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Photo: RNZ / Noelle McCarthy

This Saturday Morning, Noelle McCarthy is standing in for Kim Hill.
She starts the morning in conversation with Martin Wylie, one-time corporate high flyer and now the CEO of Altus Enterprises, a charitable trust providing employment for those with intellectual disabilities - and why he thinks they can be paid less than minimum wage; Wendy Parkins on her life-changing breakdown that left OCD and germ-phobia in its wake; Canadian doco maker John Walker, who has a theory about why 'assholes' abound in the current age; activist and photographer Qiane Matata-Sipu on the nexus of her passions; Te Papa's Sean Mallon on his role as the country's most senior curator of Pacific antiquities and his award-winning book, all about the art and history of Samoan tattoo; playwright, actor and all round creative arts maestro Jason Te Mete has created a new play requiring trigger warnings and offers of counselling, and finally, the team of young wahine creating waves in slam poetry, Ngā Hine Pūkōrero


8.10  Martin Wylie - Should some make less than the minimum wage?

Martin Wylie with workers in the Altus Enterprises factory in Papatoetoe

Martin Wylie with workers in the Altus Enterprises factory in Papatoetoe Photo: Social Enterprise Auckland

Martin Wylie has decades of experience in business, including 10 years as company secretary at Telecom, chief executive of Simpson Grierson and iHug, and chief executive and director of CallPlus, which was founded by Malcolm Dick and Annette Presley in 1996. After exiting that business, following several other corporate roles, he left to head up the charity Elevator Group and its subsidiary Altus Enterprises, which employ over 900 people with mental and physical disabilities. The government is currently proposing changes to the minimum wage exemption act, which means organisations like Altus Enterprises would have to pay a minimum wage to its employees, rather than the nominal rate it pays currently. Wylie explains to Noelle why this move will "sink the sector".


8.40 Wendy Parkins - Every morning, so far, I'm alive

Wendy Parkins

Wendy Parkins Photo: Supplied

Wendy Parkins, formerly a professor of Victorian Literature, has taught at universities in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. She is the author of three scholarly monographs and dozens of academic articles and book chapters. Her previous books include Slow Living (co-authored with Geoffrey Craig) and Jane Morris: The burden of history. Her memoir, just published, is Every morning, so far, I'm alive which chronicles her struggle with homesickness and career burn-out, which develops into depression, contamination phobia and OCD.


9.05  John Walker - Assholes: A Theory

John Walker

John Walker Photo: Stephan Ballard

John Walker is one of Canada's best known documentary film-makers. His latest work is Assholes: A Theory. The film is a direct response to psychology professor Aaron James' witty bestseller about why some people are assholes and how to deal with them - in an age when the trait seems to be on the rise. John Walker's films have been widely broadcast and have appeared at major international film festivals in Toronto, Vancouver, New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, London and Tokyo. He has received over 60 Canadian and international nominations and awards for his writing, directing, producing and cinematography. Assholes: A Theory is screening in Auckland and Wellington as part of the Documentary Edge International Film Festival.

9.35 Qiane Matata-Sipu - Kickass indigenous wahine

Qiane Matata-Sipu

Qiane Matata-Sipu (Te Wai-o-hua, Waikato-Tainui) is a South Auckland based journalist, photographer and social activist.

She is currently producing NUKU, a creative and social impact story-telling project profiling 100 "kickass indigenous wahine" which she says allows indigenous wahine to look at the world through a lens made by and made for indigenous women.

The project includes creative portrait photography, an audio podcast, and will culminate in an exhibition and book. She has been documenting her papakāinga, Ihumātao for the past twelve years.

Her six-image social documentary series about the campaign to protect land next to the Ōtuataua Stonefields Historic Reserve in Mangere from development as a Special Housing Area (SHA) won her a 2018 New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year award.

She talks to Noelle McCarthy about photography, social activism and capturing the lives of the people in her community on camera.


