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Cartoonist rights

12/16/2017
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The 2015 attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo killed 12 people, injured 11 others and sparked demonstrations across Europe in support of free speech. But, says cartoonist rights advocate Terry Anderson, the Hebdo attacks were not at all typical of the kind of threat cartoonists and satirists often live under. Anderson is in Wellington on behalf of Cartoonists Rights Network International and he says abuse by the state is far more common than terror attacks.

Duration: 00:08:12


Eating the Earth

12/16/2017
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Dark, dystopian and disturbing, artist Ruth Watson's new work Geophagy at COCA examines the challenges of overpopulation and the environmental issues on a planet straining to satisfy our appetites.

Duration: 00:09:54


Pottery on the Page

12/16/2017
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In the late 1950's a group of New Zealand potters decided to get serious about who they were and what they wanted to do. They launched New Zealand Potter magazine and for 40 years, clay artists discussed, advised, reviewed, supported and often argued with each other. Along the way, they built a community. Curator Emma Bugden has edited the first 10 years of this extraordinary magazine in what she calls a "partial archive" and a record of when our potters began to take themselves seriously....

Duration: 00:11:43


Telling The Real Story

12/16/2017
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What sorts of things do people write about? What rises to the top and what sinks out of trace? And most importantly overall, Do we have a New Zealand voice? These are all questions that Auckland academic Erin Mercer gleefully tackles in her latest book. It's called Telling the Real Story which is a bold claim for a writer.

Duration: 00:12:41


Under My Dark Umbrella: The Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship 2018

12/16/2017
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The Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship has been announced, awarding two writers a four-month residency each in the Sargeson Centre in Auckland. They are: Auckland playwright and actor Carl Bland, who will be writing a hostage drama set in a pie shop, and Dunedin poet David Howard, who will be summoning the ghost of Katherine Mansfield for a seance. David has been committed to writing since he was a teenager, but was forced to put his literary future on hold to support a young family - which he...

Duration: 00:16:22


No Longer the "Other"?

12/16/2017
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Something happened this year to Chinese New Zealand theatre; it broke into the mainstream. Playwright Renee Liang premiered her opera The Bone Feeder at the Auckland Arts Festival. Mei-Linn Hansen's play The Mooncake and the Kumara toured the country and in Auckland, theatre maker Alice Canton brought questions about identity to a big stage with her post-dramatic production, Chinese/Other.

Duration: 00:10:29


New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year

12/16/2017
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New Zealand's most prestigious photography prize, New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year, has gone to intrepid adventure photographer Neil Silverwood. He is a specialist caving photographer, spending weeks at a time underground, and his winning portfolio for the Nikon Photographer of the Year Award takes viewers on a journey into one of New Zealand's deepest, darkest and most dangerous underground environments: the Ironstone cave system.

Duration: 00:10:27


Rainbow Rosalind

12/9/2017
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Rosalind Manowitz has spent the year working on an ambitious, interactive and educational orchestral concert specifically for children, as the SOUNZ Community Commission winner for 2017. Her stage name is Rainbow Rosalind and she dresses as a fairy when performing around the country, as part of her mission to introduce children to the world of classical music. As well as the SOUNZ commission, Rosalind took out the APRA Best Children's Music Video Award 2016 for her original music video...

Duration: 00:08:53


The meaning of Atamira

12/9/2017
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The deaths of two people close to members of Atamira Dance Company felt like a sign to choreographer Kelly Nash. So Kelly did her research which revealed the word 'Atamira' is historically associated with the process of caring for those who have died.

Duration: 00:08:42


John Cranna: taking the Creative Hub to Kaitaia

12/9/2017
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It's hard for some parts of the country to cut a break. Northland, for example, is usually in the news because of stories about poverty, ill health, violence and most recently kauri dieback. But children at Kaitaia College and a small village school were given the chance and the tools to express themselves through writing when an invitation was made to the Auckland-based Creative Hub.

Duration: 00:10:03


BWB Books

12/9/2017
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Dire predictions about the death of books and of publishing in this country with the advent of e-books and the amalgamation of big publishing houses have proved to be way off the mark. One of the standout publishers to have emerged is Wellington's BWB - Bridget Williams' Books - with its focus on New Zealand non-fiction and championing of the topical essay. Titles in their popular BWB text series include The New Zealand Project by Max Harris, Holly Walker's The Whole Intimate Mess, and...

Duration: 00:20:25


Funding Katherine Mansfield Birthplace

12/9/2017
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The Katherine Mansfield Birthplace in Wellington is Mecca for adoring fans of the New Zealand short story writer. It's also in need of some serious work on the exterior and the gardens. Lynn Freeman went to visit and to find out about fundraising efforts from Jen Boland (Director of the Katherine Mansfield House & Garden).

Duration: 00:09:49


The plethora of NZ film in 2017

12/9/2017
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2017 has been an extraordinary one for New Zealand films. Say what you like about the quality of 2017, the sheer quantity of titles has been extraordinary. It's across the board too - documentaries, dramas, comedies. Even that rare thing in this country; family movies. But it still seems hard to get New Zealand audiences along to a local film - or at least one not made by Taika Waititi. What are they missing out on? To look over the year's riches Simon Morris is joined by James Robins (The...

Duration: 00:15:49


Kaikoura’s New Normal

12/9/2017
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Kaikoura residents are sharing their own stories of life since the November 2016 earthquake altered the seaside community in so many ways. They come up with all kinds of ways to describe their experiences within the confines of a box. There are about 30 boxes in the exhibition called New Normal representing a big cross section of the Kaikoura community and beyond. It's been a collaboration with Kaikoura's new Museum which invited locals to share their stories for future generations.

Duration: 00:12:52


Symposium on the Future Imaginary

12/2/2017
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In Canada artists, activists and academics from around the world are debating what the future holds for indigenous people. It's the third Symposium on the Future Imaginary and the first time the public's been allowed in to listen to the conversations and take part.

Duration: 00:09:28


All Our Secrets

12/2/2017
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Jennifer Lane's novel All Our Secrets is set in a small rural community where a religious sect have moved in and divided the locals.

Duration: 00:10:13


Taking The High Ground

12/2/2017
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Taking the High Ground tells the stories of the first woman to scale Aoraki/Mount Cook in 1910 - Australian Freda du Faur, and of Kiwi Lydia Bradey who was the first woman to scale Mount Everest solo and without oxygen. That was in 1988. Writer Jan Bolwell imagines the two women are able to talk to each other, about their climbing feats and the challenges they each faced, personally and professionally.

Duration: 00:09:10


Sian and Makyla make art!

12/2/2017
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Sian's Dublin based company Super Paua creates theatre with a strong social focus for children and teenagers. For the residency though, she's writing a solo show inspired by her Irish and New Zealand grandmothers as well as exploring Kiwi identity.

Duration: 00:13:24


Le Moana at the Measina Festival

12/2/2017
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The fourth Measina Festival includes Le Moana's Watercress Tuna and the Children of Champion Street a multi-media show based on a children's story by Patricia Grace, and a series of dances based on the experiences of young people in their communities.

Duration: 00:10:06


Auckland, Wellington, & Dunedin celebrate their theatre scenes

12/2/2017
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What do the award nominations tell us about what's hot and what's not in theatre. Are these three main centres producing very different work or is there a lot of crossover?

Duration: 00:16:08

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