Dick of the Bay

An original story written by Stephen James Bourne, recorded at his Nurses Bend Studios, Doctors Point Road, Waitati, South Island, New Zealand using a massive and spectacular cast of local available characters and sounds.

Vehicular U-Turns are potentially very dangerous manoeuvers. They are a common occurrence for many New Zealand motorists. In the case of my story, it was one such turn that led to unforeseeable consequences.

An off-duty head of supermarket security finds himself in a small community shaken by a recent tragic death and unwanted intrusion. Compelled through his natural desire for justice and moral duty and an attractive woman, his unearthing of the truth would require a far deeper excavation than he expects for many centuries of historic events to be unearthed.

Thanks to Exisle Publishing for their support

Dick: Stephen James Bourne (SJB)
Dee: Sue Bourne
Sally: Jenny Gleeson (Gallery owner)
Thomas: Gareth St John Thomas (Young Policemen)
Jack: (Senior Police Officer) (SJB)
Serious Crimes Inspector: Sue Bourne
Male Gang Members: (SJB)
Female Gang Member: Jennifer (Glasnost) Gleeson
Village Librarian: Jennifer Gleeson
City Librarian: Sue Bourne
Joshua Block: (SJB)
Bud (the Dog): a variety of local barking dogs.

Theme music: Written, created and recorded by Stephen James Bourne
Background (radio music): Written, created and recorded by Charles Barrington

Bloody Good Yarns

Thursdays @ 9pm

Like a BLOODY GOOD YARN? Mac MacDonald has many a BLOODY GOOD YARN to tell. Him and His Mates Yarns, Him and His Missus Yarns, Him and More of His Mates Yarns, and of course Yarns Mostly About Him. Join him for a chuckle or two, maybe even shed a tear, as bus drivers, plumbers, sparkies, bakers, students, professors, Vikings, and noise control officers along with sea lions, ferrets, sparrows, kangaroos, dogs, bonobos, and the wife turn contemporary issues on their head.

If you want Mac to tell some of his BLOODY GOOD YARNS at your event, function, do or what have you, give him a whistle on 028 430 1128, or contact him on his Facebook Page, Mac MacDonald: Storyteller/Poet.


Pet is a dark and humorous short story collection that explores our relationships with children, lovers, and other animals. The Pet Podcast is made in collaboration with Otago Access Radio, Ōtepoti Dunedin.

Thanks to Creative New Zealand and New Zealand on Air for making this podcast possible.

Author Bio

A graduate of Victoria University’s Institute of Modern Letters, Kathryn van Beek is the winner of the Mindfood Short Story Competition and the Headland Short Story Prize. Her work has appeared in The Sunday Star-Times, takahē, Newsroom, Fresh Ink and Bonsai. Pet is Kathryn’s debut short story collection.

Luna's Crew

An aspiring social media influencer bites off more than he can chew. Read by ​Lachie Oliver-Kerby.

The Quickening

During a drunken academic retreat, technology takes over. Read by Terry MacTavish.


An aspiring artist and a half-hearted activist have more in common than they realise. Read by Meko Ng.

Fool's Gold

​Farming and motherhood collide. Read by Helen Fearnley.

The Fishhook

In an imagined near future, two girls battle for a better life. Read by Iona Winter.

Speaking in Tongues

While one person is saved by religion, another flees it. Read by Phil Grieve.

Women's Studies

A student’s part-time job is at odds with her career aspirations. Read by Lara Macgregor.

The Pack

As his hangover clears, he realises something’s gone horribly wrong. Read by ​Mark Neilson.

The Lucky Numbers

Ageing rockers still hope to hit the big time. Read by Kate Orgias.

The Nor'wester

Who’s trapped – the kids, the dad, or the orca? Read by ​Jaya Beach-Robertson.

Melanie Kerr
Melanie is a familiar face on New Zealand television, having graced our screens on The Good Morning Show for some eight years. She is a leading New Zealand wedding and funeral celebrant, chosen by New Zealand Weddings Magazine as their Dream Wedding celebrant. 

