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Frontseat, this Saturday 17th March

Frontseat, this Saturday 17th March, 8.00am on TV One.

Watch Frontseat stories on TV One's website after the show. Visit and enter the keyword: Frontseat.

THIS SATURDAY FEATURES: - Josie McNaught on the trail of the new generation contemporary Pacific artists - Oliver Driver poking around Auckland Museum’s impressive redevelopment - Jon Bridges at the Musical Theatre conference in Hamilton - Behind the scenes of the new claymation “Hoof it” anti-speeding ads - Frontseat’s continuing Search for NZ’s Greatest Fictional Character - The Big Idea’s Cass Hesom-Williams and her excellent door-bell PASIFIKA ON THE RISE As Auckland’s annual Pasifika festival hits Western Springs, and Auckland Museum’s Le Folauga exhibition shows off the first wave of top Pacific contemporary art, Josie McNaught investigates who might be nipping at the heels of Michael Tuffery, Lonnie Hutchison and Niki Hastings-McFall. Along the way she discovers New Zealand’s first dealer gallery dedicated to selling new Pacific art.

THE FRONT ROW: FINDING YOUR VOICE Musical theatre is big business in New Zealand, but it’s the hidden statistic of the arts scene. Last weekend while quarter of a million people attended Pasifika and watched the fireworks up in Auckland, more than 200 people were at the annual conference for musical theatre practitioners in Hamilton. Jon Bridges headed to Richard O’Brien country to ask whether NZ will ever have a musical on Broadway.

NZ’S GREATEST FICTIONAL CHARACTER Who will it be? Nominations can come from across the artistic spectrum, from literature to cartoons, from television drama to stand-up comedy. Email your nominations to

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ANOTHER PLANET The new anti-speeding ad campaign on television doesn’t involve the usual realistic crash scenes. Instead, the campaign features pests such as rats, possums and stoats making excuses for their behaviour.

These little claymation creatures were created by Wellington animation house Another Planet – best known for Guy Capper’s short film work. His big brother Tim Capper introduces the Frontseat audience to the other folk behind this campaign.

ARTISTS AT HOME: CASS HESOM-WILLIAMS Designer Cass Hesom-Williams is the editor of The Big Idea website (, New Zealand’s online arts hub featuring the latest arts industry jobs, profiles of creative folk and updated arts news. Send your story ideas and arts diary submissions to Frontseat's researcher Gabe McDonnell at

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