RNZ's short story archive goes online for the first time with Short Story Stack

RNZ launches Short Story Stack, a podcast featuring New Zealand short stories recorded and broadcast on RNZ National, but never available online until now. The first release sees 50 stories go online today, with more added regularly. 

Writers included in the first release include Ashleigh Young, David Hill, Elizabeth Smither, Susy Pointon, Steve Braunias and Martin Edmond, and the stories are read by some of our best-known actors including George Henare, Miriama McDowell, Geraldine Brophy and many more. RNZ has an arrangement with Auckland University and Victoria Universities tertiary writing courses, so new voices are added every year, including recent stories by Rose Lu, Charlotte Rose Forrester, Josie Shapiro, Barbara Uini, Tom Romeo & Carolyn Cossey among others. 

Producer Duncan Smith says he’s thrilled to see the largest audio collection of New Zealand short stories released in the world as a podcast. 

“In a nutshell what you get is a selection of short stories by some of Aotearoa’s finest writers read by some of our finest actors, available for free on the RNZ website or all the usual podcast platforms,” Smith said. 

“It’s a gift for people who love New Zealand writing and listening to short stories, and I hope that many listeners will discover new authors to enquire about at their local bookshops and libraries.” 

While RNZ has recorded stories by New Zealand authors for many decades, the full first release will primarily feature stories recorded in the past 10 years, many of the earlier stories in the RNZ archives are not cleared for online use - in simple terms, they predate the internet or the contracts that included internet use. RNZ hopes to arrange for digital release for earlier works - if writers whose stories are in the RNZ archive and not covered by the requisite permissions want their work to be included, RNZ is keen to hear from them. 

Browse Short Story Stack on rnz.co.nz or wherever you get your podcasts.