Phil Vaughan
For 18 years Phil hosted nationwide breakfast radio shows on 91ZM, The Breeze and More FM, and presented television programmes including What Now? and Good Morning. Phil has worked as a writer, production manager and First AD in television and film productions in New Zealand and overseas. He has acted in numerous plays, musicals, films and TV shows, and recently returned to the big screen in NZ Feature Film This Town, set to be released later this year. Phil voices radio plays and short stories for National Radio, and has appeared in numerous TV commercials.

Emma Wood
​Emma Wood is an experienced communications specialist, voiceover artist, book reviewer and children’s author with an extensive background in radio journalism and broadcasting. She lives in Dunedin with her family, which includes one very good dog.

​Alison Cowan
Alison Cowan has a wide variety of creative interests. Past performing adventures have included barbershop singing, teaching and performing Flamenco dancing, and even dipping a toe into poetry slamming. She has been seen on stages in Auckland, London (a very small one, a long way from Shaftesbury Ave), Hokitika (last century), and Dunedin. Recent acting highlights have included Sylvia at The Globe, Crunchy Silk at the NAT, Marine Snow in the 2019 Fringe Festival, and Bonking James Bond at the Firehouse Theatre in Mosgiel. All of this sparked by reciting a poem at her kindergarten Christmas show, when she was four.

Tama Walker
Voicing ‘Kittens’ was Tama Walker’s (Ngati Porou) first foray into acting, but he is as comfortable behind the mic as he is behind a cricket bat. With a background in sports coaching, and with a vibrant home life that includes two young children and a labradoodle, Tama has spent years perfecting transferable skills such as voice projection and the ability to entertain.  

Lachie Oliver-Kerby
A graduate of the University of Otago and New Zealand Radio Training School, Lachie is a writer, actor, broadcaster, voiceover artist and musician (under the Chadley Biscuits alias) with an aptitude for the absurd. Having grown up in both Hong Kong and New Zealand training to become both a performer and rugby player, Lachie has settled on a life of passionate polarity.

Terry MacTavish
Terry MacTavish is an actor, teacher, director, dancer and reviewer, writing for theatreview.org.nz, teaching Drama and English at Queen’s High, advising the Dept of Education and tutoring at Otago University, as well as performing on stage, radio and television and touring with Dunedin Dance Theatre. Terry was given the Theatre Industry’s Silver Award for 50+ Professional Productions, which include plays by Chekhov, Ibsen, Strindberg, Schiller, Shakespeare, Middleton, Sophocles, Brecht, Shaw, Sheridan, Wycherley, Goldsmith, Wilde, Pinter, Fugard, McNally, TS Eliot, Noel Coward, Dylan Thomas, Tennessee Williams, James Joyce, Aphra Behn, Caryl Churchill, Sarah Daniels, Margaret Edson, Bryony Lavery, Louise Page, Jean Betts, Sarah Delahunty, Michelanne Forster, Emily Duncan, Amy Wright and many more, including creating a role for our revered Renee. Terry has represented NZ for SGCNZ at Shakespeare’s Globe in London, is a member of the Dunedin Reviewers Collective that hosts the annual Theatre Awards, and in 2019 was awarded the MNZM for Services to Theatre and Education.

Shireen Shah
After training at Manchester School of Theatre, Shireen spent three years in repertory based in Belfast then joined the BBC recording dramas, short stories and presented The Net Result and Women in World Politics. Voiced the wicked witch, goat and teddy bears for Legoland, narrated films for London Aquarium and The World Wildlife Fund. Roles in new plays with Not the RSC, Made in Wales, Croydon Warehouse, Theatre Royal Stratford  and Hampstead Theatre. TV series include The Bill, Love Hurts,  Shameless, Dinner Ladies, Casualty, Coronation Street , East Enders and Blood Strangers. Films include Bharji on the Beach, Frozen, Maila, Jinnah and the NZ short Link.

Olly Ohlson
Teacher and entertainer Olly Ohlson is well known for his work as the presenter of After School. He has taught te reo and Tikanga Māori. 

Meko Ng
Meko Ng, 19, is a second year student at the University of Otago who is completing a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Theatre Studies. Originally from Hong Kong, Meko has made many contributions to the performing arts community in Dunedin, including performing in the University’s Lunch Time Theatre, and the UNESCO Cities of Literature Short Play Festival.

