This Saturday Morning: Kim starts the show talking to Dr Paul Wood, who was in prison at age 19 for murder, about turning his life around; Alan Elliott, the man who found and restored the recording of the most successful gospel album of all time - Aretha Franklin's Amazing GraceFinn McCahon-Jones shares his research on his grandfather Colin McCahon's stints as a curator at the Auckland Art Gallery - and how his artistic vision informed that practice; the Tararua Tramping Club has just turned 100 - and a broad and entertaining history charts the clubs evolution, written by Shaun Barnett and Chris Maclean; PhD student Ines Moran is a Titiponamu, (Rifleman) bird expert - she inadvertently caught the endangered warbler being preyed on by a rather unfriendly long-tailed cuckoo; Sother Teague is a New York bar maven - including one he's concocted to raise money to fight the Trump regime, and finally, classical guitarist Gunter Herbig has transposed the piano music of mystic G.I Gurdjieff - the man who Katherine Mansfield followed in the latter part of her life. 



0810 Dr Paul Wood - Author of How to Escape From Prison

At age 19 New Zealander Dr Paul Wood was a drug user in prison for committing murder.

Today he is a doctor of psychology, leadership and development specialist, and husband and father. 

He has written a book, How to Escape from Prison, about what it takes to turn your life around.

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0905  Alan Elliott - Resurrecting the filming of Aretha Franklin's Amazing Grace 

Alan Elliott

Alan Elliott Photo: Wikicommons

A double album of Aretha Franklin's 1972 performance at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles became the highest-selling live gospel music recording of all time.

It was also meant to result in a film, directed by Sydney Pollack, but technical problems, and Franklin's subsequent rejection of the footage led to its shelving for nearly half a century.

In 1990, Atlantic Records A&R man Alan Elliott heard about the material and set about retrieving and resurrecting the film.

It is called Amazing Grace, and will be playing at the New Zealand International Film Festival, details here


0940   Finn McCahon-Jones - Colin McCahon's curatorial flair

Finn McCahon-Jones is is the grandson of one of New Zealand's most iconic painters, Colin McCahon.

He recently began researching and writing about his grandfather's time as a curator at the then-Auckland City Art Gallery, (now Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki) where Colin worked before becoming a full-time painter in the early 1970s.

Finn is the co-curator of an upcoming exhibition, From the Archive: Colin McCahon in Auckland, which opens on Saturday July 13th, details here.

Colin McCahon - curator

10:05   Shaun Barnett and Chris Maclean - The history of New Zealand's first tramping club

cover of the book "Leading the Way"

New Zealand's first tramping club, The Tararua Tramping Club celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.

These days tramping is a mainstream leisure pursuit but In 1919 it was viewed as a very odd way to spend your time.

Writers and outdoor enthusiasts Shaun Barnett and Chris Maclean have written a book, Leading the Way, which explores the history of the club and how tramping has changed over the century.

1045 Ines Moran - Young ecologists discover fearsome predator of NZ's tiniest bird

Rifleman /  Ines Moran

Rifleman / Ines Moran Photo: Supplied

In the course of recent field work, PhD student Ines Moran and colleague Yen Yi Loo accidentally discovered that the Tītipounamu/Rifleman, New Zealand's tiniest bird, has a previously unknown natural predator.

They captured video of a long-tailed cuckoo/koekoeā attacking nestlings, highlighting a threat to the tiny, native warblers which weigh in at just 5-7g .

Ines's main area of study at the University of Auckland's Cain Lab is the Tītipounamu, which shares a common ancestor with parrots and oscine birds - groups of birds known to learn their vocalisations.

Her research looks at dialects, vocal networks and birdsong.




1105 Sother Teague - Top New York mixologist and anti-Trump campaigner

A culinary school graduate, Sother Teague began his hospitality career in restaurant kitchens, then worked as a research and technical chef on the Food Network series, Good Eats.

He subsequently moved to New York, joining the team launching Booker and Dax, the avant-garde molecular bar that was situated beside restaurateur David Chang's Momofuku Ssäm Bar.

Sother has gone on to found some of New York's top bars including Coup, a cocktail pop-up bar that donates all profits to organisations fighting against Donald Trump's policies.

Sother Teague, will be mixing drinks and sharing insights on the art of the cocktail at boutique Ponsonby speakeasy, Ante Social, from 24th to 27th July as part of Eat Drink Love Ponsonby details here.

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Photo: Eric Medsker Photography

1135 Gunter Herbig - Re-imagining the music of Katherine Mansfield's favourite mystic, G.I Gurdjieff

G.I. Gurdjieff

G.I. Gurdjieff Photo: Wikicommons

Classical and modern guitarist Gunter Herbig was born in Brazil, grew up in Portugal and Germany, and moved to New Zealand in 1989.

He was Head of Classical Guitar and Chamber Music at the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington and was on the staff at the School of Music at Auckland University for 25 years.

He performs nationally and internationally and has recorded numerous albums, including his take on the works of Douglas Lilburn and David Farquhar.

His latest album is Ex Oriente, an electric guitar interpretation of mystic G.I. Gurdjieff's piano music.

Katherine Mansfield was one of many disciples of G.I Gurdjieff in the later stages of her life, and she died at his Institute for Harmonious Development of Man in Fontainebleau outside Paris.




Books mentioned in this episode:


How to Escape from Prison

by Dr Paul Wood

ISBN: 9781775541196




Leading The Way: 100 Years Of Tararua Tramping Club​

by Shaun Barnett and Chris Maclean

ISBN: 9780473461744

Aotearoa Books 

Music played in this show

Song: Old Landmark
Artist: Aretha Franklin
Played at: 9.07

Song: What a Friend We Have in Jesus
Artist: Aretha Franklin
Played at: 9.35

Song: Lived in Bars
Artist: Cat Power
Played at: 11.31

Song: Fragment No. 6 Act III: Tibetan Dance
Artist: Gunter Herbig
Played at: 11:36

Song: Sayyid Chant and Dance No. 42
Artist: Gunter Herbig
Played at: 11:50