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Radio New Zealand National (formerly National Radio) is a publicly-funded non-commercial New Zealandmarker English language radio network operated by Radio New Zealandmarker. It specialises in programmes dedicated to news, the arts, music, and New Zealand culture generally, including some material in the Māori language.

National's weekday include flagship breakfast news programme Morning Report, morning magazine programme Nine to Noon, news programme Midday Report, magazine slot Afternoons, news programme Checkpoint and magazine slot Nights.


Morning Report

Morning Report, called Te Pūrongo o te Ata in Māori, is Radio New Zealand National's long-running flagship breakfast programme. It is a three hour news programme airing between 06:00 and 09:00 on weekdays. The programme's consists of half-hourly news and weather updates from Radio New Zealandmarker News and more in-depth coverage of the news between these updates. Similar formats have since been adopted by radio programmes Lush Live and Mike Hosking Breakfast and television programmes Breakfast and Sunrise.

Specialised segments air at the same time every day. After the 06:00 news there are sports, Pacific, rural and Maori news bulletins. After the 06:30 news there is discussion of local newspapers, an update of traffic and a bulletin of business news. After the 07:30 news there is another traffic update and a further update on local newspapers. Before the 08:30 news there is a summary of international newspapers and a business news bulletin. In the final fifteen minutes of the programme before 09.00 there is a further Maori news bulletin, more light-hearted stories and an interview with a foreign correspondent.

For the rest of the programme co-hosts Geoff Robinson and Sean Plunket interview news-makers and journalists, explain the background to current events and introduce reports from the programme's correspondents and affiliate networks. The programme has a network of overseas correspondents and contacts, partly through Radio New Zealand's affiliation to the BBC and the ABCmarker. It also has access to Radio New Zealandmarker News regional reporters, specialised Wellington-based correspondents and a team in the Parliamentary press gallery.

Nine to Noon

Midday Report

Midday Report is the daily news hour of Radio New Zealandmarker News. It begins with a fifteen minute comprehensive news bulletin with recent reports filed from RNZ, BBC and ABCmarker correspondents. This is a generic news bulletin: the first eight minutes is simulcast on Radio New Zealand Concert and there is no consistent presenter. This is followed by a variety of specialist bulletins, including a two minute long-range weather forecast from MetService, a ten minute business news bulletin,a three minute sports bulletin,an eight minute rural news bulletin and a fifteen minute World Watch world news bulletin.


Afternoons with Jim Mora Produced and presented from Radio New Zealand's Hobston Street studios in Auckland, the programme includes a wide variety of music, special interest and Maori language features, a mixture of serious and light-hearted current affairs interviews, a strong component of viewer feedback and an hour-long celebrity panel discussion of news between 16:00 and 17:00.

Mora and the production crew have developed a number of regular weekly and daily features. Since 2008 Mora has asked viewers to vote on The Best Song Ever Written, and he plays a different response at the start of every show. From Monday to Thursday the first hour is a music and history programme called Reeling in the Years. On Friday between 13:00 and 14:00 New Zealand musicians perform live in one of the Radio New Zealandmarker studios on a show called New Zealand Live. Other features include science feature 8 Months to Mars, small town feature Your Call, New Zealand, and a daily science, environment and health slot at 15:45.

This programme is produced by Meredith McGrath, Jimmy Stewart and Chris Reid.

Jim Mora was introduced to increase the ratings and broaden the appeal of the struggling afternoon slot. He was already well-known as a television presenter, voice-over announcer, journalist, television writer and former radio announcer, particularly for his role as host of Mucking In. His show replaced a collection of afternoon programmes, including magazine show In Touch with New Zealand with Wayne Mowat. The 14:00 to 15:00 music component of that programme, Mowat's Music, now airs late on Saturday and Sunday nights. Mowat now works as a producer and presenter of music programmes on National and as a newsreader for Radio New Zealandmarker News.


News interview programme.


Presented by Brian Crump.


Variety show with various hosts.


Storytime airs 06:00 to 07:00 Saturday and 06:00 to 07:00 Sunday mornings. Produced by Radio New Zealand Drama, the hour-long children's programme consists of excerpts of New Zealand children's fiction titles being read by New Zealand actors. About fifty children's stories are read for the programme every year. Contracted actors include Robyn Malcolm and Lloyd Scott.

Country Story

Rural programme.

Saturday Morning

With Kim Hill.

This Way Up

With Simon Morton.

Music 101

Saturday Afternoon

Saturday Evening

Wayne's Music

Hymns on Sunday

Sunday Morning

With Chris Laidlaw.

Arts on Sunday

With Lyn Freeman.

4 'til 8

With Katrina Batton.

Sounds Historical


Radio New Zealand National's programming is distributed via several means.

AM Frequencies

North Islandmarker

South Islandmarker

FM Frequencies

Radio New Zealand National is the first station in New Zealand to incorporate the Radio Data System in its FM signal. Some FM stations are 101FM state-owned public service frequencies and some are owned by non-profit community organisations.

North Islandmarker

South Islandmarker

Other islands

Other broadcasting methods


Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
00:00 All Night Programme with various presenters
06:00 Sunday Early Morning Morning Report with Geoff Robinson and Sean Plunket Saturday Early Morning
08:00 Sunday Mornings with Chris Laidlaw Saturday Mornings with Kim Hill
09:00 Nine to Noon with Katherine Ryan
12:00 Arts on Sunday with Lyn Freeman Midday Report This Way Up with Simon Morton
13:00 Afternoons with Jim Mora
14:00 Music 101 with Kirsten Johnstone
16:00 4 'Til 8 with Katrina Batten
17:00 Checkpoint with Mary Wilson Saturday evenings
19:00 Nights with Bryan Crump Saturday Night with Peter Fry
20:00 Sounds Historical with Jim Sullivan
22:00 Sunday Late Night
23:00 Saturday Late Night



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