Andrew Digby and the stuffed kakapo, Taonga

Andrew Digby and the stuffed kakapo, Taonga. Photo: Mark Cubey





8:12 Andrew Digby

Andrew Digby has a PhD in astronomy, completed a post-doctoral fellowship with NASA, and became captivated with conservation when he came to New Zealand in 2006. He is the scientist on the Kākāpō Recovery team, providing advice to guide the conservation of the endangered flightless parrot, which now involves a crowd-funding appeal. He will discuss the programme to sequence the genome of all living kākāpō, the first time in the world that an entire population of animals has had its genome sequenced.

8:50 Martin Peat

New Zealand engineer Martin Peat works on crowd modelling for Beca, and was selected to work on the Rio Olympics, having impressed Olympic organisers with his work analysing pedestrian movement for the 2012 London Olympic Games and the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. He is the winner of the 2016 IPENZ Young Engineer of the Year Award.

Martin Peat

Martin Peat in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: supplied

Ann Goldstein

Ann Goldstein Photo: Peter Ross


9:05 Ann Goldstein

Ann Goldstein is an editor at The New Yorker, and a translator to English of many Italian authors, including Primo Levi. She is best known for her translations of the Neapolitan Quartet by Elena Ferrante (My Brillliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, The Story of the Lost Child), and will be a guest at two events during the Auckland Writers Festival (10-15 May). (Interested in translation? Listen to Amelia Nurse's RNZ series.)

9:45 Claris Jacobs and Elsie Bollinger

Claris Jacobs and Elsie Bollinger, with Sally Bollinger and Minnie Grace, are The Candle Wasters, a creative team whose Shakespeare-inspired vlog series, Nothing Much To Do and Lovely Little Losers, have become popular on YouTube. They are about to start filming Bright Summer Night, based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, for release in July.

The Candle Wasters: Minnie Grace, Elsie Bollinger, Claris Jacobs, Sally Bollinger

The Candle Wasters: Minnie Grace, Elsie Bollinger, Claris Jacobs, Sally Bollinger. Photo: Harriett Maire

10:05 Mackenzie Crook

Mackenzie Crook is an English actor, writer, director, and stand-up comedian, best known for his roles in The Office, and The Pirates of the Caribbean series. He wrote, directed and stars (with Toby Jones) in the BBC comedy-drama series Detectorists, set around the lives of two members of the Danebury Metal Detecting Club. The first series is available on iTunes, Neon and DVD, and the second series is available this month on DVD.


10:30 Amelia Dunbar and Emma Newborn

Amelia Dunbar lives at High Peak Station in Canterbury with her beekeeper husband, daughter, dog and deer, and runs winter ski hosting business The Neon Pompom. She also paints (as Amelia Guild). Emma Newborn is a fourth generation actor, custodian of Old Government House in Auckland (home to the cat Governor Grey), and a marriage celebrant. Together they created the hit show The Bitches' Box, which they have toured nationally and internationally since 2012. They take up the roles of dogs again in their new show, Sons of a Bitch, which they will tour by horse truck to 19 woolsheds throughout the South Island between 30 March and 1 May, alongside singer-songwriter Mel Parsons.

Emma Newborn, Amelia Dunbar, Mel Parsons, with dogs

Emma Newborn (left), Amelia Dunbar, and Mel Parsons (back), and dogs. Photo: supplied

Thomas Mallon

Thomas Mallon. Photo: William Bodenschatz


11:05 Thomas Mallon

Thomas Mallon is an American novelist, essayist, and critic. His books include Watergate: a Novel (2012, Vintage) and Finale: a Novel of the Reagan Years (2015, Pantheon). He is a guest at three events during the Auckland Writers Festival (10-15 May).


11:45 Poetry with Gregory O’Brien

Painter, poet, curator and writer Gregory O'Brien is the author of a number of books. His latest book is See What I Can See: New Zealand Photography for the Young and Curious (AUP). He will discuss the new collection of poetry by Andrew Johnston, Fits & Starts (VUP).

This Saturday’s team:

Producer: Mark Cubey
Wellington engineer: Carol Jones
Auckland engineer: Alex Baron
Christchurch engineer: Andrew Collins
Research by Infofind

Music played in this show

Artist: Steve Young
Song: Seven Bridges Road
Album: Seven Bridges Road
Label: A&M, 1972
Broadcast: 9:40

Artist: Mel Parsons
Song: Good Together
Album: Drylands
Label: CapeRoad, 2015
Broadcast: 10:30

Artist: Anna Coddington
Song: Release Me
Composer: Anna Coddington
First single from her forthcoming album
Label: LOOP, 2016
Broadcast: 11:05