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The C Word

The C Word brings voices of lived experience to an issue that affects so many of us. Drawing on their own experiences, Helen speaks to other Kiwis whose lives have been impacted by cancer.

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Theme music: "That Day" by Mahoney Jane Harris. Published by Songbroker Music Publishing


  • Producer / Presenter: Helen King

    A born-and-bred Westie, Helen is a keen bike rider and mental wellbeing advocate, and is the founding member of Nutters Ride Together. A survivor of breast cancer, she is exploring ways of expanding the conversation around cancer and the impact it has on people’s lives. A journalist by training, Helen spent time as a radio producer at Radio Live and currently works in community engagement.

The C Word

Sunday, 11 April, 2021

Greg Taipari

In 2015 Greg Taipari thought a persistent cough was from allergies - it turned out to be throat cancer. Three years later when he had recovered from treatment and a stroke his wife Claire was diagnosed with breast cancer. Greg was well into his treatment before he told his whanau (family) he had cancer - when Claire was diagnosed he took a different approach and they walked through the experience together. Helen chats with the couple about how cancer has changed them and why they became vegetarians after a wellness retreat. Aratika Trust Music track: Happy Days Scott Holmes

Previous podcasts

  • SUNDAY 4/04/2021

  • SUNDAY 28/03/2021

  • SUNDAY 21/03/2021

  • SUNDAY 14/03/2021

  • Family Matters

    • SUNDAY 7/03/2021
    • Health

    What happens when the glue that keeps your family together dies? Mindfulness practitioner Emma Woodham lost her mum, Sally in 2020. She joins Helen to talk about the pain and beauty of being present for a loved ones final months.

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