of modern Polynesians across the Pacific, Australian rugby great Michael Lynagh on recovery from a major stroke, the talents of poet and musician Roger Lusby, and 92 year old musician Bill Sevesi is to be inducted into the NZ Music Hall of Fame. [more]

21/08/2015: Best of the Week - 21 August 2015
........A second Australian community housing organisation wants to buy or lease state housing in this country, the response to claims of a wealthy white male monopoly on primetime broadcasting, a new hi-tech system to combat invasive pests, writer Bill Bryson on Robert Redford portraying him in a movie, the Wellington Community Choir celebrates a decade of performance, what it means to be a Christian in the 21st century, a documentary on the history of student radio, the "people's diva" Amercian soprano Renee Fleming, hunting the reclusive trapdoor spiders, the work of photographer Fiona Pardington, and wearable art from farm materials. [more]

28/08/2015: Best of the Week - 28 August 2015
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 28th August. This week........ Former Prime Minister Helen Clark on global efforts to eradicate extreme poverty, the rise in abuse of phoenix company law, is too much exposure to digital technology bad for young people, concerns about the safety of female viagra, publication of the complete prose of James K Baxter, blackcurrants could be the new wonder food for the brain, the political satire of John Clarke, redevelopment of Auckland's heritage toilet facilities, what it takes to complete the longest and toughest horse race in the world, and "How Bizarre" - the story behind one of our most successful recordings. [more]

04/09/2015: Best of the Week - 4 September 2015
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 4 September. This week........ improving safety in forestry and farming; the media avoiding controversial questions about Auckland Zoo's new elephant; why don't some people believe that climate change is human induced; rapper Scribe and his family tackle life issues in their new musical; learning more about modern man and neanderthals; using dance and music to help improve physical and neurological impairments like Parkinson's disease; breeding the perfect Romney sheep; John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten on mortality and life lessons and broadcaster Jack Perkins' 56 years in radio. [more]

04/09/2015: Best of the Week - 4 September 2015
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 4 September. This week improving safety in forestry and farming; the media avoiding controversial questions about Auckland Zoo's new elephant; why don't some people believe that climate change is human induced; rapper Scribe and his family tackle life issues in their new musical; learning more about modern man and neanderthals; using dance and music to help improve physical and neurological impairments like Parkinson's disease; breeding the perfect Romney sheep; John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten on mortality and life lessons and broadcaster Jack Perkins' 56 years in radio. [more]

11/09/2015: Best of the Week - Friday 11 September 2015
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 11 September. This week........ our plans to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels; the mixing of sport and politics at the naming of the Rugby World Cup All Blacks squad; computers painting portaits capturing human emotions; UK writer Sarah Waters talks lesbian fiction; mega lakes of Australia; studying how ecosystems change with the environment; How will we live on Mars; the Premier Award winner of the 2015 Sir Paul Callaghan EUREKA! Awards; and the Super Mario theme music goes orchestral. [more]

18/09/2015: Best of the Week - 18 September 2015
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 18th September. This week........ Jan Arnold on the death of her husband Rob Hall portrayed in the film Everest, is media and popular culture fuelling international sex trafficking, the vital work of the Otago Rescue Helicopter team, some of the over-the-top pre World Cup tributes for Richie McCaw, the symptoms and treatment of menopause, a photographers adventures during five months on a major cattle drive in Australia, a national survey of bee health, we hear from a Geologist who spent many years mapping vast tracts of Iran and now conducts tours there, snake bites all in a days work for the Venom Doc, and making drama for the web. [more]

25/09/2015: Best of the Week - 25 September 2015
This week........is it possible to tax online purchases effectively, does a new online project serving up gossip and showiz news live up to its hype, how propoganda works, buying fake followers online, by 2030 cars may be solar powered and drive themselves, the British music writer, who launched Help is Coming for the Save the Children refugee appeal, comedian Ruby Wax on mental health, we visit Wildbase the country's only dedicated wildlife hospital, a controversial drama based on a Norwegian shooting rampage, and we hear some of Tami Neilson's new album. [more]

