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Igelese Ete: the naked choir master

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 11:30:00 +1200

Igelese Ete has been singing and leading choirs since he was a teenager. He's been involved in the musical scores of two films - The Lord of the Rings, and more recently, Disney's Moana. Now he's about to mentor singers in the latest reality-TV elimination show, The Naked Choir. Contestants in the show sing without music - a capella style.

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Paul Brennan: Bring Our Birds Home

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 11:05:00 +1200

Aviation enthusiast Paul Brennan has launched a campaign to track down planes that flew in New Zealand between 1959 and 1981. He has identified planes of "cultural significance" - the Lockheed Electra from 1959, the Boeing 737 from 1968 and the 747 from 1981. He also wants to repatriate the Douglas DC8 (1968) and its successor, the DC10.

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Maureen Gosling: recalling the Burden of Dreams

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 10:35:00 +1200

Maureen Gosling talks about her award-winning 1980s documentary Burden of Dreams, chronicling the making of Fitzcarraldo, Werner Herzog's epic feature.

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Mpho Tutu van Furth: Desmond Tutu's daughter talks forgiveness

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 10:05:00 +1200

Mpho Tutu van Furth has co-authored The Book of Forgiving with her father, Nobel Peace Prize recipient Archbishop Desmond Tutu. She will speak about the subject of forgiveness at the Auckland Writers Festival next month.

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Anton Blank: the case for diversity

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 09:40:00 +1200

Anton Blank is the co-author, with Carla Houkamau, of Rewire: a Little Book on Bias. In the book he argues that New Zealand needs to transition from biculturalism to multiculturalism and that one of the key challenges will be dealing with the unconscious biases we all have.

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John Lanchester: the language of money

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 08:40:00 +1200

There is so much jargon in the language of money; hedge funds, commodities … shrinkflation. British author John Lanchester says we need to understand the language of money because if we can't, the financial elite will write their own rules. He's a journalist and author of several books including Capital and How to Speak Money and he's coming here as part of the Auckland and Dunedin Writers Festival.

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Insight: Medical Marijuana - Life in the Waiting Room

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 08:12:00 +1200

Demand for medical cannabis is growing, Teresa Cowie investigates how patients are coping with living in an 'illegal limbo'

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The (other) best seat in the house

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 11:45:00 +1200

We meet the men who 'push the MP's buttons', controlling their voices via a small replica of the chamber. 

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Colm Quinn - Mattress Men

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 11:25:00 +1200

Mattress Men is a documentary by filmmaker Colm Quinn which tells the story of Paul Kelly and Mick Flynn, creators of the eccentric online persona "Mattress Mick". The film follows the fortunes of "Mattress Mick" who works to make videos with Paul in order to turn around the fortunes of his struggling mattress-shop business. Colm reveals the story behind the Mattress Men and their lives. The film will be shown at this year's Doc Edge International Film Festival, which runs from May 10- 1 in Wellington and in Auckland between May 24 and June 5.

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Steve Perrin - The Distractions

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 11:05:00 +1200

The Distractions were only together long enough to produce one studio album in 1980, but in their short stint in post-punk Manchester they played alongside Joy Division and The Buzzcocks.The break up wasn't even all that sordid - just a decision that the rock n roll lifestyle didn't suit them.Now almost 40 years later - and the band has released another album despite living on opposite sides of the world.

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Ed Byrne - Outside Lookin' In

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 10:40:00 +1200

Irish comedian Ed Byrne has been touring Aotearoa for 20 years and many of his NZ experiences have been woven into his stand-up shows. He talks to Wallace about opting for comedy over horticulture, proposing to his wife, and getting into marital hot water over an interview with Paul Henry. Ed Byrne is touring his show Outside Lookin' In to Wellington, Napier, Auckland, Nelson and New Plymouth this April and May as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival, as well as playing a free concert in Kaikoura.

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Michael Corballis - The Truth About Language

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 10:06:00 +1200

In his new book, The Truth About Language: What is it and where it came from, author and psychologist Professor Michael Corballis explores the origin of human language and our unique ability to tell stories, offer explanations, baffle, laugh and lie. Michael Corballis is emeritus professor at the Department of Psychology, University of Auckland.

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Jeff Maynard - Wilkins' War

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 09:40:00 +1200

The Unseen Anzac is Jeff Maynard's story of George Hubert Wilkins – a former Australian war photographer and Arctic explorer who produced the most detailed and accurate collection of WWI photographs in the world.

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Mediawatch for 23 April 2017

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 09:06:00 +1200

Historic pay equity claim coverage; TV drama - lessons for NZ in how it's done in Denmark.

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Amy Baker Benjamin: Will the real Trump foreign policy please stand up?

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 08:40:00 +1200

Baker Benjamin talks about the contradictory rhetoric of US President Donald Trump and ongoing political tensions around the world.

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Insight: Pumped Dry - Central Otago Farmers' Fight for Water

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 08:12:00 +1200

Alarm is growing in Central Otago as the region's 150-year-old water licence system is overhauled. Ian Telfer explores if the permits from the gold rush days can be updated without leaving farmers high and dry.

