Steve Tew outlines a year of culture change in New Zealand rugby; American science writer Dava Sobel discusses how mid-nineteeth century women contributed to the burgeoning field of astronomy; Hera Lindsay Bird recites a new work while Greg O'Brien gives us a taste of his favourite poets of the year; Graham Reid reviews a big year in music, and Mark Cubey, Kate De Goldi and Laura Kroetsch provide a rundown of their favourite books from 2016.


Steve Tew 

Steve Tew is the CEO of the New Zealand Rugby Union. He graduated from university with a Masters in Recreation and Administration, and has been a member of the NZRU since 2001. He has also served as the chief executive of the Canterbury Rugby Union and the Crusaders.  He discusses a year of culture change in New Zealand rugby. 



Dava Sobel

Dava Sobel

Dava Sobel Photo: Supplied

American science writer Dava Sobel  is the author of several books, including Longitude, Galileo's Daughter, The Planets, and A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionised the Cosmos. Her new book, The Glass Universe: the Hiiden History of the Women Who Took the Measure of the Stars tells the story of a group of mid-nineteenth century women at the Harvard College Observatory and their contribution to the burgeoning field of astronomy.






Hera Lindsay Bird 

Hera Lindsay Bird

Hera Lindsay Bird Photo: VUW press

Poet Hera Lindsay Bird has a MA in poetry from Victoria University of Wellington, where she won the 2011 Adam Prize. Her work has been published by The ToastThe HairpinSportHue & CryThe SpinoffThe New Zealand Listener and Best New Zealand Poems. She is currently living in Wellington.






Greg O'Brien 

Greg O Brien

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Painter, poet, curator and writer Gregory O'Brien is the author of a number of books. His latest (with Nick Bevin) is Futuna: Life of a Building (VUP). He talks with Kim about the year in poetry - introducing several of his favourites, including Paekakariki poet Rob Hack.




Graham Reid

Graham Reid

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Graham Reid is an award-winning, former feature writer at the New Zealand Herald and a longtime music writer and critic. He currently lectures in the School of Music at the University of Auckland. He also contributes to a number of New Zealand and international magazines and websites, was the content advisor for the current Volume: Making Music in Aotearoa exhibition at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, and hosts his own website








11:05 Mark Cubey, Kate De Goldi and Laura Kroetsch

Photos of Laura Kroetsch and Kate De Goldi

Laura Kroetsch (left) and Kate De Goldi Photo: supplied

Saturday Morning producer Mark Cubey

Mark Cubey Photo: Colette Jansen/RNZ

Mark Cubey, Kate De Goldi and Laura Kroetsch talk about the year's best books.

Laura Kroetsch is the director of the Adelaide Writers Festival (4-9 March 2017). Kate De Goldi is the author of many books, and co-edited the children’s compendium, Annual (Gecko Press). She will be a guest at the Adelaide Festival in 2017. Mark Cubey is the director of Wellington Writers Festival (7-11 March 2018) during the New Zealand Festival.





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