Radio New Zealand - Saturday, 13th December 2014

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This page features: Access All Areas, Anatomy of a Song, Composer of the Week, Introducing, Mediawatch, Music 101, News Stories, Radio NZ National Music, Spectrum, Standing Room Only, Sunday Morning, Tagata o te Moana, The Secret Life Of, This Way Up, William Shakespeare 450

Access All Areas

Lonnie Holley - A North American Original
From Birmingham, Alabama, Lonnie Holley is a self-taught visual artist and musician. In his 64 years, Holley has overcome grinding poverty to pursue his art, and now his idiosyncratic improvised music is being championed by a growing legion of musicians, fans and critics. Midway through a North American tour with Daniel Lanois, Trevor Reekie tracks down Holley and his manager Matt Arnett. [more]

Anatomy of a Song

Anatomy Of A Song: Flip Grater, I Am Gone
RDU's Spanky Moore gets inside contemporary New Zealand hit tunes - this week he dissects Flip Grater's 'I'm Already Gone'. [more]

Composer of the Week

Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
Rachel Hyde examines some of the less well-known music of Herbert Howells, showing clearly why it should be more widely heard. [more]


Introducing: Mzwètwo
Mzwètwo introducing his new song Don't Think Twice. [more]


Mediawatch for 14 December 2014
Why some scientists fear speaking out in the media; scandal-tainted politicians in the papers last weekend; alone at the microphone with moody musicians. [more]

Music 101

Music 101 Pocket Edition 23
Inside the Red Bull Music Academy Tokyo, RZA's vision for A Better Tomorrow and the Gothic folk of Nadia Reid. [more]

Radio NZ National Music

RZA - Wu Tang Clan
More than 20 years have passed since Wu-Tang Clan released Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), but their grimy, game-changing debut still resonates today. Wu-Tang's de-facto leader RZA talks to Emma Smith about the ups and downs of pulling the clan back together, and why their latest album A Better Tomorrow may be their last. [more]

Red Bull Music Academy: Tokyo 2014
For the last 16 years, the world-travelling Red Bull Music Academy has served as a wellspring of inspiration and rite of passage for countless emerging musicians from across the globe. Late last month Martyn Pepperell attended the academy, held this year in Tokyo's storied Shibuya district. He walks us through a day in the life of the academy, speaking with participants and staff along the way. [more]

Nadia Reid - Listen To Formation, Look For The Signs
We speak to Port Chalmers born singer-songwriter Nadia Reid, who has just released her debut album Listen To Formation, Look For The Signs. [more]

Julian Temple Band
After touring his fourth album, Upsidedownbackwards, through his native California in 2013, Julian Temple and his family left their beachside home in Dunedin to try living in the USA.Now based in Dunedin again, Anthonie Tonnon asks Julian Temple what brought him back. [more]


Spectrum: Marlborough’s Milkmaids
A team of Marlborough women -and one bloke- take turns hand-milking Daffodil at 3pm each day. From the Jersey cow's milk they process a variety of goodies from cultured butter and cream to cheeses and have also come to appreciate the skills involved in the age-old practice of hand-milking. [more]

Standing Room Only

Meet Me in the Square
In the 1980s, art student David Cook amassed some 6,000 photographs of his home town of Christchurch. After the earthquakes he revisited them. Now he's putting some of those photographs in a book and on show in Christchurch. He's hoping some of the people he photographed will see Meet Me in the Square and get in touch with him. [more]

Executive Producer Paul Trijbits
British film and TV series film maker Paul Trijbits on the role of the executive producer, working on the upcoming BBC/HBO TV series of J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy, and co-production opportunities for New Zealand and the UK. He was here as a guest of Women in Film and Television (WIFT). [more]

Sunday Morning

Labour Party leader reflects on 2014
Wallace Chapman talks to Labour Party leader Andrew Little about the year’s events, and what’s on his agenda for 2015. [more]

Rugby Sevens go to air in Fiji in last minute deal
Rugby sevens fans in Fiji have breathed a collective sigh of relief after a last minute deal was struck to allow this weekend's live TV broadcast of the Sevens tournament in South Africa to go ahead. [more]

NZ journalist reports on elections in Tunisia
freelance New Zealand journalist Yasmine Ryan on the elections in Tunisia. [more]

Swiss reseracher driven by the joy of walking
For most of us walking in a city is something we do when the distance is too short for a car or a bus. Daniel Sauter from Urban Mobility Research in Switzerland talks about promoting a culture of walking in cities. [more]

Katrina Day - Parts for Ladies
An aspiring actor from New York City, and a graduate from the famed Tisch school of the arts, Katrina Day, has shone the light into the otherwise little known world of casting calls - and in cases, the astonishing sexism on display. [more]

Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
In the month marking the 100th anniversary of the legendary First World War Christmas truce, Wayne Brittenden looks at how the warrior bishops on both sides managed to get the message of peace and goodwill so wrong. Wallace Chapman follows up with California-based author, theologian and minister, Dr David Usher. [more]

