Guest details for Saturday 12 March 2011

8:12 Kohei Murayama

Chief editor for the world services section of Kyodo News Network in Tokyo, talking about the 8.9 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

8:20 Kevin Kamps

Specialist in nuclear waste at Beyond Nuclear who visited Japan in 2010 to assess the state of nuclear facilities, including the Fukushima atomic power plant.

8:30 Dianne Alpers

New Zealander Dianne Alpers has been working as a career counselor at the International School, Tripoli, for the last two years. She left Libya on 21 February, and is now in the UK, staying with family.

8:45 Alan Merry

Professor Alan Merry is a practising cardiac anaesthetist and chronic pain specialist, and works with patients in routine surgical settings (in public and in private), in life-threatening medical emergencies and in managing chronic illness. He is the Head of Department for Anaesthesiology at the University of Auckland's School of Medicine, and currently chairs the boards of New Zealand's Health Quality and Safety Commission, the Quality and Safety Committees of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, and the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists. He worked with the World Health Organisation as the anaesthesia lead of the Safe Surgery Saves Lives initiative.

9:05 Helen LaKelly Hunt

Author and activist Dr Helen LaKelly Hunt is the founder of Women Moving Millions, an initiative for the advancement of women's lives through a massive change in giving to girls and women. She co-founded the Institute for Imago Relationship Therapy and has co-authored several bestsellers with her husband, Harville Hendrix. They are visiting New Zealand for a series of public lectures, couples workshops and training workshops, including a free public lecture on support for loss and grief (Christchurch, 13 March).

9:45 Peter Young

Peter Young is the founder of Fisheye Films, a television production company based in Christchurch probably best known for its documentary series Hunger for the Wild (featuring Al Brown and Steve Logan) and Coasters (with Al Brown). After three weeks' filming in the Ross Sea, Peter founded The Last Ocean Charitable Trust, promoting the sanctity of the Antarctic ocean regarded by scientists as the last intact marine ecosystem on Earth and now under threat from commercial fishing.

10:05 Playing Favourites with Michael and Cushla Parekowhai

Michael Parekowhai, of Nga Ariki, Ngati Whakarongo and European descent, is one of New Zealand's most important contemporary sculptors. His work is widely exhibited, and held in all significant public and private collections throughout New Zealand and Australia, as well as in permanent collections across the Asia-Pacific region and Europe. Michael is currently Associate Professor at Auckland University's Elam School of Fine Arts. His sculptural installation, On first looking into Chapman's Homer, will be exhibited at the 54th Venice Biennale in the Palazzo Loredan dell'Ambasciatore from 4 June 2011. Michael is joined in the studio by his sister, Cushla, also a sculptor, and writer.

11:15 Conor Lovett

Irish actor Conor Lovett is renowned as one of the world's foremost interpreters of the works of Samuel Beckett. He and his wife, director Judy Hegarty Lovett, are joint artistic directors of the Gare St Lazare Players, "Ireland's most travelled theatre company", and are bringing two Beckett productions, First Love and The End, to the Auckland Arts Festival 2011 (2-20 March).

11:40 Children's Books with Kate De Goldi

Wellington author, publisher and broadcaster Kate De Goldi will discuss books set in and around Christchurch, including The Runaway Settlers by Elsie Locke (1965), Mrs McGinty and the Bizarre Plant by Gavin Bishop (1981), Oracles and Miracles by Stevan Eldred-Grigg (1987), Under the Rotunda by James Norcliffe (1992), and From a Garden in the Antipodes by Ursula Bethell (1929).

Music played during the programme

Playing Favourites with Michael Parekowhai

Michael Nyman: The Heart Asks Pleasure First
From the soundtrack to the 1993 Jane Campion film: The Piano
Played at around 10:05

Inia Te Wiata, accompanied by Maurice Till, piano: Ka Mate, Ka Mate
The 1962 live recording from the 1997 compilation album A Popular Recital
(Kiwi Pacific)
Played at around 10:15

Kiri te Kanawa with Stephen Barlow, piano: Art is Calling for Me
From the 2004 compilation album: Kiri - A Portrait
Played at around 10:30

The New Zealand National Youth Choir: Ka Waiata Ki a Maria
From the 1995 compilation album: New Zealand, Our Land Our Music
Played at around 10:45

Max MacGillivray, accompanied by organist Jeremy Woodside: Pie Jesu
From the 2010 album: For the Wings of a Dove
Played at around 11:15

Studio operators

Wellington engineer: Damon Taylor
Auckland engineer: Jeremy Ansell
Christchurch engineer: Andrew Collins