This week on Saturday Morning:  journalist and poet Richard Langston sits in for Kim.  

Richard Langston

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He'll start the show with a chat to Chelsea Cohen, an acclaimed New Zealand director and wife of Taika Waititi, and one of eight females to direct a segment of a new film, Waru, about perspectives on a child's death from suspected abuse; volcanologist Colin Wilson reflects on the work that led him to winning the 2017 Rutherford Medal, the highest honour granted by New Zealand's Royal Society Te Apārangi; photographer, artist and activist William Yang on his history of documenting Sydney's nightlife, and what he's up to now; a US expert in gender violence - and the prevention of harassment and abuse - Jonathan Katz, gives his take on the Harvey Weinstein scandal engulfing Hollywood;  journalist and music specialist Chris Bourke previews his new book, Good-Bye Maoriland, which looks at the sounds and songs of World War l; Sarah Krasnostein explains why she chose to document the life of a 'trauma cleaner' - the person who cleans up the site of a murder or suicide; and poets Claudia Jardine and Michael O'Leary commemorate 50 years since the end of the '6 o'clock swill'.


8:09 Chelsea Cohen - Waru 

Chelsea Cohen

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Chelsea Cohen, sometimes credited as Chelsea Winstanley, is a film producer of Ngati Ranginui descent. Her short films Meathead and Night Shift were both selected for the Cannes Film Festival; Meathead was an award-winner in Berlin. Later she was one of the producers on hit vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows, directed by her husband Taika Waititi, and Jemaine Clement. Cohen co-produced the Merata Mita domestic abuse doco Saving Grace - Te Whakarauora Tangata, and also co-produced Moana in te reo, a project that took three months to translate, mix and record.  In 2015 she won the Women in Film and TV Mana Wahine Award. Cohen and her family live in LA.  Her current project is working with eight other female directors on the film Waru, a film looking at eight different perspectives on a child's death from possible abuse and neglect.   


8:40 Colin Wilson - Supervolcano sleuth

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Geologist Professor Colin Wilson has this week been awarded the 2017 Rutherford Medal, the highest honour granted by New Zealand's Royal Society Te Apārangi, for his research into understanding large, explosive supervolcanoes and the hazards they pose. Wilson has worked on many of the world's supervolcanoes, including Taupo in New Zealand, and Long Valley and Yellowstone in the USA. He has developed and applied field and laboratory analysis techniques to map out the volcanic processes from slumber to massive eruption. His research has helped us understand how, where and when molten rock gathers below volcanoes and the processes that operate during explosive eruptions. Wilson is based at the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington. He was elected a Fellow of Royal Society Te Apārangi in 2001, the American Geophysical Union in 2006, and The Royal Society, London in 2015. He is a recipient of the Wager Medal of the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior

9:04 William Yang - The Story Only I Can Tell 

William Yang

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William Yang was born in North Queensland, his grandparents having migrated from China in the 1880s. After completing a Bachelor of Architecture, he moved to Sydney in 1969 and worked as a freelance photographer documenting Sydney's colourful social life. His first solo exhibition, Sydneyphiles, in 1977, caused a sensation because of its frank depiction of the Sydney gay and party scene. In the 1980s, Yang began to explore his Chinese heritage, and his photographic themes expanded to include landscapes and the Chinese in Australia. As well as photography, Yang also tours performance pieces in which he recounts stories in front of his images projected onto a wall or large video screen. His work is held by many institutions including the National Gallery of Australia and the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra. Yang will present The Story Only I Can Tell at the upcoming Tauranga Arts Festival, where, as well as presenting his own show, he is also working with four migrants to Tauranga to help them present their own stories.


9:35 Jackson Katz - Weinstein: Do men look the other way? 

Jackson Katz

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Jackson Katz is an educator, author, filmmaker and cultural theorist. He is co-founder of Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP), one of the longest-running and most widely influential gender violence prevention programmes in North America, and the first major programme of its kind in sports culture and the military, teaching compassion to bystanders of sexual violence and how they might intervene - the so-called "bystander" approach. Since 1997 Katz has run MVP Strategies, which provides gender violence prevention/leadership training to institutions in the public and private sectors in US and around the world. He's written two books, The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How all Men Can Help, and Man Enough? Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and the Politics of Presidential Masculinity. Katz will speak to Richard about this week's revelations about the behaviour of mega movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. 



10:04 Chris Bourke - Good-bye Maoriland 

Chris Bourke

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Chris Bourke is a writer, journalist, editor and radio producer. He has been arts and books editor at the NZ Listener, editor of Rip It Up, and produced Saturday Morning. He wrote the definitive biography of Crowded House, Something So Strong (1997), and Blue Smoke: The Lost Dawn of New Zealand Popular Music, 1918-1964. His latest book, Good-bye Maoriland: The Songs and Sounds of New Zealand's Great War, is an account of the influence of music in World War l - from military bands and concert parties to Maori music and patriotic song-writing. Chris Bourke is currently content director at Audioculture: The Noisy Library of New Zealand Music.