Helen Fearnley
Helen has been a theatre addict since childhood, originally training in the UK through Wessex Drama and L.A.M.D.A qualifications in performance and voice, before obtaining a BA in Theatre and Performance from the University of Warwick. Since moving to New Zealand, Helen has become a founding member and proud trustee of Dunedin’s Suitcase Theatre, Committee Member for the Globe Theatre and has received two Outstanding Performance awards in the Dunedin Theatre Awards.

Iona Winter
Iona Winter writes in hybrid forms exploring the landscapes between oral and written words. Her work is created to be performed, and has been widely published and anthologised. She is the author then the wind came (2018) and Te Hau Kāika (2019). Iona is of Waitaha, Kāi Tahu and Pākehā descent, and lives on the East Otago Coast.

Phil Grieve
Phil has been a professional actor for over thirty years. After studying with Lisa Warrington at the University of Otago’s Allen Hall Theatre, he debuted for Fortune Theatre in Dunedin, performing in a dozen productions there before moving to base himself in the capital. Over the following twenty years, Phil appeared in shows for every major company in the country as well as radio drama, children’s theatre and in roles for both small and big screen. He’s particularly proud of the work he’s been involved with the Māori theatre community but circumstances have led him back to the south. “It feels good to be spending time back where it all started for me.”

Lara Macgregor
Lara works as an actor, director, dramaturg and performance coach. She studied acting in New York City, has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Directing from The National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, and has held roles as Associate Artistic Director at The Court Theatre and Artistic Director at Fortune Theatre. Acting highlights include: Annie Wilkes – Misery, Lady Macbeth – Macbeth, Lauren Grant – Burn Her, Younger Elizabeth – When the Rain Stops Falling, and Veronique – God of Carnage.

Mark Neilson
Mark Neilson is a proudly Dunedin based actor, voice artist, writer and puppeteer. Recent gigs include TV1’s One Lane Bridge (Great Southern Television) and Black Christmas (Blumhouse Productions). Mark was heard recently on Choice TV’s Wildlife Rescue. Mark shares his home with his lovely wife, three blonde daughters, one fluffy black dog, and a lot of half-finished jobs.

Kate Orgias
​Since 2000, Kate has worked in both public and commercial radio, communications/marketing and content creation. She’s currently a Masters in Creative Writing student at AUT, and freelancing as a voice artist, researcher, producer and podcast editor. Born in Whanganui, Kate grew up in Tāmaki Makaurau, studied broadcasting in Ōtautahi and journalism in Whanganui-a-Tara.

Jaya Beach-Robertson
Jaya has been a professional VO artist since 2017. She has worked on a variety of projects such as Path of Exile, Quimbo’s Quest, and a variety of radio ads. She is also a screenwriter having won best web series at the Los Angeles Film Festival for her self funded series, PSUSY. 

DJ Tina Turntables AKA Kristina Simons
The voice of the Pet Podcast is radio DJ Tina Turntables. DJ Tina Turntables has been playing a mixed gumbo of Soul, Rhythm & Blues, Funk and Disco, spiced up with Hip-Hop, R&B and Indie for over a decade around Tāmaki Makaurau. She co-hosts 95bFM’s Sunday show Back On The Goodfoot and has played everything from dive bars on K Road to outdoor festivals like Wondergarden & Auckland City Limits: from opening for The Black Keys & Prince to after parties for Peaches & Fleetwood Mac. She is also an accomplished writer and director.

WOA! – Women On Air

Every Second Wednesday @ 11am

Welcome to WOA! Women on air – a podcast celebrating and championing women who are taking risks, making waves, and challenging the status quo in their fields.

Join Rowan Taigel as she interviews women making their mark in communities all over New Zealand – the innovators, leaders, changemakers, creatives, movers and shakers, and general boat rockers!

Listen in as we get exclusive intel about the successes, the speed bumps, the tangents, and the tips that got these amazing women to where they are today!

For more information about WOA head over to http://www.whatifpld.com/woa-podcast

Kalimpong Kids

Between 1908 and 1938, 130 young Anglo-Indians were sent to New Zealand. They were the mixed-race children of British tea-planters and Indian women, raised in a Presbyterian mission school in northeast India and sent as workers to families all over New Zealand.

