Great Encounters

The full length interviews selected from Radio New Zealand National's feature programmes during the week.

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The power of diagnosis

Diagnosis is one of medicine's principle tools. It explains what's going on, gives treatment options, provides a prognosis, and much more. Getting a diagnosis can be life altering, the diagnostic utterance, "cancer", " life-threatening", "benign" can mark a momentous shift in your life.

From Nine To Noon on 02 Feb 2016

Ranjna Patel on Giving Back

Ranjna Patel and her husband are at the helm of an Auckland healthcare empire and they've used some of their success for philanthropic projects, including tackling domestic violence. Mrs Patel says she has no formal qualifications but along with her husband, Dr Kanti Patel they run the Nirvana Health Group which has more than 30 clinics. From small beginnings with a solo GP practice in Otara in 1977, the couple now has the largest private, clinician-owned network of general practices in the country. The Nirvana Health Group has accident and medical clinics across greater Auckland and include East Tamaki, West Auckland and Mt Roskill health care and the White Cross Clinics. The business employs more than 800 staff from 40 different ethnic groups,  and has more than 190,000 registered patients, many from lower socio-economic communities.

 from Nine to Noon with Kathryn Ryan

Austin Mitchell - What's Become of the Pavlova Paradise?

Outspoken UK politician, Austin Mitchell, is best known here for his book and later TV series The Half Gallon, Quarter-Acre Pavlova Paradise which looked at politics and culture in New Zealand. He is back in Aotearoa teaching summer school and he joins Wallace to talk about what's changed in the intervening years.

From Sunday Morning on 31 Jan 2016

Burt Reynolds : Life and the Movies

From 1978 to 1982, Burt Reynolds was Hollywood’s biggest box-office star. His films include Deliverance (1972), The Longest Yard (1974), Smokey and the Bandit (1977), and the comeback film Boogie Nights (1997), for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. Now 79, Reynolds has written his autobiography, with Jon Winokur: But Enough About Me (Echo Books).

from Saturday Morning with Kim Hill

Daniel Levitin: thinking straight in an age of information overload

American cognitive psychologist, neuroscientist, musician, record producer, and author of three bestselling books: This Is Your Brain on Music, The World in Six Songs and, most recently, The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload.

From Saturday Morning on 30 Jan 2016

Great Encounter: the late chess maestro Genesis Potini

Once a heralded chess champion, Genesis spent many years in and out of mental institutions, battling with severe bipolar disorder. He was also known as a formidable communicator, a teacher, chess coach and up-front advocate for mental health issues. Genesis Potini died of a heart attack aged 46 on the 15th August 2011. Kim Hill talked with Genesis on the eve of the 2003 screening of the award-winning documentary 'Dark Horse' which inspired the making of a movie of the same name now showing nationwide.

From Saturday Morning on 06 Sep 2003

Barbara Anderson : a life in words

Barbara Anderson, Lady Anderson (14 April 1926 – 24 March 2013) was a New Zealand fiction writer who became internationally recognized despite only starting her writing career in her late fifties.  While her writing featured in journals, on radio broadcasts and in magazines, her first published collection wasn’t released until 1989,  Her memoir 'Getting There: An Autobiography' was published in 2008. She wrote numerous novels and short story collections, and many publications have been reprinted due to popular demand.  Barbara Anderson died last weekend aged 86 after a short illness. The interview with Kim hill was recorded in November 2008, at the time she published her memoir.

From Saturday Morning on 24 Dec 2009

Feature Guest - Edmund White

Edmund White is best known for his trilogy of autobiographical novels, A Boy's Own Story, The Beautiful Room is Empty and The Farewell Symphony, and the bestselling The Flaneur: A Stroll through the Paradoxes of Paris. He lives in New York and teaches writing at Princeton. He is an Officier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and a recipient of the Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

From Nine To Noon on 28 Feb 2012

Bob Wood: war stories

Major Bob Wood served with the 19th Wellington Battalion of the First Echelon during World War II, and spent time in prison-of-war camps.

From Saturday Morning on 30 Jun 2012

Managing money with Hannah McQueen

Hannah McQueen is a young businesswoman who has set up the financial planning business, Enable Me. The Auckland-based 'financial personal trainer' debunks what she calls the myth of 'the more you earn, the easier it is to get ahead'. Instead she says changing your relationship with money is the key.

From Nine To Noon on 03 Jul 2012

Guy McPherson: agrarian anarchy

Conservation biologist who lives off the grid in a straw bale house in New Mexico, raising small livestock and interacting with his rural community.

From Saturday Morning on 07 Jul 2012

John Lanchester: capital

British journalist and author, his new novel is Capital, and he will be a guest at The Press Christchurch Writers' Festival 2012.

From Saturday Morning on 14 Jul 2012

Lily Lee and Howe Young

A new social history of Chinese market gardeners in NZ Lily is the daughter of a Chinese Market gardening family and the author of the book, Sons of the Soil - Chinese Market Gardeners in New Zealand. Howe is the son of a Chinese market gardening family and a Pukekohe market gardener himself. He is also the CEO of the Dominion Federation of NZ Chinese Commercial Growers.

From Nine To Noon on 17 Jul 2012

Stu Barr: pest traps

One of the team at Goodnature, a company that designs and manufactures automatic traps that humanely kill pest animals.

From Saturday Morning on 21 Jul 2012

James Balog

National Geographic photographer who has undertaken huge project to document climate change, using time lapse photography to show changes in glaciers over the years.

From Nine To Noon on 24 Jul 2012

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