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12:15 Kaikoura’s New Normal

New Normal.

New Normal. Photo: Kaikoura Museum

Kaikoura residents are sharing their own stories of life since the November 2016 earthquake altered the seaside community in so many ways. They come up with all kinds of ways to describe their experiences within the confines of a box.

There are about 30 boxes in the exhibition called New Normal representing a big cross section of the Kaikoura community and beyond. It's been a collaboration with Kaikoura's new Museum which invited locals to share their stories for future generations.


12:30 Bless the Child

Who killed baby Ara?

It could be another headline to another news story about another child killed by a family member or step parent. Which is very much the point of Hone Kouka's new play Bless the Child.

The mother of Ara is charged with her murder - but what is the truth? Bless the Child was a co-winner of the Adam Play Award in 2015 and it will be directed by his partner Miria George.

This is Hone's fifth play selected for the New Zealand Festival in Wellington. It’ll also be part of the Auckland Arts Festival line up in 2018.


12:40 The plethora of NZ films in 2017

The Listener's James Robins.

The Listener's James Robins. Photo: Supplied

2017 has been an extraordinary one for New Zealand films. Say what you like about the quality of 2017, the sheer quantity of titles has been extraordinary.

It's across the board too - documentaries, dramas, comedies. Even that rare thing in this country; family movies. But it still seems hard to get New Zealand audiences along to a local film - or at least one not made by Taika Waititi.

What are they missing out on? To look over the year's riches Simon Morris is joined by James Robins (The Listener), and Sarah McMullen (Nine To Noon with Kathryn Ryan).


1:10 At The Movies

Simon Morris checks out James Franco's tribute to a one-of-a-kind director in The Disaster Artist, assesses festive fare The Man Who Invented Christmas and bemoans a lack of surprises in Wonder.


1:30 Funding Katherine Mansfield Birthplace

Director of the Katherine Mansfield House & Garden Jen Boland.

Director of the Katherine Mansfield House & Garden Jen Boland. Photo: RNZ

The Katherine Mansfield Birthplace in Wellington is Mecca for adoring fans of the New Zealand short story writer. It's also in need of some serious work on the exterior and the gardens.

Lynn Freeman went to visit and to find out about fundraising efforts from Jen Boland (Director of the Katherine Mansfield House & Garden).



1:40 BWB Books

Tom Rennie from BWB.

Tom Rennie from BWB. Photo: Supplied

Bridget Williams from BWB.

Bridget Williams from BWB. Photo: Bruce Foster

Dire predictions about the death of books and of publishing in this country with the advent of e-books and the amalgamation of big publishing houses have proved to be way off the mark.

One of the standout publishers to have emerged is Wellington's BWB - Bridget Williams' Books - with its focus on New Zealand non-fiction and championing of the topical essay.

Titles in their popular BWB text series include The New Zealand Project by Max Harris, Holly Walker's The Whole Intimate Mess, and Antibiotic Resistance by Dr Siouxsie Wiles. Their latest publications include The Expatriates by expat Martin Edmond, and Paul Gorman's take on the Canterbury Earthquakes - Portacom City.

Lynn Freeman met Bridget Williams and her partner in publishing, Tom Rennie - a tight team who know each other so well, they warned me ahead of our conversation, that they tend to finish each other's sentences.


2:06 The Laugh Track – Jon Bennett

Australian comic Jon Bennett is currently touring his show Fire In The Meth Lab around New Zealand, and will be performing it as well as his other show Pretending Things Are a Cock at the World Buskers Festival in Christchurch.

Jon picks comedy from Tim Key, Alasdair Lists Everything, DeAnne Smith and David Quirk.

Australian storyteller Jon Bennett.

Australian storyteller Jon Bennett. Photo: Supplied

2:25 John Cranna: taking the Creative Hub to Kaitaia

The workshop took place in a Kaitaia Wharenui.

The workshop took place in a Kaitaia Wharenui. Photo: Supplied

It's hard for some parts of the country to cut a break.

Northland, for example, is usually in the news because of stories about poverty, ill health, violence and most recently kauri dieback.

But children at Kaitaia College and a small village school were given the chance and the tools to express themselves through writing when an invitation was made to the Auckland-based Creative Hub.

In the group was a great grandson of loved poet Hone Tuwhare - who until then knew very little about him. The Creative Hub director is John Cranna who wrote about his time with the 13 to 17 year olds in a blog that caught Lynn Freeman’s eye.


2:35 The meaning of Atamira

The deaths of two people close to members of Atamira Dance Company felt like a sign to choreographer Kelly Nash.

So Kelly did her research which revealed the word ‘Atamira’ is historically associated with the process of caring for those who have died.


2:49 Rainbow Rosalind

Rainbow Rosalind.

Rainbow Rosalind. Photo: Supplied

Rosalind Manowitz has spent the year working on an ambitious, interactive and educational orchestral concert specifically for children, as the SOUNZ Community Commission winner for 2017.

Her stage name is Rainbow Rosalind and she dresses as a fairy when performing around the country, as part of her mission to introduce children to the world of classical music.

As well as the SOUNZ commission, Rosalind took out the APRA Best Children's Music Video Award 2016 for her original music video Aotearoa, Home of our Hearts, and has released her debut album of original children's songs, Kia Ora.


3:06 Drama at 3 – Words of Love: Hardware, and The Spring

Words of Love is a series of five plays by award-winning writer and actor, Fiona Samuel. Hardware looks at a relationship, home appliances and marriage.

Jacqui Dunn performs The Spring - a piece for one voice - written by Yvonne du Fresne. Set in the New Zealand of the 1860's, The Spring captures the power of the 'Old Danes' in the person of a young woman, fighting the elements for the life of her man.

Music played in this show

Artist:  Cilla Black
Song:  Sing a rainbow
Composer:  Hamilton
Album:  Cilla sings a rainbow
Label:  EMI
Played at:  12.12

Artist:  Jeff Beck
Song:  Over the rainbow
Composer: Arlen-Harburg
Album:  Emotion and Commotion
Label:  Warner
Played at:  12.28

Artist:  The Muppets
Song:  The rainbow connection
Composer:  Ascher-Williams
Album:  The Muppets (original soundtrack)
Label:  Waltdisney
Played at:  12.58

Artist:  Box Tops
Song:  Neon rainbow
Composer:  Thompson
Album:  Original albums 1967-1969
Label:  Raven
Played at:  1.07

Artist:  Bruce Hornsby
Song:  Rainbow's Cadillac
Composer:  Hornsby
Album:  Harbor Lights
Label: RCA
Played at:  1.58

Artist:  Fred Astaire and Petula Clark
Song:  Follow the rainbow
Composer:  Harburg-Lane
Album:  "Finian's rainbow"
Label:  Warner
Played at:  2.04

Artist:  The Move
Song:  Yellow rainbow
Composer:  Wood
Album:  Movements
Label:  Westside
Played at:  2.37

Artist:  Sharon O'Neill
Song:  Face in the rainbow
Composer:  O'Neill
Album:  This heart this song
Label:  CBS
Played at:  2.58

Artist:  Judy Garland
Song:  Over the rainbow
Composer:  Arlen-Harburg
Album:  America's treasure
Label:  Dunhill
Played at:  3.58

Artist:  Rolling Stones
Song:  She's a rainbow
Composer:  Jagger-Richards
Album:  Their satanic majesties request
Label: ABKCO
Played at:  (Trailer)