Naomi Klein - This Changes Everything
Naomi Klein, author of the international bestsellers, The Shock Doctrine and No Logo, talks to Wallace Chapman about her latest book, This Changes Everything.  She’s calling for politics to be transformed to deal with the impact of the changing climate. [more]

Jonathan Spyer - Israel and the Middle East
Dr Jonathon Spyer holds a PHD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and currently he is a senior research fellow at the Center for Global research in International Affairs in Israel. He’s in New Zealand speaking at the Institute of International Affairs about Israel, and rising violence in the Middle East. [more]

Bikenomics : What’s cycling worth?
A report published this month estimates cycling contributes $350 billion to the European economy annually and employs more people than mining and quarrying combined. And a University of Auckland study released earlier this year found that every dollar invested in improving cycling infrastructure results in $20 of economic benefits. Sunday Morning producer Jeremy Rose takes a look at the cycling economy both here and abroad and visits Hawke’s Bay where cycle tourism is booming. [more]

Chris and Melissa Bruntlett - Vancouver Cycle Chic
Chris and Melissa Bruntlett sold their car in 2010 and have become two of Vancouver's leading cycling evangelists. They and their two children cycle virtually everywhere in the city and say they've never missed having a car. They blog about their experiences at Moda City and have made a series of award-winning Cycle Chic short films. [more]

Tagata o te Moana

Tagata o te Moana for 13 December 2014
Tuna Commission under scrutiny after failing to deliver on overfishing; Suspended Nauru MPs get no satisfaction from courts; New Australian immigration law draws widespread criticism; Fiji passes tough land laws; PNG's PM defends his stewardship of the economy; Transparency in Solomon Islands hails Sogavare's election; The formation of united West Papua group seen as significant; Democracy no longer the issue for Tongan voters. [more]

The Secret Life Of

The Secret Life of Instrument Repairers
Like most musicians, The Phoenix Foundation's Samuel Scott has a lot of broken musical equipment. Getting vintage gear fixed (or more broken) can be a long, confusing, heart-breaking journey into the homes of part-time electronics nerds and soldering geniuses. Samuel Scott investigates the secret world of instrument repair. [more]

This Way Up

Naked Science
Dr Chris Smith with science news and recreating the chemical building blocks of life using a laser in the lab. [more]

How We Got to Now
Steven Johnson writes a history of ideas and innovation in his book 'How We Got to Now'. [more]

Kea app
Tamsin Orr-Walker is the Chair of the Kea Conservation Trust. It's launching a smartphone app to track the endangered South Island parrot, the kea. [more]

Bin bugs
Insects, especially ants, are disposing of huge amounts of food waste for us in our towns and cities. Elsa Youngsteadt, an entomologist from North Carolina State University, worked on the study. [more]

William Shakespeare 450

Sonnet No 137: Thou blind fool, Love, what dost thou to mine eyes...
Read by Linda Cartwright . Music details: Dowland: Lachrimae (Glossa GCD 920 109). [more]

News stories:

TVNZ set to sign outsourcing deals
TVNZ's Pacific programmes look set to be outsourced to the people who already make them. TVNZ is negotiating with four production companies. [more]

Rugby Sevens coverage back on in Fiji
World Rugby, formerly the IRB, has announced it will lift the embargo on the broadcast feed for the Sevens World Series to Fiji after an agreement was reached with the Fiji government. [more]

Iron sand backdown welcomed
Environmental groups have welcomed the decision by Trans-Tasman Resources to withdraw an appeal over its plans to mine iron sand off the South Taranaki coast. [more]

Call for mental health care boost
A schizophrenic man who killed his friend because he thought he was a demon has sparked calls to put families back at the centre of mental health care. [more]

Judge finds misguided loyalty to Hubbard
Former South Canterbury Finance director Edward Sullivan's offending was driven by a misguided sense of loyalty to Allan Hubbard, a judge has said. [more]

Samoa seeks climate solutions in Peru
Samoa's Minister of Natural Resources has told the UN Climate Convention in Peru his country would like to be assured that all parties will commit to reducing emissions and financing change that will reach those in need. [more]

Drugs caught in armed roadblock - police
Armed police have stopped a ute travelling on State Highway 1 in Canterbury and arrested a man on drugs charges. [more]

Up to three hurt in hill crash
Police in Wellington say a car crashed on the Rimutaka Hill between Wellington and Wairarapa last night. [more]

Warrant for arrest over suppression breach
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a woman charged with breaching a court suppression order and naming a prominent New Zealander. [more]

Cycling report could save lives - panel
A landmark cycling safety report contains recommendations that could save lives, an author says. An average of nine cyclists died each year in the last decade. [more]

Fiji peacekeepers head to Lebanon
More than 100 Fijian peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force on the Golan Heights will be deployed to Lebanon in the near future. [more]

Warner's second ton puts Aussie in control
Opening batsman David Warner punished a wasteful India with his second century of the match as Australia seized control of first cricket test heading into today's final day in Adelaide. [more]

Charities: 'We've got EFTPOS'
Charities are looking to catch up with the shift towards electronic payments this Christmas, by using portable EFTPOS terminals alongside traditional buckets. [more]

