8:15 Mary Wareham

Mary Wareham is advocacy director of the Arms Division at Human Rights Watch, a founding member of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, where she advocates against problematic weapons that pose a significant threat to civilians. She is global coordinator of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, an international coalition of non-governmental organisations working for a ban on fully autonomous weapons.


8:30 Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness is best known as the author of the Chaos Walking trilogy, and has won a number of prizes for writing for young adults. His 2012 novel A Monster Calls (Walker, ISBN: 978-1-4063-3490-6), from an original idea by Siobhan Dowd, was the first book to win both the Kate Greenaway and Carnegie Medals. His new novel for adults is The Crane Wife (Canongate, ISBN: 978-0-85786-872-5), and he will be a guest at two sessions (17 and 18 May) at the 2013 Auckland Writers & Readers Festival.


9:05 Alison McCulloch

Alison McCulloch has worked in journalism in New Zealand and the United States for more than twenty years. Her new book, Fighting to Choose: the Abortion Rights Struggle in New Zealand (VUP, ISBN: 978-0-86473-886-8), will be published next month, and she will be talking about the book at the Women’s Studies Association Conference in Wellington (26-28 April).


10:05 Playing Favourites with Rachel Dawick and Jon Sanders

Songwriter and vocalist Rachel Dawick has spent most of the last ten years playing in New Zealand and the United Kingdom as a solo artist, in a duo, a trio, and with various bands. Since 2010, she has been researching the lives of New Zealand women in the 1800s, and turning their stories into songs. Rachel is on tour around New Zealand until June, with guitarist, bouzouki and ukulele player Jon Sanders, introducing these songs and other original compositions in advance of the September release of her album, The Boundary Riders Part 1: A Quiet Revolution. Her new acoustic album of previously unreleased originals, Dirty Linen (World Highway Records) includes two preview songs from Boundary Riders, and is available now.


11:05 Massimiliano Gioni

Massimiliano Gioni is a curator and contemporary art critic who is curating the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013, the youngest person to do so in over a hundred years. New Zealand’s official representative at the Biennale is sculptor, photographer and installation artist Bill Culbert. Other New Zealand artists at Venice will be installation sculptor Simon Denny, whose work has been selected for the curated international show, performance artist Mark Harvey, painter Darryn George, and sculptor Scott Eady.


11:45 Dan Khan

Dan Khan is a serial web technology entrepreneur and experienced startup chief technology officer. He is in Wellington as startup accelerator director for the Lightning Lab, a twelve-week programme for nine companies which plan to be “investment-ready” by the time of their presentation pitches to investors at Te Papa on 15 May.


Music played during the programme


Details of tracks and artists will be listed on the Playlist section of this page shortly following broadcast.


Studio operators

Wellington engineer: Carol Jones
Auckland engineer: Jeremy Ansell

Music played in this show


The Decembrists: The Crane Wife 1 & 2
From the 2006 album: The Crane Wife
Played at around 8:30

Playing Favourites with Rachel Dawick and Jon Sanders

Rachel Dawick (guitar, vocals) and Jon Sanders (ukulele): Biddy of the Buller
Live in the Auckland studio of Radio New Zealand
Played at around 10:10

Eddi Reader: Follow My Tears
From the 1998 album: Angels and Electricity
(Blanco Y Negro)
Played at around 10:25

Eliza Carthy: Mr Magnifico
From the 2008 album: Dreams of Breathing Underwater
Played at around 10:40

Rachel Dawick (vocals) and Jon Sanders (guitar): Blanche Fane
Live in the Auckland studio of Radio New Zealand
Played at around 10:50