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Frontseat, this Sunday 8th May, 10.30pm TV One


Frontseat, this Sunday 8th May, 10.30pm TV One

OUT WITH THE OLD?: Christchurch likes its old buildings, and it seems to relish taking an inordinately long time to change anything about them. The Canterbury Museum – long in need of an upgrade – is the latest flashpoint of tension between the old guard and the changelings. Jeremy Hansen reports on the latest pause in proceedings.

THE ART OF CONVERSATION: A local website won the internet equivalent of an Oscar this week when http://www.newzealand.com/traveltook out the “Webby” award for Best Tourism Site. It is designed by Shift, a company that runs a lot of the top cultural sites in New Zealand including http://www.teara.govt.nz – the world’s first online encyclopedia. Oliver Driver talks to Shift founder and former television man Selwyn Feary about selling ourselves, communicating to the world, and the good ol’ days of television.

SKETCHES OF PROMISE: A recent exhibition at Nelson’s Catchment Gallery gave a rare insight into the artistic process. Gallery co-owner Wallace Sutherland invited senior painters Michael Smither and Stanley Palmer to select pencil sketches that revealed the earliest stages in their work. Stanley, Michael and Wallace all talk to Julie Hill about the “painter’s undergarments” they put on display.

ALSO: Feedback from the provinces about the Royal NZ Ballet’s decision to cut Daniel Belton’s “The Happy Prince” from the 2005 Tutus on Tour programme because the soundtrack wasn’t user-friendly enough.

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The Frontseat Team

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