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What Kind of Country?

New Zealand newcomer Victoria Meakin interviews Kiwis from her Managed Isolation hotel, to paint a picture of Aotearoa in 2021.

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Episode 15 - Courtney Johnston

Victoria’s final remote guest is the CEO of Te Papa - the Museum of New Zealand - Courtney Johnston. Courtney has been at the helm since 2019 and she speaks to Victoria about how Te Papa tells Aotearoa’s story.


9 Sep 2021

Rank #1

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Episode 14 - John Carter

The veteran politician, John Carter, speaks to Victoria about his pride in the Far North District – which he now serves as Mayor. He also describes his role as Minister of Civil Defence, in the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquake.


8 Sep 2021

Rank #2

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Episode 13 - Arrun Soma

Victoria speaks to the former TVNZ journalist, Arrun Soma, about the media landscape in New Zealand. Arrun also describes his decision to speak publicly about his same sex wedding.


7 Sep 2021

Rank #3

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Episode 12 - Mike King

TW// This episode mentions suicide. The mental health advocate Mike King talks about his work and describes how a visit to a school inspired him to leave stand-up comedy behind and devote his life to supporting young people and offering a message of hope.


6 Sep 2021

Rank #4

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Episode 11 - Rachel Klaver

Marketing strategist Rachel Klaver talks to Victoria about her work supporting Kiwi business owners in getting their message across and promoting themselves in the digital age.


5 Sep 2021

Rank #5

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Episode 10 - Bernard Hickey

Victoria speaks to the writer and commentator Bernard Hickey about New Zealand’s political landscape and the housing crisis that affects many Kiwis.


3 Sep 2021

Rank #6

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Episode 9 - Eric Thompson

As the head of the School of Design and Innovation at one of New Zealand’s highest ranked Private Tertiary Establishments (PTE) research institutions, Eric Thompson shares his thoughts about tertiary education, preparing his students for the workplace and his passion for motorsports.


2 Sep 2021

Rank #7

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Episode 8 - James Healy

James Healy has spent more than 40 years working in the New Zealand wine industry and was part of the team behind the meteoric rise of Cloudy Bay. He speaks to Victoria about his career and about what inspired him to become a winemaker.


1 Sep 2021

Rank #8

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Episode 7 - Daniel Birch

Auckland-based primary school headmaster, Daniel Birch, talks to Victoria about his progressive approach to education and "re-imagining what's possible" within a school's vision.


31 Aug 2021

Rank #9

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Episode 6 - Tony Alexander

Victoria speaks to the renowned New Zealand economics analyst and commentator, Tony Alexander, about how the country has fared financially during the Coronavirus epidemic and why a reverse Kiwi brain drain may not be happening any time soon.


30 Aug 2021

Rank #10