01/10/2015: Best of the Week - 2 October 2015
This week........does the country have the systems in place to successfully turn out enough reasonably priced homes, why Donald Trump's style is so popular among some Americans in his bid to become President, mediawatch looks at coverage of the story involving British PM David Cameron and a pig, controversial claims that addiction is not a disease, are health tests a good idea, the search for Extraterrestrial life, how to reduce salt in your diet, we meet some cheeky residents in a bird rescue centre, one of the stars of Australian show Kath and Kim on her journey of self-discovery, and a book on New Zealand's most shocking and most reported murders in the late 19th century. [more]

08/10/2015: Best of the Week - 9 October 2015
This week........Julian Assange, the founder of the international whistle-blowing website, Wikileaks speaks to nine to noon in his only New Zealand interview, the government is facing an expensive avalanche of problems with school buildings, the social development minister's controversial comments about contraception, the value of heritage seeds for a healthy future for food, the wildly popular books by children's author Andy Griffiths, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in Auckland city, pianist Michael Houstoun demonstrates his digital page turner, the remains of an enormous stone monument found near Stonehenge, and the trans Tasman TV sensation 800 Words. [more]

15/10/2015: Best of the Week - 16 October 2015
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 16 October. This week........the secret trip by the Prime Minister to troops in Iraq; CTU president Helen Kelly and the fight to use cannabis oil legally to manage her cancer pain; delivering books to children in refugee camps in Lebanon; Madge Snow recalls her high-country life; learning from the dead; ultrafast lasers; Spectrum hangs with some Christchurch jazz pioneers; news gathering Kiwi drones being tested by CNN; the Coromandel knife maker - remember it's sharp and amateur dancers audition for a NZ Festival spectacular. [more]

22/10/2015: Best of the Week - 23 October 2015
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 23 October. This week........sponsored content in our news; going begging - Nights and our features team explore the increase of begging in NZ; the energy of Northland farmer and conservationist Kevin Prime; how and why do we smell; why did the Maori dog or kuri go extinct; a final walk around Centennial Street Auckland 1866; the new boost to the NZ Film industry; experiments to control wilding pines; the Topp Twins on the lure of the live audience after 35 years entertaining and remembering the work of composer Jack Body and his connection with Asia. [more]

29/10/2015: Best of the Week - 30 October 2015
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 30 October. This week........advertising products to children and obesity; DIY funerals; the blind comic book writer and illustrator Richard Fairgray; state housing for native fish; celebrating 20 years of the Black Grace dance company; singing Julie Andrews' Mary Poppins on The Simpson; the impact of begging on Auckland streets for our drama producer; probiotic bacteria which may benefit stress and memory and hanging at the Bays with Fat Freddy's Drop. [more]

05/11/2015: Best of the Week for 6 November 2015
Highlights from RNZ National's programmes for the week ending Friday 6th October. This week; how the media butchered the story about the cancer risks of red meat, and the science of processed meats, the Police say it may be time to look at the age someone can get a firearms licence, the dying forests in Northland, a court reporters perspective on grisly crimes in New Zealand, what its like to be a child genius, the "sweet science" of boxing, the creative force behind groundbreaking Scandinavian TV dramas, and creating the wow visual effects in movies. [more]

12/11/2015: Best of the Week - 13 November 2015
Highlights from RNZ National's programmes for the week ending Friday 13 October. This week...Insight explores the real issues in West Papua; Radio New Zealand changes its name to RNZ which has puzzled listeners; busting myths around treatments for osteoporosis and the award winning scientists who changed its clinical management; Kiwi caddie Steve Williams and his relationship with Tiger Woods; the artistry and mental fortitude to high-wire walk New York's Twins Towers 40 years ago; the power of Hedda Hopper's Hollywood gossip; using clydesdales to work Erewhon Station; what influenced activist, turned MP Sue Bradford; exploring bioidenticals for menopause and The Dead Daisies on performing in Cuba. [more]

19/11/2015: Best of the Week - 20 November 2015
Highlights from RNZ National's programmes for the week ending Friday 20 October. This week...This week...... shaming people in the media; the adrenalin rush of big wave surfing; what should we believe about food fads and what are myths; when you can't imagine visually in your mind; everything you wanted to know about every species of fish in NZ; what overseas agricultural journalists think about our rural sector; our critter of the week; choosing from thousands of New Zealand photos for a book and exhibition; the Coromandel's Barry Brickell on dismissing birthdays - all 80 of them and Peter Garrett on the formation of Midnight Oil. [more]

