8:12 Simon Day

Simon Day is head of external affairs for World Vision New Zealand, and recently visited South Sudan. The youngest country in the world has its fifth anniversary of independence on 9 July, but since 2013 has descended into tribal-based civil war that has left thousands dead, millions of people displaced internally, and created huge food insecurity.


Gil Penalosa

Gil Penalosa. Photo: supplied

8:30 Gil Penalosa

Gil Penalosa is renowned internationally for his work transforming Bogota, Colombia, by developing public spaces and enabling effective transit. He runs 8-80 Cities, a non-profit organisation based on the idea that a city built for an eight-year-old and an 80-year-old will be good for everyone. He visited New Zealand this week for the biennial 2Walk&Cycle conference.


Caitlin Doughty

Caitlin Doughty. Photo: supplied

9:05 Caitlin Doughty

Caitlin Doughty is an American funeral director and mortician known for advocating death acceptance and the reform of Western funeral industry practices. She is the creator of the web series Ask a Mortician, founder of The Order of the Good Death, and author of the 2014 book Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: and Other Lessons from the Crematorium (Canongate). She will be a guest at the WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival 2016 (24-28 August).



Sir Andrew Davis

Sir Andrew Davis. Photo: Dario Acosta Photography

9:35 Sir Andrew Davis

British conductor Sir Andrew Davis has served as music director and principal conductor of Lyric Opera of Chicago since 2000, and since 2013 has been chief conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He is also conductor laureate of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He is visiting New Zealand to conduct the combined forces of the NZSO and NZSO National Youth Orchestra in a performance of French composer Olivier Messiaen’s last work, Eclairs sur l’Au-Delà, (Illuminations of the Beyond), with concerts in Wellington (8 July) and Auckland (9 July). The Wellington performance, preceded by a talk from Elizabeth Kerr about Messiaen's work, was broadcast on RNZ Concert.


Tim Jackson

Tim Jackson. Photo: supplied

10:05 Tim Jackson

Ecological economist Tim Jackson is Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey and Director of the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. He is the author of Prosperity Without Growth: Foundations for the Economy of Tomorrow (Routledge), and is a radio dramatist. Last month he was awarded the 2016 Hillary Laureate for exceptional mid-career leadership by the Hillary Institute of International Leadership.




Henry Brodaty

Henry Brodaty. Photo: supplied

11:05 Henry Brodaty

Professor Henry Brodaty has spent his career working on ways to enhance the quality of life of older people with dementia and their families, and advocating for their rights. He is Professor of Psychogeriatrics at the University of New South Wales, the founding director of the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre and co-director of CHeBA, the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing. As a clinician looking after patients, he established the Aged Care Psychiatry department at Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney where he heads the Memory Disorders Clinic. Last week he was awarded the 2016 Ryman Prize, the world’s richest prize of its type ($250,000), as international recognition of his three decades of work exploring ways to combat dementia.

11:35 Elaine Yan Ling Ng

Elaine Yan Ling Ng is a Hong Kong-based designer who interweaves technology with her textiles and furnishings at The Fabrick Lab. She visited Wellington as a keynote speaker for Nature Now, the 2016 Costume and Textile Association of New Zealand symposium, co-hosted by Massey University and Te Papa.

This Saturday’s team:

Producer: Mark Cubey
Wellington engineer: Rachel Smith
Auckland engineer: Rangi Powick
Research by Infofind

Music played in this show

Artist: NZSO and the NZSO National Youth Orchestra
Song:  Plusiers oiseaux des arbres de Vie, the ninth movement of Eclairs sur l’Au-Delà, (Illuminations of the Beyond),
Composer: Olivier Messiaen
Live recording by RNZ Concert at the MFC, Wellington, 8 July
Broadcast: 9:35

Artist: New Zealand National Youth Choir
Song: Kyrie, from Requiem
Composer: Sam Piper
Album: Winds That Whisper: New Zealand Choral Music from the 20th Century
Label: Trust, 1998
Broadcast: 10:05

Artist: William Tyler
Song: I’m Gonna Live Forever (If It Kills Me)
Composer: William Tyler
Album: Modern Country
Label: Merge, 2016
Broadcast: 10:55