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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 23 September 2017

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 11:55:00 +1200

Kim Hill reads emails and text messages from listeners to the Saturday Morning programme.

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C K Stead - The Allen Curnow I knew

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 11:35:00 +1200

One of New Zealand's greatest poets, Allen Curnow (1911-2001), is being remembered in two new books to be launched in September, The Collected Poems of Allen Curnow and a major new biography, Simply by Sailing in a New Direction, by the late Professor Terry Sturm. Curnow's career and life will be celebrated at a special symposium at the University of Auckland's faculty of arts on September 30, at which his great friend and colleague, Emeritus Professor of English, C.K. Stead, will give a keynote address. Stead's long and distinguished career in novels, poetry and literary criticism has seen him receive a CBE in 1985, the Order of New Zealand in 2007, and he was named Poet Laureate 2015 - 2017.

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David Day - Controversies of the frozen continent

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 11:05:00 +1200

David Day is an Australian historian and author who has written extensively on Australian history and the history of the Second World War. Among his many books are Menzies & Churchill at War, and his prize-winning history of Australia, Claiming a Continent. He also wrote Paul Keating: The Biography (2015). Antarctica has long been another interest of Day's. He took controversial lines in both Antarctica: A Biography (2012) and Flaws in the Ice - in search of Douglas Mawson (2013) and will likely provoke controversy again when he releases Antarctica: What everyone needs to know early next year, in which he tackles issues like the geo-politics of the multiple bases in Antarctica and the climate data coming out of the continent. Day will be in New Zealand speaking at a writers' event with Auckland Libraries, organised by The Antarctic Report, to mark the 60th anniversary of the International Geophysical Year that kicked off a wave of scientific research in Antarctica as well as established many of the bases, including Scott Base.

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Kevin Esvelt - Sculpting evolution

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 10:05:00 +1200

Dr Kevin Esvelt is an assistant professor at the MIT Media Lab, where he leads the Sculpting Evolution Laboratory. An outspoken advocate of open and community-guided science, his research team is working with numerous island communities in the United States to solve ecological problems by engineering local populations of wild organisms. Dr Esvelt was in New Zealand briefly this week to attend a public forum at the University of Otago, organised by the Allan Wilson at Otago research group in partnership with the Biological Heritage National Science Challenge, on the topic of using gene technology to remove invasive predators, which is thought to be a promising option for New Zealand in its drive to remove invasive mammalian predators by 2050.

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Douglas Wright - Limbs@40

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 09:30:00 +1200

Douglas Wright is an acclaimed dancer and choreographer. He danced with Limbs Dance Company of New Zealand (1980-1983), and companies in New York and London before forming the Douglas Wright Dance Company in Auckland in 1989. He has created more than 30 works and toured extensively, becoming one of five inaugural Arts Foundation of New Zealand laureates. In 2003 he was the subject of a feature-length documentary film, Haunting Douglas. He has also written memoirs, poetry and essays. Wright's works Knee-Dance and Quartet will be performed by dance students as part of Limbs@40, a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the formation of New Zealand's first ever contemporary dance company, Limbs, as part of the Tempo Dance Festival at Auckland's Q Theatre during October.

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Wu Man - Pipa virtuoso

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 09:05:00 +1200

Wu Man is a founding member of Yo-Yo Ma's Silkroad Ensemble, which aims to bring cultures together through music. She is a virtuoso in the pipa - also called the Chinese lute - which has been played in China for around 2000 years and she is credited with giving the instrument a new role in both traditional and contemporary music. Wu Man was the first person to receive a master's degree in pipa performance from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. She collaborates with the Kronos Quartet and the Shanghai Quartet, and has worked with orchestras around the world. She has recorded more than 40 albums, five of which have been nominated for Grammy Awards. She was named Musical America's 2013 Instrumentalist of the Year. Wu Man plays with the NZ String Quartet in a concert organised by Victoria University and the Confucius Institute, at St Mary of the Angels, Wellington on September 28.

