New Zealand Young Writers Festival

The New Zealand Young Writers Festival celebrates the cutting edge of contemporary literary practice in Ōtepoti, with performances, workshops, conversations, markets, social events and more. The festival is funded by Dunedin City Council and Otago Community Trust. This live-recorded podcast is brought to you by Otago Access Radio and supported by Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature.

Slam Champ Sandwich

What does it take to be a slam champ? What are the strange anecdotes and stories? And what is it like to compete with the country’s best of the best? Our country’s finest slam champions – Nathan Joe, Sara Hirsch, and Eric Soakai share their winning poems and spill the hot behind the scenes tea of what goes on during slam off. Past winners gossip and rant about what makes such a community-driven but competitive sport so enticing.

True Crit

Earlier this year, Metro Arts editor, Lana Lopesi wondered “where all the bad reviews have gone” as the once highly valued art writing website The Lumiere Reader slowly disappeared from the internet, leaving only a gentle footprint. In this panel, art critics across different mediums – Mya Morrison-Middleton, Sinead Overbye, Essa May Ranapiri and Samuel Te Kani – discuss the very nature of criticism. Who or what is criticism for? Who should critique who? And is Aotearoa too small for robust criticism?

Dirty Talk

James Joyce’s perverse love letters reveal that the terms ‘literary genius’ and ‘smut peddler’ are far from mutually exclusive. What do Aotearoa’s new generation of young writers – Josiah Morgan, Essa May Ranapiri, Samuel Te Kani, and Rebecca Hawkes – have to say about the fine line between erotic and profane?

Otago Poetry Slam

Open to slam poets of any age, with the winner being sponsored to represent Otago at the National Slam. The competition will be conducted in accordance with the rules of the National Slam, and poets may be required to read up to three poems. With your MC Sara Hirsch and calibration poet Eric Soakai.

You, Me, Her and The Sea

As triplet sisters clear the family attic after a shared heartbreak, old memories, buried secrets, and deep-set grudges are forced to the surface. A new drama by local playwright Amy Wright, written for her Honours year at the University of Otago, with the assistance of Amanda Martin.

Playright After 25

These playwrights were once young and hungry, ‘before twenty-five,’ and heralded as the future of this country’s playwriting. What happened next, and where are they now? Examining the grey area between ‘emerging’ and ‘emerged’, award-winning playwrights Ben Wilson, Amy Wright, and Nathan Joe who have come through Playmarket’s b425 competition, discuss the realities of being young playwrights in contemporary Aotearoa.

Climate Poetry Here and Now

Climate change poetry is hot hot hot. With No Other Place to Stand: An Anthology of Climate Change Poetry from Aotearoa New Zealand recently published by AUP and the UNESCO Cities of Literature combining forces for The Heat is On: Young Writers on the Climate Crisis, is there a single bigger issue for young writers today? Rebecca Hawkes chairs a panel discussion with readings, featuring Sinead Overbye, Shima Jack and Zinnia Hansen (from the United States).

A Sonic Youth

Saturdays @ 1:30PM

A love for indie rock as expressed by a 17-year-old Kiwi, Oliver Grey who grew up in a household surrounded by the greatest 70s, 80s, 90s and newer alt and indie rock. Each episode explores a classic indie rock album, new releases and essentials.

From Free FM in Hamilton

Unique Ōtepoti

In this series, we will hear from young local performers as they explore how they express their cultural identities through creative performance – from traditional songs to original compositions.

This series has been made possible with the support from the Dunedin City Council Creative Communities Scheme and New Zealand on Air.

1 – Hermione Hai
2 – Keira Wallace
3 – Soana Pole
4 – Thanuja Luxmanan
5 – Poppy Mitchell

Science Academy Podcasts

Get the inside scoop from students of the University of Otago’s 2023 Science Academy.

Students from isolated or under-served communities from around the country have come to Dunedin for an intensive week submerged in the world of science.

Listen in as they share their experiences.

2022 Science Academy Podcasts

A Growing Future
by Ryan Courtney

Fungi aren’t considered by many something that would have use in today’s society, however in this podcast we are going to be looking at how it’s being used now and the ways it can be used in the future.

Disasters of the world
by Sarah Harper

Have you ever wondered why earthquakes and tsunamis happen? How they are measured? And what they do to humans, animals and their environments? Tune in to this short podcast and you will come away with a better understanding of this mysterious world.


The mysteries up in space
by Korban Johnson

Have you ever wondered what black holes could be? Come and dive into a chaotic journey of what could possibly be the end of the world.

“Tekki!” – The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
by Amber MacIver

“Tekki!” – the word shouted to warn of an incoming enemy plane. Today we explore the physics behind how the first atomic weapons used in war were made, as well as look deeper into the devastating and tragic events of August 6 and August 9, 1945.

You’re getting under my skin
by Leah McLaren

A deeper look into what’s really happening when you wash and moisturise your skin.

Should You Trust Your Ears?
by Nathaniel Tane

Do you trust your ears? Are you sure about that? Join me in my podcast and you will be questioning the quality of your ears. “You are now manually breathing and you can taste your tongue”.

Cells 101: The Building Blocks of Life
by Charlyse Tansey

Have you ever wanted to know the basics of cells? Or are you just passionate to learn more about these small lego blocks of life? Well during this podcast you’ll learn the basics you need to know about cells and how they function.

Operation Rakatahi on Youth Zone

Every Second Wednesday at 4pm

Join Leo as they tackle a new topic each episode – covering a wide range of topics and issues that young people face every day.

Speaking up for your rights, Engagement with Politics, Mental Health, Celebrating Achievements, Maori and Pasifika representation and much more.