Guest details for Saturday Morning 15 August 2009

8:15 Andy Dennis: Iceland update

New Zealander who wrote his PHd on The Laws of Early Iceland, and has been guiding two-week hiking trips in north-east Iceland since 2001.

8:30 Kate Hunter

Kate Hunter has been with the History department at Victoria University of Wellington since 1995. Formerly a keen tramper, she is the author of Hunting: A New Zealand History (Random House, ISBN: 978-1-869979-154-4).

9:05 Charlotte Paul

Charlotte Paul, Professor in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at the University of Otago, was a medical adviser to the Cartwright Inquiry. She will be discussing the issues raised last week by Linda Bryder in her just-published book, A History of the 'Unfortunate Experiment' at National Women's Hospital (AUP), and speaking on the reanalysis of the data from National Women's Hospital, which was published in 2008.

9:45 Bob Harvey

Bob Harvey is Mayor of Waitakere. He recently returned to New Zealand from the General Conference of Mayors for Peace in Nagasaki, where he was appointed Vice President. The organisation, with over 3000 members from 134 countries, aims to achieve a nuclear free world by 2020. Bob is taking part in a World March for Peace and Non-Violence, which will take a Nuclear Abolition Flame to 90 countries. He collected the flame from Hiroshima on 5 August and will travel to Wellington to start the march on 2 October.

10:05 Bill Culbert

Bill Culbert is one of New Zealand's most celebrated artists and is best known for his photographs and the light sculptures he developed from the 1970s. For the past 40 years Culbert has been based in London and Provence, France, but returns regularly to New Zealand. At the start of August, he installed a new work at the Sarjeant Gallery in Whanganui, on 11 August his exhibition Flat Out opens at the Sue Crockford Gallery in Auckland (to 5 September), and on 21 August the exhibition AC/DC: The Art of Power, which contains two of his works, opens at Auckland's Gus Fisher Gallery (to 3 October). On 22 August Bill Culbert will give a public talk at the Gus Fisher Gallery in conversation with Ian Wedde after the launch of Wedde's new book, Bill Culbert: Making Light Work (Auckland University Press, ISBN: 9781869404390).

11:05 Paul Mercurio

Paul Mercurio, star of the film Strictly Ballroom, is well known for his time on Dancing with the Stars in Australia and New Zealand. He has also hosted three TV series of food and travel programmes, and a book based on the series, Mercurio's Menu (Murdoch Books, ISBN9781741966138), will be published in November. Paul has launched his own beer brand in Victoria, and is now working on a beer cookbook. He visits New Zealand as MC and judge for the BrewNZ Beer Awards and Beervana (Wellington, 28 & 29 Aug), the biggest public premium craft beer show in the Southern Hemisphere.

11:30 Franny Armstrong

Independent British filmmaker and environmentalist Franny Armstrong first came to public attention with her 1997 documentary, McLibel, about the McDonald's libel trial in the U.K., which was recently picked for the British Film Institute series, Ten Documentaries Which Changed the World. She has been working full-time since December 2004 on her new drama-documentary about climate change, The Age of Stupid, which stars Pete Postlethwaite as a man living alone in the devastated world of 2055, looking back at "archive" footage from 2007. The film will receive simultaneous Australian and New Zealand premieres on 19 August, with the latter taking place at an emissions-free event in a solar powered tent in Auckland.

Music played on the programme

Sigur Ros: Glosoli
From the 2005 album Takk
Played at around 8:30

Priscilla Ahn: Find My Way Back Home
From the 2009 album: A Good Day
(Blue Note)
Played at around 10:05

Bo Diddley: Who Do You Love
The 1956 track from the 2000 compilation: Classic Bo Diddley
Played at around 10:40

Studio operators

Wellington engineer: Lianne Smith
Auckland engineer: Jeremy Ansell
Dunedin engineer: Rod Morgan