26/11/2015: Best of the Week - 27 November 2015
Highlights from RNZ National's programmes for the week ending Friday 27 November. This week.....RNZ's chief executive explains it's multimedia strategy; how well are we doing for all NZ children; what we do about ISIS; frightening cats with cucumbers; poet Sam Hunt turns 70; young ethnic leaders planning to make a difference to our future; the history of the Polynesian Panthers; the Indian Ink new play on the plight of elephants; the beauty of bats and fighting fish in seas in Bali. [more]

03/12/2015: Best of the Week - 4 December 2015
Highlights from RNZ National's programmes for the week ending Friday 4th December. This week.....the risks of banking and using cards online, how pundits, politicians and presenters have been pushing their preferences in the flag referendum in the media, why a leading obesity campaigner is quitting the battle, the stories of migrant taxi drivers, how to combat fear of flying, ecologists are ringing alarm bells about native birds and insects, how smell is being used to lead consumers by the nose, Beaujolais Nouveau is celebrated in defiance of the recent terror attacks in Paris, and highlights from the public memorial service for Jonah Lomu this week. [more]

10/12/2015: Best of the Week - 11 December 2015
Highlights from RNZ National's programmes for the week ending Friday 11 December. This week.... the political pressure on public service; the media views of the perjury trial of cricketer Chris Cairns; what leads young people to join terror groups like Islamic State; death of the video store; learning about lampreys - vampire fish; oil exploration in NZ and improving our chances of finding it; poetry parking meters; inside the mind of a recording engineer; killer kiwi and baroque conductor Nicholas McGegan on the power of Handel's Messiah. [more]

17/12/2015: Best of the Week - 17 December 2015
Highlights from RNZ National's programmes for the week ending Friday 18 December. This week.... fun with mathematics, it's a hundred years since Einstein's ground-breaking Theory of General Relativity - what if he is wrong? throughout his childhood in state care, young Aucklander Tupua Urlich felt he had no voice, now he's involved in a review of Child, Youth and Family, New Zealand's first woman Prime Minister shares her thoughts and memories, Mediawatch looks at how the Government came under pressure to pay for another costly cancer wonder drug, what is Methylphenidate hydrochloride and why are students using it as a cognitive enhancer? a new wasp pesticide that has achieved more than 95 per cent reduction in wasp numbers without hurting bees, we meet a Southland man recently crowned Australian Backgammon champion along with a visiting international author who has invented Sino-English, we're in Devonport to hear the Devonport World Song Choir and photographer Alexander Halag tells us about his new book. Shhh… The Music is Talking. [more]

24/12/2015: Best of the Week - 24 December 2015
Highlights from RNZ National's programmes for the week ending Friday 24 December. This week....should Auckland workers be paid more for living in our most expensive city; media highlights for 2015; virtual reality for helping with phobias; using humour to tackle big issues like race; a new habitable planet just a mere 14 light years from us; Robert Dessaix on adoption, love and writing; Jim Sullivan ends Sounds Historical; the Royal Society report on our natural collections and stories from the people who perform for all of us at this time of year. [more]

21/01/2016: Best of the Week - 22 January 2016
Highlights from RNZ National's programmes for the week ending Friday 22 January. This week.... trends and challenges in media like the new visual Checkpoint with John Campbell, Sean Penn's interview for Rolling Stone with El Chapo - the world's most wanted drug lord, how the ethnic face of the nation is changing, we meet the Chung family who came here from Vietnam as "boat people", the first-ever survey of the genetic diversity of New Zealand's current population, Dave Dobbyn on the influence David Bowie had on him as a young musician fresh out of school , how to help young transgender people transition, a breeding programme in Wanaka for the Australasian crested grebe, and the New Zealand film producer who'se movie is nominated for several Oscars. [more]

