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Preview: Saturday Morning with Kim Hill

RNZ: Saturday Morning

A magazine programme hosted by Kim Hill, with long-form, in-depth feature interviews on current affairs, science, modern life, history, the arts and more.


Listener Feedback for 18 November

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 11:59:00 +1300

A selection of feedback from today's show.

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Christine Fernyhough - The Museum of the Everyday

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 11:30:00 +1300

Christine Fernyhough is the author of the bestselling memoir The Road To Castle Hill: A High Country Love Story, and she set up Books in Homes and then the Gifted Kids Programme for high-achieving children in low-decile schools. In 2011 she was made a CNZM for services to the community. Her life story includes upping sticks from Parnell in Auckland to move to the high country Canterbury farm, Castle Hill Station - then moving back to Parnell. Fernyhough continues to champion the trainees and graduates of the LSV Programme, and is a board member of the Creative Thinking Project at the University of Auckland. Her latest venture is the Museum of the Everyday. The museum is a collection of New Zealand craft, design, folk art and social history. Fernyhough has been building the collection for 30 years - including during her Castle Hill stint - and its contents now number 3000 objects of which about 1,500 have been catalogued.

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Gavin Hipkins - Tourist of photography

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 11:05:00 +1300

Auckland photographer and film-maker Gavin Hipkins has been described as a "tourist of photography" - both because he travels and because he constantly explores what's possible in the medium of photography. Hipkins has a major exhibition of his work opening on November 25 at The Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt. The exhibition is called The Domain and is a survey of Hipkins' 25-year career - a book of the same name is published to accompany the exhibition. Hipkins is associate professor at Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland. He has exhibited throughout New Zealand and around the world. His film works have been shown in international festivals and he has held a number of residencies, including the inaugural New Zealand artist residency at Artspace Sydney, the McCahon House Residency, and the International Studio and Curatorial Program artist residency in New York.

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Renée - Life story told in patches

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 10:06:00 +1300

At the age of 50, Otaki author Renée (Scots/Ngati Kahungungu) started to write plays - Wednesday to Come was her best loved. She has written eight novels and more than 20 plays and she often focuses on creating work that put women in lead roles and deal with lives of working class people. Now, at 88, Renee says she considers herself very lucky to still have most of her marbles. She has written a memoir, These Two Hands, described as her life story told in patches, like a quilt - one for every year of the life she has lived so far. This week she received the Playmarket Award and a $20,000 prize for her significant contribution to theatre in Aotearoa. Renee teaches her Your Life, Your Story and Poem a Week workshops in Otaki, and writes a blog.

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Leonardo da Vinci: the orginal Renaissance man

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 09:35:00 +1300

Walter Isaacson, Professor of History at Tulane University, has been chairman of CNN, and editor of Time magazine. From 2005-2007 he was the vice-chair of the Louisiana Recovery Authority, which oversaw the rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina. He was appointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate to serve as the chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which runs Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and other international broadcasts of the United States, a position he held until 2012. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and serves on the board of United Airlines and Tulane University among many others. Isaacson is the author of books including Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and Universe; and Kissinger: A Biography, and his most recent book is Leonardo da Vinci, which the New Yorker says is "a powerful story of an exhilarating mind and life."

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Anthony Byrt and Simon Denny - The Founder's Paradox

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 09:05:00 +1300

Simon Denny graduated with a BFA from Elam in 2004 and completed his post-graduate study in Frankfurt. Recent exhibitions include The Personal Effects of Kim Dotcom, Adam Art Gallery, Wellington (2014) and All You Need is Data - The DLD 2012 Conference REDUX as part of the Walter's Prize exhibition at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki (2014). Denny was selected to represent New Zealand at the 56th Venice Biennale, exhibiting Secret Power at the New Zealand Pavilion. Anthony Byrt is an Auckland-based critic and journalist. He is a regular writer for Metro, a contributing editor to Paperboy, and the New Zealand correspondent for Artforum International. His book This Model World: Travels to the Edge of Contemporary Art was shortlisted for the 2017 Ockham national book award. Together the pair have created an exhibition, The Founder's Paradox, including essays, on a series of large art pieces based on familiar board games. The games unpack extreme libertarian ideologies such as those held by 'new' New Zealander Peter Thiel and other Silicon Valley thought leaders. The Founder's Paradox is on at the Michael Lett Gallery until December 22.

