Writer 2023

The University of Otago’s annual creative writing competition welcomed entries from students, staff and alumni.

Entrants were given the opportunity to harness their creativity and write a short story or a poem inspired by this year’s theme “the getting of wisdom”.

The ‘Writer’ competition was established in 2019, as part of the University’s 150th celebrations.

This year’s judge was current University of Otago Burns Fellow Kathryn van Beek.

Writer 2023 - Full Episode

This year’s winners read and discuss their works with co-organisers Lisa Dick and Nicola Cummins, with judge’s comments from current University of Otago Burns Fellow Kathryn van Beek.

Kim Cope Tait

The winner of the student poetry section was Kim Cope Tait. Kim reads her poem “Bloody Mess”.

Sydney Rodriguez

The winner of the student fiction section was Sydney Rodriguez. Sydney reads her story “The Deer”.

Mandy Phipps-Green

The winner of the staff poetry section was Mandy Phipps-Green. Mandy reads her poem “The Wisdom of Tui”.

Molly Crighton

The winner of the staff fiction section was Molly Crighton. Molly reads her story “95 Million Years”.

Val O’Reilly

The winner of the alumni poetry section was Val O’Reilly. Val reads her poem “Korero on the Getting of Wisdom”.

Monti Rodgers

The winner of the alumni fiction section was Monti Rodgers. Monti reads her story “The Guest”.


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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Treasurer Talk

Tuesdays at 8.40am

Treasurer Talk is brought to you by Dunedin Community Accounting.

If you are a small club, society, group or small charity looking for guidance on your book-keeping or accounts, Dunedin Community Accounting can help for FREE.

In this series, senior accountancy students from Otago University answer some of the most common book-keeping and accounting questions.


Rockin’ With Eddie

Fridays Fortnighly @ 9pm

Eddie plays hard rock, alternative rock, grunge and heavy metal as well as weighing in on local rugby union news.

Brought to you by the Community Care Trust

Voice of Aroha

Fortnightly Sunday @ 10pm 

Voice of Aroha is an inclusive platform representing the voices of a variety of communities and their perspectives on many topics. This programme is run by a diverse group of former refugees in Wellington, with support from the local community.

From Wellington Access Radio


Mondays @ 7pm

Want to increase your knowledge of te ao Māori (the Māori world)?

With a mixture of Māori and English, the Taringa podcast is the perfect way to learn te reo and tikanga Māori in a fun and relaxed way. Taringa is brought to you by Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa is one of New Zealand’s largest tertiary education providers.

Falling – Minnie Dean’s Final Journey

Sundays @ 6pm

Falling is a 4-part radio-drama about Minnie Dean, who cared for unwanted children in Victorian New Zealand. She was labelled ‘a baby farmer’, hounded by police and eventually accused of child murder. She is the only woman to have been hanged in this country. But was she guilty? Still as a community we struggle to care well for unwanted children.        

Read more at https://karendzelas.com                                         

See video-trailer: https://youtu.be/pLe2w-lmTeE

The script of this radio-drama has been developed from The Trials of Minnie Dean: a verse biography, written by Karen Zelas. Minnie Dean is played by Eilish Moran; many voices from the past mingle in her mind. Yvonne Martin is the director. 

Falling was recorded by Nicki Reece at Plains FM 96.9  Christchurch

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Space Oddities

Tuesdays @ 2:30pm

Mike and Rach host this fortnightly astronomy show, with regular panellist Megan, grilling the adults for info on ‘The Kids Want To Know About Space’! Plus local astronomical events, space history, and the latest news in the space industry!

Courtesy of Radio Southland

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