The best NZME podcasts to listen to this long weekend

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ZM’s Fletch, Vaughan and Hayley has one of the best podcasts in the country. Photo / Facebook

In April New Zealand celebrates this rare event of two long weekends in a row. But even with the move to Orange in our Covid traffic light settings many of us are likely to want to spend these weekends indoors rather than touring the country when Covid is still festering.

Luckily the New Zealand Herald and the rest of NZME have you covered with our ever-growing range of podcasts to help fill your time over those long weekends. Whether you want an injection of true crime, a gritty investigation to engage your mind, or a touch of comedy to brighten things up, we’ve got something for you!

Front Page host Damien Venuto.  Photo / Michael Craig
Front Page host Damien Venuto. Photo / Michael Craig

news

Following the news during the week can be a tiring endeavor when there are dozens, if not hundreds, of stories, events, and commentary to digest each day. So the long weekend is a good time to catch up on the biggest events of the last few weeks.

the cover is the New Zealand Herald’s new daily news podcast – hosted by Damien Venuto, tune in every weekday morning for a new 15-minute episode behind the headlines of one of the biggest stories of the day. Whether it’s political infighting, controversial Hollywood franchises, or the who’s who of some of the biggest elections of the moment, there’s something for everyone.

For younger audience in the loop, hosted by Katie Harris and Cheree Kinnear, is your weekly round-up of the news, focusing on the stories that matter most to young New Zealanders. And for politics enthusiasts On the tiles with Senior Herald Reporter Thomas Coughlan speaks to the biggest names in politics and gets expert analysis straight from the press gallery.

ZM's Fletch, Vaughan and Hayley has one of the best podcasts in the country.  Photo / Facebook
ZM’s Fletch, Vaughan and Hayley has one of the best podcasts in the country. Photo / Facebook

entertainment

NZME has plenty to keep you entertained, whatever tickles your funny bone.

NZ Heralds Billy T’Billy Podcast goes behind the punchlines to talk about the local comedy scene through the lens of the prestigious Billy T Awards. This year’s awards nominees – Brynley Stent, James Mustapic, Lana Walters and Josh Davies – sat down for a candid chat with past winners – Angella Dravid, Guy Montgomery, Rhys Mathewson and David Correos – to talk about all sorts of from being sent to prison, making headlines in small Australian towns, doing stand-up while pregnant and the worst gigs they’ve ever done.

Drag Race fans, you can’t miss Kitas and Anita’s Happy Hour, where the local stars of Drag Race: Down Under reunite to share the week’s biggest stories and chat with special guests. Speaking of diners, popular chef Ganesh Raj chats with a host of local celebrities on his podcast, The Humble Yum Yum, and talks about their journeys through the lens of food.

And this next podcast will make you laugh as often as it makes you cry – Straight Up sees news anchor Niva Retimanu and Olympian Beatrice Faumuina chat to notable New Zealanders about their stories, adversity and resilience. Bring a pack of tissues, but also be prepared to howl with laughter!

And a long weekend is the perfect time to catch up on NZME’s breakfast radio shows. Whether you’re a fan of Matt and Jerry, Jono and Ben, or Fletch, Vaughan and Hayley, all the catch-up shows are on the radio

Nicola Cruickshank, seen in Chasing Ghosts, near where she last saw her toddler in 1992.  Photo / Mike Scott
Nicola Cruickshank, seen in Chasing Ghosts, near where she last saw her toddler in 1992. Photo / Mike Scott

crime

True crime is all the rage in podcasting around the world, but there are plenty of local cases to sink your teeth into. A moment in crime is hosted by NZ Herald crime journalist Anna Leask, and in each episode she unpacks an infamous case from New Zealand’s past. Whether it’s a familiar one, like the Bain family murders or the ongoing situation in Gloriavale, or cases that slipped through the cracks, the latest episode looks at the cold case of Claire Hills, who lives in Auckland was murdered in 1998 – Leask’s knowledge of each case offers new insight, digging through all the facts to get a clear picture of what happened.

For a deep dive into specific cases, our Ghost Hunts series provides an in-depth look at two infamous cases from New Zealand’s past: the original catch ghostsalso hosted by Leask, investigates the 1992 disappearance of Amber-Lee Cruickshank. Murder in the Soundstakes a fresh look at the 1999 murders of Ben Smart and Olivia Hope, with NZ Herald journalists Carolyne Meng-Yee and Jared Savage speaking to dozens of key figures connected to the infamous case.

