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Welcome to Kiwi Yarns - those yarns you have where you sit down, put the kettle on, pour a whiskey or crack open a beer I honestly don‘t mind. Anyway! We‘re sitting down and we’re yarning to some great New Zealanders, their back stories, their front stories, even stories where they went sideways, we will go there. It’s a place where we celebrate the great people of this glorious nation.

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    • Society & Culture

Welcome to Kiwi Yarns - those yarns you have where you sit down, put the kettle on, pour a whiskey or crack open a beer I honestly don‘t mind. Anyway! We‘re sitting down and we’re yarning to some great New Zealanders, their back stories, their front stories, even stories where they went sideways, we will go there. It’s a place where we celebrate the great people of this glorious nation.

    Emma Twigg

    Emma Twigg

    Brodie's been unwell this week (winter!) so in her absence, we're re-upping an oldie but a goodie ahead of the Paris Olympics later this month.
    Enjoy this episode from the archive with kiwi champion rower Emma Twigg and her amazing story about how it all went right on the day.
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    Olympic rowing champion Emma Twigg personifies a never-give-up attitude and we all were witness to that when she won Gold at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.
    Many of us Kiwis cried when she crossed the finish line, because we felt the heartbreak she'd had with a fourth in London and another fourth in Rio. And this time, she'd done what she always knew she could do.

    • 39 min
    Shavaughn Ruakere

    Shavaughn Ruakere

    Today’s guest is actress and presenter Shavaughn Ruakere.
    There are many reasons Kiwis love Shavaughn - whether it’s the nostalgia of What Now, the heartbreak of her beloved character Roimata being taken from us so tragically on Shortland Street (I'm still not ok about it), her stunning dancing on Dancing with the Stars, or calling out the Fboys on Fboy Island - she's lit up our screens for nearly two decades. She talks about how hard the hustle of acting is, and a new challenge she's been facing with perimenopause.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Mark Crysell

    Mark Crysell

    Today’s guest is award-winning journalist Mark Crysell.
    I tell you one thing about award-winning journalists like Mark Crysell is they have GREAT stories to share. Like travelling to North Korea, working as Europe Correspondent for TVNZ and fighting for the little guy on Fair Go.
    Mark is a wonderful storyteller, and puts a lot of it down to his love for adventure, connecting with people and being a chilled out surfer from Taranaki who used to go to school to eat his lunch and hang out with his mates.
    We talk about the worrying media landscape in Aotearoa - after the show he's worked on for many years - Sunday - was scrapped by TVNZ earlier this year.

    • 59 min
    Ineke Meredith

    Ineke Meredith

    Today’s guest is Ineke Meredith, a remarkable woman who spent a good chunk of her childhood in Samoa but left to follow her dreams, winning a a scholarship to study medicine in Aotearoa. Now, she's living in Paris as a surgeon with her husband, can see the Eiffel Tower from her apartment and rides her Vespa around the city of love. Ineke also runs a business called Fur Love, a doggo skin and body care business. Her best-selling memoir, On Call, came out this year too. Prepare to develop a major girl crush like I did!

    • 49 min
    Dario Nustrini

    Dario Nustrini

    Today’s guest is a man by the name of Dario Nustrini, who's just published a book called Nothing Significant to Report: The Misadventures of a Kiwi Soldier. I thought it would be great to compare Army notes with him! Dario joined after high school, where he describes himself as a young man who had been on a steady diet of spliffs, Speights and the occasional sandwich, weighing about as much as an empty pillowcase. Dario shares his tales in a self-deprecating and often humorous way, but he also speaks openly about the toll being deployed to Iraq took on him, and why he left the moment he got home.

    • 50 min
    Lil O'Brien

    Lil O'Brien

    Today’s guest is Lil O'Brien - who has written books about coming out, and being childless.
    Lil has bared her soul in the most remarkable and vulnerable way. Her first book, Not That I'd Kiss A Girl, is an incredibly moving "coming out" memoir, about her navigating her sexuality during her years at Otago University. Now she and two other amazing women have released Other Hood: Essays on being childless, childfree and child-adjacent.
    This is a really important conversation, we do go deep. Just letting you know Lil shares her own story of loss, which we appreciate may be upsetting for some to hear. A range of organisations can help. For support around miscarriage and stillbirth click here

    • 55 min

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