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Brent Williams: Depression just said 'you've got to face this'

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 08:30:00 +1200

When he was in his late 40s, anxiety and depression overwhelmed Wellingtonian Brent Williams and he walked away from his partner, four children and job. He tells the story of his journey back to the world in the graphic memoir Out of the Woods.

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Ingólfur Sigfússon - Iceland's government melts down

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 08:09:00 +1200

Parliament in Iceland has been dissolved and it may be looking at electing its sixth prime minister in nine years. The meltdown began after it was found that Benedikt Sveinsson, the father of Prime Minster Bjarni Benediktsson, wrote a letter seeking a pardon for an acquaintance who had been jailed for raping and sexually abusing his stepdaughter for 12 years - and claims that the prime minister knew about the letter but had tried to cover it up. Mr Benediktsson's shaky ruling coalition collapsed over the scandal, paving the way for a new election on October 28. Kim will unpick the chain of events with Ingólfur Sigfússon, a reporter for RUV, the Icelandic national broadcaster.

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David Paton - Ozzies need to eat their kangaroos

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 11:40:00 +1200

Associate professor David C. Paton is head of the discipline of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Adelaide. He has contributed to the understanding and management of Australia's natural environment for three decades and is highly regarded for his research activities at Kangaroo Island and the Coorong National Park of South Australia. This week, in the wake of statistics that show Australia's kangaroo population has reached 45 million - double that of the human population of the country - he courted controversy by saying the animals need to be culled and eaten in large numbers because of the threat to biodiversity their exploding numbers pose.

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Sir Richard Faull and Bernie Crosby

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 11:07:00 +1200

Sir Richard Faull is a neuroscientist and is highly regarded internationally for his research into the workings of the human brain. He is founder and director of the University of Auckland's Centre for Brain Research (CBR), director of the Neurological Foundation Human Brain Bank at the CBR, and instigated the annual Brain Day that invites the community to the campus to learn more about neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases. He was made a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year Honours list 2017 for services to brain research. Bernie Crosby is the founder, and now a director of Prolife Foods, one of NZ's largest privately owned and operated food businesses. In 2005 Crosby was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. He has joined forces with researchers at the CBR and devoted himself to helping fundraise a million dollars in research funding over five years, with one of his aims being the elimination of Parkinson's.

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Kip Chapman - This bloody schedule

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 10:35:00 +1200

Kip Chapman is an actor, playwright and director who is having a very busy 2017. He directs That Bloody Woman, a rock opera about Kate Sheppard, and is also the co-creator, writer and director of Hudson and Halls Live! Both shows are touring the country currently and will also play a the Nelson and Tauranga Arts Festival (That Bloody Woman will also play the Napier Arts Festival). Chapman is also creative director of this year's World of Wearable Art. He's had acting roles in Top of the Lake and the Toa Fraser feature film 6 Days. Chapman believes some established New Zealand theatres do not cater enough to young audiences and has committed himself to rectifying what he sees as this imbalance.

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Midge Sanford - Desperately seeking funding

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 10:07:00 +1200

Midge Sanford began a film production company with business partner Sarah Pillsbury in 1982 to form Sanford/Pillsbury Productions, a pioneering team of women producers in a male-dominated industry. The pair's first project, Desperately Seeking Susan, helped put them on the map and led to a string of films including River's Edge, Eight Men Out, And The Band Played On, and How to Make an American Quilt, among others. Sanford is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and is on the academy's foreign film committee. She served on the advisory boards of the Alliance of Women Directors as well as Project Involve, a film mentorship programme for minority filmmakers. She has been a panelist at film festivals around the world, including Sundance, Toronto, Vancouver, Rio de Janeiro, Australia and Puerto Rico. Sanford will speak about making independent films at this year's Big Screen Symposium at Auckland University's Business School September 30 - October 1.

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Daniel Dor - Academic and activist

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 09:36:00 +1200

Dr Daniel Dor is the author of The Instruction of Imagination: Language as a Social Communication Technology (2015) which has challenged established ideas about the evolution and utility of language, and he's written extensively on linguistics while touring the world to share his theories. Dor is also an activist who has frequently criticised the Israeli treatment of Palestinians. He is former chair of the Center for the Protection of Democracy in Israel, author of two books (one award-winning) on Israeli propaganda and, with his wife Lia Nirgad, set up an NGO to monitor the activities of the Knesset vis-a-vis Palestine. Dor is visiting New Zealand to give this year's Hood Lecture at the University of Auckland on September 18, entitled Speaking across the gap: Language as a communication technology.

