Renowned musician Whirimako Black breaks her silence when she speaks out in a one-hour special with Mike King’s THE NUTTERS CLUB. The one-hour season finale of THE NUTTERS CLUB airs Friday, 30 September at 10.30pm on Maori Television.
“It happened to me, there I’ve said it. I learnt my genealogy to replace my hurt and I pat myself on the back for surviving. For the cycle of abuse to end we have to speak up; we need to put the child first, before the family name. If I want to be what I want to be, I have to face the demons,” Whirimako Black says. See the preview here
Dr Huhana Hickey has faced obstacles that would overwhelm many, yet retains a sunny outlook on life that inspires others. However, it took years of struggle before she found the inner strength to turn her life around. “I lived life, but I wasn’t living a life.”
A high school drop out raised in an adoptive family where she was never expected to achieve, she experienced heartache and struggle before she found the inner strength to turn her life around.
Dr Hu, as she is known to her friends shares with Mike King and Dr Codyre how discovering that her youngest son had ADHD and dyslexia led to her own diagnosis. After he begged to come off medication, the pair underwent behaviour modification therapy together.
“If I was going to do it for my son, I needed to do it for me, and as a result we have never looked back.”
Huhana gained a BA, masters in law with distinction and a PhD. While studying she managed a progressive disability, multiple operations, brain injury and raised a disabled son.
“When Dr Hu came into the studio, we had to figure out how to squeeze her electric wheelchair into the tight space we work in, says series director Marcus Clayton. “It seemed to be a neat analogy of how Dr Hu has managed, against, the odds to make her place in the world when so much has been against her, and with enough story to fill an hour for the show. It is inspiring, funny, tragic stuff: we learned a lot that night.”
Filmmaker, musician and blogger Christopher Banks joins Mike King and Dr David Codyre to talk about life as a gay man, his art and living with bipolar disorder.
Coming from a Catholic background and subjected to bullying at high school, Chris spent his twenties trying to come to terms with his identity. Only when he was diagnosed as bipolar was he able to understand the depression he had grappled with throughout his life. Today he uses his creativity as a way to share his insight on social issues and sexual identify through documentaries and short films. View replay here
He may have arrived in New Zealand this week as the coach of the Japanese Rugby Team, but this Friday on Maori Television John Kirwan is an inspiration of another kind. The unofficial patron of the Nutters Club is widely praised for his efforts in raising awareness of depression. In this one-hour Nutters Club special, he talks to Mike King and Dr David Codyre about his writing, understanding and living with depression, and how wellness is something we need do work at every day.
“JK is big in every sense: the legendary player, the physical size of the guy, says series director Marcus Clayton. “We knew that interviewing JK would be magic for the series, and he brought it all: every idea, notion and inspiring word that has shaped his journey
back to wellness. There was a genuine buzz in the studio that day, I think viewers
will pick on that when they watch the Nutters Club ‘patron’ sharing from
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Vic Tamati is one of the faces of domestic violence prevention in New Zealand. The one time abusive husband and father shares his very personal story of the recognition of his problem and his redemption with Mike King and Dr David Codyre.
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Mike King asked Vic to join them at The Nutters Club RadioLIVE studio after hearing him speak at a men’s health clinic in Rawene. “I was blown away by the unique way that Vic was able to engage men and get them to take ownership of their problems,” Mike says.
But Vic’s story is a hard one to listen to and tell, as he recounts bashing his youngest daughter when she was eight – and how she became the one to turn his life around after his wife took the children and fled his violence. Continue reading
Jim Stanton talks about how she regained her belief that life is worth living
Stand-up comedian and stage producer Jim Stanton seems bright and bubbly but ongoing depression almost brought the show to end for this lovely young woman.
Coming from a rural background, Jim says she was always a natural performer but after moving away from home, struggled to find her feet without her supportive family close by.
“I just felt so alone and so abandoned…I found myself in the middle of this city where I didn’t know what to do with myself, she says. View the replay here
One morning Chris Dodds woke up and found himself unable to get out of bed and to work. Feeling constantly exhausted, he assumed he was just useless, and without a diagnosis, he spiraled into the dark pit of depression. An epiphany hit just as he’d given up all hope, and subsequently Chris managed to find a reason to live.
“When Chris came in for the recording, we weren’t sure what story he was bringing in,
he seemed to have it all together – the confident, successful, entrepreneurial type”, says series director Marcus Clayton. But then Chris opened up about a very serious, low period that nearly cost him his life. This was someone right on the edge. He was talking about coming undone. It was raw stuff, heart stuff. Indeed, the telling of his spiritual journey out was pretty unexpected.”
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The New Zealand Mental Health Foundation is a very active player in the national media scene.
It runs successful campaigns, fronted by high profile New Zealanders, which set mental health issues in their social context and explore such challenging areas as depression, schizophrenia and suicide prevention.
This episode of Media7 examines mental health in the media by looking at the extraordinary success, on Radio Live and the Maori Television Service, of The Nutters’ Club
Both the radio and television programme have received vital sponsorship funding from the Foundation.
The Nutters’ Club was an implausible project when it was first conceived… the idea of teaming a comedian with mental health issues and a psychiatrist and then giving them access to a radio talk-back audience seemed bizarre.
But it has proved to be remarkably successful and has pushed the boundaries hard – particularly as it has dealt with often suicidal people discussing their dilemmas ‘live’.
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Melissa Cole talks about how she gently and slowly overcame destructive eating patterns and depression.
Melissa Cole faces life full on now, but as a young teen a series of heartaches and tragedy made her seek solace in food. Emotionally scarred and terrified of facing life on her own terms, Melissa’s life became a constant struggle with relationships, motherhood and food as she sought to hide away from life to avoid the pain. Continue reading
Farmer Ken Ballantyne talks frankly about coming to terms with caring for himself on the Nutters Club
Farmers don’t get sick or sad, or overworked – do they? A winner of four categories for excellence in the 2010 Horizons Ballance Farm Environment Awards, King Country Farmer Ken Ballantyne never dreamt depression could be the cause of his physical problems until he found himself sectioned to the mental health ward at Rotorua Hospital. Ken and his wife Sue talk to Mike King about depression, managing bi-polar and life on the farm. View replay