Ahmed Zaoui after his release from Mt. Eden prison in December 2004. Photo / Nigel Marple.
Ahmed Zaoui after his release from Mt. Eden prison in December 2004. Photo / Nigel Marple.

Our latest episodic investigation is Enemy of the State: The Ahmed Zaoui File. In 2002, Ahmed Zaoui arrived in New Zealand on a false passport after fleeing Algeria. His subsequent arrest and declaration of being a terrorist sparked a five-year legal battle to clear his name. Journalist John Keir sits down with all the key players in the case – including Zaoui and his legal team – to get their side of the story from start to finish, and details how far his attorney Deborah Manning went to get Zaoui free .

Finally clean The 50 year secretjournalist Melissa Nightingale investigates the unsolved murder of Jennifer Beard, who died on New Year’s Eve 1969 – and uncovers a secret confession that finally sheds light on who killed her.

Adventurer Børge Ousland reaches the Ross Sea in the first solo crossing of Antarctica.  Photo / Antarctica NZ
Adventurer Børge Ousland reaches the Ross Sea in the first solo crossing of Antarctica. Photo / Antarctica NZ

Travel

As the travel industry slowly returns to normal – with vaccinated Kiwis now able to fly around the world without isolating when they get home – why not glean some travel tips courtesy of ? Travel Notes, the NZ Herald’s travel podcast. Our award-winning travel team and a host of special guests have all the stories and advice you’ll ever need to prepare for your next adventure.

And for the adventurers out there, the Herald miniseries Detour: Antarctica might inspire a trip down south! Hosted by Thomas Bywater, this series explores seven mysteries of the frozen continent, ranging from archaeological fraud to New Zealand’s hidden nuclear mystery!

The All Blacks huddle together before the International Test match between the New Zealand All Blacks and Fiji at FMG Stadium Waikato.  Photo / photo sport
The All Blacks huddle together before the International Test match between the New Zealand All Blacks and Fiji at FMG Stadium Waikato. Photo / photo sport

Sports

Some sports might take the long weekend off too, but with our many sports podcasts you can pretend you’re right in the thick of it at Eden Park.

Rugby fans can still keep in touch rugby direct. Each week, Newstalk ZB rugby commentator Elliott Smith and NZ Herald writer Liam Napier bring you the latest news in the world of rugby union from the international side down, reviewing the latest matches, giving a Preview what’s next and talk to the Boys in Black and other key figures from the world of rugby.

And on the cricket side, legendary Newstalk ZB commentators Bryan Waddle and Jeremy Coney have joined forces On the front foot, a weekly discussion of the latest news in the world of cricket, locally and internationally. The pair’s experience allows for a look back at iconic moments from cricket’s past.

If you want to dig deeper, rugby fans can enjoy former Radio Sport presenter Daniel McHardy’s A captain’s trophywhere he speaks to every rugby world champion captain from John Kirk to Richie McCaw while sailing fans can enjoy The Superior Sailor Series from this year’s America’s Cup, which brought together key figures in the sailing world with Newstalk ZB’s D’Arcy Waldegrave to discuss life on the water.

For a lighter approach to sport, the Alternative Commentary Collective isn’t just about cricket anymore – there are a range of podcasts to choose from that take a very different look at a range of sports.

Cooking the Books has you sorted by Financial Advice!  Photo / Getty
Cooking the Books has you sorted by Financial Advice! Photo / Getty

Business

Anyone who could use their free time indoors for a few weeks is a good way to organize their finances, The books cook is the podcast for you. For the past few years, NZ Herald journalist Frances Cook has covered almost every financial topic imaginable – from wills to home ownership to finding the right KiwiSaver program for you. If you need specific tips on getting your investments right – or even understanding the stock market – our fortnightly series, Continuous Disclosureis your point of contact.

If you want to know how some of New Zealand’s most famous companies got started, read the Newstalk ZB podcast HP business class Chats with a range of the country’s most notable names in business to get the inside story of how they rose from humble beginnings to leadership of the exchange.

And for easier handling of finances, talks about money sees Liam Dann, business editor at NZ Herald, sit down with prominent Kiwis, including politicians, radio hosts and comedians, to get their life story through the lens of their financial journey.

All NZME podcasts are available on iHeartRadio, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music or wherever you get your podcasts

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