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New Zealand: Paradise Squandered

After completing his post graduate medical studies overseas, John returned to New Zealand with Olga and their children for seven years. In 1974 John became the consultant rheumatologist at Bedford Hospital, England. Since 2002 Olga and John have lived in Christchurch, New Zealand, John’s home town. The history buff John is a former New Zealand athletics champion and decathlete. He has written a book called New Zealand: Paradise Squandered.



Kaikoura Earthquake Havoc

On November the 14th 2016 a large earthquake struck the south island – and caused havoc in many parts of the region including Kaikoura. Now scientists have discovered more about that quake, Luke caught up with Anna Kaiser Seismologist for GNS.


The Power of Kindness

Recently I have been reminded just how profound the power of kindness is. I was sitting in a bus stewing in my own worries when an elderly gentleman obviously down on his luck sat in front of me. I barely noticed him I was so consumed by my own thoughts. Then what did grab my attention was another person, talking to the bus driver potentially holding up the bus from leaving immediately. A wave of irritation washed over me. However my irritation was soon turned around. The other man was asking if he could pass on a chocolate bar to the man in front of me, as he went up to him he gave him the chocolate bar and said God bless. This small act of kindness stopped me in my tracks - how often do I go out of my way to help others... How had this act of kindness turned around this other mans day? I would say this is an unusual act of kindness something talked about in a recent devotional that really got me thinking about in what ways I can be unusually kind.

If you get the opportunity check out this devotional by Karen Ehman.


Unicef on Syria

Syrians have lost their lives in four-and-a-half years of armed conflict, which began with anti-government protests before escalating into a full-scale civil war. More than 11 million others have been forced from their homes as forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and those opposed to his rule battle each other - as well as Jihadist militants from so-called Islamic State. Now, Syrians find themselves in escalated conflict with the united States. Luke talked with Unicef NZ Exec Director Viv Maidaborn.


Developing Sport Talent

A story about a 12yr old Jamaican girl blitzing her opponents in a 200m sprinting race last weekend got us thinking about our own young sports stars. Nerida Ashcroft caught up with Sport NZ Talent Development Consultant Alex Cheit.


Reflecting on Easter

Rev Frank Ritchie talked with Luke about how to reflect over the Easter period.


Wahine Anniversary

The Wahine disaster is the worst maritime disaster in modern times, Monday was the 49yr anniversary, 51 lives were lost in 1968. Lt Gen Rhys Jones, the Chair of the Wahine 50 Trust caught up with Luke.


Infectious Diseases

With Typhoid fever being in the news we wondered how easy it is to catch, what exactly is it? and what's an infectious disease anyway? Massey University scientist Dr Jackie Benschop talked with Luke.


Combatting Fear

Discerning God’s voice and knowing God's will can be tricky to work out. In amongst all the decision making is the concern of fear getting it wrong which can be paralyzing, Luke talked with counsellor, speaker and Life Coach Tanya Unkovich.

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