Labour Day

Monday 27 October 2014, with Colin Peacock

Produced by Zoe Ferguson

The colours of Pete Seeger

Folk musician Peter Dyer hosted a tribute to the father of folk, Pete Seeger, at the Wellington Folk Festival over Labour weekend.

He joined Colin Peacock in the Wellington studio to discuss the life and legacy of Seeger, who died in January aged 94.


A song made famous by Seeger was 'De Colores', which translates to "The Colours" in Spanish.

Dyer says the song is about the joy and life of spring and all the wonderful colours, but it also represents the unity across different races. 

"In California it's a song that helps bind Spanish and English speaking people."

The world's getting safer

Simon Kuper
Simon Kuper. Photograph by Vincent Lignier.

This year there's been tensions in the Ukrane, IS has become more prominent and Ebola is spreading. But according to journalist Simon Kuper the world is in fact getting safer.


The All Blacks in the States

The All Blacks take on USA next weekend. Will this one-off game be a watershed moment for rugby in the US or might some Americans actually resent the intrusion of this foreign version of their own form of oval-ball football? American sports broadcaster Brian Murphy explains more.


Kim Vinnell - Al Jazeera English

Is giving up your job to help human-kind the right thing to do? Kiwi journalist Kim Vinnell did just that.


Gender discrimination in China

Lijia Zhang

Author of Socialism is Great! Lijia Zhang has written about her own experience of working in a rocket factory back in the days of China under Chairman Mao, right through to today's fast growing Chinese economy – still communist controlled, but super-commercial.


Labour day question

Which country was the largest exporter of wine in 1960? We have the answer.


Choosing your own holidays

What if you were able to take as many days off work as you feel you need - or deserve? Mark Gilbert analyses what Richard Branson's suggestion might mean.


New Zealand Geographic

The magazine is celebrating 25 years by looking forward another 25 to the big issues. Editor James Frankham on why we are not 100% pure.


Tiny house, big movement

Andrew Morrison s tiny home
Andrew Morrison's tiny home.

The dream of owning your own home is increasingly becoming out of reach for many.

The national median house price is $420,000, but you can buy a three bedroom property in either Ohai in the South Island and Murupara in the North Island for $39,000. But that's still out of reach for some and instead of dreaming of big homes, many people are just adapting, by going small... tiny even.

Tiny homes is a growing global movement. They're often built on trailers and can be portable, often getting a ound building regulations and rents. They can cost as little as $22,000 to build, even less if you're using recycled materials like Christchurch student Stefan Cook.

On tinyhousemap.com hundreds pop up in the States, a small few in England and even some in Japan, including a family who are using a tiny home as temporary accommodation following the 2011 tsunami. In New Zealand only a small handful pop up.

In Auckland, Brett Sutherland who appeared on Campbell Live a few weeks ago built his own tiny home, and parked it on his friend's seven acre lot. But the council says he's breaching the density code and have asked him to move on.

Andrew Morrison from Tiny House Build decided to chase his American dream by downsizing to a tiny home. He designed and built his eight foot six wide, 13 foot five tall, 28 foot long, tiny home, that comes with two loft areas, a composting toilet and full sized kitchen. It's completely transportable and cost less than a deposit on a New Zealand house.

He and his wife Gabriella got rid of 90 percent of their belongings and now live in the tiny house on a section of land in Southern Oregon.

Gallery: Andrew and Gabriella's tiny home

Morrison isn't a "claustrophile". Rather he's chosen this lifestyle to minimise their footprint on the world.

He spoke to Colin Peacock on Labour Day. Colin started by asking whether he feels for his Kiwi counterpart who is battling with the council.


Watch a tour of Andrew and Gabriella's house.

Labour Day Music Special

Triple J content director Ollie Wards picks some tunes from New Zealanders (and a few Australians) doing well across the ditch. And we're playing Broods and Hilltop Hoods. Both groups have been on RNZ in the last few months.


08:12 Folk musician Peter Dyer

Wellington folk musician Peter Dyer on the life and legacy of the "father of folk" Pete Seeger.

Peter Dyer

Simon Kuper08:35 The world's getting safer

This year there's been tensions in the Ukrane, IS has become more prominent and Ebola is spreading. But according to journalist Simon Kuper (right) the world is in fact getting safer.

Photograph by Vincent Lignier.

08:50 The All Blacks in the States

The All Blacks take on USA next weekend. Will this one-off game be a watershed moment for rugby in the US or might some Americans actually resent the intrusion of this foreign version of their own form of oval-ball football? American sports broadcaster Brian Murphy explains more.

09:07 Giving up work for humankind

Is giving up your job to help humankind the right thing to do? Kiwi journalist Kim Vinnell did just that.

09:30 Gender discrimination in China

Author of Socialism is Great! Lijia Zhang has written about her own experience of working in a rocket factory back in the days of China under Chairman Mao, right through to today's fast growing Chinese economy – still communist controlled, but super-commercial.

09:45  Choosing your own holidays

What if you were able to take as many days off work as you feel you need – or deserve? Mark Gilbert analyses what Richard Branson's suggestion might mean.

10:07 New Zealand Geographic

New Zealand Geographic is celebrating 25 years by looking forward another 25 to the big issues. Editor James Frankham on why we are not 100 percent pure. 

10:38 Tiny homes, big movement

New Zealand is facing a housing crisis, but one solution could be to build and live in tiny homes. Andrew Morrison explains thinking big on keeping it small.

Gallery: Andrew and Gabriella's tiny home

Inside Andrew Morrison s tiny home

11:06 Labour Day Music Special

Triple J content director Ollie Wards picks some tunes from New Zealanders (and a few Australians) doing well across the ditch.

And we're playing Broods and Hilltop Hoods. Both groups have been on RNZ in the last few months.

Playlist

Artist: Pete Dyer
Song: How Can I Keep From Singing  
Composer: Wadsworth Lowry
Album: n/a
Label: n/a
Broadcast: 08:13

Artist: Pete Seeger
Song:  Little Boxes
Composer: Reynolds
Album: The Essential
Label: Columbia
Broadcast: 08:17

Artist: Pete Seeger
Song:  Waist Deep in the Big Muddy
Composer: Seeger
Album: The Essential
Label: Columbia
Broadcast: 08:21

Artist: Pete Dyer
Song:  De Colores
Composer: traditional folk song
Album: n/a
Label: n/a
Broadcast: 08.30

Artist: The Byrds
Song:  Turn! Turn! Turn!
Composer:  Seeger
Album: Turn! Turn! Turn!
Label: Columbia
Broadcast: 08:35

Artist: Broods
Song:  Evergreen
Composer: Nott, Nott & Little
Album: Evergreen
Label: Island
Broadcast: 11:11

Artist: Lisa Mitchell
Song:  Wah Ha
Composer: Mitchell
Album: n/a
Label: Warner
Broadcast: 11:22

Artist: Opiou
Song:  Chubby Putty
Composer: Opiou
Album: https://soundcloud.com/opiuo/7-chubby-putty-ft-beats
Label: n/a
Broadcast: 11:32

Artist: Hilltop Hoods
Song: cosby Sweater
Composer: Hilltop Hoods
Album: Walking Under Stars
Label: Universal

Artist: The Preatures
Song:  Somebody's Talking
Composer: The Preatures
Album: Blue Planet Eyes
Label: Universal
Broadcast: 11:51

Theme Music
Artist: Hilltop Hoods
Song: cosby Sweater
Composer: Hilltop Hoods
Album: Walking Under Stars
Label: Universal