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12:15 The Rich and Vibrant True Stories of New Zealand Women

Kororareka: The Ballad of Maggie Flynn

Kororareka: The Ballad of Maggie Flynn Photo: supplied

Director Julie Nolan

Director Julie Nolan Photo: supplied

Auckland's Red Leap Theatre have built a formidable reputation for excellent physical theatre - and for devising their stories in the rehearsal room.

Their new show, Kororareka - the Ballad of Maggie Flynn, promises to be just as physical. But to tell this tale of adventure and danger in 19th century Northland, they've added a new element - a script, written by Paolo Rotondo:

Justin Gregory went to Red Leap's rehearsal space in West Auckland to ask director Julie Nolan why the change to the written word.

12:30 Pacific Bodies

Right now the Auckland Art Gallery is promising an encounter with "the human form in all its complexity".

The Body Laid Bare is a major exhibition of nude masterpieces from the collection of the Tate Gallery in London. It's on in Auckland until the middle of next month and is a stupendous collection. But all complexities? No.

So the gallery and the British Council have commissioned five Pasifika artists to create video responses to the collection. The first video, by artist Rosanna Raymond, is online and has already been viewed more than 30,000 times. Justin Gregory asks Rosanna, who is in New York on a Fellowship, if she was expecting such a big reaction.


12:45 Lick My Past

Kelly Nash and Nancy Wijohn

Kelly Nash and Nancy Wijohn Photo: supplied

Dancers Kelly Nash and Nancy Wijohn have worked for some of our best choreographers but now they've taken the leap and made their own show.

Lick My Past opens this week at the Kia Mau Festival in Wellington. It celebrates relationships between women and reflects the couple's need to not take themselves too seriously. Especially given that, in their words, their careers are now 'a matter of choice."

Justin Gregory asks them if this meant they are retiring. Kelly puts him right.


The Standing Room Only team has done the hard work for you and picked some of the highlights of the Kai Mau Festival.

1:10 At The Movies


1:33 Matariki - the star of the year.

Dr. Rangi Matamua

Dr. Rangi Matamua Photo: supplied

Matariki - the star of the year.

Matariki - the star of the year. Photo: supplied

Recognition of Matariki is on the rise and along with it, a new appreciation of Māori astronomical knowledge.

Te Kōkau Himiona Te Pikikotuku of Ruatāhuna began to compile a 400-page manuscript on Maori Astronomy with his son Rāwiri in 1898 which Rāwiri Te Kōkau completed in 1933. On his deathbed, Rāwiri Te Kōkau handed this book to his grandson Timi Rāwiri, and in 1995 this book was then gifted to Timi's grandson Waikato University lecturer Dr. Rangi Matamua.

After years of studying this manuscript and research into Māori astronomy, Dr Rangi Matamua has brought this manuscript to life in his new book Matariki - the star of the year.

But major misunderstandings of what - and when - Matariki is are still common. Dr Rangi Matamua talks to Justin Gregory to try and clear some of these up.

1:40 Musicians of Aotearoa

Photographer Hayley Theyers

Photographer Hayley Theyers Photo: supplied

If you were out and about during New Zealand music month, you might have seen some familiar faces on billboards. Musicians of Aotearoa is a series of portraits made into posters of some of our best but maybe not best known musicians.

Photographer Hayley Theyers went to the homes and studios of musicians like Bill Direen, Peter Gutteridge, George Henderson and Chris Knox to shoot them for the posters. She's a massive music fan and we thought we'd invite her in to talk about the portraits and listen to some of her favourite songs.


2:06 The Laugh Track - Chris Rex Martin

Chris Rex Martin

Chris Rex Martin Photo: supplied

Chris Rex Martin is an actor and a producer and lately he's added writer to his list of titles. He's co-written a new show called Larger Than Life, which opens this week in Wellington. It's a satirical look back to a time when Maori showbands conquered the country and John Rowles ruled New Zealand. And he's acting in it, too.


2:25 Heloise d’Argenteuil - old questions, new answers?

