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12:15  New Zealand's First Archaeology Week

Hamish Williams at Hakhurst

Hamish Williams at Hakhurst Photo: supplied

With so many roading and housing developments underway in many parts of the country, our archeologists are flat out recording and saving important artifacts. New Zealand's first Archaeology Week is underway, with events around the country aimed at encouraging us to think about our archaeological heritage and how best to protect it.

From the Far North to the Deep South there are talks, historic walks and museum displays.  Lynn Freeman talks tolk to archaeologists Jono Carpenter, based in Whangarei, Hamish Williams, who works for Underground Overground in Christchurch and James Robinson from Kerikeri.

12:34  Ike Metekingi and the Maori Show Bands

On Chris Bourke's regular Audio Culture feature, a forgotten Kiwi pop pioneer finally  gets his moment in the spotlight.  Ike Metekingi is as much a New Zealand trail-blazer as Inia Te Wiata, Split Enz and Lorde, but most of us have never heard of him. As Chris tells Simon Morris, Ike Metekingi was the founder of the first genuine Maori Show Band, the Maori Hi Five. Ike blazed a trail, followed by acts like the Maori Volcanics, the Quin Tikis and the Maori Minors!

12.50  Winner of the Adam NZ Play Award

Adam Playwriting Award

Adam Playwriting Award Photo: supplied

A play about a lonely octagenerian Samoan woman and her friendship with a chicken has won David Mamea the 2017  Adam NZ Play Award. Still Life with Chickens is David's third play and it also won him the Best Play by a Pasifika Writer category at the awards which were handed out yesterday. David's based in Whangarei and has worked in film, television, theatre and radio, across genres ranging from sci-fi, soap and horror, to drama. The Adam NZ Play Award recognises  the best in new unproduced writing for the theatre - this marks its tenth year.

The Judges describe Still Life with Chickens as 'deceptively small scale and domestic to begin with, but it balloons into a bona fide full-on tragedy.  Lynn Freeman catches up with David in Melbourne.

1:10 At The Movies

This week Simon Morris reviews Life and Aquarius, and talks to Hayden Frost and LJ Ritchie about their website Never Repeats, which plans to describe every New Zealand film ever produced.

1:33 Hamilton's Meteor Theatre Runs Into Unexpected Snags

Asbestos and soggy foundations have put an expensive spanner in the works for the team behind the renovations and earthquake strengthening at Hamilton's historic Meteor Theatre. They've added around $80 thousand to the $1.2 million dollar project to preserve the popular performing arts venue. The Meteor's manager, Deborah Nudds, tells Lynn Freeman that the extra costs and the delays are setbacks but work continues on the building.

1:45 Album with royal connection shares stories of the ancestors

Pukepuke o'Tonga

Pukepuke o'Tonga Photo: Supplied

An record that combines the work of two creative forces from Tonga's past is about to be released. Lomipeau Fika 'Uluaki 'o Aotearoa combines the poetry of Queen Sālote Tupou III with the music of Lapaha Punake Vili Pusiaki - the great grandfather of members of Pukepuke o’ Tonga - the group putting it together. Group leader Sesilia Pusiaki spoke to Shaun D Wilson ahead of the album launch at Māngere Arts Centre.

2:06 The Laugh Track - Penny Ashton

Penny Ashton

Penny Ashton Photo: supplied

Penny Ashton, creator of the Dickens-themed show Olive Copperbottom picks Ali Wong, Matthew Harvey, Mel Smith and Griff Rhys-Jones, Tina C - and a scene from Nicholas Nickleby.

2:25 A New Novel Set in the Slums of Gold Rush Dunedin

At the start of Jude Thomas's debut novel Southern Gold, we meet the daughter of a privileged girl, estranged from her family.  She chooses to live in a seedy part of 1850s Dunedin to raise her illegitimate daughter. Evie's Scottish settler family had come up with a solution for the problematic baby Billie, but it's not one her teenage mother accepts.

Jude sets much of the novel in Dunedin's notorious McLaggen Street, as she tells Lynn Freeman, one of the seediest parts of the gold-rich city in the mid 19th century.  Southern Gold is a Silvereye publication.


