Arts & Culture


24 Frames: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told

A documentary paying tribute to Jonathan Dennis - first director of the New Zealand Film Archive.

An Indescribable Beauty

Wellington, 1859, and a young German immigrant by the name of Friedrich August Krull writes a series of letters home to his mother.


Get to know more about a special topic or interesting musician.

Are Angels OK

A series of programmes arising from a collaboration between eminent New Zealand writers and physicists.

Arts on Sunday

Arts on Sunday is literally radio with pictures... and theatre, film, comedy, books, dance, entertainment and music – all the things, in other words, that make life worth living.

At The Movies

A weekly topical magazine about current film releases and film related topics.

Backstage at the Met

Paul Bushnell goes backstage at the New York Metropolitan Opera to find out how a production is staged.

Colour and Invisibility

Lectures by Dr Philip Ball, a freelance science writer, broadcaster and lecturer who's particularly interested in the interactions of the sciences, the arts, and the wider culture.

Composers on Camera

Thomas Goss explores how movies portray composers as lovers, heroes, spiritual figures, and even madmen.

Down The List

Where does the real power in New Zealand lie? That’s right, with a bunch of bureaucrats, underlings, officials, and lowly-ranked list MPs that you and I have never heard of.

Encore - The Story of New Zealand Theatre

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

Expo Belle Epoque

In memory of Claude Debussy and Frederick Delius, both born 150 years ago, and in recognition of a time of phenomenal development, in the arts, sciences and social history we turned 22 August 2012 over to the era 1880-1914.

Festival review

News, reviews and interviews from the Auckland Arts Festival.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Elric Hooper and Des Wilson look at the life and work of GBS and in particular his views on music.

Go Solo

Graduating actors from Toi Whakaari perform their solo shows.

How to Hear Classical Music

A guide to assist the understanding, interpretation and appreciation of classical music.

How Will Opera Survive?

The Future of Opera in the contemporary world of mass popular culture, digital technology and global financial crisis.

Janet Frame Memorial Lectures

Intended to help improve understanding of what it means to be a writer in New Zealand, the Janet Frame Memorial Lectures deliver an overview of the state of the nation’s literature from the point of view of one of its most active authors.

Journey to Haida Gwaii

A Haida language play revitalises a community facing their language's extinction.

Lilburn Lecture

The Lilburn Lecture is jointly organised by the Lilburn Trust and the Alexander Turnbull library. Named after the New Zealand composer who instigated the Archive of New Zealand Music within the Turnbull Library and established the Lilburn Trust, the lecture is held annually on Douglas Lilburn’s birthday, 2nd November. Speakers are invited to talk on a subject of their choosing about music and New Zealand.

Lili Kraus

Poets exalted, school children cheered and music-lovers hungrily devoured the post-war concerts given in NZ by Hungarian-born pianist Lili Kraus. Charlotte Wilson presents a tribute to the life and work of this remarkable woman.

Literary Translation: Art or Echo?

A four part New Zealand Society feature series looking at the role of the literary translator and the role of translations in society.

New Shorts

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

Ron and Zillah Castle: Their sweet compulsion

A story of poetry, pharmaceuticals, teaching, collecting and above all, music.

Screens in Motion

While New Zealand is enjoying being in the spotlight for the Rugby World Cup, New Zealand On Screen is putting New Zealand's film and television heritage front and centre.

Smart Talk at the Auckland Museum

A series of panel discussions recorded before an audience at the Auckland Museum, as part of the popular LATE at the Museum evenings.

Standing Room Only

Standing Room Only is literally radio with pictures... and arts, theatre, film, comedy, books, dance, entertainment, pop culture, and music – all the things, in other words, that make life worth living.

Summer Sonic

Summer Sonic brings a range of features and documentaries, starting Thursday 26 December 2013

TED Radio Hour

A weekly journey through fascinating ideas.

The Drama Hour

The best of New Zealand’s writing, acting and directing talent.

The Life and Music of Dave Brubeck

Norm Meehan looks at the life and music of the American jazz pianist.

The Lonesome Buckwhips

Justin Gregory investigates the phenomenon that is The Lonesome Buckwhips, through interviews with the band members, expert commentary and archival material.

The Rake's Progress

Elric Hooper & Des Wilson present an introduction to The Rake's Progress by Stravinsky,

The Reading

Readings of New Zealand novels, short stories and short dramas, adapted for radio by Radio New Zealand.

The Returning

A tribute to New Zealand poets Alistair Te Ariki Campbell and Meg Campbell.