Heloise Cover

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What on earth can you do when you're young, brilliant, ambitious - and female - in medieval France?

That's the dilemma facing the heroine of Mandy Hager's new Novel, Heloise. Based on new research into the life of Heloise d’Argenteuil, famed lover of 12th century French philosopher Peter Abelard, this is a new take on a well-known story with very modern questions at it heart.

Mandy Hagar

Mandy Hagar Photo: David Hamilton

2:40 Telling arts stories.

Duncan Grieve

Duncan Grieve Photo: supplied

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It’s not news that arts coverage is having a hard time holding its place in the mainstream media but there’s plenty of room online. Websites The Spinoff and The Pantograph Punch are two local examples with very different takes on how to talk about art. Justin Gregory invited the Spinoff’s Duncan Grieve and Janet McAllister from the Pantograph Punch in to chat.

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Janet McAlister

Janet McAlister Photo: supplied

3:06 Drama at 3 - The Big Melt by Stuart Hoar

The final drama in our Worldplay 2010 series.
It's New Zealand's contribution to the 6-part international series of plays- all based on a single theme - MONEY.
And our offering is Stuart Hoar’s far reaching comic drama The Big Melt' which explores aspects of the recent global financial meltdown, climate change and personal morality.


Music played in this show

Artist: Perry Como

Song: Catch a Falling Star

Composer: Paul ance & Lee Pockriss

Album: single

Label: EMI

Played at: 12:15



Song: Yellow

Composer: Chris Martin, Johnny Buckland, Guy Berryman, Will Champoin

Album: It All Leads to This

Label: ATCO/Warner

Played at: 12:30


Artist: Boy Meets Girl

Song: Waiting for a Star to Fall

Composer: Shannon Rubicam George Merril

Album: Reel Life

Label: RCS

Played at: 12:58


Artist: Earth Wind and Fire

Song: Shining Star

Composer: Maurice White, Larry Dunn and Phillip Bailey

Album: That’s the Way of The World

Label: Columbia

Played at: 1:10


Artist: The Puddle

Song: Someone To Love

Composer: George D. Henderson

Album: Songs for Emily Valentine

Label: flying nun

Played at: 1:30


Artist: The Great Unwashed

Song: Boat With No Ocean

Composer: Peter Gutteridge  

Album: The Singles Album

Label: Flying Nun

Played at: 1:35







Artist: Purple Pilgrims

Song: thru Every Cell

Composer: Purple Pilgrims

Album: Eternal Delight


Played at: 1.40


Artist: Perfect Strangers

Song: Flea Circus and Wah Uh Wah Wah Uh

Composer: Bill Vosburgh

Album: Noli Me Tangere EP


Played at: 1.45



Artist: the Tall Dwarfs

Song: All my Hollowness to You

Composer: Chris Knox

Album: Hello Cruel World


Played at: 1:50


  1. Matthew Bannister - "And Your Bird Can Sing" from the Elvover album



Artist: Matthew Bannister

Song: And Your bird Can Sing

Composer: Lennon/McCartney

Album: Evolver


Played at: 1:55


Artist: Jamelia

Song: Superstar

Composer: Remee, Mich Hansen, Joe Belmaati

Album: Thank You

Label: Parlophone

Played at: 2:07


Artist: The Beatles

Song: Across The Universe

Composer: Lennon/McCartney

Album: No One’s Gonna Change Our World

Label: Regal Starline

Played at: 2:30


Artist: Paul Oakenfold

Song: Starry Eyed Surprise

Composer: Seth Binzer, Andy Gray, Fred Neil, Paul Oakenfold

Album: Bunkka

Label: Maverick

Played at: 2:55


Artist: Madonna

Song: Lucky Star

Composer: Madonna

Album: Madonna

Label: Sire. Warner Brothers

Played at: 3:05


Artist: Rose Royce

Song: Wishing on A Star

Composer: Billie Ray Calvin

Album: Rose Royce II: In Full Bloom

Label: Whitfield

Played at: 3:55