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12:45 Long term investment in the arts – the winners and the losers

Imagine spending weeks if not months on a funding application that demands you plan years ahead, only to be turned down.

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60% of the money arts development agency Creative New Zealand puts into the arts goes to long term funding for the running of arts organisations. And it’s been a big month for these organisations. After sweating away at their applications the results are out and  80 of the 86 organisations who applied have had funding approved. Some have got increases in funding or in the length of its term - terms of funding between 2 to 6 years - and yet even with an extra $27 million added over the next six years to this particular funding kete others have been dropped.

Annie Ackerman, CEO The Big Idea

Annie Ackerman, CEO The Big Idea Photo: Jocelyn Janon

We talk to Nightsong Production's Carl Bland and Ben Crowder about what the security of three years of funding would have meant for them – if they’d got it – and to Senior Manager in arts development services at CNZ Cath Cardiff and Annie Ackerman the CEO of The Big Idea, a national online hub for the arts, who received a big funding boost.


1:10 At The Movies

Dan Slevin reviews a film about the reunion of some Australian baby boomers, another about a TV chat show host rediscovering her mojo and a documentary about Diego Maradoona

1:33 The Antifashion Revolution

Antifashion is a term that's been used to describe design that is explicitly contrary to the fashion of the day. It's Alternative. And it's inherently political.

Grunge fashion reacted against punk fashion and the excessive costumery that went with 80s pop music. But it goes back even further: to a backlash in Victorian times to the uncomfortable styles of dress for women - the first wave of feminism.

In New Zealand we arguably have a distinctive indigenous anti-fashion. Two key figures are fashion designer David Roil of Ngati Porou and Te Atiawa descent and artist Suzanne Tamaki of Maniapoto, Tuhoe, Te Arawa descent (and known for her work as part of the Pacific Sisters).  

David and Suzanne are two of three who have dubbed themselves the 'unholy trinity' for an exhibition of their garments, film and accessories in Wellington opening on Friday. The third is Charmagne Anthony. Charmagne is also into alternative upcycled garmentry and for the exhibition has created an installation which is a cabinet of curiosities consisting of some of her own collection of made and found objects and  they are more oddity than opulent..

 The Unholy Trinity  is at Wellington's Potocki Paterson Gallery 23rd to 31st of August


1:50 50th anniversary of Aratoi: the Wairarapa museum of art and history

This weekend marks the beginning of celebrations of the 50th anniversary of Aratoi, the Wairarapa's Museum for  Art and History in Masterton.

Dame Robin White, Aratoi's patron calls the museum it the Wairarapa's taonga. It's a treasure house but also hasn't been shy of some cutting edge contemporary art, drawing visitors from around the country. We speak to collection manager Bronwyn Reid who has been with Aratoi for 23 years.


Thomas LaHood of Barbarian Productions

Thomas LaHood of Barbarian Productions Photo: supplied

2:06 The Laugh Track - Thomas LaHood

Today, sharing his favourite laugh tracks is co-director of Barbarian Productions, Thomas La Hood, actor, devisor and professional clown.

Thomas is self-described as the company's Chief Financial Officer, Marketing Manager and Head Clown.
A graduate of Bonts International Clown School, he has worked as a Clown Doctor and taught clowning including at Whitireia, Toi Whakaari, and Victoria University

He runs the company with his wife Jo Randerson who are both the writers and performers of their current project Soft 'n' Hard - which explores the complex area of gender politics. It is at Q Theatre Auckland 20-24 August.

Thomas's laugh tracks are Epic Rap Battles of History, Thomas Sainsbury,.Zoe Coombs Marr and Diane Morgan.

2:25 Nightsong - Making innovative theatre

Ben Crowder and Carl Bland are the duo behind one of New Zealand's most innovative theatre companies, Nightsong. Carl writes and then helps Ben direct, supported by leading designers and actors. This is the duo who introduced a life sized giraffe into Bruce Mason's study in their last play Te Pō.

Ben and Carl have been working together for At least 14 years, originally with the late Peta Rutter. Their fifth work Mr Red Light premieres in Auckland on the of 30th August before touring nationally. 


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2:40 Poet, Helen Rickerby

Where are the female philosophers?
Why are women silenced?
Who can tell us how to live?

These are three questions on the back cover of poet and publisher Helen Rickerby's fourth book of poems How to Live. The book combines poetry and the essay in bold witty new way to mess with biography and re-examine history from a women's perspective. Helen is also the publisher of Seraph Press.

Helen Rickerby

Helen Rickerby Photo: Auckland University Press





2:49 Ngaio Marsh's 1943 production of Hamlet

A 1943 modern-dressed wartime production of Shakespeare's Hamlet was Dame Ngaio Marsh's first of many productions for the Canterbury University Drama Society.

The director and crime writer's script for that 1943 production is being published for the first time, along with the original score by Douglas Lilburn.

Polly Hoskins is behind Ngaio Marsh's Hamlet: The 1943 production script - her book also includes archival photographs and Dame Ngaio's illustrations to assist with the actor blocking for the production.

She started researching Dame Ngaio Marsh as part of her honours dissertation at Canterbury University.


3:06 Drama at 3 - On The Brink Of Academia

Justin Eade's taut, life and death drama featuring Jacob Rajan and Emmet Skilton. Exploring what it is that makes us carry on when everything seems pointless.


Music played in this show

Artist: The Jon Spenser Blues Explosion
Song: Bellbottoms
Composer: Jon Spenser
Album: Orange
Label: Matador
Played at: 12.33pm

Artist: David Bowie
Song: Queen Bitch
Composer: David Bowie
Album: Hunky Dory
Label: RCA Victor
Played at: 12.57pm 

Artist: Amy Winehouse
Song: F*** Me Pumps
Composer: Salaam Remi and Amy Winehouse
Album: Frank
Label:  Island Records
Played at: 1.05pm

Artist: Flight of the Conchords
Song: Fashion is Danger
Composer: Bret McKenzie and Jermaine Clement
Album: I told you I was freaky
Label: Subpop
Played at: 1.40pm

Artist: Rachel Unthank and the Winterset
Song: Blue's Gaen Oot O'The Fashion  
Composer: Traditional
Album: The Bairns
Label: EMI
Played at: 1.55pm

Artist: Ruarri Joseph
Song: Hope for Grey Trousers
Composer: Ruarri Joseph
Album: Both sides of the coin
Label: Pip Productions
Played at: 2.05pm

Artist: Brenton Wood
Song: The Oogum Boogum Song
Composer: Wood, Winn, Hooven and Smith
Album: Oogum Boogum
Label: Double Shot Records
Played at: 2.35pm

Artist: Lana Del Ray
Song: Blue Jeans
Composer: Ray, Heath, Grant and Haynie
Album: Born to die
Label: Interscope
Played at: 2.55pm

Artist:Fashion Killa
Song: A$AP Rocky
Composer: Christopher Stewart, Dylan Reznick, Harry Rodrigues, Hector Delgado, James Laurence, Rakim Mayers, and Terius Nash
Album: Long Live A$AP
Label: Polo Grounds
Played at: 3.55pm