This Saturday Morning: Kim starts the morning talking with Donna Farhi, who has been practising and teaching yoga at the highest levels for decades - about why physical and sexual abuse by senior yoga teachers has been excused for too long; Canadian poet and author Anne Michaels charts her work since she wowed the world with Fugitive Pieces; St Matthew-in-the-City's Dr Helen Jacobi talks about the unique challenges of the urban ministry - and why places of worship have become targets for extremism; Auckland Art Gallery's Mary Kisler explains why she's been meticulously tracing Frances Hodgkins' footsteps; Dr Rochelle Constantine on the latest findings revealed by whale poo in the Hauraki Gulf, and finally, Dunedin's favourite musical son Shayne Carter talks about his life and plays his favourite tunes.  



8.09  Donna Farhi - Yoga's culture of abuse

Donna Farhi

Donna Farhi Photo: Supplied / Donna Farhi

BKS Iyengar

BKS Iyengar Photo: Wikicommons

Donna Farhi is an internationally respected yoga teacher who has been practicing for over 40 years and teaching since 1982. She is the author of several books including Teaching Yoga: Ethics and the Teacher-student Relationship. She has written extensively on the challenges the yoga community faces acknowledging and dealing with sexual and physical abuse by teachers, including senior teacher Manouso Manos, who was recently decertified as an Iyengar teacher following an investigation into reports of sexual assaults against students.






9.04    Anne Michaels -  Canadian poet and acclaimed author of Fugitive Pieces 

Anne Michaels

Anne Michaels Photo: Marzena Pogorzaly / AWF

Anne Michaels is a Canadian poet and novelist whose work has been translated and published in over 45 countries. Her books have garnered dozens of international awards including the Orange Prize, the Guardian Fiction Prize, the Lannan Award for Fiction and the Commonwealth Poetry Prize for the Americas. Her best known work is the novel Fugitive Pieces. Anne Michaels is currently completing  a new novel, and has recently released the poetry book All We Saw and essay collection Infinite Gradation. She will be appearing at this year's Auckland Writers Festival, details here.  


9.35  Dr Helen Jacobi -  Violence in the house of God 

Dr Helen Jacobi

Dr Helen Jacobi Photo: Supplied

Dr Helen Jacobi was appointed the first female Vicar of Auckland's St Matthew in the City in 2014. In 2019, she will host the annual International Network of Inner City Churches 2019 Meeting, an event originally setup by the Trinity Church in Wall St and bringing together Anglican/ Episcopalian churches from financial capitals. These churches are interested in looking at issues that target their particular demographics, including weekday ministries and a focus on inner-city homelessness. The meeting will also address a recent upswing in terrorist attacks in places of worship, including two mosques in Christchurch on March 15th


10.04   Mary Kisler - Finding Frances Hodgkins

Mary Kisler

Mary Kisler Photo: supplied

Mary Kisler is the Senior Curator, Mackelvie Collection, International Art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. Mary earned her Master's degree in Art History and Italian at the University of Auckland in 1994. She has been a curator at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki since 1998, caring for a collection that spans from c1150 to 1950. With Massey University Press, she has recently published Finding Frances Hodgkins, which takes a fresh look at where, when and why Hodgkins painted some of her best-known works. The book is timed to coincide with a major exhibition Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki (4 May - 1 September), which tours Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin in 2020. In tandem with the exhibition is the publication of an exhibition catalogue/book by Auckland University Press, also called Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys, by Catherine Hammond and Mary Kisler. Kisler and Hammond will be discussing their book at the upcoming Auckland Writers Festival, details here.



Finding Frances Hodgkins


10.35  Dr Rochelle Constantine - Whale poo divulges its secrets 

Rochelle Constantine at Cape Adare

Rochelle Constantine at Cape Adare Photo: Supplied

Dr Rochelle Constantine is an Associate Professor in biological sciences and marine science at the University of Auckland. Her most recent multi-disciplinary, collaborative project is focused on the Hauraki Gulf - Tīkapa Moana/ Te Moananui-ā-Toi - an area described as a 'global hotspot for marine megafauna diversity'. Recent research used a DNA-barcoding to analyse whale poo and the zooplankton community in the Gulf to determine the Bryde's whale diet, the most adaptable baleen whale known and a resident of the Gulf. The whales eat plankton, which are themselves on the move in the wake of warming oceans - behaviour which can provide a heads-up about the much larger changes that will occur in the Gulf if climate change continues.



11.04   Shayne Carter - Dead people he has known 

Shayne Carter

Shayne Carter Photo: Esta de Jong

Dunedin music icon Shayne Carter had a childhood he describes as "shaped by violence and addiction, as well as love and music". His music career blossomed in his teenage years, with bands like Bored Games and the Doublehappys, and evolved into his best-known bands Straitjacket Fits and Dimmer. In a new memoir, Dead People I Have Known, Carter traces his role in an intimate history of the 'Dunedin Sound' - a distinctive indie sound that emerged in the seventies, heavily influenced by punk-and the record label Flying Nun. He also talks about his other major and perhaps less known source of solace: sport. Shayne Carter will be appearing at the Auckland Writers Festival, the Dunedin Writers Festival and WORD Christchurch.  




Books mentioned in this episode:



by Tara Westover 

ISBN: 9780099511021

Windmill Books 


Fugitive Pieces

by Anne Michaels

ISBN:  9780679776598



All We Saw

by Anne Michaels 

ISBN: 9780451493095

Knopf Publishing Group


Finding Frances Hodgkins 

by Mary Kisler

ISBN: 9780995102972

Massey University Press 


Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys 

by Catherine Hammond and Mary Kisler. 

ISBN: 9781869408930

Auckland University Press


Dead People I have Known 

by Shayne Carter

ISBN: 9781776562213

Victoria University Press 

Music played in this show

Song: An Antidote for Strychnine
Artist: The Mountain Goats
Album: In League with Dragons
Played at 8:52

Song: Wanna Be On Your Mind
Artist: Valerie June
Album: Pushin' Against a Stone
Played at 10:42

Song: Randolph's Going Home
Artist: Shayne Carter & Peter Jefferies
Album: The Flying Nun Retrospective: Getting Older 1981-1991
Played at 11:07

Song: Ghost Rider
Artist: Anna Calvi
Album: Strange Weather (EP)
Played at: 11:21

Song: Nacht und Träume
Artist: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Album: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau Sings Lieder
Played at: 11:29

Song: Candy Milk
Artist: Negative Nancies
Album: You Do You (EP)
Played at: 11:40

Song: Don't Blame Me
Artist: Thelonius Monk
Album: The Columbia Years
Played at: 11:50