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Mick Fleetwood: 'We had no raging ambition to be pop stars'

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 08:35:00 +1300

Mick Fleetwood got first drum kit at 13. A new book chronicles the early days of the band that would make his name. It's dedicated to original lead guitarist Peter Green, without whom Fleetwood Mac wouldn't exist, he says.

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Sef Darby - The Ground Between

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 08:09:00 +1300

Sefton Darby is a consultant working on public policy and natural resource governance issues for a variety of NGOs, governments - including the NZ Government - corporations, mining companies, the World Bank, and international multilateral organisations. He was closely involved in the early development of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative and has worked on oil and mining issues in a number of countries in Africa, Europe, Central Asia, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region. He holds a BA (Hons) in Politics from the University of Otago, and an MLitt in International Security from the University of St Andrews, Scotland. Sef Darby's new book is The Ground Between: Navigating the Oil and Mining Debate in New Zealand.

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Listener Feedback for 11 November 2017

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 11:55:00 +1300

Kim Hill reads listener feedback to the Saturday morning programme.

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Nick Earls - Short and sweet fiction

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 11:40:00 +1300

Brisbane author Nick Earls mostly writes funny fiction. And he's busy - so far having written a total of 26 books for adults, teenagers and children. He's on his way to Aotearoa in March 2018 to speak at a New Zealand Festival Writers and Readers event. Last year he published his Wisdom Tree series of five novellas in five months - they were released simultaneously in print, as ebooks and as audiobooks - it was a risky business as novellas are usually shunned by mainstream publishing, but it paid off. He is the winner of a number of awards, including a Betty Trask Award (UK) and Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award. His Wisdom Tree novellas have won gold medals in the Independent Publisher Book Awards and the eLit Book Awards in the US, the People's Choice Award at the 2017 NSW Premier's Literary Awards and an Australian Book Design Award.

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NZTrio - Soar!

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 11:07:00 +1300

NZTrio is a violin, cello and piano ensemble with a mission to champion New Zealand composition within a vast and vibrant repertoire. The group is committed to performing new commissions by both leading and emerging composers, and have engaged in many collaborations across media. NZTrio farewelled violinist and founding member, Justine Cormack in May 2017, and since then, cellist Ashley Brown and Sarah Watkins have completed their 2017 performing year with a rotating roster of high-profile violinists. Kim joins NZTrio as the group prepares for its last series of the year, Soar!, featuring Manu Berkeljon. Berkeljon, originally from the West Coast, has occupied the associate principle second violin chair with DalaSinfoniettan in Sweden since 2011. She made her solo debut with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra at 15, having becoming a member of the orchestra the previous year , and has played across the world.

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Dr Cherie Lacey and Dr Catherine Caudwell

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 10:40:00 +1300

Dr Cherie Lacey is a lecturer in Media Studies and Dr Catherine Caudwell a lecturer in User Experience Design, both at Victoria University of Wellington. The pair have written a paper entitled "What do Home Robots Want?" (forthcoming in Convergence), which looks at the way home robot devices, often linked to personal digital devices, are deliberately created to look as cute as possible. This design feature of domestic robots creates what they describe as a kind of affective 'path of least resistance', in which personal data is willingly or unknowingly exchanged for experiences of intimacy and companionship with these robots. Dr Lacey and Dr Caudwell are currently writing a book on the same issue, called The Emotional Life of Social Robots: Towards a New Sociology of Human-Agent Interaction.

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William Taubman - Gorbachev

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 10:07:00 +1300

William Taubman is the Bertrand Snell Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Amherst College and the author of the just-published Gorbachev: His Life and Times. His 2003 biography, Khrushchev: The Man and His Era, won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Critics Circle Award for biography. Taubman is also the author of Stalin's American Policy: From Entente to Détente to Cold War, and co-author with his wife, retired Amherst College professor of Russian Jane Taubman, of Moscow Spring. William Taubman was president of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies in 2009 and chairs the Academic Advisory Committee of the Cold War International History Project at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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Czemi and Mubeccel Akdis - Asthma and Allergies

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 09:30:00 +1300

Husband and wife duo Professors Cezmi and Mubeccel Akdis are heavyweights in the world of allergy research, immunology and health policy. Prof Cezmi is the director of the Swiss Institute for Allergy and Asthma Research and Prof Mubeccel is head of immunology at the same institute. Prof Cezmi advises throughout Europe on health policies to deal with asthma and allergies. Cezmi and Mubeccel Akdis discuss what's behind allergies, and current research to find treatments and cures. They are in New Zealand to speak at the Malaghan Institute.