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The 9th Floor Episode 3

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 07:10:00 +1200

Part three of The 9th Floor, the much talked-about series with Guyon Espiner interviewing New Zealand's ex-Prime Ministers.Today it's National's Jim Bolger, who ran the country from 1990 through to 1997.He was nicknamed 'The Great Helmsmen', often in jest. But he steered the country through much of a turbulent decade making massive changes to everything from social welfare to treaty settlements. As you'll hear, he was that curious combination - a radical conservative.

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Managing the dead - tupapaku inquiry

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 11:45:00 +1200

Paramedics, students, and funeral directors tell the Maori Affairs Committee  their views on how tupapaku (deceased) should be managed. 

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Bess Koffman - A Speck of Dust

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 10:37:00 +1200

A couple of years ago US scientist Bess Koffman travelled to New Zealand to research whether or not new Zealand dust influenced the last Ice age - and if a tiny speck of dust has the potential to change the earth's climate. Bess Koffman did this research as Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Columbia University and she is now at Department of Earth Sciences, Dartmouth College.

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Susan Bordo - The Destruction of Hillary Clinton

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 10:11:00 +1200

Dr Susan Bordo is Professor of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Kentucky and the author of The Destruction of Hillary Clinton in which she examines the forces in politics and the media which brought down Hillary Clinton and ended her bid for the US presidency.

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Jeffrey Stothers - Record Store Love

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 09:36:00 +1200

April 22 marks the 10th international Record Store Day - when fans of music on vinyl get together to celebrate record store culture, buy local, and get something special for their collection. Jeffrey Stothers from Southbound Distribution in Auckland joins Wallace Chapman to share the record store love.

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Mikey Havoc - Push Back

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 08:43:00 +1200

Mikey Havoc and his 90's band Push Push have a new EP and are on the road, 25 years after releasing their last song. Back in the day, their single, 'Trippin' went to number 1, spent 25 weeks on the NZ music charts and 10 weeks on the Australian charts. Push Push are touring with English hard rockers The Darkness and will play in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch this coming week.

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Insight: Keeping NZ Rail on the Tracks

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 08:12:00 +1200

New Zealand has been tied together by a rail system that has been unfolding across the country since the late 19th century. Today up to 18 million tonnes of freight is moved via rail, every year. It's played a vital role in developing the nation's economy, but Eric Frykberg asks what future lies ahead?

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The Easter rush

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 22:35:00 +1200

A special debate on climate change and two former ministers get new jobs.

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'Put a cap on it' - Women's Loan Fund

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 18:55:00 +1200

A women’s loan fund says New Zealand should align its law with other countries and cap the rate of interest on borrowing.

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Kiwisaver weapon divestment

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 18:55:00 +1200

A petition is prompting the Government to ban Kiwisaver from illegal weapons investments.

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'Yes I really am going' - Ka kite Cunliffe

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 19:30:00 +1200

Former Labour leader and departing MP David Cunliffe says goodbye to Parliament with a reminder of the role of an MP.

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Breaking the Pattern

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 18:55:00 +1200

New Zealand leads the developed world in reported intimate partner violence. The Whanau and Family Violence Legislation Bill aims to stem the tide of abuse.

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A sliver of relief

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 11:45:00 +1200

Almost two years ago 19-year-old Alex Renton was given special approval to use medicinal cannabis now his mother is fighting for others to have access.

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From pest to eco-fashion

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 11:30:00 +1200

Dunedin designer Jane Avery makes clothing out of wild rabbit fur and she's on a mission to take her label to the world.

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Julia Waite - Cubism in Aotearoa

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 11:06:00 +1200

Freedom and Structure: Cubism and NZ art 1930 to 1960, is a travelling Auckland Art Gallery exhibition, curated by Julia Waite. It explores the impact of Cubism on the work of six artists, including Colin McCahon and Dame Louise Henderson. The exhibition is on currently at Pataka Art and Museum in Porirua.

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Remembering a madcap genius

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 10:37:00 +1200

Syd Barrett was a founding member of Pink Floyd, the lead singer, guitarist and principal songwriter in the band's early years. He died in 2006.

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Paul Beatty - Slavery as farce

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 10:06:00 +1200

Paul Beatty is the author of last year's Man Booker Prize winner The Sellout. The published poet had a surprise hit with his satirical novel about a Los Angeles farmer who tries to recreate slavery on his urban farm. Paul Beatty is appearing at this year's Auckland Writers Festival.

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Paul Beatty - Slavery as farce

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 10:06:00 +1200

Paul Beatty is the author of last year's Man Booker Prize winner The Sellout. The published poet had a surprise hit with his satirical novel about a Los Angeles farmer who tries to recreate slavery on his urban farm. Paul Beatty is appearing at this year's Auckland Writers Festival.

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The woowoos of Sedona, Arizona

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 09:40:00 +1200

In the US, new age spirituality is known as 'woowoo'. Writer Julie Hill travelled to the US Mecca of new ageism, Sedona in Arizona, to find out more.

