This Saturday Morning: Kim deciphers blockchain technology and other future-forward developments with Dr Angus Hervey and Tane Hunter of Melbourne-based agency Future Crunch; British sculptor Sean Henry discusses why his work has been chosen to adorn a Queenstown golf course; Peta Carey, wife of the late Dave Comer, explains her husband's pioneering career - latterly as Sir Peter Jackson's location scout; Sri Lankan-New Zealander Ahi Karunaharan talks about Tea, from a cultural and historical aspect as well as its basis for his new work; adventurer Tim Cope details his three and a half year odyssey On The Trail of Genghis Khan, and finally, Saturday Morning regular Kate De Goldi with her best children's book picks.   



8:10 Tane Hunter and Angus Hervey - Future Crunch  

Tane Hunter

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Dr Angus Hervey

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Dr Angus Hervey is a former manager of Random Hacks of Kindness, a global initiative from Google, IBM, Microsoft, NASA and the World Bank to create open-source technology solutions to social challenges, and he's also a former manager of Global Policy, one of the world's top political journals. Tane Hunter is a cancer researcher, bioinformatician, and science communicator. He has worked for the Royal Children's Hospital diagnosing rare genetic diseases and is currently completing his PhD at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, using molecular biomarkers and artificial intelligence to better understand, diagnose and improve treatment for people suffering from cancer. Together the pair are part of Melbourne-based consultancy Future Crunch, which aims to help organisations understand the frontiers of science and technology so that they can prepare themselves for what's coming down the line.  The group also looks to spread the word of 'science-based optimism' - pointing out all the scientific advancements that they say are making the world a much better place to live in. Future Crunch was in New Zealand recently for the Environment Institute Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ) Annual Conference .


9:06  Sean Henry - Man with Potential Selves

Sean Henry

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British artist Sean Henry graduated in ceramic sculpture from Bristol in 1987 and had his first exhibition in London in 1988, going on to have more than 30 solo shows during his career. Henry's public works include Walking Man in London's Holland Park (2000), Man With Potential Selves in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne (2003) and Walking Woman (2008). He completed the UK's first permanent offshore sculpture, Couple, in 2007 - a 13m high by 20m wide sculpture located 300m off the coast of Northumberland. More recent permanent installations include Standing Man in Stockholm (2010) and Seated Figure, a 3m high sculpture located in the North York Moors National Park (2017). In 2015 he was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery in London to create a painted bronze sculpture of Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the founder of the World Wide Web. Henry is in New Zealand this week to install a huge new sculpture at Sir Michael Hill's golf course, The Hills, in Arrowtown. 




The work of Sean Henry 



10:04 Peta Carey - A Place for the Heart 

Peta Carey

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Photographer and film location scout Dave Comer was popularly known as 'the man who found Middle Earth'; he was Peter Jackson's main location scout. He also had a successful career in advertising photography - in 2000 he was credited with developing a technique to convert still frames to motion picture film, creating a dream-like effect in an ad for Jaguar with the car crisp and in-focus and the background motion blurred. That advertisement went on to win the prestigious Kodak AICP Award for Cinematography in New York, and the commercial took its place in the permanent collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art.  When he died in 2014, Comer's death was reported all around the world and now his wife, Peta Carey, an award-winning TV producer/director, documentary maker  and writer in her own right, is telling his story through letters, photos and personal recollections in a new book, A Place for the Heart: The Life and Work of Dave Comer. Queenstown-based Carey is also the secretary of the Hollyford Conservation Trust. 




Pictures from A Place for the Heart: The Life and Work of Dave Comer





10:30 Ahi Karunaharan - Tea

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Tea is a new play from British-born, New Zealand-raised Sri Lankan playwright Ahi Karunaharan and it premieres at the Auckland Arts Festival in March 2018. Karunaharan is an actor, writer and director who has worked in the arts sector for shows, venues, production companies, and festivals in Aotearoa and around the world. He is an associate producer for Tawata Productions and the founder of Agaram Productions, which curated and produced the first ever South Asian Writers Festival. Tea is described as a sweeping saga that spans thousands of years, between the tea estates of Sri Lanka and a distant future. 




11:04 Tim Cope - On the Trail of Genghis Khan  

Tim Cope

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Gippsland-born Tim Cope speaks fluent Russian, and has spent the best part of a decade traveling Russia, Mongolia, and Central Asia by bicycle, row boat, skis, horse, camel and many other means. His most renowned journey was a three and a half year odyssey across the Eurasian steppe from Mongolia, through Kazakhstan, Russia, and the Ukraine, to Hungary, retracing the trail of Genghis Khan on horseback. The trip was detailed in his book On the Trail of Genghis Khan: An Epic Journey Through the Land of the Nomads. On the same subject he's completed an award winning film series for ARTE in Europe, and ABC TV in Australia. Cope's book, which was released in Australia, the USA, Canada, UK and Germany, won Best Adventure Travel Book and the Grand Prize at the Banff International Mountain Book and Film Festival 2013 and more recently, the Grand Prize at the NZ Mountain Festival. Since 2008, Cope has been returning to Mongolia annually to guide trips for World Expeditions.

Photos from On the Trail of Genghis Khan: An Epic Journey Through the Land of the Nomads


11:45 Kate De Goldi - The Longest Breakfast

Kate De Goldi

Kate De Goldi. Photo: supplied.

Kate De Goldi is a fiction writer and book reviewer. Her most recent novel, From the Cutting Room of Barney Kettle, won the Esther Glen Medal at the 2016 NZ Children's and Young Adult Book Awards, and she's just published ANNUAL 2 with Susan Paris, a miscellany for 9-to-12 year olds. She will review Aotearoa: The New Zealand Story, pictorial non-fiction from Gavin Bishop; the novel The Explorer by Katherine Rundell, and a picture book, The Longest Breakfast, by Jenny Bornholdt, illustrations by Sarah Wilkins.




Books mentioned in this episode:


A Place for the Heart: The Life and Work of Dave Comer

by Peta Carey

ISBN 9780947503406

Potton & Burton


On the Trail of Genghis Khan: An Epic Journey Through the Land of the Nomads

By Tim Cope

ISBN 1608190722

Bloomsbury Publishing


Aotearoa: The New Zealand Story

By Gavin Bishop

ISBN 9780143770350

Picture Puffin


The Explorer

By Katherine Rundell

ISBN 1481419455

Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers


The Longest Breakfast

by Jenny Bornholdt, Sarah Wilkins (illustrator)

ISBN 9781776571673

Gecko Press



Music played in this show

Song: Always
Artist: Leonard Cohen
Composer: Berlin
Album: The Future
Label: Columbia