The Sunday Feature

Something different from the wide world of music features.

The Top Hat story

Napier's Top Hat was the place to go in Hawkes Bay during the 1960s. The Top Hat’s former owner and manager Bernie Meredith recalls the birth and evolution of the nightspot.

The Trouble Begins at Eight

A four-part documentary series on American author Mark Twain’s 1895 lecture tour of New Zealand.

The Weekend

Music, sport, media, travel, and the people and places around us.

These Hopeful Machines

A six-part series in which James Gardner traces a personal path through the evolving world of electronic music.


What's going on in the world of music and the arts? From the concert hall to the cinema, we talk to musicians, composers, choreographers, dancers, actors, directors and artists - Upbeat finds out what makes them tick.


Radio New Zealand’s online guide to what’s playing on our screens — with Dan Slevin

William Shakespeare Sonnets

The complete Shakespeare sonnets, read by New Zealanders.

Writers and Readers Festivals

Coverage of New Zealand Writers' Festivals.

You Call This Art?

Filmmakers, performance artists, musicians, actors, sculptors and writers explore their approach to creating art.

You Me... Now!

An urban drama about Alice and her friends - their families, flatmates, loves, losses, music… and misunderstandings.



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

Audiostorium - Dramas

Kiwi audio drama and comedy available online.

Audiostorium - Readings

Stories and readings available to listen to online.

Bardfest: The Shakespeare Monologues

New Zealand actors give their own interpretations of Shakespearean Monologues.

Celebrating 60 Years of the Royal New Zealand Ballet

Clarissa Dunn and Hannah Sassman head behind the scenes at the Royal New Zealand Ballet, in celebration of their 60th birthday.

Crime Writing

Interviews with Neil Cross, Ian Rankin, Kate Atkinson, Peter Temple, Paddy Richardson, Paul Cleave and other writers of crime fiction.

Entartete Musik

A collection of stories and examples of exiled or banned composers and music.

Film Festival

A collection of interviews and ephemera about movies.

Goodie, Goodie! Python, Python! The Cambridge Circus tapes

Before Monty Python's Flying Circus and Goodies, there was the Cambridge Circus. Hear the tapes recorded when John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Bill Oddie and Tim Brooke-Taylor toured New Zealand together as young comedians fresh from university.

Grimm's Fairy Tales

The Grimm versions of some of the fairytales, which are kind, cruel, occasionally shocking and often just absurd...

In conversation with Eleanor Catton

New Zealand author Eleanor Catton's novel The Luminaries has won the Man Booker prize for English language literature.

Joni Mitchell

An overview of the life and music of the renowned singer-songwriter for Composer of the Week.

Kate's Klassics

Conversations on classic literature with poet Kate Camp and Kim Hill.

Margaret Mahy (1936–2012)

Remembering children's author Margaret Mahy.

New Zealand Fashion Week

Arts and culture journalist Sonia Sly on what’s hot, what’s not and who’s who at New Zealand Fashion Week.

New Zealand Festival

Festival related news, reviews & interviews.

NZ At Edinburgh

Celebrating New Zealand Artists on the World Stage

NZ Festival guests on Nine to Noon

New Zealand Festival guests on Nine to Noon

NZ Post Book Awards 2014

Interview with the finalists in this year's awards.

NZ Readings on Afternoons

New Zealand readings during Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan

Poetry with Cliff Fell

Poetry with Night's arts ambassador Cliff Fell.

Poets and Poetry

A collection of conversations with poets, about poems, including poetry.


Robots, androids, automata, cyborgs artificial intelligence...

Satie Says

Celebrating 150 years since the birth of eccentric French composer Erik Satie with some of his humorous piano pieces. These were accompanied by quirky little stories and poems, written next to the notes on the page. We’re giving you an inside peek.

Sonic World of Cinema

New film soundtracks, timeless scores, obscure film music, video game and television soundtracks, and NZ film composition.

Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring

Still provocative and disturbing a century after its première caused one of the most sensational scandals in artistic history.

Talking Books

A monthly podcast by the New Zealand Book Council, dissecting both the latest releases and enduring classics from New Zealand.

The Wednesday Drama

Dramas during Nights with Bryan Crump

Toppermost of the poppermost 2014

A roundup of Radio New Zealand contributors giving their 'best ofs' for 2014.

Tracing Katherine Mansfield

Remembering one of our most celebrated writers.

You Call This Art?

Filmmakers, performance artists, musicians, actors, sculptors and writers explore their approach to creating art.