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Frontseat this Saturday 10th March

Frontseat this Saturday 10th March, 8.00am on TV One.

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THIS SATURDAY FEATURES: - Frontseat’s new poll – The Search for NZ’s Greatest Fictional Character - Chad Taylor climbing drainpipes in a quest to find out why anyone would steal NZ art - Josie McNaught hot on the trail of National’s new arts spokesman Chris Finlayson - Oliver Driver helping to erect the Famous Spiegeltent in AK07’s Red Square - Tusiata Avia out in the sunshine performing work from her show Wild Dogs Under My Skirt - Tongan music legend Bill Sevesi on his beloved ukulele

NZ’S GREATEST FICTIONAL CHARACTER Who is New Zealand’s Greatest Fictional Character? Frontseat launches its new national poll. The rest of the world has Hamlet, The Cat In The Hat, Superman, Cinderella, Huckleberry Finn. Who do we have? The answers may surprise. Email your nominations to There are tickets to the comic-horror flick “Black Sheep” up for grabs.

THE FRONT ROW: ART HEIST! Earlier this year, the University of Auckland suffered a blow when several art treasures were stolen from its library. A Goldie painting, two McCahon poems and a rare Bible were taken in the heist. Novelist Chad Taylor – drawn to the glamour of international art thievery – examines the shortcomings of being an art thief in New Zealand.

THERE ARE VOTES IN THE ARTS National has a new man in the Arts portfolio, and he’s highly qualified for the job. Former Creative NZ Arts Board chair Chris Finlayson’s task now is to prove that the National Party cares about the arts, too, after Labour’s 2-and-a-half terms of arts funding. Reporter Josie McNaught gets a policy preview.

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THE FAMOUS SPIEGELTENT (WITH BONUS ANNIE CRUMMER) Owned by Australian David Bates, the 87 year old Famous Spiegeltent is a popular arts festival attraction. It’s on location in New Zealand for AK07, Auckland Festival. Annie Crummer is just one of the many locals performing there and Oliver Driver talks to Annie whilst helping to put the finishing touches on the tent.

WILD DOGS UNDER HER SKIRT Performance poet Tusiata Avia’s solo show “Wild Dogs Under My Skirt”, based on the book of the same name, hits the AK07 Auckland Festival. W took advantage of the gorgeous March weather and got her outside in the sunshine for a sneak preview.

ARTISTS AT HOME: BILL SEVESI Over the past week in the news, you may have seen the story about the gift of 200 ukuleles from the Play It Strange trust to several Auckland schools. Music legend Bill Sevesi dreamed up this idea 45 years ago. Send your story ideas and arts diary submissions to Frontseat's researcher Gabe McDonnell at

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