2:40  Sci-fi Novel Star Sailors - Love!  Revolution!  Aliens!  Hokitika!


Photo: supplied

It's 2045 and as climate change wreaks havoc around the world, New Zealand becomes a sanctuary for the mega rich, who live in gated communities to keep the poor well away. This is the near future as imagined by Wellington writer James McNaughton in his novel Star Sailors. In it, there are oil rigs in Antarctica, and the wealthy can afford domed beaches and medical interventions that mean they can live to 120. Meanwhile a prophet - or is he an alien? - washed ashore years earlier in Holitika gains a growing following.

Star Sailors by James McNaughton is published by Victoria University Press.

2:49 Winner of This Year's Storylines Gavin Bishop Award for Illustration

A last minute entry by a recent school leaver has taken out a top award for New Zealand children's book illustrators. We are delighted to announce that 18 year old Lael Chisholm from Feilding, has just won this year's Storylines Gavin Bishop Award for Illustration.The Award was presented at The Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal and National Awards Day in Auckland. Her watercolour interpretation of Heather Haylock's book Granny McFlitter, the Champion Knitter will be published next year. Lynn Freeman talks to Lael Chisholm who just left Feilding High School last year, and is now working as a  freelance artist and designer.

3:06 Drama at 3 - Jack Winter's Dream

This 1958 recording is played to honour the Narrator - distinguished actor, the late Bernard Kearns.  And before that, Lynn Freeman's interview with Bernard recorded at his home in 2002.


Music played in this show

Artist: Frank Sinatra
Song: New York New York
Composer: Burns
Album: "New York New York"
Label: EMI
Played at: 12.12

Artist: The Sandpipers
Song: Louie Louie
Composer: Berry-De Caro-Ortega
Album: The Sandpipers
Label: A&M
Played at:12.34

Artist:Maori Hi Five
Song: Send for me
Composer: Jones
Album: The Maori Hi Five
Label: Festival
Played at: 12.35

Artist: Quin Tikis
Song: Hoki Mai Medley
Composer: Trad
Album: Make Friends with the Quin Tikis
Label: Sunshine
Played at: 12.37

Artist: Maori Volcanics
Song: Gotya
Composer: Joe Tex
Album: Live at the Broderick Inn
Label: Revolution
Played at: 12.38

Artist: John Rowles
Song: Yes we can can
Composer: Toussaint
Album: Rowled Gold
Label: Pye
Played at: 12.45

Artist: Ray Petersen
Song: Corinna Corinna
Composer: N/A
Album: She's My Girl!  He's My Boy!
Label: Fantastic
Played at: 12.47

Artist: Bic Runga
Song: Hello Hello
Composer: Runga-Hume
Album: Belle
Label: Sony
Played at: 12.58

Artist: Status Quo
Song: Down Down
Composer: Rossi-Young
Album: Whatever You Want
Label: Polygram
Played at: 1.10

Artist: Middle of the Road
Song: Soley Soley
Composer: Nistri-Stott
Album: The RCA Years
Label: Cherryred
Played at: 1.44

Artist: Pukepuke o’ Tonga
Song: Molumalu
Composer: Queen Sālote Tupou III, Lapaha Punake Vili Pusiaki
Album: Lomipeau Fika 'Uluaki 'o Aotearoa
Label: Private
Played at: 01:47

Artist: Mory Kante
Song: Yeke Yeke
Composer: Kante
Album: The Beach
Label: London
Played at: 1.58

Artist: The Archies
Song: Sugar Sugar
Composer: Barry-Kim
Album: Absolutely the Best Of
Label: Fuel
Played at: 2.04

Artist: Cyndi Lauper
Song: Iko Iko
Composer: Hawkins-Hawkins
Album: True Colors
Label: Portrait
Played at: 2.38

Artist: Billy Idol
Song: Mony Mony
Composer: Bloom-Cordell
Album: Greatest Hits
Label: Chrysalis
Played at: 2.58

Artist: Talk Talk
Song: Talk Talk
Composer: Hollis-Hollis
Album: Talk Talk: The Collection
Label: EMI
Played at: 3.58