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.

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.

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.

NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

Children reviewing New Zealand Children's Book Awards finalists.

Saturday Morning

A magazine programme with feature interviews on current affairs, science, literature, music and more.


New Zealand stories for children.

The Reading

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

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.

World War One Book Club

Panel discussions exploring the literature associated with the First World War.

Writers and Readers Festivals

Coverage of New Zealand Writers' Festivals.


Audiostorium - Readings

Stories and readings available to listen to online.

Books on Our Changing World

A collection of book-based Our Changing World stories.

Books on Saturday Morning

Books by writers interviewed on the Saturday Morning with Kim Hill, or books discussed by Kim and a guest.

Books reviewed on Nine To Noon

Books reviewed during Nine To Noon, weekdays at approximately 10:35am.

Children's Books with Kate De Goldi

A selection of Kate De Goldi's reviews of children's books from the Saturday Morning archives.

Crime Writing

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

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.

Kate's Klassics

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

Man Booker Prize 2013 Shortlist

Kim Hill interviews with Man Booker Prize 2013 Shortlist authors.

Margaret Mahy (1936–2012)

Remembering children's author Margaret Mahy.

Not For Children

Audio adaptations of New Zealand novels for young adults and young-at-heart adults.

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

Storytime Treasure Chest

A collection of children's stories available to listen to online

Talking Books

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

The Torchlight List

Around the World in 200 Books by Jim Flynn.

Toppermost of the poppermost 2014

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