28/01/2016: Best of the Week - 29 January 2016
Highlights from RNZ National's programmes for the week ending Friday 29 January. This week.... what made the headlines in the news over the holiday period, investigative journalists who worked on TV3's 3D programme give a candid interview on why it was canned and why journalism matters, life-sized bronze statues of Wal and Dog from Footrot Flats mark the 77th birthday of their creator cartoonist Murray Ball, Burt Reynolds on movies, money and mistakes, new pressures on access to the great outdoors could lead to civil disobedience, new ways of luring animals into traps, the surprising truth about food and flavour, the survival of miniature lifeforms in Antarctica, Shakespeare's plays at the pop-up Globe theatre in Auckland, and the work of flamboyant British artist Grayson Perry. [more]

11/02/2016: Best of the Week - 12 February 2016
Highlights from RNZ National's programmes for the week ending Friday 12 February. This week.... False confessions and coerced testimony feature in the documentary series Making a Murderer, should the annual political ritual at Ti Tii Marae continue on Waitangi Day, the plight of homeless families in Auckland, a crisis shortage of maths and science teachers , a former M15 intelligence officer who revealed incompetencies and crimes within the spy agency, a social media storm is sometimes caused by a story thats really no news at all, could Alzheimer's disease be a preventable lifestyle condition, a novel way to get rid of pesky telemarketers, what happens to the brain while you watch sport, and making ice cream and yoghurt from sheep milk. [more]

18/02/2016: Best Of The Week - 19 February 2016
This week..... Just how does newspaper coverage of politicians affect the way we think about them? a look at the impact of US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders spending and tax proposals on the American economy, it's been held up for decades as a story of ecocide, so what really happened on Easter Island? why do we sigh 12 times per hour on average? making a living as a news photographer is tougher than ever, we hear from one of the lucky ones, feminist blogger Deborah Russell on flirting, harassment and sexual assault, one of Christchurch's best loved arts venues reopens its doors to the public five years after the big quake, the President of Kiribati talks about the Paris agreement to keep global temperature rise under two degrees, a visit the Lead Foot festival and the Spectrum documentary team go behind bars. [more]

19/02/2016: Best of The Week for 19 February 2016
This week..... Just how does newspaper coverage of politicians affect the way we think about them? a look at the impact of US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders spending and tax proposals on the American economy, it's been held up for decades as a story of ecocide, so what really happened on Easter Island? why do we sigh 12 times per hour on average? making a living as a news photographer is tougher than ever, we hear from one of the lucky ones, feminist blogger Deborah Russell on flirting, harassment and sexual assault, one of Christchurch's best loved arts venues reopens its doors to the public five years after the big quake, the President of Kiribati talks about the Paris agreement to keep global temperature rise under two degrees, a visit the Lead Foot festival and the Spectrum documentary team go behind bars. [more]

25/02/2016: Best Of The Week - 26 February 2016
Highlights from RNZ National's programmes for the week ending Friday 26 February. This week..... the war on drugs, we hear from the chair of a West Yorkshire voluntary gardening initiative called Incredible Edible, in the online era does putting the word 'naked' or 'nude' in a headline prompt people to click on an online story and are those stories actually newsworthy? the politics of US Senator and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, what are robopets? we'll heqar about a show described as 'the funniest show you'll ever see about depression', we are at the opening launch of Puhoro, the Maori Science Academy, two of our finest songwriters Don McGlashan and Shayne Carter talk about playing their favourite songs from each others back catalogue at an upcoming performance at the Auckland Arts Festival, how hot rocks used to cook kai capture a record of the direction and intensity of the Earth's magnetic field as they cool and we drop in on 'The Forage North Canterbury' event. [more]

03/03/2016: Best of the Week - 4 March 2016
Highlights from RNZ National's programmes for the week ending Friday 4th March. This week....criticism of the level of Maori content on RNZ National, tributes for cricketing great Martin Crowe who died this week, using conscious movement to bypass Parkinson's tremors, exposing poaching kingpins in Africa, a project to educate young people about human trafficking/slavery , a six month swim to become the first person to swim across the Pacific, the Lake Ohau Climate History project, Bibliotherapy - solving your problems with literature, a New Zealand-Samoan movie Three Wise Cousins is an unexpected hit in the cinemas. [more]