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Theresa Gattung - Creating SheEOs

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 09:08:00 +1300

Visiting San Franscisco in 2015, ex-Telecom CEO and entreprenuer Theresa Gattung was intrigued about an idea promoted by fellow entrepreneur and mentorship expert, Canadian Vicki Saunders, who had created SheEO, described as a "disruptive economic model". The model brings together 500 women in a cohort of 'activators', each of whom contribute $1100 to a pool and loaned out at no interest to five women-led ventures. Loans are paid back into the fund over five years and then loaned out again to five new ventures. Gattung decided to bring the model to New Zealand - the first creation of a SheEO model outside North America - and launched SheEO here in October. Theresa Gattung is the co-founder of My Food Bag and World Women and serves on numerous boards, including the National Board of the SPCA.

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Kelda Hains: 'I'm not into 'art on a plate'

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 08:40:00 +1300

Wellington chef Kelda Hains talks with Kim Hill about the hotel management assignment that changed her life, the beauty of kedgeree and why she'll never use canned tomatoes.

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Stuart Washington - Paradise Papers

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 08:10:00 +1300

News this week of a massive leak of financial documents revealing how companies and wealthy people avoid tax by investing in offshore havens has put the spotlight on the secretive dealing. Stuart Washington is an Australian journalist who worked with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists which broke the Paradise Papers story, and is a member of the ABC's Four Corners Team which has been covering the revelations.

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Listener Feedback for 4 November 2017

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 11:55:00 +1300

Kim Hill reads listener feedback to the Saturday morning programme.

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Kate De Goldi - The Longest Breakfast

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 11:47:00 +1300

Kate De Goldi is a fiction writer and book reviewer. Her most recent novel, From the Cutting Room of Barney Kettle, won the Esther Glen Medal at the 2016 NZ Children's and Young Adult Book Awards, and she's just published ANNUAL 2 with Susan Paris, a miscellany for 9-to-12 year olds. She will review Aotearoa: The New Zealand Story, pictorial non-fiction from Gavin Bishop; the novel The Explorer by Katherine Rundell, and a picture book, The Longest Breakfast, by Jenny Bornholdt, illustrations by Sarah Wilkins.

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Tim Cope - On the Trail of Genghis Khan

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 11:06:00 +1300

Gippsland-born Tim Cope speaks fluent Russian, and has spent the best part of a decade traveling Russia, Mongolia, and Central Asia by bicycle, row boat, skis, horse, camel and many other means. His most renowned journey was a three and a half year odyssey across the Eurasian steppe from Mongolia, through Kazakhstan, Russia, and the Ukraine, to Hungary, retracing the trail of Genghis Khan on horseback. The trip was detailed in his book On the Trail of Genghis Khan: An Epic Journey Through the Land of the Nomads. On the same subject he's completed an award winning film series for ARTE in Europe, and ABC TV in Australia. Cope's book, which was released in Australia, the USA, Canada, UK and Germany, won Best Adventure Travel Book and the Grand Prize at the Banff International Mountain Book and Film Festival 2013 and more recently, the Grand Prize at the NZ Mountain Festival. Since 2008, Cope has been returning to Mongolia annually to guide trips for World Expeditions.

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Ahi Karunaharan - Tea

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 10:27:00 +1300

Tea is a new play from British-born, New Zealand-raised Sri Lankan playwright Ahi Karunaharan and it premieres at the Auckland Arts Festival in March 2018. Karunaharan is an actor, writer and director who has worked in the arts sector for shows, venues, production companies, and festivals in Aotearoa and around the world. He is an associate producer for Tawata Productions and the founder of Agaram Productions, which curated and produced the first ever South Asian Writers Festival. Tea is described as a sweeping saga that spans thousands of years, between the tea estates of Sri Lanka and a distant future.

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Peta Carey - A Place for the Heart

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 10:07:00 +1300

Photographer and film location scout Dave Comer was popularly known as 'the man who found Middle Earth'; he was Peter Jackson's main location scout. He also had a successful career in advertising photography - in 2000 he was credited with developing a technique to convert still frames to motion picture film, creating a dream-like effect in an ad for Jaguar with the car crisp and in-focus and the background motion blurred. That advertisement went on to win the prestigious Kodak AICP Award for Cinematography in New York, and the commercial took its place in the permanent collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art.  When he died in 2014, Comer's death was reported all around the world and now his wife, Peta Carey, an award-winning TV producer/director, documentary maker  and writer in her own right, is telling his story through letters, photos and personal recollections in a new book, A Place for the Heart: The Life and Work of Dave Comer. Queenstown-based Carey is also the secretary of the Hollyford Conservation Trust.

