Beloved Kiwi broadcaster John Campbell is in full possession of that rich, resonant radio voice of yore, but he never sounds overbearing. He has a way of becoming instantly familiar with his interviewees, even when he's just accosted them on the street, conveying, in the least of questions, the sense that he is ready to be surprised and impressed by their answers. In the face of this charm offensive, his subjects tend to drop their defences and give him the thoughtful responses he is so innocently expecting.
His methods are put to good use in this podcast series from Radio NZ, in which John explores the big and small questions of everyday life in New Zealand, through the eyes of the people who are living it. We have heard the struggles of working class people to make it between pay days; the efforts of one group of fed-up workers to secure a collective contract; and followed John on a fruitless and funny quest to talk to Apple about their taxes. Each episode is peopled with distinct and colourful Kiwi voices, and combined with Campbell at the helm, it makes for pleasurable listening.
Gateway episodes: Pay day is broke day (24 Sep 2016) / Apple's high ideals and low tax bill (29 Oct 2016)