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eDNA uncovers links between deforestation & biodiversity

A new study from the University of Otago has highlighted the links between deforestation and the loss of biodiversity in New Zealand's rivers and streams. Comparing over 100 different freshwater sites in Otago and Southland, the study found key differences in the insect life in areas that had been deforested. Mark Leishman talks to the lead researcher Professor Jon Waters from the department of zoology at the University of Otago.


Dunedin Chopper builder on top of the world

A Dunedin motorcycle mechanic is set to take on some of the best bike building enthusiasts in the world. Andy Martin and his custom built chopper have made the final of the Biltwell's People's Champ The annual competition is the show for up-and-comers, independent builders around the world. So to find out what went into creating the chopper Andy talks to Nights.


Millions rush to catch glimpse of new GTA video game trailer

Together, the Grand Theft Auto games have raked in nearly 20-billion New Zealand dollars since 1997. The next instalment, GTA 6, is likely to be one of the most financially successful entertainment products of all time. It's so hotly anticipated it's trailer was leaked today. Oskar Howell is a video games and technology journalist and he talks to Mark Leishman about the hotly anticipated instalment.


What can the word of the year tell us?

Here's four words for you to ponder: Hallucinate; Authentic; A I and Rizz These four words have each been named the 2023 word of the year by different English dictionaries. So what do the words 'authentic' and 'hallucinate' tell us about where society is at in 2023? Joining Nights to find some meaning is University of Waikato linguist Andreea Calude.


The Coromandel Cure sure to cure what ails you

From Rotorua's natural hot springs to the fresh mountain air of the Southern Alps, the health benefits of New Zealand's natural environment have often been part of our tourism attractions. Well with its picturesque golden beaches, enchanting hills, and lush green valleys the Coromandel is promoting itself as a region that's good for your health and soul. And they can back it up, with a research trial finding those who visited the region reported a decrease in stress and anxiety as well as an increase in relaxation and happiness. To find out about the Coromandel Cure and how the region is faring, Nights is joined by Destination Hauraki Coromandel general manager Hadley Dryden.


Allergy suffers told to be careful around Christmas Trees

Christmas is around the corner, and Christmas trees are about to become some of the hottest properties in town ... But for a certain segment of the population, this can lead to a very uncomfortable time indeed ... people who suffer from Christmas Tree Syndrome Mark Leishman talks to Dr Amy Chan - a pharmacist and spokesperson for Sensitive Choice New Zealand.


BBC Lookahead with Jonathan Frewin

The BBC'S Jonathan Frewin joins us to discuss the latest world news. Including: the election in Egypt, Kenya's Facebook lawsuit, and Argentina's new president.


Spiritual connections to the land

Do you have a favourite place? If you do, how do you feel about it? Would you describe your connection as "spiritual"? For Michaela Richards, a PhD student at Victoria University, her place is Mt Taranaki. Inspired by the mountains soon to be granted "legal personhood", her thesis explores the intersection between spirituality and conservation. That is, how the way we express our connection to the land impacts the way we treat it. Michaela joins Mark on Nights.


The mysterious curry cabal

Have you heard of the Auckland Curry Movement? They're a shadowy cabal of curry connoisseurs with zero online presence... Except every year they give out their "Best Indian Restaurant award" - along with one, short accompanying article. This years award went to "Taste Of India" in Mt Eden. We called the winning restaurant - they didn't know who was behind the curry movement. We called last years winner - same story. But the 2020 champion, Birkenhead's "The Curry Master" gave us a number. A number that was engraved on the bottom of the trophy... Disappointingly it wasn't the number for the curry movement, but for the trophy maker. But someone had to have ordered the trophy.... And it turns out that person was Adrian.


The sports roundup with Bryan Waddle

Bryan Waddle and Mark Leishman discuss the weeks sporting news. Including: What's going wrong with the blackcaps, The Phoenix, and a kiwi Squash star who's back at his best.


Mulletfest 2023: Business in the front, party in the back.

Christmas is coming early for thousands lovers of the mullet hairstyle, as they come together for Mulletfest 2023. Since 2018 the annual festival has been celebrating the hairstyle that's all business at the front and party at the back in the small town of Kurri Kurri in regional New South Wales . Contestants of all ages and genders compete in categories that include "grubby", "vintage", "ginger", "everyday", "extreme" and "rookie" Mulletfest founder Laura Johnson joins us...


Short-Cut with Dan Slevin

It's time for Short-Cut with our resident screen critic Dan Slevin. This week he's got 3 movies for us including the new film from a legendary British director, the new Alan Partridge and a film that brings a beloved children's book to life.


Will we see the Tesla Cybertruck in Aotearoa?

Today Tesla announced the final specifications - and price - for their controversial Cybertruck. Almost five years since they announced, and started taking pre-orders, for the car! In the USA it starts from almost $100k New Zealand dollars. The local price hasn't been announced yet, but I bet you it will be even more... The first 10 have been delivered - all to Tesla staff. But there is no news on when New Zealaders who have already put down deposits might receive theirs. Clive Matthew-Wilson is the founder of Car buyers guide website "The Dog & Lemon Report". Joins Mark Leishman on Nights


Taking art to the stars

XYZZY is an immersive film, designed for planetariums by New Zealand artists Jess Johnson and Simon Ward. It premiered at the Otago museum, sold out 14 shows in Melbourne and now it's back in Aotearoa for a short stint at the Stardome. It starts its run tomorrow and goes through until the 10th of December. To tell us more about the project artist Jess Johnson talks to Mark.


Sending Christmas cards to prison

Since 2016 the Prison Correspondents Network has run a Holiday Card Drive. The aim is to spread some holiday joy, by enabling member of the public to write christmas cards to incarcerated people. This year they are aiming to send over 2,500 cards. Project co-ordinator Ti Lamusse joins Mark.


The long legacy of Henry Kissinger

The American diplomat and politician Henry Kissinger has died at the age of 100. The former secretary of state and national security advisor to Richard Nixon leaves behind a polarizing legacy. He had a hand in many significant events in the 20th century - from helping cool tensions during the Cold War, to integrating China into the international diplomatic community. He - controversially - shared the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts negotiating a ceasefire in the Vietnam War - though it didn't last. But he was also derided as a warmonger, and criticised for interfering in other countries' domestic affairs. The writer Christopher Hitchens, a fierce critic of Kissinger, once called for him to be prosecuted 'for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and offences against international law'. To discuss his legacy Stephen Hoadley an associate professor at Auckland University joins Mark Leishman.


Formula E driver Mitch Evans

When it comes to motorsports, as a nation we're punching way above our weight. We're just really good at it... Hailing from Auckland, Mitch Evens is a Formula E driver... That's E for electric. Last season he finished third... With the 2024 season fast approaching he's taking a break from practice to join us...


A lung transplant saved my life

Someone who knows first hand life-saving impact an organ donation has is Amy Ng-Thomson. After a long illness Amy was the recipient of a lung transplant in 2018. She joins Mark Leishman on Nights...


What is Architectural Conservation?

Julia Gatley is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland school of architecture where she leads the built heritage conservation programme. She's also the co-author of a new book Architectural Conservation in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, which comes out in December.


Mid Week Media Watch with Hayden Donnell

Hayden Donnell and Mark Leishman talk Kim Hill's last show, Winston Peters objections to the Public Interest Journalism Fund. and the New beginnings court.