8:15 Max Porter

Max Porter trained as an art historian, managed an independent bookshop and won the Young Bookseller of the Year award. He joined Granta Books in 2012 as Commissioning Editor, and his first publishing project was The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton. He is visiting New Zealand as a guest of Creative New Zealand’s Te Manu Ka Tau: Flying Friends international visitors programme in association with the Publishers Association of New Zealand. He spoke with Eleanor Catton at Writers Week at the NZ Festival in Wellington, in Hokitika, and is travelling to Christchurch.

8:35 Vivien Maidaborn and Richard Bartlett

Vivien Maidaborn was the CEO of CCS Disability Action for seven years, has a background in social policy and social work, and worked in management roles in the community and public sectors. Richard Bartlett is an electronics engineer with a background in open-source engineering, education and community organising. They changed their careers in 2012 to become two of the six co-founders of Loomio, an online collaborative decision-making platform that has gained acclaim around the world, and is now in crowdfunding mode for global expansion.

9:00 Alex Taylor

Dr Alex Taylor completed his BA in Biology at Oxford University and then his PhD as a Commonwealth scholar at The University of Auckland, where he now works as a Lecturer in the School of Psychology. Alex’s research attempts to pinpoint how humans and other animals (including corvids and keas) think, in order to understand how intelligence evolves.

9:45 Rollo Wenlock

Rollo Wenlock is a filmmaker, and CEO of video software start-up company Wipster. He is meeting potential clients and making videos at South By Southwest, the music, film and interactive event in Austin, Texas, before travelling to Washington DC to showcase his company at the 2014 Angel Capital Association Summit.

10:05 Don Walker

Don Walker was a member of and main songwriter for the Australian group Cold Chisel between 1973 and 1983. He now performs solo, and with Tex Perkins and Charlie Owens as Tex, Don and Charlie. He is the author of the acclaimed memoir Shots (Black Inc, ISBN: 9781863954990), his most recent recording is 2013's Hully Gully, and he will visit New Zealand to play with his own band for the first time, alongside New Zealand group The Bads, at The Tuning Fork, Vector Arena (17 April) and Leigh Sawmill (19 April).

11:05 Paul Bayly

Paul Bayly is managing director of a merchant banking firm, Cranleigh, and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He was a project adviser and sailor on both the Borobudur Ship Expedition (a reconstructed 700AD century ship), and the Phoenician Ship Expedition (a reconstructed 600BC ship). He has also kayaked and explored the Zambezi River. His book, David Livingstone, Africa’s Greatest Explorer: The Man, the Missionary and the Myth (Fonthill, ISBN: 978-1-78155-333-6), was launched in London in February.

11:45 Poetry with Gregory O’Brien

Painter, poet, curator and writer Gregory O'Brien is the author of a number of books, most recently the 2012 collection Beauties of the Octagonal Pool (AUP). Greg will discuss poetry about painting, with reference to the work of Ashleigh Young, whose most recent collection is Magnificent Moon (VUP, ISBN: 978-0-86473-763-2), and they will both read alongside other poets at Walk With Me: Contemporary Poets Respond to Colin McCahon at Te Papa, 2pm, 15 March.

Music played during the programme

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

This Saturday’s team

Producer: Mark Cubey
Wellington engineer: Carol Jones
Research by Infofind

Music played in this show


Neko Case: Night Still Comes
From the 2013 album: The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
Played at around 8:40

Cold Chisel: Star Hotel
From the 1980 album: East
Played at around 10:15

Cold Chisel: Goodbye (Astrid) Goodbye
From the 1979 album: Breakfast at Sweethearts
Played at around 10:25

Cold Chisel: Choirgirl
The 1979 single from the 1980 album: East
Played at around 10:40

Don Walker: Angry Women
From the 2013 album: Hully Gully
Played at around 10:45

Don Walker: Pool
From the 2013 album: Hully Gully
Played at around 10:55

Anika Moa: Oma Rapeti
From the 2013 album: Songs for Bubbas
(Diamond Kowhai)
Played at around 11:05