10/03/2016: Best of the Week - 11 March 2016
Highlights from RNZ National's programmes for the week ending Friday 11th March. This week.... the minimum wage - how high is too high, critics of the TPP want more transparency when free trade talks start with the European Union, how the principal of Naenae College transformed the troubled school and its pupils, the debate over electric cars, the business practices of successful drug lords, the implications of a new scientific technique to edit DNA, why certain types of fungi are being sought by molecular botanists and geneticists, the hacking of Queen Nefertiti revives the issue of cultural theft, the training of a wild Kaimanawa horse who took out a top prize in the Horse of the Year show, we meet the talented former Paris street busker who won last year's prestigious Mercury music prize. [more]

17/03/2016: Best Of The Week - 18 March 2016
Highlights from RNZ National's programmes for the week ending Friday 18th March, this week... playwright and screen writer Anthony McCarten, a chat about Tiny Ruins' latest EP 'Hurtling Through', how do our brain cells send signals to each other and can they talk back? a Nobel Peace Prize winner who ultimately saw his country become an independent nation, the management type 2 diabetes through diet and not drugs, should Iwi have to be consulted about where the ashes of the dead are scattered, mammoth bones may reveal how human beings have lived and hunted in the Arctic Siberia region, the effects on the farm of a demoralising dairy payout and a slide in dairy farm land in the past year, a former dedicated business broadcast radio show is relaunched on-line and arranged marriages in the online era. [more]

24/03/2016: Best of the Week - 25 March
Highlights from RNZ National's programmes for the week ending Friday 25 March. This week.... An RNZ Insight Investigation uncovers evidence the Transport Accident Investigation Commission has been underfunded for more than a decade, the fight for justice for convicted murderer Teina Pora by a former policeman turned private investigator, the fuss over our 5 dollar note finding favour overseas wasn't quite what it seemed in the media, a highly acclaimed book by a doctor confronting his own death, whats involved in saving the Kakapo, the creation of a nature sanctuary in Nelson, a plagiarism scandal rocks the crossword puzzle world, research into how being a southpaw or a rightpaw affects everything - including the way you vote, a survey on the health of marine life on the Waitara reef, what it takes to create a good TV soap opera, and we go to the 24th Pasifika festival in Auckland. [more]

31/03/2016: Best Of The Week - 1 April 2016
Highlights from RNZ National's programmes for the week ending Friday 1 April, this week.. the war on drugs is deemed a failure, how can media respond in ways that doesn't give the perpetrators of terrorist acts the publicity they want? a vet who's pretty quick with the snip, portraying aviatrix Jean Batten on stage, a man described as a Pakeha priest among Maori who is about to celebrate 50 years in the priesthood, what is adblocking all about? a book about women of the Catlins, celebrated cartoonist Tom Scott shares a few of his favourite things, how have misguided theories of finance led to an unhealthy relationship between debt and the modern economy? we hear about a marae-based geology workshop and the 13 year old star of the new Taika Waititi film, Hunt for the Wilderpeople. [more]

08/04/2016: Best of the Week - 8 April 2016
Highlights from RNZ National's programmes for the week ending Friday 8 March. This week....New Zealand's role in helping the rich and powerful hide their wealth, how do journalism and public relations co-exist, Apple vs the FBI - and the war over encryption, broadcaster Niva Retimanu on her transformation from an overweight, drinking, smoking and junk food consumer to a marathon runner, we go out on Akaroa Harbour to research Hector's Dolphins - the world's smallest and rarest, musician Paul McLaney puts Shakespeare's Soliloquies to song , and charting New Zealand's social history through three decades of home movies . [more]

08/04/2016: Best of the Week - 8 April 2016
Highlights from RNZ National's programmes for the week ending Friday 8 March. This week....New Zealand's role in helping the rich and powerful hide their wealth, how do journalism and public relations co-exist, Apple vs the FBI - and the war over encryption, broadcaster Niva Retimanu on her transformation from an overweight, drinking, smoking and junk food consumer to a marathon runner, we go out on Akaroa Harbour to research Hector's Dolphins - the world's smallest and rarest, musician Paul McLaney puts Shakespeare's Soliloquies to song , and charting New Zealand's social history through three decades of home movies. [more]

