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A fired-up generation of activists inspires a new play

7/13/2019
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The recent student marches for action against climate change are a recent example of how this generation will take a stand on issues they deeply care about. It's a timely backdrop for a new play Auckland youth theatre company Massive has commissioned from Wellington writer and Arts Laureate Jo Randerson. Like A River stars five members of Massive's Nui Ensemble, which was also the starting point for the play's director Stef Fink. Lynn Fredeman speaks with Stef, as well as to one of the young...

Duration:00:10:23

essa may ranapiri - nonbinary and proud

7/13/2019
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"The nonbinary individual is biologically nonbinary. The gonad does not determine gender. In the nonbinary individual's personal experience they have a deep hatred for their own body - promoted by the cultural signifiers that idealize certain types of bodies as male and certain types of bodies as female". These lines are taken from ransack, a book of poetry by essa may ranapiri, who writes candidly about their life, their observations and their frustrations as a nonbinary individual in a...

Duration:00:10:50

Keeping the Wow factor in WoW

7/13/2019
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The Australian theatre director in charge of this country's biggest theatrical spectacular - the World of Wearable Art (Wow) - says he's hugely impressed with his Kiwi crew's can-do attitude to any challenges he throws their way. Andy Packer has to take risks with Wow because after 30 years audiences have seen a lot of jaw-dropping spectacle and it gets harder to impress them. Andy is the co-founder of Adelaide based theatre company Slingsby, that's toured to 12 countries as well as around...

Duration:00:25:32

Ceramicist Cheryl Lucas

7/13/2019
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Ceramics is the perfect medium to convey even the most unpalatable truths That's quoting Lyttelton-based master ceramicist and visual artist, Cheryl Lucas, who'll be using her 100-thousand-dollar Creative New Zealand Craft/Object Fellowship to do just that. Her big plans include crafting six large contemporary chimney pots and a body of work about rural new Zealand. The Fellowship is that latest in a string of awards including the Portage Ceramics Merit Award in 2017 and you can find her...

Duration:00:16:18

Life on the road with a successful NZ theatre company

7/13/2019
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For seven years, Wellington theatre company Trick of the Light has been touring the world with their whimsical, innovative shows like The Bookbinder and The Road that Wasn't There. These are in such demand that the company spends more than half a year on the road, here and overeas, currently with a show called Troll. In fact Ralph McCubbin Howell and Hannah Smith are just back in the country after a tour in South Africa, and later this week they're opening Troll in Wellington. It all sounds...

Duration:00:13:26

Tales from the typing pool

7/13/2019
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Over the years, thousands of New Zealand women worked in public service typing pools since the 1940s. "Typing pool" is an obsolete term these days, but government departments and private businesses still depend heavily on secretarial skills - attention to detail, discretion and of course speed and accuracy. Keystrokes per minute is an oral history project recording the stories of typists - some into their 90s now, and many of them still resentful of the fact their parents pushed them into...

Duration:00:15:13

Sons & Co - the go-to arts website people

7/13/2019
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A company that creates websites for many clients involved in the arts here and overseas, doesn't actually have one of its own. Sons & Co, based in an old shipping warehouse in Lyttelton, is an unconventional digital agency in other ways too. In fact, founders Matt Arnold and Tim Kelleher almost talked themselves out of appearing on this show - they wondered whether listeners would be interested in their geeky work. Tim and Matt are guest speakers at Wintec's upcoming Ramp Festival of Music,...

Duration:00:12:58

Walking and grooving - Paula Green

7/6/2019
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Walking is one of our great national pastimes. But what do you think about to keep the mind off the hunger and pain - especially when you injure yourself along the way? If you're poet Paula Green it's a no-brainer.

Duration:00:12:57

Revisiting Nocturnal Projections with Peter Jefferies

7/6/2019
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In histories of the post-punk alternative music scene that blossomed in New Zealand in the 1980s Peter Jefferies is a name you'll see many times.

Duration:00:18:17

KP&WM: The makers behind the artist?

7/6/2019
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KP&WM: The makers behind the artists explores the work of two Christchurch printmakers, and friends, Peter Vangioni of Kowhai Press and Kate Unger of Watermark Printworkshop, at COCA Christchurch.

Duration:00:12:34

Ophelia Reimagined

7/6/2019
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Ophelia becomes a dramatic heroine rather than a tragic victim in film director Claire McCarthy's re-interpretation of the young woman doomed to die in Shakespeare's Hamlet.

Duration:00:12:08

The future of libraries

7/6/2019
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As Wellington debates the future of its earthquake-damaged central library, and Christchurch enjoys its new high tech one, it's the perfect time to really think about libraries of the future.

Duration:00:17:14

Painting with oil and water

7/6/2019
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Artist Donna-Marie Patterson wants New Zealanders to really think about water, how precious it is, how under valued and how at risk.

Duration:00:09:02

National Youth Orchestra and the NZ Youth Choir celebrations

6/29/2019
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Between them, the NZSO National Youth Orchestra and the New Zealand Youth Choir have clocked up 100 years of making music and training future professional musicians and singers. So they're heading out on tour together to celebrate.

Duration:00:11:33

Mining Darkness at MONA with Simon Denny

6/29/2019
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The Museum of Old and New or MONA for short in Hobart Tasmania is the largest privately funded museum in the Southern hemisphere, and some would say both its greatest and strangest.

Duration:00:17:54

Dance Like Chocolate

6/29/2019
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Bread, wine, milk and now chocolate. The Java Dance company made its name here and overseas dancing in the back of buses, followed by a menu of food themed dance works.

Duration:00:11:05

Inheriting Inequality

6/29/2019
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Despite the government's talk of a well-being budget, the makers of a new play exploring Aotearoa's inequality gap remain unconvinced that life will improve for those who're struggling financially. Inheritance is a Maori-Pakeha collaboration from Forest Kapo and Jess Holly Bates. The play premieres at Auckland's Basement Studio on the 9th of July. They're promising an unflinching and controversial show that will ask hard questions about inequality and injustice. Jess and Forest are using...

Duration:00:11:37

Whangarei's new Hihiaua cultural centre

6/29/2019
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It's taken decades of work, patience, fundraising and planning to build the centre in the town basin. Stage one of the Cultural Centre has been open for just over a week now. It houses space for workshops, a gallery for exhibitions and shops. The paint's hardly dry and already there are plans to expand. Lynn Freeman spoke to two of the driving forces behind Hihiaua: Janet and Te Warihi Hetaraka.

Duration:00:12:01

Creative Writing Courses Under Threat

6/29/2019
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Creative writing courses at some tertiary institutions are under threat, and that's got writers, students and the wider literary community worried. While online courses seem popular with management, teachers and students argue that bringing them together in person, and collaborating with students involved in other tertiary courses, is a much better option for writers who're starting out. Mandy Hager is a former student at Whitireia Polytechnic in Wellington and has gone on to teach creative...

Duration:00:16:31

Painting Architecture in Landscape

6/29/2019
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Auckland painter Martin Law has made an ambitious three decade long commitment to painting New Zealand's architecture in its landscape. The expat Brit is about to exhibit his latest in the series, scenes of Rangitoto and Motutapu in the Hauraki Gulf. But he's also painted more than 100 finely detailed paintings of buildings around the country, from villas and woodsheds to commercial buildings. He reckons he'll have painted well over a thousand paintings by the time he finishes his quest....

Duration:00:08:43