Henrique strike shocks Reds in A-League
The Brisbane Roar interim coach Frans Thijssen denied there was any bad blood with skipper Matt Smith over his decision to leave the decorated defender on the bench for Friday's shock 1-0 A-League win over Adelaide United. [more]

Sport: PNG cricketers beat Northern Mavericks
The Papua New Guinea cricketers beat the Northern Mavericks by 18 runs in Adelaide on Friday to finish top of their group in the SACA Premier League Twenty20 Cup. [more]

Sport: Fiji team hope to close gap on rivals
Fiji coach Ben Ryan says this weekend's South Africa Sevens is a chance to tighten their grip on Olympic qualification and open up a healthy lead on their rivals. [more]

Sport: PNG star excited by Renegades call-up
Papua New Guinea batsmen Lega Siaka says he intends to learn as much as possible during his time with the Melbourne Renegades cricket team in the Australian T20 Big Bash League. [more]

Sport: Fiji and NZ target double hockey success
Fiji men's hockey coach Shaun Corrie is accentuating the positives going into this afternoon's Oceania Pacific Cup final against the New Zealand President's XI in Suva. [more]

Samoa PM cautions World Rugby
Samoa Rugby Union chairman and Prime Minister cautioned World Rugby on external interference in the affairs of the union during a meeting on Wednesday with World Rugby officials in Brussels. [more]

Sport: Mixed results in netball Nations Cup
The final day of group action at the netball Nations Cup 2014 in Singapore had plenty of thrills and spills to set up a thrilling day of finals today. [more]

Sport: Samoa softball team faces uphill battle
The Samoa men's softball team faces an uphill battle to qualify for next years World Championships after back to back losses on day one of the Oceania Qualifier in Auckland. [more]

Auckland hails new transport record
Auckland Transport says more investment is needed to keep up with the growing demand for public transport in the city. [more]

Police seek answers after axe attack
Several Upper Hutt properties remain crime scenes today as police continue investigating an axe attack that left a woman dead and two men injured. [more]

Contractors pleased with asbestos fine
A building contractor says he is pleased the manager of a renovation company has been fined $40,000 for failing to test for asbestos. [more]

Under-fire owner to sell petrol station
A Wairarapa petrol station owner who docked workers' wages when customers drove off without paying is selling his business. [more]

March marks Battle of River Plate
Hundreds of people joined a parade in Auckland today to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the River Plate in World War II. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Police confirm climber who fell on Aoraki Mount Cook has died
BREAKING NEWS - Police confirm climber who fell on Aoraki Mount Cook has died [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Major accident between Waihi and Tauranga leaves five with critical injuries
BREAKING NEWS - Major accident between Waihi and Tauranga leaves five with critical injuries [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Two arrested in connection with Paekakariki Hill Road death
BREAKING NEWS - Two arrested in connection with Paekakariki Hill Road death [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Swimmer drowns at McLaren Falls near Tauranga
BREAKING NEWS - Swimmer drowns at McLaren Falls near Tauranga [more]

Swimmer drowns near Tauranga
The police dive squad has been called to McLaren Falls near Tauranga after a swimmer drowned after striking difficulty in deep water. [more]

Five critical after Bay of Plenty crash
Five people are critically injured after a major road accident which happened near Athenree Road off State Highway Two, between Tauranga and Waihi. [more]

Truckies not impressed by cycle report
The road freight industry says it has been unfairly targeted in a new report on cycle safety, which noted heavy vehicles were over-represented in cycling fatalities. [more]

Dead climber was experienced
The police say a climber who died on Aoraki Mt Cook this morning was part of a group that was well prepared for the conditions, and had plenty of experience. [more]

No regrets over Internet Mana alliance
A senior Mana Party official says he has no regrets about its alliance with the Internet Party going into this year's general election. [more]

Three-year suspension for EQC engineer
A top Earthquake Commission (EQC) engineer has been suspended for three years for misconduct after accusations of an aggressive and bullying approach. [more]

Home buyers put warmth first
A survey shows nine out of ten New Zealanders rate good sun and insulation as the most important factors when choosing a new home. [more]

Arrests in connection with Stevens killing
Two people have been arrested in connection with the killing of Hutt Valley man Matthew Stevens who was found dead alongside the Paekakariki Hill Road. [more]

Police want help to locate missing woman
The police in Northland want help finding a woman who has been missing from the Taipa area since Friday afternoon. [more]

Flosse and partner charged with stealing
French Polynesia's disgraced former president, Gaston Flosse and his partner, Pascale Haiti, have been charged with taking public property. [more]

Jokowi urged to commit to solving Papua issue
The Papua Presidium Council has urged Indonesia's president, Joko Widodo, to release political prisoners in Papua and revive a commission for truth and reconciliation to show his political commitment to solving the Papua issue. [more]

2 appointments for A Sam delegate
American Samoa's Congresswoman-elect, Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen, has been appointed to two committees in the United States Congress. [more]

SH1 north of Auckland closed due to crash
State Highway One north of Auckland has been closed in both directions by a serious crash, involving three cars at Dome Valley between Warkworth and Wellsford. [more]