Play: Notes

Sundays @ 7:30 PM

Ever wondered what’s the big deal with such and such a play? What exactly was Oedipus’ complex? Was Romeo really worth it? What made a play about vaginas revolutionary?

This is where Play: Notes comes in. Join Dramaturgs Emily Duncan and Allison Horsley as they give you the need-to-know notes on plays that have influenced how many of us watch and think about theatre.

Brought to you by Prospect Park Productions NZ

Warning: Contains mature themes, language, and spoilers.

My Business Stars

Tuesdays @ 12 PM
Replayed Thursdays @ 6 PM

Join That Blind Woman Julie Woods for a series featuring conversations with disabled business owners, telling their business stories.


Episode 1
Callum McKirdy is a speaker, author, mentor and facilitator specialising in workplace dynamics and behaviour. Over the course of his 20+ year career, he has supported leaders and teams across the Asia-Pacific region to build better work cultures by leveraging their uniqueness. Proudly dyslexic and ADHD-positive, Callum champions organisations to think differently about different thinking, and views the neurodivergent staff as the innovative super-workforce of the future.

Episode 2
In Part 2 of this conversation with speaker, author and ADHD+ Online Community founder Callum McKirdy, he shares more about his 20+ year career and why he believes that leaders and teams can build better work cultures by leveraging their uniqueness.

Episode 3
Suzanne Jones and Katrina Phillips are the co-founders of SpecialGifts, a social enterprise that uses profits to support and grow disabled entrepreneurs’ businesses by sharing their talents with the wider community. SpecialGifts curates gift boxes with high quality products created by disabled entrepreneurs and businesses who employ people with disabilities at a fair wage. Their mission is to support inclusivity in business and employment, one gift box at a time.

Episode 4
Dr Robbie Francis Watene has lived experience of disability and has worked in the disability sector for over 15 years. In 2014, she co-founded The Lucy Foundation (TLF), an Aotearoa-based social enterprise that supports disabled people into training and employment in the global coffee industry. TLF has helped to create what is believed to be the world’s first totally disability inclusive value chain of coffee – from farmer (Mexico) to consumer (Aotearoa NZ).

Episode 5
Kylee Black is a social entrepreneur and speaker who is committed to cultivating community and enabling the best in others. Her co-op for all things accessible, Kylee & Co, is founded on the belief that accessibility can be functional, fashionable and fun at the same time. Through her work, she aims to show that accessibility works for everyone – and it just makes sense!

Episode 6
Phil Turner is the Chief Executive of the NZ Disability Employers’ Network (NZDEN), leading through his passion to see a more equitable NZ society for disabled and neurodiverse people. He and the NZDEN team are working with employers towards realising the full potential of disabled and neurodiverse New Zealanders.

Episode 7
Ella Collis is a 21-year-old woman with Williams Syndrome who first caught the business bug at school when she created her own range of lip balms. Supported by her father Craig, Ella went on to pursue her dream of entrepreneurship and now runs her own business operating under the brand Ella Cares.

Episode 8
Becky Cammock always had a love for animals and regularly volunteers at her local vet and Riding for the Disabled, but it was when she participated in the My Business Starter programme that she unlocked the potential to use her passion in a new way. Completing the course has helped Becky become more confident and determined, and she is now in the early stages of setting up her own pet-sitting business, Furry Friends.

Episode 9
Kim Dyball was born with a visual impairment and has acquired a number of chronic illnesses over the past few years. She is determined to ensure that our future leaders with access needs get the support and confidence they require to live the life they choose and build a 100% accessible Aotearoa.

Episode 10
Grant Cleland was born with a physical impairment and has used a wheelchair since childhood – lived experience that has shaped his 30-year career within disability services. In 1997, Grant developed Creative Solutions to provide disability-related advice, support and training for private, state and NGO organisations, as well as disabled people and their whānau.

Ending Life Well Podcast

Tuesdays @ 10 am

This series is for New Zealand family carers who are faced with caring for a loved one who is dying.

Developed by the specialist palliative team at Otago Community Hospice and supported by Hospice New Zealand, the series provides reliable palliative advice and information for carers who may find themselves out of their depth caring for someone nearing end of life.

The series was inspired by the Kōwhai Programme – a well-established carers education programme created in response to research done in collaboration with the University of Otago in 2010

Money Wise with DBAS Dunedin

Fortnightly Fridays @ 8.10am

DBAS Dunedin provide a free and confidential service for families and individuals in the greater Ōtepoti area who are at risk of, or in financial hardship, to educate, support and empower.

On Money Wise, Andrew Henderson tells us about DBAS services and the things that impact on money management.


New Episode Coming Soon

86b is a podcast created by University of Otago science communication student Max Balloch.

Max won the Independent Podcast of the Year award at the 2022 New Zealand Podcast Awards for his series Dear Nature, and was also runner-up in the best entertainment award and best rising star award.

86b picks up from where Dear Nature left off.

Welcome to existence!

Spotlight On Academics We Know

Learning can be awkward. In this series, we aim to normalise the discomfort of being at the edge of new knowledge.

Join Adrienne Buckingham for conversations with lecturers, researchers and practitioners about contemporary challenges, ideas and potential opportunities for education and upskilling.

This is #SoAwk.
Thanks to Otago Polytechnic – Our people make a better world – Kia tū ki te tahi.

Different Strokes

Wednesdays @ 10.30am

Natalie Cowie and Grant Gillet have lived experience of stroke.

On Different Strokes, they host conversations with others with lived experience and introduce us to those working to support stroke recovery, building understanding and support for people affected by stroke, their families, whanau and carers.

Supported by The Stroke Foundation 

Talking About: Election 2023

Fridays @ 2pm

Welcome to the Otago Institute series of Talking About: Election 2023 – The Apolitical Political Show.

Join Dr Barb Anderson and Trudi Sunitsch as they explore election topics, hear from experts and provide context and background on on the issues that are relevant to you, so you can make an informed decision this Election.

Brought to you by the Otago Institute – the Otago Branch of the Royal Society for Arts and Sciences.

Writer 2022

The University of Otago’s annual creative writing competition for students and staff this year, for the first time, also welcomed entries from alumni. Entrants were given the opportunity to harness their creativity and write a short story or a poem inspired by this year’s theme “Brave New World”. The theme allowed for wide-ranging interpretations while acknowledging the many circumstances operating that break us from our past and oblige us to reconsider the world and our place in it. The ‘Writer’ competition was established in 2019, as part of the University’s 150th celebrations. This year’s judge is New Zealand writer and Otago staff member Craig Cliff.

Writer 2022 - Full Episode

This year’s winners read and discuss their works with co-organisers Lisa Dick and Nicola Cummins, with judge’s comments from Craig Cliff.

Lennox Tait

The winner of the student poetry section was Lennox Tait. Lennox reads his untitled poem which flipped the theme and explored Braving New World, the supermarket.

Jessica Bent

The winner of the student fiction section was Jessica Bent. Jessica reads her story “My Friend the Stranger”.

Prof Abby Smith

The winner of the staff poetry section was Professor Abby Smith. Abby reads her poem “Falling, Falling”.

Gini Jory

The winner of the staff fiction section was Gini Jory. Gini reads her story “A Discovery; Donor Unknown”.

Giles Graham

The winner of the alumni poetry section was Giles Graham. Giles reads his poem “It Was Not The New World I Feared”.

Rebecca Styles

The winner of the alumni fiction section was Rebecca Styles. Rebecca reads her story “Stock Levels”


Saturday October 29th  @ 1:30pm

Jo Bond reflects on the state of public broadcast media in New Zealand and offers her thoughts on its future direction.

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