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Sean Henry - Man with Potential Selves

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 09:10:00 +1300

British artist Sean Henry graduated in ceramic sculpture from Bristol in 1987 and had his first exhibition in London in 1988, going on to have more than 30 solo shows during his career. Henry's public works include Walking Man in London's Holland Park (2000), Man With Potential Selves in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne (2003) and Walking Woman (2008). He completed the UK's first permanent offshore sculpture, Couple, in 2007 - a 13m high by 20m wide sculpture located 300m off the coast of Northumberland. More recent permanent installations include Standing Man in Stockholm (2010) and Seated Figure, a 3m high sculpture located in the North York Moors National Park (2017). In 2015 he was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery in London to create a painted bronze sculpture of Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the founder of the World Wide Web. Henry is in New Zealand this week to install a huge new sculpture at Sir Michael Hill's golf course, The Hills, in Arrowtown.

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Tane Hunter and Angus Hervey - Future Crunch

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 08:10:00 +1300

Dr Angus Hervey is a former manager of Random Hacks of Kindness, a global initiative from Google, IBM, Microsoft, NASA and the World Bank to create open-source technology solutions to social challenges, and he's also a former manager of Global Policy, one of the world's top political journals. Tane Hunter is a cancer researcher, bioinformatician, and science communicator. He has worked for the Royal Children's Hospital diagnosing rare genetic diseases and is currently completing his PhD at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, using molecular biomarkers and artificial intelligence to better understand, diagnose and improve treatment for people suffering from cancer. Together the pair are part of Melbourne-based consultancy Future Crunch, which aims to help organisations understand the frontiers of science and technology so that they can prepare themselves for what's coming down the line. The group also looks to spread the word of 'science-based optimism' - pointing out all the scientific advancements that they say are making the world a much better place to live in. Future Crunch is in New Zealand for the Environment Institute Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ) Annual Conference happening this week in Wellington.

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Fasitua Amosa and David Fane - The Mountaintop

Sat, 28 Oct 2017 11:30:00 +1300

The Mountaintop is an award-winning play by African American playwright Katori Hall, based on a fictional account of Martin Luther King's last night on earth at the Lorraine Motel Room in Memphis, Tennessee in 1968. The work, which has never been performed in New Zealand, is set to be staged by an all-Pasifika cast at the Basement Theatre. Director Fasitua Amosa's directing credits include Inky Pinky Ponky and the upcoming Still Life with Chickens, both for Auckland Theatre Company. He'll talk to Kim alongside David Fane (800 Words, Sione's Wedding, BroTown), who steps into the title role as Martin Luther King Jr. The production has been brought to the stage by FCC, a Pasifika theatre collective created by writer, producer and director Victor Rodger.

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Jamie Joseph - Saving the Wild

Sat, 28 Oct 2017 11:10:00 +1300

Jamie Joseph was raised in Durban, South Africa. She moved to London at the age of 20 to work for Microsoft, and five years later moved back to South Africa to produce music, arts and culture festivals that united the rainbow nation. Joseph followed her family to New Zealand in 2009. In Aotearoa she worked for TEDxAuckland while campaigning for the Global Poverty Project, and for a ban on shark finning. In 2014, she answered to the 'call of the wild', returning to her African homeland to join the war on poaching. She has spent the past four years publishing stories from the frontline on her website Joseph has returned to New Zealand to reconnect with her network, raise critical funding, and drum up support in the battle to expose and eliminate what she claims is a Zululand syndicate of corrupt magistrates and prosecutors protecting not only rhino poachers and kingpins, but also other violent criminals.

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Jan Carson - 365 Postcard Stories

Sat, 28 Oct 2017 10:30:00 +1300

Jan Carson is a writer based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her first novel, Malcom Orange Disappears in 2014 was followed by a short story collection Children's Children in 2016. Her latest publication is an anthology of flash fiction, Postcard Stories - a project in which he set herself a challenge to write a short story every day for 365 days straight, scribble them down on postcards and and mail them to friends, family and acquaintances all around the world. Last year Carson won the Harper's Bazaar UK short story competition, and her radio drama monologue UnRavelling, read by Liam Neeson, was broadcast on the BBC in June 2017. She is coming to Aotearoa for LitCrawl 2017 in Wellington.