11:04 Sarah Krasnostein - The Trauma Cleaner

Sarah Krasnostein

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On the back of Australian Sandra Pankhurst's business card, she describes herself as offering a number of services, including "Hoarding and Pet Hoarding Clean up; Squalor/Trashed Properties; Methamphetamine Lab Clean Up; Cell Cleaning; Homicide, Suicide, and Death Scenes". Before she was a trauma cleaner, Sandra Pankhurst was a husband and father, a sex reassignment patient and then a trophy wife. Now her aim in life is to offer order and care to the living and the dead. Sarah Krasnostein's book The Trauma Cleaner: One woman's extraordinary life in death, decay & disaster, tells Sandra Pankhurst's story. 

11:35 Claudia Jardine and Michael O'Leary - Pubs and poetry

Michael O'Leary

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Claudia Jardine

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A bevy of poets mark 50 years since the end of six o'clock pub closing at a free event next week at the National Library in Wellington. The finish of the "six o'clock swill" changed the way many New Zealanders drank and socialised - and our often fraught relationship with alcohol has been reflected in the work of some of our well-known poets. Claudia Jardine and Michael O'Leary will join other poets, including Greg O'Brien, Jenny Bornholdt and Bill Manhire, to share poetry that features "the drink". The event will include some special related Alexander Turnbull Library collection items, (including vintage beer mats), music from the collection of the National Library, and films from Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision.


vintage beer mat

vintage beer mat Photo: supplied, Alexander Turnbull Library


Books mentioned in this episode


Good-Bye Maoriland:  The Songs and Sounds of New Zealand's Great War

by Chris Bourke 

ISBN 9781869408718

Auckland University Press


The Trauma Cleaner: One woman's extraordinary life in death, decay & disaster

by Sarah Krasnostein 

ISBN: 9781250101204

St Martin's Press

Music played in this show

Artist: Nadia Reid
Song: Right on Time
Composer: Nadia Reid
Album: Preservation
Label: Basin rock
Played at: 8:30

Artist: Fazerdaze
Song: Little Uneasy
Composer: Amelia Murray
Album: Morningside
Label: Flying Nun
Played at: 9:35

Artist: David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights
Song: Maintrunk Country Road Song
Composer: Hunt,Kilgour,Heavy 8s
Album: The 9th
Label: Banditking
Played at: 11:35

Artist: The Sex Pistols
Song: God Save the Queen
Composer: Malcolm McLaren
Album: The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle
Label: Virgin
Played at: 11:55


Songs played during Chris Bourke's interview with Richard Langston this morning:

1.    Good Old New Zealand - written in NZ by Louis Benzoni in 1914, recorded in UK in 1916 by Stanley Kirkby. Sheet music sold nearly 50,000 in New Zealand. Private collection.

2.    England's Watching - RNZ recording, 2015. Written and performed two weeks into war, August 1914, by Wellington teenager Joye Eggers. Arranged by Brett Lowe. Performed by Mary Newman-Pound with the Farewell Zealandia Salon Orchestra, conductor Brett Lowe.

3.    Trentham - RNZ recording, 2015; written in 1916 by Corporal Ernest F. Luks, arranged by Brett Lowe. Performed by Lachlan Craig with the Farewell Zealandia Salon Orchestra, conductor Brett Lowe.

4.    Land of the Long White Cloud - RNZ recording, 2015. 'The Land of the Long White Cloud, Aotearoa' (1917) - Words and music by Harry Ribbands and C. L. James, arranged by Brett Lowe. Performed by Lachlan Craig with the Farewell Zealandia Salon Orchestra, conductor Brett Lowe.

5.    E Pari Ra - written by Paraire Tomoana, and recorded during the Second World War by the National Broadcasting Service's mobile unit. Performed by the Maori Battalion. From Ake Ake, kia kaha e: songs of the New Zealand 28 Maori Battalion (Atoll, 2006)

6.    Les Cleveland sings 'Bill Massey's Army'  (trad) - recorded on RNZ's Saturday Morning programme with Kim Hill, 24 April 2004.

7.    Tipperary - POW 1917 -  recorded in Germany in 1917 by a British prisoner of war. Recorded onto cylinder by the Royal Prussian Phonographic Mission, which had been recording regional dialects and songs since before the war. From Oh! It's a Lovely War: Songs and Sketches of the Great War 1914-1918, vol 4 (CD41-011)

8.    E Te Ope Tuatahi - written in 1916 by Apirana Ngata and Paraire Tomoana to encourage enlistment among Maori. Recorded during the Second World War by the National Broadcasting Service's mobile unit. Performed by the Maori Battalion. From Ake Ake, kia kaha e: songs of the New Zealand 28 Maori Battalion (Atoll, 2006)

9.    Waikato - recorded in 1930 in Sydney by the Tahiwi family of Levin. Re-named version of Princess Te Puea's anti-war 'E Noho E Rata' (1918). From The Tahiwis: historic 1930 recordings by Te Whanau Tahiwi (Atoll, 1998)

10.    We'll Never Forget Our Boys -  RNZ recording, 2015; written in 1917 by Jane Morison, harmonised by H. W., edited and adapted by Brett Lowe and David Dell. Performed by V8 Vocal Ensemble.