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Brian Cox: 'Mars will be an interesting place to be'

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 09:08:00 +1200

Humans are physically insignificant both individually and as a civilisation, but if we are very rare in the universe – as science suggests – we are also extremely valuable, says particle physicist Brian Cox.

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Robyn Archer - The Sound of Falling Stars

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 08:27:00 +1200

Robyn Archer is a singer, writer, artistic director and public advocate for the arts. She is currently strategic advisor, Gold Coast Arts and Culture, deputy chair of the Australia Council for the Arts, and chair of the National Institute of Dramatic Art's inaugural Master of Fine Arts (cultural leadership). She is an officer of the Order of Australia. Archer's burgeoning career was fast-tracked when her one-woman show - A Star is Torn - became a major hit, touring throughout Australia from 1979 to 1983, and playing for a year at Wyndham's Theatre in London's West End. In it, she explored the careers and tragic lives of 13 women performers including Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, and Janis Joplin. Archer's latest work (as director and writer) is called The Sound Of Falling Stars which plays at the Auckland Live International Cabaret Season from September 21-24. In it, she looks this time at the famous male singers who were also taken too soon - Elvis Presley, Kurt Cobain, Jeff Buckley, Sam Cooke and more.

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Gordon Noble-Campbell

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 08:09:00 +1200

Gordon Noble-Campbell is a private client services director for Forsyth Barr in Wellington. His mother was one of around 800 Poles, mainly children, who arrived in Wellington in 1944, having survived expulsion from Poland to Siberian war camps, then evacuation to Iran before reaching New Zealand at the invitation of then Prime Minister Peter Fraser. Noble-Campbell's mother lost four family members after the group escaped from the Siberian logging settlement of Jeglec in the middle of the 1941/42 winter. He will speak to Kim from Warsaw, Poland, where he's attending the 75th anniversary of the evacuation of Polish civilians from the Soviet Union to Iran in 1942, by General Wladyslaw Anders and the Polish Army. The commemoration includes a two-day conference followed by a day of remembrance in Warsaw on Sunday, September 17.

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Listener Feedback for 9 September 2017

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 11:55:00 +1200

Kim Hill reads messages from listeners to the Saturday Morning programme.

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Dylan Mulder - From the World of Wearable Art to the world

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 10:35:00 +1200

Dylan Mulder is an industrial designer who was a finalist in the World of Wearable Art competition four times, winning awards in 2013, 2014 and 2016. In 2016, he won the Wearable Technology and Cirque du Soleil awards for his futuristic Digital Stealth God designs - garments inspired by ancient Egyptian dynasties which he envisaged as still reigning in a parallel universe. That win bagged Mulder a one-month internship to work at Cirque du Soleil's Canadian headquarters, which has led to ongoing work with the pioneering entertainment company, and Mulder hopes to return to its Montreal headquarters soon. He has also worked as a freelance designer in the movie industry, including at Weta Workshop. Mulder was born in Mosgiel and is a descendant of the master weaver Dame Rangimarie Hetet. World of Wearable Art 2017 opens in Wellington on September 21.

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Colin Hogg - Favourites from The High Road

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 10:07:00 +1200

Colin Hogg has worked for several decades in newspapers, magazines and television, and has also published several books. In 2000, he won a national television scriptwriting award for his work on Crump, a feature-length documentary about writer Barry Crump. He conceived and wrote two series of the TVNZ 1 arts programme Mercury Lane, wrote and produced documentaries including A Flock of Students (DNZ) and History Man (a TVNZ Festival NZ documentary on writer Michael King). He conceived Ask Your Auntie, the hit five-nights-a-week advice show which played for three seasons on Maori Television. He has also written scripts for many TV documentaries and series, including nine seasons of popular TVNZ series The Zoo. Colin Hogg's latest book is The High Road, which sees him and faithful sidekick Bruce hit the high road in America on an exploration of a wild new world, where cannabis is free and easy. He'll be talking about the book at the Going West Books & Writers Festival, on September 10

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Judy Horton: Australian gardening guru

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 10:07:00 +1200

Horticulturist Judy Horton is the face of gardening in Australia. She talks to Kim Hill about gardening challenges and fashions and her favourite garden in the world.

