Nights for Thursday 8 January 2009
Monday to Friday, 7pm - Midnight
Tonight on Summer Nights
19:10 Irene Van Dyke
Recently voted New Zealand's most loved sportsperson, Irene comes in to chat about summer times and nominate her favourite summer song.
19:30 Spectrum: The Matthews Vintage Collection
Lynn Freeman visits the Matthews Vintage Collection in Taipa, north of Kaitaia, where Winston Matthews' shed has grown into a museum of engines, vintage cars and everyday objects from years gone by.
20:10 How to Play the Ukelele
Andy Morley-Hall and Nigel Collins from the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra teach us how to play the ukulele.
20:30 Windows on the World
Over half a million Cuban homes were damaged by hurricanes over the past year and as many as 60,000 were destroyed completely. This comes on top of an acute housing shortage across the island, and especially in Havana. Housing has become the biggest cause for complaint among Cubans. As a result of restrictions and the dearth of housing, the black market is massive. Linda Pressly explores the uniquely Cuban way people have found to get around the system.
21:00 Best of WOMAD - Taraf De Haidouks
Described as 'the best gypsy band in the world' The Taraf de Haïdouks are a bunch of extraordinary and colourful characters. Their warmth, their eccentricity and their sheer pleasure of playing have convinced the audiences of the biggest European festivals
22:30 Jack Perkins Retrospective Documentary Series - And All the Queen's Men
A recreation of the battle fought at Gate Pa, Tauranga, in 1864 and its aftermath. A previously unknown diary of the affair was used, along with a specially recorded battle scene.
23:00 The Music Mix
In the first Music Mix for 2009, Kirsten Johnstone hosts The Mixtape where a guest's musical mind has the chance to take over the Radio New Zealand National airwaves for an hour, to play tunes of their choice.