Best Of The Week

A web-only programme featuring highlights from from the Radio New Zealand schedule.

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Best of the Week - 5 February 2016

12:00 PM. Highlights from RNZ National's programmes for the week ending Friday 5 January. This week.... frustration the rebuild of Christchurch city is still only halfway completed five years on, we take a look at TV3's newly launched Newshub at 6, outspoken UK politician Austin Mitchell on whats become of our Pavlova Paradise, a cognitive psychologist on thinking straight in an age of information overload, the virtual reality of living with dementia to improve patient care, a victims advocate who helps families grieving for a murdered loved one in the media spotlight, the annual salmon run at the Waimakariri River mouth, an expedition to seek out the deep foghorn boom of one of our most threatened wetland birds, the history of redheads throughout the world, and celebrating the achievements of Maori film makers.

Best of the Week - 29 January 2016

12:00 PM. 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.

Best of the Week - 22 January 2016

12:00 PM. 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.

Best of the Week - 24 December 2015

4:00 PM. 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.

Best of the Week - 17 December 2015

12:30 PM. 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.

Best of the Week - 11 December 2015

12:00 PM. 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.

Best of the Week - 4 December 2015

12:00 PM. 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.

Best of the Week - 27 November 2015

12:00 PM. 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.

Best of the Week - 20 November 2015

12:00 PM. 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.

Best of the Week - 13 November 2015

12:00 PM. 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.

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