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Josephine Johnston - Promises and pitfalls of editing our genes

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 09:35:00 +1200

Josephine Johnston is the director of research at New York-based The Hastings Center, the world's first bioethics research institute. She is an expert on the ethical, legal, and policy implications of biomedical technologies, particularly as used in human reproduction, psychiatry, genetics, and neuroscience. Her current projects address the ethical implications of new kinds of prenatal genetic tests, the relationship between gene editing technologies and understandings of human flourishing, and the potential use of genetic sequencing technology in newborns. A New Zealand-trained lawyer with a master's degree in bioethics and health law from the University of Otago, Josephine Johnston will be in New Zealand in late September to give a series of talks about the ethics of gene editing for the Royal Society.

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Jonathan Bielski - Auckland Arts Festival

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 09:07:00 +1200

Jonathan Bielski, who began his career in theatre as a lighting designer in Palmerston North, has taken over the job of artistic director of the Auckland Arts Festival from Carla van Zon, and will lead programming of the 2018, 2019 and 2020 festivals. Most recently, Bielski was the project director for Auckland Theatre Company's new ASB Waterfront Theatre, and was at Sydney Opera House for 13 years as head of programming and then director of programming. Bielski has announced his first two shows in the March 2018 Festival, one a performance of the classic romantic ballet Giselle by the English National Ballet, choreographed by dance superstar Akram Khan, and the other a performance of George Orwell's 1984 by UK theatrical innovators Headlong.

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Maggie Doherty - Defending Kate Millett

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 08:50:00 +1200

This week, the woman credited with launching the second wave of the feminist movement, Kate Millett, died aged 82. Her 1970 book Sexual Politics sought to analyse patriarchal power in many ways, including deconstructing sex scenes written by three enormously influential male writers - Norman Mailer, D.H Lawrence and Henry Miller. The controversial book propelled her to fame and fortune but she remained ambivalent about her leading role in the feminist movement of the time. Maggie Doherty, a writer and academic based at Harvard University, has had work published in The New Republic, Dissent and the New Yorker. Last year she wrote an article defending the enduring legacy of Kate Millett's Sexual Politics for The New Republic.

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Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 08:11:00 +1200

Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi helped to set up the International Criminal Court, and it now its president. Her academic experience includes professorships of international criminal law at the universities of Buenos Aires and Palermo. Fernández was briefly in New Zealand this week to speak to the Auckland Law School, marking 15 years since the ICC's founding treaty, the Rome Statute, in 2002. The Court is busy with trials and investigations and has made some progress in addressing grave international crimes such as the use of child soldiers, sexual violence in conflict and the destruction of cultural property. Fernández also this week visits Samoa to attend the Pacific Islands Forum where she will put the case for eight non-member Pacific states - Kiribati, Micronesia, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Tuvalu - to become parties to the Rome Statute.

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Listener Feedback for 2 September 2017

Sat, 02 Sep 2017 11:55:00 +1200

Kim Hill reads messages from listeners to the Saturday Morning programme.

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Mary Kisler - The Corsini Collection: A Window on Renaissance Florence

Sat, 02 Sep 2017 11:35:00 +1200

Mary Kisler is the senior curator, Mackelvie Collection, International Art, at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki. Along with Dr Ludovica Sebregond, she has curated a new exhibition at the gallery called The Corsini Collection. The works are drawn from the extensive private art collection of the eminent Corsini family in Florence, Italy, and include Renaissance and Baroque painting by artists such as Botticelli, Caravaggio, Andrea del Sarto and Pontormo. It is the first time this collection has toured outside Italy and the first time a Florentine private collection will be displayed in New Zealand.