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Tamati Kruger - Koia mārika ‒ So it is

Sat, 28 Oct 2017 10:10:00 +1300

Tāmati Kruger was educated at Victoria University in Wellington, where he also tutored in te reo Māori and was involved in the early days of the Te Reo Māori Society in the 1970s. He is the chief Tūhoe negotiator and chairs Te Urewera and the tribal body Tūhoe Te Uru Taumatua. Kruger will give this year's annual Bruce Jesson Lecture at the University of Auckland on October 31. In it, he will explain the Tūhoe philosophy of mana motuhake/self-determination and report on how the approach is working in practice since the iwi signed a settlement with the Crown in 2013. This agreement transferred management of the Tūhoe homeland in the former Urewera National Park to a new entity, Te Urewera, run jointly by the Crown and Tūhoe. It also agreed in principle that Tūhoe should run its own social services, including healthcare and education, for its people. So far Tūhoe has opened a health clinic at Taneatua and plans two more, it runs youth and counselling services, offers educational scholarships, and is becoming involved in wider educational and social services.

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Tom Scott - Seriously Funny

Sat, 28 Oct 2017 09:10:00 +1300

Drawn Out: A seriously funny memoir is Tom Scott's account of his life so far. From his hard-knock childhood, his days on student newspapers, making friends and enemies in the corridors of power and his travels with Sir Edmund Hillary, Scott is on the ride of his life. Best known for his cartoons in The Listener and the Evening Post and Dominion Post, Scott is a life member of the Press Gallery, a playwright, film and television script writer and documentary maker. He joins Kim to tell a few yarns and play some of his favourite music. Scott features in Tom Scott Sunday "Roast" - a Writers and Readers event at next year's New Zealand Festival in Wellington - tickets go on sale on Monday. ] author interview, arts

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William Trubridge - Oxygen

Sat, 28 Oct 2017 08:15:00 +1300

UK-born New Zealander William Trubridge started freediving at the age of eight, and began to train seriously in Italy when he was 23. Two years later he was the first freediver to dive at Dean's Blue Hole, now recognised as the world's premier freediving venue, and site of the annual Vertical Blue event, which Trubridge runs. In 2007 he broke his first world record in the discipline of CNF (Constant Weight No Fins), diving to 81m; three years later he became the first human to descend to 100m during Project Hector, an event aimed at bringing awareness to the plight of New Zealand's critically endangered Hector's and Maui's dolphins. In July 2016 he furthered this record to 102m, in an event broadcast live. William Trubridge lives in the Bahamas to train and teach freediving, and has just released his memoir, called Oxygen.

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Big Daddy Wilson - Ich liebe the blues

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 11:20:00 +1300

Big Daddy Wilson, born Wilson Blount, grew up in a tiny town in North Carolina and was raised by his mother and grandmother. After quitting school he joined the US Army and was stationed in Germany, where he eventually married and settled. Growing up on a diet of gospel music, Wilson first heard blues music in his early 30s and started putting his poetry to music. He tours and has recorded 12 albums, the latest of which is called Neckbone Stew. He is touring Aotearoa with his band, which includes New Zealander Stephan Gilberg, and will play the Tauranga Arts Festival on October 28 as well as a host of other dates.

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Andrew Kelly - Keeping the Yarra River

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 11:08:00 +1300

Andrew Kelly is the Yarra Riverkeeper - he patrols and protects the Melbourne waterway and advocates for its well-being. Last month the Yarra Riverkeeper Association celebrated a new law which requires a plan to look after the river for the next 50 years. The Act includes the involvement of the indigenous people of the area and, in a first for Australia, part of it is written in their language, Wurundjeri. The Act will consider the Yarra and its parklands as one single living entity and it will co-ordinate the work of government agencies along the waterway and the riverbanks. Kelly grew up on the banks of the Yarra. He has degrees in geography and archaeology from the University of Melbourne and pursued a career in publishing and communications before becoming Yarra Riverkeeper in 2014.

