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A collection of book readings, major dramas, drama series, children’s stories and other stuff available to listen to any time you want.

The Reading

Audiostorium - Readings

New Zealand novels and stories and adapted for radio including writing by Fiona Farrell, James McNeish, Brian Turner, Owen Marshall, CK Stead, Steve Braunias and Kelly Ana Morey.

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Audiostorium - Dramas

Kiwi audio drama and comedy including plays by Dean Parker, Pip Hall, Paul Rothwell, Elspeth Sandys, Sam Trubridge, Roger Hall, Gary Henderson and Joe Musaphia.

Gold pieces

Storytime Treasure Chest

Some of the very best children's stories produced over the years by Radio New Zealand including a mix of well known classics, contemporary New Zealand stories and newly commissioned work.

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Encore - The Story of New Zealand Theatre

A series chronicling the past, present and future of New Zealand Theatre.



New Zealand actors give their own interpretations of a number of Shakespearean Monologues.


Drama on the radio

The Reading

Adaptations of fiction and non-fiction books as well as short stories. Weekdays at 10:45 am.

The Drama Hour

Drama and comedy in the form of major plays, short plays and mini-episode series along with interviews from producers, writers and performers of audio drama. 3pm on Sundays.


New Zealand stories for children. 6:00 am on Saturdays and Sundays.

More drama available online

Go Solo

Audio versions of solo performances written and performed for the stage by graduating students at Toi Whakaari.

New Shorts

Short plays by emerging writers and writers new to audio drama.

You Me… Now!

A crash course in love: our online urban soap about a bunch of young people.


The Drama Department commissions new writing and seeks to work with New Zealand’s best writers. Each year, up to 30 hours of new drama and comedy more than 200 readings (one-off short stories and serialised book readings), and over 50 new children's stories are produced.

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