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.


It’s the ‘other’ virus – the virus of fake news. Out of control social media, disinformation and conspiracy theories that are damaging our society.

How vulnerable are you?

Go inside the war on truth with investigative reporter Stephen Davis.

A Glimpse of Galverstone

Welcome to a Glimpse of Galverstone, a series looking into 24 hours into the lives of ordinary Kiwis, living extraordinary lives, in Galverstone.

Galverstone, a wee cracker of a town, tucked away under the shadow of the Mighty Ruapehu Mountain. This is Ngati Rangi land, hosting some of the most rugged townships in the North Island.

Writer – Winning words from the University of Otago’s inaugural creative writing competition

Winning words from the University of Otago’s creative writing competition

Thursday 10th December @ 10pm
Replayed Sunday 13th @ 8pm

In 2020, the University of Otago held a creative writing competition.

With four categories – student poetry, student fiction, staff poetry and staff fiction – it was an opportunity for keen writers across all of the University’s campuses to have a go.

In keeping with the disconnect of lockdown, the writing prompt was “Only connect”.

In these podcasts, the competition winners present their work.

Student Prose
Hugh James for The ledge is narrow…

Student Poetry
Hayley Vuleta for We the Rabbits Have Teeth

Staff Prose
Dr David Jenkins for Slow Down Please

Staff Poetry
Dr Susan Wardell for Southern // Cross

Basement Writers

Saturdays @ 12:30pm
Replayed Mondays @ 2pm

Basement Writers share their original stories and poems.

Writers who started their journey with a 12-week Literacy Aotearoa writing class emerge from their basement classroom to share new works with you and the world.