This Way Up

Saturday 26 July 2014, with Simon Morton

NZ Radio Awards 2012 winner: Best Daily or Weekly Series (one hour or more duration)

Quick hits

12:15   Oamaru taxi drivers turn posties

12:30   India: alcohol labelling laws

12:50   Brewing yeast genetics

13:10   Insects and LEDs

13:30   Picturesque satnav

13:40   Birds: Rosellas

13:50   The Svalbard Global Seed Vault

The small print

First up this week, we visit the North Otago town of Oamaru where the local taxi company's started delivering the mail.

At 12:30pm we're off to India where new, strict alcohol labelling laws are causing major headaches for some of the world's biggest drinks companies.

And before the 1pm news, the genetics of brewing yeasts. Scientists are sequencing the DNA of more than 200 different yeasts from all over the world to understand how individual genes contribute to particular smells and tastes in beer, wine and sake.

After the 1pm news, with more councils introducing energy-efficient LED street lighting to our towns and cities to save money, how could this kind of light be affecting New Zealand's insect life?

Then at 1:20pm, Yahoo's working on a clever way of navigating your way around in the most picturesque way possible. It's like GPS but it finds the most attractive way of getting you from A to B.

At about 1:30pm, Hugh Robertson and I try finding the eastern rosella. It's basically a species of imported parrot that got out of a cage in Dunedin in around 1910 and quite took to New Zealand life!

And before we go, The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is basically the ultimate safe storage facility for the world's seeds – 825,000 samples from more than 200 crops are stored in the permafrost on a remote Norwegian island way up in the Arctic circle.

We're playing these tracks too...

Artist: Les Rhythmes Digitales
Track: Jacques Your Body (Make Me Sweat)
Composer: Jacques Lu Cont
Album: Darkdancer
Label: Wall of Sound WALLCD021
Broadcast: 12:35

Artist: Tiddabadés
Track: Colours
Composers: Hutchinson, Kavanagh, Surrey, Rattray
Album: Tiddabadés EP
Broadcast: 13:45

And our theme music is:

Artist: Jefferson Belt 
Track: The Green Termite
Composer: Jefferson Belt
Album: Table Manners
Label: Round Trip Mars