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Megan Wraight and Stuart Dun - Pukeahu Park

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 08:40:00 +1200

The Pukeahu National War Memorial Park design took out the top prize at the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects awards this week with the judges describing it as weaving culture and history into the landscape, making "both a park as a place of remembrance and a piece of urban infrastructure that offers much to its surrounding city". The park's co-lead designers are Megan Wraight and John Hardwick-Smith - both from Wraight Athfield Landscape and Architecture. Megan and Wallace are joined by a landscape awards judge, Stuart Dun.

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The 9th Floor: Sir Geoffrey Palmer

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 07:10:00 +1200

In a new series, Guyon Espiner talks to five former NZ prime ministers, starting today with Sir Geoffrey Palmer.

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Insight: Is Taranaki Coming to Terms with Its Colonial Past?

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 08:12:00 +1200

Robin Martin explores if tensions over Taranaki's history are on the way to being resolved.

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The West Papua Briefing

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 19:00:00 +1200

New Zealand's government monitors issues of human rights in West Papua as closely as possible a select committee has been told.

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The less sexy chamber

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 18:55:00 +1200

Before a bill passes its third reading it gets debated part by part and pulled apart clause by clause for hours by the committee of the whole house - this week was the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill's turn.

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A challenge to the services

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 22:35:00 +1200

The Ministry of Health says media reports of autistic man Ashley Peacock being locked in seclusion for almost half his adult life are inaccurate and the ministry is asked to look at how tongue tie are treated in New Zealand.

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Keep it in the family

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 22:35:00 +1200

Children and family advocacy groups say a bill aimed at creating a child-centered model risks ignoring the significance of family to a child.

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Finding New Zealand's Home of the Year

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 11:45:00 +1200

A Cambridge house built on a property that backs onto a service lane of the local supermarket has been named as New Zealand’s Home of the Year.

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Boubacar Coulibaly and Fama Ndiaye - Films out of Africa

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 11:30:00 +1200

Boubacar Coulibaly is the Founder and Chairman of the African Film Festival New Zealand Trust and Fama Ndiaye is a festival co-producer. The festival starts in Auckland on April 6 and this year, for the first time, is holding screenings in Wellington.

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Karl Hyde - Underworld

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 11:10:00 +1200

Wallace talks to Karl Hyde, one of the core members of electronica group, Underworld. The band's music features in both Trainspotting movies and Underworld is playing at next weekend's Oro'17 music festival at Woodhill Forest, Auckland

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Jake Millar - millennial entrepreneur

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 10:36:00 +1200

Jake Millar began his first start up when he was just 19 years old - and it's now worth millions. At just 21, Jake is about to launch his vision on American soil. He speaks to Wallace about what makes him so driven and successful.

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Mavis Staples - Livin' on a High Note

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 10:06:00 +1200

Wallace speaks to civil rights activist and singing legend Mavis Staples, ahead of her concert in Auckland later this month.

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Mick Jackson - Denial

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 09:40:00 +1200

Director Mick Jackson may well be best known for his film The Bodyguard starring the late Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. His latest film, Denial, is a hard-hitting look at Holocaust denial and it is winning rave reviews.

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Mediawatch for 2 April 2017

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 09:06:00 +1200

Days are numbered for one daily paper; Journalism Still Matters - ten years on; PR in disguise takes-off on TV.

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Erin O'Donnell and Julia Talbot-Jones - the rights of nature

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 08:40:00 +1200

A couple of weeks back the Whanganui River was granted legal personhood with the passing of the Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Bill. The pioneering legislation was widely reported to be a world first. The fact that two Indian rivers were granted the same status in the same week was barely noted. Erin O'Donnell, a senior fellow at the Centre for Resources, Energy and Environment Law at the University of Melbourne; and New Zealander Julia Talbot-Jones, a PhD student in Environmental Economics at the Australian National University in Canberra have a keen interest in the implications of governments recognising the rights of nature. Background reading: Three rivers are now legally people

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Insight: Online Porn - The New Sex Ed Teacher?

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 08:12:00 +1200

Online porn presents a minefield to young people and parents. Tim Graham explores what help is on hand to help navigate the way ahead.

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Karl Kumodzi - a vision for black lives

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 07:47:00 +1200

Karl Kumodzi helped write A Vision for Black Lives, a political manifesto that grew out of the Black Lives Matter movement and has been endorsed by 50 African American-led mass organisations. He was a guest speaker in Wellington at a conference on socialism last week.

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Turning ideas into law

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 07:35:00 +1200

The first most people hear of new legislation is its first reading in the House but who does the months of grunt work to get it to that stage? Daniela Maoate-Cox finds out how an idea becomes law.  

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Polly Yeung - treating our elders right

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 07:22:00 +1200

Massey University's Dr Polly Yeung tells Wallace about the results of a study into what makes older people thrive when they're in care.

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Michael Bruter and Sarah Harrison - giving our young a voice

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 07:12:00 +1200

London School of Economic academics Sarah Harrison and Michael Bruter have completed an extensive survey of youth participation in the politics of European countries, and contributed chapters on the same topic in the recently published Youth Participation in Democratic Life: Stories of Hope and Disillusion.

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