15/04/2016: Best of the Week - 15 April 2016
Highlights from RNZ National's programmes for the week ending Friday 15 April. This week.....it was the biggest ever leak of newsworthy information and the biggest collaboration between media organisations - but the New Zealand media were out of the loop on the publication of the Panama Papers, a former Waikato dairy farmer who operates the biggest legal cannabis operation in the US, is surgery the ultimate placebo? A young Muslim black woman is representing New Zealand at a commonwealth leaders programme, walking better could stave off knee surgery, a book on the history of New Zealand women, playwright Roger Hall on his life and influences, chart topping musician Tiki Taane recreates his one man show live , bull semen for hair care products, and celebrating mangrove forests. [more]

22/04/2016: Best of the Week - 22 April 2016
Highlights from RNZ National's programmes for the week ending Friday 22 April. This week..... media coverage on the issue of banning beggars from our city streets , an expose on poverty and housing in the United States, what's working and what's not in educating children with special needs, the work of a rural adult literacy trust, the use of anti-depressants is skyrocketing in New Zealand, the thrill of poring over maps, we have some laughs with comedian Rhys Darby, a live performance by Dave Dobbyn and his band for world record day , a documentary on the life of a New York heiress who was a true renaissance woman, and a tribute to Sir Noel Coward. [more]

29/04/2016: Best of the Week - 29 April 2016
Highlights from RNZ National's programmes for the week ending Friday 29 April. This week..... we remembered those who served in world wars on ANAZC day morning and RNZ National also reflected on the battles which shaped history here in Aotearoa, the biggest name in newspapers and online news is now doing twice-daily TV-style news bulletins, but are they eating TV's lunch? how is Fiji coping two months after Cyclone Winston? the founder of local music mag 'Rip It Up' reflects on the career and musical output of Prince, we hear from a Hillsborough stadium survivor and chairman of the Hillsborough Justice Campaign following an inquest concluding this wek that the victims were unlawfully killed, a profile of Rotorua fashion designer and boutique fashion seller Adrienne Whitewood, why we sleep badly when we travel, we meet British concert pianist, writer and television presenter James Rhodes and poetry while you wait. [more]

06/05/2016: Best of the Week - 6 May 2016
Highlights from RNZ National's programmes for the week ending Friday 6 May. This week.....Scholar, activist and political theorist Noam Chomsky talks about politics, society and the death of the American dream, can the experimental new funding model social bonds help New Zealand's most vulnerable? Mixed messages and home truths in the media on soaring house prices, the global effects of the world's increasing population, the French doctor instrumental in founding Doctors without Borders who's also a successful novelist, mechanical doping - professional cycling's latest way of cheating, the genetic impacts of crop domestication, marine archaeologists find the wreck of the Endeavour, the politics and music of Unity Pacific's Tigilau Ness . [more]

13/05/2016: Best Of The Week - 13 May 2016
Highlights from RNZ National's programmes for the week ending Friday 6 May. This week... Kim Hill with a British novelist who's latest book is a "cover version" of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, Mark Weldon's departure from Mediaworks dissected, a Princeton-based NZ composer talks about sexism in the industry, Ghanaian hip-hop, and her newfound love of the mbira, the revival of taonga puoro or traditional Maori musical instruments, what can be done to get New Zealand businesses a better trade deal with China? the challenges facing Maori in the health system today, we hear about two rural awareness campaigns that could save lives, is social media ruining outdoor adventuring? we hear about Waikato Museum's current exhibition "Te Whaanau Maarama - The Heavenly Bodies", a royal albatross chick thats been getting a lot of attention lately and a Jazz pianist and vocalist talks about her new album and an anxiety disorder that prevented her from even touching a piano. [more]

