Guest details for Saturday Morning 25 August 2012


8:15 Chris Cleave

Chris Cleave is a British writer and journalist who has worked as a long-distance sailor and teacher of marine navigation. His 2005 debut novel, Incendiary (Sceptre, ISBN: 978-0-340-99848-9), won the United States Book-of-the-Month Club’s First Fiction Award and the 2006 Somerset Maugham Award, and his second novel. The Other Hand (2008, Sceptre, ISBN: 978-0-349-96342-5), was a New York Times #1 bestseller. His new novel, Gold (Sceptre, ISBN: 978-0-340-96344-9), is set around the Olympics and cycling. Chris Cleave will be appearing in Auckland (Arcadia Bookshop, 28 August), Nelson (Elma Turner Library, 29 August), and Wellington (Marsden Bookshop, 29 August), and is will speak at two events at The Press Christchurch Writers' Festival 2012 (on Thursday 30 and Friday 31 August).


8:40 Sylvia Earle

Sylvia Earle, a.k.a “Her Deepness”, is an oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer who has been at the frontier of deep ocean exploration for four decades, leading more than 50 expeditions worldwide involving more than 6,000 hours underwater. She is passionate about the need to protect large tracts of ocean, and is visiting Rarotonga to support the work of Conservation International in the Pacific region, and the development of the Cook Islands Marine Park. The Park will be launched at the opening of the 43rd Pacific Islands Leaders Forum on 28 August, and Sylvia will speak at a pre-Forum Pacific media workshop.


9:05 Alison Jones

Alison Jones is a professor in the faculty of education at the University of Auckland. She specialises in Maori-Pakeha engagement in education, and is the author, with Kuni Jenkins, of He Korero - Words Between Us: First Maori-Pakeha Conversations on Paper (Huia, ISBN: 978-1-86969-478-4). (NB.  Kuni Jenkins will be talking about the book at the Christchurch Writers Festival).


9:45 Walter Cook

Walter Cook built up an extensive collection of British and European decorative art, covering the period from 1870 to 1970 and representing a wide diversity of styles, materials, and techniques reflecting changing fashions. The Walter C. Cook Collection of Decorative Arts was gifted to Te Papa in 1992, and a selection from the collection is currently on show.


10:05 Playing Favourites with Dennis O’Neill

Welsh tenor Dennis O'Neill is director of the Wales International Academy of Voice. He has sung for four royal families, hosted a BBC television series, and performed 21 of Verdi’s roles. He is visiting New Zealand to judge emerging singing talent at the Lexus Song Quest 2012 on 30 August, and hold masterclasses following the event in Wellington (31 August), Auckland (3 September), Christchurch (5 September), and Dunedin (7 September).


11:05 Minnie Baragwanath

Minnie Baragwanath is the CEO of Be Accessible, a company challenging New Zealand businesses to undergo radical accessibility assessments.


11:45 Miriama Ketu-Mackenzie

Miriama Ketu-Mackenzie is studying for a doctorate in clinical psychology at Massey University in Albany. She is one of three recipients of 2012 postgraduate Maori scholarships from the Rose Hellaby Maori Education Fund.


Music played during the programme

Playing Favourites with Dennis O’Neill

Nicolai Gedda : Vainement, Ma Bien Aimée, from Le Roi d'Ys by Lalo
The 1961 recording from the 1988 compilation album: Opera Arias
Played at around 10:15

Kiri te Kanawa with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir John Pritchard:
O Mio Babbine Caro, from Gianni Schicchi, by Puccini
The 1982 recording from the 2001 compilation album: Kiri
(EMI Classics)
Played at around 10:20

Montserrat Caballé, with the Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro di Torino della TV Italiana, conducted by Georges Prêtre:  Casta Diva, from Norma by Bellini
From the 1994 album: The Art of Montserrat Caballé
(Butterfly Music)
Played at around 10:30

Beniamino Gigli: Furtiva Lagrima, from L'Elisir d'Amore, by Donizetti
From the 1994 compilation album: The Very Best of Fonit Cera
(Fonit Cera)
Played at around 10:45

Giorgio Zancanaro with the Coro Dell'Accademia, conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini:  Il Balen Del Suo Sorriso... Per Me, Ora Fatale, from  Il Trovatore by Verdi
From the 1989 album: Verdi: Il Trovatore
(Deutsche Grammophon)
Played at around 10:58

Studio operators

Producer: Mark Cubey
Wellington engineer: Carol Jones
Auckland engineer: Jeremy Ansell