Separated from their parents and their places of birth, these “Kalimpong Kids” went on to blend in to the local communities and seldom spoke of their Indian heritage.

In this series, historian Jane McCabe discusses the Kalimpong scheme and the journeys of many descendants to uncover their hidden family histories.

Woodburn Cottage group, Kalimpong, c.1916. Lorna Peters standing at right. [McCabe family]
John Graham with pupils at Kalimpong. [Gammie family]

Episode One
Kalimpong Story

Jane shares her personal story of discovery: one photograph led her to visit Kalimpong in 2007 and to uncover not only her grandmother’s mysterious past, but the organised emigration scheme that she was a part of.

Norah: mother of a Kalimpong emigrant. [Gammie family]
Egerton Peters on the plantation in Assam. [McCabe family]
Annie Dinning in the bungalow. [Mary Milne]

Episode Two
What’s In a Name?

In this episode we discuss three photographs and how they help us to better understand the distinct parts that interracial tea plantation families were separated into: tea planters, Indian mothers, and Anglo-Indian children.

Kalimpong women at Wilton’s Bush, Wellington, c.1930. [Mary Milne]
Kalimpong emigrants at the Didsbury residence in Wellington, with John Graham at centre, 1937. [Gammie family]

Episode Three
The Kalimpong Community in NZ

Visible, or invisible? Despite the silence that came to pervade this history, Kalimpong emigrants left a rich visual record of their lives in New Zealand, particularly in the Wellington region.

Jean and John Mackay in Singapore, en route to Owaka. [Jon Earley]
Richard May, ready to serve with the NZEF. [Harrison family]

Episode Four
Photographs and Artifacts in a Hidden History

In this final episode we discuss two photographs that have played a key role in extraordinary stories of discovery – from a rickshaw ride in Singapore, to the remnants of a Kalimpong emigrant’s life retained by a Southland farming family for over a century.

The interdimensional Adventures of Esmeralda Luxenburg the Third

Esmerelda Luxemburg the Third is the greatest Space traveller the World has known, The discoveries she has made have uplifted humanity and enabled Earthlings to finally live in a World free from Hunger, Poverty and War.

But Esme is running from a terrible fear, she has been Haunted by a Shadow all her life

After her spacecraft crashes on the Planet Aum, Esme is separated from her Loyal Comrades, Russell and Cosmo. She wanders the planet and meets Magnificent Creatures who give her a grain of truth and a pearl of Wisdom. She undergoes Challenges that shake her to the core, until she has no choice but to face The Shadow, her ultimate fear.

Widows of Shuhada

Wednesdays @ 10am
Replayed Sunday @ 10am
Eight-Part Series

From Plains FM in Christchurch

On March 15 2019, dozens of women hovered in the female section of Christchurch’s Al-Noor Mosque, as their time of worship became a time of terror which shocked the nation to its core.

Widows of Shuhada is an 8-part podcast documentary series featuring four of the women left widowed by the attacks on worshippers at the Al-Noor and Linwood mosques, which claimed 51 lives.

We meet a diverse group of women – Farah Talal, Sanjida Jaman Neha, Muhubo Ali Jama and Hamimah Tuyan — six months after the deaths of their husbands. We follow the women as they move houses, try to explain to their children what happened, return to the place of their husbands’ deaths and come together as widows to share their burden of collective loss.

Produced by Plains FM for RNZ and made possible by the RNZ/NZ on AIR Innovation Fund, these women share their intimate thoughts on forgiveness, gender and Islam, and their lives in the aftermath of the massacre – some of which may be surprising. They also discuss the New Zealand Government and wider public’s response to the attacks.

The Final Curtain

Thursdays @ 9pm

The Final Curtain – ordinary New Zealanders telling their stories about death.
Join Shirley Welsh, host of Death Café Dunedin, where people meet to drink tea, eat cake and discuss death.
In this programme, we break the taboo around talking about death and hear first-hand from New Zealanders about their experiences, and their perspectives.
At Death Café Dunedin, the conversation continues. You can join that conversation by listening to other New Zealanders tell their stories about death and, if you want to, by sharing yours.

Look for Death Café Dunedin on Facebook for updates and meeting times.