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12:20 Remembering those old TV and radio ads

We're back at Nga Toanga Sound and Vision with the second part on our feature about bringing old commercials back into the limelight.

On its new Sellebration online webpage, there are around 300 New Zealand commercials, good, bad and unbearable to be found.

This week Lynn Freeman meets some of the team involved in collecting and restoring the ads:


12:44 New songwriting from Age Pryor

Age Pryor

Age Pryor Photo: supplied

Multi-instrumentalist and studio producer Age Pryor is a natural born collaborator...he's toured the country numerous times performing with groups including The Woolshed Sessions and Fly My Pretties.

Age is also a founding member of The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra.

For the last few years this once prolific songwriter hasn't been writing lyrics, concentrating instead on performing.

But he's back to writing and his hometown of Wellington is about to hear some of his new tracks at a suburban hall as part of the Old Hall Gigs project appearing with several long time collaborators in A Band With No Name.

Lynn Freeman asks Age what he's writing about these days.


1:10 At The Movies


1:33 Wanaka Art School still going strong after 28 years.

Each autumn, around 200 people with a creative itch gather at the Wanaka autumn art school.

This is the school's 28th year teaching everything from oil painting and creative writing, to photography and fly fishing.

Lynn Freeman travels to Wanaka to find out how it's managed to last so long.


1: Nicola Gardini on the art of translation

Nicola Gardini

Nicola Gardini Photo: MAURO BALLETTI

Nicola Gardini, Professof of Italian and Comparative Literature at the University of Oxford was in Wellington this week to attend the Wai Te Ata press launch of the Italian translation of Best New Zealand Poems 2015.

Himself a distinguished writer of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, his recent novel Lost Worlds was awarded the prestigious Italian literary prize the Viareggio Prize. He's in the studio to share with us his passion for translation.


2:04 The Laugh Track - John Clarke and Jay Cassells

One from the archives, in memory of satirist John Clarke who died last week.

We spoke to him on The Laugh Track in 2007, along with his mate Jay Cassells, about the release of The Fred Dagg all-purpose DVD. Essential viewing for his many fans.


2:25  Karen McMillan's latest novel, Brushstrokes of Memory.

Karen McMillan

Karen McMillan Photo: supplied

Imagine waking up in hospital to find that the last ten years of your life have been erased from your memory.

People around you have mysteriously aged - and you see that you have too, once you get to a mirror.

That's the scenario facing Rebecca in Karen McMillan's latest novel, Brushstrokes of Memory.

And if that's not enough, Rebecca discovers she's a cancer is her creator who talks to Lynn Freeman.

Brushstrokes of Memory cover

Brushstrokes of Memory cover Photo: supplied


2:36 The Hope Fault - new writing and a new direction from Tracy Farr.

The Hope Fault cover

The Hope Fault cover Photo: supplied

Trans Tasman writer Tracy Farr's last novel in 2013 was about the Life and Loves of Lena imagined early female exponent of the theremin.

She talks to Lynn Freeman about her second novel, The Hope Fault, in which she goes in an entirely different direction bringing an extended family together in a house that's up for sale.

Tracy Farr

Tracy Farr Photo: supplied

2:49 Petra Cortright, Digital Painter.

Petra Cortright

Petra Cortright Photo: Stefan Simchowitz

LA artist Petra Cortright isn't crazy about two of the labels she's been given....a pioneer of both post-internet art and of the selfie.  She prefers - digital painter.

Petra finds and manipulates images from the net to create multi layered pictures and videos on her computer.

Petra Cortright

Petra Cortright Photo: Petra Cortright

Wellington City Gallery is hosting the first exhibition of her work in New Zealand. Lynn Freeman asks Petra Cortright when she started thinking about a computer as a canvas.


3:06 Drama at 3 - Part One of  "Faith", by Tom McCrory.

Part one of a 2-part drama that explores the nature of love and faith.

It stretches from contemporary New Zealand back to a war-torn Hungary of the 1930s to unravel decaying relationships in the wake of a matriarch's death.

Music played in this show

Artist: Dean Martin  

Song: Memories are Made of This           

Composer: Terry Gilkyson, Richard Dehr & Frank Miller


Label: Capitol

Played at: 12:10


Artist: Van Morrison

Song: Memories

Composer: Morrison

Album: Enlightenment

Label: Polydor

Played at: 12:35


Artist: Fly My Pretties          

Song: Singing In My Soul

Composer: Pryor

Album: Live At Bats

Label: Loop

Played at: 12:40


Artist: The Woolshed Sessions

Song: Acceptance

Composer: Pryor

Album: The Woolshed Sessions

Label: Loop

Played at: 12:50


Artist: Sarah Vaughann

Song: I’d rather have a memory than a dream

Composer: Feather, Russell

Album: Hot Swings

Label: Realgone

Played at: 12:55


Artist: Elvis Costello

Song: Just a Memory                     

Composer: Costello

Album: Get Happy!

Label: EDSEL

Played at: 1:08



Artist: Lulu

Song: Sweet Memories

Composer: Mickey Newbury

Album: Melody Fair

Label: Atco

Played at: 1:46


Artist: Panic! At The Disco

Song: Memories

Composer: Walker

Album: Vices and Virtues  

Label: Decaydance

Played at: 1:59


Artist: Toddla T

Song: Take It Back

Composer: MacKenzie Bell

Album: Take It Back

Label: Ninja Tune

Played at: 2:04


Artist: Adeaze

Song: Memory Lane


Album: Always and for Real

Label: Dawn Raid Entertainment

Played at: 2:37



Artist: The Go-Betweens

Song: Dive for Your Memory

Composer: Forster, McLennan

Album: Bella Vista Terrace, The Best of (compilation) 

Label: beggersbanquet

Played at: 2:45


Artist: Barbara Streisand

Song: The Way We Were

Composer: Bergman, Bergman, Hamlisch

Album: The Way We Were

Label: Colombia

Played at: 2:58