10:10  Sean Mallon - Tatau: A History of Sāmoan Tattooing

Sean Mallon / cover of Tatau: A History of Sāmoan Tattooing

Sean Mallon / cover of Tatau: A History of Sāmoan Tattooing Photo: Supplied

Sean Mallon, of Sāmoan (Mulivai, Safata) and Irish descent, is Senior Curator Pacific Cultures at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. He is a co-author of both Tangata o le Moana: The story of New Zealand and the people of the Pacific (Te Papa Press, 2012) and Art in Oceania: A new history (2012), which was awarded the Authors' Club's Art Book Prize. His latest book, done with Sébastien Galliot, is Tatau: A History of Sāmoan Tattooing (Te Papa Press), which won the award for best Illustrated Non-Fiction in the 2019 Ockham book awards. Mallon has been a council member of The Polynesian Society since 2008.


11:05 Jason Te Mete - How far should one care for a triggered audience?  

Jason Te Mete

Jason Te Mete Photo: Kathryn Rawlings & Associates

Jason Te Mete (Ngati Ranganui) is an actor, singer, dancer, director, vocal coach, musical director and pianist. He is also programme leader of Performing Arts at Manukau Institute of Technology.  He is in production of his new play,  Over My Dead Body: LITTLE BLACK BITCH at Wellington's BATS Theatre (4-8 June), with students from his Bachelor of Creative Arts (Performing Arts) programme. Because the play includes the topic of suicide, trigger warnings will be made before the play, and a facilitated discussion held after the show, with an offer of further counselling to those affected by the work. Te Mete won an Adam NZ Play Award as Best Māori Playwright 2018 for the work, and has had a distinguished career across the creative arts.




11.40 Ngā Hine Pūkōrero  - Brave New Voices

Ngā Hine Pūkōrero

Ngā Hine Pūkōrero Photo: Supplied

Ngā Hine Pūkōrero are a performance poetry group are from Ngā Puna o Waiōrea, the Te Reo Maori immersion kura at Western Springs College.  In 2018, Ngā Hine Pūkōrero competed against 44 other high school teams to be crowned the grand slam champions of 'Word - The Front Line', the largest poetry slam in Aotearoa. Two months later they also won the Trans-Tasman Poetry Youth Slam in Melbourne. These victories have secured them an invitation to the world's biggest youth poetry slam. In July they will travel across the Pacific to share their voices with the world at the 2019 Brave New Voices (BNV) Youth Poetry Festival in the United States.  Ngā Hine Pūkōrero are Arihia Hall, 17 yrs (Te Arawa Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Tūkorehe); Terina Wichman-Evans, 17 yrs (Ngapuhi, Ngati-Whatua, Te Au Pouri); Matariki Bennett, 16 yrs (Te Arawa, Ngati Pikiao, Ngati Whakaaue) and Manaia Tuwhare-Hoani, 16 yrs (Ngapuhi, Ngati Tautahi ki Kaikohe & Te Popoto ki Utakura, Ngati Wai Mai Mokau/Whangaruru) the great-granddaughter of the great New Zealand poet Hone Tuwhare.  The group has a Givealittle page to fundraise for their trip to the US, details here.


Books mentioned in this episode:

Every morning, so far, I'm alive

by Wendy Parkins

ISBN: 9781988531618

Otago University Press

Tatau: A History of Sāmoan Tattooing

by Sean Mallon and Sébastien Galliot

ISBN: 978-0-9941362-4-4

Te Papa Press


Music played in this show

Song: Masi Samoa
Artist: Jamoa Jam
Album: Samoana Soul
Played at 10:20

Song: Goodbye Mrs Durkin
Artist: The Irish Rovers
Album: The Irish Rovers: The Best of
Played at: 10:45

Song: How Bizarre
Artist: OMC
Album: How Bizarre
Played at:10:57

Song: Friend
Artist: Graham Brazier
Album: Tuwhare [Hone Tuwhare Tribute]
Played at:11:35

Song: Baby I Love You
Artist: Aretha Franklin
Album: Aretha Arrives
Played at:11:54