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Nick Malmholt - Soap Star

Sat, 02 Sep 2017 11:08:00 +1200

Nick Malmholt is script producer on Shortland Street. Since he kissed goodbye to his career in journalism, Malmholt has worked as a writer, executive producer and creator on productions around the world including Neighbours, Bad Girls and the gold standard of soaps - Coronation Street. He joins Kim Hill to talk about mining the best and worst of humanity to write drama, and about life on Aotearoa's most successful soap opera.

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Jon Carroll: 'Kids are less interested in traditional toys'

Sat, 02 Sep 2017 10:40:00 +1200

Colorado company Sphero is leading the way in next-generation toys. They've produced a scaled-down version of the Star Wars characters BB-8 and R2-D2 and an educational robot called SPRK.

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Rebecca Rudolph - Design, Bitches

Sat, 02 Sep 2017 10:06:00 +1200

Rebecca Rudolph is a principal at Los Angeles firm Design, Bitches, an architectural design practise seeking to expand the definition of architecture. Rudolph and business partner Catherine Johnson co-founded Design, Bitches in 2010, and both are native Californians. The pair collaborate on projects that range in scale from brand identities to commercial spaces and residential and cultural buildings, and have won awards and acclaim for their eclectic style. Rudolph and Johnson will be keynote speakers at NZs inaugural Festival of Architecture (September 7- 17) and will give free public lectures in Auckland (September 11); Wellington (September 13) and Christchurch (September 15).

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Rob Wilkins - Steamrolling Sir Terry Pratchett

Sat, 02 Sep 2017 09:35:00 +1200

Rob Wilkins was British author Sir Terry Pratchett's assistant, business manager, and friend. When Sir Terry died in 2015 after a battle with Alzheimer's disease, he left instructions for his unfinished books to be destroyed - and not just destroyed, but 'steamrolled', to retain what he called the 'magic' of his work. A faithful observation of his wishes happened, when his hard drive was destroyed by a vintage steamroller named Lord Jericho at the Great Dorset Steam Fair. The crushed hard drive will be displayed at England's Salisbury Museum in September, as part of the exhibition, Terry Pratchett: His World. Sir Terry was thought to have left as many as 10 unfinished novels in some form after his death at age 66.

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Dr Stuart Henrys & Dr Chris Hollis - Earth's Eighth Continent

Sat, 02 Sep 2017 09:06:00 +1200

GNS Science geologists and geophysicists have added an eighth continent called Zealandia to the world map this year. At 4.9 million square kilometres - roughly the same size as India - it's the world's smallest continent, and 94 per cent of it is underwater. GNS Science and partners are embarking on a long-term programme to to probe the seafloor of the continent, with a string of six voyages just started under the banner of the International Ocean Discovery Program. GNS' Dr Stuart Henrys currently leads New Zealand's consortium of institutions that comprise membership of IODP and has served on its Science Evaluation Panel. Dr Chris Hollis is a paleontologist and paleoclimate scientist who led New Zealand's efforts to join the 23-nation International Ocean Discovery Program in 2008, participated in an expedition in 2012 and is one of the proponents on the current expedition in the north Tasman Sea.

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Ian Shirley - Public policy pioneer

Sat, 02 Sep 2017 08:08:00 +1200

Ian Shirley is Emeritus Professor of Public Policy, founder and member of the Policy Observatory and a former Pro Vice Chancellor at the Auckland University of Technology. Professor Shirley was New Zealand's first Professor of Social Policy and over the past three decades he has held foundation and personal chairs in public and social policy as well as visiting professorships and fellowships at a number of international academies. At AUT, Professor Shirley established the Institute of Public Policy and led the engagement of the institute with the formation of Auckland's Super-City, leading a research project reviewing Auckland's governance five years on from the establishment of the unitary council. Professor Shirley has led Ministerial Councils for both Labour and National administrations and participated as a member of research advisory boards and panels for the National Research Advisory Council, the Royal Society and the New Zealand Government's Bioethics Council. Professor Shirley's most recent initiative saw him establish a series of briefing papers and the building of a Policy Observatory based at AUT but engaging scholars from both New Zealand and overseas.