20/05/2016: Best of the Week - 20 May 2016
Highlights from RNZ National's programmes for the week ending Friday 20 May. This week.....where you live in this country could be critical to your chances of getting skin cancer and surviving it, a moving interview with an author who'se written her last book while dying of melanoma-related brain cancer, are employers doing enough to embrace a workforce thats getting dramatically older, a damning report on decades of under reporting on fish catches in our waters, the Panama Papers back in the headlines after a team of New Zealand journalists scanned the raw data, how rail fatalities affect the other victims - the train drivers themselves, the big risks of space debris, a new geological period marked by our impact on the planet, the fascinating history of bananas, Hungarian refugee and pianist Lili Kraus who toured remote rural areas and contributed to this country's cultural scene over many years. [more]

27/05/2016: Best of the Week - 27 May 2016
Highlights from RNZ National's programmes for the week ending Friday 27 May. This week.....the life of the working poor in the United States, the media are now reaping the benefit of people revealing all on social media, growing tensions in the road versus rail debate in Northland, what its like working for five winters in Antarctica, how space weather affects earth, we join a farrier at work, an interview with one of the most successful jazz pianists in the world ahead of his first show here, the wierd world of competitive tickling, and the music created by the Eiffel Tower . [more]

03/06/2016: Best of the Week - 3 June 2016
Highlights from RNZ National's programmes for the week ending Friday 27 May. This week... two high profile journalism leaders announce they're going into business together, we hear from the author of 'Lemmy The Definitive Biography' about Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister, three new names in New Zealand music to watch out for, the science of the movie Interstellar, what to do with 800 million dollars worth of good food that goes to waste in New Zealand each year, we hear from a leader in the compassionate healthcare movement, should parents use the 'controlled crying' method of letting babies cry themselves to sleep? we meet the photographer/curator who is looking at Northland's colonial history with fresh eyes, the problem solving skills of New Zealand's native forest parrot, the Kaka, the stories of Nazi Hunters told in a new book and the significance of 3500 year old cuneiform texts in the Otago Museum from Nights. [more]

10/06/2016: Best of the Week - 10 June
This week...Media theorist, professor, from Queens Birthday graphic novelist Douglas Rushkoff on how the digital economy failed to live up to its promise and how we could still fix it, an economics scholar weighs in on the housing crisis on Nights, Sunday morning tackles the pros and cons of tobacco taxes, Insight looks at the future of work, a new chapter has been added to the story of the 2003 discovery in Indonesia of the diminutive hominin species Homo floresiensis, Nine to Noon looks at how to sort your digital footprint before you die, Mediawatch asks the question - are the media too much in love with themselves? a startling discovery of how bumble bees can navigate, an insight into hospice care from Te Ahi Kaa, Kim Hill talks sexuality and prostitution with the retiring co-ordinator for the New Zealand Prostitutes' Collective in Christchurch, Ladyhawke Sees The Light on Music 101, and a Pianist and Vegetable Guru on Country Life. [more]

17/06/2016: Best of the Week - 17 June 2016
Highlights from RNZ National's programmes for the week ending Friday 17 June. This week..... John Key's recent visit to Fiji draws attention to the fact some journalists are not welcome there, a new auto race is underway: to build cleaner, cheaper and even self driving cars, a navigation game thats helping with dementia research, how New Zealand businesswoman and philanthropist Katherine Corich became a global entrepreneur , we hear from the founder of the iconic music label flying Nun, should we wash ourselves so often, research on the effect of pesticide on bees, the work of Anna Marbrook - an award winning director and creator of theatre, film and television, and choreographer/dancer and poet Jahra Wasasala on what influences her creativity. [more]

24/06/2016: Best of the Week - 24 June 2016
Highlights from RNZ National's programmes for the week ending Friday 24 June. This week..... a leading campaigner for voluntary euthanasia shares his story of how watching his father die led him to his views, the campaign to boost the number of refugees to this country, the clean up of thousands of toxic waste sites is dropped as a priority by the government, plans by Sky TV to merge with giant telco Vodafone, media Entrepreneur and founder of the Huffington Post on the value of a good nights sleep as a key to success, the photographer who is an activist against denigration of fat people, we go to Kapiti Island to look for the endangered North Island Kokako, the annual Garden Bird Survey turns ten this year, a dance company that performs amazing vertical routines on sky scrapers, a mystery novel set in Wellington's bohemian Aro Valley,and the much loved song Poi E is the subject of a new film. [more]