Guest details for Saturday Morning 19 November 2011


8:15 Sigurbjörg Sigurgeirsdóttir

Sigurbjörg Sigurgeirsdóttir is lecturer in public policy at the University of Iceland. She has her PhD in Social Policy from London School of Economics. She has done advisory and consultancy work for the Department for Education and Skills in the UK, for the World Bank, the European Commission and the OECD. She worked for the Icelandic government as a strategic policy adviser at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Health from July 2007, the month the stock market started to fall on Wall Street, and until the autumn of 2008 when the three big Icelandic banks collapsed and crushed the rest of the Icelandic economy.


8:35 Dusty Gedge

British naturalist, ecologist and ornithologist Dusty Gedge is on a Presentations, Workshop and Living Roof Tour to Christchurch, Wellington, Whangarei (21 November), and Auckland (22 and 23 November). His visit was organised by Living Roofs, an independent organisation promoting the uptake of green roofs in New Zealand, with assistance from Unitec Institure of Technology, Nuralite and other sponsors.


9:05 Paul Bennett

Paul Bennett was a top New Zealand surfer whose life and career was wrecked by drug and alcohol abuse. His 2005 book, Walking with the Taniwha (ISBN: 978-0-473-12755-8), has just been reissued in a revised and updated version to cover issues of mental health awareness, addiction and rehabilitation.


10:05 Playing Favourites with Neil and Sharon Finn

Neil and Sharon Finn formed their new group, Pajama Club, as a fun musical project at their home earlier this year. With additional members Sean Donnelly and Alana Skyring, they are playing two shows next month in support of their debut self-titled album (Wellington 3 December, Auckland 4 December).


11:05 Christine Winterbourn

Professor Christine Winterbourn is a biochemist, and director of the Free Radicals Group at the University of Otago, Christchurch. She is the 2011 winner of the Rutherford Medal, New Zealand’s top science and technology honour, and the first woman to receive the award since it was established 20 years ago.


11:40 Colleen McCullough

Australian author Colleen McCullough is best known for her 1977 novel, The Thorn Birds. She has just published a memoir, Life Without the Boring Bits (HarperCollins, ISBN: 978-0-7322-9448-9).


Music played during the programme

Pajama Club: Dead Leg
From the 2011 album: Pajama Club
Played at around 9:55

Playing Favourites with Neil and Sharon Finn

Split Ends: For You
The 1973 single
Available on the 1979 compilation album: The Beginning of the Enz
Played at around 10:15

David Bowie: Moonage Daydream
From the 1972 album: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
Played at around 10:25

Joan Armatrading: Love and Affection
From the 1976 album: Joan Armatrading
Played at around 10:35

Neil Young: Harvest Moon
From the 1992 album: Harvest Moon
Played at around 10:45

Liam Finn: Real Late
From the 2011 album: Fomo
Played at around 10:55

Studio operators

Wellington engineer: Carol Jones
Auckland engineer: Jeremy Ansell
Christchurch engineer: Andrew Collins