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Listener Feedback for Saturday 26 August

Sat, 26 Aug 2017 11:59:00 +1200

A selection of feedback from this mornings programme.

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Sonatane Kaufusi and Tim Randle - Stand Up, Stand Out

Sat, 26 Aug 2017 11:40:00 +1200

Sonatane Kaufusi is a student in his final year at Manurewa High School, and a singer-songwriter who has made it to the finals of Auckland Council's city-wide annual talent quest, Stand Up Stand Out (SUSO). Both this year and last, Kaufusi made the finals of the smokerockfreequest with his original tunes, and this year has made the SUSO finals in both band and the solo vocal section. He will perform one of his original compositions for Kim, and will be accompanied by his music teacher and mentor Tim Randle, the head of music at Manurewa High School, who has been responsible for many students at SUSO. The finals of SUSO will be held on September 2nd, with winners receiving mentoring, rehearsal time and work with a musical director in preparation for live performances at events and festivals across Auckland.

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Dr Cynric Temple-Camp: 'These stories belong to the dead'

Sat, 26 Aug 2017 11:40:00 +1200

Always expect the unexpected from the dead, says Palmerston North pathologist Dr Cynric Temple-Camp. He tells interesting tales from his 30-year career – which includes attending Mark Lundy's Privy Council hearing – in a new book.

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Juliette Veber - Conversations with Teen Mums

Sat, 26 Aug 2017 10:40:00 +1200

Juliette Veber has been involved in the film industry for 20 years. After a decade working in production on feature films - including The Price of Milk - and tv commercials, in 2003, she headed to South Auckland to research, shoot and direct her own feature-length documentary film, Trouble is my Business. The observational film - about an assistant principal trying to keep his students in school and out of trouble - premiered at the NZ International Film Festival 2008 and was theatrically released in 2009. After five years as Short Film Manager at the New Zealand Film Commission, Veber returned to Auckland and began research and production on the interactive documentary project Conversations with Teen Mums in 2013. It has just been released.

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Will Steffen - the beginner's guide to the Anthropocene

Sat, 26 Aug 2017 10:09:00 +1200

It is now widely accepted among scientists and environmentalists that we are now in a new geographical epoch - the Anthropocene.

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William Dalrymple - The Koh-I-Noor diamond

Sat, 26 Aug 2017 09:06:00 +1200

William Dalrymple was born and raised in Scotland and educated at Ampleforth and Trinity College, Cambridge.In 1986, while still at college, he set off to follow on foot the outward route of Marco Polo from Jerusalem to Mongolia and wrote a highly acclaimed bestseller about the journey, In Xanadu, when he was twenty-two. In 1989 Dalrymple moved to Delhi where he lived for five years researching his second book, City of Djinns. Two more acclaimed travel books followed, before Dalrymple changed genres to history, writing two extensive histories of great Indian ruling dynasties and several more including Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India. William Dalrymple is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the Royal Geographical Society and of the Royal Asiatic Society, and is a founder and co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival. He is a regular contributor to the New Yorker, the Guardian, the TLS, and the New York Review of Books, and is the India correspondent of the New Statesman. His latest book, a joint project with author and broadcaster Anita Anand, is Koh-i-Noor: The History of the World's Most Infamous Diamond.

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Dirk Kurbjuweit - Fear and the federal election

Sat, 26 Aug 2017 08:08:00 +1200

When German author and journalist Dirk Kurbjuweit, his wife and young family were stalked and terrorised by a downstairs neighbour his lawyer said she didn't think the law could help, but she would organise a gun for them. Kurbjuweit is the author of eight novels, one of which is Fear - a fictionalised account of this experience and the first of his books to be translated into English. He is also deputy editor in chief of German weekly news magazine Der Spiegel and has won several prizes for his journalism. The German federal election will be held on September 24 and Kurbjuweit recently wrote an opinion piece in which he said Martin Schulz's bid to become the country's next chancellor "fosters new hope for a liberal democracy in crisis".

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