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Glen Matlock - Never Mind the Bollocks

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 10:33:00 +1300

Glen Matlock was the original bassist for '70's punk band the Sex Pistols. He left in 1977, claiming to be "sick of the bullshit"; others suggest it was because he said he liked The Beatles. He was replaced by Sid Vicious. After leaving, Matlock worked on Iggy Pop's Soldier, collaborated with Blondie's Clem Burke in The International Swingers, recorded an album for the Creation label, had his own group The Philistines, and played bass for one of his favourite groups, The Faces, on reunion shows between 2009 and 2011. Matlock performs two solo shows in New Zealand at the end of November - just over 40 years since the Sex Pistols' Never Mind The Bollocks was released. He says his tour to New Zealand will be fun because he's "not a miserable old po-faced git" and says he still likes The Beatles.

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Shelagh Magadza - Festival Odyssey

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 10:06:00 +1300

The NZ Festival first became part of Shelagh Magadza's life around 20 years ago. Her earlier jobs there involved administration and  ferrying artists around Wellington - but since 2014 she has been its artistic director. The 2018 festival will be her last and she's going out with a bang - a huge line-up of theatre, music, dance and more - from Swan Lake to Star Wars - and A Waka Odyssey which will see a fleet of waka glide onto Wellington Harbour in a spectacular opening event.  Magadza joins Richard to preview next year's festival programme.

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Gordon McLauchlan - A Short History of New Zealand Wars

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 09:30:00 +1300

Continuing on the theme of the New Zealand wars, Richard speaks to well-known journalist, author and social commentator Gordon McLauchlan, whose latest book, A Short History of New Zealand Wars, has also been published in time for October 28. The book gives an overarching, but concise, exploration of the struggle between Maori and the colonial powers over governance issues, and the consequences for Aotearoa. McLauchlan's previous books include Great Tales from Rural New Zealand (2016); Great Tales from New Zealand History which has been in print since 2004; The Passionless People Revisited (2012); and A Short History of New Zealand (2014). He was also editor-in-chief of The New Zealand Encyclopaedia for 10 years.

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Peeni Henare - Stories of Ruapekapeka

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 09:10:00 +1300

To commemorate the New Zealand Wars, and timed in with the New Zealand Government's first ever National Day of Commemoration (October 28), RNZ, in association with Great Southern TV and NZOA, has created an online project called Stories of Ruapekapeka, which captures Maori and Pakeha views of the Northern War - the first serious challenge to the Crown in the years after Te Tiriti o Waitangi. The conflict involved fighting between two factions of Ngapuhi as well as clashes with British forces, and began with the sacking of Kororareka (Russell) and ended with an inconclusive battle at Ruapekapeka in which 30 Maori and 45 British fighters died. Featured in the documentary is Peeni Henare (Ngati Hine), chairman for the Ruapekapeka Trust and great-grandson of Nga Puhi leader and politician Taurekareka Henare. Peeni Henare is currently MP for Tamaki Makaurau and Labour's spokesperson for Urban Maori, Maori Broadcasting, and State Services.

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Maxine Gay - The first lady of First Union

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 08:30:00 +1300

Maxine Gay is Retail, Finance and Commerce Secretary of FIRST Union, and next month steps down from over 30 years at the forefront of New Zealand's union movement. The daughter of a seamstress and a runaway merchant seafarer, Gay's early life prepared her for a career championing the rights of working people - she was a teen mum forced to adopt out her child, a survivor of domestic violence and a solo mum while she forged her career. In her 30s, Gay became an organiser with the Clerical Workers Union and her path was set. During the 90's she became general secretary, then president of the NZ Trade Union Federation, and moved to her FIRST Union role in 2006. During her time there she's overseen the doubling of retail membership to 12,500, more than doubling of the Countdown membership, the organising and first collective agreements for The Warehouse, Bunnings, Pak'nSave and New World supermarkets and now the new chains of Cotton On, Zara and H&M.

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Linda Tyler - RIP Francis Pound

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 08:15:00 +1300

Francis Pound, one of New Zealand's most influential art critics, died last weekend. He was an independent art curator and writer who taught for some years in the art history department of The University of Auckland. His books include Frames on the Land: Early Landscape Painting in New Zealand (1983), The Space Between: Pakeha Use of Maori Motifs in Modernist New Zealand Art (1994), a book to accompany the exhibition Walters en Abyme, which he also curated, and The Invention of New Zealand (2009). An associate professor in art history at Auckland University's history department, Linda Tyler, talks to Richard about her former colleague.

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